Subject: Re: Standardization  [was: Re: Newbie questions...]
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/05/11
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* (Rob Warnock)
| Some have attributed this trend to a competitive/political principle
| whimsically called by your truly "maximum mutual disadvantage".

  it started when some new suits at ISO wanted ISO to be more visible in
  the market and feared "competition" from fairly stupid companies that
  pushed their highly inferior "de facto" standards.  there used to be
  directives that made it virtually impossible to have "invention by
  committee" in ISO -- but these were changed.

  this is another case where competition should only be engaged in by
  people motivated by a sense of their own strength, not fear of the
  perceived strength of random others, and should not be engaged in at
  all by people who believe in sports-style competition, where there is
  one winner and everybody else are necessarily losers until they can
  beat the winner.  this is not one of those things the market can sort
  out, either, except that those who portray themselves as losers if
  they aren't the only winner will hopefully vanish completely when they
  are no longer winners.