Linearization of the Playing Field «

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It bugs me when people say that tools like Amazon’s EC2 and S3 “level the playing field”. They really don’t, the playing field is still as tilted towards the large players as ever.

But the playing field has gone from this:


to this:


It’s far from level, but the big change is that it’s linear. A linear playing field is great for the little guy. Things are still tilted in favor of the big rich guy as they always are in capitalism, but linear gives the little guy a fighting chance to claw their way up the slope if they have the grit for it.


  1. The annoying part is the linear function doesn’t go to zero. If you have something small enough, you can end up grossly overpaying for it. At least using services like Amazon’s cloud computing, and storage systems.

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