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I won't comment on legality.  Having seen the last presidential 
se-lection, the outcome of the EOLAS case, and similar SNAFUs, 
I don't trust the judiciary to pick technology for me.  They 
couldn't even convict a celebrity murderer with overwhelming 
evidence while the whole world watched.

What we have now that we never had before is an international 
means of peer to peer (me to you) communication that acts like 
a watchdog.  Not a perfect world, but I think it a better one 
as long as we don't climb into the longboats and go raiding 
the lands of the Franks.

Bitter?  Remember, I was the first chairman of the MID 
committee and had to tell the Lockheed managers that 
IETM clients were dead because HTML was going to roll 
over us with inferior technology and that our SGML 
vendors were anxious for it to happen.  IADS survived 
but it had a lot of content expertise to hold it together 
and it already was an SGML browser with stylesheets when  
Andreesen was trying to work out blink blink.  

Am I bitter?  No.  I am vindicated. ;-)


From: Rich Salz [mailto:rsalz@datapower.com]

> rich clients are valid.

And let's agree that we'll now get to see it in a couple of years 
because the desktop monopoly illegally killed the competition on the 
basis of the threat of it a few years ago.

Forgive my cynicism and bitterness.  It must be the lack of oxygen 
(someone cutting of my air supply?) that makes me forget that we truly 
live in the best of all possible worlds.  Double-plus-good, y'all.


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