Not necessarily. You are equating competence with malice. Granted a competent and malicious government is more deadly but a competent and non-malicious government is definitely the ideal. An incompetent government is the worst thing, whether for a small or large government.
For an institution whose competence is, at its essence, competence at deciding who to be violent at, I'm not sure the distinction between competence and malice is as wide as you seem to think in this case.
Would you prefer a surgeon operate with proper tools or a rusty mess? Government is going to make policies about how a country is run either way so it would be better to have one that was run well. Incompetence leads to tyranny far more than competence does.
Hell, they'd have bureaucracies entire for each protocol. There would be councils of bureaucrats whose sole jobs would be to decide on the standard principles for mediating between Windows-1252 and ISO-8859-1.
(There already are hundreds of bureaucrats for each protocol, though. I've worked with some of them in a state government, and I've read reports on technology standards generated by EPA bureaucrats whose sole job, as far as I can tell, is to justify why they use a proprietary standard for data transmission - nominally it's not proprietary, but in practice the company that created it intentionally designed it to be impossible for other products to produce or consume, because it was originally intended to be a proprietary format. Their "documentation" is garbage, to boot. I gave that project up, and I basically write parsers of proprietary data standards for a living.)
standards are generally non-binding principles that are put together by interested parties, for the common good.
This is how they work best.
Non-binding. Intrested Parties. Common Good. Open.
Sound like Anarchy?
I think so. Call me an extremist, but principles I suggest are already in use by Intel, IBM, Red Hat, Google, and other large corporations, on some issues, and the result is that things just work better, and everything just works.
interesting. i used to work with broadband network technology (mainly ATM and Frame Relay). i don't ever remember seeing a government bureaucrat during my time in the field, but that may be because i was a lowly test engineer...
Lemar Smith, screw that guy. I can't believe idiots reelected him.
The same thing goes for Lynsey Graham who sponsored NDAA. Lemar Smith and Lynsey Graham are pretty much the too biggest assholes in the Republican party. You are absolutely right JackMolotov the Republican party won't be taken seriously as long as trash like them has say in the party.
I agree with all that but I would also add a few things. Copywrite laws have gotten so out of hand that it is actually stifling innovation.
The worst copywrite law I ever heard of was when Amazon.com copywrited "one click buying" and now it is actually against the law to set up a website where one can buy something with just one mouse click.
Aside from that I would like to see the DMCA repealed. In its place I would enact the Digital Fair use Act that protects citizen consumers from frivolous copywrite lawsuits.
I miss the days when IBM patented and copyrighted everything. They're actually, generally speaking, the good guys; they rarely enforce their patents and copyrights, and usually just do it to keep other people from patenting and copyrighting.