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"Kester, Rush W." <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 9 Nov 1999 14:04:27 -0500
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Maybe Ada Successes, need to be less "official" and not insist on a
confirmed & identified source within the organization.  What we need is
something like Rumor Central.  Where folks can report projects done in Ada.
Once the "editors" are reasonably convinced that they have the information
straight and that it's reliable, publish it.

Remember, whether companies want to give away the fact that their success
depends on Ada or not, the future of the language may well depend on this
information being made public.  And for those worried about legal battles
with big companies.  I doubt they would want to bring the matter to court.
If they did it is my understanding (BTW I'm not a lawer) that they can't win
a suit against Team-Ada, SIGAda, or the individual who publishes the success
story, if the information was reasonably researched and believed to be true.

The Washington Post did a lot of good reporting using "a reliable source
within the organization."  I'm sure many of you still remember "deep throat"
and the Watergate scandal.

Rush Kester
charter member Team-Ada

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Feldman [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 1999 12:00 PM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Re: Paris Subway URL correction
>
> [said Wes]
> >
> > > http://www.ratp.fr/index.eng.html
> > >
> > > Then click on Line 14 (Meteor)
> >
> > To fix the broken link at the bottom of the Line 14 page:
> >
> > Click on it, then (if your browser will allow) change the host IP
> address to
> >
> >   212.208.0.201
> >
> > No mention of Ada.
> >
> No, of course not! In general, stuff like this is pretty thin on technical
> details, as they are designed for the general public.  Something as deep
> in the techie details as the coding language would not even be on the
> radar screen of those who create sites like this.
>
> Generally we find out this sort of technical info if (only if)
> (1) the project does a technical paper at some conference or other
> (2) someone close to the project tells us
>
> Also keep in mind that these big transportation-industry companies are
> fiercely competitive and very unlikely to reveal much in detail.  There
> are big bucks involved. (Potentially at least $3 billion in
> New York, though of course not all of that goes to software.:-))
>
> Mike Feldman

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