Monday, January 15, 2007

Can this possibly be right?

According to this article, Sarbanes-Oxley Act is apparently requiring Apple to charge $4.99 for unlocking the 802.11n support in computers that have been shipping with the functionality disabled. I don't know if S-O is just the latest boogeyman, but I hear it come up at least twice a week in some negative context regarding its unintended impact on business. If S-O is so sweeping, broad and ill-defined that a company like Apple has to start charging customers for something they would otherwise give them for free, it ceases to provide any meaningful positive impact.

[UPDATE]
Jeff Harrell does a much better job over at Shape Of Days.

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