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Comment: Re:10 secrets Facebook doesn't want you to know (Score 3, Interesting) 61

by Half-pint HAL (#47752563) Attached to: Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines
I just hope they use image recognition to eliminate my latest pet hate: the click-bait pages that use a screen grab of a youtube video, play button and all, as their thumbnail, trying to convince you it's just a shared video rather than a link.

Comment: Re:I needed that laugh of the day, thanks! (Score 1) 45

by Half-pint HAL (#47595601) Attached to: UK Spy Agency Certifies Master's Degrees In Cyber Security

The most clueless people I've ever met working with IT, are those that work with the company's security. They have an exact set of rules to follow, and nothing else.

...which is why it's important to have an outside body accrediting degrees, to discourage meaningless diploma mills.

Comment: Re:Recent purchases/downloads (Score 1) 258

by Half-pint HAL (#47573883) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

Apple's being truthful here; The typical buyer of any random low-success indie app is also likely to have bought many apps from the top ten lists... and it's an absolute for the composite of typical buyers. If Apple wanted to foster an "App Store Middle Class" they'd have to take a patently dishonest approach and rig the system to stop promoting apps that are already highly successful.

It wouldn't be dishonest. Right now, a lot of the recommendations are things you've probably already heard of anyway. A policy of "discovery" recommendations would be no bad thing.

Comment: Re:uh, get rid of the "top X" ranking? (Score 1) 258

by Half-pint HAL (#47573815) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?
you mean like the magazines we all read in the 80s and 90s to tell us what was worth buying? Just what I was going to say. The problem is... who's going to pay for it? Computer mags were full of ads, but who's going to pay to advertise when either A) your site tells people their software is rubbish or B) your site tells people that they should buy the software anyway.

Comment: What I never understood... (Score 1) 258

by Half-pint HAL (#47573709) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?
For decades, computer games manufacturers have put out limited demos to encourage people to buy the full thing. Some even experimented with DRM to give time-limited access to the full thing. The App Store and iOS give 99.9% security (most iOS users don't jailbreak) so why haven't Apple given the developers a toolkit for time-limited demos? Why are free and paid-for versions listed as separate apps? As an iPad user, I want a proper try-before-you-buy that lets me see exactly what I'm going to get, and if I had that, I'd certainly spend more money. (I could even say the same about Steam, actually...)

Comment: Re:It's not a marketplace.. (Score 1) 258

by Half-pint HAL (#47573637) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

The problem is a bit more subtle than that.

The app "gold rush" encourages people to out in untold millions of man-hours of development time to get a piece of the multi-billion action. What it doesn't say is that a huge chunk of that goes to some random guy who just got lucky (think Flappy Bird) and someone who just took a very common game idea and stuck cutesy graphics on it (Angry Birds). It also doesn't take into account that if you come up with a good idea for a game, you're likely to get cloned almost immediately, and quite possibly by Zynga, who will use their marketing muscle to push you out.

A lot of app developers end up never even making back their Developer Programme membership fees.

But Apple doesn't care, because their customers have a limited amount of spending money, and they're probably spending it all as it is. Given that Apple's cut is a fixed percentage, there's no financial motive for Apple to change the model. And developers are instant profit for Apple, even if they never sell a single app.

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