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Comment Re:Vendor lock-in .... (Score 2) 272

if the customer is changing the version requirements mid project, of course, why not.

either way you'll have to bill the customer for all the additional work of upgrading and validating again all the past and present deliverables, so in the overall bill the 2.5K of the super uber duper version of the creative master collection are dwarfed by the bill for the additional work you're billing to your client for their upgrade decision.

it's not like that a version come out every other month, so you're not going to have this problem unless the project is going to last a bit. and the more you did, the more you have to check and validate and get paid for.

on the other hand, if you're taking from start on a project for which you didn't have the software, well, that's your problem. make sure to check twice the next time to not look dumb when the client gives you a file you can't open or work with unless you spend additional 2.5k.

by the way, in every project I worked on, just because you ask, the client knew about the excruciating pain of upgrading the tools mid project and after the initial (and paid for) tool evaluation phase versions were set in stone.

some of the more sensitive clients had data so old and so precious (to it) that they were still using the 3.5 forté version in 2009. (and that's just as bad, but hey, it was their choice, not mine)

Comment Re:Vendor lock-in .... (Score 2) 272

if a customer wants to dictate the technology the customer is to provide the required licenses for the work to be done. or, at least, that's what happens when you and your customer are serious and professional about your work.

and then there are the other improvised self learned 'professionals' that work on the six-month-project-soon-to-be-discarded-because-it's-a-mess-of-incompatibility-and-misunderstandings.

Comment Re:Vendor lock-in .... (Score 2, Insightful) 272

or, you know, don't upgrade at all. keep the damned 2004 version. it's not like the 2004 (or something) version was so bugged that no quality stuff came out that year.

so shut the hell up, go see some doctor for the obsessive compulsive problem about using the latest and greatest release of all and get the job done.

Comment Re:Does anyone care about handheld consoles? (Score 1) 244

I've the impression that it's not "racing games, flying games, fighting games, shooters (2D and 3D) or platformers" that made the DS the most handheld sold out there.

as clicky adventures died as soon as the graphic was good enough, old genres will die as soon as the new touch/giroaxis controls are refined and perfected.

Comment Re:Does anyone care about handheld consoles? (Score 1) 244

games are not yet adapted to touch interfaces, that's why they suck.

look at something like R.U.S.E. or draw race which have a proper point interface and are much better suited for touch phones: they are far superior in playability/intuitiveness than a stick+button controller.

trying to cram the old input schemes on the new interfaces will result in failure, haptic available or not.

Comment Re:For me (Score 4, Insightful) 402

on the other hand, having no access to production means you need to place a good deal of effort in creating a test case for the bug and that helps in the long run in catching regressions and corner cases - but that's useful only for those long running projects that have automated testing and nightly builds in place.

it's worth nothing that with the testing on testing environment only policy there is not an absolute guarantee of confidentiality of the production data as you may need sooner or later access to the exact data causing the fault.

but to me, what really gives an advantage in not having developer accessing the production environment is that it forces them to create a detailed and repeatable installation procedure for the program, from the sources to the environment. that avoids in having hidden steps in one of the most critical process of the delivery. In a lot of place I worked with the installation process was done by trial and error, with most of the knowledge about it in sparse documents and delivered as an ancient oral tradition one sysad to the other.

Comment Re:Yeah, but where does this get ME? (Score 1) 973

evolutionary speaking, they're already as valuable as it gets: you have to spend all your productive life time(mid 40) just to get the first one out of college (if you're quick).

and if you aim low, they still take at least 16/18 years to be able of sustain themselves on civilized countries; if you sum it all up you're going to be mentally and physically burnt out by the time you've secured your first dna sample.

Comment Re:Zapp Brannigan's Reporting Strategy (Score 1) 588

those below are the terms you have to agree for use the apple service known as the Apple Discussion Forum.

Apple does not prescreen information submitted by users of the Site ("Submissions"). Apple retains the right, but not the responsibility, to edit or remove any Submission, including those deemed by Apple to violate the Agreement. Apple will make good faith efforts to investigate allegations that Submissions violate the Agreement but (a) makes no warranty to you that it will edit, remove, or continue to permit the display of any specific Submission, whether or not subject to such allegations, and (b) will have no liability whatsoever for editing, removing, or continuing to permit the display of any Submission whatsoever.

It may be wrong, it may be right, it may be unethical, it may be dumb. That doesn't matter, because for post on their forum, you have unconditionally accepted them during the registration process for the use of their service.

So, people have been screwed by buying a product without reviewing it, then the same people complains on a forum where they gave the censorship power to apple in exchange of using the service and then they complain they got censored because they again registered for a service without reviewing the service terms and the condition attached to it.

that goes a long time in describing the generic fanboi wit

but hey let's make a newsworthy article out of this, with strong emotional wording like censorship and some sarcasms added.

lets make another new from this using the same tricks of strong wording: first adopters are once again screwed while purchasing an item directly from television advertisement. not happy enough, they register for a service without looking what they were registering for, and now are up in arms complaining about a thing that were never given nor promised to them (free speech on the apple forums). Meanwhile, sensible users asks refunds and uses pro consumer forums and the apple trouble ticketing system to get their opinion where they matter most.

[1] http://discussions.apple.com/help.jspa#terms

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