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Re: Ethical considerations of responding to posts made by someone obviously up to no good

by bliako (Prior)
on May 28, 2020 at 09:51 UTC ( #11117396=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Ethical considerations of responding to posts made by someone obviously up to no good

I don't know about nefarious purposes and who's the arbiter here anyway?

In one of the links provided by Fletch I see this opinion: Re: HTTP_REFERER "control" posted by Abigail-II, albeit it refers to popups advertising and not to phishing. But there are valid concerns.

Is it legal that an OS after an update asked and got permission to change the privacy settings by using the term "better experience" on an octagenarian user (that's what I assume because when I handed them the computer I made sure I ticked that box off and now it's turned back on)? And the OS now has, again, control of the microphone? Is it legal that a search engine/social media site ranks content they serve you depending on some algorithm - essentially burying news and opinions? Is it legal that I can not be root (different OS, same grabalicious attitude) because they invented a new super-root role reserved only for their staff on my computer? Is it legal that on the 3rd and "most innocent" of the OS there is a geo-location service which if you remove you must remove 3/4 of the OS with it? As all was made to depend on it? (https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=924516).etc. etc. etc. x10E+12.

Sometimes the difference between black hat and white hat is the difference between profiting for oneself against others or profiting for their country against other countries. Is that moral? Must Snowden be extradited and rot in chaingang? Is Manning's judge so obsessively prosecuting her morally justifiable, when at the same time president pardoning a flock of billionaires?

On the other hand, getting the pass from choroba's subtle humour, reporting un-educatable cases like them, may lead to their recruitment as white hatters and then it's "god-help the taxpayer". It will be like Mr Bean and Insp. Clouzeau in the same body.

Ignore I believe.

bw, bliako

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Re^2: Ethical considerations of responding to posts made by someone obviously up to no good
by hippo (Chancellor) on May 28, 2020 at 11:08 UTC
    who's the arbiter here anyway?

    Everyone; even our anonymous brethren.

    Is it legal that ...

    Legality is a matter of jurisdiction, statute and case law. Ethical rectitude OTOH is in the eye of the beholder.

      I totally agree with your 1st point.

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