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   RE: Microsoft's Role in the XML Community (WAS RE: Important: The SAXC+

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  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>
  • To: Wendell Piez <wapiez@mulberrytech.com>, XML Developers List <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 08:23:33 -0500

>From the outside, it is hard to determine much about 
anything except behavior, and that is why behavioral 
analysis, testing and training works when shaping observable 
behaviors.  The tough part is getting some control over 
the rewards.  The response can be measured by the behavior 
(ye olde Tit for Tat:  don't let tats get bigger than tits) 
and by type (be provocable/be forgiving).  

1.  First, do the legal analysis.  Did they do anything 
wrong or did they do something "without style"?

2.  Pick the response and administer it immediately.  Ensure 
it is commensurate with the behavior.

3.  Be consistent.  Make sure the response is predictable. 
We whine about how they use their "dominance" but some are all too 
happy to see others do similar things ("JavaOne - Bomb Redmond!") 
which demonstrates a certain lack of consistency.  

In this case, I should think that whoever owns the Kerberos 
record of authority can:

1.  Document systems with inconsistent behaviors.  FAT 
tests are important in the commercial world.  RFPs cite 
ROA Public IDs for just such reasons (one reason that 
conflating identity, name and location is a fairly dumb 
idea but that is another thread).

2.  Insert code that informs users of the presence of 
such a system even if only by knowing its vendor.

People and institutions react to WARNING dialogs or 
other similarly scary messages from the machine.

As for burning Megginson, any organization as large 
as MS could care less.  As to burning him and a lot 
of his friends, they care just a bit more.  Measure 
the response.  Now, pick any individual in organizations 
of that size and you will see a different response at 
a different scale.  You can work with that too.

Len Bullard
Intergraph Public Safety

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