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RE: RE: RE:  Great piece on RSS
I'm not sure we can reduce "simple because 
that will scale in a stateless environment" 
to "worse".   Simplifying assumptions equals 
well-thought through requirements.  A lot 
of thinking went into the web architecture 
and the first versions of it worked as 
advertised.  Complexity has come of layering 
more requirements over that design and discovering 
that it never solved the problems envisioned 
by the first generations of hypertext system 
pioneers.  Now that people are actually trying
to solve them, progress has slowed down to the
same dull pace of that generation.  Again, the 
web architects have become what they so publicly 
loathed.  A five pound bag is still needed to 
carry a five pound load.

Google is a fine loose white pages.  A yellow 
pages is still needed.  Discovering that a business 
exists is the easy part.  Qualifying that business 
is the hard part.   Frankly, I'd hate to see 
Google get yanked into the second part of that 
problem.  It's a good search engine.

len

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@x...]

10/10/2002 10:13:25 AM, "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...> wrote:

>I'd sure hate to 
>fly on airliners built to Shirky's philosophy, 

Right.  Shudder, what a thought! 

But on the other hand I think his point is that a universal,
cheap hypertext web would not yet exist had it NOT been
built by a Worse is Better philosophy.

Worse is Better if you need universality fast, and can live
with some problems.  Worse is Worse if you need guaranteed quality
of service, verifiable identify, reliable transactions, etc.

>UDDI may not be the best player, 
>but it does have the quality that what one 
>asserts one must back up.  Using Google, 
>anyone can say anything about anyone or 
>anything and that is far too easy to game.
>
>The RESTafarians are taking a bridge too far.

I suspect that's why if you scratch a RESTifarian, you 
often find a Semantic Web lover :-)  Google for
discovery, a traceable network of assertions to determine
credibility?  

To steal a phrase from you (len) "horses for courses"

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