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On Mar 18, 2004, at 11:33 PM, John Cowan wrote:

> Metcalfe's Law is not operating wrt communication speed, and still less
> throughput.

Right.  The point was that an "inferior" solution that exploits the 
large existing infrastructure would have a lot of intrinsic value due 
to the network effect.  In the case we're discussing, most of the 
appeal of the idea of syndicating credit card statements via RSS would 
be the fact that millions (?) of people with an RSS aggregator could 
use it as soon as it was produced.  A "better" pub-sub approach that 
required new server infrastructure and client software would have a lot 
of deployment to do before it would be worthwhile to enough businesses 
or consumers to be used.


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