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Comment: Re:RMS thinks giving other people's shit away is g (Score 1) 634

by beanspud (#40665181) Attached to: RMS Responds To NPR File-Sharer's Blog

Furthermore, [Stallman] believes software is an entity unto itself that has rights, just as a person has rights.

I've read most of the "philisophical" articles over at, but I don't recall anything remotely like that. Can you point me to something RMS has said or written on that subject?

Comment: Heading aids and eyeglasses, too (Score 1) 629

by beanspud (#40319899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?

I don't know what it's like elsewhere, but here in New Zealand eyeglass frames cost several hundred dollars for no apparent reason. I'm sure the machines that churn them out don't charge that much.

My grandfather's essentially simple hearing aids cost thousands, too.

It's "because they can".

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead