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   Re: [xml-dev] Google as Big Brother

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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> That's interesting, Paul.  A crank? 
> It is easy to game google so he must 
> be an incredibly incompetent crank.

Just so.

> The comparison to Microsoft and IBM is 
> really specious and I am surprised you 
> are making it. 

Not specious at all. In the context of Web Services, the two dominant 
models are decentralized indexes (Google and Yahoo) or centralized 
repositories (UDDI registry-in-the-sky). If I've ever said anything good 
about Google in a Web Services context it is that the decentralized 
model makes more sense for all of the usual reasons that 
decentralization scales better than centralization...including the eased 
of overthrowing monopolies.

> ... Individuals choose to buy 
> these products, companies choose to buy 
> these products and so on.  Same game. 

"Q: Who runs the UDDI Business Registry?
A: The UDDI Business Registry is operated as a distributed service. 
Currently, IBM, Microsoft and SAP operate registry nodes. NTT 
Communications will bring another registry node online in the near 
future. An Operator's Council sets policy and quality of service 
guidelines for the operators."

In other words, they decide who will be let in and who will not.

> Google is free to use and uses the 
> information they get freely.  Some 
> joker puts out a spybot that takes 
> a hour or so to get off my machine, 
> and multiplied by all the machines they 
> put it on, is an incredibly costly game. 

I have no idea what you're talking about. You can tell Google not to use 
any of your machine resources and not to index any of your information. 
You have complete control of whether Google's robot (not spybot) indexes 
your information or not. Next you'll say that the xml-dev archiver is a 

> Should they be prosecuted for malicious 
> mischief, or is that just the way the 
> web works?

I think the answer is pretty clear.

  Paul Prescod


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