On 2017-08-11 16:44, Richmond Mathewson via use-livecode wrote:
I cannot quite see how people are prepared to go on buying Apple iPads when
there are such draconian restrictions as to what one can run on them.

While the Android "thing" may not be much better, at last one can
side-load almost anything one wants.

One can on iOS too - if you want to Jailbreak your device. Or, indeed, if you have a Apple dev account (which I believe are now free until you want to submit an app - someone please correct me if I'm wrong) you can put on it whatever you like.

There is a whole world of difference between a set of actions one
cannot do because of the
physical limitations of a thing and a set of actions one is not
allowed to do because a bunch of people
in California want to carry on mucking you around even after they ahve
successfully manipulated you into buying their
over-priced product.

That might be true - but as much as these restrictions *might* be because the vendors 'want complete control of their walled garden to scalp us for cash', I honestly do think it is much more about ensuring these devices are *safe* for people to use in regards to all the very critical information we tend to hold on our devices.

It is important to remember that the majority of people who use mobile phones, tablets and computers use them like they do their car or washing machine. They have little interest in how the thing works, just that it does what they need to - does it well and does it safely.

Sure some people complain about seat-belts and speed limits but the reality is that those *legally enforceable requirements* make the roads a great deal safer for everyone.

Warmest Regards,


Mark Waddingham ~ m...@livecode.com ~ http://www.livecode.com/
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