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Verizon Says Locked Bootloaders Better for the Network

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It's like my laptop and the cable company...

by tjobrien21    Mar 1, 2012, 1:06 PM

I don't see where this is any different than the concept of my laptop and the cable company.

Example:

The key point here is ownership. I own my laptop, and can do whatever I want with it. Use it with Windows, or Linux, or throw it in the pool if I see fit. It's my property, and I have complete physical and logical access to it. I do NOT, however, have the same access to Comcast's cable data system - because THEY own it. I'm just a subscriber, and they provide a data hose. But Comcast knows they can't take away admin or root access on my computers, because it's not theirs to do it.

Same with the cell phone. It's mine; I paid for it. I can use it as is, mod it, or prop up an uneven table leg with it. I can't legally hack or change Verizon's network, because it's theirs. But they also don't have the right to lock me out of my phone, because it's NOT theirs.

If they're worried about network security and availability, they need to do it at the network level. Never trust the client systems to be secure, that's basic sysadmin 101 stuff there.

In other words, hey Verizon: "BS!"

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