In the course of an extremely awkwardly worded post about quality problems with Skype, PC Magazine's John C. Dvorak offers us this:
Personally, I would not be surprised if one of the reasons why Microsoft bought Skype was to outfit the product with backdoor access for the US government's top eavesdropping agency, the National Security Agency.
This may be a good thing, but let me explain why because it's not what you think.
. . . .[a dozen tortured sentences omitted] . . . .
Hopefully, Microsoft is in bed with various governments to allow them to listen in on our calls. This sounds crazy, but no. It would be an ironic twist, but if it were the case, Microsoft would be required to keep the quality high so everyone doesn't bail out and go elsewhere.
A wacky theory, but it does make sense.
As I see it, there are three possibilities:
1. John C. Dvorak is being serious, and is an awful American.
2. John C. Dvorak is satirizing an awful American, but is an awful writer and worse satirist.
3. John C. Dvorak is satirizing both awful Americans and awful writers, and is actually brilliant.
Good luck with it being #3, John.
Edited to add: This is not to say that Skype isn't potentially creepy.
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