Harry McCracken, on accusations by Richard Stallman and Eric Raymond that Steve Jobs built freedom-sapping digital “prisons”:

Tyranny? Nope, sorry. People who use Apple products considered their options, and chose Apple. If they regret their decision, they can dump it at any time. If you call Apple tyrannical, you’re using a definition of the word so loose as to strip it of any real meaning whatsoever.

It’s ridiculous. In a real prison, you can’t choose to leave.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011