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regulatory domains

Posted Nov 2, 2006 13:03 UTC (Thu) by arcticwolf (guest, #8341)
In reply to: regulatory domains by giraffedata
Parent article: Patch summary: regulatory domains, network channels, and virtualization

Why does there have to be a technical solution to what is essentially a social problem? Cars don't prevent people without a valid driver's license from starting and driving them, and guns don't prevent people without a proper license from firing them.

Why do RF transmitters have to prevent people without a valid license from using them?


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regulatory domains

Posted Nov 3, 2006 3:36 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

Why do RF transmitters have to prevent people without a valid license from using them?

[To be precise, what the transmitters prevent is people from using them for certain kinds of transmissions; there's no user license involved]

It all comes down to practicality. It is far cheaper to regulate manufacturers of transmitters than users of them for the same effect. The money we save can buy stuff more valuable on the whole than the freedom for a few geeks to have more flexible transmitters.

I believe certain kinds of firearms in certain places are in fact illegal to manufacture for the same reason: it's easier than enforcing the law against shooting people.

Technology provides lots of solutions to social problems, of course. I don't see how there's anything wrong with that.


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