[LINK] iPad

Erik de Castro Lopo mle+lug at mega-nerd.com
Fri Jan 29 10:07:04 AEDT 2010

Ivan Trundle wrote:

> Agreed: Rogers is one of the least-favourite telcos in Canada, so it
> doesn't surprise me that this happened. Forcing an update to solve a
> problem is one thing, but forcing an update to implement more-restrictive
> practices is another.
> AFAIK, this has not happened in the Apple eco-system, though Apple have
> made it more difficult to revert to earlier OS'es (not impossible, just
> difficult).

These companies follow the money. All of them drool over the idea of
captive consumers who have no choice other than to buy their products
at the highest possible price the market (or individual consumer) will

By jumping on the iPhone bandwagon, consumers are showing big companies
that for the right amount of bling they are willing to sell their souls
in spite of a whole bunch of anti-features.

There also exists a very interesting inflection point. When and if it
becomes possible to build truely unbreakable locked-down devices and the
total profits to be made from selling these locked down devices exceeds
the profits to be made from selling open devices, there will be exactly
zero incentive for the companies to keep on producing open devices.

To me, that is a very scarey scenario.

Erik de Castro Lopo

More information about the Link mailing list