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begging the question

Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 28, 2003 at 12:22:31PM -0600, Barak Pearlmutter wrote:
> > Scanning all our packages for such snippets would be a truly
> > gargantuan task.
> And yet at the same time you claim that the inclusion of any particular
> such "snippet" was a fully conscious decision made at the time the
> Social Contract and Debian Free Software Guidelines were adopted.
> Have you any evidence that this "truly gargantuan task" was undertaken
> back then?
> You undermine your own argument.
> When we find non-DFSG-free materials in main, we should remove them, or
> request their relicensing.

Why was this begging the question?

First (as a comment on a completely tangential portion of the train of
logic you're responding to) you say that somehow not doing something
now is a lot of work because it was more work to not do it in the
past.  If we'd known we were doing it, so we must not have known.
Which would be a lot of work.  Or something like that.

Then you state your conclusion.  Or premise, it's hard to tell.  But
you seem to find the conclusion you advocate so patently obvious---as
obvious as the fact that the people who edit movies are software
engineers because movies are digital now and hence software following
our brave newspeak general-purpose all-encompassing definition of
software---that it requires no support, mere restatement.

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