There it is again, the never ending discussion on the networked computer vs lots of processing power for the desktop. Or fat vs thin clients. Or... As Techdirt's Mike Masnick says: some people are missing an opportunity here.
"Bill Gates apparently found this article worthy of attention to the point that he's penned a response noting that the power of the PC isn't just in centralized servers but in the fact that plenty of intelligence has moved out to the ends of the network. To some extent, he's underplaying this point. There obviously is plenty of room for server-based applications, and many users are moving more and more applications in that direction. However, just because there are more network-enabled server-based apps, it doesn't mean the power at the ends is useless. Those cycles are an opportunity that can be used, whether in distributed computing applications or for other local tasks."