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THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 125, June 11, 2001
Ride the Lightning


From: "campbell" <campbell@q-express.net>
To: TLE@johntaylor.org
Subject: E.J.Totty's Letter TLE #124
Date: Monday, June 04, 2001 11:31 AM

Mr Totty wrote in part:

Who the hell is anybody to think that they have the right to lay claim to another's blood, sweat, and tears?

This 'open source' crap is the very same as thing as communism.

Get this: if any programmer or company wants to engage in voluntarily sharing the merits of their intellectual property, fine.

But to lambast another, merely that they wish to maintain control over their intellectual property, is in essence the practice of communism: You seek for free what isn't yours.

Sir, My first question to you is: Have you bothered to read the GNU open source licensing agreement? Open sourcing is voluntarily; however, open sourcing also protects the contributors property by guaranteeing that no one else can 'profit' from other's intellectual efforts.

Lambasting 'others' generally isn't a part of open source, GNU or Linux; however, lambasting Microsoft is absolutely fair game.
Consider:

1) Microsoft DID NOT write MS DOS, they 'bought' a copy of the source code from another programmer, changed a few lines and sold it to IBM as PC DOS.

2) Microsoft DID NOT develop the 'windows' interface, they 'borrowed' the idea from Apple who 'borrowed' the idea from Xerox.

3) Microsoft DID STEAL Stacker compression technology, and fought in court long enough to bankrupt Stacker Corp. before admitting to their crime.

Finally, Microsoft apparently borrowed the copy protection scheme for Windows XP and Office XP from the Byzantium Empire, and I predict it will be the Achilles' heel to their success. Home users may be willing to endure Mr. Bill's paironoia, but to businesses, wasted time is wasted money, and Windows XP wastes both in great measure.

Open Sourcing, especally the GNU model (which started out as a chess program), allows for free contribution to existing source codes, and protection of intellectual property on derivative works if the owner so wishes. The fly in the ointment for derivative works is that they do not have the overwhelming support open sourcing provides software such as Linux itself, and they are not guaranteed to work with future versions of the open source software. Many companies realize that the profit is in technical support, not in the generation of code. It is a viable LIBERTARIAN model, and it is being harmed by the lies and misinformation generated by Microsoft, thus, making them public enemy NO 1.

Donald W Campbell


From: "Curtis" <bahnsidhe@ij.net>
To: TLE@johntaylor.org
Subject: Judges juries and trials
Date: Monday, June 04, 2001 7:12 PM

I've been thinking.

I think that the government should only get one chance at convicting somebody, the last thing the state needs is appeals.

Actually, I misphrased that a little, if the plantiff is the government, they don't deserve appeals. The almost unlimited funds they get to persue the case offsets the appeals nicely.

Defendant against the government however, get to appeal it all the way to the top, because they lack this funding. And if ultimately found innocent, the government should be paying to the legal expenses incurred by the defense.

Curt Handsaker


From: "Ken L. Holder" <kholder@webleyweb.com>
To: TLE@johntaylor.org
Subject: Nazi anti-tobacco campaign 1933-1945
Date: Thursday, June 07, 2001 9:32 PM

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/313/7070/1450

"The anti-tobacco campaign of the Nazis: a little known aspect of public health in Germany, 1933-45" by Robert N Proctor

Deja Vue all over again!

Ken


From: "Daniel Weiner" <dcweiner@yahoo.com>
To: TLE@johntaylor.org
Subject: "Smart" guns
Date: Thursday, June 07, 2001 1:14 AM

As always, I enjoyed reading L. Neil's article about so called "smart" guns. Though mormally he is the epitomy of clarity in his writing, one could get the impression that The Weapons Shop guns used special rings to operate them. As a long time fan of that story, I would like to remind one and all that the Weapon Shop guns were keyed to the owners brainwaves and could also read your intent. If you were defending yourself, the gun worked; if you were the agressor, it would not. Though the gun itself is fantasy, the Weapon Shop motto is most certainly not.

As a long time experienced copier technician and a computer-geek-in-training, I am all too familiar with the developmental problems associated with microproceesor based equipment. For all that computers and digital technology in general is capable of doing, reliability is most certainly not one of its achievements. The new digital copiers, as cool as they are in what they do, are far less reliable than the older analog machines. And nobody in either industry seems capable of introducing a new model without building in a host of bugs that take at least a year to fix, and some bugs never go away.

Considering what weapons are for, computerizing them would be a disaster. Make mine an analog gun!

Dan Weiner
HMFIC
PinkPistols, Houston


From: "Curtis" <bahnsidhe@ij.net>
To: TLE@johntaylor.org
Subject: Dumb damn laws
Date: Wednesday, June 06, 2001 2:45 AM

I was pulled over and issued a citation for, get this, having a Chevrolet emblem in glowing blue LEDs in my grille. The citation was for violation Florida laws concerning impersonating an officer! I will grant that my car WAS a police car in a former life, but I've never, ever, seen a police car with a glowing chevy logo of any color.

What makes this even more fun is prior to installing the thing, I asked the DMV if it would be legal. They told me that as long as it wasn't blinking, it was OK. It feels like entrapment!

Curt Handsaker. bahnsidhe@ij.net
'91 Impalafied Caprice Z09 SS. 305ci TBI. Olds instrument cluster and floor shifter, Bonnie seats, blue SSLED and police shocks.


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