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Comment Re:Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS devi (Score 1) 212

As a consumer, my goal is to be as free as possible.

As a consumer, my goal is to purchases items to meet as many of my requirements for as long as possible with the lowest price.

Apps, that might be vapor one day, fit those requirements often. I can't imagine not buying one that will give me usefulness out of some sort of protest vote.

But, bully for you. Keep fighting the good fight.

Comment Re:Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS devi (Score 1) 212

A software is meant to be reusable

It isn't software. It's an "app".
I'm not being a smartass, I'm pointing out that smartphone apps are not comparable to PC software any more than a Big Mac is.
It is meant to work only on the ecosystem it was purchased in, which is highly hardware dependent.

It seems like you're cutting your nose off to spite your face.

Comment Re:Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS devi (Score 1) 212

It's a matter of principle. I don't want to support vendor lock-in.

Interesting. Where does the line exist for this in your mind?

Isn't watching a movie at a theater a type of vendor lock-in? You can only watch that movie while at the theater that one time, and you have no rights to watch it again.

What about a buffet? You're unable to take the food that you've paid for out of the restaurant.

A pay-per-view event? Movie rental?

Comment Re:Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS devi (Score 1) 212

I personally don't buy applications that can only be executed on devices from a single vendor.

Why not?

I'm perfectly happy to buy some $1-$10 apps that I know full well may be vapor in a few years.

I spent more than that on lunch yesterday, and flushed it today.

It isn't like we're talking about $900 software.

Comment Re:Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS devi (Score 1) 212

Many of those features would be trivial for Apple to implement as advanced settings (hell, solitary coders are writing this stuff and giving it away for free), and not against the Apple ethos (unlike, say, emulators). But for now you have to expose yourself to security risks in order to do all this useful stuff with your expensive pocket computer.

I 100% agree with everything you're saying there. My Motorola RAZR had per-person MMS custom ringtones before the iPhone was even released, and it took them until iOS 5 or so until they allowed that. Stupid.

Worst case, make it something that can only be enabled with a bit of work, like how you have to use their tool to install certificates and other higher-level stuff.

While it annoys me that I can do many things that should be trivial and some UX god at Apple is preventing me from doing it, the main reason I'm on Apple is for the security and stability. I won't root it and lose that, because if I were going to do that, I'd get an Android again.

Do I think iOS is perfect? Hell no. Is it the best? In some cases, yes, in many other cases, no. It just happens to be the best for me, right now.

Comment Re: Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS dev (Score 1) 212

How exactly does one take advantage of walls that only prevent you from enjoying more garden?

The walls that keep me in keep the pests and intruders out. Sure, there is garden I'm missing out on, but I have enough garden to meet my needs and I never find that my vegetables are stolen or burned when I go to my garden.

More freedom has more risk, in pretty much any venue.

I used to do some CRAZY shit with my non-Apple phones. Then came the day that the latest app I installed and modified kept me from making a business call while travelling away from a computer which was needed to regain control of my device.

After that point, I decided I was OK with restricting my freedom ON MY PHONE in order for my phone to be more stable.

Comment Re:Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS devi (Score 2) 212

If you had ever used a jailbroken iPhone and realized the capabilities it unlocks, you would change your mind

I'm aware of the capabilities it unlocks, but I'm just curious why I'd accept the lost stability, not just security, that happens when using an iPhone outside of the way it was designed.

Apple is great at doing the things they intended you to do with the device. It is well known that if you try to use an Apple device in a way it wasn't designed for, it will be frustrating and difficult.

You're swimming upstream on a jailbroken Apple iOS. Why not use an Android, which was designed with a totally different and open mentality?

Comment Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS device (Score 4, Insightful) 212

I'm an Apple iOS user, and a former Palm/Windows CE/Blackberry/Windows Phone/Android user.

I simply don't understand jailbreaking an iPhone. The whole point of me having an iPhone is to take advantage of the walled garden.

If I want something with better hardware on a lower price that I can customize any way I want, I'd have an Android again.

Since having a reliable and secure phone is more important to me than features, I have have decided to get an iPhone and not jailbreak it.

Can those that do jailbreak explain why they don't go to Android?

Comment Re:First to achieve soft landing? really? (Score 1) 53

I suppose then that the USSR's Mars 3 explorer in 1971 must be a figment of my imagination.

No, but 70 lines of an ambiguous image and 14.5 seconds of transmission hardly "wins" the race to Mars. How is that really any more useful than a hard landing?

So, do you really call it a successful soft landing if it couldn't complete its mission?

I agree, the summary is bad, but the title is correct: Viking 1 won the Martian Space Race, since it actually succeeded and exceeded the mission goal: Transmitting useful information from the surface of Mars.

Comment Re:And this is a big problem WHERE? (Score 1) 178

If he can move half-way over and pass safely, why would he need to put his entire vehicle into another lane instead?

If he can move half-way over safely, he can move fully over safely.
If he can't move fully over safely, then if any of the three vehicles (northbound car, southbound car, and southbound cyclist) shift at all (say, to avoid an obstacle), the cyclist dies.

Comment Re:And this is a big problem WHERE? (Score 1) 178

He certainly didn't signal his illegal maneuver, either, which is just as much of a legal requirement for a cyclist as it is for a motorist if you're planning to interfere with traffic.

If he was already occupying the lane, he wasn't interfering with traffic. He has the right to the lane.

He also needs to choose to obey the other laws of the road if he wants respect.

So, I assume when you did this pass UPHILL, it wasn't across a solid yellow line?

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