Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 23:25 UTC, submitted by Chicken Blood
Apple The beauty of the internet is such that every opinion has become worthless; this goes doubly so for those with publish buttons on (relatively, we're humble) major websites. For every opinion, there's a matching counter-opinion, and that's great. Yesterday, we linked to an article by Mark Pilgrim about tinkerers and the iPad, and of course, someone was bound to disagree with that one.
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RE[6]: Now that's Sniveling!
by boldingd on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 18:14 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Now that's Sniveling! "
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We're not talking about Apple providing a new search service: the problem we're talking about here is Apple producing less open devices, with arbitrarily restricted software - in many cases deliberately and maliciously crippled - and the worry that these types of restrictions, if perceived as normal by people who are children now, will inhibit the growth of the next generation of hackers. I do not want to see people start to just accept as normal not having control of your hardware or software, of having their media locked to a single device (or service), or blindly assume that what they're allowed to do with a device is the full extent of what it's capable of doing, or all they should really want it to do.

The fundamental problem here is that "Apple's approach is new and different" does. Not. Excuse. Aribtrary. And. Damaging. Restrictions. That shiny-Apple-newness doesn't even make their new paradigm a good thing, on it's own: that's a question that must be answered by analyzing the pro's and con's of Apple's Glorious New Way, not simply assumed because the new way is different than what came before!

Edited 2010-02-03 18:16 UTC

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