... probably for the same reason that people in decades prior stopped taking buses and streetcars and instead drove cars." - Paul Ford
Now we are going back to sharing machines that we are told exist in "the cloud". Could a return to mass transit be the future of transport?

@strypey for the analogy to hold, all mass transit systems worldwide should be privatised first

@antanicus privatization of public transport infrastructure has been underway for decades in this country, leading to
http://qttr.at/20c2

@strypey and that's precisely why I used the word "worldwide". Let me explain: cloud computing has been pushed on us because it is profitable at a global scale (you can pay Amazon for an AWS instance regardless of your location); to achieve the same level of global profitability, mass transit systems should be privatised worldwide, by a small group of companies, given the hyper local nature of mass transit.

@antanicus the point of the analogy is the shift from PC back to shared computing might actually be good, only the private ownership is bad
@antanicus if we replaced #Google and #FarceBook with entities run like #Wikipedia and #Archive.org would the 'centralization' be a problem?

@strypey centralized institutions will always suffer from "single failure point" problems, not to mention politics. I'd much prefer a decentralised replacement for both

@antanicus but isn't this also an argument against mass transit and for personal vehicles?
@antanicus taken to an extreme it even becomes an argument against public roads (private roading ownership being more 'decentalized') ...

@strypey @Antanicus Oh no... not "the roads" again...

hahaha

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