Subject: Re: FW: Why would I pay for Ximian software?
From: burton@openprivacy.org (Kevin A. Burton)
Date: 21 Dec 2001 22:23:03 -0800

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"Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen@xemacs.org> writes:

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> Find one, and you will get very very rich on the nanocommissions---you could
> live comfortably on picocommissions.  :-) I think it's highly unlikely that a
> practical one exists, though.  The collapse of the distribution-oriented
> dot-coms was not an accident.  Rather, it reflects just how well-tuned the
> existing market system is to delivering goods to the paying customers, in the
> face of the inherent defects in the valuation system.

One exists.  It is calling us... can't you hear it?

It is becoming more and more obvious that we need a payment system which is
based on merit and not the ability for a large company to drag people kicking
and screaming through the flames of hell ( *cough* Microsoft *cough* )

The first part is measuring this merit.  We are working on a distributed and
fault tolerant Reputation system under OpenPrivacy (http://www.openprivacy.org).
We are very close, we just need to get more time to document it and get more
constructive criticism.  Anyone want to invest ;)

I think that is step one.  Step two is convincing people that good Open Source
engineers need to eat.

Kevin

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