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The chief technology officer of @stake, an IT security company with close ties to Microsoft, was reportedly terminated by his company just after he released a report critical of the Redmond, Washington-based software vendor. Daniel Geer, also one of the founders of the company, is principal author of the paper "Cyberinsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly," which was first made public at the Computers & Communications Industry Association's 30th annual Washington Caucus on Wednesday.
Dan Geer, a respected computer scientist, is fired because he publicizes the security risks inherent in computer monoculture. If THAT doesn't convince you that Microsoft represents a dangerous and abusive monopoly, then you are beyond convincing.
@Stake is dead. When they fired Dr. Geer, they basically stuck a tube into the company and sucked out its collective brain. The executive masthead now includes a roster of obscure corporate lifers who have about the same level of credibility in the security industry as any random used car salesman. If Dr. Geer is going to sue, he'll have to make it quick because this company is going to be stone cold dead - rotting, stinking, maggot-ridden black and blue dead - by the end of 2004. The investors might have well just pointed a gun down the front of their pants and fired . . . and gone golfing with the precipitate. You figure Battery and Madison Dearborn would have had more smarts than this.
I have had the pleasure of working for Dan Geer. His integrity is unquestionable and his goals are always towards the betterment of society and mandkind - and not the bottom line. He will have no problem finding work in any city he desires.