Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Gulp and Swallow

Another delightful game of Whack-A-Mole, where a company's internalmemos, this time on voting systems, and their failings and deceit relatingto them are made very visible, and someone in the company leaks them to theworld... and they scramble to control them. Here's a link to a discussion board wherewe're doing our best to prevent them from removing everything. For now,here is a link to a place where the memos are. Grab a copy, update your blog,and pass it on. Nothing and noone can be permitted to remove information fromthe public sphere, no matter how damaging or private. Lest you think this isa rare thing, in one of my prior workplaces, which I won't name but I'llinvite you to guess, similar 'blame the customer' lack of ethics games wereplayed, and serious bugs were present that I was not given time to fix, solater on the customer would get to pay for the privilege after they discoverthe bugs. This really sucks. I can't say all companies have dirty secrets --the style of some customer relations make it unlikely or impossible -- it'smore common, I imagine, when there are very formal contracts and a lot ofcommunication between companies, rather than company-masses relations. So,consider that a solace -- that companies are more out to screw each other andthe government then you. But crusaders for openness of information, like me,don't accept that, and combined with that they're trying to cover things up,like the scientologists with their sacred texts that we've freed and arecopying all over the place, we're out to get them. They may, more or less,have the law on their side, but we've got a numerical and technologicaladvantage, and it's naturally harder to clamp down than open up. Grr.Imagine a world where companies are completely transparent.

Oh, here's Microsoft standing up for users liberty again.Reeeeaaall impressive, Microsoft. :)

Verisign continues to act badly, boldly pushing economic interests to mess withone of the most important artifacts of our time, the Internet. It's thebest example of what Academia, as opposed to business, has given society,an open network, with little or no mandated advertising, flexibility, andit's easy to hook into. It's only the businesses that screw it up, providingall that stupid spam, banner ads, and putting toll gates everywhere. Theinternet needs to remain at least driven by standards bodies and universities ifit is to remain the great liberator and knowledge-dissemination tool that it is.Businesses have a place, but they should not be running the show.As in the Republic, the philosopher king and virtuous people (academes)should run this place, and as explored in a class by one of the best professors I've had,we're fighting against a corruption of an ideal system of government.

Last night, I was going to go to a going-away party for a set of friends whohad broken up and are both leaving town, but the place where they said, a weekago, to be didn't have them. Either I got the time/place wrong, or the gatheringgot cancelled and my not being at Coffee Tree much the last week kept me fromhearing about it. Now I likely won't see either of them again. *sigh*Instead, I went to an informal friday Zets gathering, which was fun. It iscontinually a bit odd that everybody in the world seems to drink, apart fromme.

I caught up on my sleep debt of last week today, getting about 11 hours.I feel a lot better now :)

Tags: friends, philosophy, politics

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