The mobile revolution is by far the most powerful driver of centralization in the last 10-15 years.

Mobile devices really are thin clients -- teched-up "dumb terminals for the cloud." Since the cloud is Mainframe 2.0, mobile devices are the "glass TTY" (e.g. VT100) 2.0.

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Your typical desktop or laptop has a lot of resources to spare. Your typical mobile device has none. Mobile promotes a client/server mainframe/dumb-term architecture for fundamental technical reasons.

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@dazai idk if that is actually true. modern smartphones are very powerful, even with the limits imposed by their energy cells. i mean, you don't have enough of a surplus to render web applications, but if you care about efficiency at all you can do a lot of heavy work on modern ARM cores.
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