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

Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> on Tue Jan 23 16:52:29 PST 2007

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.

Luis

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