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Re: [xanadu] flecks ?????
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- Subject: Re: [xanadu] flecks ?????
- From: ____Textpert Alert____ <ianf@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 18:16:29 +0200
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On 00-09-02 17:40 -0400 sez Jack Seay:
> "Flecks" is a shorter word than "nanobucks". Snapier, too.
> Maybe he's onto something. I think it is marketable. Better
> than beanz or flooz.
Yeah, but what about its etymology, where did it come from?
[btw. latest attempt at a viable net.currency is "Mojo",
clearly a slang word, see http://www.mojonation.net/ ]
> But really, Paypal is hardly a transparent payment system for
> reading large numbers of copyrighted materials. And where are
> the transclusions and versioning? I'm betting on Xanadu for
> the long run, especially for digital material.
Nolo contendere to first sentence. As for the second:
nowhere and probably staying that way. Don't bet on the
third, it's a beautiful, logick idea, but crippled by its
requirement of a proprietary network. The experience of
past ten years' chaotic, multifaceted, multithreaded,
multistandard and, most important, _multiplayer_ WWW
development tells us all that the Xanadu was a beautiful
dream, too perfect and singularly integrated for its
Xanadu had its moment _before_ the emergence of the WWW,
and for a while, after being acquired by AutoDesk, Inc.
in 1990?, it looked like it had a shot at it. But it
never realized that potential, and now it's long past
its sell-by date. Maybe, in a couple decades, when the
Internet is truly global and mature, the enfiladas have
been ironed out, and a new digital-access paradigm shift
is approaching, maybe then... but not otherwise.