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Re: [ontac-forum] Re: The world may fundamentally be inexplicable

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 10:01:31 -0500
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David,    (01)

I know that, you know that, and most of the people who
have day jobs working for managers who want results
know that:    (02)

 > The Legacy systems are NOT going to migrate anywhere,
 > at least not in any great numbers or in rapid fashion.
 > Legacy systems tend to have a life of their own that
 > defies rebuilding.
 > What happens is that legacy systems keep chugging along
 > long past their expected service life.    (03)

Unfortunately, some of the most vocal people who subscribe
to this list believe in the mantra    (04)

    *There shall be one ontology to rule them all.*    (05)

And they keep talking and acting as if all systems based
on other ontologies or no explicit ontology at all will
wither and die as soon as they slip that one true ontology
onto their little fingers.    (06)

But in the real world, there are still mission-critical
systems in daily use that are over 30 or even 40 years old,
and they're still chugging along.  They are not going away.    (07)

The #1 problem this group must face is co-existence with
systems that do not use *any* explicit ontology or some
ontology that is very different from their pet theory.    (08)

John Sowa    (09)

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