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Mindfucking DRM Nazis

I'm having an issue. An issue whereby I have to talk about two pieces of software, one of which is a Microsoft OS, not working together. And when I used the word "incompatible," I was told "You can't say 'incompatible' because that means something very technical and specific to Microsoft." The person who told me this is not an engineer and does not work for Microsoft, and the audience to whom I need to communicate are not engineers (for the most part) and do not work at Microsoft. But there are people who are insistent that if we use the word "imcompatible," we're somehow infringing on some piece of MS IP.

I feel like there are now people who have been so mindfucked by the army of DRM Nazis that people are now censoring themselves and believing that Bill Gates owns the rights to words printed in the dictionary and controls their use. They're afraid to speak because they might use some combination of words that is controlled by someone who will punish them if they are heard.

I want to scream. I want to weep. I want to hit something.



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Oct. 10th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)

If someone in 'authority' is telling you this, grab a thesaraus and find a word for 'incompatible'. If someone not in 'authority' is telling you this, I'd nod and smile politely then use it anyway.

Incompatible is NOT exclusive in any fashion whatsoever to MicroScum products. Perhaps it isn't word ownership but the fear of implying that MicroScum could ever, possibly, have a compatibility issue with any software *cough* bullshit *cough*.
Oct. 10th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
what software?
Oct. 11th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Because the release isn't public yet, I can't really say. But it's turning out that the number of people within the company who have their panties in a bunch over it is probably equivalent to the number of other people in the whole freakin' world that it will actually affect.
Oct. 10th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
That's bizarre. It's like political correctness with regard to software marketing.
Oct. 11th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC)
I could see it making sense if you were going to go to MS for help. Maybe. Sometimes there are code words you have to use with certain vendors with rectocranial issues. Like "Bonus Traffic Limitation Feature #16" with Cisco, instead of "IOS bug of the week" or such. Or calling a Windows monkey a "Network Administrator" when they can't figure out crossover cables much less ACLs or OSPF.

And of course there's the developers who come over and scream "THE SERVER IS DOWN" when they actually mean their java app hasn't been loaded yet. The server, the computer running an OS and serving production traffic, is actually up. The same developers who say "WE NEED TO REBOOT RIGHT NOW" meaning "we need to restart Tomcat." "Server" and "reboot" mean something very technical and specific to UNIX sysadmins. They mean whatever happens to come up to some developers.

I'm sure there are details in this that are intentionally redacted. But I've seen places where "something very technical and specific to " makes sense.
Oct. 11th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Like I said, if this were communication WITH MS or for an audience of people who were more familiar with MS than the average person, I'd be right there with you. But these are random people who run this software in conjunction with windows. They're as smart as any random number of people who say "I don't have expertise in this field, so I'll buy some software that's smarter than I am."

And it's not even them I'm laughing at. It's our own internal people, whose brains and acumen I have a much better bead on. And it's a very tiny bead.
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