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Re: US Military Blocks Access to Open Source Sites

Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> __/ [ Da'Punk-A ] on Friday 19 May 2006 12:21 \__
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> US military is blocking Slashdot and SourceForge.net
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> | I was told recently that Air Force bases in the San Antonio, Texas,
>>> | area are blocking one or more of our sister OSTG sites, like
>>> | SourceForge.net, Slashdot.org, or Freshmeat.net...
>>> |
>>> | The bottom line, courtesy of Air Force spokesperson Captain David W.
>>> | Small, is that the Air Force does "block Web sites to restrict use of
>>> | the Web to official business and in accordance with specific guidance
>>> | in AFIs."
>>> `----
>>> http://trends.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/05/17/2040239&from=rsr4
>> I seem to remember reading somewhere (in this NG probably) that FOSS is
>> part of a communist plot.  So blocking Slashdot etc from military
>> computers makes perfect sense.  Anyone else noticed the similarity
>> between Fidel and Linus?
> You ought to be thinking Stallman, not Linus.
> http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0596002874.01._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg
> That aside, I don't foresee Stallman wearing bland olive shirts any time
> soon. I might as well correlate this to Web censorship in China: Democracy
> being one point; another being FOSS. The Chinese used to block (probably
> still are) the WordPress Codex, which is intended to help people
> contribute to this Open Source blogging (so-called "Open Source media")
> software.
> Best wishes,
> Roy

This one isn't really censorship, its fairly standard practice for companies
to block some web access. I block ebay because too many employees were
spending too long on it. I have something like 40 sites on my blocked list
but many more are blocked by spamassassin, porn and malware sites etc.

I couldn't see a properly valid reason for them blocking sourceforge, unless
their programmers were spending long hours trying to find functions and
ready made classes for their own projects. But then I would have said thats
alright, so long as they share a bit with us too. Oh! they have, I just
found a class called 'LaunchStarWars' I'll have a go and tell you what it
does, sounds like a multimedia class to me.

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