ISO needs to get with the program

I am quickly tiring of this rinky-dink European popinjay.  Although they served their purpose for ODF, it appears that they have not read the manual on how to deal with IBM.  The only good thing to come out of Europe is the office of ‘one lie reeks’, which has served us very well.  It’s a good thing that she has never heard of a mainframe.

For example, this guidance I included in a previous post:

[Consensus is defined as general agreement, characterised by the absence of sustained opposition to substantial issues by any important part of the concerned interests and by a process that involves seeking to take into account the views of all parties concerned and to reconcile any conflicting arguments. Consensus need not imply unanimity. (ISO/IEC Guide 2:1996)]

We told ISO in no uncertain terms what the consensus was in advance of the BRM.  It astonished me that they saw the need to go through with this charade at all.  I thought that it was just a ruse to get a week on expenses in Geneva, so did not get too suspicious.  I was looking forward to the opportunity to gloat in person whilst seeing the whites of my enemies’ eyes.

Imagine my horror when I discovered that a rather larger selection of NBs and other BRM attendees than I had hoped had designs on actually going through with it in earnest.

To add insult to injury, after expecting a hero’s welcome from the US V1 committee on my return home, they rudely suggested that we recommend we maintain the Approve position.  I cannot begin to fathom why they didn’t consider the arguments from US BRM delegation members IBM, Sun and Oracle to be a completely balanced view of non-Microsoft interests from neutral parties. 

For the first time, I am starting to worry about the threat my boss made to me:

“Rob, if this gets through ISO, then you’ll be working on Symphony with all your financial incentives based on product revenue, kapeesh?  Being paid by the word on your blog stops the day of ISO approval too.  I have enough big mouths to feed.”

It’s time to disband ISO and recommend to governments they only mandate standards from a body where consensus can be arranged and that is more conveniently located much nearer Sun and Oracle in Burlington and indeed, IBM in Westford, where I am domiciled. 
 

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2 Comments on “ISO needs to get with the program”


  1. […] Paul Gronke wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptI am quickly tiring of this rinky-dink European popinjay. Although they served their purpose for ODF, it appears that they have not read the manual on how to deal with IBM. The only good thing to come out of Europe is the office of ‘one … […]

  2. Baptistct Says:

    thats for sure, guy


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