Notes Antic Disposition

All Your Apps Are Belong To Us

The EFF examines the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, and concludes that Apple is acting as a jealous and arbitrary feudal lord.

If Apple's mobile devices are the future of computing, you can expect that future to be one with more limits on innovation and competition

Especially limiting, are the authoritarian controls on installing applications:

Section 8 makes it clear that Apple can "revoke the digital certificate of any of Your Applications at any time." Steve Jobs has confirmed that Apple can remotely disable apps, even after they have been installed by users. This contract provision would appear to allow that.

Is this another example of trade offs in computing, this time between user-experience and openness?