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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RE: Way missed the mark
by decision_theorist on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 00:57 UTC in reply to "Way missed the mark"
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2012-01-03

Right. Exactly.

I have no idea what the connection is between SOPA/NDAA and open vs. closed software. I don't know how using Android is going to help you not get tracked. This all makes zero sense.

Ultimately you have to trust somebody. If you want to trust the open-source development community you can do that. If you want to trust Apple or Google you can do that to.

Trusting Apple at least has the advantage that you know who they are and can be held accountable.

I don't see any valid argument here that Stallman's views have been justified at all.

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