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Which do you think is right: *Is the QWERTY ready to go against
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Subscription Software
In our last newsletter, we asked what you thought of a subscription model
for renting software. Your response was swift, large, and uniform: No.
(Except for those who said yes.)

"It would solve. . . what I like to call 'the incidental Photoshopper'
problem," offers *Jan*, who adds, "wouldn't it be nice to be able to use
the full featured product only once in a while, without having to actually
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"It is the old batch vs. real-time processing issue gone financial," muses *

*Michael* fairly shouts, "I have no intention of ever subscribing to
Microsoft's server-based applications. I don't use their products at
all—that's what Open Office is for!"

"I just don't like the idea that I can lose the ability to generate content
because I no longer want to pay a monthly or annual subscription fee," says
*Rodney*. "I prefer the older software licensing model where
the software continues to work so long as you have a computer that can run

Reasoning both sides, *Patrick* concludes that "the model makes a lot of
sense, particularly as software is more of an avenue to provide a service
than a product."

But we'll give *Nate* the last (vociferous) word as he exemplifies the
majority response. "Subscription software model?" he spits. "Absolutely
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tail -f /dev/newsletter All Good Things Must End

May the Crowdfunding Be With You
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White House's refusal to
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to fund before time runs out.

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keep the balance of power even. Compared to the Death Star's budget,
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Both projects claim to be open source, but only the Death Star takes

*Q:** Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the downfall of the first Death
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*A:* No, the first Death Stars was closed source and the theft of the plans
resulting in the loss of many Bothan lives. Had the previous Death Star
plans been more open, someone might have spotted the obvious design flaw.
We believe that an open source project is safer, cheaper, and better for

  In this Issue:

   - Going Against Type
   - Code Camp
   - Fluent 2013
   - Curl Up and Dye
   - You Said No
   - Crowdfunding the Death Star

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