This weekend has been odd: imagine a mix of sushi and pastis and billiards and flowering thyme & bay and bubbling streams and woodchippers.
All that to say, I haven't been able to respond to my previous missive in a proper fashion; but I was linked to an amazing speech by Eben Moglen that everyone should read. Yes, you, Mom!
Freedom in the Cloud, by E. Moglen, 5 Feb 2010.
In it Moglen deals with this idea of center-versus-edge. In the autonomous cloud piece, I wrote that the client-server paradigm was incompatible with autonomy; Moglen makes this point much better than I could. Incidentally the point was Brian Gough's, not mine, though its expression was my own.