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Re: mICQ roundup

On Sun, Feb 16, 2003 at 03:45:06PM +0100, Russell Coker wrote:
> You seem to think that sending an "obfuscated message" in the form of a 
> time-bomb in code is OK.  What do you consider the border of being truely 
> malicious?

There are a lot of shades of gray between white and black.

The URLs you provided are interesting indeed, however they all speak of
Dataloss, of destroying Data etc.

I would compare the functionality of Ruedigers "timebomb" as you say
more with Software which expires after a certain amount of time. This is
as you might know a quite usual behaviour in the commercial

I respect the opinion of various people that this is unaccaptable
behaviour for an OSS Developer (though i do not really agree).
However i strongly object against calling it malicious, a trojan, a
poison-pill or harmful.
I further object against any accusations that Ruediger will ever
implement harmful or datalosing code intentional.

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