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   [xml-dev] Lessons from the RSS Civil War: The Circle Of Life

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> If you take RSS, claim it, rename it, but are 
> essentially still building over it, it is 
> piracy.  No one can stop you from doing it 
> now because the owner of the ship left the 
> holds unlocked, shared his decks, and in 
> effect, gave you the access... just as the 
> ethos of the open source/web culture said 
> he should to succeed.  I have to question 
> both that culture and that success if we 
> urge others to take advantage of him and call 
> it community.  A community of what? Pirates?

  I guess your rethoric is outdoing even Microsoft or
the RIAA. May I remind you that Microsoft steals and
blunders as it pleases. In Redhell the call it
euphemistically "Freedom to Innovate".

> I sincerely doubt a reasonable individual 
> will not work with an honorable group 
> to mutual benefit.  Take a deep 
> breath and trust that better results 
> can be obtained by that tactic.

  I guess you're an idealist. History and human nature
suggests otherwise. 

  Take C++ as an example. Did Bjarne Stroustroup get
the blessing from his colleague at Bell Labs Brian

  Take Java as an example. Did James Gosling get the
blessing from Bjarne Stroustroup?

  Take C# as an example. Did Anders Hejlsberg get the
blessing from James Gosling?

  Take Linux as an example. Did Linus Torvalds get the
blessing from Richard Stallmann?

  I guess you see the pattern here.
  - Gerald

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