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Authored by: gnarly on Jan 27, '10 03:57:18PM

DRM is used by Apple to restrict users' freedom in a variety of ways,
including blocking installation of software that comes from anywhere
except the official Application Store, and regulating every use of
movies downloaded from iTunes. Apple furthermore claims that
circumventing these restrictions is a criminal offense, even for
purposes that are permitted by copyright law.
Attention needs to be paid to the computing infrastructure our society
is becoming dependent upon. This past year, we have seen how human
rights and democracy protesters can have the technology they use turned
against them by the corporations who supply the products and services
they rely on. Your computer should be yours to control. By imposing such
restrictions on users, Steve Jobs is building a legacy that endangers
our freedom for his profits," said FSF executive director Peter Brown.
So the short answer is that untill this changes I will not be purchasing an iPad.

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Authored by: macgruder on Jan 30, '10 03:00:01AM

There's nothing to stop you from writing a Web App and selling that however you want.

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You're right, the DRM is the iPad's worst feature.
Authored by: Raptor007 on Feb 02, '10 06:29:34PM

That's a good point. The iPad is probably the most locked-down laptop in existence, which really makes it the least useful of its class. An iPad user would be at a huge disadvantage compared to any other notebook or netbook user.

I am willing to put up with some of those restrictions on my iPhone, simply because there is no better alternative that fits in my pocket. However, I did jailbreak it to allow me to download unsanctioned apps from Cydia, and build my own apps without paying the lame $100 annual fee.

Edited on Feb 02, '10 06:30:07PM by Raptor007

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