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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Explanation of Tivosiation and problems - comments sought

From: Nic James Ferrier
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Explanation of Tivosiation and problems - comments sought
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2006 00:40:43 +0000

Chris Croughton <address@hidden> writes:

>> There are two reasons why free software licences should block
>> tivoisation.  The first is that tivoisation prevents users from having
>> control of their own computer.
> Does the inability to get and change the code for your car engine
> control system "prevent you from control of your car"?  Or does not
> having the code for your mobile phone prevent you from controlling
> that?

Yes. I hate that about cars. We, the consumer, have surrendered our
ability to control the car (to make repairs for example).

> And I'm a born tinkerer, most people just want the thing to work,
> they don't even want to know that it has a processor let alone how
> to program it.

I don't think you are. You don't want to change things. That doesn't
sound like the tinkerers I know.

> First find a neutral term which doesn't pick on one manufactuer, and
> define it at the start.  Then if you want to pick on one manufacturer as
> an example make sure that it isn't going to be seen by a lot of people
> as obviously incorrect in their area.

I agree with this. "tivo"isation is a bad word. Why not "neutering"?

Nic Ferrier
http://www.tapsellferrier.co.uk   for all your tapsell ferrier needs

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