The H Year: 2012's Wins, Fails and Mehs
Posted Jan 1, 2013 13:01 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: The H Year: 2012's Wins, Fails and Mehs
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I think all these talks are look so crazy to Joe Average because they miss the mark and use exaggerative hyperbole. Guys, please. Can we stop with this "your freedom" nonsense? This is not problem of freedom (nobody holds the gun and forces you to buy the Microsoft Surface, right?), but it's still a problem of deception.
People are "buying" things and they often feel they own them after said fact, but in reality they are mere renters if something like undisableable Secure Boot is used: real owner (Microsoft if that's the only entity who can sign the keys) can remotely disable the device at any point.
This distinction was already discussed and I think it's better to drop this "slavery" analogue as totally flawed. If we'll start talking about "devices which are sold to you but which you don't really own" then people will understand you much better: most Joe Averages already had some experience when they wanted to have something and were unable to have it because real owner refused to cooperate (be it desktop-style applications on Microsoft Surface or Google Voice on an iPhone) and they understand how the devices they supposedly "own" sometimes restrict them because real owner wants to do that.
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