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Re: antisemtism, FD and bandwidth - what I want out of it
From: Maarten <fulldisc () ultratux org>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 14:03:20 +0200

On Thursday 22 July 2004 13:07, Harlan Carvey wrote:

Consider this...this is a public list and people will
knowing post off-topic.  Sometimes they'll even say,
"hey, this is off topic".  Now, what would happen if
you were sitting around having a couple of beers w/
your buddies and a friend of yours walked up and just
started talking about something that hand nothing
whatsoever to do with what you and your buds were
talking about?  Would you be the one to do that to
your friends?  How about a group of strangers?

Except that in that social context you cannot really say there is no 
moderation.  Moderation will not be official, sure, but body language, 
awkward looks and maybe a wisecrack or two will most of the time quickly shut 
up that person.  Or they will continue their conversation in a smaller 
circle, all things that are impossible or at least difficult to do on a ML. 
On a mailinglist you can continue off-list, but that is a one-to-one 
conversation, not a fork like you can have in your bar scenario.
Also, if the guy won't stop jabbing, you can all start to leave and continue 
elsewhere.  This doesn't happen on mailinglists, or at the very least it is a 
process that takes months to complete, instead of seconds.

To steer a little bit back to on-topic, can we conclude that all computer 
systems in israel and the surrounding palestine territories are insecure ?
Because, since all real security begins with _physical_ security, one can 
easily argue that all those systems are notorously insecure.  ;-)

Maarten

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