Infrequently Noted

Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.

Comments for Some Questions Worth Asking

Hrm, "Technology" isn't quite as highly associated in my mind with externalized costs; i.e., someone trying to screw you.

It strikes me that I forgot "Corporate Social Responsibility" and "Consumer Choice". Folks who use those phrases without either defining or couching them are more likely than not trying to screw somebody.

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“Technology”, especially as applied to software. Usually it means "very simple algorithm that we wish to keep secret, possibly with some cruft around the edges to make it hard to understand."
Intellectual Property

As if the centuries-old concept of "property" can really apply to something that can be duplicated and near-zero cost. Would we still be fighting foreign wars if that "property" could be duplicated by pressing a button?