[!CrackMonkey!] Canadia issues travel advisory; don't go to the US
rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Nov 6 00:18:40 PST 2002
Quoting Adam McKenna (adam at flounder.net):
> It could be interpreted that way, even when taking the surrounding context
> into consideration.
That particular sentence (if _wholly_ ripped out of context) _could_ be,
and was, deliberately misinterpreted by someone seeking a pretext for
dismissing the essay as a whole. Which, I found out through later
observation, is a very common ploy among that lot.
> Right, "backpedaling".
Let me spell it out for you in smaller words, then: "Essentially,
you're betting that Bernstein never changes his mind, if you rely on
such software", in that you'll not be able to point to the Web pages'
licence terms (on which you've been relying to document your
permissions) if he's removed or altered them, nor be allowed to mirror
or distribute those pages past that point. That _should_ have been
clear from preceding sentences in that same paragraph.
As http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/#djb2, nonetheless, goes on to point
out, for those slow on the uptake, the prior essay _nowhere_ claims that
Prof. Bernstein may _revoke_ his licensing by removing Web pages.
> Instead of changing your original statements to make them clearer, you
> decided to explain how the original statements didn't mean what some
> people thought they meant.
http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/#djb2 clarifies that the assertion
Bernstein attributed to me (that Bernstein can revoke licences by
removing Web pages) was wholly his invention, and not a view of mine at
all. I didn't need to "change my original statements to make them
clearer". Frankly, I don't think I should have _even_ had to add the
second essay, given the blatant gamesmanship of the aforementioned ploy.
But hey, I figured it was worth a couple of paragraphs to point out that
not _only_ had I never said that, but _also_ had long been on the public
record as refuting that _identical_ assertion when others made it.
Now, off you go. There are untold straw-man arguments for you to fall
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