[Linux-aus] Google Linux OS coming..

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Wed Jul 15 13:55:27 EST 2009

On Wed, 15 Jul 2009, Chris Debenham - RSD Engineer wrote:

> Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 13:35:01 +1000
> From: Chris Debenham - RSD Engineer <Chris.Debenham at Sun.COM>
> To: Bret Busby <bret at busby.net>
> Cc: Linux Australia List <linux-aus at linux.org.au>
> Subject: Re: [Linux-aus] Google Linux OS coming..
> Bret Busby wrote:
> ... clipped ...
>> As peviously said, it is a clear case of a malicious Denial Of Service
>> attack, by google, with the clear intent of causing harm to the
>> association and the association's reputation, for the self interest and
>> self gain of google.
>     ma·li·cious -  given to, marked by, or arising from malice
>     mal·ice - 1  : desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another
> 		2  : intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal
> justification or excuse
> Note that malice requires a desire or intent.  This implies that the
> party involved is performing a deliberate act based on premeditation.
> The marking of a site as 'dangerous' by an automated algorithm
> (correctly or incorrectly) can not be considered a premeditated
> deliberate act as there was no desire or intent to harm unlawfully.
> This is similar to how murder and manslaughter are often different due
> to the thoughts behind it.
> What google did may be considered in-advised, incorrect, a complete
> failure in process or just plain stupidity, but it can not be considered
> a malicious act.

As previously said, if google did it properly, by going through due 
process, and, if google's action did not involve coercion to sign up 
with google and install google code on the victim web site, then sure, 
it could be said to be just incompetence.

But, because google did not apply due process, and, because google's 
action involved coercion to sign up with google and install google code 
on victim web sites, then, the action by google WAS premeditated and 
malicious, designed to maliciously cause harm to a victim, until the 
victim submitted to google's demands.

And, in that, the requirements of your definition, are clearly, fully, 

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
  you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
   Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
   "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
   A Trilogy In Four Parts",
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   published by Pan Books, 1992


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