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Re: Bug#766395: emacs/gnus: Uses s_client to for SSL.

From: Perry E. Metzger
Subject: Re: Bug#766395: emacs/gnus: Uses s_client to for SSL.
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:19:03 -0400

On Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:31:58 -0400 Stefan Monnier
<address@hidden> wrote:
> > I consider contributions to security technology and policy[1]
> > defense of freedom.
> Note that in the context of "secure"boot, digital restrictions
> management, and other tivo-ized systems, that same technology is
> clearly being used against freedom.

There's nothing wrong with things like secure boot systems provided
they're fully under the control of the user. Yes, the same technology
has multiple uses, both pro and anti freedom, but that's true of all
sorts of things, including computers in general.

(I'll point out that given that the NSA "Ant Catalog" includes a
bunch of BIOS-inserted malware and other load-time infection
techniques. Secure booting is actually a priority for ordinary
people. The trick is to make sure it isn't used as an instrument to
prevent ordinary people from booting software of their choice, but
rather is used as an instrument to assure that when they boot the
software of their choice, they're actually getting that and not
malware. Again, you can use most technologies multiple ways.)

Perry E. Metzger                address@hidden

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