What is the middle ground? Either you have DRM or you don't. How is it anything other than binary? I guess you could have exceptionally obnoxious forms (like the recent Sims game), but it is pretty much binary.
So, now you've made it clear you either did not even read my original post or most certainly did not comprehend it. The whole point is this: DRM on things you have purchased = Bad. DRM on things you rent = perfectly fine and reasonable.
Yes in that a conclusion reached by a series of arguments backed up with personal experience is extremism. I happen to agree with RMS because I have previously purchased encumbered things and I can no longer use them despite paying good money for a completely legal copy. This has now happened a number of times to me, with various sorts of different DRM. At this point I'd feel that throwing good money after bad is a form of madness (inability to learn from experience) than anything else.
Once again, we're NOT talking about things you have purchased! That IS bad...but that's not what we're frakking talking about here >_<
You are basically advocating the polar opposite: so by your definition that is also extremism.
No, if I was advocating the polar opposite, I'd be advocating that any and all things should have DRM! Because it's just awesome! (that was sarcasm, since apparently you need everything spelled out for you)
Well, if anything you have at least done the service for me today in remembering how pathetic this community is for when you actually want to have a discussion rather than iconoclasts spouting off the same repetitive bullshit. Slashdot comments might as well be a thread on 4chan it still seems. Thanks...
You may support defective by design software because it happens to suppor the small subset of things that you happen to do with it, but do not pretend that is is reasonable or lets people do all the reasonable things they want. There is no technical difference between a reasonable copy for reasonable purposes and an illegal copy for nefarious ones. That is why DRM is always, without exception, bad.
So, I'm pretty sure I did read you right. Your words make it sound like you're pretty hardcore in believing this to be a binary issue, with no option for a middle ground. Pretty much the definition of extremism. That and the use of Stallman's old "defective by design" rhetoric. So, I think we're done here...or at least I am.
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