4 Sep 2004 mslicker   » (Journeyer)


What you have stated is a truism. For any group of people X the members of X will have varying ideas on Y. When George W. Bush says "There ought to be limits to freedom" (in reference to a parody of his campaign web site), I think it is clear he has different ideas on what "free speech" should entail than a lot of Americans. However, most would probably agree that the Singapore version of "free speech", registering with the police to speak at specialized "free speech zones" with certain topics explicitly excluded (perhaps some implicitly excluded), is not compatible with the Western notion of free speech.

If I am supposed to only "talk through code" (whatever this means), is this a standard you are willing to apply to yourself? Just by the Advogato front page, you seem to have opinion on every article. Are you a user of GNU-Darwin or involved with activism? How many movies did you have a hand in creating? How many zooming interfaces did you create? How many corporate IT departments did you run? You seem to very vocal yet very inexperienced/unknowledgeable in subjects you choose to express your opinion.

I write programs because I like to, not because any one told me to do so (excluding my job). If I have to fight with people that leaves less time, and less concentration (important for programming), for doing the things I like to do. If you feel you have to be the ruler of opinion here, if you feel you have to "crack down heavily" on whatever you happen disagree with here, I will fight this.

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