Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Jun 2011 18:49 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Oh boy, what do we make of this? We haven't paid that much attention to the whole thing as of yet, but with a recent public statement on why they do what they do, I think it's about time to address this thing. Yes, Lulz Security, the hacking group (or whatever they are) that's been causing quite a bit of amok on the web lately.
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RE: The same Tom?
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 17th Jun 2011 19:46 UTC in reply to "The same Tom?"
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First, learn to spell my name.

Second, you might want to re-read the quoted statement. I'll quote it for you with some clarifying emphasis.

"It is in governments' natures to control where it is not needed, to regulate what doesn't need regulating, and to bureaucratise that which is efficient."

Edited 2011-06-17 19:48 UTC

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RE[2]: The same Thom?
by Berend de Boer on Fri 17th Jun 2011 19:54 in reply to "RE: The same Tom?"
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Sorry Thom, learning.

Ah, the right regulation is in the eye of the beholder!

I was afraid so.

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RE[3]: The same Thom?
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 17th Jun 2011 20:07 in reply to "RE[2]: The same Thom?"
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Ah, the right regulation is in the eye of the beholder!

Of course it is. Everything is. Unlike you, I don't seem to have a one-minded attitude. You apply regulation where it makes sense. Your attitude seems to be that regulation is always bad, and you seem to posses some sort of eternal everlasting faith in the free market.

Which is just as silly as believing in communism. Both are ideals that do not take human nature into account. Since humans are by definition self-centred pricks, they will abuse both a free market as well as a communist system. That's just the cold and harsh reality of this world.

And the reality I live in. Sometimes, regulation is necessary, as was clearly the case with net neutrality. Without it, the three telecommunications companies we have would unite, impose the same pricing system upon all of us (as was clearly hinted at by all three carriers), and erect even higher barriers to entry for newcomers (i.e., anti-interoperability measures, and we would've been in deep shit. Now, you might say - yeah well in a free market they shouldn't be allowed to do such things! That should be illegal!

That should be - dare I say - regulated?

The free market is an idealist dreamworld. It doesn't exist, and it will never exist. The sooner you realise that, the better.

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