Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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Way missed the mark
by leos on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 23:28 UTC
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The problem is not software being open or closed, the problem is a political one. Who cares if you're using iOS or Android to access the internet if SOPA leads to a censored web? Who cares if you run linux when you are detained for attending an occupy protest?

The connection here makes no sense. You can build your own cell phone from scratch, write every single line of code yourself, and as soon as you connect to the cell network you can be tracked, and your information can be filtered.

This is nonsense. Whether you use OSX or Windows or Linux makes no difference whatsoever. Don't like what's being done by the government? Organize against them and vote them out. Your software choice has exactly zero impact.

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