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Re: A new practical problem with invariant sections?

On Sun, Feb 12, 2006 at 05:19:37PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Craig Sanders <cas@taz.net.au> writes:
> > don't be an idiot. you only have to keep the invariant sections if you
> > are DISTRIBUTING a copy. you can do whatever you want with your own
> > copy.  
> Right, so you can't *distribute* a copy on an ASCII-only medium, even
> of the English translation of a Japanese manual, if the Japanese
> version...

there's nothing in the GFDL that prevents you from doing that. the
capabilities of your medium are beyond the ability of the GFDL (or any
license) to control.

> Oh, never mind.  Craig is not listening, he's just vomiting words out
> his mouth.  Sorry.

no, it's lying arseholes like you who aren't listening. like every other
argument against the GFDL and every other alleged "proof" that the GFDL
is non-free, this is a mere CONVENIENCE ISSUE, not a FREEDOM ISSUE. the
DFSG does not require convenience, it only requires freedom.

stop trying to pretend that convenience is a freedom issue. it isn't. i
know that completely destroys all your arguments against the GFDL but
you'll just have to live with that - it being the truth and all. being a
lunatic bigoted zealot, you wont comprehend this but normal people place
a high value on truth.

it may be horribly inconvenient to not be able to usably install a
foreign language document on an english-only device, but that is UTTERLY

similarly, you can not legally install free software without permission
on a computer that does not belong to you - but that does not make the
software non-free. 

nor can i run an i386 binary of a GNU program on a PPC CPU. that does
not make the GNU program non-free.

in case this simple point is beyond your meager powers of reasoning,
the point is that some things are entirely outside the bounds of what
a free license is capable of achieving - e.g. it can't legally grant
you permission to install the software on someone else's machine and it
can't make your english-only machine magically capable of understanding


craig sanders <cas@taz.net.au>           (part time cyborg)

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