Ed Bilodeau

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# Notice (Oct 19/05): So ends my stay here on Blogger. This morning Google implemented an anti-spam 'feature' that forces me to answer a challenge phrase when I want to post to my own blog. No notice of the change, nothing. Worse is that it doesn't even work! I type the phrase, submit, "An error occured", post deleted. Damn you, Google. Chances are I will revive my blog somewhere else, sometime soon. I'll post the new coordinates here as soon as they become available. (BTW, I'm unable to post anything to my RSS stream, so I'd appreciate it if readers could spread the word and ask people to take a look at this notice)

Update (Oct 19/05, ~noon): After a frustrating few hours (and not just trying out alternatives to Blogger), I've decided that this is a good time to take a break from all this. A day? A week? Who knows. But I need to step away from it before I pass a heavy magnet over the whole mess.

Update 2: According to this post, the reason I'm seeing the CAPTCHA (challenge phrase) is that Blogger has classified my blog as spam. Thanks. User for five years and now I'm spam. I searched the Blogger site, but there is no mention of how to get the spam flag turned off. There is also no way of contacting anyone at Blogger. Wow. Spam they say I am, so spam I must be. Maybe it is time to take a break.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Two steps forward, one step back : In a recent column, Can business and ethics coexist? Ephraim Schwartz takes companies to task for falling in lock-step with less-then-democratic countries. There's more to business then just making money, he says.

Unfortunately, Schwartz steps away from taking a proper and aggressive stance: "I'm not suggesting that companies refuse to do business with totalitarian regimes."

If I was someone living under such a totalitarian regime, I'm not sure I would appreciate the logic that allows Schwartz to draw a line at which point supporting and enabling the regime is no longer acceptable.

With for-profit companies, ethical issues are, by and large, contraints on their behaviour, and not an organizational goal. If they are not imposed on them, they won't bother. Whatever they can get away with, I guess. (Or rather, whatever we let them get away with.)