The W3C Semantic Web Best Practices & Deployment Working Group formally weighed into the Technical Architecture Group's httpRange-14 issue last week. I sent this message, noting the unanimous decision by the SWBP to stand against Tim Berners-Lee's position on the issue. As expected, TBL fired back. My response, hopefully clarifying the SWBP position, is here. The full thread is in the SWBP mailing list archives for March, 2005.
It looks like httpRange-14 will be with us for a while yet :)