Re: Switch/Mail argument

From: Kenneth G. Cavness (kcavness@PROXICOM.COM)
Date: 10/07/97

On Tue, 7 Oct 1997, Andrew Helm wrote:

> > On Tue, 7 Oct 1997, Andrew Helm wrote:
> >
> > >> If you have to ability to switch PC bodies, you *should* already have an =
> > >> access
> > >> level where it is possible to invade privacy in a number of ways.
> > >
> > >Right. You can snoop them for instance.
> >
> > invis
> > snoop sucker
> > teleport sucker postmaster
> > force sucker receive
> > force sucker read x.mail
> Okay, what does this have to do with there being a bug in the
> switch command that needs fixed?

Using a bit less tunnel-minded analysis:

You can see someone's email even if you're not switched into them. Is this
a bug too?

You're listing it as a "bug". In programming terms, "bug" and "fix" mean
very specific things: That there is a problem, either logical or
syntactical, in the code that causes a specific function or command to
act in a way that it is not intended.

What many people are trying to tell you is that as a switched person,
you _are_ that person. You can do anything.

Thus, the program currently works according to specification.

If you have a problem with its default behaviour, individually you're
welcome to change it. You're welcome to alert others to their POSSIBLE
need to change it. But listing it as a bug is a misnomer that is getting
you into a lot of miscommunciation.

You're just all missed up.

> > Switch is already logged although you could simply log everything a
> > switched person types.
> Why are you being so difficult?

It's exactly this sort of confrontational mode that is making others so
"difficult" -- that, and you aren't getting your point across in a logical,
reasoned fashion. You're simply expounding on the same first assertions,
which people continue to refute to you. You then simply rephrase them
and march right on, causing a nice and vicious circle.

> The above makes no sense in the current context of the discussion.
> Please stay on topic.

There's much to be said for moving forward in a discussion, something
that I don't see this doing.

Kenneth G. Cavness

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