Are these winning tactics?


My colleague Stephen McGibbon over in Europe has blogged about an offensive comment somebody posted on Brian Jones’s blog, likening Open XML (I think) to the Dresden firebombings. Or maybe it’s Microsoft that is like the Germans, or something … I really don’t follow the point.


I also don’t understand what teenage groupies or domestic violence have to do with file formats, to tell the truth. And I sure don’t understand why a big company’s senior management would repeatedly link to these types of sites in support of their arguments. Is this really necessary – maybe Stephen’s right and they’re losing the debate?

Comments (7)

  1. Sam Hiser says:

    Nice piece of research, Doug.

    I believe the point is that they <em>are</em> winning tactics.

    I’m certain any offense taken will be directly due to your and Stephen’s insinuations and your not-so-clever misprisions of history.

    Even if you’ve gained the fast-track now, there’s no putting the cat of contradictions back in the bag; and you’ll be bringing down ISO along with you.

  2. Hi Samser says:

    Sam, stick to your beer reviews – if you want to show your bias and incompetence, at least do it where it’s fun 😛

  3. dmahugh says:

    🙂  Not my style.  And I can’t seem to find where CS tracks IP addresses, so a mystery to me as well.

  4. nksingh says:

    I wish I’d known Sam Hiser was going to at Yale in February before he visited.  I’m just a student following the debate and don’t really have a stake in it turning out one way or the other.  Nevertheless, it would have been interesting to see if Sam Hiser is as unprofessional and downright crazy in person as he seems to be online.

  5. Doug Mahugh says:

    The ISO voting on Open XML is delivering even more drama this week than I expected. In addition to the

  6. The ISO voting on Open XML is delivering even more drama this week than I expected. In addition to the