Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Sep 2009 22:19 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Well, this is refreshing. While Richard Stallman is a staunch critic of anything closed and non-Free, his ire seems mostly directed towards DRM and Microsoft. However, a lesser known fact is that he often talks about Apple's Mac OS X too in his speeches. During those speeches, he repeatedly claimed Mac OS X contained a backdoor which allowed Apple to forcibly impose software changes upon users. Stallman has now posted a retraction for those claims.
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by sbergman27 on Tue 29th Sep 2009 22:33 UTC
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"We have no way to verify that there is no backdoor in Mac OS X that could install changes without permission, but that is no basis to claim there is one," Stallman writes on the FSF website, "I apologize for repeating a criticism of Mac OS which I cannot substantiate and must presume is false."

It's certainly reassuring to see that his outright accusations have been downgraded to just routine FUD.

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by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 29th Sep 2009 22:41 in reply to "Downgraded"
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2005-06-29

It kinda sucks though. I was counting on that backdoor for my upper class hookers to get in.

Now I need to evaluate my plan for world domination.

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by sbergman27 on Tue 29th Sep 2009 22:47 in reply to "RE: Downgraded"
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2005-07-24

It kinda sucks though. I was counting on that backdoor for my upper class hookers to get in.

I was wondering if, perhaps, they had gotten to him first, "persuading" him to issue this cover story in order to secure that avenue of attack. I'm not sure how much autonomy your operatives are given.

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by kaiwai on Wed 30th Sep 2009 10:15 in reply to "RE: Downgraded"
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2005-07-06

It kinda sucks though. I was counting on that backdoor for my upper class hookers to get in.

Now I need to evaluate my plan for world domination.


To quote 'The Doors' - you're a 'back door man' ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf3KG8VAtJg ) ;)

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v RE: Downgraded
by Moulinneuf on Tue 29th Sep 2009 23:09 in reply to "Downgraded"
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by Ripples on Wed 30th Sep 2009 02:37 in reply to "RE: Downgraded"
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2005-07-06

What you just said made no sense, if he thought OS X had a backdoor because he heard from some source that he can't even remember right now it means he didn't have enough real proof in the first place.

That is ok though in the world of RMS, where you can say whatever ridiculous, unsubstantiated thing you want and eat things from between your toes :-)

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LOL - Reminds me of Glenn Beck's
by MollyC on Tue 29th Sep 2009 23:43 in reply to "Downgraded"
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2006-07-04

spending an entire month claiming that FEMA was planning on setting up concentration camps, his "evidence" of which boiled down to, "I can't disprove it!"

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jpr82 Member since:
2009-09-29

But, but, how can you not believe that with evidence as good as this ( http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread59023/pg1 )?

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