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Comment Re:SHOULD "Apps" Cost Something? (Score 2) 523

But wouldn't the developer discount their app if they don't get the sales numbers they were after? If I were selling an app at $5 and no one bought it I'd try to price it down to $2.50 or something and see how it went. Isn't that the process you're talking about?

Isn't that the same as your $10M house example? If my house were on the market for $10M and no one bought it, then it'd be on the market for a year (or month, whatever) before I finally cracked and reduced the price to something that would sell.

Sure the app store doesn't have that direct price negotiation but neither does a website with an app for purchase. I can't just negotiate a cheaper price with Adobe for Photoshop! But Adobe can reduce the price of the software if they feel the lower price will yield more sales.

Comment Re:SHOULD "Apps" Cost Something? (Score 2) 523

The 30% that Apple takes is a bargain! Let them handle distribution, credit card payment and to some degree marketing & exposure.

You're not helping the developer by not buying their app just because you don't want Apple taking the developer's money. The fact is that the developer can focus on coding rather than all the messy human stuff thanks to Apple.

Comment Re:Reflections (Score 1) 960

Seriously. Sorry, I know there are a lot of programmers on Slashdot and you think you know everything there is about computers, but most software developers I've known, no matter how brilliant, don't understand how to do IT support. They don't know how to make a stable system. They're one step away from the guy who wants admin access to his own machine because he upgraded his own video card once and he "knows what he's doing".

Now depending on the situation, it may still be a good idea to give developers some more leeway, but only because they need it. It can be a necessary evil, but be sure to have an "software developer" image ready, because they *will* trash their computers and expect you to fix it immediately.

I don't mean to make flamebait, but it needs to be said.

Yeah fair enough. Sometimes we do need more privileges but I agree that even a developer that *does* know what he's doing will still lunch his computer at some point. Whenever I've needed help from IT (I'm a developer) I've always been apologetic and accepted their time constraints. Are not most developers like this?

Comment Re:Seriously?! (Score 0) 330

I don't buy it as a hipster e-penis. So I have no interest in wasting my time with rigid-functionality cripple-gadgets.)


I don't see the value in a Louis Vutton wallet because in my opinion they look awful and are overly expensive for what they are. I don't, though, go around criticising people for having them. I just make my choice as a FREE CONSUMER and not buy one.

I used to think Apple fanboys were preachy and annoying but they have nothing on the Andriod Ninnies that feel the need for everyone to have Android phones.


2009, Year of the Linux Delusion 696

gadgetopia writes "An article has come out claiming (yet again) that 2009 will be the year of Linux, and bases this prediction on the fact that low-power ARM processors will be in netbooks which won't have enough power to run Windows, but then says these new netbooks will be geared to 'web only' applications which suits Linux perfectly. And, oh yeah, Palm might save Linux, too." The article goes on to skewer the year of Linux thing that seems to show up on pretty much every tech news site throughout December and January as lazy editors round out their year with softball trolling stories and "Year End Lists." We should compile a year-end list about this :)

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