HUMOR: People for the Ethical Treatment of Software

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Fri, 01 Nov 1996 13:17:08 -0800

>From: John Wang
>Sent: Friday, November 01, 1996 9:38 AM
>Subject: Friday humor -- software testing
>NEW YORK -- People for Ethical Treatment of Software (PETS) announced
>today that more software companies have been added to the group's "watch
>list" of companies that regularly practice software testing. "There is no
>need for software to be mistreated in this way so that companies like
>these can market new products," said Ken Grandola, spokesperson for PETS.
> "Alternative methods of testing these products are available."
>According to PETS, these companies force software to undergo lengthy and
>arduous tests, often without rest, for hours or days at a time. Employees
>are assigned to "break" the software by any means necessary, and inside
>sources report that they often joke about "torturing" the software.
>"It's no joke," said Grandola. "Innocent programs, from the day they are
>compiled, are cooped up in tiny rooms and "crashed" for hours on end.
>They spend their whole lives on dirty, ill-maintained computers, and are
>unceremoniously deleted when they're not needed anymore."
>Grandola said the software is kept in unsanitary conditions and is