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[BBC] Who are the jailbreakers?

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Quite an interesting story regarding Jailbreakers, who they are and how they started.

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Computer hackers rarely show their faces in public, allowing the stereotype of the socially awkward loner sitting in the dark in front of a computer screen to flourish.

But the reality is rather different - at least when it comes to jailbreaking - a specialist type of hacking which involves removing the restrictions that manufacturers place on their devices and then changing the way they work.
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apple hackers????
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I just don't understand why a manufacturer would even implement a feature in a device in the first place just to restrict it and lock it.
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I just don't understand why a manufacturer would even implement a feature in a device in the first place just to restrict it and lock it.
It's really, very, very obvious. So as to have a greater span of control over their market. Users are seen as potential sales and therefore if you do not have completely control all aspects of your service, then you're losing out on revenue generation potential.

I mean, you can argue either way, but like EA wanting to control DLC downloads (instead of Valve via Steam), a company wants to control what and when things happen.

I'm not justifying it, i'm answering why manufacturers impose such features.
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but... clearly the second dude featured in the article DOES fit the stereotype of a hacker.
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It's so they can slug you with a hefty price tag when they release it later as an optional.
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