|| ||Leon Brooks <leon-AT-cyberknights.com.au>|
|| ||I don't think pushing readers' buttons is very nice|
|| ||Tue, 19 Apr 2005 19:46:46 +0800|
Laura DiDio has been in the habit of saying things that could most kindly be
described as "poorly considered" and if given a fair reading would be
characterised as wildly inaccurate, wilfully ignorant and negligent.
The things she says are read and believed by gullible people in positions of
authority, and decisions are made as a result which undermine and destroy the
patient work of many technical people, for example, by ordering the
replacement of their most useful tools by inferior ones which require much
more effort for their upkeep. In some cases, the very livelihood of the
technical person is put at risk when the business' IT infrastructure is moved
entirely outside the skill-set of the person concerned.
Naturally, this destruction and the threat of more of it is not going to be
welcomed by the people involved.
At every stage Laura has received outraged feedback, much of it rich in
exactly the technical detail and real-world examples she needs to bring her
viewpoint into line with observable reality. She has always ignored this
useful information in preference for the more sensational emotive issues.
This should be painfully obvious to anyone who reads the comments posted
against anything Laura publishes.
One falling leaf does not an autumn make, but if you are also receiving much
more than the usual "background" amount of random abuse, perhaps it's a sign
that you're swimming out of your depth yourself, hurting people through lack
of understanding, and need to step back and get a better grip on the issues.
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