It is often said that the government is not able to use money/resources efficiently. As efficient as private entrepreneurs can. Well, I agree.

However recently I’ve seen a couple of proprietary software projects, which were closed by the authors. You cannot download the mobile application. There is no website. It’s over.

And I have thought about community projects, collaborative projects. It looks like sometimes community projects can be even more efficient, because(if) they have no(limited) means to earn money. They decrease expenses as much as possible, and design software accordingly. And they can be more sustainable, though they have no income. Of course it depends on the community size. Number of speakers of the technology. (:

An example? Consider failed social network start-up. Now consider Diaspora. Social network start-up had to pay a lot for servers and infrastructure. Keep a space, and developers. Diaspora is hosted in different places, even on cheap one board computers. That’s about design and efficiency. Of course it has problems, and the development is not that fast as desirable. But the project is very efficient in some aspects.

#design #efficiency #free_software #software #diaspora #social_network #web #freedom #technology #sustainability

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decentralization matters to the regular user: it is very much exhausting to keep several identities and keep them synced. on this site for these people and on that site for those friends. like we aren’t on a one global network, but several not connected worlds.

we had to underestimate what may internet become, and invent rss/openid much earlier, this had to be the foundation of internet, just like smtp was. may be rss/openid is not enough.

even if one chooses photo hosting service, she could choose one, and follow friends on the other services, because all services would provide generic interfaces to exchange the data. and that would lead us to the real competition - where every service has equal opportunities, but must work hard on be a better service.

because otherwise the user will get it’s data and move to other service! and this is what i call a true competition.

now we already lost this. :/ may be something new, in addition or instead of rss/openid will make a change. some new technology, which will define interfaces for data exchange.

#internet #decentralization #web #openid #rss #identity #competition

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on services, which have to sell our information or show us ads: we had to came up with better ideas for them. we had make researches in order to find out how they can earn money. i don’t know how. for example, may be ISP’s need to pay to the web sites proportionally to the amount of traffic. may be we have to pay for internet connection more, to support not only the pipes but the content? but that would make internet less affordable. or it would not increase the price considerably? i don’t know. but we had to think about it.

#internet #pipes #content #web #freedom

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