Friday, August 25, 2006

"Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them." Frederick Douglass

The above linked article provides a look into minds behind the machine. Advertising is brainwashing, and Direct Revenue is the ugly side of it. Direct Revenue is likely to crumble under the public scrutiny, but someone will take their place. There’s too much money involved. As the article points out, Direct Revenue would switch to more ethical practices, but that didn’t generate the same kind of money because consumers don’t want to be subjected to popup ads. So they repeatedly returned to the vicious attack software to subject the duped users to ads.

Why libertarians think that government is the biggest problem is beyond me. Our Government is mainly a problem when it’s controlled by profit driven businessmen.

Kudos to Elliot Spitzer for going after these guys.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Great article, interesting people

Just finished reading this week's NCJ cover story, Peter and the Fuel Cell. I was particularly intrigued by the description of Louis Schatz. His no nonsense business persona directed at solving a problem, making the world better inpired me.

I used to believe the stories that big industry squashed hydrogen research. I do know from personal experience that you can make a potato gun with hydrogen, I didn't know it probably won't make a good fuel. And according to Lehman, likely won't be a cheap energy storage medium, just a necessary one.

I was especially inspired by the last two paragraphs of the article. I hope there are many more who will devote their lives to technology, and not want to amass a fortune.

Maybe the best way to flip off the malignant machine is to turn on a better one.