[OT] RFA ... (was [linux-audio-dev] Job openning)

Fons Adriaensen fons.adriaensen at skynet.be
Wed Feb 2 18:38:45 EST 2005

On Wed, Feb 02, 2005 at 02:58:59PM -0500, Eric Dantan Rzewnicki wrote:

> I haven't lived long enough or in the right place to know anything about
> this from personal experience. I wish I could personally apologize for 
> and set right any wrongs of the past or present committed by the 
> government of this country. But, I can't. I wish I could keep it from
> doing anything wrong in the future. But, I can't. I'm just one person 
> who happens to have been born here. For what it's worth, I _am_ sorry,
> and I personally try my best to be a good citizen of the world.

Hi Eric,

You don't have to apologize for anything at all, and please please
do not take my reaction personally or as criticism on your post.
Fact is that perceptions from both sides of the pond are quite
different these days. And if a type like Rumsfeld is stupid enough
to advocate his 'Office of Strategic Influence', that very act will
cast a shadow of suspicion on the credibility of whatever initiative
coming from the US government. It's all quite sad really.

> To the best of my knowledge RFA is a news organization and not involved
> in propaganda. A brief history of the company is available here:
> http://www.rfa.org/english/about/history/

Yep, I read all of that. It's a thin line I suppose. And M Street,
within walking distance of the White House, is not the place you'd
expect a really independent NGO (that probably wouldn't be able
to pay for office space at that location :-).

What is so completely incoherent is this: one of RFA's main target
areas is China, and given the nature of that country's regime,
RFA is probably filling a gap there. But at the same time, 
thousands of US (and other) firms have no moral objections at
all to be in bed with that same regime and to delocalize their
activities to China.

> I sent the job announcement to the list because RFA has been a
> supportive environment for working on and using Free Software.
> Applications developed in house are released under the GPL on the
> technical operations website: http://techweb.rfa.org/. techweb also
> hosts a public mirror of the debian archive. I personally have the
> privilege of hosting the monthly DC Linux Users Group meetings in RFA's 
> conference room. I see an opportunity here for future use of numerous
> linux audio applications in a working digital audio production facility
> that puts out 36+ hours of programming each day. I would be honored and
> excited if my new boss were to come from the linux audio community.

Sound all very good. Actually I'd fit the requirements quite well, but
I just have no desire to live in the US rigth now...

Greetings from Old Europe,


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