[LINK] Apple is turning into the evil empire

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Mar 9 14:37:14 AEDT 2011

>  Steven wrote:
>>  for most folks, simple is what they want - plug it in and it works. how
>>  is of no interest.

On 09/03/2011 1:46 PM, Pilcher, Fred wrote:
>  Tragically and frighteningly true.

At 14:05 +1100 9/3/11, Dr Bob Jansen wrote:
>why 'tragically and frighteningly'? Most users are not technies, they
>just want a device to do the job they bought it for. They don't care how
>it works, whether there is a better way but they do care if the way
>chosen for them is not the cheapest. It has to be simple and easy - no
>thinking required!
>What is so tragic or frightening about that?

Tragic and frightening aspects include the following:
(1)  users don't understand what they're buying into
(2)  users are therefore not giving consent, just being conned
      into accepting conditions that are against their interests

Tragic and frightening aspects might also include the following:
(3)  some of the people who have the capacity to explain that to
      them don't do so (or maybe don't even understand the problem?)

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