>> People are willing to "pay a toll" to the "banker" for cable TV.
>> Now sure, there is an alternative model which would be that the user pays
>> each time they access Photoshop. My guess is that no-one is particularly
>> thrilled with this model, so offering it up as a strawman proves nothing.
>> There may be (and given the way these things work, probably will be)
>> "platinum service" costing say $40 a month, that allows for use of
>> Photoshop, while the base service only gives you the use of "Photoshop LE"
>> or whatever. There may be (like from the phone world" a middling option
>> that allows for up to 10 uses (or hours of use or whatever) of the
>> platinum services apps.
>Considering that most home users get all the basic software they need
>"free" with their system and most commercial users get huge discounts to buy a
>"site" license, that $25 - $40 per month plus the cost of the NC
>will soon equal much more than the cost of a windows system (or even a
>mac for that matter). In addition, the home user will need a huge pipe for
>it to even work somewhat as well as a windows system. If the phone
>companies and the cable folks have their way, that fat pipe will cost
>at least another $40 per month. With a PC, folks don't have to have
>a pipe at all if they don't want it.
future of highspeed Net access is on-demand metered bandwidth. Once
highspeed bandwidth becomes like electricity then some of the
objections you raise become moot.
<snip>Quote:>The pay per use model will never work. People don't like the "surprise"
>when the bill arrives. Why do you think the ISP went to flat pricing?
>Why do you think the phone companies provide 911 blocking - it's cheaper
Funny you should mention the phone company. If people dislike the
"surprise" of metered usaged, how come they're will to do it be
shocked month after month, year after year whenever their phone or
electricity bill comes?
Now, maybe, but in the future they'll go with the cheap NC runningQuote:>Once home users and commercial run the economic sceanrios, they will
>probably choose a cheap PC in most cases.
Linux machine from Newco.
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