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Re: [Fsfe-uk] QnetiQ study

From: Paul
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] QnetiQ study
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2003 23:39:42 +0100


> > 9. Further studies should be conducted by people competetant to do it
> > and who actually know what they're on about.
> The time for studies is over, there have been many and they can all be
> interpreted to suit the particular interest so they are largely a waste
> of time and effort. Better to simply put the money that would have been
> put into these studies into Open Source development and just sit back
> and see what happens.

That would require three things;

1. A willingness to do something which would be seen (quite possibly) as
an act of old labour (the state supporting something instead of it being
self funding sort of thing)

2. A government with half a brain to see the waste of time, money and
most importantly, resources in it's current idealogy and thinking

3. A PM who doesn't have his tongue firmly up BG's arse and is also
willing to listen to his advisors (a number of which are definately not
promoting MS)

> You can tell when the Government has no clue about what action to take,
> they commission studies 

You're not seriously considering the QnetiQ a true study are you?

> and procrastinate hoping that someone else will
> make the decision for them. Fortunately other governments and industry
> around the world are doing just that.

There inlies the problem - our Govt is a little Britain one. We can see
this over our contributiosn and following of Europe. If ever a line of a
song held for this country it's this "we are the 51st state of the USA"
(The The, Infected). Without a radical rethink which listens to all
sides and is not prejudiced by vast wodges of dosh (in either software,
goods or anything else) from anyone, this will carry on.



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