[FoRK] Re: Surfing the memestream as usual; righteous swells induce continuous endorphin rush

Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> on Tue Jan 23 18:05:04 PST 2007

On 1/23/07, Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> wrote:
> On 1/9/07, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
> >
> > On Jan 9, 2007, at 8:26 PM, Jeff Bone wrote:
> >
> > > PS - big three stories of the last two days:  the iPhone, finally a
> > > mobile "convergence" device w/ a decent UI and a semi-open UNIX-
> > > based OS;
> >
> > Just in case you missed the point, peeps:  the point is "HACKABLE
> > PHONE, MASS MARKETED, BIG TELCO PARTNERS, SHORT-TERM INNOVATION-
> > PROTECTED."  Unless you felt like dropping $600 on an ugly green
> > Trolltech brick, or angst-ing every time you saw a vaporware rumor of
> > a forthcoming Linux RAZR, or buying one of only a few other overly-
> > expensive under-powered phones --- with proprietary drivers and
> > undocumented APIs --- you really effectively couldn't hack your
> > phone, before this.  And MASS MARKETED means that it's not a niche
> > thing, anymore;  phone hack-ability now goes mainstream.  This drives
> > innovation.  The stack bursts open.  Ecosystem for sophisticated p2p
> > apps and hardware.
>
> You've drunk the koolaid, Jeff. King Steve has said repeatedly that it
> will not be open; it will not be hackable; they want it to be
> perfectly controlled, just like iPod.
>
> So, yes, if it were open, that would be huge and game changing, but it isn't.

And apologies for responding as if you'd written this today; should
have looked at the date. I *knew* FoRK was too quiet...

Luis

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