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hippies [Apr. 5th, 2004|12:00 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
First, read this:

http://playfair.sourceforge.net/

Everything they say sounds respectable until you get to the last line:

INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FREE.

I thought people only said that joking around, or talking about open source (or both). But when you're talking about removing DRM from audio files I think your sales pitch should stick to discussing fair use, and steer away from hippie "information wants to be free!" crap.
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From: xoxosimon
2004-04-05 12:02 am (UTC)
You mean strings of 1's and 0's don't have hopes, dreams, and ambitions?
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2004-04-05 01:43 am (UTC)
The generous interpretation is that "information wants to be free" in the same way that "nature abhors a vaccuum." I think it's a useful concept in that sense, but of course most people who say it mean it in the sense of "the world owes me lunch."
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[User Picture]From: epiphany
2004-04-05 02:39 am (UTC)

That Hippie Information

If you try to make money off Informations poor sweaty back, the angels cry.

~ E.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2004-04-05 12:46 am (UTC)
so they have an agenda. if it produces software you want to use, is that really so bad?
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[User Picture]From: gurlfriend_2
2004-04-05 01:21 am (UTC)
BRADLY I KNOW WHERE U WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I KNOW WHAT YOUR LINE OF WORK IS

IF THIS CONTINUES THIS WAY I WILL

COME

GET

U
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[User Picture]From: vriane
2004-04-05 09:23 am (UTC)
Ah ah ah! I am not the only one to be obsessed with brad ;-P
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2004-04-05 08:54 am (UTC)
heh that's always bothered me too...

whenever i encounter anyone spouting that-
i usually say "you're right, it does!
your SSN, your home address, your cell phone number, even what you do under the covers late at night- *all* that information wants to be free doesnt it!"

And then the clincher is they then license it with the GPL.
"INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FREE(*)"
*except for commercial use
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