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Re: "Open XML" et al... Blech... Re: Microsoft buy
- From: "Stephen D. Williams" <sdw@l...>
- To: Len Bullard <len.bullard@u...>
- Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 13:43:20 -0400
I believe I'm more agreeing, with you, than disagreeing.|
Len Bullard wrote:
This is an issue. On the other hand, I don't have a problem with
certain things that sound close to this. For instance, the SBIR /
DARPA funding for innovative companies to begin to solve unsolved
problems is funded by the government, and is explicitly supposed to
result in a product owned by the company being funded. The theory
seems sound: a small company that succeeds in making a resulting
product that is then marketed to the gov. and industry is a more
efficient way to innovate and get useful "product" than funding a
non-entrepreneurial researcher who writes a paper that is ignored. The
commercial product that vies for attention on the open market for gov.
and industry buyer attention is just a different form of review,
competition, and selection than science publishing, peer review,
acceptance, etc. In many cases, it may even have less politics and
isn't the giving or the
using of what I given. It is when
patents are granted, the taking from the commons of what is given to
commons supported by taxpayer dollars and sponsored by the very
that encourage the giving.
But it doesn't always work out that way. For different fields and
types of activity, different strategies are more useful. Certain
things will never get far in one paradigm or the other.
However, point taken on the waste, graft, and pointlessness of much
spending, projects, etc. This is especially true of the very large
projects. Often, a project that is expected to be large and expensive
due to importance or past history becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy,
often to its demise. The blame is not always one side or the other.
Sometimes it's the companies doing contracts, sometimes it is the gov.
contracting officers and management which setup the project in a
regressive way, sometimes it's the executive branch who has done
something fundamentally wrong. In the last several years I've had a
fairly thorough education in many types of government projects; the
problems and distributed and nuanced. I've also seen things go right,
seemingly surprising many involved due to the usual nature of gov.
Stephen. Like those who dislike
these discussions, they blind themselves to the bad to reap the good
want to squelch anyone who notices it. That is
why the comparisons are made to
the charade played in the Beltway for the last two administrations. It is a rip off except it is being paid
in blood in that case. We do
have a different issue here, but if the process at ISO plays out
by these politics as it should, that would work, but it seldom does
the smoke of 'openness' or 'rights' or 'illegal
means'. It's ALL
FUD and it is sponsored FUD.
Process is good. Better processes are better. Each standards
organization has different strategies, member types, history, and
process that sometimes work better, sometimes worse than the others.
I've written about this for my company and clients. I know a lot more
about IETF and W3C than ISO, other than being irritated years ago at
spending a lot of Swiss Francs on CCITT standards docs that should have
I don't know
of a clean way so
process is what we have.
David Megginson tries to make the
process is bad. Process is all we
have and those who try to take that away from you may be as Tim Bray
the, "tools or fools" or both, but take notice who profits, who
gets the fine positions in the big companies and leads you into the
shearing line and the sad bit is you are so easily led.
I agree, to some extent. Process is key. Most standards organizations
have senior people, boards, membership voting, etc. that usually has an
A) group consensus and a B) executive / judicial-like sanity check. In
this case, regardless of the "consensus", there should be a sanity
check. Additionally, organizations usually realize when the process is
broken and endeavor to fix it. It is a matter of the character of the
organization whether it is considered fair to fix it mid-break, or to
allow the episode to continue to conclusion and then figure out what to
do about future cases.
ALL you have. If MS despite their bungling
the process in accordance with the process, then they implement
meet the market needs, they win fairly. If in
the face of competition,
companies like IBM, Red Hat, Sun and others put FUD on the street, fund
attacks, and encourage the pile on in the face of process, then they
villains in this piece. I've
friends in all of those companies but at some point the ethics have to
the actions or the willingness to submit to process dies.
The magic dies.
So here we
are waiting for comments to be
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From: Stephen D.
Ayn Rand was right.
She was, but, for the most part, this is not about that. Open source is not anti-objectivism. For many people, via the mechanisms above and others, it is in fact a good embodiement of objectivism. Power to the people by using the power of the people. Ayn was rightly denigrating the stealing / taxing / coopting of those who can to give / do / create to those who can't / won't and allowing the recipients to be guilt-free and even righteous about their "right" to receive. Open source is about giving, giving back when you receive, and a network effect / software-can-be-duplicated-for-free market where everyone benefits more than they put in. Just because dollars aren't changing hands as much doesn't mean that it isn't a market.
swilliams@h... http://www.hpti.com Per: sdw@l... http://sdw.st
Stephen D. Williams 703-371-9362C 703-995-0407Fax 20147 AIM: sdw
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