Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jul 2010 17:48 UTC
Legal So, there I am enjoying a nice Gilmore Girls episode after a long day's work, and Engadget's iPhone application brings the good news: the US Library of Congress has added a DMCA exemption for jailbreaking or rooting mobile phones! This is a major blow to Apple, who actively tried to keep jailbreaking a criminal offence, and a major win for everyone who believes that the phone you buy is actually yours, and not the manufacturer's.
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RE[3]: Big Loss for Apple??
by JonathanBThompson on Tue 27th Jul 2010 05:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Big Loss for Apple??"
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I'm guessing you're blissfully unaware of the reality that there are hardware designs where bugs in software can cause things to self-destruct by accident, as it only takes a little access in the wrong memory addresses to cause hardware-fatal issues. Look it up: there's a lot of devices that have that issue, and have in the past. I'm not aware of any currently being sold, but... perhaps that's because they're not talked about, or people don't often hack things enough to have that become well-known. I distinctly remember having to have my hand at the ready to turn my CRT monitor off very quickly when I was testing various resolutions for X Windows installations, or Windows resolution tests (before XP). Yup, I could have destroyed my monitor via software, and my monitor wasn't remotely unique in that.

If hardware came in for repair and it was something along the lines of fatal hardware death somehow that's brought about by software, they'd be fully in their right to tell you to go jump in a lake, it's not their fault, it's yours!

And even without fatal hardware issues like that, without the developer having full control over software, if modified software is running, it may make the device not work as designed, and make someone think the hardware has failed, when it's really just buggy software: why should a manufacturer have to warrant against that?

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