Obscene content in cygwin file.

Igor Pechtchanski pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Fri Jan 7 22:38:00 GMT 2005

On Fri, 7 Jan 2005, Christopher Faylor wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 12:25:42PM +0100, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >NB: Did anybody read "Fahrenheit 451" from Ray Bradbury?  It's not about
> >    jokes in the first place, but somehow this discussion reminds me
> >    of the book in a fatal way.
> I read the book but I don't remember it too well.  I've never been too
> impressed with Ray Bradbury as a writer, though.

He has some good bits.  Fahrenheit 451 was more Orwellian than the rest of
his novels, FWIW...

> Somehow, I don't think the book was about people insisting on the right
> to store their books in your house where you might happen to trip over
> them and see things that you don't agree with.
> As I've said, this isn't about political correctness to me.  It's about
> people's right to be offended and our responsibility not to unduly
> surprise anyone.  I don't mind surprising people when there is a good
> technical argument for it.  I don't think that cygwin's goal should be
> to desensitize people to what is generally agreed to be bad language.
> Maybe it's a slippery slope.  Maybe if this was a bunch of Hindus
> complaining that fortune contained jokes about cows I would feel
> differently.  I just don't think it is a good idea to surprise an
> innocent person who is taking a casual stroll through
> /usr/share/fortune.

I agree.  One example where it could affect someone's workplace is the
fortune X screensaver, which prints random bits produced by invoking
'fortune'.  This can make any unencrypted joke visible to pretty much

Most agree that it's a packaging bug in fortune, and that the limericks
file should be renamed limericks-o and ROT13'd.  End of discussion.
Let's just watch the thread die down now?  Maybe roast some marshmallows
on the sidelines?  Anyone got long sticks? ;-)
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