has anyone read this blog

clutton clutton at zoho.com
Fri Dec 20 00:39:27 UTC 2013

On Thu, 2013-12-19 at 18:22 +0000, jb wrote:
> krad <kraduk <at> gmail.com> writes:
> > 
> > I stumbled across it today and it seems to go a little further than the
> > normal os bashing and could be being liable about a few people
> > 
> > http://aboutthebsds.wordpress.com/
> > 
> > I hope its some ones bad taste in humour
> Hi,
> I think some of the comments there are a proof that the author lacks
> knowledge about topics discussed ("Why do BSD people fear systemd?" post
> is an example of it; I am a long time Linux user and consider it,
> supposedly only a replacement for an init system, a kind of "trojan horse"
> of free software eco-system).
> But, the point she made indirectly via FreeBSD list posts about Google
> Analytics is right.
> Considering that Google officially said that it will not respect user's choice
> to not be tracked ("Do Not Track" option in a browser), then it is reasonable
> to reject their privacy-violating software.
> Considering also that FreeBSD made that announcement a year ago (Dec 2012)
> and since then the world learned more about friendly spying (yes, everybody
> does it, btw), it is resonable to back off.
> Besides, the justification for it
> http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-announce/2012-December/001441.html
> is unreasonable - a free and open software like FreeBSD should think twice
> before giving even an appearance of tracking users on their site except for
> security reasons (I think the behavioral reasons given are not sincere -
> FreeBSD can "leave the home without it", really ...).
> Using a de facto spyware for that purpose makes it even more ridiculous.
> And if you have a doubt about it, then read this (and followup comments
> which are even more enlightening):
> http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/us/politics/report-on-nsa-surveillance-tactics.html?emc=edit_na_20131218&_r=1&#h[]
> "The Times They Are A-changin'".
> I think you are losing the PR part of it for certain.
> jb

I was also surprised when I saw a google analytics announce in the
mailing list.

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