H.264 support coming to Firefox
Posted Mar 20, 2012 23:03 UTC (Tue) by pboddie
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My apologies to anyone I offended there— the barb was made out of irritation at the many discussions I've had where the other side simply kept repeating the fact that "software is math" as though I were some idiot to not know it while simultaneously suggesting this fact to be a major revelation which obviously settled the matter completely.
I agree that mere repetition of arguments without bringing about any revelation is of limited benefit. It's important to put such arguments into context, provide examples, and so on. On the other hand, it's a lot of work to do so on every occasion.
I would gladly agree with you on almost any ethical ground you offered— but the courts generally leave it to congress to create systems and define their contours, only intervening when the injustice is particularly great.
The courts are arguably the wrong place to change any of this: as people often point out, everyone is just practising or exercising the law and have to do what it says, give or take the nuances of interpretation. It is far better to seek to change the law. That is when the ethical arguments need to be made.
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