The road to freedom in the embedded world
Posted Mar 16, 2007 18:50 UTC (Fri) by martinfick
Parent article: The road to freedom in the embedded world
I think that this seems like a poor analogy:
"Many politicians are concerned that tinkering with these could impair the ability of other people to communicate, including the ability to access emergency services. Their argument is that the potential damage done by tinkering is greater than the damage of not having the freedom to change the code. This is a reincarnation of the old "your freedom to swing your fist ends at my nose" argument, and it is not easily discarded. ..."
If this argument were true, then the freedom to modify the code would end at transmitting illegally (wrong frequency...), and it would not prevent tinkering with the entire communication stack. A better analogy would seem to be:
Since we can't trust you to not hit my nose, you will not get the freedom to swing your fist.
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