[conspire] Re: conspire Digest, Vol 17, Issue 24

Ross Bernheim rossbernheim at speakeasy.net
Tue Oct 19 19:28:50 PDT 2004

On Tuesday, October 19, 2004, at 07:11 PM, 
conspire-request at linuxmafia.com wrote:

> Sorry, Rick, but you're off base here.  Those pictures are totally
> "unprofessional".  Which is not to say they bother me (they don't), 
> but which IS
> to say that anyone who is surprised at the reaction really isn't paying
> attention to the real world.

The people in the pictures are not dressed for formal business, to that 
it might be unprofessional. As to the real world, it is filled with 
people who
do not think, but react before putting brain in gear.

> Further, from your description, I take it that these picture were 
> added w/o
> warning or discuss.  That, IMHO, was not only unprofessional, but 
> childish as
> well.

What is to warn about or discuss. A company is making a product. They 
to make a change. Entirely their prerogative. The user's is to use or 
buy or not
as they please. I agree that they might have asked first, but are not 
required to
do so.

> Basic rule: surprising people is a BAD thing to do.

I don't find it a surprise. Changing things between an earlier release 
the final release candidate is to be expected.

> Speaking of children, I'll bet there were a fair number of parents 
> with children
> in the 5 - 15 age range who were NOT pleased with this.

Why not? Because there is a picture of three smiling people who seem to 
be in a
good mood? Or is it the fact that they are not coverd from the top of 
their heads to
the soles of their feet? Put the women in burkas with veils and the man 
should also
cover his head as required by some religions. Where will this so called 
correctness' end?

Ross Bernheim

Don't leave the womb, it is a nasty world out there!

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