Again the 'slavery' non-sense.
Posted Jan 18, 2012 11:42 UTC (Wed) by fb
In reply to: Again the 'slavery' non-sense.
Parent article: LCA: Addressing the failure of open source
> Words change or aquire new meanings which may or may not be related to the original.
I reckon you would have -somewhat of- a point if there were people outside of the FOSS fringe using the word 'slavery' with such a meaning. But there aren't.
Words don't change or acquire new meanings just because you decided so.
Try gathering a number of friends and associating a bad word, say 'pig' (or 'slaver') with a given minority, say 'foobar', and later (assuming you get into court for it) telling a judge that: "hey, its just language! My co-worker should not feel offended, 'our' language just changed and we are using 'pig' as a synonym for 'foobar'". Sure.
BTW just like I find it deplorable to mangle concepts such as copyrights and patents into 'intellectual property' in order to obfuscate discussions and push an agenda forward; I also find it deplorable to mangle 'proprietary software' with 'slavery' in order to push an agenda forward.
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