Tag - law

Yahoo … just like SCO 9 years ago

What a train wreck Yahoo! has been over the last few years. And with their new lawsuit against Facebook they’ve joined the SCO Group in the annals of tech sleaze.

SCO, you’ll remember, is the group that sued IBM over Linux. SCO was a once-proud company that had completely lost its way, lost its customers, and lost any sort of product direction. And it was completely in the hands of new management (Darl McBride, who I once had dinner with) that had no product vision, no passion for technology, and no hope of creating legitimate success.

Sounds a lot like Yahoo, doesn’t it?

It’s time for any self-respecting geeks to leave the organization. As Kara Swisher reports, there was a lot of internal debate over this move, and a lot of the top technical people were opposed to it.

Guess what: real product people, real techies, don’t stand for this stuff. They see it for what it is: legal cheating. And legal cheating that is unlikely to work, to boot.

Yahoo: there was a time you didn’t suck.

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Most who regularly visit this site know what SOPA & PIPA are. If you don’t, watch this:

It’s not just a US issue … if your blog, for instance, or mine, was accused of housing or linking to infringing content, you (or I) could lose all our US readership. Even though you may not blog, some of your favorite news sources might become suddenly unavailable, either because you can’t access them (if you’re in the US), or because without a US audience, they can’t support themselves anymore.


The potential for abuse is horrendous. Worse, the simple use of PIPA and SOPA as designed would be horrendous.

I don’t believe in piracy. I don’t believe in stealing. I don’t believe in taking what is not mine.

But I’m much more prepared to have a society in which a bit of that occurs, than to live in a police state. Or, since I’m a Canadian, next to a police state.

Of course, in some ways, perhaps I already do.

Parkinson's Law, also known as git 'er dun

I just heard Parkinson’s Law on Tim Ferris’ Incredible Hulk video. Oddly, it has nothing to do with the degeneration of the nerves.

Parkinson’s Law:

The perceived complexity of the task will expand to fill the time you allot it.

Nice …

I guess the point is: set seemingly impossible deadlines, and you’ll accomplish what you need to do sooner. This is anti-intuitive but rings true to experience.

Presumably realism needs to come into play somewhere, particularly if you’re setting deadlines for software development that other people are going to rely upon … but I find this is a great principle to cut through the self-inhibiting and self-limiting paradigms we create.

Something to keep in mind next time you set a deadline …

Busted by the Honda police?

A colleague of mine just bought a Honda.

He needed to pick it up tout de suite but the Honda sales rep wanted to slow him down. Apparently the car needed to be detailed yet.

When my buddy declined the detail in favor of getting the car sooner, the rep said he couldn’t do that. Asked why, he replied “the law of Honda.” Apparently it’s Honda law that every car gets detailed before leaving the lot.

Sounds like good customer service … and good customer service matters … BUT …

The customer gets to decide what service means!. . .. . .

(That, and the fact that he was told the car was en route from a different location while it was actually sitting on the dealership’s lot all day somewhat soured my friend’s new car buzz.)

We don’t need contracts to converse

Progress is forward movement, right? Not backwards? OK, I was thinking I had that wrong for a moment.

Yesterday – the 5th anniversary of 9/11 – I visited Think Progress to see their side of the Path to 9/11 story.

As I was about to post a comment, I noticed that doing so would obligate me – in their eyes – to agree to their terms and conditions:

I stopped dead in my tracks. This is a blog. Putting terms and conditions on it is wrong. We don’t need contracts to converse.

Blogs are conversations. They happen to be separated in time and space, but they’re conversations. Do you force people you’re chatting with in a cafe to agree to a multi-page list of terms and conditions? No!

Here are their terms and conditions. I’ve put them in a textarea block so they don’t take up 5 pages: