SOAP, EAI, Web Services, and the "standards" racket

Jeff Bone
Thu, 21 Feb 2002 15:09:06 -0600

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[still unsubbed, but saw this and thought of some of you, thought I'd
fire it off into the ether...]

Interesting message forwarded from the [decentralization] list.  Echoes
many of my own thoughts and frustrations with the "standards" game circa
the Activerse / IETF standardization effort.  Quick cut-n-paste summary:

"There is a real sickness in the whole system...We are headed for a
century of willful, malicious incompatibility in software and telecom...
OK that's business as usual, and not illegal, for a software
vendor. But the moment they begin to collude with other companies and
pretend it's a standard, it should be regarded as a conspiracy if it
doesn't harmonize with other standards bodies."

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Todd Boyle wrote:

> In my opinion it it getting time for a big RICO lawsuit against all
> these gol darned standards bodies, to enumerate their financial
> interests in fostering incompatibility, and force them to come to the
> table and resolve their competitive differences with other standards
> bodies.

This would be hilariously funny if it weren't for the fact that it really is a
good idea. :-/ ;-)



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