Subject: Re: Cygnus and proprietary software
From: kragen@pobox.com (Kragen)
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 21:15:33 -0500 (EST)

On 27 Dec 1997, Russell Nelson wrote:
>  > draw upon the strengths of the free software community?  100,000
>  > people each donating a dollar?
> 
> Can you say "transaction costs"?  I knew you could.  Mr. Rogers knows
> of no way to get a dollar from someone without spending a third of it
> just on the money transfer process.

Well, the money transfer process itself can be batched somewhat; it's not
uncommon for churchgoers to donate a dollar or five, for example, because
the transaction costs are very small -- perhaps three seconds of time.

But certainly there are other per-user costs that are much greater.

Kragen

Kragen