Re: If MS wrote the OS for it..
And, obviously, it would be called "Loyal Wingdingman".
18 posts • joined 7 Feb 2017
"If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all."
If you approve of censorship, you need to be pretty confident that the person doing the censoring is doing so in a manner of which you approve. But, I suppose, any number of real-life and would-be dictators are fully in agreement with that sentiment.
I'll concede that behaviour (i.e. doing things) needs to be regulated, but the only test for speech should be where it is either calumny (calculated, lying libel) or uttered with reckless disregard as to whether or not it is true.
As Sir Stanley Unwin pointed out: "The enemy of subversive thought is not suppression, but publication: truth has no need to fear the light of day; fallacies wither under it. The unpopular views of today are the commonplaces of tomorrow, and in any case the wise man wants to hear both sides of every question."
If you are dealing with a workplace filled with capable people for whom computers are tools they have to use, just TRY getting them to think about how to adapt to Libre/Open Office, Linux (any flavour) or anything even slightly dissimilar to the MS-based environment to which they are accustomed.
As long as people retain the God-given right to never have to think about computers, elementary operational safety and basic responsibility, there is minimal likelihood that any innovation -- no matter how good -- will achieve a significant level of acceptance.
"Everybody steals in commerce and industry. I’ve stolen a lot myself; but I know HOW to steal."
I suppose that if you are going to filch other people's ideas (or reasonably suspect that you may be accused of doing so), it helps to have deep pockets.
On the other hand, having deep pockets makes you a natural target for patent trolls and other parasites. It's a tough world!
According to Stanley Baldwin (with a leg-up from Mr Kipling), power without responsibility has been the prerogative of the harlot through the ages.
On the other hand, responsibility without power would seem to be the prerogative of the scapegoat through the ages.
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