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SFLC: Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devices
Posted Jan 13, 2012 17:21 UTC (Fri) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198)
Posted Jan 13, 2012 18:26 UTC (Fri) by bricef (guest, #80336)
Regardless, I just think it's really silly to paint such a big target on your own back. Besides the fact that what they're doing hurts everyone, it's conspicuous and, frankly, given the spotlight already directed at UEFI, moronic. (If it's even legal.) and will attract the exact kind of attention that you really don't want.
What's a real shame is that the average smartphone consumer will be hurt most if this goes through, but that they're unaware of the issue and the implications. The irony is that they have the power to vote with their wallets, but won't know that they need to.
Posted Jan 13, 2012 21:38 UTC (Fri) by elanthis (guest, #6227)
Posted Jan 13, 2012 22:21 UTC (Fri) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
Posted Jan 13, 2012 23:30 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
I kinda doubt that. If the average consumer was interested in using something other then a Windows OS they wouldn't be purchasing Windows phones, would they?
I know I am suppose to be all upset and bothered buy this, but I can't for the life figure out why shipping a locked down Windows is any worse then shipping a locked down Android phone, Kindle, or a iPhone or a iPod.
The whole thing strikes me a kinda silly. I read the article and their analysis and I was thinking to myself 'Sooo.. exactly why this is so tragic?'. I mean it's generally bad that these devices are locked down, but I fail to see what Microsoft is doing is any worse then what anybody else is doing.
At least they are only interested in locked down their already closed source software. It's not like Apple or many Android vendors that lock down open source using software written by other groups.
Posted Jan 25, 2012 14:54 UTC (Wed) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164)
Posted Jan 13, 2012 23:41 UTC (Fri) by jmorris42 (subscriber, #2203)
That doesn't matter now does it? How many times did the DoJ go after them? They even 'won' a few against them. None of it mattered. To this day they still charge the per PC license fees and pretty much every practice they pinkie swore to stop doing. And the Europeans haven't had any better luck.
This IS the Xboxing of the PC. Sure they allow the x86 to continue as is for now. Because they see it as a dead end. Besides, if they changed the way the desktop PC works it might anger enough people to get a legal response. Better to just make sure streaming video only plays if you haven't 'rooted' your PC, just like on tablets and phones now with Android. Then the Microsoft App Store won't work on 'rooted' PCs come Windows 9. And ever so slowly the chains slide on. And the future is a boot stamping over and over on a human face.
Posted Jan 14, 2012 7:06 UTC (Sat) by imgx64 (guest, #78590)
Pun not intended?
Posted Jan 19, 2012 16:41 UTC (Thu) by cortana (subscriber, #24596)
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