[OT] Mac App Store

Peter Alcibiades palcibiades-first at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Oct 21 02:27:24 CDT 2010



Chipp Walters wrote:
> 
> 
> ....Jeez, how long before you have to JAILBREAK your Mac in order to put
> your
> own programs on it? I believe it's just around the corner..haven't been
> wrong yet.....
> 

We all have to decide, its both a personal thing and a society thing.  The
personal thing
is do we want to do what we want with the devices we have bought, or do we
want
the people who sold them to us to tell us what we can do.

The social thing is, the PC/Smartphone/tabet is moving to becoming the main
vehicle
by which people get access to content - books, press, etc.  The borders
between
what is an app and what is content are blurring, and increasingly control of
the
app is a way of controlling the content that app gets for the user.  We have
to decide
whether we want this access to be controlled by corporations, or if we want
it to be open.

So the problem society has with Apple is not whether it will close down OSX,
I think 
Chipp is right, it will just as soon as it thinks it can.  Its what the
effect on society will be if that
model is generally adopted.  By, for instance, the main on-line bookseller,
in an era
when e-books are the only way to get lots of titles.

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