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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Slashdot slams the UN

As most of you already know (hopefully), I'm a geek. My day-to-day computer operations are all in open-source software (Linux, KDE, Firefox, Thunderbird, etc.). Don't start worrying now, I am a capitalist, but it does just happen that open-source software is a better value than its commercial competitors.

Now going off that shameless plug for open-source, one of my daily reads which I need to add to the links here is Slashdot. One read of the comments in the politics section reveals that most open-source users are liberal. It's just a fact; many of these guys have moral problems with commercial software and thus consider open-source a moral obligation. Others like myself take it a little more mildly and oppose software patents (the functional equivalent of Bach patenting the Sonata before Hadyn and Mozart had a chance).

So in essence, Slashdot users are liberal. Now what do they say about the possibly taking the role of ICANN? No Way!! It's quite the simultaneous relief and surprise. I've never seen liberals pounce all over the UN this hard. It's great.

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