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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:firstname.lastname@example.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