There's nothing separating a bitcoin, a US dollar or a napkin that says $10000 1337 D0ll@rz on it.
One of these I can exchange for goods and services in the real world and have a reasonable expectation the other person will want it. I'll let you figure out which one it is. And no I don't care that your shitty blog takes donations in bitcoin.
Historically, there's been a 100% failure rate for fiat currencies.
And historically 100% of people have died. Who gives a shit.
conveniences of bitcoin
Don't make me laugh.
It's just that someone else is buying all that hardware to have sitting around idle until you need it.
That's no longer my problem. It's now an operating expense for me instead of a massive up front capital expense.
What makes it work is that they have so many customers that when one needs more capacity they can take a bit away from everybody else and each customer's share will be so small they won't notice.
Nooo... when you reserve a VM that VM is yours whether you use it or not. You are paying for it after all. I have a very tough time buying that any of the major cloud platforms are oversubscribed. You will have to back up that claim.
It doesn't matter anyways. If you have grown to such a monstrous scale that you start to outgrow the capabilities of these cloud platforms, the capital cost of rolling out your own data center is likely no longer an issue. Operations on that scale are few and far between.
Remember kids, "I can't use this" is not the same thing as "nobody can use this".
There's no way I'm every going to buy the mobile operating system they've released for my desktop.
The bad news for you is the desktop is dead. The writing has been on the wall for years.
Can we please all agree to stop using this lame weasel word. Thanks.
Win 98 to Win 7
WTF. How did you expect that to work at all.
IBM (with MS-DOS
They defined the PC as we know it including a lot of standards that persist to this day. It was immensely successful and allowed for IBM to dominate the personal computing space for years.
Was doomed from the start. IBM is equally to blame for its demise, despite the haterade that people on slashdot are drinking.
Sun (with Java)
I seem to remember that involving more lawsuits than any sort of cooperation. In any case Java is currently a very popular language in the enterprise.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov