Arriving in the post today was this certificate from the BCS saying I had been elected a member, which is somewhere (low) on their scale of being a chartered professional. It came in a nice envelope addressed to “Jonathan Riddell MBCS”. I find this curious because I havn’t paid my membership fees for the BCS in protest for well over a year. The BCS is all about business and not at all about technology, there is simply no reason to be a member. When they published an article in their glossy magazine about how software patents were so important I wrote a letter saying that they were evil. They didn’t publish the letter but their next edition did mention that they had got it and here was an article about why actually they’re not evil and and are very important. So I joined the AFFS.
I think I’ll rip this up and send it back to them.