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Oct 14, 2013
try going back just 5 years and explaining what " the cloud " is.

Oh heck, in 1990, my "Guide to the Internet", written for a mid-sized northeastern liberal arts college had a cloud (with lightning bolts!) on the cover. That was pre-Web. The "cloud" had been used to represent the space between the last device within your control and the first device within your target's control for as long as I know. And no, there is nothing new about any one aspect of "The Cloud". Every aspect of it goes back well over five years (e.g. "Pointcast"). The real progress has been to make the computing fast and powerful enough to make it sometimes seamless.

However, more to Dilbert's point: at that same school, which was hardly a powerhouse in terms of IT research, one faculty veteran from the UNIVAC's creation was trying to get the students to work on something called TopDesk, which actually was remarkably similar in concept to the modern Browser. (It was Mac HyperCard based!) Who knows how many Mosaic-type projects never saw the outside of the campus?
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Oct 14, 2013

It could work in case the predecessor product isn't protected by patent law...
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Oct 14, 2013
If you never heard of the other three products like yours it's because they're not (yet) successful enough. This is an opportunity; they've already softened the market a bit for you. Now you only have to make yours better than theirs, which is easier than inventing something entirely new. Innovation is usually more about evolution than revolution.
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Oct 14, 2013
If I were Dilbert I would admit existence of morphic fields :))
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Oct 14, 2013
Dilbert's mom is a fan of Rupert Sheldrake's work? Me too! Between that and her ability to kick the NSA agents butts to protect her boy, she's fast becoming one of my heroes in this strip! And of course, her ever so stylish hairdo just adds to the class factor...
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