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Re: Tell me if I'm crazy.

  Feeling paranoid? Most techonology columnists I've read have come down on the
  side of annexing any type of control of the internet for various reasons.
  1) Pain in the butt
  2) HTML isn't the only protocol on the internet, frequently it's the only type
  admins think of restricting
  3) It's the same thing as peeking through email, or restricting where you make
  phone calls to (excepting long distance phone cause we all know those cost
  4) This is the old parenting method of getting employee's to work. Well if I
  take the toy away from them, they'll do their work right? No... they'll just
  walk over to their "cube"-mate and bother them. Duh....
  My argument is... if they aren't finishing their work... Fire them! That's why
  you made them non-union in the first place.
  Anyway, the reason why I found this shocking wasn't the admin idea so much as
  the ad that I saw leading to it... It said...
  "RULE THE INTERNET WITH AN IRON FIST". (I am not joking) What effective BS
  propganda/marketing. Marketing for those weanie suit types who don't know the
  first thing about management, but make all the decisions.
  Christopher Pall wrote:
  > Well, I couldn't get that problem to duplicate but I have rebooted since.
  > Anyway, just wondering because it did occur three times before that.
  > What I do want to say is check-out (if you don't crash)
  > http://www.microsoft.com/corpinfo/default.htm#comdex
  > and then checkout the actual speech
  > /BillGates/billgates_l/speeches/comdex97/comdex97.htm
  > Note the differences between the two pages. One describes the Bill Gates
  > speech as being a discussion of the future of computers.
  > He trivializes the legal action against his company in a using a "top ten"
  > list. Note what an interesting contradiction he makes when he talks about
  > how his automated house "usually works" (I.E. his software usually works)
  > and yet when he was using internet technologies from his same company it
  > seems to work just fine.
  > There is a lengthy discussion about the innovations in computers when
  > compared to say... the cereal industry. This is a fascinating comparison.
  > Perhaps Bill uses the comparison to figure out how he should market his
  > software. At the very tippy top surface, they are very different. In the PC
  > world, there are plenty of innovations. In the cereal world, there are no
  > innovations and the price goes up. This must mean that the PC world is doing
  > something right. Well here's what BG uses the cereal model of sales for...
  > Market Market Market your product as often as possible to the weakest minds
  > you can find, and make the product as sweet and palatable as possible, don't
  > pay any attention to content, your "users" won't either. (which is true!)
  > What's funny is how his speech ties into his DOJ argument of "Innovations
  > must be allowed to continue!" When all of the examples that he give are for
  > hardware. I think he was hoping that his theme of "wow! computers are so
  > innovative! Aren't we too?!?!"
  > I haven't finished reading the whole thing, I had to puke first. (Literally!
  > I've fallen ill recently - but this didn't help)
  > --------------------------------------------------
  >               Christopher Pall
  > Delphi Programmer & Western Michigan Student (CS)
  >                  ThinkBiz
  >               Kalamazoo MI USA
  >              X97PALL@WMICH.EDU
  > --------------------------------------------------
                Christopher Pall
  Delphi Programmer & Western Michigan Student (CS)
                Kalamazoo MI USA