Revisiting the question: Should general-purpose computing be allowed?

By | January 26, 2012
This is important not just for people wanting to root their devices, but also the general question of whether hardware owners are allowed to do whatever they want to their hardware or not.

If a user cannot control the software they have installed on their machines, manufacturers have a oligopoly over what software can be and must be installed. This means, limited choices for consumers – which according to the laws of free market capitalism translates into worse quality – and greater chances that particular power-abusing organizations use this opportunity for their own purposes – for example surveillance spyware deployments. It also raises the question of to what extent high-school and university electronics classes are allowed to open up old devices, re-arrange the components, and create something new

Now, I'm not saying that the expiration of the DMCA exemption goes that far yet. I'm just suggesting that it's heading us onto a potentially dangerous and detrimental path as a technically oriented society.

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ATTENTION ROOTERS

An interesting read. I'm all about keeping Android devices as open as possible. This is a no brainer to renew this exemption.

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