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[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Almost all commercial software is heading in this direction, or will sooner or later. In fact, this is the general thrust of things like cloud computing.

This is actually a very disturbing development, overall, and a continuous progression of preventing the user from controlling the computer they supposedly own (but in reality, don't). Ultimately it's part of the overall industry thrust such that only corporations really own computers, even if you paid for them. They want to systematically eliminate all independently operating computing equipment, and it's pretty obvious they'll do whatever it takes. All of the major technology companies seem to be pushing in this direction. Unfortunately a lot of people don't know (and in many cases, just flat-out don't care) that any of this is happening, nor the implications for the future.


[–] prairie 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

a lot of people ... just flat-out don't care

This is the real and only answer. If people didn't put up with it, it wouldn't be happening. The real voting (with one's wallet) is where people fail daily.


[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Actually, I think that a lot of people would care if they knew. But it's not the sort of thing you can explain in an elevator ride, and it's not something that can easily rile up moral outrage. I'm afraid it's going to be a while before something slaps people in the face, and then it's going to be a long and painful slog to try to fix it, if it's even practical any longer at that point.

Plus, for all that "vote with your wallet" is espoused, there are often few alternatives, and those that are there are seriously expensive or seriously crippled in one way or another.. I can run, by myself, all the software I want on a "desktop" made out of a Raspberry Pi, for instance, but it's slow, low on storage, and requires technical know-how. Linux isn't something easily learned by a lot of people, and it can be intimidating trying to put together such a thing, plus that doesn't address incompatibility issues and any manual tweaks you might need to do. Eventually it starts looking like the way things are going for EULAs (which are a related topic, albeit not obviously), where it's fast approaching the point where you're free to reject all the EULAs you want, so long as you don't mind living in the woods.