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GNU, GPL, Open Source It's been a while since we caught up with Stallman. But a couple months ago we took a look around at what's happening with law, politics and technology and realized that he maybe perhaps his extremism and paranoia were warranted all along. So when we were contacted by an Iranian Linux publication and asked if we would like to publish an English translation of a recent interview they had done with Stallman, I thought that it was a particularly rich opportunity.
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by danger_nakamura on Wed 21st Mar 2012 02:35 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Re:"
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Other than rubbish you spoke about Sanity.


Rubbish? Ouch. Its hard to argue with that logic.


Of course how someone acts affects their viewpoint.


Affects... yeah sure. Bears on the rightness or wrongness (or correctness/incorrectness)- no, sorry. Someone's behavior and disposition may give clues as to the reliability of a source, but tells us nothing about the expressed viewpoint - which must be evaluated on it's own merits.

Imagine that The Mad Hatter posited that the moon was made from rock while a career scientist suggested it was made out of green cheese. Evaluating these claims using personality and disposition, we would likely listen to the scientist. However, this believability and credibility has no bearing on the facts of the matter. The scientist, however sober, reasonable and sane, would be wrong on this point.

This was my point.


If you are speaking about ethics, it is entirely about somebodies outlook.


So you're a pure subjectivist, then? I'm not, so we'll never agree. Too many people have tried arguing this one - we're not going to solve it.



Jaron Lanier used to live with him and was utterly dismayed when Stallman announced he was going to make a "free" unix clone.

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If we're going to dismiss the opinions of clearly egotistical individuals than I think we'd better leave Mr. Lanier's opinions to the side. His tone of address in his writings is so condescending as to be insulting.

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