Skype telephone giveaway- but not for Linux users

Macario Valle macariov at
Wed Jun 13 19:43:11 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-06-13 at 14:08 -0500, manchicken wrote:
> On Wednesday 13 June 2007 12:15:36 Dotan Cohen wrote:
> > On 13/06/07, manchicken <manchicken at> wrote:
> > > On Tuesday 12 June 2007 18:33:20 Dotan Cohen wrote:
> > > [snip]
> > >
> > > > It's an atrocity that a software company will not let you modify and
> > > > redistribute their code?
> > >
> > > Restricting freedom for the sake of profit is an atrocity.
> >
> > I suppose that you don't drive on toll roads, then, as they restrict
> > your freedom of moving if you don't pay. Buses and trains for that
> > matter, as well, as they don't let everybody have a free ride.
> >
> > You want to know how evil I am? Not only do I use Skype, but I
> > actually _pay_ to use their SkypeOut service! I voluntarily give them
> > my money in exchange for a service! I'm terrible.
> >
> > Dotan Cohen
> >
> >
> >
> Paying for things is not wrong.  I still do pay for GNU/Linux in many 
> situations to this day.  My objection isn't to cost, it is to restriction of 
> freedom.  When you pay for the toll road, you are free to choose any exit.  
> When you pay for a train you are free to get on and off at any stop the train 
> stops on within the range of your ticket.  You've completely missed the 
> point.
> -- 
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You just answered yourself;  You pay for atrain ticket and you can only
go as far as the price you paid for will allow, no further.  Of course
you can choose to get down before your limit, and that is your choice.
On the toll road example, you pay for a range of distance, and you can
get out at any exit, but you cannot get out out of that range, or make
up your own exit for that matter.  You would be braking the law on
either instance.
now, You are free to get on any exit, if you pay the right price.  You
probably could buy the software rights to modify it, if you had the
That is the nature of a democratic capitalistic system.  It is so evil,
it will allow you to make your own mistakes, and even hurt yourself
willinglly.  Of course, It will let you have the freedom to succeed
and/or become immesely rich if you hit the mark.

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