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Votes: 9

 Yet more hacking in Open Source software

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Nov 28, 2001
It appears that Google, the open-source search engine, has been found to be a hacking tool. Regular Adequacy readers will not be surprised at such an alarming turn of events.

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As everyone knows, Google is a nefarious competitor to proper search engines, and uses the underhand tactic of both "free as in beer" search results, and "free as in students" source codes. But now, it has gone for free as in "free for me to hack you" programming techniques.

I can imagine that many readers would instantly propose making Google illegal under new anti-terrorism legislation, but being the hand-wringing socialist that I am, I feel that Google would best function if it was run as a service of the Government. Google.Gov, anyone?


The Government Should Avoid Google (none / 0) (#1)
by MessiahWWKD on Wed Nov 28th, 2001 at 07:34:08 AM PST
Why should the government use such inferior open source software as Google? The fact that you'd even suggest it makes me wonder about your alliance.
Guardian angel, heavenly friend, walk with me 'til the journey's end.

Trust your government (none / 0) (#2)
by because it isnt on Wed Nov 28th, 2001 at 08:24:16 AM PST
Why should the government use such inferior open source software as Google?

As I'm sure you're aware, governments have been using inferior proprietary software for a very long time. The distribution policy of software is irrelevant to government.

But, the main point you appear to be missing is that Government-provided services are far superior to anything the 'industry' can muster. As a simple example, look at the superb French transport system, then look at the markedly inferior British and American transport systems. It is quite clear that Socialism has the upper hand in all matters. -- because it isn't

government (none / 0) (#3)
by alprazolam on Wed Nov 28th, 2001 at 08:51:02 AM PST
or the military at least has a long history of using "open source" software. That is, source code is always included when software is purchased. In the case of national security, the availability of source code in the case corporations lose it is necessary.

Ah, the irony! (none / 0) (#4)
by tkatchev on Wed Nov 28th, 2001 at 10:33:58 AM PST
Young man, you are becoming more and more adequate by the hour! That is very conforting to know. This means that not everything is wrong with the world just yet.

Peace and much love...


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