Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2012 08:29 UTC
Apple Apple is rejecting applications that use Dropbox because if the user of such an application does not have the actual Dropbox application installed, he is presented with a Dropbox login form through Safari, which happens to also show a sign-up link, and after clicking on that sign-up link, users could potentially run into one of the paid Dropbox options. Application developers and users surprised by this may need to read about the frog and the scorpion.
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RE[3]: I hate the inconsistency
by Alfman on Thu 3rd May 2012 01:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I hate the inconsistency"
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"Yes, because legislating these things just works so very well...."

There are indeed problems.. Yet there is no alternative, we desperately need a counterbalancing force to keep all-powerful corporations from overtaking and abusing society. We're already witnessing the evils caused by corporatization of the US. Small businesses are dying in favor of multinational conglomerates. Corporate laissez fair It has not resulted in free markets, but rather markets where a few players dominate in the form of an oligopoly leaving consumers with extremely limited choices. Worse still, they get away with anti-competitive tactics including those we're discussing here to strengthen their positions. Opportunities are drying up for those trying to competing on a level playing field based on merit.

I just don't want the future of computing to be one which is controlled by a handful of all powerful corporations. I don't want to be dependent upon google or apple or microsoft to reach customers. Conversely I don't want potential customers to be dependent upon them to reach me. I don't want a huge chunk of my future income to pay into corporate funds which are ultimately used to repress competitiveness and choice in my industry.

Prohibiting product bundling is a small step towards increasing competition, but it is a step in the right direction.

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