Rally for Ethical Treatment of Software !
New York, NJ, August 27 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Software
(PETS) announced today that seven more software companies have been
added to the group's "watch list" of companies that regularly practice
"There is no need for software to be mistreated in this way so that
companies like these can market new products," said Ken Granola,
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 Granola. "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."
Granola said the software is kept in unsanitary conditions and is
infested with bugs.
"We know alternatives to this horror exist," he said, citing industry
giant Microsoft Corp. as a company that has become extremely successful
without resorting to any form of software testing. PETS is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to improving the lives of software programs and
promoting alternatives to software testing.