Re: OT: mass installation on XBox
This is a logic conclusion only if you assume that you own the flow of
data. This way we will soon be
policing what other people think, because may be they are using our
thoughts without paying us for that.
The whole problem boils down to the fact that we humans believee that
when we think something
The issue is not the modification of the hardware, per se, but rather
the data that can then be pirated after the modification is made.
Therefore, the one alternative is to limit piracy. In order to do that,
strict policing of data streams is necessary.
we own that thought.
This wrong perspective follows from a misunderstanding of what thoughts
are. We can not own
thoughts the same way that we can not own the air of the planet.
However, we have already
seen many who have profitted from selling air.
This point of view (of rejecting the property of thoughts) is as
defendable as the point of view of
accepting it. And it seems to be very close to the point in a
Debian/Linux mailing list. This is
free software, GPL after all.
Absolutely not. This can be only the point of view if we see the
universe as a huge shop full of
merchandise. But this is far from the way other people perceive
So that is your choice: give up freedom to modify hardware, or submit
all data moving in and out of your control to public scrutiny. Since the
former is both distasteful and fundamentally impossible to enforce, the
later is inevitable, IMHO.