Explaining science is hard too.
It discusses all things related to the Pharmaceutical industry, but it's written from the perspective of a medicinal chemist and there are often entries discussing exactly this issue, with comments from lots of people in the field, e.g.:
It's like operating on a patient and going 'Trust me, I'm a doctor'.
Isn't that exactly what doctors do? Patients die. Shit happens. We're only human and our power is limited.
Now, I think whether or not a phone is such an appliance is an open and interesting question. But surely you think there are SOME devices that should be closed and only have access to certain protocols/sites.
Steve Jobs is in favor of closing off one device that has numerous other important functions, not the whole internet....
I use an Adesso SlimTouch which has a built-in touchpad, which was the killer-feature I was looking for. Overall I'm very happy with it. It's a lot like using a laptop because I can sit-back on the couch and use it without needing a separate mouse (which requires a table/desk of some sort).
Interestingly everyone that comes over and sees the set-up wants it for themselves. It still takes *a little* geek savvy to install a system like this, but not for long. Once people get more exposure to this sort of thing they'll never look back.
It's much more enjoyable to watch TV-shows via Hulu/Netflix than it is once a week with long adverts, anyway.