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Comment Re:Freedom of expression (Score 1) 346 346

RMS is interested in software freedom. To him, the other freedoms you enunciated are secondary, and indeed will eventually arise from freedom to alter the software running on your hardware. This is basically in the GNU and FSF mission statement.

I would venture also that he believes that one should not barter their freedoms. A largely-butchered quote from Ben Franklin comes to mind...

Comment Re:Software engineer fails to understand business (Score 4, Insightful) 132 132

And then this developer blows away existing code supporting existing users because they truly believe that the team is catering to the wrong users (despite those users being both more numerous and more lucrative), leaving them to find another solution, destroying the team from within. No, I've never seen that happen, why?

Comment Re:Feminist vs egalitarian (Score 1) 557 557

It's also a lot less expensive to treat drug addicts than it is to imprison them. And to treat mentally-ill people (but we got rid of our federal mental health system and use prisons instead). And it's even cheaper to house the homeless than it is to let them sleep on the streets (or imprison them).

Comment Re:Feminist vs egalitarian (Score 1) 557 557

As I said: Rights are not money. Rights are not zero-sum. My gain in rights is not your loss of rights.

But, my gain in rights can mean that I gain more of a limited resource (rank hath its privileges). As I gain more of a limited resource, I can use my gains to get even more, or to ensure that only the people I want get more.

And that's where we are right now, still, even as those institutions have been slowly eroding away (the world has become generally more egalitarian as time goes on), but mostly for white, land-owning males (though the "land-owning" part has been relaxed).

Now, women want the same thing, and that's called feminism.

"What I've done, of course, is total garbage." -- R. Willard, Pure Math 430a

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