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Comment Re:One little loss (Score 1) 424

Any rational person would start with either the most appropriate platform for the particular project type

Unless the gatekeeper for a particular platform requires the person to have already completed and shipped completely unrelated projects for an unrelated platform. This isn't the case for iOS and Mac App Store, but I can clarify what I mean by this if you want.

Yes, you'll have to clarify.

Hell, even a completely amateur hobbyist would generally have no qualms about forking out > $1,000/year in pursuit of their joy.

So where should a student find the money to feed such a habit, especially in countries whose currency doesn't buy a lot of $ ?

The same place the student should find the money for *ANY* hobby they wish to pursue.

Please quit presenting contrived scenarios as the norm. It just makes you look foolish.

Comment Re:Nuke it from orbit (Score 1) 547

DBAN is the only thing I would recommend. Simply re-imaging the machine is not enough.

Is not enough to what? To ensure that the data is impossible to recover? Sure. To meet some silly nerd-paranoia? Ok. But it's definitely enough to meet the OP's goal of keeping any personal data he is leaving behind from being something he should worry about.

Comment Re:One little loss (Score 1) 424

Why would they do that? There's no sense in it.

Same reason why they introduced walled garden on iOS and now elements of it on OS X as well - to prevent the spread of malware (and coincidentally to ensure that most app purchases go through their channels where they take a cut).

Like I said, there's no sense in it. You're just making shit up because it sounds "evil", not because there's any logic to it.

Comment Re:Macbook Retina a major success, not failure (Score 1) 424

Unfortunately the retina MBPs aren't straight upgrades from the non-retina ones. If you get one with a retina display you lose a few things.

  Ethernet port

  CD/DVD drive

  Firewire port

  Audio in

What are you talking about? You lose *none* of those. The first three are no longer internal nor included by default, which is hardly a "loss". Ethernet has been subsumed by WiFi, Firewire by Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, and both are still available as legacy connectors via Thunderbolt adaptors.

The optical drive is an anachronism, but if you need one, you can buy an external unit, and if you need one often enough that an external unit is too cumbersome, the traditional MacBook Pros are still available (not that the set of people for whom this is an actual problem is all that large to begin with).

And audio in is right there on the device, *and* available via USB or Thunderbolt if you want additional or different inputs.

I believe the retina macs also don't let you add more RAM or upgrade/replace your HDD/SSD

The RAM is soldered on, but the SSDs are upgradable. Though that is an actual trade-off in order to gain the smaller size. If you need upgradability, the traditional MacBook Pros are still available, but if you want the improved Retina models, just be sure to get a sufficiently powerful machine to meet your needs from the get go, problem solved. And if you outgrow it, sell it and replace it. This isn't rocket science.

Sure, these few things are sub-optimal, but they are generally minor and far outweighed by the gains. But like I've said, if they are big issues for you, a traditional MacBook Pro is still prominently displayed at Apple's stores (both online and retail). Your post sounds a lot more like Gizmodo-style "making up shit to complain about just to complain" than about highlighting things that are actual problems.

Comment Re:One little loss (Score 1) 424

Thanks for the correction. But this prospect of having to pay $550 per year to be on all the platforms is enough to drive someone to stick to Windows, GNU/Linux, and Android for his first several projects.

And good riddance... to the two imaginary people for whom this is true.

No one starts out with such an ambitious project that it's to be put on "all the platforms" before even a single cent has been made, but at the same time is so timid that they worry about a $550 investment that they will decide to just stick with Window, Linux (ha!), and Android. It's totally absurd.

Any rational person would start with either the most appropriate platform for the particular project type and use the income from that to branch out to other platforms as makes sense (and very few projects make sense for porting to all the platforms you've listed), or if no particular platform stands out, default to the more lucrative iOS or Windows platforms first. Starting out with Android or Linux is laughable.

Hell, even a completely amateur hobbyist would generally have no qualms about forking out > $1,000/year in pursuit of their joy.

I'm sorry, but the set of people who fit your bullshit contrivances is laughably small, yet you act like these are widely applicable generalities and default positions.

Comment Re:One little loss (Score 1) 424

Why do you keep making up bullshit scenarios? Every time something Apple comes up, you immediately leave the context of what is being discussed (a shareware developer who would benefit from getting a SINGLE developer key for a product which he presumably makes money from, but even if he doesn't find it worthwhile to get a key, his product will still work just fine), and contrive a nonsensical example of a student who somehow has to buy 5+ licenses?

You can develop for OS X just fine without a developer key, completely free. If you want a key, $100/year is not a big deal, especially if you are actually making money from the project. And ultimately, if you are a student (from your example), having to buy student supplies (books, classes, software, etc.) is just part of being a student. Just as it is for hobbyists or professionals.

It's like you don't even understand how life works or something.

Comment Re:One little loss (Score 1) 424

Why would they do that? There's no sense in it.

Apple works hard to make their products appealing to their customers. This would make it appealing to no one, which is the problem with all these lame "Apple will do evil things" assertions, there's never a reason given other than "well, evil!".

Comment Re:One little loss (Score 1) 424

You can get a developer key if enough people use it to warrant that. If not, then it's no big loss to the Mac community as a whole. Usually, products with such a small user base have a sufficiently savvy user base that asking them to right-click on it once to authorize it is not out of the ordinary.

That said, best of luck on both your shareware app project, and improving your sense of cynicism.

Comment Re:Are you kidding me? (Score 1) 424

This isn't a "Top 10 Pictures with Captions" ad-bait vapid article. It's a very in-depth and insightful review of a non-trivial piece of technology. While I often agree with your sentiment, I don't mind in the slightest taking on a small amount of inconvenience in order to help Siracusa make a few cents off my reading of his work.

Comment Re:Conclusion (Score 1) 424

You mean traversing the registry, or hunting down a file in /etc/ and sussing out the formatting and option for that particular program's settings?

The defaults system, while more complex than the standard Preferences window, is really quite nice. Both Windows and Linux would benefit greatly by having something ported to them that provided a defaults-like proxy between the registry/etc and the user (almost, but not quite, like gnome-config, which is too similar to the Windows registry).

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