"The company says autistics have a talent for spotting imperfections, and thrive on predictable, monotonous work."
Sounds like manager material to me.
And this is why in australia all of our ADSL/Cable plans have "shaping" you get your allotment (usually in peak/offpeak GB per month) and once you go over it they "shape" your previously 24mbit** connection to 64 or 128kbit/s.
This means your monthly bill is a flat cost but if you accidentally stream too many movies off xbox live or something you will be back in dialup land till the end of your billing cycle or decide to upgrade to a more generous plan.
Our ISPs got slapped about 7 years ago for selling "unlimited" plans that had hidden smallprint limits in the acceptable useage policy (some of them defining abuse by being in the 98th percentile) as it was found to be illegal by the consumer watchdog.
** 24mbit is actually an average of 15mbit due to the nature of ADSL2+
The argument is that people want 3rd party software, ergo if the repository does not have it then people will go somewhere else for it.
The response to this point is that repositories strive to have as much 3rd party software as possible on them. This would be fine and dandy if there is no raised entry bar, because there could theoretically be enough resources to host every 3rd party program that exists (for instance, Google could.)
But you have imagined a world where there is also enough human resources in order to maintain that raised entry bar (humans looking over source code, accepting and rejecting programs based on what they are programmed to do) while also overcoming the need to download 3rd party programs from someplace else
If Linux had 95% market share, no software repository on the planet could keep up with the *submissions* to it while also maintaining that raised bar of yours, because they simply cannot allocate enough humans to the task.
Just "leak" Windows XP into space and hopefully they'll have a malware-compatible infrastructure in no time!
The inherent problem with the iPhone is that you can only go to one store to buy apps (namely iTunes). With Repos you can pick and choose which stores you trust and which you don't. Much like how I choose if I want to buy software from BigBoxMart or BestStolen. The Internet in general could (since I am using a store analogy apparently) be seen as buying stuff off the street. Yeah, the stuff looks cool and at these bargain prices you can't beat. But I do need to exercise some caution when I flash my wallet to some guy hanging out the back of a van.
So yes, I agree, I'm not too hip on the one store to rule them all policy. But I do believe that the store concept actually has some utility to offer if given the ability to go to another store should I so choose later. I obviously don't want to exclude the random vendor on the street that is selling hand made crafts, or even the random kisok by the bus stop selling phones. I do however what to keep in mind the burly looking thug over there selling "Snoby" Radios. I think it is all a matter of getting people to get inside a way of thinking.
To me, and that only applies to me, Mac OSX screams "Hey buy more shiny Apple stuff" (Security by insulating ones self by coolness). Linux says to me "Hey subscribe to a Repo because we are always changing stuff and you want to have the latest build." (Security by trust of subscription [or maybe sheer geekness]). Windows just looks like, "Hey we're cool with everyone, you want herpes? No problem we're cool with that. Want to do really neat spreadsheets? We're cool with that too." (Insecurity by being a software whore. We're just trying to please everyone.)
... cause I still get my reading material in that old standard... print.text
Consumer Revolt Spurred Via the Internet [http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/23/1417202&from=rss]
"UK's newspaper Independent outlines the brewing consumer revolt being fomented on the web.
AC [Anonymous Coward] speaks
Our businesses are smarter and have forseen the trend. They are rallying against the consumers who believe they have rights.
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