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It was just a mistake, no hard feelings
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 24 2007 @ 08:37 AM CDT
"Don't you mean "the non-bribing" since the mistake was corrected to the Swedish standard's body's satisfaction with no prejudice to proceedings? "

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9033701
"Microsoft Corp. admitted Wednesday that an employee at its Swedish subsidiary offered monetary compensation to partners for voting in favor of the Office Open XML document format's approval as an ISO standard.

Microsoft said the offer, when discovered, was quickly retracted and that its Sweden managers voluntarily notified the SIS, the national standards body."

Nothing has to change because really, it was just a mistake?

That is quite a legalistic approach.

That is like saying that if you almost fly an airplane into a building, that is ok as long as it is "almost" and you say it was a mistake.

The air travel industry reacts equally fierce to almost-accidents as to real accidents. For good reasons.

This episode showed that ISO is vulnerable and NB's voting rules can be subverted by bribing people to participate. We have no way of knowing this has not happened before or elsewhere. Irrespective of whether or not MS is "guilty" in any sense (which I see as completely irrelevant).

I can understand, and even urge, governments and ISO reviewing their standards setting process after things like this surface. Things have to change to prevent real vote-tampering and I really do not see why it would matter that no guilty party could be pointed out and "no one was hurd".

Winter
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