Re: Operational Incompetence
How about those "buy 2 years at a time and get a 5% discount" things. Do governments ever go for those deal?
11 posts • joined 18 Apr 2006
I wouldn't mind the ads if Microsoft delivered a feature parity product.
Outlook Express -> Windows Live Mail -> Windows Mail -> Mail
With every iteration of their free product, features get dropped.
Windows Live Mail removed the ability to customize the toolbar buttons and forced different email accounts to have separate folders.
Windows Mail removed the ability to have different email accounts altogether.
Mail was just crap.
Why is the fee a percentage of sales? Why not a flat fee like $0.5 per download. Or make it dependent on the app's download size to reflect network costs. Why does Walmart charge a percentage of sales? Why can't it be dependent on how much physical shelf space a product takes up? The world does not make sense.
No one is claiming that the criminal has that right. We're claiming that just because that criminal doesn't have the right, doesn't mean everyone else shouldn't have the right too.
That's the nature with software. When you force the creator to invent a universal skeleton key (like the TSA locks on luggage), someone will steal and duplicate that key and make it widely available on the Internet. In fact, from the article, that independent Israel company sounds like the prime type of person who will be able to steal such skeleton key.
If Apple is forced to create that skeleton key, the criminal suffers but so do all other law abiding citizens.
Can't they just release a different version for each browser and have code that dynamically selects the correct version before downloading it? That way your library only includes the the code for that browser and you can reduce the size of the library file. The XUI library does that with browser specific versions of libraries to get the filesize down.
Food for thought.
How about telcos offer both plans. A per-byte plan that has a low next-to-nothing monthly charge and then a per byte charge. If 95% of their users only consume very little bandwidth, then they will naturally switch to the per-byte plan to save money. Then the other 5% can keep to their "unlimited" plan and then later on the telcos can adjust the price of that plan to match the cost of providing "unlimited" service.
Are you trying to post facts about the situation or are you trying to spread your usual hate-speech against Firefox and Blake by comparing them to IE? Anyone can make things sound good with excuses and wild explanations, but it takes real guts for a journalist to be brave enough to just post facts and statistics.
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