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I am sympathetic, but that position, makes hash of 
Article 1 of the US Constitution.   What other countries 
may do with the Internet, they will say and those that 
think doing business with them is a gain worthy of 
compromise, they will choose insofar as they are not 
violating the laws of the country of incorporation.
But here, we have a Constitution and a lot of experience 
that shows that approach works most of the time for 
most of the cases.  Providing for the 'common welfare' 
is a tough business.

In real time control systems, there are two 
uncompromising problems:  overcorrect and you fly 
it into the runway.  Under correct and it flies 
itself into the runway.  The middle value is what 
you want and that tends to make hash of didactic 
arguments with an excluded middle.

As much as I root for individual initiative, when 
you get something like a Cat 5 hurricane, only a 
well-lead government can react fast and what one may find 
in electoral systems is they (the people) did 
not choose wisely.  That is another problem of 
perception over reality: crowds have majorities 
and minorities and sometimes the majority blows it.

I do understand and in a lot of cases (see the 
music business), you are right.  Unfortunately 
it took Apple and iTunes just a few short years 
to incentivize the Bad Old Machine into the game  
and people slurp it up because frankly they are 
getting a good deal and aren't too worried about 
the artists.  This is another perception over 
reality problem but creating and sustaining those 
perceptions is Marketing and Politics 101.  There 
is a middle ground there too: instead of free to 
the artists, they pay to belong but keep all of 
their IP.  See http://www.tunecore.com/
(Thanks Elliot).  The key here is as it is in 
all markets:  access and a marketing budget. 
No marketing == no market.

The Internet changed nothing.  That is a systemic 
problem of humans in the loop.  With all the 
New Age hoopla, they are still mammals and they 
haven't transcended that as a culture or an ecologically 
active agent.  In fact, it may be going in the 
opposite direction.  Evolution is not always upward. 
It devolves and it crabwalks.  That is why the 
principles are published and we chew on them here 
even if it is offtopic for the list.

So if it always comes down to leadership and 
proven principles.  Choose wisely and 
pay attention to results.  Then choose more wisely 
because the ONLY thing the Internet is good at is 
enabling you to become smarter faster.  It's an 
amplifier.  See Doug Englebart (Augment).


-----Original Message-----
From: sterling [mailto:sstouden@thelinks.com]
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2006 6:51 AM
To: Peter Hunsberger
Cc: Bullard, Claude L (Len); XML Developers List
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Using The Principle of Least Power As A Razor


Do you approach a problem differently if the objective is unknown?

Objectives known and fixed in time, space, language, and culture =
solutions to be evaluated in terms of access parameters (speed, time, 
input difficulty and the like) and quality of output.

Objectives unknown and moving in time, space, language, and culture =
proposed technologies discover the parameters of the objective over time

in the light of language, culture, circumstance and position.  

A prime example of this second type of problem solving occurred when the

Internet was at its beginnings, everyone sought to determine how best to

use it.   

Browsers were problematic, FTP was the prime means of packet transport, 
and email might take a day or two, routing was done via Linux and Unix 
boxes, only a few even knew it existed, and those that did were
to learn how to use the multitude of new tools each of us were creating.

hacking was a way of learning and the techs would discourage the 
occasional marketing efforts with denial of service attacks via telnet 
from high speed networks. 

The days before the startling giveaway by Netscape of a Browser that  
could actually scroll an image to the screen embedded in text. ( 15 
minutes at 300 baud to load the page?). 

The discovery of just what was the problem, was the problem. Each new 
technology brought new lights of experience and surfaced new problems, 
but no complete solutions.

What has recently surfaced in this discovery of the problem process is 
laws, lawyers, government rule making agencies and their greedy for
clients together with government and their hungry for power over

Time has shown that they are a very large part of the problem.  
Insurmountable even because they are attempting to force the technology
fit into their traditional elite-franchised nation state systems and to 
segment and control the information environment and to claim ownership 
of most of it (Rule: the elite intend to profit from their rule.).

In pre Internet days, rule of law and a system of treaties were enough
maintain complete control of all humanity both domestically and 

The Internet has challenged not only the power of the traditional elite
maintain adequate control, but also the viability of the nation state 
system itself.

The Internet is to the nation state system what Martin Luther's post to 
the church door was in the 15th century, one more giant leap in the
quest to bring full access and full power of control of self to "self".

Unrestricted access to the knowledge, information and technology 
that civilization has to offer is a human right to which every single 
person alive is entitled.  

The Internet has shown that no law, no rule or tradition of property, no

right of nations should be allowed to abridge the human right to it, but

experience has shown that laws, if allowed, will domainate.

Believe you me, the nation state system is gearing up to meet the 
challenge.  Until recently, few have seen that challenge as a problem in

the Internet. 

In the Radio and TV act of 1948 terminated independent free access to 
the broadcast spectrum and created the FCC.  Thousands had to shut down 
their transmitters for lack of license, money or whatever.

Anyone could be a broadcaster but the act restricted broadcasting to 
government licensees only. It made it technically and financially 
difficult to be a broadcaster.  This I believe is about to happen on the

net. Soon internet servers will be licensed by government only to the
who the elite will deem worthy to gate information to the minds of the 
many.  The government will determine who will filter information and who

will earn profit from serving infomation content.

If ever something was loosely assembled at its bare minimums 
it was the Internet and the results thus far have been astounding. Left 
unconstrained, the Internet could be the tool that saves humanity from


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