RE: 1 Year Till New Millennium

From: Ian Goddard (
Date: Sat Jan 01 2000 - 14:51:07 MST

At 02:21 PM 01/01/2000 -0500, Joseph Sterlynne wrote:

>But social facts, whether we like or care about them or not, still affect
>So it's fine that to the general public "hacker" now means "cracker",
>the resistance to that usage by many hackers themselves. It's fine that
>software" can have nothing to do with source code. It's fine that enough
>Luddite activists can impede work in genengineering or cloning. It's fine
>that evolution is "just a theory" and therefore ignorable, at least in some
>U.S. school systems. It's fine that certain facts can change if enough
>newsmedia, money, uninformed banter, advertisements, corporations,
>or governments want it to. "What's the use?" The use is to exercise and
>maintain rational, critical thought.

   IAN: Fantastic commentary!! It's like Flight 800,
   while the official radar data shows that the plane
   was falling when the CIA says it was shooting upwards
   looking like a rocket to witnesses, people just ignore
   the physical reality captured by the radar and accept
   the physics-violating claims of the CIA; after all,
   how could dozens of witnesses, radar, and physics
   be correct and unknown CIA analysts be wrong?!



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