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Metered computing: Another great argument for open source in 2009

Jan 04, 2009, 12:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

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"If they do, however, I can't see it catching on. Who wants to monitor their PC usage for fear of spending too long online or using too much CPU or memory, lest they get a big ding in the form of a hefty bill at the end of the month? Just because people have put up with this sort of thing from their mobile providers, doesn't mean they'll get onboard for pay-as-you-go computing. In fact, the experience with cell phone bills is likely to make any smart customer very wary of Microsoft's metered computing idea. (Note that, on the enterprise side, having the same sort of ability -- to pay only for the compute time you use, makes much more sense -- but for home users? Not such a hot idea.)"

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