Originally Posted by iGenius
The average computer user is not an idiot. It is possible that the average Mac user does not fit this profile, but personally, I doubt it.
If an idiot does stuff with the innards of his computer which he does not understand, he is likely to have all sorts of problems. But this is not a good reason to lock down devices intended for average folks. It is telling that the iPhone is locked down. It appears that it is a device intended for idiots, rather than average computer users. Appearances can be deceiving, however.
Here's a clue: If you don't know what the heck you are doing, don't take chances screwing around with basic low level stuff on your computer. Buy a Mac, and leave all the (few) settings at the default value. Only install software from Fortune 500 companies, and even then, prepare for confusion.
Here's another clue: If you don't now anything about cars, don't go under the hood and try to replace stock parts with high-performance parts. If you don't know anything about photography, buy a point-and-shoot camera and leave it on the "automatic" setting. If you don't know anything about boats, stay close to shore. You get the point...
I thought it was pretty clear that I was using the term "idiot" in a sort of colloquial sense. And you should have stuck with your instincts in the first paragraph and not implied that mac users were idiots as you do in the third paragraph.
I think you've missed my point overall.
Using your car analogy, If you buy a car that performs well, but has a "fix" that doesn't allow some minor function that you would like, for example it won't do fourth gear or something...
The "jailbreaker" in that scenario is a guy that says he can replace the whole motor almost instantaneously
, for free
, and that it will do double the speed and have all kinds of other benefits that you don't really understand. You agree, because everyone else is doing it
and it's free, and it takes less than a few minutes to do. He hands you a piece of paper that essentially says there's no absolute guarantee, but you don't really read it or care, because .. everyone's doing it
, and let's face it, you're getting the equivalent of a Mazaratti for free.
You have also read lots of articles in the paper recently about how cool this modification is, how "all the smart folks are doing it," and how lovely it is to drive the super fast car for free. There are even indications that you could get free fuel
for it (apps) if you go to the right shady garages.
If that car later blows up or stops or has some other issues, your warranty is void and it's basically your fault for doing the stupid thing in the first place. But my argument is that the guy "selling" the modification, and all those involved in pushing it as a "good thing" share a portion of the blame.
In legal terms (IANAL), this is known as an "attractive nuisance" and it is illegal for good reason.
The usual example of an attractive nuisance is that you can't put a guillotine in your front yard even with a big sign saying "Danger! stay away from this head chopping machine." Even though it's your property, even though the machine is clearly labelled with warning signs, and even though the person has to trespass on your property and step around a barrier or a warning sign, you are still responsible for leaving it out
and will be charged with manslaughter if anyone uses it.
They are stupid of course, it's their fault of course, but it's also
the owner of the guillotine's fault for putting it out there in the open in an enticing fashion.