Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 12:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Two weeks ago, Steve Wozniak made a public call for Apple to open its platforms for those who wish to tinker, tweak and innovate with their internals. EFF supports Wozniak's position: while Apple's products have many virtues, they are marred by an ugly set of restrictions on what users and programmers can do with them. This is most especially true of iOS, though other Apple products sometimes suffer in the same way. In this article we will delve into the kinds of restrictions that Apple, phone companies, and Microsoft have been imposing on mobile computers; the excuses these companies make when they impose these restrictions; the dangers this is creating for open innovation; why Apple in particular should lead the way in fixing this mess. We also propose a bill of rights that need to be secured for people who are purchasing smartphones and other pocket computers."
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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 16:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Let me try to put it in terms people will better understand.. Instead of sitting on the couch crying about how nobody will change the channel for you or bring you the remote, get up off your ass and change the damn channel yourself or 'stfu'.


I would say the EFF deserves a bit more respect from random internet commenters.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Tue 29th May 2012 16:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Let me try to put it in terms people will better understand.. Instead of sitting on the couch crying about how nobody will change the channel for you or bring you the remote, get up off your ass and change the damn channel yourself or 'stfu'.

I would say the EFF deserves a bit more respect from random internet commenters.

I respect your opinion, and I disagree with it completely. The EFF doesn't "deserve" respect from anyone. They do however have the chance to earn that respect on a case-by-case basis. I admire some of what they've done but that doesn't automagically mean I should or do respect everything.

Btw, my opinions are no more or less valid than yours or any other `random internet commenters`.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Kochise on Tue 29th May 2012 19:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Hmmm, for openess there's always openmoko or the pandaboard. Needs an industrial wide accepted platform ? Just apply what Apple have done for their products : make products usable for non-geeks, eager to pay and not to hack for free.

Kochise

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by phoudoin on Wed 30th May 2012 07:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
phoudoin Member since:
2006-06-09

Problem is that it's 2012: what was unknown except by geeks in 2000 is main stream now. And you don't need anymore to have a computer DS to know how to jailbreak your last iDevice.

What you need is an Internet access and be able to read english.

And this is changing both the balance of the closed-platform mantra "it's better for you that way" and cast more and more the spotlight on "it's better for *us* that way".

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