This will be interesting.
Posted Oct 1, 2003 3:24 UTC (Wed) by jre
In reply to: job to be done, could you do it
Parent article: Proprietary software--banned in Boston? (News.com)
Good luck, sir.
CAGW describes themselves as a "non-partisan" organization whose mission is "to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government." From the little bit I've learned about them, it's my impression that "non-partisan" means to CAGW exactly what they want it to mean.
I note from their
self-description that they were founded by industrialist J. Peter Grace and columnist Jack Anderson; also that they've received praise from Bob Dole and Christopher Cox.
(I'm sure they were planning to mention the Democrats who love them, too, but ran out of room.)
Here's a guest opinion in National Review Online by cyber-expert Tom Schatz on how the government can't keep track of its computers. You can take it in between ads for "How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life" and the latest by Ann Coulter and G. Gordon Liddy.
Mr. Schatz is not new to the public debate re/ Microsoft. He's responded to one letter of Ralph Nader's thusly: "Ralph Nader is searching for new ways to expand government power and
regulate Microsoft now that the federal courts have failed to meet his
standards. ... Using the federal government's
purchasing power to artificially alter the software market for political
purposes would set an ominous precedent for other industries."
Just for background: the Nader proposal in question "calls for limiting the number of purchases from any one
software provider, while office tools, such as word processing programs,
should be required to work with other operating systems to increase
This is radical stuff! No wonder Tom Schatz thought the country should be alerted.
Yes, sir -- that's one righteously non-partisan watchdog organization.
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