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Re: Bug#283976: ITP: simnazi -- historical city simulation game, clone of Sim City

On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 17:05 +0000, Andrew Suffield wrote:

> The whole reason why
> we have armies is to protect us from these oppresive powers. Therefore
> there's no reason to think they are somehow a threat to the project.

Yes. One of the reasons we have hundreds of developers in Debian is for
just this kind of situation. If we ever need to execute military
manoeuvres against a sovereign state, we have the manpower to do so.

The question now becomes whether or not to make a preemptive strike
against Austria. If so, do we commit ground troops, or just make
surgical air strikes on Vienna and environs?

> All this is stunningly irrelevant though, given that Austria is a
> member of the EU these days, and this law is a blatant breach of
> Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Yeah, whatever. Blah blah blah. Please tell us more about the
composition of the atmosphere on Planet Libertaria.

For those of us discussing issues on Earth: our experience as a project
with silly national laws has been fairly pragmatic (cf. non-US mirrors).
I don't think it's feasible for us to create separate non-at, non-cn,
non-za, etc. package repositories. It'd just be ridiculous for users in
one country to assemble a sources.list from lists of packages that may
or may not be illegal in the 189 other sovereign nations.

BUT... I wonder if there's a way to invert that process, and allow
mirror operators to (automatically) exclude packages they feel put them
in legal jeopardy. I'm not particularly familiar with our mirroring
tools; can mirror operators define a "blacklist" of packages to ignore
and not redistribute?


Evan Prodromou <evan@debian.org>

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