> This is all very glitzy and nice but I find that it serves no real
> purpose, and in fact may do harm by obscuring the underlying details,
> an understanding of which is crucial to end users whether they realize
> it or not.
I find it serves a major purpose -- the purpose being that we stop
thinking in terms of fitting information into a transport layer, and
start making information available the way the user wants it. If that's
email, great. If it's web, great. If that's NNTP, great. The point is,
stop thinking of e-mail as an entity unto itself, and start realizing
it's just one way to communicate. Some ways it's the better way, some
ways it's not. but more important, set things up so that the user gets
the info the way the user wants the info.
> This is not to say that these two mediums won't converge and one
> day be indistinguishable; perhaps they will.
They will and are. Although frankly, USENET is dead, although NNTP is
still quite useful. that's a distinction people miss...
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