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Re: C file recoginzed as image file

From: Chris Moore
Subject: Re: C file recoginzed as image file
Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2007 14:34:07 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.92 (gnu/linux)

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>     So if someone sends me a virus in image format disguised as Emacs Lisp
>     code, the correct thing to do is to install the virus, rather than
>     display it safely in Emacs Lisp mode?
> Although I appreciate the help you have given on other occasions,
> that doesn't make sarcastic attacks like this one ok.
> Please do not talk to me this way again.

That wasn't sarcasm, it was indicating the result of using the magic
number in preference to the filename without warning the user.

I have tried various ways of trying to explain this risk to you but
you don't seem to understand any of them.  I thought perhaps a
reductio ad absurdum[1] argument might help.  Apparently not.

I'm sorry you don't like the form of argument I used.  Do you have a
list of other types of logical argument you find offensive, so I can
avoid making a similar mistake again?

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduction_ad_absurdum

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