I have absolutely ZERO problem with people talking about how nice it would be if Federated Social Networks existed, I just think they're so unlikely to work that we should invest our energy in other areas! More productive areas! In this case, I'm afraid, i think you're just running at a brick wall while declaring that it would CLEARLY BE BETTER IF THE BRICK WALL WASN'T THERE. Well duh! Of course it would be better if the brick wall wasn't there. No one's disputing that! But it is there! It really is!
-- Tom Coates
Ok, I'm a sucker for lines like that. But read all of it anyway.