Science Addiction

A dormant blog by Devanshu Mehta

Altruism Mocked

You know those people who even spend their time picking apart charity? When “my story about geek charities”:http://www.scienceaddiction.com/2005/12/18/seasons-givings/ was “reported on at Slashdot”:http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/18/1453256 there were people in the comments there who spent time picking apart my motivations and so on.

Then there are others who pick apart open sourcey communities and people who would spend their times in them. To them, I say “go forth to *The Onion* where altruism is being mocked”:http://www.theonion.com/content/node/46043.

[…] said freelance writer Eric Bergstrom, who was eating at a local diner when he saw Eisenfeld buy the confused man a cup of coffee and ask him where he lived. “Because, you know, it’s not like there’s cops or emergency workers trained to do that stuff. Must be nice having all that free time to be a big hero. What a stuck-up prick.” As of press time, Eisenfeld’s ulterior motive had not been determined.

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This tool asks you all the right questions regarding what personal information you collect on your site and what you intend to do with it. At the end, it will generate a personalized “Privacy Policy” for your site based on your answers. You can take a look at the one I had it “generate for my Star Wars web site”:http://www.galaxyfaraway.com/gfa/privacy-policy/.