Re: So .... the lie comes full circle.
"Any large commercial organisation does not now, nor has it ever (except in the *very* distant past) ever supported, promoted or otherwise tried to interoperate with it's commercial rivals in an open and honest manner. Big business is, to its core, utterly opposed to cooperation, openness and standards"
Absolute rubbish, this sounds like a pranoid marxist's rant about capitalism. Just because you can point to some examples where this is true, doesn't mean that it's true all the time as many, many technologies will demonstrate.
SPDIF. LP records, the CD, various music formats, various network protocols, the PC itself, standardised fasteners, tools for those fasteners, the car seatbelt, these are off the top of my head in the time it took to type them, there are countless other examples of companies working together for the common good.