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Comment Re:DUH! (Score 1) 65

It's actually an article of faith among some here that having your content available to download for free doesn't in any way affect your sales negatively, an argument frequently used as a justification for mass copyright infringement.

So sales are affected negatively by free legal streaming, though under 10%. No surprise; I actually might have thought the lost sales would be substantially higher.

But the illegal download argument is different (note that I don't claim that copyright infringement is acceptable). Illegal downloaders likely wouldn't buy the content anyhow, so the lost sales would seemingly be small or even negligible.

Comment Re:Boko Haram? (Score 1) 295

Indeed, from TFS: "having been linked to the Arab Spring, the war in Syria and the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency."

No matter where you stand on climate change, linking it to the above is more than a bit of a stretch.

Which brings up a point. If you're serious about doing something about AGW/climate change, articles such as this one move the cause backward, not forward, by giving ammunition to AGM/cc opponents.

Comment There are no magic solutions (Score 5, Insightful) 332

The problem is that people want magic solutions, and they keep chasing the latest fad in the hopes of finding the secret alchemy that will make average developers turn into gold stars, produce perfect systems in a tenth the time, and meet all requirements without the bother of knowing them.

Anyone who's ever done any system of significance that actually worked will know that the "best" tools and methods are situational. Need a bash script to list a few files? The approach is different than it would be if you're hired to redo everything used by the IRS.

We can go all the way back to the "shelf full of binders" methodologies. In their day, they were supposed to be the magic cure-all. Today, it's Agile, or it's XYZZY or whatever is the latest and greatest. Still haven't found that secret sauce.

One size doesn't fit all. There is no magic. Successful development projects require skill, experience, good judgment, hard work, and competent leadership.

Comment Re:Value for money (Score 3, Informative) 196

>The only way Apple or any company makes a big profit is if people like what they are getting for the price.

What a naive way of thinking. Either that or Apple uses predatory tactics to trap people and trick them into using their products.

Monopolies or near monopolies can easily be predatory, but that requires very limited consumer choice. I can't see how smartphones fall in that category.

In my view Apple charges a lot for what they deliver. But I don't have to buy Apple and I don't. Others feel Apple is a value, whether based on quality, functionality, or simply perceived prestige. They buy Apple. That's how the market works.

I suppose there is some lock-in, in that if you've spent a fair amount on Apple apps, you can't switch and take them to Android, whereas on Android, you can take your apps to a different brand of phone or tablet. But that doesn't seem like a predatory practice on Apple's part.

Face it: Apple is expensive but many people are willing to pay Apple's prices. Apple makes a lot of money that way. What's the problem?

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