This is inconsistent indeed, but...
The whole society is inconsistent in this precise manner. Nothing to do with Apple, really.
In fact, Apple is rather consistent in the sense that they are inconsistent at all times.
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Basically, Microsoft can lean on about any company in the world, and say:
"We think that maybe you owe us money. Now there's the easy way, and that is very easy. You pay a license fee, and that's the end of it.
Of course, you can also try the hard way. We have plenty of lawyers. We have plenty of money and we think nothing of a ten-years long legal battle, which would take 50% of your resources, and 0.1% of ours. Now which will it be?"
Schoolyard bully... On the other hand, Vetinari would be proud.
Gizmodo is getting advertisement like never before, and I am sure that Jason Chen himself is not regretting for a minute whatever it was that he did. As an aspirant journalist, he will likely consider it as a badge of honor. I doubt very much he will end up in jail, especially since he did eventually give back the iPhone.
After all, since they can find people who actually buy it... Why not?
I am willing to bet that somebody at Microsoft made estimations, for each pricing, of how many people would buy versus would pirate it. And they put the price where they thought they would earn the most MONEY. Actually quite reasonable.
All right, I think I get it. Apple does not want apps based on Flash, because it would flood the iTunes stores with apps of "lower quality of experience" that would bring down the level of apps as a whole.
Fair enough, I guess. There may be 100'000 apps already, but there are millions of Flash games. And it would certainly be a let-down if people start saying that apps are just like flash games on the web, except you need to pay for them.
...Of course, that might be ignoring the fart apps, but I do get that if you have a very rosy-colored view of what an app should be, you might turn up your nose at flash games.
Is it that hard to make a pre-compiler that would read a flash app and output the equivalent in Objective-C code? Is Apple going to study every code and try to guess whether it was translated or not? Silly me, of course Apple would. But would they really be able to tell the difference? There is no end to the obfuscation you could go to in order to make it look like a human being typed the code from scratch.
I can imagine Apple starting to randomly refuse apps because they look like they might have been translated...
It is a measure of the respect Apple commands, that there are me-too copies of its products being drafted even before the original is on sale. Even the Reg is writing about iPad killers before the iPad is actually successful...
Halo Steve, because whatever you think of Apple, it is impressive
When computers were real computers...
Seriously, Microsoft might be right about part of this. Probably, Oracle are hoping to get something like the vice-like grip Apple has on its customer base.
And say what you want about Microsoft, but PCs do offer more choice than Apple. (Mac user, don't flame)
1) it was a macbook, so no jokes about Windows security. The school had admin rights on the laptops, not the students.
2) The family lawyer says he was seen popping candies named Mike-N-Ike. The school evidently believed it was drugs.
3) I can't believe they thought they could get away with it.
Even PH wouldn't be this stupid...
"A two-one-hundredths per cent drop in revenue would hardly be noticed..."
Actually 100 millions is twenty hundredths per cent of 50 billions.
A two-one-hundredths per cent would be 10 millions.
I can only hope that my finances ever get to the point that such a
difference would be unnoticeable...
How do you call a blog whose only purpose is to register the self-congratulation of its author (i.e. pretty much all of them)?
Answer: Ego Log
What do you call what is left of somebody amputated by a train?
Answer: Leg goo
What do you say to a witch from the Lancre coven, just after she escaped from a charging bull?
Answer: Olé, Ogg!
What do you call an object from the Microsoft Component Object Model containing an open source codec?
Answer: .ogg OLE
etc. etc. etc.
Newflash: Books also cost next to nothing to produce. Most of the price pays for the edition job, paying an artist for the cover, typesetting, etc. A $20 book costs 50 cents to print. Even with transportation costs, you barely get $2 of price for the physical object; the rest is for content.
And as Ryan said, e-books are not "free" to distribute either...
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