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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RE: Comment by Gryzor
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 8th Apr 2010 14:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by Gryzor"
Thom_Holwerda
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I have THREE ford FOCUS, so I am entitled to comment on that. I am in Europe, so this is no “weird country law”. You CAN take your car anywhere, but only authorized mechanics can do your service (and preserve the warranty


Did I say anything different? Of course you'll lose your official warranty, I said so quite clearly (I wonder how you missed that).

My point is this: whereas tech companies are trying to lock you out of their devices, and force you to take service from them and them alone, this is not the case in the automotive world, since you can have your car serviced wherever you want - all the information and training required MUST be made available to ALL shops; official dealer or no. This is LAW.

Despite that clear difference, people are saying that it's okay for tech companies to close their devices like this "because car companies do it too" - which is patently untrue. I'm arguing that the automotive model (one supplier, but many places to go for parts and service) is a superior model that leads to more competition, lower prices, and better longevity.

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