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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses 10 ways locked-down app store delivery models limit choice for developers -- and ultimately hurts users. The model, best known in the form of Apple's notoriously finicky iPhone App Store, has established an entirely new relationship between software vendors and consumers, one some are calling 'curated computing,' a mode in which choice is constrained to deliver more relevant, less complex experiences. This model, deemed essential to the success of tablets, provides questionable value to developers, undermining their interests in a variety of ways. From disproportionate profit cuts, to curator veto powers, to poor security, fragmentation, and hostility to free software, developers must sacrifice a lot to 'curated computing' to get their wares into the hands of end-users.
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Religion also successful?
by avih on Sun 11th Jul 2010 04:05 UTC
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Religion too is a proven success for users, with its ease of use, simple answers and central strict control model, yet its power over users has always been misused, resulting in probably the biggest hate-promoting mechanism ever created.

As with the app store (forgive me for alleviating Jobs' status here - for the sake of making a point only), it's not about the good answers it provides (which both usually do), but rather about the limited, simplified, restricted and abused world it creates - a world where the truth and correctness are distributed rather than deduced/observed, a world which actively fights criticism (both in censorship and in EULAs), and most importantly, a world where the ruler feels he knows best what's right for the users.

There's no denying that people enjoy an experience where they are given the correct answers. The question is - what are the consequences? especially when the lead factor for the ruler of this land is him making more money rather than (eh.. well) genuine concern for the users.

It's not about the availability of alternative models (web, Android market, PC, etc), it's about the pure wrongness of this one. The fact that most people enjoy this successful model doesn't mean it's 'right', and that's what this article explores, and that's why it also won't be the last one.

This model just abuses the common interest in simplicity by blocking our eyes to anything which may be questionable. Is this the world you want to live in? I know I don't.

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