By making these and many related choices, I have made parts of my life slightly less easy, or at least less convenient. But I have gained something more important: liberty. I use the devices I purchase as I choose; I decline to live in the increasingly restricted environments that so many technology and communications companies have imposed on their customers. And to the extent that I am able, I’m preventing snoops, corporate and governmental, from watching my every move without my consent. On balance, I believe, I’ve made my life better.
on the Permission
Buying DRMed books is voting with your wallet for a system that
criminalizes those that insist on living in freedom and will screw us all
in the long run when DRM is the only choice we are offered and removing the
DRM is difficult, unsafe, and illegal.
-- Benjamin Mako Hill
Both Apple and Nintendo argue that their curatorial process also intercepts
low-quality and malicious software, preventing it from entering the
platform. I don’t doubt their sincerity. But their curatorial model treats
owners as adversaries and executes countermeasures to prevent people from
knowing what the programs on their devices are doing. It has to, because a
user who can fully inspect the operating system and its processes, and
terminate or modify processes at will, can subvert the curation and
undermine the manufacturer’s profits by choosing to buy software elsewhere.
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