Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Mar 2010 00:08 UTC, submitted by kragil
Google Jim Bray, who played a major role in the XML standardisation effort, has joined Google to work on Android, and his words for the iPhone are pretty harsh. "The iPhone vision of the mobile Internet's future omits controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits on who can know what and who can say what. It’s a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers. The people who create the apps serve at the landlord's pleasure and fear his anger. I hate it."
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... any working programmer who doesn't want to be a serf should be very nervous about the App Store model. Let's say that Apple prevails in the market, and prevails in its legal battles. Laptops are mostly replaced by iPads and similar tools except for a niche market of power users. No one else can make a usable smart phone because of Apple's patent portfolio; the courts rule that Nokia's patents are all accessible There's only one place in the world to get any software to run on your device, and Apple takes 30% off the top. Furthermore, any software innovation that hurts their business model in any way, or that offends Steve's sense of style, is dropped from the store and there is no appeal.

Compared to such a world, a Microsoft-dominated would would be infinitely preferable.

Now, there are some advantages to the App Store model, in that malware would have to be smuggled past the App Store reviewers and can be traced. However, it's likely that some app, or the OS itself, will have an exploitable bug that would allow iPads/iPhones to be infected via the web or something.

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Well, I am sorry Apple didn't got bankrupt a few years ago. The more time goes, the more they spread like an infection. Idiotic patents, idiotic lawsuits, malefic market practices.

Compared to Apple, MS is a saint.

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