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Did you know that your iPhone (or iPad with 3G) is constantly tracking your position without asking you? It's been doing it ever since you bought the thing. Assuming you're backing up your device to your computer, this application will show you on a map where you have been. Amazingly useful tool for police forces who believe they have the right to search your devices as if they were your pockets when they stop you, too.
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While OpenLogic understandably has an interest in promoting their services to companies engaged in the development of commercial software, I'd suggest their implication that open source is in some way a special case here is over-stated. Any product that's built using input software written by others needs careful management of the terms under which the copyright is licensed.
That needs careful management processes which are applicable regardless of whether the software is licensed blilaterally under proprietary terms or multilaterally under open source terms. They seem to be asserting that the new smartphone market includes a lot of inexperienced developers who don't realise that. It's surely more a function of the immaturity of the market and its participants than specifically of open source, which is really only implicated here because it's OpenLogic's business, their marketing stunt and the transparency open source brings.
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This illustrates the wider truth that it's impossible to regulate what's illegal. The big weakness of dictatorial platform control - setting aside it's abhorrent disregard of customer freedoms - is that it encourages an ecosystem to evolve beyond the influence of the platform owner. While Apple can deal with malware that sneaks into the AppStore (and it inevitably will), a philosophy that opposes uncontrolled software encourages dependence on software that has to stay underground to survive, with the consequent risk of it being exploited for evil as well as for innovation.
We saw it in the Prohibition, we can see it in the ridiculous "war on drugs" and we'll see it anywhere people assume "technical measures" can comprehensively succeed. Apple may tar it with a black brush but ultimately it's a demon they invoked themselves.
This link recently saved by webmink on July 26, 2010
Congratulations to the EFF on this victory for digital liberty. We mustn't over-state the victory, however. The DMCA is still an unnecessarily broad act that chills innovation and liberty for Americans and sets a norm that endangers digital liberty worldwide. Moreover, the acts they have caused to be decriminalised are still covered contractually by the ridiculous terms applied to customers. So the fight for digital liberty is far from over.
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Sounds plausible, certainly. What the commentators I've seen so far (including Gruber) are mostly ignoring is that Apple would block Flash even if there were no technical issues (and most of them are probably soluble in some way) since their priority is control of the platform so they can control its monetisation.
It's business, not technology. That means no Flash, no Java, no virtualisation, no interpreted code. The very interesting question will be what they do with HTML5. My prediction: HTML 5 support will be complete but will lag native apps and be poorly integrated with the overall UI.
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It may be satirical humour but it makes a crucially important point. The reason so many of us stopped trusting Microsoft back in the 90s was we knew that partnering with them only had two exit points: acquisition or the "theft" of our ideas and customers (for me it was the latter). FSJ points out it's deja vue all over again.