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post #81 of 175
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Originally Posted by Blackintosh View Post

I think that is a little bit of a fanboy statement. I agree OSX is better, but how can it be more successful when most of the world uses PC's and are forced to use Windows?

No, the Bill Gates business strategy was a more successful one. Assuming were talking about sheer bucks in the bank.

Are you sure you aren't tekstud? This is perfect tekstudian logic in the context of the discussion -- you know, where you blatantly contradict the position you are arguing.
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I think that would still require codec support for FLV. While previously not allowed there have been recent video apps that seem to get around that limitation. Perhaps this evolution of the app store will allow for included codecs within apps.

You don't have to use On2, you can use H.264. Too bad they took flv export out of QuickTime. I preferred the pro version.

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post #83 of 175
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Originally Posted by mstone;

Wow I thought it was pretty obvious, not even fanboys are so delusional as to think Mac is more successful than Windows from a business perspective, which is what the post was in response to.

Still all depends how you define better and successful. Windows is certainly more popular and widespread, on the desktop and laptop... But mobile and tablet is where things change.
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Competition is neither good nor bad. Its results can be constructive, or destructive. It is only the actions of competitors that make the result of competition positive or negative, and there is no guarantee what the result will be.

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What a terrible thing to say. Competition is a very good thing. Unless you're a shareholder I guess.

Always nice to see people castigated for failing to hold firm to a dogma. Makes life so much more simple.

Here's how this could be a bad thing. Say Apple has a product that has superior features, and there's this competing product with inferior features but it's been commoditized.

Now say that someone makes a generic tool to make cross platform games (or whatever). They naturally target the lowest common denominator, ie only the features shared by both platforms.

Suddenly, Apple's superior features count for nothing, because programs aren't actually taking advantage of it. And the only thing that counts becomes price. Apple's marketshare goes to 3%. It's happened before. And competition there became a bad thing, because it was an obviation of everything but competition on price.
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You seem to have missed my point. I agreed that competition was a necessary (although, not in a strict sense, since it's possible to have good come from a situation without competition) condition of a good outcome. However, the important distinction is that it is not a sufficient condition to guarantee a good outcome. Thus, declaring, "There is competition, all is well!" is a mistake since the existence of competition in no way guarantees that all is well.

Ah. Now that you've clarified it a bit more on the guarantee part, I agree with your thoughts. Seems like I read your point in reverse.
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post #86 of 175
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Originally Posted by solipsism;

I think that would still require codec support for FLV. While previously not allowed there have been recent video apps that seem to get around that limitation. Perhaps this evolution of the app store will allow for included codecs within apps.

Cinexplayer and OplayerHD are quite interesting Xvid players... Does adobe allow FLV playback in a lot of non-Adobe apps on PC or iOS or whatever?
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As for SWF yeah okay I get what you are saying. I'm just surprised that if you can decompile to a useable .fla with all the components and actionscript (I did this before)... Someone could make a Flash playing app that handles flv and swf elements as well as web pages. But this is where Adobe's licensing and restrictions probably all come into play, and come back to bite Adobe in the ass when it comes to iOS, Android, Bberry, Windowsphone...

SWF is an open protocol. Anyone can export as swf. Just very few players other than Flash out there but there are some. Only the newer versions of Flash are proprietary to Adobe however they have recently released their AS3 runtime engine as open source. Mozilla is in the process of incorporating it into a future version of FF. http://www.mozilla.org/projects/tamarin/

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post #88 of 175
Man, I am loving Atomic browser on iPad ! Just had to say. And probably it could not have been made with anything other than Xcode even if third party dev tools were available? Muah ha ha ha
post #89 of 175
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Originally Posted by extremeskater View Post


So while competition isn't good for everyone its good for the only group the matters which is the consumer.


How's all that competition from China working out for the American consumer .... can now buy more for the dollar ... just no jobs because of it.

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Are you sure you aren't tekstud? This is perfect tekstudian logic in the context of the discussion -- you know, where you blatantly contradict the position you are arguing.

I am not techstud, who I miss having here by the way.
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Originally Posted by mstone View Post

Wow I thought it was pretty obvious, not even fanboys are so delusional as to think Mac is more successful than Windows from a business perspective, which is what the post was in response to.

oops. sorry.

Ahh, whadda ya want from my life? I don't have time to read every irrational and illogical post on this forum.
post #92 of 175
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Originally Posted by esummers View Post

There has always been an exception for [HTML and javascript]. You can download javascript and execute it. I think all hybrid apps still get a mature rating though.

Quoting from the guidelines:
"Apps that browse the web must use the iOS WebKit framework and WebKit Javascript"

If an app isn't a web browser, then the use of HTML and javascript isn't explicitly sanctioned.
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Originally Posted by Blackintosh View Post

Ahh, whadda ya want from my life? I don't have time to read every irrational and illogical post on this forum.


