[RC5] Value of CPU time?

Keef keef at keef.yi.org
Fri Mar 10 22:54:42 EST 2000


I disagree...it is definatly not moral.  I admit most PC companies install
monitoring programs that run in the background (even if they don't report
back to the OEM).  It might not be an unusual practice to do this, but to
say it is moral would be debatable.
----- Original Message -----
From: Ryan Malayter <rmalayter at bai.org>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 6:26 PM
Subject: RE: [RC5] Value of CPU time?



From: Peter Cordes [mailto:peter at llama.nslug.ns.ca]

>>Don't be insane.  You couldn't (in good conscience) ship systems with
>>something like this installed without telling people.  That would be so
>>hypocritical is isn't funny, unless you are one of those people
^H^H^H^Hthe
>>only one who was cheering for Real Networks when the news came out that
>>their programs did stuff behind your back.

I'm not at all insane... have you seen the all the crap installed by default
on a retail PC nowadays? There's a whole shitload of stuff installed without
the buyers knowledge... much of it paid for by the software maker to
increase thier market share (AOL and other ISPs, anti-virus software, and
more). Many PC manufacturers install hardware monitoring applets that run
constantly in the background.

So I don't see anything immoral about installing a distributed computing
client on a machine that's rented from PeoplePC, so long as it is metnioned
in the rental agreement. As I mentioned in my previous posts, the morality
gets a bit dicier for retail PCs, but I would certainly think that it would
be *legal* in most U.S. states. Perhaps it could present running the
distributed client as an option at first boot. Would that still offend you?

-ryan-


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