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6 responses to “Apple’s Getting All Orwellian On Us…”

  1. Paul Quickenden

    or…. It could be that in this instance Adobe are the bad guys….

    If you look into the costs of Flash in terms 1) licensing (2 x that of other technologies), 2) processing power ( 2 x that of silverlight FI, and 3 )bandwidth consumption… frankly flash isn’t ideal

    i’m not saying Apple or MS have this right, but i do know that the current defacto standard of flash is also the most expensive option… and the growth (by whatever means) of a viable contender is actually a good thing…. MTC.

  2. ashok pai

    “2) processing power ( 2 x that of silverlight FI, and 3 )bandwidth consumption… frankly flash isn’t ideal”

    that is pure B.S.

    they have already shown & debunked that flash isn’t a powerhog. whatever you have read is propaganda. apple is asserting needless pressure to corner all developers to their platform and fall on their knees for steve jobs’ whims. first this one, and god knows what’s in store next.

    there outght to be someone who should sue jobs and apple. better yet, they should all show him the middle finger and flee en masse to android/ symbian or windows 7. hell, microsoft looks like an angel now!

    I have already voted with my money. I bought a symbian/ nokia device. true there aren’t 185,000 apps there – but I have 20 that i need most there, half of them are free, and I’m happy with the price of the rest.

    so long, apple!

  3. mb01915

    As a consumer and user, I buy Apple products because of the quality control they bring to their products – hardware and software working seamlessly.

    I could care less about this techie stuff behind the curtain. Do I pay a premium for what I get? No because I don’t have to spend hours trying to figure out why something doesn’t work or what bit needs to be tweaked.

  4. Paul Quickenden

    @ ashok pai

    I made that comment based on the pricing from a leading provider to build and run a Content Delivery Network… The things that distribute all that content around the internet, and as such it has to factor in licensing and processing load… I admit that the data is 6 months old…but i’m pretty sure its not “propaganda”…

    I’m glad you’re happy with your choice

  5. Thehun

    Apple iPad: welcome to 1984
    http://bit.ly/atLO6W

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