Probably because you're too busy writing them.
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Field Test Returns in iOS 4.1

http://www.cultofmac.com/field-test-...-ios-4-1/58457

Yes, this is some good news. The data it reports is minimal compared to past implementations, however, in that the tower being used isn't identified. With the new implementation, the signal can vary when the phone silently switches towers, not having anything to do with changes in the surrounding environment.
post #96 of 175
Where exactly can I find the iOS Developer Program license? And does anybody have the before and after versions so they can be compared?

Update: I found the new one at http://developer.apple.com/programs/...t_20100909.pdf
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Yes, iFart was a work of true genius.

I agree. A work-o-f-art.
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post #98 of 175
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No, competition can result in a race to the bottom, as has happened in the PC industry.

There is no competition in the PC industry. There is competition between hardware manufacturers, but Microsoft has a monopoly on the OS. OS X, Linux, etc make up only a small percentage of PC sales. No competition means no need to innovate and improve. If there was a major competitor to Windows (maybe if OS X had 30% market-share) Microsoft would be motivated to improve Windows.

Or look at the browser market: Lots of improvements whilst Netscape and IE were battling it out. But when the competition ended and we were left with just IE, development stopped and we were left with IE6 stagnating for years. As soon as competition returned (thanks to FireFox) Microsoft were forced to start development on IE again and whilst IE8 is not as good as the competition it is a lot better than IE6.
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Originally Posted by Orlando View Post

There is no competition in the PC industry. There is competition between hardware manufacturers, but Microsoft has a monopoly on the OS.

Good point. Now that Macs use the same standard hardware as PCs, it really all boils down to what OS is in the machine.
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post #100 of 175
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Field Test Returns in iOS 4.1

http://www.cultofmac.com/field-test-...-ios-4-1/58457

What is that icon between the bluetooth icon and the battery percentage?
post #101 of 175
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Originally Posted by newbee View Post

Probably because you're too busy writing them.

Yeah! Ha ha ha. Ummm there is only one difference. Some people really believe the madness they post and some come here for the satire.

Ah, the Apple Insider forum. What a collection of... oops. Gotta watch the name calling. Don't want to get another point.
post #102 of 175
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Originally Posted by monstrosity View Post

Exactly. Deluged by brainless web app morons.

Trust me, There will be a million dollar Flash app. It will probably be written by a teenager who will laugh at you all the way to the bank. But, you could still be right in what you said. Thats the way the world works. Even a guy who looks like Hugh Hefner can get girls.
post #103 of 175
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I would have preferred that they had, but, still, the marketplace is likely to be hostile to the crap Flash apps we are likely to see. This may actually be a case where competitive forces will convince developers that laziness and crappy development tools (i.e., Flash) don't lead to marketplace success. The sheer number of quality apps from Objective-C developers will likely cause this garbage to disappear into the obscurity of the App Store's bottom apps list: apps that are almost never downloaded and have overwhelmingly negative reviews. Based on what's out there on the web, there will be no quality Flash apps, and Flash development will be recognized as the complete waste of time that it is.

Insiders at Apple disagree with you.
post #104 of 175
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Originally Posted by Cpsro View Post

Quoting from the guidelines:
"Apps that browse the web must use the iOS WebKit framework and WebKit Javascript"

If an app isn't a web browser, then the use of HTML and javascript isn't explicitly sanctioned.

WebKit is not a Web browser. It's a set of frameworks with JavascriptCore you can leverage.
post #105 of 175
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Originally Posted by tundraBuggy View Post

Trust me, There will be a million dollar Flash app. It will probably be written by a teenager who will laugh at you all the way to the bank. But, you could still be right in what you said. Thats the way the world works. Even a guy who looks like Hugh Hefner can get girls.

Women will always spread for financial security.
post #106 of 175
Hopefully Flash 10.1 support for iOS is not too far off.

(since the rest of the ENTIRE world is working with Adobe to make it work, and work well on their devices... Apple would be foolish to ignore this out of spite)
post #107 of 175
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Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post

Women will always spread for financial security.

Wow. Did you really mean to write that?

Creepy philosophy....
post #108 of 175
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Originally Posted by Mac_Keeper_Fan_Mod View Post

Hopefully Flash 10.1 support for iOS is not too far off.

