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Want IT Flexibility? Demand Jailbreaking Be Legal
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IT Joe
IT Joe,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/9/2012 | 7:07:25 PM
re: Want IT Flexibility? Demand Jailbreaking Be Legal
Look, if you purchase an apple OS, you know what you are buying don't you? If you want more options than apple is providing, buy something else. I do understand what you are saying about being forced out of an older OS into another one and having to deal with the limits of the new OS. But 'Demand Jailbreaking be legal' is nothing more than crying about the fact you won't be able to jailbreak your iPhone. So what, get an android phone if you don't like it but don't try and use this argument to justify the fact you don't like not being able to play around with your iphone.
User Rank: Ninja
2/10/2012 | 7:23:26 PM
re: Want IT Flexibility? Demand Jailbreaking Be Legal
This is about the best statement of the case I've heard. If you don't control the box, it's not yours; period. Maybe consumers don't need to care that much about it (but maybe they should), but businesses must care.

What we're in the midst of is a counterrevolution calculated to undo the control bestowed on end users by the PC revolution of the 1970s and 80s. Those who don't care about control can simply coast, but those who do will need to put forth some effort to keep it because all most vendors care about is their own bottom line, and retaining control of the merchandise after sale is a lot more lucrative than ceding it to the customer (all things being equal).

...and yes, that probably means not patronizing Apple.
User Rank: Ninja
2/14/2012 | 10:56:36 AM
re: Want IT Flexibility? Demand Jailbreaking Be Legal
Just watch, soon it WILL be leasing, not owning, like when the cable company demands its set-top-box back when you cancel service. (Not that you could do anything without it.) It's not too much of a stretch to imagine that ATT or Rogers or whomever would demand the iphone back once you upgrade or terminate service. Problem is, though, these devices are useful even without service. "Not for sale at any price" may be where this is going.

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