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   RE: [xml-dev] Using RDDL as a Distributed Registry Architecture

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That's anthropomorphic reasoning.  You're 
a better scientist than to indulge in the metaphysics 
of the Grateful Dead.

The web doesn't care.  The web doesn't know.  The 
web is just a buncha servers tied together by 
a retrograde GUI over a reworked Gopher protocol.
A centralized registry *will* work if it can take 
the hits and the users accept its authority.  Your 
customer knows this.  They may in fact, be lusting 
after exactly that.  You have to convince him/her:

1.  Decentralization is more reliable.  Share 
loads among servers or fall over.  How much 
centralization can one afford?  Big iron is the 
quick solution but it doesn't always scale well.

2.  Control reminiscent of the politboro has 
proven remarkably hard to maintain given its 
reliance on buy in by all participants to 
centralized authority.  Distributing authority 
is the key to effective local control of local 
resources.  Centralizing design is different 
from centralizing implementation.

If you came to our shop telling an anthropomorphic 
story, our marketing guys would give you their 
Stalinesque smile and our development managers 
would give you their Trotskyesque boot.  Your 
a** would be ours after that. ;-)


From: Roger L. Costello [mailto:costello@mitre.org]

7. Just like the body will reject infectious viruses, so too the Web
will reject a centralized, heavyweight registry.

Well, that's my thinking.  Any comments?  /Roger


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