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[liberationtech] Whatsapp, a Trojan horse for seekers of easy privacy?

hellekin hellekin at gnu.org
Sat Jan 17 00:00:38 PST 2015


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On 01/16/2015 03:19 PM, Al Billings wrote:
> 
> The problem is that I am a practical person who lives in the real world.
> 
*** "The real world" is something that belongs to the Past, before the
discovery of the Quantum, Max Planck's Constant, and the Principle of
Uncertainty of Heisenberg.  Your religious belief has nothing to do with
reality.  Before the car was invented there were people who believed the
human body would not resist "speeding" at 40 mph.  Before the plane was
invented, there were people who said flying was reserved to things
lighter-than-air.  Your real world argument belongs to that category of
"thought", that dismisses reality for the (bad) current state of
affairs.  According to that logic, Mozilla should implement DRM and
provide backdoors to the NSA, because that's what those people are doing
"in the real world", and heck, why would you change it?

You're rationalizing your position instead of being rational about it.
Yes people should throw away their Apple and Microsoft, and yes they
should abandon the idea that global surveillance is acceptable and that
security is made by corporations with trade secrets and non-disclosure
agreements, and yes they should throw away their cars powered with
inefficient fossil fuel engines.  That's impractical, but nonetheless
true and necessary.

"In science it often happens that scientists say, “You know that's a
really good argument; my position is mistaken,” and then they would
actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them
again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should,
because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it
happens every day." -- Carl Sagan

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