Rumors,rumors and some more rumors…

It has been an odd week. First off, it has been a very long time since
I last wrote, and I missed it. I can’t really say what it is about being able to write
without really knowing if someone actually reads it but I do have to admit it’s
fun.

Second, it has been a week or rumors in Israel: it seems that someone from a
certain software company, has decided to send an e-mail to all the employees
of that company (actually only to the local branch) saying that a specific snack causes
death in infants. This e-mail spread like fire during dry season to a point that
it has caused the stock of the company that manufactures the snack to drop…

The company turned to the health ministry which issued a communiqué saying that
the snack is perfectly safe…yet the damage has been done,to some extent.

It seems that the company decided not to give up and it might actually sue the panic
e-mail initiator…

For the local media coverage (Hebrew):

http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3640798,00.html

 

The second rumor of the week (ok,of the last month or so) started out as an e-mail
about a pizza parlor, whose owner (and sole operator) is infamous for his
rude behavior toward clients (but he’s pizza is so damn good!!!) that has refused to serve an
autistic child. This e-mail has caused a consumer boycott, creation of Facebook groups
and a few violent reactions towards the owner.

Oddly enough (or maybe not), no one bothered to actually ask the owner what actually
happened. A month after this started, a journalist from Globes decided to publish his
story…and as it turns out that every story has three sides:mine,yours
and the truth. According to the owner, the mother (that started the e-mail) brought
in not one, but three autistic children and told him that she wants him to teach them how to order
pizza. Now considering the fact that this guy is infamous for his “behavior”, and considering
the fact that his pizza parlor is nothing but a shabby “hole in the wall” where he sells
extremely cheap pizza (albeit,very tasty pizza) I think that something stinks here…

The guy is an easy target, he doesn’t have a huge conglomerate behind him to protect him,
he has one broken-down place where he sells good pizza and insults his client(Dr. House style).
You don’t like it,leave.

For the local media coverage:

http://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1000407644&fid=821

 

Now why am I writing about this?

Well,to be honest, because I like the guy’s pizza, I sat there quite a few times and his insults
are always well put and provoked by “there are no stupid questions, only stupid people”. In both
cases mentioned above an irresponsible e-mail has caused catastrophe. In the first case,
since we are dealing with a large company, I am sure that they will survive. In the second case,
on the other hand, this guy may lose his livelihood because someone decided to write something about
him (unless it was a stroke of genius and it was a ploy to draw attention to his place).

In both cases,we as a crowd, accepted these e-mails and never questioned whether it’s content has
any shred of truth in it. The Internet has become a very dangerous and effective weapon. We should
treat the information coming from the Internet with some caution. I love Wikipedia, but is it 100% accurate?
When I run a search about fixing a BitLocker issue am I be sure that a blog post that I find
will not instruct me to kill the data instead of recovering it???

 

Anyways,one more rumor for this week:

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http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/18/dell-adamo-ultrathin-laptop-rumors-surface/

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