Re: A friend needs info on screen readers history for her thesis


I've seen about four messages all agreeing on this subject.  I think this view is arbitrary and hasn't been logically defended.
If the device breaks you can't use it either.  Your Internet service is a monthly paid service.  Your electricity is also.  So is water, to give an unrelated example. 
This is completely arbitrary and I haven't seen any argument that is valid that supports this distinction and visceral dislike of subscription services as opposed to not owning, but licensing a product or service.  I only see two valid arguments and I consider one strong and one not very strong.
The strong argument is that if you don't intend to keep a program current, you can save enough money to amount to something by licensing it with one payment.  You pay for the program once and then you may be able to use it for years before you may have to upgrade it.
The not very strong argument is that if the subscribed program checks with the server to see if it is licensed on a schedule, if something goes wrong with the system, you may not be able to use it until the problem is solved.  That may happen but I don't see people not using electricity, phones, Internet, etc. when the same things could happen. 
My view is that the decision involves primarily which is cheaper.  Is it cheaper for someone who wants a current version to license or subscribe?  The same question for someone who doesn't want to upgrade except when necessary.
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From: Kwork
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2018 3:58 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] A friend needs info on screen readers history for her thesis

Agreed. The same goes for me for iOS apps. If something I'm using goes
to a subscription model, off the phone it goes. As with Travis, this
does not apply to storage, backups, etc.

On 9/29/2018 3:25 PM, Travis Siegel wrote:
> While an average of 5 bucks a month isn't bad, I'm diametrically
> opposed to anything that requires my software be a subscription base. 
> That means that if I (for whatever reason) don't, or can't pay the
> subscription, I loose access to that particular piece of software, and
> depending on what that piece of software is, that could spell disaster
> for me as a computer user.  Nope, not happening.  I refuse to use such
> services, which is why I will never buy a subscription to office 365. 
> I don't  mind paying for external services, such as storage, backups,
> and the like, but I will never pay for a subscription to something
> that is an integral part of my system, because if it gets turned off,
> I can no longer use my system, and that I will not tolerate.
>  On Sat, 29 Sep 2018, Sky Mundell wrote:
>> saddened at FS right now. Basically, they are going to a subscription
>> base
>> model for authorisation, in JAWS 2019. The way it is going to work,
>> is in
>> the US, you will be able to purchase a home annual licence, but you will
>> have to keep renewing your subscription to keep JAWS authorised.
>> Eventually,
>> all of the SMA's etc. will be in the portal, and everything will be
>> subscription baste for jfw. And I believe the price will be $60 per
>> year.
> .

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