Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cisco's "Cloud" Move is a bad idea

Cisco locks customers out of their own routers, only lets them back in if they agree to being spied upon and monetized - Boing Boing

Since when did it become acceptable for corporations to hijack equipment and force things down a customer's throat? Oh, wait … ever since Microsoft forced Windows down the throats of OEM manufacturers and made itself the defacto operating system for desktop computers; that's about the right time when this whole thing got started. Many others have followed (Apple is one example) and have gotten away with it for far too long.

But Cisco's latest move is pure terrorism on its clients. Many of us will not stand for it. Routers are not all that expensive (in the $50-$80 range) and there are several manufacturers to choose from, companies that hopefully will not follow Cisco's example and try to kidnap customers into agreements that are damaging to the Internet as a whole.

On this Fourth of July, we should follow William Wallace's (form the movie Braveheart) and shout at the top of of our lungs: FREEDOM!!!

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