Originally Posted by mstone
Well that is not how this app works. It is not cloud based. You download it. Same with Adobe CS, the app is on your machine. It works the same as any other native application except you have to pay for it either annually or monthly just like your cable TV, your cell phone service, your car insurance, your mortgage, your health insurance, income taxes, just about every other modern service that is important.
The key difference is, that a service is a service, and software is software. Just because it's SOLD AS SERVICE does NOT mean it IS A SERVICE.
If the US conducts a war today, then of course that can't be paid with the tax paid for waging WWII. Insurance is the price of a adverse risky event having the chance to occur in any given period. Mobile phone service has to maintain and keep operable the radio network and communications network that users actively use.
Software is written once, there's no moral right for the developer to keep getting compensated. If Adobe were to write their software properly it wouldn't break with each OS update, what they want is to be compensated for their negligence and incompetence, and derive from that ongoing "maintenance activity" the right to rape users.
It's a morally perverse idea that the maker of a product has a right to a percentage of the income stream derived from his tools. Let's think about that: The architects of Apple's new headquarters want annual dividend payments based on the utility that Apple has from having corporate headquarters. The phone company wants a cut from all drug deals arranged using mobile phones, etc. and fitting with that line of thinking Adobe wants an annual fee, based on the "utility users have from using their software"
Wait until your local furniture store gets the idea of "couch as a service" and "bed at a service": built in electronic meters that measure how much you sleep, screw, watch TV, and at the end of each month you get a bill that reflects the utility you had from your furniture.