The grandparent was talking about the One Book To Rule Them All - Ma Bell's
"Ma Bell" hasn't been a thing since 1982 when AT&T volunteered to divest itself of its regional local telcos. AT&T retained ownership of YellowPages and they remained the dominant business directory but competition in the last decade has been fierce. It's so vast it even has its own association. And while you are correct about businesses getting a line for "free" it still required them to be an AT&T customer so it was a value ad for service not free.
The point of TFA is that a business owner shouldn't have to spend time and money policing multiple sites in order to protect himself from trolls and malicious mischief. Especially because so many of them manipulate the information presented so that bad reviews predominate - which they then charge the business to clear up.
That's not what I took away from TFA and anyone who did should not try and run a business as it is wishful thinking. In fact it is entirely the business owner's responsibility to ensure information about his business is accurate. If he is benefiting from positive or hurting from negative reviews he needs to be pro-active. There are unscrupulous businesses that berate competitors and post glowing reviews on their own business all over the place. You cannot expect you won't be a target at some point especially if you are successful because the better you are doing the bigger the target you are.
From a user's perspective - it's pretty much nothing but bad. Between the tendency of people to complain more than they congratulate, deliberate manipulation by website operators, and various forms of trolling and mischief... the 'net is virtually completely unreliable.
While all of this is going on it isn't as pervasive as you make it out. It is pervasive but it's not absolute like you make it out to be. And much of it can be spotted in a heartbeat if you know what you are looking at. I often see overly praising reviews of products or services and I completely discard these as they are clearly planted by the review-e. Same goes for over the top lambasting of a subject. If you take the objective posts and throw out the extremes you're left with a pretty good picture of what to expect.
How would OSM combat a malicious editor?
Molotov cocktails and machetes!
then you are an idiot.
You had a nice semi-informative argument but couldn't help but show your true color in the end.
The reason you can't use TurboPascal is because web pages run in the browser virtual machine, and TurboPascal code runs in the TurboPascal runtime environment linked into the native code TurboPascal application.
Which does not preclude an interpreter being written to convert the code into the browser VM readable code. Just because a language was originally designed to be compiled doesn't mean it can't be redesigned. Whether it's the best use of resources not withstanding.
All of your arguments are irrelevant to my comment. They might very well be valid but only because the people designing the newer systems made decisions that precluded the use of existing technologies. Which in fact validates my claim more than nullifies it.