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RE: Open Source XML Editor
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Marcus Carr <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 09:31:23 -0600
Let me redo this:
"There is a difference between specialization of
human skills and decentralization of organizational
management, or specialization of roles individuals
play and decentralization of the parts they can play.
That difference IS competence. We can call it an
elite, but actually, it is pure skill and reliable,
The issue of competence is the SAME, not the difference.
The difference is a centralized system controls the
allocation of resources. A decentralized system
controls the means of choosing how resources are
allocated. In the first, many local variants have
to be controlled so the feedback loops become
long and complex: the system is likely to become
In the second, some local variants
are reported and checked against a global set of
variants to ensure they stay within some range.
Otherwise, the local implementation is a black
box. (let it run unless unendurable).
No mystery here. Messages, but prearranged
types of messages. The result is a simpler
set of feedback loops where a few of these have
the power to suspend local processes for review
and remediation, and only occasionally, to override.
In simplified form, a model we are all familiar with:
input ->| process | -> output
^ | | |
| ----------- |
+------ feedback -----+
Basic negotiation of the process definition
to select and adjust the tools and the
process of selection itself.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h