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  1. William Meyer says:

    On the Cloud, I just wrote a comment on a G+ community about the evils of subscriptions. We see them everywhere, and they sap our lifeblood. Having always resented the legal fiction that we never own the software we pay for, I very deeply resent the possibility that the lawyers and marketeers are edging us closer to an implementation of their notion that we should pay forever. My response is: what have you done for me lately?

    Still, with Stallman as the reference point, I must point out that I am as I have been, a die-hard capitalist.

    Nice to see that TOR has done the experiment, and even nicer that they report the results. I have always found the claims of the BSA about software piracy embarrassing. First, obviously, because they are self-serving. Second, because they display such stunning ignorance of the principles of economics: Pirated copies are not lost sales, as only a small percentage would ever use the products if they had no choice but to pay license fees. And, as should be obvious, the principle is more rigidly true, the further up the price curve the product lies.

  2. Erbo says:

    And, with Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs), even the hazards we did see at Fukushima can be eliminated. It’s not new technology, it was developed and tested at Oak Ridge Laboratories in the 1960’s, including testing the safety features. Energy From Thorium has a lot more information.

    (Plus, the process heat of LFTRs lends itself well to the production of synthetic hydrocarbons, using any convenient carbon source. The technology to do that, the Fischer-Tropsch process, is even older; the Germans were using it in World War II!)

  3. Steve Stroh says:

    Obviously you haven’t had the displeasure (agony) of trying to support small business IT, for which cloud services have been a wonderful innovation. Even if all you say is true about cloud services, for the average small business, cloud services work better, are more reliable, and have enabled FAR more productivity than the DIY. Just trying to maintain your own email server is a total snakepit – constantly being hacked on. For all the many evils of Gmail, it works better for email than any other system.

    1. I haven’t ever maintained my own mail server. Mail bounces around out in the Cloud, so I’m happy to leave the server on the Cloud. However, I’ve been very happy with Thunderbird. GMail isn’t even in the ballpark. Thunderbird is here on my desktop. I control it, and it doesn’t need a great deal of controlling.

      The nuttier issue about the Cloud is whether to exile your freaking word processing there. Or your spreadsheets. Or your book layout program. This makes no sense at all. Servers belong on the Cloud. Clients belong on the desktop. Productivity belongs on the desktop. If some loon driving a backhoe cuts the cable that links you to the Cloud, you’re dead in the water. I’d like something a little more robust than a spool of #24 wire between my company and bankruptcy.

  4. Rich Rostrom says:

    … a spool of #24 wire…

    That is so last millenium!

    BTW – a story from when I was contracting at Motorola Cellular about 1998. The Phoenix office lost all network connection. The networking staff spent several hours rebooting routers and so on. Then someone looked out the window and noticed the guy with the backhoe.

  5. Andy Kowalczyk says:

    Regarding your battle with Amazon’s bibliologists, here is a little Wikipedia piece about a Jesuit:

    “a circumstance to which he is ruefully resigned.”

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