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Re: bit-split, or: the schizophrenia of trusted computing

From: Lluis
Subject: Re: bit-split, or: the schizophrenia of trusted computing
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 18:37:57 +0200
User-agent: Mutt-ng devel-r796 (based on Mutt 1.5.11/2005-09-15)

El Mon, May 01, 2006 at 05:34:26PM +0200, Marcus Brinkmann ens deleità amb les 
següents paraules:
> At Mon, 01 May 2006 09:58:19 -0400, 
> "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <address@hidden> wrote:
>> My expected outcome was that the ethical issue has nothing to do with 
>> whether the artifact is digital. It entirely has to do with the marginal 
>> cost of reproduction (to the initial holder) being zero, and the belief 
>> that creating artificial scarcity is fundamentally unethical.
>> I am still not 100% certain, but I think that this is actually where 
>> Marcus and I ended up.
> Sounds about right, however, there is an extra dimension, which I 
> pointed out and you omitted above.  There must be a public interest in 
> the artifact.  Otherwise, it would be impossible to be consistent with 
> the above and defend some amount of privacy, too.

Right, that's why I talked about culture and knowledge (which are two words 
but with a common root), which are (should?) be of public interest, and 
that's why I also talked about IT investement on the public administration 
(my digression was not so away of the main theme ;))

For me, any intent of exclusive and (or?) abusive ownership on those cases 
(free or marginal cost of reproduction of "things" on the public interest 
- and the majority of these happen to be on their digital representation)
is unethical (but it's clearly not immoral, as I think the society 
percieves it).

Anyway, _I think_ we all see this (with or without agreement), so no more 
discussion about this should follow to maintain a good SNR (if you agree 
with me that it's clear, of course; I don't want to obligate nobody to stop 

And I'm the first to break my own rule of good SNR keeping... :)

Read you,

PS: [offtopic] there's an interesting project from a friend (although I 
don't advocate for it; I think my personal life is just that, personal), 
called BlogMail (http://www.blogmail.cc) which tries to push free 
information to enhance knowledge to the limit, where the mailbox is in a 
Blog-form so supposedly everybody can learn from other people's experiences 
(the project is in spanish for now, but)

 "And it's much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn
 something new, the whole world becomes that much richer."
 -- The Princess of Pure Reason, as told by Norton Juster in The Phantom
 Listening: Lacrimosa (Der Morgen Danach (Single)) - 3. Nichts Bewegt Sich

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