Industry Unstandards

Steve Miller sent me this fortune cookie message with a quote that has been attributed to Andrew Tanenbaum. It will be appreciated by anyone that has had to compare data based upon two or more test procedures that claim to measure the same phenomenon.

It seems as if competitors will publish product performance data derived from different test standards to deliberately make it difficult to compare products.

For the benefit of the search engines, here is the text: "The nice thing about standards is, there are so many to choose from."