Re: heh, heh. i better not show this article to my son!

  • From: Neil Doane <caine@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 13:39:58 -0800

It occurs to me that this is an interesting parallel to the argument that
anti-gun fanatics seem to have with regard to firearms being inherently "bad"
because they're designed specifically for shooting living things.   There
are many products that are designed specifically for indescriminately
copying data, by extension these products must also be "bad" in that they
are designed to steal data.  

Obviously, I'm being facetious...I don't think guns are "bad" any more than
I think iPods are; people make decisions that are viewed as good or bad, not
inanimate objects.  Still, it's an interesting parallel... :)


* Chat Chatterji (cchatter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx) on [02-27-02 13:01] did utter:
> It turns out that Apple's new iPod device is well-suited to electronic
> shoplifting, with its roomy 5GB hard drive capable of serving as portable
> storage for very large files, such as the latest Mac OS. A CompUSA shopper
> describes watching a young man equipped with an iPod walk over to a nearby
> display Macintosh, plug his iPod into the machine with a FireWire cable,
> and copy Microsoft's new Office for OS X suite, which retails for $500. The
> whole process took less than a minute. "Watching him, it dawned on me that
> this was something that was very easy to do," said witness Kevin Webb. "In
> the Mac world it's pretty easy to plug in and copy things. It's a lot
> easier than stealing the box." And while the iPod has a built-in
> anti-piracy mechanism that prevents music files from being copied, there
> are no such protections for software. "This is the first we have heard of
> this form of piracy," said a Microsoft product manager. "And while this is
> a possibility, people should be reminded that this is considered theft."
> ( 28 Feb 2002)

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