[oclug] The Sinnister MS Connection Was : Rogers domain oddness.
linuxdoctor at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 2 17:44:17 EST 2001
--- Ross Jordan <rjordan at student.math.uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
> I would have to agree.
> Many companies may be evil, or practice unethical behaviour, but
> customer of the product does not inherit the ill deeds of the
Very true. However, ignorance is no excuse. By buying or using M$
software which is produced by an evil company, you are tacitly
approving of them. Except in the case of people having absolutely no
choice by circumstances or don't know any better (invincible
ignorance) you are indeed approving of evil, which is in and of
> If the use of M$ products constitutes a sin, then it seems to me
> (a) driving gas powered motor vehicles should also be a sin,
Some would say it is.
> (b) the use of cigarettes should be a sin,
actually it is. Check the Catechism of the Catholic church: use of
drugs except where prescibed by a doctor as a mendicant is in fact a
sin. Cigarettes contain nicotine which is a highly addictive drug and
so it's use is a sim (unless you can get a doctor somewhere to say
you need it for medical reasons).
> (c) the consumption of alcoholic beverages should be a sin.
Again, it in the Catechism of the Catholic church, over indulgence in
alcholic beverages is a sin.
> Although, I am not a particularly religious person, the above
> classifications are *ludicrous* (at least without context).
Indeed they are ludicrous if taken out of the context which I
intended. I guess some people were jumping in on the tail end of
another thread where I contend that software "in and of itself" can
have a moral truth value. I did not prove my contention here, but did
site a "to be published encyclical" where I do indeed prove such
things. Given that, it all does make sense.
To say that something is 'nonessential' is to say that
it is 'unnecessary.'
GUIs, while nice, are nonessential.
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