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Comment: Give 'em your Kool-Aid (Score 3, Insightful) 226

by bradgoodman (#46683335) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?
Time was - companies like this would give this sort of stuff away to get [younger] people hooked on these technologies. Would Microsoft want to get kids hooked into nice wholesome activities like MS-SQL, C#, .net or VB - or let them pick up stuff like LAMP an Python from their friends on the street.

Giving the stuff away is a way to groom the next up-and-coming generation into drinking your Kool-Aid. If they don't do this - they have only themselves to blame when the next generation grows up to be FOSS zellots...

Comment: My company does this (Score 3, Informative) 572

They do this with most "big" web sites - but not all (or many little ones). The pre-install their own root CA, so the web browser doesn't complain - but if you bothered to click on the padlock icon - you can tell the cert is signed by our IT department, not by whoever you think you're talking to.

So we know it's happening - it's not really "hidden" - so I'ts up to me if I want to use Facebook or GMail or whatever - knowing the connection could be snooped. If I don't like it - I can simply not use those services from work.

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