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[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by MOS6510 on Tue 29th May 2012 18:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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If you're somewhat narrow minded the problem of locked down devices might not seem like a big deal. The company's making money, you probably have a few shares and a piece of the action, people get to use shiny devices and all's well, right?

I am well aware of the situation and the implications, I just don't believe the EFF or any other armchair rebels really care, which makes them perhaps even more dangerous than the people who don't want to be saved by them.

In context of your Jews quote, don't forget a number of people and countries have been "liberated" during the course of history.

There are closed AND open systems. Their advantages and disadvantages should be clear now. People can make their own choice and they should be allowed to make wrong choices, that's part of being human and free. One should be able to opt to give away some of that freedom if it reaps another benefit.

Forcing people to make certain choices and taking away options is more wrong that allowing people to make choices you consider wrong.

A lot of harm has been done the last few thousand years by people who knew what was best for others.

If you are convinced your choice is the best one: convince others, but don't force them.

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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by tupp on Tue 29th May 2012 23:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Forcing people to make certain choices and taking away options is more wrong that allowing people to make choices you consider wrong.

Oh, the irony.

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