OT: [oclug] Responsibility (was POTS -> SIP providers in Canada?)
miden at travel-net.com
Wed Apr 27 07:50:26 EDT 2005
At band camp, one time, Rod Giffin said:
> Your question is too general. You could ask the same thing of the
> machinist who makes a steak knife that ends up being used to stab someone.
> I've thought of it once or twice, that a piece of software I was writing
> could be misused by a criminal, but the thing is that anything could be
> misused by a criminal.
> If the primary purpose or use of a piece of software would be a criminal
> act, then I'd have a moral issue with it that might prevent me from
> writing it. I think most virus programs fall into this category. But if
> that use is a misuse of the software then it's simply unfortunate.
I think it's an impossible task and all I can do is repeat what I said
'I don't think there is a solution but one can always hope that with
enough minds giving at least passing thought to the problem of malicious
use something as yet unimagined might emerge.
Praying for magic, I suppose.'
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