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Comment Communities have to exclude some people (Score 1) 188

The reason the GPL (or any other licence) is enforced, is specifically to try and exclude people.
Every community has rules and responsibilities it places on its members, if there are people or groups that actively work against the interests of the community, then they should be excluded.
The well defined expectations set out by the FSF (4 freedoms) are what define the community, and what separates it from BSD crowd, whos community has not grown to the same extent.
There is an community around the GPL specifically because it is enforced.
If the GPL (or any other licence) isnt enforced it becomes in practice a permissive licence, much like the BSD, no values, no community.

Comment Re:Why are there only six? (Score 1) 228

They're supposedly concerned that government agents have actually infiltrated Tor -- and yet they only have six demands that are related to that.

And yet there's ten demands about the Appelbaum investigation.

Perhaps the number of concerns about each issue dont reflect the severity of their concern for each issue.

We would have to read the actual words to work it out i guess ... i like numbers too.

Comment Re:Does civilization depend upoon civilized behavi (Score 1) 82

How about we just make sure the benefits of technology spread to all the people, equally.
The way i see it at the moment, technology concentrates power through its tendency to create global monopolies, its not the way capitalist societies are supposed to work.
Intellectual Property rights need to be reformed, thats the only way i think we can control the speed of technological evolution.

Comment Re:Really lousy article (Score 1) 410

Not all problems have good solutions, but he is no longer part of the project, the board is being replaced, so those allegedly harassed have got their way.

You say they are all regularly harassed by law enforcement, and that route is not really an option, so now Appelbaum faces harassment from law enforcement and vigilante's, what hope would he have of defending himself if he was innocent.

You cant claim the high ground if you take the law into your own hands.

Comment Perceptions (Score 2) 106

Moral within an organisation is always important, and stakeholders should have confidence in the board to manage things, but;

This is an organisation that lots of powerful people and government would like to see destroyed, it maintains a product that is controversial, and is used in some extreme circumstances.

Do they really need to manage the perception of their work so aggressively. People will have very strong views for/against TOR independent of perceived employee behaviour.

Can Tor as an organisation be trusted if public perception is more important to them than proven facts.

Is TOR just about money now ?

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