(since the rest of the ENTIRE world is working with Adobe to make it work, and work well on their devices... Apple would be foolish to ignore this out of spite)

Apparently the BoD has finally found the cojones to stand up to Steve. After this morning's success, your prediction may indeed come to pass.
post #109 of 175
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Originally Posted by anonymouse View Post

I would have preferred that they had, but, still, the marketplace is likely to be hostile to the crap Flash apps we are likely to see. This may actually be a case where competitive forces will convince developers that laziness and crappy development tools (i.e., Flash) don't lead to marketplace success. The sheer number of quality apps from Objective-C developers will likely cause this garbage to disappear into the obscurity of the App Store's bottom apps list: apps that are almost never downloaded and have overwhelmingly negative reviews. Based on what's out there on the web, there will be no quality Flash apps, and Flash development will be recognized as the complete waste of time that it is.

This news must come as a crushing disappointment for you. You appear to be holding out on one last hope that Flash based iPhone apps won't have the same worthless 99% adoption rate that Flash in the desktop space has suffered.

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post #110 of 175
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Hopefully Flash 10.1 support for iOS is not too far off.

(since the rest of the ENTIRE world is working with Adobe to make it work, and work well on their devices... Apple would be foolish to ignore this out of spite)

Unlikely. That would be a massive u-turn from Apple.

Right now Apple is such a big part of the mobile web that sites are slowly being forced to offer non-flash alternatives. I read today that in three years time the majority of gaming websites will probably be in HTML5 instead of Flash.

Now the rise of Android with its support for Flash may change this. If Flash support starts to become a competitive advantage I can see it being added to iOS; however, I don't think that will happen in the near term and the longer Apple holds out the stronger the argument for HTML5 becomes in the fight against Flash.
post #111 of 175
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

Is this a U-turn or the natural progression of an maturing platform. .

The two are not mutually exclusive. As a result of a maturing platform, Apple could have seen the need to reverse its policy, which it then did.
post #112 of 175
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Originally Posted by Orlando View Post

Unlikely. That would be a massive u-turn from Apple.

All that much more massive than the u-turn from their bizarre, unprecedented control over developers' choice of languages?
post #113 of 175
In a way, requiring Xcode for iOS development helped ensure that developers would actually use Macs, which could lead to more Mac sales. Does the allowing of third party dev tools mean that developers will no longer need a Mac or Xcode at all, from initial coding to submission to the App Store?
post #114 of 175
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Originally Posted by RationalTroll View Post

All that much more massive than the u-turn from their bizarre, unprecedented control over developers' choice of languages?

Much much more massive and much more public.

Apple is heavily pushing HTML5 and have been very public with the anti-Flash comments.
post #115 of 175
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Originally Posted by Blackintosh View Post

The Federal Trade Commission probably called Jobs and told him he was going to jail if he didn't stop trying to rule the world.

Hyperbole, thy name is Blackintosh.
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post #116 of 175
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Hyperbole, thy name is Blackintosh.

Could it also be hyperbola as his arguments will eventually circle back contradicting his original posts?
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post #117 of 175
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Competition is neither good nor bad. Its results can be constructive, or destructive. It is only the actions of competitors that make the result of competition positive or negative, and there is no guarantee what the result will be.

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What a terrible thing to say. Competition is a very good thing. Unless you're a shareholder I guess.

No, anonymouse has stated the truth very succinctly. It is naive to believe that competition is just good. Competition leads to clashes over resources in which the resource itself is often diminished leading to further clashes. Wastage is maximized.

Cooperation (often maligned as socialism or communism) means that a resource is shared with wastage minimized.

Competition is good in so far as it motivates the competitors to do better and thus satisfy more customers. Cooperation lacks this motivation. But we should be motivated to produce good work even in the absence of competition. That is cool.

At worst competition leads to wars or protracted legal battles.

If you want to see the bad effects of competition in the computing marketplace try to get a hold of Richard DeLamater's Big Blue: IBM's use and abuse of power.
post #118 of 175
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Originally Posted by Tulkas View Post

So, all you are really saying, is that for a business, the owners or the shareholders, a lack of competition is good. That is sort of what he meant when he said "Unless you're a shareholder I guess". Obviously, for a business, or anyone involved in it, a lack of competition is good.

Well, the ultimate goal of competition is to kill the competition right. So there is no competition. So the pro-competition people just vanished in a puff of their own logic!
post #119 of 175
Heh...Monotouch is on sale for 15% off in celebration. Too bad it's still $350 or so from a company on the ropes and looking for a buyer. Otherwise I'd consider it since they have Monodroid in the works and WP7 apps can be written in C#.

I like C# more than ObjC.
post #120 of 175
Competition is also a bad thing in software development. Enlightened and agile software development says to break down the barriers. That is, you don't have analysts and designers vs programmers, with the analysts disappearing after paper documents are thrown over the wall to the programmers.

No agile says there should be a continuation of process that people should take responsibility for the whole project, thus feel motivated. In this case, contrary to what I said before, this is a case where competition is a very demotivating force. The competition is playing the blame game and that is very unhealthy.
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