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Comment Re:Death of Email (Score 1) 456

Buy an iPhone to use iMessage ? Some people are crazy.

Funny little fact: most of these systems all use email or the phone number in some way. For example as identifiers or for password recovery, etc.

Why do you think that is ? Because it's universal: everyone has one. Why is that ? Because it's federated.

Obviously, none of these services wants to be federated, because in Silicon Valley it's all about how many users you have (locked into your ecosystem). Doesn't matter if you are making profit or ever will, as long as you have enough users investors will throw money at it.

Comment Re:Duh? (Score 1) 644

Anything that increases productivity raises output, and therefore value, of the people producing. You'd expect that to make them richer.

Well, it doesn't make people richer. We are already living in that world for a while now and it's just not true:

http://i1.wp.com/andrewmcafee....

(some products have become cheaper so maybe your buying power went up, but I doubt it)

Comment Re:Second to announce being first. (Score 1) 249

Is the US going to stop messing around in other countries with their military, the NSA spying and CIA ? That actually sounds very tempting. Maybe we will pay for a wall, maybe even a dome. ;-) That would put a lot of people in the US out of work. What I'm always surprised by is how the people in the US care so much about keeping manual labour jobs instead of getting more and better education and thus actually have a chance of getting a bigger paycheck.

After we take all the resources and the money from the US that you still own all the other countries in the world, their should be more than enough money to build that dome. ;-)

Here is a question: as many know, the US makes a mess of the middle east with their military forces because of natural resources. Why would they need to do that if there are enough natural resources in the US ? Have you ever thought about that ?

Comment Re:Why is this guy still talking (Score 1) 468

I had actually posted an other comment as a reply to mine, but it seems to have gotten lost.

It was something like: I should add this: one of the problems with the modern time is that through technological progress governments are now also competing with each other for the favours of the large international companies and smaller ones. In the hope it will help boost their country. In certain countries, like the US, this goes even further and leads to government capture where companies get (in)directly involved with creating the rules.

Which fits very well with what you mentioned.

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