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How about this: it is time for the innovation
in computers in general and the web in particular
to stop. It is time for a regulated standard to
be created and enforced by statute such that if
one buys a computer and a program to run on it
today, it will run on a computer that you buy
50 years from now, and that the computer you
buy today will run any program written 50
years from now.
It works for TV and automobiles. Why not computers?
We must get out of the experimenter/hobbyist
phase and enable people to get the most out
of their investment. The situation today
is ALL Bill Gates' fault, of course.
That's not an original thought or even a troll.
It was proposed in an article this past weekend
and comes from a journalist think tank type.
The next new thing will be an old thing
that had a short burst of notoriety, was
dissed, and will be renamed and dressed,
and attributed to a 15 year old genius
(his mother swears he is) in Nebraska.
The money on the Next New Thing will of
course be mostly made by the really old
guys (45+ at least) who pay for the
prominent position on Google, in trades,
and on NPR. C looks awfully warm and fuzzy.