Giving most people a “general purpose computer” these days is
giving them enough rope to hang themselves. That’s why people that
have never learned computers (or did and hate them) like iPads so
much. It’s extremely difficult to mess anything up, and you don’t
have to worry about antivirus and updating java and flash and all
this other crap. Apps are sandboxed, privacy is taken seriously,
background apps (spyware) can’t track you, etc.
As someone concerned with security, I’ll gladly tell people to
switch from a virus-laden Windows laptop to an iPad or
As someone concerned with privacy, I’m conflicted in offering
those suggestions because the security comes from proprietary app
stores and review teams, trusting all your data to be stored by the
GOOG, not having the ability to run your own code, etc.
Maybe it’s just as simple as: there is not one solution for
everyone. Let the majority of people that have no interest in
running their own code use iPads and Chromebooks. For developers
and people that know enough to take precautions, keep using Macbooks
and Thinkpads and whatever.
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This is a comment on A Story About Jessica, and is presented here just as another
data point about giving up control over
our own computers.
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