Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 21:29 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Multimedia, AV This is a problem I hadn't yet heard of, so it fascinates me to no end. We all know VLC, right? It's one of the best video players out there, and while I myself generally just install the K-Lite Codec Pack, VLC is definitely a good alternative - and pretty much the norm on Linux. They're having a problem, though: malicious folk are bundling VLC with malware, offering it up for download as the official VLC, and misleading users in the process. Not only does this violate the GPL - it's pretty damn low, too.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

frajo,

I understand why you say that: the point was indeed irrelevant. But for what it's worth, I did it to show lemur2 that his absolute truth statements aren't absolutely true. He cracked, so to that end I did what I intended, but it's a minor victory to be sure. Was it worth it? Will he learn to tone down his "mine is the only possible truth" arguments? It's really hard to say.

Funny thing is, I agree repos offer an exceptional combination of security and functionality.

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saynte Member since:
2007-12-10

Thanks for bringing up this point. I agree that it is important to separate absolute statements from others (and definitely not to hold on too tightly if absolute statements were made and contested). I'm certain more productive and civil conversations would be the result.

Opinions should be influenced by facts, not the other way around.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Thanks for bringing up this point. I agree that it is important to separate absolute statements from others (and definitely not to hold on too tightly if absolute statements were made and contested).


You too. Quote please.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

frajo,

I understand why you say that: the point was indeed irrelevant. But for what it's worth, I did it to show lemur2 that his absolute truth statements aren't absolutely true. He cracked, so to that end I did what I intended, but it's a minor victory to be sure. Was it worth it? Will he learn to tone down his "mine is the only possible truth" arguments? It's really hard to say.

Funny thing is, I agree repos offer an exceptional combination of security and functionality.


Hint: I have retracted exactly nothing.

So, quote please, or it didn't happen.

I'm still waiting.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

lemur2,

In summation:

You initially made numerous claims about being "guaranteed no malware" due to key signing and peer review, and that "trust is not necessary". Your later claims did indeed acknowledge the point that while injecting malware is technically possible, you equated it to murdering one's close family member (I'm reminded of Hans Reiser).

So you clearly understand that your initial statements were exaggerated. You can continue being a narcissist and keep denying it if you want, I have no expectation of curing that, but my hope is that you will learn to be more careful with absolute claims.

Edited 2011-07-14 18:49 UTC

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