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Re: Binary release announcements?

From: david
Subject: Re: Binary release announcements?
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 13:59:06 -0600 (CST)

> [ On Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 10:21:41 (-0500), Jim.Hyslop wrote: ]
> > Subject: RE: Binary release announcements?
> >
> If you can't, or won't, build the software you use yourself then you
> need to find someone who can _and_ who you trust to do that for you.
Some people seem to be awfully trusting.
> Perhaps that's some big software company like Microsoft.
> Perhaps it's just some group of volunteers who stake their reptuations
> on the quality of the software they create (even though most every one
> will disclaim all responsibility for damages or loss you might incur
> when using their software  :-).
Why put that parenthetical observation only after your second alternative?
I haven't seen any software company act as if it took responsibility
for such damages or loss.  Software license agreements and EULAs haven't
changed from the days when they were guarantees that these things were
disks, and would remain so for ninety days, coupled with a long list
of things you couldn't do with any software you happened to find on
> The problem with computers and digital networking is that the malicious
> acts can be perpetrated several steps removed from where one might
> expect them to happen and by the time anyone's aware of what's happened
> it's far too late because these speedy little machines and wire's we've
> created have already spread the damage further and wider than any human
> could ever imagine possible without understanding the many quantum leaps
> computing technology gives the criminal.
> PLEASE read Schneier's book "Secrets & Lies".
Greg and I have disagreed before.  This isn't one of those times.
I don't know if there are other good books that cover the same ground,
but I do recommend that one.
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