Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Sat Oct 18 13:57:23 2003
Gulp and Swallow

Another delightful game of Whack-A-Mole, where a company's internal memos, this time on voting systems, and their failings and deceit relating to them are made very visible, and someone in the company leaks them to the world... and they scramble to control them. Here's a link to a discussion board where we'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 from the public sphere, no matter how damaging or private. Lest you think this is a rare thing, in one of my prior workplaces, which I won't name but I'll invite you to guess, similar 'blame the customer' lack of ethics games were played, and serious bugs were present that I was not given time to fix, so later on the customer would get to pay for the privilege after they discover the 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's more common, I imagine, when there are very formal contracts and a lot of communication between companies, rather than company-masses relations. So, consider that a solace -- that companies are more out to screw each other and the 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 are copying 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 technological advantage, 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 with one of the most important artifacts of our time, the Internet. It's the best example of what Academia, as opposed to business, has given society, an open network, with little or no mandated advertising, flexibility, and it's easy to hook into. It's only the businesses that screw it up, providing all that stupid spam, banner ads, and putting toll gates everywhere. The internet needs to remain at least driven by standards bodies and universities if it 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 who had broken up and are both leaving town, but the place where they said, a week ago, to be didn't have them. Either I got the time/place wrong, or the gathering got cancelled and my not being at Coffee Tree much the last week kept me from hearing 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 is continually a bit odd that everybody in the world seems to drink, apart from me.

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