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Re: murphy is listed on spamcop

On Sunday 02 January 2005 18:21, Thomas Bushnell BSG <tb@becket.net> wrote:
> Russell Coker <russell@coker.com.au> writes:
> > On Sunday 02 January 2005 16:34, Thomas Bushnell BSG <tb@becket.net> 
> > > Russell Coker <russell@coker.com.au> writes:
> > > > Any anti-spam measure that gets any large portion of the spam will
> > > > have some false positives.
> > >
> > > What is this, "you go to war with the army you have, not the army you
> > > want"?
> >
> > Coker's law:  As a mailing-list discussion grows longer, the probability
> > of a comparison involving Bush or bin Laden approaches one.
> Hrm; the quote was from neither.

That's not the point.  The point was that you are comparing the actions of a 
scumbag (I am being nice) who deliberately caused the needless deaths of 
hundreds of people from his own country with typical actions of a Unix 
administrator (which do not cause any deaths.

> You cannot justify the bad things that happen as a result of your
> actions by saying that your goals *require* bad things to happen.

No-one has died as a result of my actions.

Godwin's law applies to such comparisons used in terms of German history.  
Coker's law applies to such comparisons used in terms of recent US history.

If people start commonly making comparisons with other homicidal maniacs then 
new laws will be created to deal with those situations.

The usual proceedure is that the discussion ends when Godwin's law is 
demonstrated.  I suggest that the same proceedure applies when Coker's law is 
demonstrated.  The only further messages in this thread from me will be to 
re-iterate this point if I have not made it clearly enough already.

http://www.coker.com.au/selinux/   My NSA Security Enhanced Linux packages
http://www.coker.com.au/bonnie++/  Bonnie++ hard drive benchmark
http://www.coker.com.au/postal/    Postal SMTP/POP benchmark
http://www.coker.com.au/~russell/  My home page

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