Link roundup for January 6

  • Debian, Philosophy, and People
    Where angels fear to tread. "So if even the sixth and eighth commandments admit to exceptions, why is it that some Debian developers approach the first clause of the Debian Social Contract with a take-no-prisoners, no-exceptions policy?"
  • Police set to step up hacking of home PCs
    Oh for goodness sake, surely someone has both a clue and a conscience in British politics? Most upsetting phrase? "step up". They are already doing it.
  • Spinning the war on the UK's sex trade
    Excellent look at how interest groups and politicians spin issues to create bad legislation that serves their campaigning ends. The same process goes for anything involving the word "drug" as well.
  • Gaza conflict: Who is a civilian?
    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
  • Open source: a different approach to developing software
    From the customer viewpoint, a lot has been made of the cost benefits of free software. Simon Phipps, chief open source officer and evangelist at Sun, denies that this is the main attraction. "It is not about getting free stuff. If you hear a CIO say he is going to reduce his costs by not having to pay for software licences any more, then he has the wrong idea. Open source is about having control over what you pay for, what you hire for, and what you do not pay for."
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