rw at firstpr.com.au
Thu Jan 28 16:35:31 AEDT 2010
Thanks for this link:
The Apple iPad uses Digital Restrictions Management in two ways:
* All media in the iTunes store (with the one exception of
music) is wrapped in Apple's DRM. That means films, TV shows,
movies and audiobooks are locked to Apple's platform, taking
away your right to share.
* All applications must be signed by Apple if they are to run,
an unprecedented level of control for a general purpose
computer. On top of this, Apple can push updates to the
device over its wireless connection, letting them add or
remove capabilities at any time.
These restrictions make the iPad a particularly dangerous platform
for the distribution of news media. Every publisher depends on
permission from Apple, and Apple can remotely delete stories after
they have been published.
Indeed. My life has been complete without buying anything from the
Church of Apple.
I await the Asus knock-off - but will probably be perfectly happy
with the 1024 x 600 Asus Aspire One. With a little USB 3G/GPRS modem
from my ISP Internode:
for $15 a month, I get 500MB. I don't use it often, but apart from
not working well during the day on 3G at Phillip Island, it has been
great. Internode tech support already had a similar report from
nearby - it only occurred when the (Optus) 3G network was busy.
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