good heavens, not this drivel again please
Posted Feb 21, 2012 12:21 UTC (Tue) by pboddie
In reply to: good heavens, not this drivel again please
Parent article: VLC 2.0 released
Whether it's the government deciding saccharin is bad for everybody or Bill Gates or Steve Jobs deciding what software I can use on my computer or coriordan deciding what license is best for someone else's software, the common thread is to unilaterally decide for other people, based on "I am ideologically pure".
I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to name the rhetorical trick being used here. Last time I checked, Windows was still being bundled on most computers sold at retail, people were still having to take vendors to court to get Windows "unbundled", and Apple were still insisting that you can only use their "App Store" to get software and that they were the ones who decided what should and shouldn't be available. Meanwhile, Ciarán O'Riordan still doesn't seem to have the power to decide which licence people get to use.
And I see that the challenge to raise the standard of discussion was met with pop-culture religion and communism references. It's clearly not so much a matter of putting words into other people's mouths as stuffing a whole dictionary in there.
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