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Re: [xml-dev] Microsoft buys the Swedish vote on OOXML?

Elliotte Harold wrote:

> Yes, I do. For one thing, in at least the U.S. and possibly other 
> jurisdictions, what I propose is a legal concept that can lead to civil 
> damages and perjury charges.
> More importantly, at least some people actually take such statements 
> seriously and are hesitant to affirm blatant falsehoods. Engineers and 
> scientists in particular find it very hard to flat out lie or even 
> dissemble in situations like this. 

> Now if it were PR folks or salespeople who were joining the standards 
> processes, then I suspect they would probably just go ahead and lie 
> through their teeth without a second thought.

But surely its the marketing / sales people that are paying for this 
Elliotte, and hence are calling the tune? Vote this way or that.
If the engineer objects, find another engineer that wants a trip to X
and will vote as 'the company' wants.

Perhaps my cynicism matches Bryans.


Dave Pawson

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