[Fwd: Re: sad treacherous computing day]
ben at benfinney.id.au
Wed May 9 22:51:35 UTC 2007
> Date: Wed, 09 May 2007 17:34:27 -0400
> From: Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org>
> Can TC be used to enhance security if it's used with free
> If you can do this without contributing to any tendency to
> legitimize treacherous computing, then it is harmless. But you must
> MAKE SURE you don't contribute to such a tendency. Don't leave it
> to chance!
This is the important point. It's very easy to rationalise a purchase
of hardware containing treacherous computing technology with the
fallacious logic of "It's possible to conceive of a non-harmful use;
therefore, it's not certain that this is harmful; therefore, I can
dismiss any argument telling me I shouldn't buy this."
That faulty logic has been distressingly common in this thread.
\ "The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must |
`\ not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true." |
_o__) -- Albert Einstein |
Ben Finney <ben at benfinney.id.au>
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