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"Stupid and easy usually wins" is the approach that seems to scale, but keep
that the network effect is a double edged sword. It scales the working
parts up but
also just as effectively shares all the flaws and vulnerabilities of an
Closed systems have a history back to cave dwellers when clans formed and
together for mutual support and mutual defense, but to see something
analogous to the current situation, one should look at the middle ages
plagues when those that could left the cities and formed closed enclaves to
what they could of their own resources. It didn't always work, but when it
worked, the local effect was positive.
Who will walk away from 'stupid and easy' and embrace 'smart and reliable'?
I don't think the solution will come from those who embrace the network
only as a 'positive' but from those who understand the saying, 'as the twig
so grows the tree'.
From: David Megginson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Stupid-and-easy usually wins