Subject: Re: automatic package statistics
To: Julian Assange <>
From: David Maxwell <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 10/14/1999 12:07:29
On Thu, Oct 14, 1999 at 07:13:08AM +1000, Julian Assange wrote:
> opt-in would make it useless. And the sentiment is irrational. The
> way to deal with such irriational sentiment is (a) allow people
> to turn it off. (b) explain why it's irrational.

opt-in is far from useless - look how many people are 'opting-in' to
running NetBSD in the first place...

On both a legal and moral level, opt-in is the only suggestion I
would support.

> We can send packets out to port 53 to bypass many firewalls.

I would prefer to see records entered in the DNS, such as  (of whatever record type you
happen to like) - and just log the lookups. Then it is _real_
DNS traffic. (Yes, I realize domain caching isssues apply here)

I repeat, make it a mk.conf option.

David Maxwell,| --> Mastery of UNIX, like
mastery of language, offers real freedom. The price of freedom is always dear,
but there's no substitute. Personally, I'd rather pay for my freedom than live
in a bitmapped, pop-up-happy dungeon like NT. - Thomas Scoville