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Those are interesting questions, and I can't answer them. The folks that
thought the maturing RSS should have the rug pulled out from under it
certainly blew up a few planes in the labs when they changed course. Now,
for the first time, it's possible to do compatibility testing without
starting a flamewar. It's amazing how the culture in RSS changed in the last
couple of weeks. What would have been normal par for the course bad manners
now stands out, and people are actually having discussions based on what's
happening in the market, which would be akin to testing airplanes in
something like real-world conditions. Another way to phrase Mike Champion's
question, would you be willing to ride in an airplane that had only been
tested in theoretical conditions? I wouldn't. I'd let someone else be the
guinea pig. Dave
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "'Dave Winer'" <email@example.com>; "Mike Champion" <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 10:52 AM
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Great piece on RSS
> The airlines might, but Boeing and Airbus don't.
> They model and test and verify. Sometimes, they
> don't find the unknown unknowns and a fly by
> wire flies it into the tarmac. But less and
> less these days because they have systems that
> learn from memory and very seldom is an airliner
> built from scratch.
> Was RSS built from scratch? What changes did
> you make that resulted in all of the evil
> Googled references I've been seeing? Were these
> changes something you decided to do from
> scratch, or were they based on your analysis of
> the experience? As you say, you are not a newbie.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave Winer [mailto:email@example.com]
> Hey get over yourself Mike -- I'm anything but a newbie programmer.
> Here's the deal, someone has to go first. We could have sat around and
> debated it for two years, or instead taken a chance, watched carefully,
> trust that if we had to do some quick thinking our minds were up to it. It
> turned out that way. We got it done in a few hours instead of a few years.
> I make that kind of bet every day. And if you think the airlines don't,
> check it out, they do. That's how the world works my dear friend Mike.
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