[racket] iPhone (Was: [The Racket Blog] New comment on Racket.)

From: Neil Van Dyke (neil at neilvandyke.org)
Date: Fri Jun 18 10:58:33 EDT 2010

I think it's both.  I mentioned the ethical question because one could 
probably find a worthwhile risk-reward solution for the short-term 
self-interest economics question, or one could find a way to cover one's 
own butt (perhaps involving a backroom deal and PR leverage), but I 
think that the ethics (collective, long-term) problem of supporting the 
iPhone iron-fisting is harder to resolve.

Robby Findler wrote at 06/18/2010 10:33 AM:
> Why is this an ethical question and not an economic one?
> Robby
> On Friday, June 18, 2010, Neil Van Dyke <neil at neilvandyke.org> wrote:
>> Apple has been brutal with iPhone developers, running the platform as a ruthless and fickle dictatorship.  I believe that this is the general perception of iPhone developers.
>> Even if one is willing to jump through Apple's hoops, and one accepts that, at any time and for any reason, Apple will have no qualms about simply kicking one off the platform, instantly and without explanation... I believe that there is also an ethical question of whether supporting the iPhone platform is contributing to the success of Apple's ruthless, anti-competitive, and closed-platform practices.
>> Android, Symbian, the new Nokia Qt stuff, Java... all alternative mobile device platforms for civic-minded techies to consider.

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