"[H]omer" <spam@xxxxxxx> writes:
> Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> German and US researchers lay low, question just how far new law will go
> | The law doesn't actually distinguish between what the intended
> | purpose of a program is. It just says if you put a piece of code in
> | a disposition that is used to commit a crime, you're complicit in
> | that crime.
> | [...]
> | Moore notes that most Linux distros are now illegal in Germany as
> | well, because they include the open-source nmap security scanner tool
> | -- and some include Metasploit as well.
> So when are the German authorities going to arrest Ballmer & Co. for
> facilitating the creation and propagation of viruses and spam at the
> hands of Russian pharma gangsters?
> Is the German government so naive as to believe that the Windows OS, or
> any of the software therein, could not be used to commit crimes? Why is
> this judgement so heavily biased against Free Software?
> Someone could buy a retail copy of Vista; in that nice, shiny, sturdy,
> plastic box; and in a fit of frustration in trying to figure out how the
> Hell to open it, smash it over someone's head and kill them.
> Would Microsoft be culpable?
> Shouldn't Windows therefore be declared "illegal" since someone could
> obviously misuse it to commit a crime?
I doubt it since the Germans themselves are utilising it to spy on
| German government plans to spy on terror suspects by deploying malicious
| e-mails have drawn sharp criticism.
| The e-mails would contain Trojans - software that secretly installs
| itself on suspects' computers, allowing agents to search the hard
Already the most bureaucratic state in Europe, it would seem that they
are, again, giving too much power to the powers that be.