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Possibly, but just saying he is crazy is more likely to
make him believable where such things are believed. The
web has a funny habit of denying things are possible that
prove to be very possible. Email viruses are a notable
example. Over time, the amount of effort required to
secure web resources is proving inordinately expensive.
Put the contexts together and the willing believe.
What is interesting in that blog:
1. He names names. One of them is a frequent contributor
to this list. That's bad.
2. He insinuates RSS aggregators are used in Federal elections.
Not as far as I know. Maybe other aggregators are and if so,
is his scenario implausible? Probably. Impossible? No and
that is why this kind of article gets legs.
3. He cites the ChoicePoint fiasco. That is a big fiasco.
Don't know if they use RSS aggregators. They do aggregate
and they were bilked but by a social ploy, not a technical one.
Still, we've all seen the power of the comment lifted out of
context and put into a fertile field.
It is better to debunk than to deride. Again, he is citing
tech that is pretty dear to the people on this list and the
web is a fabulous promoter of superstitions. Loco conspiracies
are often accepted until debunked, and true conspiracies are
sometimes outed by loco sources.
The dataMegaMarts are a real problem but that is a separate
issue from that blog. (CFR 28 Part 23 doesn't apply to them,
and in fact, expressly doesn't apply to them, so they are a
neat way around the Federal guidelines. The law has to catch
up to technical innovations as usual, but people have to make
From: Peter Hunsberger [mailto:email@example.com]
On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 14:09:03 -0500, Bill Kearney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Seems like a bunch of hogwash to me. More like some crackpot trying to
> get traction for ludicrous ideas by associating unrelated terminologies
> with them. Sounds more like someone needs an upgrade to 'TinFoilHat v.2'
I think you're being overly generous: PaddedRoomML might be more like it...