Re: Please don't remove libc5 - old non-free software might need it!
On Fri, 14 Jul 2000, David Starner wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 14, 2000 at 09:26:32PM -0400, Stephen Frost wrote:
> > Of course it is. There is a difference between a definition and
> > the connotation one associates with a word.
> Okay, try jerk (as in noun describing a person). The negativity is
> part of the definition. Since I've _never_ heard someone use FUD in
> even a neutral context, I'd have to say the definition is negative.
> FUD was made to describe a particular situation - that encountered
> by Gene Amdahl. If it is a general acroynm, it's pointless - why
> don't you just say "fear", or say "uncertainty", or say "doubt"?
I've seen the two used interchangably. As to why you don't
just say out the acronym, well, do you tend to say "IRC" or
"Internet Relay Chat"?
> If it describes a particular tactic used by droids of a company,
> then it's a valuable word.
This is just simply not the case. FUD actually turns out
to be much *more* useful because it can be used to describe more than
just 'a particular tactic used by droids of a company'. FUD tactics
are nothing new and are common throughout history.