__/ [Mark Kent] on Saturday 03 September 2005 17:57 \__
> begin oe_protect.scr
> Rick <none@xxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> On Sat, 03 Sep 2005 14:27:53 +0000, billwg wrote:
>>> "Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>>>> Just another technology that was capable of being implemeted many,
>>>> years ago and in fact was available via Terraserver. Too bad
>>>> had neither the money nor the hype to attract hordes of people.
>>> Terraserver lacked the vision to try, roy. Technology is just a small
>>> part of a technology revolution and perhaps not even the important part.
>> Too bad Terraserver had neither the money nor the hype to attract hordes
>> of people.
> Google have sufficient cash to be able to gamble on all kinds of
> possibilities, including mapping, telephony, email, instant messaging
> and so on - basically, whatever they think might place them as the
> net-desktop of choice.
You use the word "gamble", but little (if not "none") of what they have done
so far involved an element of gamble. Google have the 'pipes' by which they
can penetrate the market, not to mention dependability. For example, Google
Talk checks GMail account/s, Mapping technology uses ads and search
capabilities, and so forth. It is known as the power and momentum of a
giant, which verges the call for so-called monopolies.
Since Google leave their API open and avoid proprietary at all costs, there
is still room for competition, although huge investment are required for
the competition to survive, e.g. computational proxies, formation of pacts,
and acquisition of various services.
> The growth of ADSL has ensured that the network really *is* the computer,
> so producing browsers and/or plugins & extensions for such is no longer
> the key - you can keep your investment on your own machines, rather than
> having to lock it into binary formats for running on remote machines.
> Google are probably as big a threat to Microsoft as free software is.
Very true. Lest we forget that Google embrace Linux. A world dominated by
Google is a world where Windows cannot prevail for long. It will not endure
initiatives like Summer of Code and openness. Ballmer agrees:
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