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The net is an unending NOW of moments and distractions and wonderments and puzzlements and rages. Asking someone riding its currents to undertake some kind of complex dance before she can hand you her money is a losing proposition. User-interface designers speak of how every additional click between thought and deed lops a huge number of seeds out of the running for germination. In my next column, “Macropayments,” I’ll write more about this consummative act, for this is the key to enduring success as a dandelion.

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