Not My Phone, But...
I don't have an iPhone, and have no opinion on jailbreaking it, but that's all immaterial because greenpois0n has one of the best logos ever, and it needed to be said.
Yours for irrelevant comments...
Verizon's CDMA-equipped iPhone 4 won't appear in stores until this Thursday, but it has already been jailbroken. Last Friday and Saturday, the ever-helpful folks of the Chronic Dev Team rolled out new versions of their easy-as-pie jailbreaking app, greenpois0n, announcing in the apps' Read Me files that "Verizon iPhone 4 is …
If you were to use that logic, you certainly wouldn't buy any games consoles, and probably not any software from any vendor, once you read the EULAs.
On the jailbreaker=git assertion you make, I'll leave that for others to comment as I do not have a jailbroken iPhone so feel less invested ;-)
By buying something that is locked down you are condoning the practice and encouraging it to go further. If you buy a PS3 now you are acknowledging that it is OK for Sony to take away functionality from you after your purchase. If you "buy" an iPhone you are asserting that it is fine for Apple to telll you what you can and cannot install on the phone you are leasing and that all your book purchases should be through Apple with a 30% cut.
If nobody bought these things then the practices would stop. If you're ignorant of the issues then you may have some excuse but if you're savvy enough to jailbreak then you're savvy enough to know you're complicit in the corporations' actions.
If I buy a case of AK47s, melt them down, and turn them into prams for an orphanage I'm still supporting the arms industry*...
*extreme example I know, but it was the simplest that came to mind
There's a huge choice of phones but all major consoles are under the thumb of the manufacturer - SONY, Nintendo, Microsoft.
I have no interest in modding the consoles, the PS3 especially works really well (yes I have Xbox360 & Wii to compare with) and I have my own Linux boxes for Linux-y stuff.
If you don't like a locked-down phone you CAN go and buy one that isn't from elsewhere without dicking around with jailbreaking...
"Jailbreaking an iPhone just makes you a git who likes to pay to to promote Apple's products and practices, but then decides to pretend to be clever"
maaan, you got me there, to think I thought I was being clever, and now I find out I am just a git
thank god for enlighten people, I just learn so much ...
Now for a real comment,a rather than a cretinous one,
One of the interesting things about jailbreaking, is to gain full ssh access, this allows for quite a plyful use of the phone. One of the best ones being using apps like pdaNet from cydia or rock (app repositories) , to plug your iphone on your laptop , use it as a router, and vpn through it.
Another thing I quite like to use ssh for , is to run VLC for iphone, from my laptop at work, I can remote control the phone, using IM clients on it, allowing me to use my own IM at work (usually bloked), via 3G connection, but typing with a real keyboard, rather than a phone one.
an many more ...
The jailbreak "community" is the most childish thing I've seen in IT in a long while. They're also not very open in any way. No documentation, no source code, no release notes, no changelogs, nothing. You let an undocumented application modify your phone's OS in an undocumented way, let it disable code signing and everything and then you install more undocumented binaries from people with no names. For much of it you even have to pay then.
Not liking to have Apple control your phone is one thing. Allowing a bunch of nameless hackers to modify and control your phone isn't necessarily a better thing. It's like escaping from the walled garden into a lawless slum full of bragging people wearing face masks.
(Disclaimer: I have an iPhone and it's jailbroken. I'm on pre-paid though and never would use my credit card or do any kind of banking with it.)
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