Originally Posted by geekdad
I was with you until you got to the analogy part....
Comparing jail breaking your phone to going 100MPH in residential area or drinking and driving is just wrong......that is not any comparison at all.....
Its more like buying a new car then putting after market performance enhancements. It might void your warranty but it is perfectly legal. the car company has no obligation to fix or repair the improvements you made but they will repair anything you have not improved/enhanced......
It was not meant as a comparison analogy, but extreme real life examples about consequences of free choices (actions) and consequences.
When I was in college, the young son of one of my professors was killed because a teenager decided to race down a residential road. Surely, the teenager did not think that he was going to or could actually kill someone by driving fast.
For the same reason, I am sure you understand that, teenagers did not drink and then drive with the purpose that it is the way to kill my friends and myself, or more so often, kill innocent bystanders.
These are meant as extreme examples, to dramatize how our inability or lack of desire to think through the consequences of our actions can have dire repercussions.
Now, to go back perhaps to something more related to jailbreaking or free use of stuff we own. Sure, it is now officially legalize to jailbreak. This does not "criminalize" or "male improper" the decision of Apple to discourage "jailbreaking", Sure there is a commercial motivation. However, in the age of malwares, viruses, and all sorts of diabolical scripts, there are alruistic reasons also why Apple need not sanction jailbreaking.
Take this scenario.
So, Apple has not banned jailbroken phones to use the iTunes. But, let us take a potential scenario.
- What if a seemingly very innovative App can only be had by jailbreaking.
- What if someone else decided to infect that App, which became so popular, wth a malicious script?
- What if that malicious script (from a jailbroken App and iPhone) got into iTunes?
- What if that malicious script then unknowingly spread to other iPhones when they use the iTunes, that in turn fed the loop back, infecting more iPhones and perhaps b eyond?
Is the scenario too extreme to happen?
Who will be responsible for reparing the damages? Who will compensate, for the lost in time and effort, perhaps even deals, projects, and all sorts of things that people do with their iPhones, nowadays? Is it even possible to trace the source from the individual who because of our extreme belief on free choice did not fully ponder such scenarios?
All for the sake of our right to do as we please, damn the consequences to others.
If memory serves, was it not only recently that there is tre big finger pointing about stoeln identify and misuse of iTunes account? Was there any effort at all among us to understand what really caused the problem?
Who got blamed? Who lost time trying to deal with the situation?
What was the cause of joy to Apple haters? That Apple products too are vulnerable? Is this really a surprise?
What was the offered solution? That Apple should beef up security. But, how can one really ponder the security leaks until the flaw was revealed? And once revealed, is it really that easy to find a solution? And who is to pay for all the cost?
If one considers that "anything can be pick like a lock" given enough motivation, is it then a crime for Apple to disoourage jailbreaking, to avoid scenarios" like the above?
How many of us really take the time to ponder how our simple actions can have very serious repercussions, not solely to us but many more consumers?