It's not just Apple, MS, etc. either.
We get ripped off on most things here. Rear tyres for my car - US price: $300/each. Local price? $900 each. Computer stuff is generally more expensive in terms of AU vs US dollars by a factor of 1.5 or more. Our dollar is currently above parity...
Fuel is about $1.50 per litre. A coffee from a cafe is about $5. A subway 11" long sandwich is about $6-7.
Yeah, but "some point" is usually fairly promptly. HURD has been in development for decades. USB has been out for over a decade. SATA has been out for about 8 years?
They can't expect people to support/develop/test it if it won't run on anything.
You don't have to be in a grey market. I'll give you my example. We are an international mining contractor based in Australia. If we host our stuff "in the cloud" - what legal juristdiction applies? Where do we stand with regards to data retention legal requirements if the cloud provider has a massive disaster and can not recover from backup (as has happened over east to a cloud provider in this country?
Where do we stand with regards to foreign corporations via governments in dubious places (e.g., DRC, Mali, etc. where we currently have operations) potentially gaining access to our data for the entire group which may not be applicable to our company in other countries?
Just because some businesses are currently running on Google, doesn't necessarily mean it's a smart idea. Plenty of businesses are still running IE6 on Windows XP, too.
Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.