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> I consider such announcements useful, but only when they clearly
> state their price or license. Announcements like this one that
> attempt to hide the actual price ,($500 in this case), or refer to a
> "free demo version", I consider spam.
I can't agree with this. I have no problems as long as there is no deception
as to pricing.
The decoding is easy:
* If the announcement says "free" or "open source", then I know the score
* If the announcement says "dree demo", then I know the score
* If the announcement says nothing about pricing and license, then I merely
assume that it is outrageously expensive, with a punitive license
They may not be best served by these responses of mine, but it's their
prerogative to communicate what they want about pricing, and mine to interpret
what I want about pricing.
Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc.
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