Linked by David Adams on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 15:55 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Windows By all early reports, Windows 8 is going to be a good operating system. Microsoft's hegemony may be crumbling in a mobile computing onslaught, but its core empire remains undimmed. However, whereas Windows 7 had three versions, Windows 8 will apparently be ballooning to 9 versions.
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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by Alfman on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 21:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

ilovebeer,

"Alfman, it's a bit foolish to cherry pick only the bits of the picture that suit your opinion. When you don't consider the full scope, you are not considering reality."

Marginal costs aren't really an opinion so much as an economic principal. You should agree that after a certain point, software development costs stop growing in proportion to market size, right? If so, then you actually agree with the point being made. I hadn't denied that sales/marketing/other costs will continue to go up - they probably overtake development costs by a wide margin even.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 22:34 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Marginal costs aren't really an opinion so much as an economic principal. You should agree that after a certain point, software development costs stop growing in proportion to market size, right? If so, then you actually agree with the point being made. I hadn't denied that sales/marketing/other costs will continue to go up - they probably overtake development costs by a wide margin even.

Development costs continue as long as a product is being supported and not EOL. And again, it's foolish to cherry pick only those aspects which you _think_ count, and then claim the cost is $0 from then on when in reality that is simply not true. You can not make an accurate analysis of the whole picture by limiting yourself to only a small portion.

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Alfman on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 23:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

ilovebeer,

Do you really not understand marginal costs? We specifically said that *development costs* approach $0 per marginal sale because they do. It doesn't matter if it's being developed for 1M or 1B, the dev costs to develop a version is fixed. Even if there are rolling releases this cost would still be the same. Wikipedia has an article on it, if you are interested.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marginal_cost

Other costs may not go towards zero, but I specifically said that too so I don't know what your so upset about.

Edit: Anyway, I'm not interested in pursuing this conversation with you since I couldn't care less about the outcome and you refuse to take it seriously.

Edited 2012-03-03 23:38 UTC

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