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   RE: [xml-dev] Is Web 2.0 the new XML?

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I don't disagree in substance, Sterling although 
bottom-up systems also have flaws and are as 
easily gamed because they depend on the diligence 
of the individual to remain informed, question
sources, and maintain a healthy skepticism.

As to the topic of ID, I blogged my direct response.  
OTW, my intuition is the reason for the ID meme 
coverage in the current news is that it hijacks 
the news cycle away from the Karl Rove scandal. 
These are the politics of distraction. 

I think Web 2.0 meme (The Web As Application Platform 
Over Document Repository) is a bit of a crock, not that 
it can't be done, but that it already has been, and was 
being done before the Web Was or TimBL put pen to the idea.
So it's a marketing meme.  There is nothing there that 
should excite a developer.  It's a distraction; nothing more.

However, the Web As Application Platform does have nasty  
issues, particularly the mashup variety.  Culpability 
is a big one.  I expect to see some tough work ahead for 
the legalBeaglesCumSales types who realize the power of 
guaranteeing quality of service in a world of One-Click-Services.

If I had to start a career as a young one, I think 
international computer law would be an interesting and 
lucrative one if one wants to eventually sit 
on a bench of vast power and prestige.


From: sterling [mailto:sstouden@thelinks.com]


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