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Subject: Re: AW: [ebxml-dev] RE: [EDI-L] Article on ebXML Core Components ...

At 06:20 PM 4/23/02, David Lyon wrote:
>It isn't as simple as you might think and I don't believe that there is a
>conspiracy as you would have us believe.

I did not suggest any conspiracy.  Here, review the definition:

The design of the software market and IP law, makes the game
deterministic.  It has nothing to do with conspiracy: any player who
plays a sub-optimal game just shrinks into obscurity.  No problem.
No conspiracy.

The most relevant question is whether the dynamics of lock-in,
or the overwhelming advantage of concentration, or the effectiveness
of churn in maintaining concentration, have somehow been repealed by the
internet, or by web services, ebXML, or P2P anything else.   Those are
the important questions.

If you want to debate my cynical conclusions about the accounting
software market, we probably should move it to alt.accounting or
alt.comp.software.financial.quickbooks.  :-)

>One point that I would like to make is that with SBCs (Single board
>computers) it is quite feasible to put an accounting system on one of those.

Of course,  I fully agree, and hope it happens.  In fact, I sincerely
doubt whether ebXML or any other exchange of business transactions
will get beyond the stage of purchase order, until the SME has better
security.   Windows or Linux will not be secure enough for users
to operate as a bastion host on the internet, for many years, if ever.
They are not even secure enough for money transactions when
hidden behind firewalls.

Secure devices are the more likely possibility, IMO., at least,
for signing.   When you go to Taiwan take me with you.  I want
them to build this: http://www.gldialtone.com/hippocrit.gif


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