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Re: Futile bug reports?


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Futile bug reports?
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 14:33:47 +0300

> From: Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden>
> Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.bug
> Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 08:02:25 +0000
> 
> > If you "embrace" the use of non-free documentation then you discourage
> > the creation of free documentation.
> 
> Can you cite any evidence to support this contention?

Given the fact that the amount of energy and resources is finite, it
should be evident.

> Once upon a time, a group of skilled programmers received a gift of a
> laser printer.  It was like manna from heaven, printing clean legible
> output at a speed which took their breath away.  But it bugged the hades
> out of them, because it was always jamming.  Then one afternoon, a bright
> young novice announced to his colleagues: "Hey, don't sweat it!  I've
> just seen a book which fully documents the printer driver, and it's only
> $25!  It'll take us a couple of hours at most to get the printer to
> scream at us when it needs fixing. :-)"  At which point the chief
> programmer intoned in a dark booming voice "HOW DARE YOU THUS SPEAK!!
> THAT BOOK IS _NOT_ _FREE_ !!  YOU WILL BE CONFINED TO YOUR WORKSTATION
> FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!!".

Please stop using GNU news groups for mocking the goals of the GNU
project, even if you think those goals are ridiculous.  It's simply
bad manners, but if courtesy is not something you wish to consider,
then at least respect the charter of the GNU news groups, which
specifically mentions that such messages are off-topic here.  So
please take your mockery elsewhere.



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