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Re: Question regarding 'offensive' material

On 6/17/05, Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org> wrote:
> I think you'll find that porn is the majority industry on the internet.

The Internet is, to zeroth order, useful only for the same four things
that interactive TV is well suited for: video games, gambling,
pornography, and pornographic gambling video games.  Its first-order
uses are cracker joyriding, make-money fast schemes, and hot chat
leading to occasional sexual assignations (oddly parallel to the
zeroth-order uses), plus ripping off copyrighted media and movement of
large military science data sets.  Usages that you wouldn't be ashamed
to admit to your mother are second-order effects at best.  These
proportions are essentially unchanged since the opening of the
Internet to general US undergraduate populations in the mid-80's.  Ask
anyone who's worked at an ISP or in a university IT department.

This does not, of course, mean that I approve of any software on my
systems downloading random _anything_ from the internet without my
very explicit approval.  It astonishes me that anyone opposes the
instant removal of something so fundamentally stupid to include in the
Debian "operating system".

- Michael

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