Next time someone tells you that Atom should just adopt RSS as a feed format, or that underspecification is close enough for horseshoes and hand-grenades, or whatever, bonk 'em in the gums with this. I wish I could have seen the full presentation.
Rattling around the back of my head is a disturbing image of something I
saw at the airport … Now I’m remembering, those giant piles of computer
magazines right next to “People” and “Time” in the airport store. Does
it bother anyone else that half the world is being told all of our hard-won
secrets of computer technology? Remember how all the lawyers cried foul
when “How to Avoid Probate” was published? Are they taking no-fault
insurance lying down? No way! But at the current rate it won’t be long
before there are stacks of the “Transactions on Information Theory” at the
A&P checkout counters. Who’s going to be impressed with us electrical
engineers then? Are we, as the saying goes, giving away the store?
— Robert W. Lucky, IEEE President