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Once More Into the Breach: Corwin's Razor and the OASIS IPR Policy

Mar 03, 2005, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen R. Walli)

"In the heyday of POSIX in the very early 1990s, two ugly burdens were bogging down the people in the working groups that were actually present to do the technical specification work. One such requirement was placed on the IEEE work from outside. ISO had a say in how it would approve the IEEE standards for ISO standardization and placed considerable additional work on the IEEE groups. The relevant ISO working group wasn't going to help with all the additional work requirements. The Chair of the IEEE Real-time working group observed, 'If they're not willing to put their money where their mouth is, they're not a customer.' We grabbed it and Corwin's Razor was born..."

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