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Re: [Debconf-discuss] "Do not photograph" checkbox in registration

Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:

> Richard Hartmann writes ("Re: [Debconf-discuss] "Do not photograph" checkbox in registration"):
>> That is a social problem, so technical solutions won't work anyway.
> This is the second time in this thread that this aphorism has turned
> up.  It's entirely wrong.  Technical solutions to social problems (and
> mixed solutions with a strong technical component) are entirely
> routine and often very effective.  The most obvious example is access
> control and separation of space in its various forms (starting with
> walls...)

They are! However, the tendency among technical people appears to be
turning to finding technical solutions without considering first the
easier, and more appropriate social solution. 

If a builder of walls tried to solve every social problem they
encountered by first considering if building a wall would solve it, then
we'd all be living in very small spaces.

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