Subject: Re: the walls have ears
From: "Tim O'Reilly" <tim@oreilly.com>
Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 21:27:51 -0700



Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
> 
>    Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 18:27:56 -0700
>    From: "Tim O'Reilly" <tim@oreilly.com>
> 
>    Heck, the reason I get somewhat irked by "true religion" about
>    licenses is that we have all received so much damn benefit from
>    commercial activity under *every* kind of license (including
>    proprietary licenses) that I think it's somewhat disingenuous to
>    argue exclusively for completely free software!
> 
> When I read this, it sounds like the same argument as ``we have all
> received so much damn benefit from commercial activity under all
> levels of environmental regulations (including no regulations at all)
> that I think it's somewhat disingenuous to argue exclusively for
> strict environment regulation!''  (Believe me, there are a lot of
> people who make just that argument; perhaps even some on this list.
> Yet it completely misses the point of most arguments supporting strict
> environment regulation.)
> 
OK.  That's fair.  
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> 
> I expect this is at the root of many of these sorts of religious wars,
> and in particular why people talk past each other so often: people
> weigh things differently.  There is no globally shared morality, not
> even within the relatively small hacker community.

Agreed.  


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