Sun, Oct 8 2006 20:16
The ethics of ....
Between HP and the recent issues of the Board of Directors, to threads on PenTesting forums, there's been a lot of talk about ethics lately. And lately there's been a question of ethics of software .
I'm tired of free software. Really I am. Because there's no such thing. Someone pays. Advertisement to pull your eyeballs or to entice you to change your mind is one way that 'free' software gets paid for. Someone pays by having to figure it out all by themselves or with a community because there is no official support.
I want ethical software. Software that only installs what it says it will install so I don't have to read install instructions. Software that doesn't install pop up blocker bypasses and IE BHOs.
I want ethical websites. Websites that don't load up back ads when I click to them. I surfed to two the other day.. one was a Disney-ish blog, the other Experts Exchange. It annoys me when they to back ads like that. Stop that.
So the next time someone says "oh go try this software, it's free!" ask back.. "what's the catch?" Because at the end of the day, one way or another, we all pay.
...and with respect to Mr. Paciullo? If you want to step up to the plate and be a leader of your community? To be a leader? Drop the 'sponsorship' bundle. It damages the computing experience when installed. And if one more person comes up and says "well everyone knows not to install it it's crapware"...well then sir... if everyone knows not to install it, it's not exactly effective revenue generation means now is it? So why do it?
There are other ways to earn revenue from endeavors. Brian Livingston has the most ethical way of all that I've ever seen. You like what you see in his 'paid' newsletter? You set the price. You heard me. You decide how much you value it.
But there is no free software...just like there is no free lunch.
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