Subject: Re: responsible license
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2003 03:50:30 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.unix.programmer,comp.lang.c,comp.lang.lisp,comp.unix.admin,
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Christopher C. Stacy <> wrote:
| Rob Warnock ("Rob") writes:
|  Rob> Christopher C. Stacy <> wrote:
|  Rob> | I think the story was that Cessna also had problems...
|  Rob> But they restarted again just as soon as the limited-liability law
|  Rob> passed ...
|  Rob> Relevance to Lisp?  Think "software liability".
| I wonder when the Federal Software Administration will start issuing
| mandatory ADs for the operating system I'm writing this message on!
| There will be a high cost of complying with the monthly ADs:
| purchasing the patches and hiring the federally certificated software
| mechanic to install them, and inspecting every bit of software on my
| computer (and anything I attach to it) and certifying compliance and
| compu-worthiness of the system, not to mention all the official paperwork.
| But that will be better than having my computer grounded from the Internet!
| Of course, nobody would be programming without their federally issued
| Programmer's Certificate and the current federal Mental Health
| Certification documentation in their posession.

Yes, *exactly* the sorts of issues the software industry should be
worrying about!!  ;-}  ;-}

To stretch the analogy a bit more: Of course, if you *do* have your
federally issued Programmer's Certificate and a current federal Mental
Health Certificate, and you *own* your own computer, then you might
be allowed to to certain "non-critical" pieces of maintainance, such
as add or delete a user, change an email alias, etc., but for *anything*
else -- especially anything that might affect the Digital Rights Management
Kernel or the Security Kernel -- you'd still have to get your sysadmin
work done by a federally certificated software mechanic.


p.s. Spoiler for non-pilots: Aircraft owners are allowed to do a few
really minor maintainance tasks themselves, such as adjust tire pressures,
add or change engine oil, or change externally-accessible light bulbs
or fuses. But that's about all...

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