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Joshua Allen wrote:
> Actually, that is *exactly* what Steve Case is thinking. The thing that
> was remarkable about Napster was how quickly Sean Fanning was able to
> move from nothing to a practical monopoly in such a short time -- all
> without paying an ounce of attention to the standards. So I think that
> Dave's point is that predicting a system's demise based on its adherence
> (or lack of) to standards, is not very reliable. Napster died because
> it stepped on the toes of the media companies, not because it had a poor
> record of working in standards organizations.
I don't think that this is what Dave is saying because I don't think
anyone has been arguing that standardization is the make or break factor
for applications. So it would be attacking a strawman. I see Dave's
argument as "popularity beats rigor."