Building the "World's Largest Portal" with XML

Tyler Baker tyler at
Thu Jun 17 19:21:27 BST 1999

WorldNet wrote:

> > Actually, I think it would be OK for recruiters just to post straight
> > to xml-dev.  I find these things interesting if only as barometers of the
> > market temperature, and lord knows we need an occasional break from
> > namespace URI theology.  Also somebody might get an interesting job. -Tim
> I hope Bray will come to his senses and rethink that postulation. Granted,
> some relief from his arduous efforts are warranted but I suggest he go out
> and get mugged or raped or something equal in effect to the results of that
> which the employment pimps have to offer and then come back to the list to
> report
> his satisfaction.

Yes spam is annoying, but if you let it get you as upset as you appear to be, then you really
need a shrink.  The suggestion that raping and mugging is in anyway comparable to receiving
annoying spam in your mailbox suggests to me you need a shrink.

In a free and open marketplace, internet spam, junk mail, annoying commercials on TV, etc. are
just a consequence of freedom.  The interesting thing about internet culture is that it is
always contradicting itself.  Freedom of speech and digital expression has been a religious
pursuit of many netizens, yet these same people want to control what people can and cannot
post to a newsgroup.  Porn must be protected, but spam must be destroyed?  Making the argument
that pornography on a newsgroup deserves more merit than recruiter spam puzzles me.  For me I
just hit that little delete key or else post to public newsgroups using an anonymous email
address.  Recruiter spam is better than no recruiter spam because if there were no recruiter
spam then that would probably be an indication that there are no XML jobs available out there.

When I was in school about 4 years ago, a group of the Java gurus from SUN came to my school
to pitch the Java religion and one of the top engineers at SUN made a comment that 99% of the
stuff on the internet is crap.  Unsurprisingly, cable tv, newspapers and magazines all share
the same qualities.

My advice is to just take a chill pill and take Tim's comments in the context he put them in.


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