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Re: "Freedom" is really the wrong word

From: Kaz Kylheku (gnu-misc-discuss)
Subject: Re: "Freedom" is really the wrong word
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2021 09:04:03 -0800
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On 2021-11-04 10:06, dick wrote:
There is nothing insidious with such a paint

And yet, free software rhetoric emphatically characterizes nonfree as "causing harm in a way that is gradual or not easily noticed," which is Merriam-Webster's
definition of "insidious."

The paint in the example would only be insidious if, say, it appeared to mix correctly initially and looked fine upon application to the surface, and then
the surface turned pitch black several months or years later.

It's not insidious if the mixture turns black right in the paint pot.

Particularly so if the data sheet for either paint warns against it.

If there is no warning, and there is a delayed reaction, then it more or less meets
the definition of insidious.

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