Subject: Re: A Philosophical Diversion From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 1998/10/27 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <email@example.com> * firstname.lastname@example.org (David Steuber "The Interloper") | I'm sure it beats phoning Microsoft support (that is contracted to | support you) and getting the answer, "we don't support that | configuration." I won't go into any details. Suffice it to say that | support contracts (at least when sold by Microsoft) don't always buy | you anything. Microsoft is a giant experiment in the stretchability of the fabric of society -- just how far can Microsoft go in ripping everybody off (including their own employees, who take part in a giant pyramid game with their "stock options") and still not rip the fabric of society to pieces? reneging on support contracts is just a _very_ minor part of this experiment. consider yourself experimented on. there is only one solution: do not use Microsoft products. do not expose yourself to _anything_ they do. the day will come when it is much more important in presidential campaigns and to carreers in general that you have not used Microsoft than that you have not taken certain drugs. the day will come when we figure out which planet Bill Gates was thrown out of and then we can go blow it up. in the meantime, resistance is not futile. only the weak of mind will be assimilated, and they are no loss, anyway. "Microsoft hired his head. It's in a jar in Redmond." -- Dilbert all this laughing in the face of Evil aside, Lisp vendors _care_ about their developers, because, unlike Microsoft, they can afford to. #:Erik -- The Microsoft Dating Program -- where do you want to crash tonight?