[OT] Draconian computer company policies, was: Mobile LC Apps Downloading Stacks After installation

Curry Kenworthy curry at pair.com
Fri Aug 11 12:49:57 EDT 2017


 > I cannot quite see how people are prepared to go on buying
 > Apple iPads when there are such draconian restrictions as to
 > what one can run on them.

 > While the Android "thing" may not be much better, at last one
 > can side-load almost anything one wants.

 > But, Like Richard Stallman, I suffer from the "horrible" belief
 > that once one has bought something it belongs to you and you
 > should not be told what you can and cannot do with it.

Richmond, this may be rare but I'm 100% in agreement with you! My 
device, my management. I don't have the right to do something illegal or 
endanger others, but otherwise, I call the shots.

Safer? Ha! I can assure everyone that at least in the U.S., your own 
confidential information is fairly likely to be transmitted insecurely 
even by professions, regardless of which phone or computer they are 
using. I've seen it again and again - social security numbers, sensitive 
records, photo ID, banking and financial, the works. Dumbing things 
down, the resulting ignorance and complacency hasn't helped. I'm not 
even getting into other long-term implications of recent technology trends.

For virus and malware in particular, yes. But that type of safety could 
be achieved in other specific ways. This system is primarily about 
control - a lot of it is financial, some perhaps even ideological. 
Safety is also a big component of the system, but not the defining one.

Best wishes,

Curry Kenworthy

Custom Software Development

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