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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Whatever the merits of James' analysis,
> it is about two years too late.
I really hope you're wrong. Early days yet.
> Let me ask: should we quit claiming to be creating
> standards and admit the role of specifications? That
> is, one implements a spec and assumes the risk that
> it may have flaws. A standard, by contrast, should be
> relatively risk free because the implemented technologies
> and the communities that use them have uncovered them.
Oh "standards" are "risk-free" are they? I know a guy who can tell you
about the greater than a billion dollars he helped a well-known computer
company piss away betting on OSI networking. I could cite the name of a
half-dozen other "standards" that are now industry in-jokes, and so
could you Len. The notion that a standard's origin has much to do with
how good it is is unsupported by the evidence. -Tim