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Re: Squaring the HTTP-range-14 circle [was Re: Schema.org in RDF ...]

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:41:20 -0500
Cc: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-Id: <C401462F-8830-4670-A900-2F0CEFF40CC2@ihmc.us>
To: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>

On Jun 16, 2011, at 4:38 AM, Richard Cyganiak wrote:

> On 16 Jun 2011, at 07:05, Alan Ruttenberg wrote:
>>>>> I think that we are beyond the point where that kind of extremely idealised account is useful for evaluating web technologies.
>>>> We will agree to disagree then. Perhaps in another thread you will say
>>>> what *will* be useful for evaluating web technologies.
>>> Adoption trends, ergonomics, fit with the existing technology ecosystem, existence of migration paths, marketability, potential of network effects.
>> Does what the technology *accomplishes* fit in there somewhere?
> Web technologies are never about accomplishing anything new; they are about taking something that already works on a small and local scale, and making it work across the internet with its loosely coordinated actors.
>> Looking at the above, one might conclude that a successful Ponzi scheme of some sort would score well.  
> :-)
> If you want to look at it that way, standards, like anything that exhibits network effects, are a bit like a ponzi scheme: once you're inside, you benefit from getting others in your vicinity on board. The difference is that “late adopters” in a ponzi scheme are the suckers who lose their investment; while late adopters of a standard get the largest benefit at the smallest cost.



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