By now OT: Re: The Future End of Classic Computing

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Wed Apr 3 04:27:44 2002

On Wed, 3 Apr 2002, Dan Wright wrote:

> Then we should ban knife stores, gun shops, etc...hell, anything that
> sells or distributes anything of any kind. you know, any object can be
> used to commit a crime. It is a logical fallacy to draw an arbitrary
> line between distributing a computer program or source code that could
> be used to commit a crime and distributing a material object that can be
> used to commit a crime. There is no philosophical distinction between
> the two, even if there is a literal distinction. Once it becomes OK to
> ban the distribution of DeCSS or like computer programs, how much
> farther do you need to go to ban distribution of firearms? from there to
> knives? Since the legal precedent is in place that it's ok to ban the
> distribution of ANYTHING (or, equally important, any IDEA) because it
> MIGHT be used to commit a crime, we are on a very slippery slope and
> something needs to be done about it NOW before we fall off the bottom.

I'm just waiting for the end, when all the bad decisions and worthless
policy being promulgated by our gubment leads to the complete collapse of
our civilization. Then, complete anarchy will reign and we'll be able to
do whatever the hell we please.

And the only thing the record execs will be able to do is standby and
watch. Ha ha.

In the meantime, I'll continue to use Morpheus (or whatever replaces it)
and buy used CDs.

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger

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