Re: Mutant 59 - Missing the point
you're missing a major point. Which is not unreasonable, given that Mutant 59 didn't make the point in the first place, or perhaps I should say "didn't make the point strongly enough".
These micro-payments alone would net the likes of google and facebook billions per year. That kind of money will attract AND FUND genuinely honest alternatives who regard their obligation to their users (who will probably also own the service) as fiduciary rather than predatory.
Frankly I strongly approve both strategies: Chaff to reduce the value of data to the parasites, and micro-payments to encourage the development of honest services.
Of course, nobody will read this as I'm posting a day too late and the tide's gone out but I want to put it on record anyway.