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I currently read on engadget that Microsoft wants to stop any type of modification to the Kinect. Even though there are much more practical applications for it. Such as a mouse for a home theater system. This is also much like Apple in this sense because of Apple's hatred toward jailbreaking, which was recently by the US Government.

asked Nov 20 '10 at 13:57

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edited Nov 20 '10 at 14:29


My Related Question: Is that iPhone X you paid $$$ for truly yours? > http://bit.ly/aFWWDI

(Nov 20 '10 at 15:08) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

Why am I the only person who voted this up? This is a great question.

(Nov 22 '10 at 23:32) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

That's like telling a car owner that they can't put snow tires on for the winter because it's not factory shipped. Consumers own what they've purchased and are practically entitled to do what they please with it, unless they try to sell what they've made that would run into some legal issues.

answered Nov 20 '10 at 14:36

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I think the question should be: Should companies be allowed to object to product modification by consumers who rightfully own them?

I think the middle ground here is the warranty. Modify it = void warranty. You're not getting any help from the company you bought it from if you modify it because they are not liable for what you do to it oustide the terms of use. But the company shouldn't have a say if I modify it and don't want any help from them, and make better use of it with those modifications.

answered Nov 21 '10 at 02:01

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Carriers Threaten Apple Over Plans To Embed SIM Card In Future iPhones > http://bit.ly/98qig3

"... Apple is working on a programmable, custom-SIM card that could be embedded in future iPhones ..."

In other words, Apple is trying to cut out the middle man {Carriers}. This is also another way to combat Jailbreaking & Unlocking of future iPhones.

"... The bone of contention for the operators is that Apple here is trying to “control” the relationship between the consumer and the network. As mentioned earlier, if this plan is implemented, people could buy their phones and sign up on the Apple website for their network of choice and start using the phone right away – without much involvement of the network ..."

answered Nov 20 '10 at 15:27

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I really hope this doesn't ever happen.

(Nov 20 '10 at 22:51) Alekz Alekz's gravatar image

Update! European Carriers Threaten "War" Over Built-in SIM: http://bit.ly/9Ob9U6

(Nov 21 '10 at 23:32) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

I can't imagine in some situations where refusing to allow consumers to modify anything is for the greater good. We know that this void our warranty but in some scenarios it borders necessity. The Samsung Moment for example, in many ways a healthy contender to the HTC Hero at the time of it's release, but the product was rushed and not properly QC'd so there are a plethora of hardware and software issues. Without rooting and custom time, sometimes the device borders on unusable.

answered Nov 22 '10 at 19:31

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Justin Green

Simple answer... Yes, they should!!

answered Nov 22 '10 at 20:13

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but here is the question... do you own the hardware? or do you own the license to use the hardware? there is a big difference...

answered Nov 22 '10 at 23:02

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