[clug] Off topic: OS/X USB boot device for 'normal' PC'S

David Howe david at qednet.biz
Thu Jun 26 02:54:04 GMT 2008

I think evil is quite appropriate, after all my dictionary quotes evil 
as meaning bad, harmful and wicked, likely to cause harm...

One corporation in particular fits the bill in my mind!


Neill Cox wrote:
> I will admit that calling proprietary software evil is hyperbole, but I do
> think this discussion has clearly highlighted some of the problems with
> proprietary software.
> All proprietary software is developed with the interests of the developer or
> rights owner, not the user.
> This is more and more of a problem - there ase so many examples of
> proprietary software that acts contrary to the interests of the purchaser.
> I'll refrain from listing examples (it's so hard to stop), but it irks me
> that software I or my clients pay for is usually harder to deploy (and it
> often doesn't work that well either) than software I can get for free .
> I think it's *really* important to respect commercial licenses and to
> highlight the advantages to users of free software, particularly in
> licensing.
> If I had to pick the one thing that really irritates me at the moment it's
> that Microsoft are determined that I should buy Vista to put on any new
> computers, but the apps my clients run either work better under XP or don't
> work at all under Vista.
> I'll try and refrain from using "evil" in the future :)  How about
> "irritating, hard to deploy, restrictive, holding you to ransom"?
> Cheers,
> Neill
> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 11:53 AM, Mike Carden <mike.carden at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 11:30 AM, Robert Edwards <bob at cs.anu.edu.au>
>> wrote:
>>> "what the vast majority of computer users want to do"
>>> (sorry for quoting you, Michael).
>> No need to apologise Bob. You're right. "What the vast majority of
>> computer users want to do" has nothing at all to do with the point
>> under discussion.
>> I merely used it because:
>> 1. I disagree with the characterisation of proprietary software as evil
>> and,
>> 2. I wanted a chance to quote P T Barnum.
>> ;-)
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