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Re: Wasting half a trillion dollars?

>     This 'code on the client' is worth building because it is
> the exact expression of the best particular expertise for a given
> process. It is worth the expense of maintaining because it is a 
> uniquely valuable common resource...

There's the rub.  Consider some other common resources
like "clean air" and "clean water".  Notice how there's a
similarity in the arguments this corporation made about money
spent on a common resource (client side IP and control) as
being "wasted", and the ones that various pollution-intensive
companies (name your least favorite :) make about how money
spent on pollution-free business processes would be "wasted" ...

In both cases, the "waste" is that money is spent on achieving
some shared social goal, rather than enriching the corporation.

- Dave