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Newsweek's Stephen Levy: Capitol Hill P2P Prohibition craziness

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jleaderPerson was signed in when posted
08-11-2003
08:21 PM ET (US)
I know about that sort of thing, Eli. I was just pointing out a tendency in some quarters to reason like this:

Premise 1: I don't do X.

Premise 2: Criminals do X, and it benefits them.

Conclusion: Only criminals would ever do X, and it should be outlawed.
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Eli the BeardedPerson was signed in when posted
07-30-2003
02:47 PM ET (US)
I know you're joking jleader, but that is standard operating
proceedure (SOP) here for testing software. We have disk images
of about ten configurations of Windows and wipe and reinstall
fresh for each test. Testing on other OSs is less methodical,
perhaps because of fewer tentacles from install. (This is
mostly used for programs not written here, so we can't fully
know what the install does before hand.)
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jleaderPerson was signed in when posted
07-29-2003
09:11 PM ET (US)
But only terrorists run VMWare!

If you're innocent, why would you need to be able to restore your system to a previously known good state?
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cypherfunkPerson was signed in when posted
07-29-2003
06:28 PM ET (US)
I'm more than happy to let my P2P music swapping computer be destoryed... just as long as "the powers that be" realize that networked connected entity known as "My Computer" will probably be sanboxed, VMWare run virtual machine with a DVD-ROM filesystem.

Sounds like a fair trade off to me...
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07-29-2003
04:15 PM ET (US)
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