[CrackMonkey] you have a statistical sampling problem here.
Peter A. Peterson II
pedro at tastytronic.net
Mon Jan 28 13:41:17 PST 2002
Quoting Rick Moen:
> This isn't too farfetched: An old version of the tin newsreader
> used to have pretty much exactly that defect. I didn't complain,
> or spend time trying to establish that people who perpetuated long
> threads were evil. I variously upgraded, switched to slrn, tried
> other options, etc.
But the people who were perpetuating long threads were doing something
that is a result of using usenet -- threads happen, and sometimes they
get long. They weren't making them long just to annoy you. You could
make the comparison to Nick's issue, "citations happen," but Nick's
citation is *specifically formulated* to exploit the bug^H^Hfeetcher.
If Outlook crashed at "Quoting Rick Moen", that would be one thing.
But to change your citation specifically to cause Outlook to break the
messages (and to annoy users of software you don't like) is what I
think is immature and counterproductive.
> > The courts do not generally share your opinion regarding the
> > importance of intention, Mr. Moen.
> I had not known that criminal charges had been filed. Or are you
> just grasping for any old metaphor at all?
No, I'm not grasping for any old metaphor.
The fact is that our laws grow out of an understanding that (most of)
society shares -- that is, your guilt or responsibility for your
actions depends largely on what you intended (or did not intend) to
do. That's why we make distinctions between manslaughter and murder
for example, and why when you accidentally walk out of a store without
paying for something, you're not charged with shoplifting. Intentions
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