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Comment Re:Split the cost (Score 1) 3

That would have been satisfactory.

The way I read things, if Stallman had asked for financial support, he would have got it. And no one on the Israeli side of things would even think to prevent him from speaking at whatever Palestinian venue that he might have lined up.

However, he just said "Sorry, I'm not coming". He needs to ask for something in order to get it.

Submission + - Stallman succumbs to Palestinian boycott 3

TDDPirate writes: From: Richard Stallman
Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2011 9:31 PM
Subject: I have to cancel the speeches at universities

The funds for my travel to Israel are coming from Palestinians who
invited me to give talks for them. They are unhappy that I offered to
give talks at Israeli universities, and say they won't buy the
tickets if I'm going to do that. So I can go, and cancel these
speeches, or not go, and cancel these speeches.

I think it is best if I go, and give the speeches they originally
invited me to give.

I am sorry for the disappointment this will cause.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
Use free telephony

Comment Re:Fail (Score 2, Insightful) 259

Well, yes, you're right, the internet is at it's core a point-to-point protocol, but its patterns are not the same as telegraph.

Telegraph didn't have a storage mechanism, while the internet does. You couldn't use telegraph to do something as basic as a webpage or an FTP server - the cost of having a living person handling the requests was too high. Telegraph was basically used as a messaging system, like SMS but with less spam.

Another difference is the number of points of access. The internet scales much, much better than telegraph. Even 3rd world countries usually have some sort of access to the internet, at public libraries or such venues. It's also vastly cheaper than telegraph ever was.

Space is to place as eternity is to time. -- Joseph Joubert