I think this is an inside joke with the folks who coded DataSet Serialization and Remoting at Microsoft ;-)
Q: Why did the DataSet cross the Remoting Channel in Binary Format?
A: To get serialized as XML!
(crowd laughs)... When you serialize a DataSet, say through remoting, the DataSet gets serialized as XML. So if you're trying to eek out some performance by using Binary Formatting under Remoting, and you pass a DataSet, (here's the punchline), it gets passed as bloated XML.
Luckily, there are a couple of work-arounds presented in these articles ---
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