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Re: [News] When Proprietary Software Becomes a Life Risk

__/ [ [H]omer ] on Wednesday 09 August 2006 03:56 \__

> Jim wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Your data or your life
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> | As unlikely and alarmist as this sounds, it could really happen.
>>> | Intracare is the publisher of a popular practice management
>>> | system called Dr. Notes. When some doctors balked at a drastic
>>> | increase in their annual software lease, they were cut off from
>>> | accessing their own patients? information.
>>> |
>>> | This situation is completely unconscionable. There can be no
>>> | truly open doctor-patient relationship when an unrelated third
>>> | party is the de facto owner of and gatekeeper to all related
>>> | data.
>>> `----
>>> http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/node/1709
>> I wonder how that would sound in court
> No essential care equipment, data, personnel or patients should be in
> a position to be held "hostage" by commercial interests ... ever
> ... period.
> I find it incredible that the government has not only allowed this
> fiasco to go on as long as it has, but that it still has not
> intervened to prevent this kind of nonsense happening again in the
> future.

The is true for the same reasons why governments worldwide (non-Democrats in
particular) are stepping away from Microsoft and other commercial/American
vendors. The NSA/WGA behaviour (to name just 2 'acronymed' examples) shows
that there is a tie between governments and technology that the buyer
supposedly /owns/. Zombies are also an indication of back door not only to
information, but also to control.

Contextually related:

* http://techdirt.com/articles/20060808/020201.shtml (published yesterday)

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* http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/05/who_owns_your_c.html

        Who owns your computer?

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