[FoRK] Hey AT&T... FU

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Wed Jun 2 09:12:03 PDT 2010

On Jun 2, 2010, at 10:19 AM, Luis Villa wrote:

>> But a different browser doesn't imply jailbreak.  There are alternative browsers in the app store.  Apple, apparently, paid attention to the previous round of legal issues in that general vicinity, i.e. learned from others' mistakes.
> No, they really didn't. The alternative browsers are either:
> 1) thin wrappers around webkit (the !Opera 'browsers')
> 2) gigantic MITM attacks where a server downloads the web page,
> pre-processes it (not coincidentally stripping it of all Javascript
> and converting it to a definitely-not-HTML simplified markup) and then
> sends it to your phone (Opera)

Not sure that defeats the point;  they could do a lot worse in terms of not allowing any other browsers *at all* (regardless of provenance) into the channel.

The browsers stand out as an exception, given their tendency to block other apps that duplicate functionality already provided by bundled apps...


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