The Future End of Classic Computing

From: Wayne M. Smith <>
Date: Wed Apr 3 00:56:57 2002

> >The reason why something is developed is really not that relevant to how
> >it may ultimately be used
> So, according to you... if someone can find an illegal use for an
> otherwise legal item, that item should no longer be available to ANYONE,
> regardless of if it has legitimate legal uses?
> That being the case... please IMMEDIATELY surrender ALL your computers to
> me, since they are potentially capable of pirating software, which
> according to your logic, means you can not legally have said computers.
> I will make sure they are properly disposed of for you.
> While you are at it, I need a new car, so give me yours as well... after
> all, cars are used every day as transport mechanisms for illegal
> activity. I'll make sure it too is "disposed" of in a proper and fitting
> manner.
> -chris
> <>

You've misinterpreted my meaning. I was responding to a poster who suggested that the intent underlying the development of a
product was relevant to the appropriateness of its use. That I disagree with this position does not mean, as you have assumed, that
I automatically adopt the other extreme -- that because there is an inappropriate use for a product, it cannot be used at all. Your
attempt at a false dichotomy is rather transparent.

Sorry, I don't have a new car, but I do have a NEC Powermate 386/20 with a crashed hard drive that you can have gratis (if you'll
cover the shipping).

Received on Wed Apr 03 2002 - 00:56:57 BST

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