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Re: [xml-dev] No XML Binaries? Buy Hardware

Len Bullard wrote:

> My question was more along the lines of what I asked the other Mike (the one
> with the accent):  what are these appliances doing that can't be done in
> software or is the hardware more effective and why?

Just as there are some people who believe that a binary solution is 
always faster than text just because it is binary, so too are there 
those who believe that a hardware solution is always faster than 
software just because it is hardware.

I've seen enough counterexamples to both to be deeply skeptical of such 
claims, especially when someone starts touting either the binary-ness or 
hardware-ness of their solution as an advantage in itself.

Indeed these beliefs may not be unrelated. Both binary and hardware 
solutions have the common distinction of being more opaque than their 
competitors. Perhaps it is their very opaqueness that makes them attractive.

´╗┐Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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