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From Antony Blakey <>
Subject Re: [Couchdb Wiki] Update of "CouchDB in the wild" by blackmagic rue
Date Fri, 23 Jan 2009 03:13:11 GMT

On 23/01/2009, at 1:16 PM, Noah Slater wrote:

> I like relativism, but I try to avoid the nihilistic or laissez-fair  
> tendencies
> of naïve relativism.

I'm a moral absolutist. But I don't regard that many things as moral  
questions worthy of judgement, at least not compared to the universe  
of 'things'.

> In any case, what does Dickinson have to do with ethical objectivism?

That poem is about the importance of taking care in discussing  
subjects that have incendiary potential.

> What are your thoughts on Kant?

I subscribe to the concept of the categorical imperative, although  
it's a tough master. But then again my head is Nietzschean, my heart  
is with Singer and my gut is Kantian.

> I wouldn't presume to think you weren't already well versed with the  
> free
> software philosophy, but I think it's important to point out that  
> free software
> is about software freedom, not price.

I understand the distinction, and I have some disagreements with  
software freedom as expressed by the FSF, but in that comment I was  
thinking of music piracy.

The concept of software freedom is abused by software pirates/ 
crackers, who don't want the freedom so much as the zero cost. They  
don't learn from the software, or modify it. And redistributing  
without changes IS about price. IMO the last sentence of the very  
first paragraph of 'Why “Open Source” misses the point of Free  
Software' is at best badly expressed, at worst, a deliberate mis- 

But please let us agree to disagree about that ... I'm stating my  
position, but I really don't want to argue about something that has  
proved such a fruitless and destructive battleground.

Antony Blakey
CTO, Linkuistics Pty Ltd
Ph: 0438 840 787

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a  
faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant  
and has forgotten the gift.
   -- Albert Einstein

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