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Given that the principle advantage of open source is shared 
development costs and risks, shared research costs and risks 
should be attractive.  At least it proves a specification and 
it is much closer to the running code and rough consensus 
philosophy.  My only quibble will be if a standard is announced 
prior to market acceptance.  I think that's a higher non-technical 
barrier but one that has to be crossed.

<rant excuse="It's Friday">
People fear the BigCos and the DeepPockets.  If the Internet 
era teaches one lesson it is that these guys don't always 
win.  VRML is a good example.  All of the BigCos and 
DeepPockets efforts died regardless of the fuel.  The VRML 
junkyard dogs just keep keeping on and no amount of 
"We will crush you" (MS), or "We can ignore you" 
(Shockwave) or "We'll take all your members 
and go play our own game" (Intel U3D) or Clay Shirky's 
"VRML is dead. Good riddance.."  has worked.
X3D/VRML is still standing and gaining ground.

Nothing is better than dedicated persistence and values. 
It may not go as fast but it always wins.  While that 
contradicts accepted marketing wisdom, it is demonstrably 
true.  That is the one indisputable evolutionary effect 
of the World Wide Web on choices of choices.  In aggregate and
given a choice, the humans bet on the good guys and somehow 
know who they are.

The incubation of human spirit is an awesome process.



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