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Re: Re: Re: Boycott O'Reilly

by chromatic (Archbishop)
on Jan 23, 2004 at 05:35 UTC ( #323453=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Boycott O'Reilly
in thread Boycott O'Reilly

The reason we publish security information is to help people be more secure. Sometimes that includes information that could help bad people do bad things.

My point is very simple.

It's naive to think that hiding information that could help people be safe will prevent danger.

That's why I publish articles on security, alerts on bugs and possible exploits in programs, and techniques for writing secure code.

Now I'm not naive enough to think that no one will use this information for harmful purposes — hey, some people spider Safari, bundle up books into PDF collections, and sell them — but I'm going to encourage people to do the right thing. I'm going to help them find the information they need to protect their information and equipment. If they choose to do bad things with it, that's their problem. Hopefully enough people will have learned and applied the lessons that the bad people won't do much damage.

You don't know what kind of disclaimers this book has. (Spidering Hacks has a big disclaimer that says "Do the right thing. Ask first. Be polite. Be smart.") You don't know what's in it. You haven't read any sample chapters. You're making wild accusations without facts. You're misinformed about the copyright issue and you're tilting at a windmill here.

Hey, that's your choice. Have at it.

If you want to be morally consistent, though, you should probably also boycott everything O'Reilly's ever touched. It's a long list, though, and it includes this site.


Comment on Re: Re: Re: Boycott O'Reilly
Re: Re: Re: Re: Boycott O'Reilly
by Wassercrats on Jan 23, 2004 at 06:23 UTC
    Do you agree that it would be better if fewer of the bad-guy hackers learn how to do their bad-guy things? If so, then you should agree with me that at the very least, the title of a hacking type book that could teach someone how to crack computers shouldn't make it sound like it could teach that--rather, it should make it sound like it teaches how to prevent that from happening, so fewer bad-guy hackers would buy it. But I think I'm getting repetitive.
    If you want to be morally consistent, though, you should probably also boycott everything O'Reilly's ever touched. It's a long list, though, and it includes this site.

    I will be taking whatever action I deem reasonable to hurt O'Reilly. I'm not limiting it to not buying their books.

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