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Comment: Re:for pete's sake (Score 1) 339 339

Owning a smart phone with a data plan isn't a human right. Don't want to pay that much for the data plan? Don't. Live without it. Billions do it every day.

If, on the other hand, you choose, of your own volition, to pay the exorbitant fee for the data plan, you only serve to prove that the pricing was reasonable and correct.

But the data wants to be free doesn't it?

Comment: Good for Cleaning contractors - not so good for IT (Score 1) 143 143

I'm thinking that it would be hard to snoop on IT workers this way. Unless the phone is moving when it shouldn't.
This is ideal though for cleaning contractors who need to make sure their cleaners are cleaning and not just leaving the vacuum cleaner on.

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Pirates as a Marketplace 214 214

John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts, made some revealing comments in an interview with Kotaku about how the company's attitudes are shifting with regard to software piracy. Quoting: "Some of the people buying this DLC are not people who bought the game in a new shrink-wrapped box. That could be seen as a dark cloud, a mass of gamers who play a game without contributing a penny to EA. But around that cloud Riccitiello identified a silver lining: 'There's a sizable pirate market and a sizable second sale market and we want to try to generate revenue in that marketplace,' he said, pointing to DLC as a way to do it. The EA boss would prefer people bought their games, of course. 'I don't think anybody should pirate anything,' he said. 'I believe in the artistry of the people who build [the games industry.] I profoundly believe that. And when you steal from us, you steal from them. Having said that, there's a lot of people who do.' So encourage those pirates to pay for something, he figures. Riccitiello explained that EA's download services aren't perfect at distinguishing between used copies of games and pirated copies. As a result, he suggested, EA sells DLC to both communities of gamers. And that's how a pirate can turn into a paying customer."

Comment: I'm suprised its only 50% (Score 1) 607 607

Most of my friends have opted for PS3s but out of 4 people I know with Xbox 360s 3 of them hav had the RROD. (two within the last week)
One of them is a very big game player.
He was the first one to have his 360 die on him.
He has played the PS3 at least as much and watched both bluray and other media on it.
The PS3 so far hasn't had an ounce of trouble.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as free (Score 1) 242 242

For example, take the act of downloading and installing a piece of "free" software from the 'net. You spend time to download it. Time to work out how to install it and even time (hopefully beforehand) to read through it's features, bugs and abilities to find out if it will solve the problem you have.

So why does so much non-free software also include the process you just mentioned?

OK let me just change what you said for expensive software that I have had dealings with.

You spend time to talk to the salesman. Time to work out how to tell if he is lying and even time (hopefully beforehand) to read through it's features, bugs and abilities to find out if it will solve the problem you have.
You buy it and too late find out it doesn't do what you want.
You have spent a lot of money and time on this project and cannot look bad in front of your employees/bosses.
You make the best of the situation and have to pay high support costs to try to get the software working.

Comment: Re:Only businesses need a $-driven business model (Score 1) 242 242

Tell you what, why don't I hire you and have you work for free and then I will pay you what I think the end product is worth, m'kay?

I think you find that most people produce free (both terms) for themselves. They usually give it away to.
They don't tend to produce free sotware to make others (ie. YOU) money.

Although they might code something to offer people a free (both terms of the word again) alternative.

Comment: Free is really good advertising (Score 1) 242 242

My father wrote some software for a company.
They paid for it.
That was that.
I felt that others might want to use it.
Against most others advice we let it go free.
He is no poorer as he really wasnt going to advertise it and therefore sell it.
There is a new version that he wants to start to sell. Now he has a user base because we gave it away for free.
I think that free software helps small businesess to get software and grow and allows developers to prove that their software works.

I know I will get flamed for this post (due to being flamed in person by others) but it was the right thing to do under the circumstances.
free opticians software

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