Re: Singularity: can't happen here

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sun Sep 09 2001 - 10:02:13 MDT

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> Ken Clements wrote:
> >
> > Well, I guess if you write a compiler, and someone uses your compiler to
> > generate code that removes copy protect from something, then you go to
> > jail. Existing software is grandfathered in so, it would seem that no new
> > development systems will be able to be sold after the law goes in force.
> >
> Not funny. A friend of mine has been predicting that compilers
> will soon be licensed like firearms by the State. Perhaps all
> programmers will have to be bonded agents of the government? It
> is indeed a hideous beast that rears its head.

Who says firearms regs were not a slippery slope? Once they get you used
to the idea of fascism, it seems almost normal, so long as you aren't
the one getting gored.

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