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[5]: Now that's Sniveling!
by jabjoe on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 19:00 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Now that's Sniveling! "
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To make it like cars, like many have already said, it's not just you can't fix it, it's no one but the dealer can. This is actually happening with some car manufactures and it pushes the price for repairs way up. (Can't put my hand on the study/report I saw a while ago). This is a very very bad thing. Just think about your wallet for starters! No competition! People just stupidly expecting this as a ok trade off are sleep walking us all in dark waters indeed. In both the case of computers and cars. It does effect tinkerers and engineers, we would be stuck with either old kit we can play with, or new we can't, we aren't a big enough market in ourselves to get tailed to. This effects everyone because it means less people know how anything works as it's all hidden from anyone view. Things should be out in the open for all to learn from if we so choose. If you don't care how stuff works that's fine, but to make it so you couldn't find out even if you wanted to is just stupid. I actually think in both the case of computers and cars, it is government's job to play the long game and step in and regulate to protect the consumer by preventing locking out of competition.

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