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Apple has taken pity on fanbois who were too slow to buy a ticket to its 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference, which sold out in seconds. The iPhone giant has now coughed up a few more passes to keep its choked-up coders sweet. Software programmers hoping to attend this year's annual love-in were floored after all the $1,599 …

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  1. Jediben
    Trollface

    Creating the fallacy of supply shortage: Check

    Choosing random sample and offering special treatment to drive the rapturous into paroxysms of joy: Check

    Charging an arm and a leg for an uninspiring product or service: Check

    Apple as usual, move along...

    1. Frankee Llonnygog

      fallacy of supply shortage

      Yes - how clever of them to hold the event in the Tardis so that they can actually accommodate the entire population of earth.

      And - it took a whole 2 minutes for the tickets to sell out, which proves just how little interest there is in developing for Apple these days

      1. Jediben
        Angel

        Re: fallacy of supply shortage

        Ok, survey time:

        Thumbs up if you tried to buy these tickets.

        Thumbs down if you don't give a crap about it.

    2. g e
      Pint

      @jediben

      Dude. You said paroxysms. On a Friday.

      PINT!

      1. Steve Foster
        Headmaster

        Re: @jediben

        Not only that, but the spelling is correct!

    3. reno79
      Pint

      I have a new word of the day, right there.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Happy

      Just the mere mention of Steve Jobs....

      Makes me feel like decomposing in a box too.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Just the mere mention of Steve Jobs....

        He created the computer (NeXT) that the WWW was created on. So perhaps the world does owe him something?

  2. nematoad Silver badge
    WTF?

    Oh, really?

    Do theses characters know something we don't?

    Anyone heard rumours of a second coming for the sainted Jobs?

    That could explain the hysteria.

  3. Rampant Spaniel

    Apple isn't going anywhere anytime soon (at least for a few years at least). All that has peaked is the attention of the nose candy brigade who are now pouring everyone elses pension funds into something else they don't understand. Using share price as an indicator of a companies wellbeing is risky, the mouthbreathers in charge would love you to think they have a clue and use years of experience to measure the best investments. A few do, many more are nothing more than dogs chasing sticks, forever distracted by bigger sticks elsewhere, never really understanding why and with a disturbing urge to lick themselves. The recent twatter cockup is a case in point, uphill thinkers trying to be clever and falling over.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    you can't buy a ticket if you're not a register developer. if you're a registered developer do you still qualify as a fanboi? get your facts right you!

    1. Steve Knox
      Holmes

      If you're a bishop, are you still Catholic?

      if you're a registered developer do you still qualify as a fanboi?

      Yes.

    2. MooseNC
      Mushroom

      Registurd Developer?

      Remember, all those fart apps were made by registered developers...

  5. Chad H.

    So is El Reg invited to play at WWDC this year?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Reg not invited to WWDC ..

      Boo...hooo, elReg ...

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The band on the fantail of the Titanic played jaunty and merry tunes until they too were sucked under with the ship.

    Developers with a financial stake in iDevices are not typical. Apple stock is dropping like a stone because people are finally seeing through their marketing fluff, and their so called patents are being thrown out of court. iSheep are jumping the fence.

  7. Velv Silver badge
    Gimp

    Extra tickets printed?

    Surely they should be using Passbook on their iPhone?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Angel

    OMG! Apple rocks!!!

    As a special favour to me, they're letting me give them a grand and a half!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pretty soon...

    ...one of these developers is going to put a 'JUST LEAVE APPLE ALONE' video on Youtube.

    1. The lone lurker
      WTF?

      Re: Pretty soon...

      I'll just leave this here:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8sJaWTvxe4

  10. Frankee Llonnygog

    Downward share price

    The downward share price surely makes it cheaper for Apple to buy them back. When Apple announce they are willing to buy back shares, shouldn't the price go up?

    1. bag o' spanners
      Pint

      Re: Downward share price

      In the real world, quite possibly, but in the paranoid triplethink trading universe, it could be seen as a dyke-plugging exercise to stop all the value being drained out of the stock. Perceptions may vary, according to quality and quantity of the marching powder deployed by brokers. The only real event that takes place is a diminution of Apple's cashpile, with the amount spent being replaced by stocks, which may well go tits up faster than the dollar.

      This might be seen as a risky strategy, when a company bets on its own share price to stave off downward market pressure. Apple can afford to lose a few billion here and there, but another 100 bux off the share price will see bodies falling from the executive floors. The dividend payout works on a similar principle. It's a sweetener for shareholders who've just seen a huge chunk of their virtual cashpile go south. Bubbles burst, haircuts go viral.

      1. MooseNC
        Pint

        Re: Downward share price

        What does plugging up lesbians have to do with this? It has something to do with those Norkie unicorns, doesn't it?

        1. bag o' spanners
          Pint

          Re: Downward share price

          /\ "reporting live from Weatherspoons for Fox News" /\

  11. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    What is an apple rock?

  12. Richard Jukes

    Erm?

    Is Steve Jobs going to appear in hologramatic 3d and show the way for apple to go? Just like Hari Seldon and the Seldon Plan?

  13. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    Witness the creation of an Internet meme ..

    Nov 07 2012: "I think Apple has peaked and the story of the next few years will be one of a slow but real decline", Dan Crow

    It is true that the desktop market is in decline and Apple (and Microsoft) will decline if it sticks to selling desktop computers. A wiser solution for management is to invest in content (movies, television and games) and delivery systems (very broadband), a bit like Microsoft is doing with the X-Box. The difference being that Apple isn't leaving the Intels, the OEMs and the reseller channel behind ...

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