Micro$oft is the new Nancy Reagan
David R. Matusiak
matusiak at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 6 16:04:35 EDT 2001
television media, the past 15 years:
"and the president rolled out a new plan today to combat *drugs and
"it seems these drug dealers are becoming more prone to violence
"ten year old girl caught in gun crossfire of drug deal..."
"weapons, violence and tyranny: how drugs are ruining modern society..."
and now, the only word that anyone can think of anymore when you hear
"drugs" is "violence;" eventho this was a straw man argument to begin with
and there is still more evidence (i.e. arrest records) that shows that most
folks arrested for drugs never had any association with violence at all.
but still they are "violent criminals" that must be held behind bars.
<how much is this costing me again?>
internet media, today:
"viral open source licensing will surely topple the current commercial
"incorporating OSS code into M$ products is *dangerous*..."
"the scary thing is that the effect of this dangerous viral (as in, it can
"infect" your computer) code will essentially steal everything that is yours
and enslave you to a stinky hippy like Eric S. Raymond..."
"open source is really about taking away your freedoms and making you the
laughable instrument of some really unpopular geeks..."
and pretty soon, when you mention linux to the (wo)man on the street, they
will jump back, recoil in fear, then throw M$-sanctioned holy water on you
until you sizzle into the concrete. "i don't want your #&%**%^* VIRUS!!!"
misinformation is king. words don't mean a thing. this is entertainment.
From: Thomas Beckett <thomas at tbeckett.com>
To: "InterNetWorkers" <internetworkers at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Subject: [internetworkers] Re: Tightening the M$ screws....
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2001 15:26:30 -0400
Michael S Czeiszperger wrote:
> I think the larger intent is to create the impression that there's
> "dangerous" about open source in order to prevent their customer base
> getting involved *in any way* with any type of open source software. By
> clouding the issue they can create confusion about the whole issue so
> companies are afraid to have anything to do with anything that's not
Clearly. Look at the way that they lump Open Source code in with
"viral" software of any kind. It's as much a rhetorical device as a
Also, they're trying to avoid having open source mixed up with their
proprietary code. It might result in M$ code being construed as open
source itself because of the open source component and the terms of
whatever open source license applies.
The "virus" to them is losing control of their intellectual property.
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