Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:34 UTC
In the News As none other I know how problematic it is to discuss matters related to politics on the web. However, every now and then, there's no way around it, and this is one of those moments. There's this thing going on at airports in the US, and while many will see it as a separate issue, the body scanner issue, and the sad stories it has spawned, are symptoms of a far larger problem that is a direct threat to everything we've fought for during and since the Enlightenment.
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"So how exactly are they going to mandate something which, by its very nature, must be installed by the user?

By making it an offense not to?

Right, because that works so well every other time we've made something an offense. Ask the White House how their so-called war on drugs is coming along. They can make it an offense for me not to install it, but what're they going to do? Support every os under the sun? Will it be illegal for me to use an open source os next? Completely impractical, since aside from illegally searching my machines they won't even know what I'm running to begin with.

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