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Metered computing: Another great argument for open source in 2009

Metered computing, as outlined by Microsoft in a patent application, isn’t the worst idea I’ve heard — but it ranks up there with other spectacular failures like the original DivX, AOL dial-up, and the 2008 Detroit Lions.

The idea, as outlined in this article by David Meyer, is that people would buy “heavily subsidized” (cheap) PCs, but then pay charges based on how much computing time and processing power they used.

I’m not aware of any concrete plans from Microsoft to roll this out, but I thought it’d be fun to discuss.

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?

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