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[News] Proprietary Vendor Kills Its Own Products with Consumer-hostile Triggers

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iPhone kill-switch

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| Last weekend, Steve Jobs revealed that Apple has built a “kill-switch” into 
| every iPhone to terminate any “malicious or inappropriate” programs that 
| somehow got through their application screening process.  Of course, nobody 
| but Steve Jobs knows what “malicious or inappropriate” means, or who decides 
| what qualifies, but this is just another way that Apple is showing the 
| possible downside of a highly centralized and proprietary platform.     



Another reason to love FOSS - Software Kill Switches

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| One thing I hate above almost anything else is when a vendor tells you what
| you can and can't do with your software.  That drives me bonkers.  Sure, they
| wrote it and it's theirs to do with as they wish, but once they sell/give it
| to me, it's mine to do with as I see fit - within the confines of the
| software itself.  Unceremoniously switching me off or making me pay more,
| forcing me to upgrade, stopping me from using the software, or making me bow
| to other ludicrous demands is just blatant power mongering and extortion.  If
| they want me to do something, they had better have a really good reason why I
| should do it, and it had better not be "just because we want more money."
| So what brought on this little bout of ranting and bitterness?  Well, several
| things really, but the biggest is the ever infamous software kill switch.
| It's been around for years, but really didn't start coming into its own until
| Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) came onto the scene.  Since then, proprietary
| vendors have looked at Microsoft's success with the Software Kill Switch and
| realized the money making potential of it.  They also have seen the power it
| can give them and it's become an intoxicating drug to them.


Cryptome: NSA has access to Windows Mobile smartphones

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| First time in history Cryptome.org has released information about the
| characteristics of NSA’s network surveillance.

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