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Submission + - Harnessing the economic power of the Internet

Anonymous Coward writes: "I've read slashdot for a few years, posted as an AC a few times and the discussion here is always lively and insightful. Hopefully there can be something mutually beneficial here. I'm writing a paper and I hope that this can cause some lively discussion. It'd be good for the site and be pretty much a free brainstorming session for me. How has the Internet and the environment surrounding it affected the way it is commercialized or people/firms derive profit from it? Not just the Internet itself specifically, but its creation and other things like dial-in BBS and other steps along the way. What changed? What took it from hobbyists (like Christensen from the BBS example above) to profiteers (like, say, a Mark Cuban, or a firm) for the most part? Were regulatory/legal changes a significant factor? Were IT and electronic communications just emerging technologies that were bound to be harnessed? Was it a gradual process or were there watershed moments? Essentially, what caused the Internet (and related/similar modes of communication) to shift more and more towards vehicles for profit rather than hobby?"

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.

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