[Openmcl-devel] Incompatibility with Xcode 4?
pc at p-cos.net
Wed Mar 16 07:00:37 CDT 2011
What role does a $5 price tag play in a hobby where you are already paying several $1000 just for the hardware alone?
On 16 Mar 2011, at 12:54, Ben Hyde wrote:
> On Mar 16, 2011, at 5:49 AM, Tim Bradshaw wrote:
>>> and I don't think this is
>>> unreasonable for a 4.5GB download.
>> Agree with that.
> I don't. I am cursed! My sin? I helped build a 3rd party developer network, twice!
> The entire purpose of a developer tool kit is to entice talented developers to add value to your platform. Creating barriers to that is insane.
> Vendors charge for access to their developer tools for one of three reasons.
> The stupid reason: the CEO is an idiot and he thinks developer tools should be a profit center rather than a marketing expense.
> The over clever reasons. It's like paying to get into the boat show or the home improvement show. Marks that paid to get in are more likely to browse the aisles and look at all the pretty APIs. Managers of developer networks dream of 3rd party developer reading the API doc; and the managers of those managers would give bonuses on that metric if they only could.
> The slightly credible reason. A very low cost helps to suppress the denial of service triggered when everybody's yahoo pushes the download button.
> Since the App store makes it so easy for people to download, or at least that's the intent, that I suspect they put a price on it to reduce the number of innocent users who might download it by mistake.
> ... the curse can make you cynical.
> - ben
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