Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Apr 2010 12:20 UTC
Editorial Car analogies are quite popular on internet discussion forums, and ours is no exception. The problem with these analogies, however, is that they are usually quite flimsy, and a recent popular one is no exception. A number of people are now arguing that computer makers' move towards closed platforms (Apple, Sony, and so on) is akin to people no longer being able to service cars on their own. This analogy, which looks sound on a superficial level, breaks down when you spend more than five minutes contemplating it.
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one difference
by google_ninja on Thu 8th Apr 2010 12:51 UTC
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Cars have been sold to consumers for over a century, computers have been sold to consumers for about 40 years. We aren't even at the point where our lawmakers (rich, old, white guys) have a chance in hell of understanding the issues, let alone properly regulating an industry.

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RE: one difference
by kragil on Thu 8th Apr 2010 12:58 in reply to "one difference"
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No one is lobbying/paying for those "issues" and if there is no money to be made "our" lawmakers in the US won't do shit.

There is money in software/gene patents and "IP" etc, that is why those things are tightly regulated against consumers.

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