Ping (zestyping) wrote,

Let's have a little controversy.

I've known several friends who have decided to work for Microsoft. I made a promise to myself a long time ago that i would never work for Microsoft as long as they continued their unethical business practices. That one reason was strong enough, but in the last few years they added a second reason: i will also never work for Microsoft as long as they continue to develop Treacherous Computing (also known as Palladium, NGSCB, or Trusted Computing), which — although it is marketed as a security feature — is designed to further lock down the platform, stifle innovation, and increase centralized control of software and media content.

Microsoft has tried to recruit me several times and i have always turned them down. The last time i was contacted, i received e-mail from them, and i replied explaining the two reasons why i was rejecting them.

A friend of mine recently wrote that Microsoft's purpose is "to maintain a criminal monopoly that makes the whole human race dumber and worse informed, preventing the creation of new ways for people to connect and share, shoring up repressive governments," and other detrimental things. I largely agree.

What do you think?

If you work for Microsoft, why do you do it?

If you have decided to join Microsoft, why do you think it's a good idea?

Do you believe that supporting Microsoft with your effort and intellectual work yields a net benefit or detriment to the human race?

If you know people who work for Microsoft, do you think they understand what they're doing?
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