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P.E.T.S.

Category: Rated G

This is from Kirk Miller, one of the participants in P.U.N.Y. It certainly fits my prejudices.


Silicon Valley, CA, 10-23-08:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Software (PETS) announced today
that seven more software companies have been added to the group’s
“watch list” of companies that regularly practice software testing.
“There is no need for software to be mistreated in this way so that
companies like these can market new products,” said Ken Granola,
spokesperson for PETS. “Alternative methods of testing these products
are available.”

According to PETS, these companies force software to undergo lengthy
and arduous tests, often without rest for hours or days at a time.
Employees are assigned to “break” the software by any means necessary,
and inside sources report that they often joke about “torturing” the
software.

“It’s no joke,” said Granola. “Innocent programs, from the day they
are compiled, are cooped up in tiny rooms and ‘crashed’ for hours on
end. They spend their whole lives on dirty, ill-maintained computers,
and are unceremoniously deleted when they’re not needed anymore.”
Granola said the software is kept in unsanitary conditions and is
infested with bugs.

“We know alternatives to this horror exist,” he said, citing industry
giant Microsoft Corp. as a company that has become extremely
successful without resorting to any software testing.

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