A few comments from the originator and the Staff of Zynet
So, what's all the Hub-Bub, Bub??
I thought it might be of value to publish my stance on several areas of
interest/concern to my users. Please keep in mind that these are my
personal feelings, and are not necessarily reflected in Zynet's official
stance. However, wherever possible, I have structured Zynet to reflect these
'values' if you will...
- Users right to publish
- Zynet users have the right to publish anything they wish on the Net, or
WWW. According to the 1st amendment anyway, and thus I have taken the stance
(On at least 2 occasions already), that I will not release logs or other
'personal' information concerning my users activities while connected to the
net through us. This DOES NOT mean that I will NEVER do so, it
simply means that up to now, no-one has shown me strong enough justification
to release that info. This also does not mean that we do not monitor our users
activities, we do, if there is reason to. Thankfully, there has yet been no
reason to closely monitor anyone. I will address those issues if/when they
- Sexually Related Material
- As stated above, my users have the right to publish anything they want,
likewise, they also have the right to read/view anything they please as well.
There will never be any locking of sites from within Zynet. Nor, will there
ever be any censorship of the Usenet and other sources of sexually related
material. Its is unfortunate that the technology is baring the darker side of
our culture, but then again, perhaps its time we all looked at it rationally,
and brought it into the light. I have never believed that censorship is a good
thing. I have also never heard anyone say that they liked something to much,
and thus should not do it anymore. What I do see/hear frequently, is 'other'
people telling me that something I am doing should not be done. These control
freaks would have us all live in a safe/mamby-pamby world where no-one ever
thinks for themselves. That sort of a world is not for me, and I wouldn't
dream of imposing that sort of structure on my users.
However, it should be noted here, that 'spamming' is just bad
behaviour, and will be dealt with most harshly. As a reader/user of the
Usenet, I find it most distressing that system operators allow the continued
spamming of the news groups, with little or no regard to the people who have
to wade through all that crap constantly. Please be considerate of the rest of
the world when posting to multiple groups.
- Hacking/Cracking/Pirating/Viral Issues
- Even though my official stance is that you will be dealt with most harshly
(and you will), I am not without whimsy in my heart. I understand the romance
involved in hacking. In years past I have done my share (nothing *BIG* so
don't ask). Hacking is actually a great way to learn about getting around the
net. However, the *ORIGINAL* hackers ethic included the stansa 'Do no harm!'
and that holds true today. If you find a hole, by all means use it, look
around, thats your payment for finding it, but:
- Do No Harm, modify nothing, steal nothing of *REAL* value
- Inform ROOT or POSTMASTER of the hole during that session! (I always
found it amusing to send them mail from themselves :] )
- Publish the parameters of the hole in one of the various Usenet groups
concerning system security (This is where your glory comes from, *NOT* your
- I don't think there are many 'true' hackers left in these days of
disposable society. But those of you left out there, find somebody and mentor
him/her. Teach them what hacking truly is.
Cracking is simply a method of
pirating software (for those of you who don't know). Software piracy is
against the law. If you are wondering why software is so expensive these days,
this is the reason. It has been estimated that Microsoft stands to lose
approximately 250 billion dollars due to piracy of Windows95(tm). So, the
simple answer is to not 'copy that floppy'. However, I support this method of
evaluation, I would not have purchased Windows95, had I not been able to
preview it, luckily, I am on the beta program, and thus got my copy legally.
But, the fact remains that much of the software I have purchased, I bought
only after I had used for a while and found that it solved my particular
problem. If the manufacturers would get it together, they would realize that
Netscape has the right idea, using fully functional software that simply
expires after a while. Zynet does not support piracy of software, however, we
do read the liscense agreements on every package we have, and will remain
within the agreement included on each software package we use.
Virus's are a drag. The code is rather elegant, and even nice. But the distribution
of code like this is really stupid. There are so many possibilities for something
like this. You could release something that automagically patches software
bugs or something. Why would anyone want to cause me the problem of formatting
and reloading my software?? Who besides me would care that I had to? Most
people aren't even writing their own stuff these days. I can pick up at least
5 engines put on the net to generate them for me. Where is the challenge in
that?? I know, the old disgruntled employee story?? Forget it buddy, Put your
hand in a bucket of water, pull it out real fast, the hole you leave is how
much you are required in modern business, that hole also represents the impact
of a virus dropped into your employers system. Sure, you can do a little damage,
but be sure that they will come looking for you as a result. Pointless, much
better to create than to destroy, that way, they look like idiots for getting
rid of you... 'nuff said on that. Well, I think I have been long winded enough
for now. Hope that clears up a few of your questions. If not, feel free to
mail us and we will try to answer any questions you
may have. Thanks for listening.
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