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A problem in today's world is that companies rush products to market because people doesn't want to wait for products. and this means that companies make products with a obsolescence quality. A fine example of this is Apple, they made the iPhone 6 in a way that was fast, easy and cheap for them to make. Thus leading to stuff like the phone bending. Sony have also done this, I bought PSvita day one and the OS had SOOOO many bugs and glitches that in some cases made the handheld unuseable until the battery had died. And it took them 6 or so months until they fixed all the bugs and glitches in it.

So what's your opintion about obsolescence, have you experienced it?
Posted 10/11/14 , edited 10/11/14
^ I hate this. Everything from hardware to writing fiction gets done this way, it seems. Sometimes very good things, that could be so much better. I can't think of anything more to say without ranting about storylines being dropped or compacted in a small space at the end on another tangent belonging elsewhere. But I know it well and agree. Its greed. They are too concerned with the end to bother with the means any longer ..
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I don't pre-order or buy on launch day and flexible phones aren't the result of rushing.
it was deliberate and tested.
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What, you don't like paying top dollar to be a beta tester? It's all the rage!

Really though, it annoys the hell out of me.
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"Planned obsolescence" is also a thing.
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Valentina_Romanov wrote:

^ I hate this. Everything from hardware to writing fiction gets done this way, it seems. Sometimes very good things, that could be so much better. I can't think of anything more to say without ranting about storylines being dropped or compacted in a small space at the end on another tangent belonging elsewhere. But I know it well and agree. Its greed. They are too concerned with the end to bother with the means any longer ..


I've never seen it done in fiction, however if I played a game or read a book where the ending is incomplete then I'd be rather pissed.
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jehester wrote:

What, you don't like paying top dollar to be a beta tester? It's all the rage!

Really though, it annoys the hell out of me.


The thing is, there are things out there where you can't be a beta tester. A fine example would be a phone, you buy it once... There's no way to have it before it releases and it'll be the same product a year later
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Lowlights wrote:

"Planned obsolescence" is also a thing.


Both yes and no. Sometimes companies rush products because they don't want to wait to make a profit... And that could be considered a "Planned obsolescence". However if you look at products such as Windows then there are a LOT of viruses for them and you can't do anything about that. Taking the time to remake windows won't work nor will take more time on it work, since when it comes to programming then there will always be some sort of backdoor that the developers hasn't realized. Also, if they remade Windows from the ground up then there's no grantee that old software will work on the new system.
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I don't think it's rush. I think it's all planned out. Make one version crap but still useful in some way. Then make a better of it on the next release. The same thing why there are so many variations of Pepsi.

The same goes with light bulbs. The ones we have probably remain decent for a year or two. But it seems they already have light bulbs that could last one's lifetime. They don't sell them though. It's called marketing and attempting to monopolize the business.

What's the difference of purchasing a Madden game last year compared to this year. Is it the gameplay? The graphics? Nope. Just the rosters.
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To be honest I despise it. It happens with games a lot, if not because of player demand then because publishers rush the developers so they get their money faster (Oh Dice, what have EA done to you?). It's because of obsolescence that I don't buy anything day 1 anymore on the tech side of things.

It's why I plan on getting a PS4... a few years down the line when all the problems are fixed and there's way more content. There's rarely any noteworthy downsides to being patient when waiting for something technology related. All you get is a superior product and generally at a cheaper price if you wait a while. Or you can avoid making a bad purchase altogether.

Also, as I said in a post on another topic, I don't like Apple because I feel they've made technology into a fashion icon, something that's in 1 year, works for that long, and then a new piece of overpriced crap is released by them, and everyone rushes to buy it. To be fair, a lot of the reason so much stuff that's crappy keeps being made is because impatient, mindless drones rush to said items throwing their money to the skies.

It's the only way EA gets away with releasing a new Fifa every year. Once a brand has established itself the quality doesn't matter, there'll be sheep foaming at the mouth for their overpriced fix of lackluster stuff. Then they complain when it's not up to snuff as if they're surprised that maybe being impatient in a world where companies screw us over so much isn't actually a good quality to have.

It's probably worth knowing by now, people, that if you pre-order something or buy it on the first day you've no-one to blame but yourself when you're disappointed with your purchase.

Let the product speak for itself, not the company behind it. If you trust anything the PR guys and advertisers behind big name products say, you're nothing more than a fool, and that's why they take you for one.
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