[conspire] first post in a while

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Jun 27 15:16:29 PDT 2007

Quoting Christian Einfeldt (einfeldt at gmail.com):

> Ah, good, now I see where we are disagreeing.  I believe that I was talking
> to Microsoft, to a certain extent.

There's your problem, then.  You need to fix that.

Behaviour like yours in social settings is part of the reason why, about
two decades ago, I stopped answering questions (in such settings) about
who my current employer was -- even before I started doing independent
network consulting, at which point the correct answer became "I'm sorry,
but I always protect my clients' privacy, as part of professional due

I got tired of dealing with people who have no sense of appropriate
commentary, you see.

Anyway, I think you need to stop, breathe slowly, and gain a small
modicum of perspective, along with a less lamentably fallible sense of
courtesy.  _Now_ would be good, if you please.  Open source has never
depended on protecting precious secrets from nefarious spying by
visiting grunt-level coders -- and, even if it did, they'd be flippin'
nuts to look for those precious secrets at CABAL meetings.  All
Winfred's likely to be able to report to the Dark Lord in Redmond is how
to marinate inexpensive beef steaks for barbecuing.

> This point is where we disagree, IMHO.  I don't think that there is this
> kind of clean break.  More explanations below.

Let me be really clear about this:  You will displease me as your host
if you ever again give anyone attending a CABAL meeting at my home a
hard time -- to any degree, including speaking as you did last Saturday
-- over his/her employer.  If I can behave myself correctly in the
presence of Boeing Company employees, you can certainly do at least that
well.  And you will, sir.

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