Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 11:53 UTC, submitted by SReilly
Internet & Networking "In the physical world, we have the right to print and sell books. Anyone trying to stop us would need to go to court. That right is weak in the UK (consider superinjunctions), but at least it exists. However, to set up a web site we need the cooperation of a domain name company, an ISP, and often a hosting company, any of which can be pressured to cut us off. In the US, no law explicitly requires this precarity. Rather, it is embodied in contracts that we have allowed those companies to establish as normal. It is as if we all lived in rented rooms and landlords could evict anyone at a moment's notice." Recommended reading. I'm no fan of Stallman, but despite a bit too much dramatisation towards the end, this article aptly illustrates in layman's terms why the 'net needs to be free, open, and unregulated.
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RE: Verging on self-parody
by sorpigal on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 19:17 UTC in reply to "Verging on self-parody"
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Very transparent trolling, given that your name is "Ballmer Knows Best." 3/10. Try again some other time.

the only real difference between RMS and Steve Jobs is that Jobs gets paid to be an obnoxious ideologue

You think that RMS isn't paid? What do you think he eats? Wait, don't tell me, bugs, right? And he probably is homeless so he sleeps in the dirt! That explains his grooming habits! Grow up.

To get a book released to a market of any significant size, you need a publisher/printer, a distributor, and retailers - any of which can be "pressured to cut us off."

To get published initially there are barriers in both places. However, once a book has been published in the physical world it is far, far harder to 'retract' it, whereas in the digital world it's pretty easy (streisand effect notwithstanding). Did you miss this obvious point deliberately or are you just not paying attention? Oh wait, I forgot you're just trolling. Nevermind.

There are 2 possibilities here. Either Stallman is being disingenuous, or he's truly unable to grasp the reasons why an electronic transfer of money (possibly crossing international borders) differs from an in-person cash transaction.

Because he notes a difference between the online transfer of money and the meatspace transfer of money you think he must be being disingenuous? On what basis? He says "It's different" and you say "I KNOW IT'S DIFFERENT." I'm really trying to figure out your point here. Stallman's is pretty clear: Anonymous monetary transactions *should* be possible online, and they're not. Dare I assume that you at any time *had* a point by asking what it was?

So software designed specifically and solely for malicious use is A-OK in Stallman's eyes, just so long as it's Free Software(tm)? But not closed source software, because it might, potentially have hidden malicious functionality?

Obviously you don't grasp the difference between you attacking someone and someone else attacking you. If I take open software and use it maliciously, I'm harming someone else deliberately. That's on me. If I run closed software, innocently or maliciously, someone else is harming me. Stallman isn't trying to prevent you from behaving criminally, though it's a shame, he's trying to protect you from others who are making a specific kind of attempt to harm you.

Edited 2011-01-03 19:26 UTC

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