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Comment Re:Fundamental flaw: it is not *APPLE*'s phone (Score 2, Insightful) 483

Apple is not preventing, nor can they legally prevent, developers from developing apps for their own iPhones or other people's iPhones. This is why there are many apps available for so called "jailbroken" iPhones.

Developing apps in this manner waives your rights in any other contracts with Apple regarding the phone. Such as the warranty. That is using the law to prevent people from doing what they want with their own property.


Wikileaks Plans To Make the Web Leakier 94

itwbennett writes "At the Hack In The Box conference in Kuala Lumpur, Wikileaks.org announced a plan to enable newspapers, human rights organizations, criminal investigators, and others to embed an 'upload a disclosure to me via Wikileaks' form onto their Web sites that would give potential whistleblowers the ability to leak sensitive documents to an organization or journalist they trust over a secure connection. The news or NGO site would then get an embargo period in which to analyze the material and write the story, after which Wikileaks would make the leaked material public. At the same time, the receiver would have greater legal protection, says Julien Assange, an advisory board member at Wikileaks 'We will take the burden of protecting the source and the legal risks associated with publishing the document,' said Assange. 'We want to get as much substantive information as possible into the historical record, keep it accessible, and provide incentives for people to turn it into something that will achieve political reform.'"

Comment Re:A bad trend (Score 1) 83

I agree that this is not what is good for consumers. I do not agree that we need legislation to achieve this.

If we are correct, and a SIM based plug-n-go model really is better for the consumer, then it will be a competitive edge for a company which comes along and does this in the United States where CDMA is the largest standard for mobile telecom (Verizon).

The rest of the world already does use GSM (AT&T in the US), the other big standard for cellular communication, which is SIM based. In general, you take your unlocked phone up to a new provider, fill out the contract, receive a SIM, and plug it into the hardware you already have. Also, I don't know if this is the case in western markets, but in developing economies there generally is a thriving market for second hand equipment.

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