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· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · March
· · · · 12 (3 entries)

The Anticipation of Pleasure · Last year, I wait­ed till May 2nd to write a piece with this name about the forth­com­ing flow­er­s. I got a cou­ple of hours gar­den­ing in to­day and the an­tic­i­pa­tion is sharp ...
 
The Great CD Migration · I’m be­gin­ning to think about mi­grat­ing my CD col­lec­tion to hard disk, and it’s start­ing to be fea­si­ble (even for a hard-core au­dio­phile), but there are some in­ter­est­ing music-technology is­sues. [Up­date: Wow, did I ev­er get feed­back; this area is action-packed.] ...
 
Stop WSDM · Over at OASIS, they’re work­ing on YAWSS (Yet Another Web-Services Spec) called WSDM. The com­mit­tee de­cid­ed they were done and asked for an OASIS-wide vote; the re­sult was 67 yes, 7 no. In­ter­est­ing­ly, the 7 “No” votes weren’t about the sub­stance of WSDM, they were about the fact that it has de­pen­den­cies on all sorts of oth­er WS-bric-a-brac that isn’t fi­nal­ized yet, in­clud­ing a W3C Sub­mis­sion and a bunch of oth­er com­mit­tee draft­s. The com­mit­tee pon­dered this and de­cid­ed to go ahead and make it a stan­dard any­how. I tried to go and read WSDM and it made my head hurt, severe­ly; it’s gnarly and huge and com­pli­cat­ed and seems to de­pend on lots of oth­er gnarly and huge and com­pli­cat­ed things. So, any­one who wants to im­ple­ment this is go­ing to have to make a ma­jor in­vest­men­t, and since a lot of the rel­e­vant specs are un­sta­ble, you just know some part of that in­vest­ment is go­ing to get thrown on the trash-heap. In­ter­op­er­abil­i­ty? Ha. Ha. Ha. This suck­s. I don’t want to be an ab­so­lutist here; some or­ga­ni­za­tion­s, like IETF, to­tal­ly for­bid this kind of thing while oth­er­s, like ISO, al­low them in a kind of con­trolled way. But in this par­tic­u­lar case, what they’re try­ing to do is deeply wrong and the OASIS man­age­ment needs to find a way to stomp on it if they want to re­tain any cred­i­bil­i­ty. For oth­er com­men­tary, start here. [Dis­clo­sure: I don’t un­der­stand WSDM and I don’t even un­der­stand the prob­lem it’s try­ing to solve and while Sun was one of the “No” vot­er­s, it was strict­ly on the de­pen­den­cies is­sue, and I don’t know whether we, cor­po­rate­ly, are as ir­ri­tat­ed as I am in­di­vid­u­al­ly and I don’t know whether we, cor­po­rate­ly, ac­tu­al­ly care about this tech­nol­o­gy and if we do, whether we like it or not.]
 
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