[iDC] Computrace query

Christopher Kelty ckelty at gmail.com
Mon May 24 18:56:22 UTC 2010

On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 11:30 PM, Jonathan Beller <jbeller at pratt.edu> wrote:

>  First is this assessment of Computrace's capacities correct and second,
> does it not seem that acquiescing to the installation of such programs
> institutes an unprecedented level of surveillance over our intellectual and
> sensual exploration as well as our very creativity. We know that in
> principle our every screen-view and inscription is retrievable by those who
> have immense power over us. If this understanding is correct, how can we
> tolerate that
> our liberal arts institutions allow a window open to the possibility of human freedom be closed not only for us but
> --should this situation become the standard -- perhaps for all time?
like all forms of surveillance, it's virtual first, and actual only with the
hard work of actually employing people to sit in the panopticon.  Your IT
department is trying to solve a disciplinary problem with a technical fix,
which is both an assault on human freedom, and a waste of your money.  I
would recommend:

1) buy the computer.
2) download http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download (or your choice)
3) burn cd
4) insert cd
5) restart computer
6) click install

not to be a an ideologue or anything, but this is a very good reason
millions of people work hard to create high quality free software (as in
freedom), to save you from this kind of bullshit.

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