When Is a Standard Truly Open? - When It's Universal, Reflections on Massachusetts and Microsoft's XML
Posted Dec 1, 2005 15:57 UTC (Thu) by N0NB
Parent article: When Is a Standard Truly Open? - When It's Universal, Reflections on Massachusetts and Microsoft's XML
Beware the Vapor!
Based on some of the pronouncements comin out of MA during the past week it appears the vapors are having their intoxicating effects. MS is now "welcomed" and "thanked" by high government officials. Meanwhile, those that have championed true competition in MA are now suddenly subjected to audits and other investigations.
Politics has always been a dirty vocation, but there is no question that American politics has become especially nasty over the past quarter century. There is no doubt that MS sees not only much money but much perceived prestige on the line in MA and they are fighting like a junkyard dog--to the death if need be. They know that they cannot allow MA to mandate ODF as it seals their doom.
We are fighting MS with logic and reason which is often no match for the nuclear weapon MS wields--money--lots of money. Money is being funneled into the appropriate accounts, back pockets, and palms of politicians and IT pundits. This is a full-on frontal assault. MS is playing for keeps. Are we?
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