Re: [dev] SGI Irix look (4Dwm)

From: Alexander Huemer <>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:18:20 +0200

On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 01:23:46PM -0400, Andrew Gwozdziewycz wrote:
> Who are we talking about? *I* use free software. Despite that, I can't
> fully trust what my computer is doing, because I can't verify the
> hardware the software runs on isn't doing something malicious. I also
> can't verify that my hardware isn't emitting signals that some
> malicious person is picking up via some sort of device
> [
> and others], nor can I easily verify that a TLS key that I'm
> protecting my connection with isn't extremely weak, and in otherwords,
> my communication is actually completely insecure. Nor, can I assume,
> in this day and age, that there aren't a crap ton of other errors in
> the TLS protocol, or bugs (keep in mind this is in free software
> implementations) in the implementations that make me no more unsafe
> than running blobs.
> So, yeah, I can verify the software, perhaps, but that doesn't really
> make me safe.

Access to the source code of the software you are running is necessary
but not sufficient[1]. As simple as that.
What is your point here? Since you can't be sure about all details you
give a flying fuck about _everything_ and use non-open-source software?
You can't be serious.

>> People have hired me in the past because of the look of desktop, yes.

> That's insane and stupid, and you should have declined the offer due
> to their idiocy! Any moron can learn to customize the way their
> desktop looks.

Well, I oversimplified, you know that.

> And no, I don't develop web applications with ruby and javascript.

>> Me either, but lots of other (some of them are even very
>> intelligent!) people *do.* Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

I just don't care about them.

Kind regards,

Received on Wed Oct 22 2014 - 22:18:20 CEST

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