Tuesday, July 06, 2004


Syllabus Magazine for Tue., July 6, 2004 has the article Infectious Adoption by Phillip D. Long. It describes the Apache and Mod_OAI as a variation of a virus.
A novel approach to the problem has been launched, modeled after viral infections, first you make something that is targeted for a host that is widely distributed in the population; then you make it incredibly easy to transmit it symbiotically, that is, in a way that does nothing to detract from the host’s general health. It just adds a capability that some will find helpful (a positive selective advantage). If all goes well, you’ve jumpstarted dispersal of a new feature that will have staying power because it is low-cost, and high-value.

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