But in the case of SAFE this wouldn’t apply right? This stuff is nonsense generally because the intent behind FOSS much more than open source is not profit oriented it commons oriented. Its about keeping markets from destroying the public interest which is what they do without stuff like this. Its checking the incredibly flawed mechanism known as the market.
This business about going to the cloud also seems like BS. When we go server-less the telco, cable model is dead. SAFE will be a tipping point in a way, we’ll see how much it suffers with latency under G5, but for many things it will lock out the telco/cable/NSA out of their own lock out game on their own network, but on SDR which implies mesh and doesn’t need the Artemis Pcell back haul, I’d predict the overnight death of the telco and cable industry at the hands of quick Skype like change over going server-less. The model of the telco-cable-NSA complex is that it is basically a spy cloud as above. But it is set to become obsolete and obvious pure artificial scarcity with just a couple of inevitable tech developments. We know that G5 is SDR based. We know that it essentially eliminates latency, power usage, bandwidth and spectrum/interference issues. It also eliminates the need for cell towers and telco/cable back bone save for the long haul or possibly the very long haul.
Job himself speculated on the day when Apple could switch off the business model of the telcos. It would happen lightening quick. Apple puts an uncompromising set of SDR circuits into its phones for a couple generations and then introduces multipeer 2 and the public can just switch off the telco and cable in all or most uses cases before it becomes all. Apple could have signed contracts saying it would but it could just as easily breach them in the public interest or even pay a fee, it would be great and great for Apple or another big handset maker that did it. It would be over quicker than ending the pure parasitic long distance artificial scarcity scam. It would be acting in the public interest and it would be taking us server-less. For the very long haul transoceanic there would be Google’s satellite net. But even then there might be enough planes and ships to make the link.
It reminds me of the transition in petrol. Based on petrol’s economic efficiency its just completely strategically and tactically obsolete. Its become technologically obsolete giving any nation that ditches it a huge insurmountable economic advantage. But simultaneously this has cast a light on its environmental and political externalities. Overnight petrol has become a economic, political and social loser and desperately trying to ring the bell on the bribe based media and consequently bribe base election politics to reverse this. But its a case of irreversible technological obsolesces that will put ownership and control of much or almost all of the means of the concerned production back in the hands of end users. That is what will happen with server-less, you get rid of the TV stations,and and the spy cloud and the cell towers and all the points of centralization and control and the means of production of information goes back in the hands of end users, they control it and they own it, it will be the death of sponsored media. With a digital commons where cooperative models work better we can then kill of the corporation and hopefully outlaw it globally.
But let me digress, all of this stuff shows how important a SAFE browser is, even in the short term. Because apparently (recent pro opinion offered on the forum- I don’t he he want’s the link in this post) we do things in the browser server-less or in the cloud, with the implied spying.
Article comes from Arstechnical- they’re awful, highest bidder shill media. They are almost always on the oppressor almost evil side of things. Note this quote “Royalties from licensed commercial exploitation fuel continued development and innovation of an open and free option.” Note the word exploitation. Note their claim that Google is an advertising company. More and more Google will be a business broker (not as in selling businesses) but brokering between buyer and seller, and if they can do it right they can do it in a non conflict way, they don’t need ads, and they’ve been killing the ad industry.
Not saying Google is honest or even good, just saying this Ars tripe needs to be contrasted against what others like Richard David Steele have said on the subject. The point of FOSS is not to make money, the point of society is not making money, to me FOSS is about getting away from the business first nonsense. What if it was Football first or Baseball first in everything we did or tried to think, business first is on that kind of level. Trade is fine, but it is not the solution and its place is at the back of the line not the front, the people who think otherwise have been politically and intellectually defeated. Note the recent results in Austria, despite the terror based advertising the fear based approach couldn’t be revived, this stuff is moribund, greater terror and bigger bombs won’t save it. We don’t want the mediocre business type of mind things its not even remotely qualified (quite the opposite.) we want the people running things, not people who hide behind trying to coerce with money running things.