posted Jul 26, 2001

Taming the Wild, Wild Web


'"We don't have any control over the Internet," said Michels, president and chief executive of Maryland-based CSP Inc., which helps big clients protect priceless corporate data in the event of an earthquake, computer network outage or other disaster. "If something goes down, you don't even know who's accountable. The Internet is, like, 'Who ya gonna call?' "

'That's an example of how the Internet's leading virtue, its unruliness, is increasingly getting cursed by business executives and economists as its worst flaw. After years of fruitless efforts to make money selling goods and services over the Web, many entrepreneurs and other businesspeople are starting to blame the system's fundamental design for their failures.'

A surprisingly even-handed article on a decidedly non-even-handed issue. I mean really, the business's position here is "Fuck everybody else on the Internet, we need to make money." There's just no nicer way to summarize it. Obviously, I'm not terribly impressed.

If they're that gung-ho about these problems, let them build their own private networks... like they've been doing anyhow!... and let's make sure everybody can get to the Internet. The Internet simply isn't the answer to every problem. For instance, the business quoted above simply shouldn't be using the Internet, ever. They need their own secure network. Let them keep their grubby mitts off our Internet.



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