Freetard Day!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by ArtOfWarfare, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604

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    Ok, I just got this great idea for an online holiday...

    I call it...

    Freetard Day!

    The day when everyone is a Freetard!

    Once a year, all programers gives away all their programs for free for 24 hours! No catches at all! They aren't demos, you get the whole thing! Ok, seriously, why? So people who are dirt poor can get that app they've been wanting but couldn't pay the hundred+ $'s for. It's like Christmas minus religion! Everyone is in the giving mood!

    What do you think?

    Now we just need a date...

    suggestions?

    (Not really a current event... more an event of the future that I just envisioned.)
     
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    How about the developers just give away cash in the streets too, and you know, their homes, cars and dignity...
     
  3. pooky macrumors 6502

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    And so where exactly would the incentive for anyone to pay money, ever, be?

    Them: "You could pay me $2k for the full Creative Suite, or you can wait a month and I'll give it to you free."

    Me: "Ok, here's my money..."

    I can think of a word that rhymes with freetard...
     
  4. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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    This idea is definitely F'tarded.

    BTW, hahahaha...
     
  5. d_and_n5000 macrumors 6502a

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    Ain't ever gonna happen. Certainly would be nice, though.
     
  6. iTeen macrumors 65816

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    I have no problem paying for software that I need.

    All of it supports the developers and all the hard work that they went through to create the software.

    Horrible idea.
     
  7. Dagless macrumors Core

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    No way I'm giving my software away for free, I've got a student loan to pay off. Soz 'ard OP.

    Also it needs a better word. As I've said before wouldn't the "retarded" ones go out and buy products in shops based on advertising, whilst the more witty amongst us would search out free, and occasionally better, software? The wording is absolutely broke, serving no function or hint at what the software license is. Wouldn't "freetard" be more a reference to downloading rubbish free applications, likely laced with spyware?
     
  8. ArtOfWarfare thread starter macrumors 604

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    Where's the incentive for you to pay money anytime right now when if you just wait 6 more months and Christmas rolls around and you'll get whatever you wanted.

    The incentive is the same for both. You don't want to wait months for it. You want it NOW!

    Of course, companies could choose to give out last years version the day before releasing this years version too as incentive for paying money (you got last years... well, next day suddenly you get an email, "Hey, you've got last years stuff! We've just released a new version this year! You wanna pay for this now or hold on to your outdated version?")

    And yes, it's still present exchanging just like Christmas. Because all the devs can get each other's stuff free of charge!

    And obviously there's nothing forcing the devs to give stuff away... other than looking just like Scrooge at the start of A Christmas Story.

    I think the Ghosts of Freetard past, present, and to come need to visit all the M$'s out there.
     
  9. teflon macrumors 6502a

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    People that uses those software on a daily basis for their job can't wait for months for that day. It is only 1 day a year, what if you needed it half way through the year?
    Giving it out for free is quite unrealistic and unfair for the developers who put hundreds of hours into making these softwares though. However, there could be a day where all the developers put their software on sale. It'd be kind of like Black Friday. Software companies can schedule new software releases soon after that day, so the "software on sale" day can get rid of some old stock and build customer bases.
     
  10. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    Why would you get it free at Christmas time? I'm not following your logic.
     
  11. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    Is there going to be a Reverse Freetard Day? One day of the year when you give lots of stuff to developers?

    --Eric
     
  12. ArtOfWarfare thread starter macrumors 604

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    The developers arn't loosing anything.

    What they lose in sales they make up in getting free software of their own.

    And I suppose you could spread the concept of Freetard Day to all businesses. Get your gas free. Get your food free. Get your computer free. With free shipping.

    ...

    Of course I suppose you'd have to limit how many free things people can get. Otherwise people would just buy thousands of Mac Pros and sell them on eBay the next day.

    Limit one free product per person per business. (So you can get one thing from each company.)
     
  13. Dagless macrumors Core

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    As this thread dives further and further into insanity and out of pure curiosity, what planet are you from?
     
  14. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Last time I checked, free software couldn't feed a family...
     
  15. ArtOfWarfare thread starter macrumors 604

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    Earth.

    But I wonder what planet you're from... you look like a Vulcan with that nose. (Ok, fine, Vulcan's have normal noses so I've just insulted the Vulcans. But their name conjures the image of a beaked person...)

    [​IMG]
     
  16. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

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    Your lack of understanding regarding economics is astonishingly disturbing. I'll assume, for your sake, that this is just a joke (albeit not funny) or you're doing this just to get a rise out of people.
     
  17. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    Well, you can't eat a free download. But, you can eat a free retail box. Lots of Fiber.

    Not sure about the nutritional content of a CD. Bound to be some minerals in there somewhere though.
     
  18. ArtOfWarfare thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yeah...

    what I suggest is sort of like Communism Day... where everyone pretends we live in a Communistic society or something.

    Seriously though... why not? You don't want to participate... don't... everyone will treat you like a greedy bastard but w/e you want. I'll be sure to celebrate Freetards Day though once I start getting some of my applications done.
     
  19. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Too bad the ink doesn't taste as good as it should. :rolleyes:
     
  20. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    Well, you didn't expect the roni to come with your rice for free now did you?
     
  21. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

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    Do you understand the difference between Communism and Socialism? If people give away their work and/or service one day a year, what's the motivation for anyone to buy anything?

    You see, when Mommy and Daddy buy things for you, it's not free. Mommy and Daddy have jobs and work hard to buy you your toys. They pay for these things with something called money. Am I going too fast for ya, champ?

    The people that Mommy and Daddy give money to, then use that money to also buy things for their families, like food, housing, etc. We call this Capitalism.
     
  22. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Confirmed: Joke account.

    Also: how do you expect me, as a small time developer, to live if I stop charging people for 1 day? I barely scrape by as it is and you're honestly calling me a "greedy bastard".
     
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  25. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    definitely a F*Tard or was it freeturd.... Something like that :rolleyes:
     

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