"Rallying the faithful at ApacheCon Europe last night, Douglas
Adams -- legendary author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
-- told an audience of 300 that the best way to predict the future
is to invent it, and that those in the Apache community were on the
cutting edge of creativity and empowerment."
"'When I was growing up, the question was: who's going to be in
charge? Everyone assumed it would be Big Brother, the government,'
Adams said. 'But we all know that's not the case -- we're in
"Adams praised the Apache audience for providing the tools for
true democratization, loosening powers from large institutions --
like governments and multinational corporations -- and placing
power back in the hands of the people. This allows good ideas to
rise from the bottom, rather than be imposed on the masses from the
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