Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jan 2013 22:53 UTC
Windows Well, this can't be a good sign. Samsung has told CNET that the company will not be launching its Windows RT tablet in the United States, citing a lack of demand and consumer confusion. After I spent an afternoon in my country's largest electronics retailer, it's hard not to agree with Samsung.
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Ouch!
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 13th Jan 2013 07:11 UTC
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

It sounds like Microsoft is getting a well-deserved backlash for their lock-down/WinRT/Metro tactics. It's nice to see them on the receiving end for a change, instead of smothering all competition with their market presence and weight alone. The only problem is... their main competition (Apple, Android) is just as locked down... but if Windows keeps holding traditional x86 machines by the balls and Android continues to dominate tablets and ARM systems, then at least theoretically we should benefit from one not growing too much stronger than the other.

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RE: Ouch!
by nej_simon on Sun 13th Jan 2013 11:00 in reply to "Ouch!"
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2011-02-11

The only problem is... their main competition (Apple, Android) is just as locked down...


What do you mean "Android is just as locked down"? Apple iOS probably is but certainly not Android.

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RE[2]: Ouch!
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 13th Jan 2013 17:48 in reply to "RE: Ouch!"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Fair enough--but do you know of an easy, sure-fire way of rooting my LG Optimus V to install an alternate Android mod without risking damaging it? Or even just gaining root? I don't. And I've looked.

Methods of rooting involve knowing such seemingly completely unnecessary information as the exact model of screen used by the phone, connecting the phone to a computer (typically Windows is used in guides), following a long series of commands exactly, and uploading an alternate firmware. And that's just to get root access!

That is pretty much the definition of "locked down." Having to hack the living shit out of something and jump through hoops just to get root.

Android is not quite as locked on a higher level as iOS, but at a lower level it sure as hell is.

Edited 2013-01-13 17:50 UTC

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