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HP's Ethics Lesson
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I don't think the HP action was much ado about nothing. I'm not sure why a corporation like HP with so much to lose in reputation would indulge in such blatant behavior that is outright wrong, unethical, and irresponsible. --Maurice

It's surprising to me why we're constantly amazed at executives who engage in clearly unethical behavior but make it clear they don't see the ethical problem. The courts, schools, businesses, and special interest groups have been busily working to force religion or any moral compass from public life. The only moral compass that seems acceptable to any of these institutions is "do what is right in your own eyes." Then, when we as a society start to reap the [outcome] of this philosophy, we want to act as though we cannot fathom where this behavior comes from. --Randy Volters

I've had times where I had to "pretext" for our VP to gain access to his cell phone account (with his permission to make changes), and even then it was awkward and made me uncomfortable. The only difference between the hero and the idiot is outcome. --Reader with a conscience

Once the board leaked information, the damage is done. Maybe they should have just thrown the whole board out. Considering all the garbage bandied about when Carly Fiorina wanted to merge with Compaq, it's probably still not a bad idea to start afresh. --Mike

Spamhaus Should Blink
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The key language in all of this is that Spamhaus must stop blocking e-mail. It doesn't block e-mail. It merely provides a list that people may use for their own purposes. If Mr. Linhardt is wronged by someone blocking his e-mail in the United States, let him take those American companies to court and see how far he gets. --kmw

If ICANN [places a hold on] the ISP per the judge's order, the United Nations will press the point and ICANN will be removed from U.S. control. The rest of the world will not let the Americans hold them hostage. If anything, Spamhaus isn't doing enough, because the amount of spam in my e-mail box is growing. --Helen

The judge has overstepped his bounds, and you want Spamhaus to back down? For what? To avoid the inevitable international showdown with ICANN? It's about time that we had an incident to force this U.S. arrogance over the Internet to a head. Hold firm, Spamhaus. --Glenn

Spammers must be stopped. Follow the money. We have the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA. These groups should be stopping spam, not some overseas nonprofit. --gladdly

If you check other cases where judges ordered domain suspensions, you'll find that none of them was served on ICANN. They all went to folks who handle registrations directly. There's a reason for that. --DB

Printer Ink: The New Black Gold
informationweek.com/1111/blog_ink.htm

One ink cartridge for my Epson ink jet costs $35 plus. It's not "black gold." It's a ripoff. People complain about paying $15 for a CD that will last forever, but they're perfectly content paying $30 to $40 for an ink cartridge that lasts six months if you're lucky. That's why I don't print photos at home, I save them to my hard drive. If I want to send photos to someone, I e-mail the copy on my hard drive. If I want a hard copy, I have them printed out at the drugstore. --Bruce Barr

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