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Thu Mar 8 10:32:47 EST 2001

You referred, in your message below, to an article that you authored
( in which you quoted
a study by Hagel and Singer  that you either did not understand or tried to
mis-apply to this case just to advertise your site.

What you failed to understand in your message below is that ProAcad does not
capture consumers data or analyze consumer profiles.

ProAcad connects consumers, whose data is not collected, to professionals
and academics who are interested in reaching to their clients in the most
efficient way.  The professionals and academics data that is advertised on
ProAcad can be found in various other sources, such as individual website,
yellow pages, referral services, published booklets of regulatory bodies and
associations.  The  added values that ProAcad promises are a central
database and a convenient application that facilitate the process of
searching by the public.

The data of the professionals and academics that join ProAcad is used for
nothing other than being delivered to their customers or colleagues based on
their requested search criteria through a search engine.

Phillip Williams

"Richard P. Grant" <rpg14 at> wrote in message
news:rpg14-025215.13195508032001 at
> In article <985rgk$ps8$0 at>, Arthur Sowers
> <arthures at> wrote:
> > On Wed, 7 Mar 2001, Professionals and Academics Network wrote:
> >
> > > I restrict access to IE5.x users because I built this application
> > > Visual Basic script and XML/XSL (an acronym for Extensible Markup
> > > Language/Extensible Stylesheet Language), both technologies in my
> > > opinion
> > > enabled a fast turn-around and an efficient application display
> > > having you downloading executable files to your PC.
> If you think this is the only way to do it, you should get a
> professional to help out.  If you can't afford a professional, then
> why not?  Is it a fly-by-night operation?  If you're going to be serious
> then you have to act seriously.
> And your last sentence is laughable.  let me cite the relevant portion:
> 'without having you downloading executable files to your PC'
> But on your website you instruct me to
> 'download Explorer 5.x and above.'
> . . .
> > So, does that mean its _always_ going to be IE 5.x only? I think you at
> > least should do some explaining on the first page people get otherwise
> > you'll turn them off.
> frankly, I am certain it would be easier to code the site to be more
> browser-agnostic than to code specifically for a single release of a
> single browser.
> > Oh, yes, there is that advertisement about "Let us give you a quote on
> > your auto insurance and we'll give you a free calculator even if you
> > don't
> > buy the insurance" and after you hang up the phone, you realize they
> > what cars you have, what your name is, what your address is, etc. And,
> > that stuff gets sold for bucks.
> I suggest that no one gives information away for free.
> see
> and
> > Plausible, but you really have to give people more before asking them to
> > spill the beans on themselves.
> >
> Absolutely.  Quid pro quo.
> > > The visitors to the site who wish to locate you will not be required
> > > register.
> >
> > Well, I didn't see anything when I visited that suggested I did not have
> > to register & get a password to get anywhere.
> No that's worrying, actually.  If I enter personal info into a database,
> I want to know that it's not some crank who is looking up the info.
> especially in this business.  It would be more appropriate, IMFFHO, to
> have the searchers register before they're allowed to query the database.
> >  In the past 2 weeks, after I advertised this project, my
> > > experience was that real people are not shy to write down their
> > > professional
> > > information (because they want it advertised anyways).
> More fool them.  Information is money and power, not to mention the
> security implications raised by Dr Sowers.  I wonder how secure is the
> database, especially given the evilness that is Visual Basic.
> Anyway, to cut a long story short, given its current state I for one am
> not at all interested - not least because I will not install IE.
> --
> Richard P. Grant                                     MRC Lab of Mol Biol
> rpg 'at'
>              -- 'I found my drill/On Blueberry Hill . . .' --

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