about metadata: Scientific American has a good article: �The Semantic Web�, section �Ontologies� http://www.sciam.com/2001/0501issue/0501berners-lee.html#ontologies I think it answers most of problems with metadata. As for other article, it is partly incorrect and partly obsolete. Partly valid, though. �From this syntax and grammar, XML tools derive semantic meaning. A DTD that defines the tag <COLOR>red</COLOR>, for example, allows an XML processor to know that the word red represents a color.� A DTD that defines the tag <COLOR>red</COLOR>, allows an XML processor to know that the word red is a content for an element named �color�, nothing more. Unfortunately. �...if they obtain a pre-built DTD from a vendor, they will gain interoperability with outside entities but risk possible inconsistencies should another vendor create a competitive DTD.� Was the article written in 1998? If so, then well, namespaces were introduced as a response to this problem. But it the point is that XML doesn't solve all our problems automatically, than it's a good point.
Originally posted by erich brant: It also says that MS wants in the future to rent software so it will have cash all the time $ that is the evil empire At work for you.
What does that have to do with the issue at hand? I can understand why companies go with subscription models: it makes piracy damn near impossible. With the current level of piracy that is all the reason a company may need (who will give out his registration numbers if it means his credit card is charged every time someone uses it).
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With Renting a house vs Owning for example you have more legal rights by owning then renting !