Linux in a binary world... a doomsday scenario
Posted Dec 5, 2005 22:57 UTC (Mon) by dmaxwell
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But I agree with you, we do not enjoy a natural or legal right to be provided with a certain kind of computer and software
True. However, I would like to use my computer and software as one way of exercising my rights. Things like Treacherous Computing are designed or can be designed to ensure that I do no such thing. As computing becomes more and more ubiquitous, this intersection of your rights and what your systems permit will conflict more and more. For instance, the EULA on some MS products say that you may not use the products to criticize MS. With Treacherous Computing, MS may have the means to send Non-Criticism Enforcement goons straight to your house. It seems far fetched now but once people accept the notion that it is OK for vendors to dictate what your systems can and cannot do then it won't.
We may not have a natural right to certain kinds of computers and software. But I am thinking more and more than computers and software designed to abridge the natural rights I do have are not to be tolerated. Oh dear, I'm starting to sound like RMS...
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