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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.



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.