May 25, 2003

"Evil Journalist" rules and program names

People who haven't seen the Evil Overlord List, should read it. It's full of practical advice on do's and dont's for aspiring Evil Overlords. As in, e,g.:

29. I will dress in bright and cheery colors, and so throw my enemies into confusion.

I have my own "Evil Journalist" rules (but from the standpoint of dealing with them, not trying to be one of them, even in jest). One of the rules is:

If I ever release a program which might be legal trouble, I will not name it anything with "-HACK" or "-CRACK" in the name. These look bad on court papers. Instead, I will name it something which sounds good in the press.

I'm not intending to write it, but I was just musing on "Investi-Gator" as a Gator reverse-engineering program name.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in journo | on May 25, 2003 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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