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: Way missed the mark
by decision_theorist on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 00:57 UTC in reply to "Way missed the mark"
decision_theorist
Member since:
2012-01-03

Right. Exactly.

I have no idea what the connection is between SOPA/NDAA and open vs. closed software. I don't know how using Android is going to help you not get tracked. This all makes zero sense.

Ultimately you have to trust somebody. If you want to trust the open-source development community you can do that. If you want to trust Apple or Google you can do that to.

Trusting Apple at least has the advantage that you know who they are and can be held accountable.

I don't see any valid argument here that Stallman's views have been justified at all.

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RE[2]: Way missed the mark
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 08:47 in reply to "RE: Way missed the mark"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I have no idea what the connection is between SOPA/NDAA and open vs. closed software. I don't know how using Android is going to help you not get tracked. This all makes zero sense.


If something's open source, you can at least check if you're being tracked. You can't do that with iOS or Windows Phone 7.

THAT is the gist. Open source allows you to circumvent arbitrary bullshit restrictions. Closed source does not. It's pretty elementary.

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RE[3]: Way missed the mark
by lucas_maximus on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 11:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Way missed the mark"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

And what does this have to do with the NDAA? Exactly.

The only reason Stallman wrote the GPL license is because he hated commercial programmers.

http://penguinday.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/the-most-effective-terro...

http://us.ft.com/ftgateway/superpage.ft?news_id=fto0418200613064247...

FT: Is open source going to be disruptive to Oracle?

LE: No. If an open source product gets good enough, we'll simply take it. Take [the web server software] Apache: once Apache got better than our own web server, we threw it away and took Apache. So the great thing about open source is nobody owns it – a company like Oracle is free to take it for nothing, include it in our products and charge for support, and that's what we'll do. So it is not disruptive at all – you have to find places to add value. Once open source gets good enough, competing with it would be insane. Keep in mind it's not that good in most places yet. We're a big supporter of Linux. At some point we may embed Linux in all of our products and provide support.


Edited 2012-01-03 11:37 UTC

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RE[3]: Way missed the mark
by leos on Wed 4th Jan 2012 04:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Way missed the mark"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

If something's open source, you can at least check if you're being tracked. You can't do that with iOS or Windows Phone 7.


Uhh.. I'll make this really easy for you. If you're connecting to the cell network, you're being tracked. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

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