Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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RE: Stallman
by Carewolf on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 23:34 UTC in reply to "Stallman"
Carewolf
Member since:
2005-09-08

I can't see any problems with any of that. I really hate pedophiles, and doesn't mind them having their sick pleasures illegalized, but the war on child pornography has brought us nothing good. We can not even justify by saying it has saved any assaults on kids, the photos were already taken. It only serves as answer to "We have to do something." "This is something." "Let's do it."

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RE[2]: Stallman
by BeamishBoy on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 05:54 in reply to "RE: Stallman"
BeamishBoy Member since:
2010-10-27

the war on child pornography has brought us nothing good. We can not even justify by saying it has saved any assaults on kids


What a horribly fucking ignorant thing to say.

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RE[2]: Stallman
by M.Onty on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 10:09 in reply to "RE: Stallman"
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

... the war on child pornography has brought us nothing good. We can not even justify by saying it has saved any assaults on kids, the photos were already taken.


Err ...

What do you think happens when they track down who uploaded the photos? Do you think the photographer is left in a position to take more pictures, or is gaoled?

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RE[3]: Stallman
by Carewolf on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 15:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Stallman"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Why couldn't they do this before?

You don't need to criminalize the possession of evidence to use it as evidence, especially in an investigation. In fact criminalizing the evidence just makes it harder for the investigators to find, and stop the criminals.

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