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Which is why "impress me" is stronger than
"imprimatur", IMO. Selling the imprimatur and
demanding fealty for it sounds a lot more
like enslavement than pay for the patent
or negotiate or just build it and let's
see what works. I am a believer in
the rights of the inventor, sort of the
Howard Roark approach. It didn't mean
he wouldn't help; it meant he had the
right to set the terms and the reasonable
expectation these terms would be met. One
does not serve on demand, but on request
When we started calling specs for
emerging technologies, "standards" we
forged our own chains. When we demand
global namespace as the only right way
to build Internet applications, we forge
our own chains. If we ignore an emerging
tech or fail to recognize the utility of
the namespace, we can dig our own latrines
and might leave our businesses in them.
Choice is risky. Live long and prosper,
or live short and wither.
But regardless, communication is about choice.
My fear is that to be heros or to unify, we
are forging chains. Our privacy is already
gone. Will our choices go next?
From: Mike Champion [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I just want to make sure that a decision to standardize on
the RPC paradigm today doesn't lose us a war with the
aliens in 2150, as all those threads waiting for a
response to an RPC invocation of a web service light-minutes
away lock up the command and control systems <grin>.