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FW: Euthanasia for an Eye Opener
From: Charles A. Behney III[SMTP:email@example.com]
>This is a good example of how to form a cybernetic firing squad, making
>developers kill their darlings for stock options.
Students of mythology (Jung, Campbell) tell us that
certain 'forms' of myth, stories, urban legends will
arise in divers cultures that are very similar, even
when they are not in communication with each other.
This report in Wired reminds me of a similar joke, long ago
in Mad magazine, back when trashing energy companies was
Ripley's Beleive it or Nuts.
An inventor, Ralph Wiggins, has invented an
automobile engine that runs on water!
However, the Hexagon corporation bought up
the patent, sent the inventor on an all expense
paid vacation to Saudi Arabia and has never
been heard from since.
You hear the same response from some quarters when discussing
why electric cars don't catch on - just disreguard the fact
that the state of the art of batteries means they require a
lot of maintenance, have limited range compared to a tank of
gas, and have other problems [read: more expensive] compared
to a gasoline motor. People always get the idea that it can be
done, but it's the evil Hexagon corporation thugs that have
such a vested interest in petroleum that they Stalinesquely
"disappear" any competition.
In this case, just disreguard the fact that Java is SLOW! I've
tried Java, was checking Netscape every day for the first beta
version of Netscape for Linux w/ Java, got the JDK from Sun,
(actually a ported to Linux version from blackdown.org) checked
out a lot of the 'craplets' from gamelan.com - eventually broke down
and got a Pentium Pro 200Mhz just to give the things some pizazz
- and they're STILL sluggish as glaciers in January.
Random bits from NTMag:
I'll have to paraphrase, not having permission to repub:
Microsoft is contacting companies that use the letters NT in
domain and company names. Does Microsoft have the right of
enforcement? **Northern Telecom** owns the US trademark to NT
and Microsoft pays to license it from them. Some companies
say they'll challenge Microsoft's professed rights of
enforcement in court.
BTW, http://www.tiac.net/users/billg40 is great read!
("The Hexagon Corp" is from one of the "Naked Gun" movies, as is the
Society of Petroleum Industry Leaders, SPIL)