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Comment: Re:The Entire Web Dev "Ecosystem" is Broken (Score 1) 125

by Opportunist (#47570379) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

I don't really fear that you'll be going extinct anytime soon. Web designers were in that bind before. "Nephew art" anyone? Where webdesigners got fired 'cause "my nephew can do it, he's good with computers".

Development doesn't stop, especially not in a technical field so closely tied with marketing and PR as web design. What "anyone" can do will flood the market, to the point where webpages that offer it will be met with "been there, done that" yawns. What people want is something new. New ways of presenting stuff to them is the key. Because that's something those "web kits" can, of course, not offer.

And don't get me started on security...

Comment: Re:It's not a marketplace.. (Score 1) 125

by Opportunist (#47570055) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

There has never been much of a market to begin with.

Given that you can today get quite decent indie games for your computer for 5-10 bucks, flashgames-gone-iPad can't sell for more than pennies. There was a bit of money in timewaster games, games you can pick up and put down at the spur of the moment as you have to kill a little time, waiting in line, waiting for the bus or waiting for your girlfriend to stop talking.

The problem is that these games are rather easy to make and that only the first handful of people who had the idea to do so actually had a market to speak of. After the flood of copycat games drowned everyone, nobody really could make more than a handful of bucks out of the 99 cent game fad.

The next step now are free-2-play, pay-2-stay games. Games that are "free" but require you to spend money (and often quite ridiculous amounts thereof) to keep playing. Considering that I now even start to see TV ads for them, I dare say that they, too, are no longer something an indie game maker can try his hand at, considering that very obviously the game mafia has cornered that market already.

So, essentially, I'd say indie games on phones are over. Get over to Steam, there seems to be a market for indie games left.

Comment: Re:The American Dream (Score 1) 497

by Opportunist (#47566841) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Just wait 'til the poor find out that the fastest way to success is a bullet through your head and a grab for your wallet. Why not? What do they have to lose?

In my country, they DO have a lot to lose. And hence our crime rates tend to be low enough that you can actually leave your house door open and nobody would even consider entering. Despite knowing that you most likely do NOT own a gun.

Comment: Re:The American Dream (Score 1) 497

by Opportunist (#47566745) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Guess what, there are people who happen to be less bright than average. Or maybe just less fortunate. Or just happen to come from the wrong corner of town, had to go to the wrong schools...

Not everyone is lucky in life. I am. You might be. But I slowly lose my patience with idiots saying "they just have to try harder" after mommy and daddy ensured they had enough of an education that they can find a job they can get by on (at least for now, let's see how it pans out in the next decade or so). Because, sorry to be so blunt, what you just said is usually what comes out of the mouth of spoiled brats who NEVER had to fight for anything in their life.

Comment: Re:The American Dream (Score 1) 497

by Opportunist (#47566635) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Support the country you live in, or go live in the country you support.

Agreed. Could you now please make the US stop trying to destroy what we built up because they're afraid and envious of our success and wealth? The various "agreements" the EU currently gets forced into serve nothing but pulling us down to the US levels.

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