Also, if one have to drive all around town to buy a car, one must live in a pretty desolate area. I generally go to one place and see Honda, Toyota, Kia, etc. Then I go to another place and see Mercedes, Volvo, Lotus.
Honestly, if we were all willing to payer the suggested retail price for cars, as Tesla wants us to, then dealers would not be necessary. But as the art of the deal for the automobile is ingrained in the current US culture, we have dealers.
The problem was this is expensive. In particular you generally have one or more very expensive persons who main duty it is to keep up the computers, which was not normally a full time job, except if computers started failing in bulk, when there was enough people to get it fixed quickly.
Back then there was no standard solution. I recall when the first compaq adaptive load balancer was installed. It seemed a competitive advantage could be gained with the right combination of hardware and custom software. Now there does not appear to be any advantage at small scales. These types of servers are routine and we know what works and doesn't. There is no reason to run hardware when software or sales is the business. Even, for the most part, people used canned software unless their business is software.
This is a desperate argument from someone who does not understand logic. Look up fallacy.
And frankly I do not see why we need to interfere with the culture who is ok with babies being murdered or murdering others as long as the victim is a willing participant of that culture. It is like saying that we should ban football for young people or skateboarding. People die in tragic accidents. My only concern is when the gun culture claims victim of innocents outside the culture. When some young white male who mother is so paranoid that she has an arsenal murdered 20 kids, or some other virgin decides he has to kill several people so he can get his face on TV.
Stories like this are supposed make you think because a toddler is unlikely going to kill his grandmother with a knife. It is supposed to make you think that a gun is an easy way for a coward to commit suicide by cop, take a few innocent with him, and get his fact on TV. At least a suicide bomber has the courtesy to make sure that they are the first one's to die.
The advent of HTML5 video is really what is driving this revolt. There is an advertising social contract between the content provider and the reader. For example prime time TV we expect about 15 minutes of ads per hour, for non prime it may go to 20. For fashion mags most of it is ads, for Foreign Affairs there are few ads.
When the social contract is broken, there is no one to blame but the content providers, like the US auto firms have no one else to blame for their crash in the 70's. There are a lot of content providers out there that seem unaware they are screwing the pooch with bad decisions. For instance, I am not going to subscribe to Slate because they won't allow zoom on the iPad.
This article is good because it also analyses the other costs to the mobile platform, such as load time. Professional web designers used to look at this. Now it is assumed that latency and bandwidth are so great that it does not matter. In fact it still matters. I occasionally still get a stuck web page waiting for google analytics or waiting for google to record that I am going from a search result to the resultant page. It is a cost of using the web, but a cost that web sites have to manage carefully.
Honestly, there was only a 100 year period where synchronous direct speech audio communication was the norm. In 1900 with a population of almost 80 million, only a few million had a telephone. By the year 2000, we already say a generation that was reverting back to the way humans had communicated through much of history, writing and sending asynchronously, such as one does with texting and email. The paradigm shift, so to speak, that made the smart phone a success, was the realization that for most people synchronous verbal communication was not of primary importance. Sure, a lot of people might want to make a video for later use, but I wonder how many people who can use Facetime or the like really use it. Furthermore, he rise of the answering machine tells us that the phone as a critical mode of communication is not all it was cracked up to be.
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