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Comment Re:Visual Studio RT? No. (Score 2) 182

The big selling point for Microsoft is that Windows will run all your busted old shit. So more busted old shit is constantly created and ported to the current MS platform to become the new 'busted old shit' that people need to be able to run on new machines.

Until this cycle can be broken, there is zero incentive for microsoft to fully commit to any new architecture, as their major selling point will go away.

Comment Re: That's just... dishonest (Score 1) 229

iOS also has an emulator that does exactly that. There is zero difference between developing for iOS, Windows or Android, other than the fact that the developer program on iOS gets you a code signing certificate, and on the other platforms you need to take care of that seperately. You can still DEVELOP for iOS with zero payment into the developer program.

Yes, you need a Mac, or at least some way of running OS X to run XCODE, but to develop for Android or Windows you also need a computer with either a Windows license or a copy of Linux.

A 2010 Mac Mini, which is more than capable of iOS development is not cost prohibitive.

Comment this will not end well.... (Score 1) 127

... there are 2 ways you can compete in the marketplace - value (i.e., offering something that is worth buying because it offers something you can't get elsewhere) and price. Unless Blackberry are going to offer something useful that other Android OEMs can not offer, they're going to have to compete on PRICE. When they're broke, against the manufacturing might of all the cheap android OEMs in China.

2c. They're toast.

Comment Re: That's just... dishonest (Score 1) 229

Developing for Linux, Windows and Mac is NOT free. The hardware costs money. To sign code on Windows costs money. To sign code anywhere costs money to get a certificate from a reputable CA. The apple developer program gets you a code signing certificate to enable you to publish your app. You can do all the iOS or other Apple development you like without that.

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.