June 10th, 2008

color cycle (slow)

Twitters of the day

  • 09:41 I'm having the usual problem I often have getting out the door to work in the morning: I don't want to leave the music I'm listening to. #
  • 11:57 Prodictive meetings are fun. The WETR (Windows Tools) testers can get a whole lot done and invented when our bosses don't show up. #
  • 13:18 @Byzil A T-Mobile Sidekick? The plans for those come with unlimited SMS. Just enable SMS mode aggressively as a starting point. #
  • 13:31 @Byzil Go to the Twitter home page- there's "Add Device" as an option at the right side. SMS to 40404 to post after configuring & linking. #
  • 13:50 This building had been decorated w/ portraits of teens playing video games. These slack-jawed staring visages are, blessedly, being removed. #
  • 18:59 @camphus: I've been having power flickers down here in Redmond, too- even though the sky is as clear as can be. Long grid, I guess. #
  • 20:13 This is way early for me to be sleepy, but I am. So I guess sleeping is the practical thing to do. #
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Security

Something interesting I just realized: I trust Microsoft Security a lot more than I trust any branch of the American government.

Every workday, I lock my bike on a rack in front of Microsoft's cameras, walk through a courtyard monitored by Microsoft's cameras, wave a smartcard badge with an RFID chip matched to me at a security gate, walk through a lobby with six security cameras in it, head up a staircase monitored by one for each flight of stairs, walk down two hallways (passing three cameras along the way), and work within range of a security camera mounted in the hall between four offices. The door-reader reports to MS Security's central server with every activation, and "so Security knows what building you are in" is one of the reasons actively given for why people aren't supposed to let others into the building, no matter how closely they're following each other otherwise.

I would never tolerate that sort of thing from the government. "So we know where you are" is exactly a reason not to cooperate. Cameras that omnipresent controlled by the government would not be something I'd appreciate, even though I don't mind as much that private security companies use them extensively.

I guess it's all in who I trust to actually have best-interests that align with mine. Microsoft pays me because they believe that my work has more value than the amount of money they're giving me, and I would be costly to replace and retrain. The government has no such practical obligation to me. Or maybe it's that Microsoft has a better track record with privacy and individual respect; I haven't yet had cause to develop active distrust, at least not to the same extent.
  • Current Music
    Jim's Big Ego- State of Security