"The fallout from my blog entry, 'Conspiracy theorists and free
software' continues. With all the people baying for my blood--some
of whom, frankly, sound disingenuous in their demands for
proof--the entry could easily take over my life, so in the last
couple of days, I've withdrawn from active discussion of it.
Frankly, the discussion is not that interesting to me, and
(mercenary soul that I am), if I'm going to participate in more
than my courtesy two email exchange with people, I'm going to get
paid for doing so. And probably I will in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, since I have an unexpected free half hour as I wait for
a call to be returned, I've been reflecting on the various
reactions the piece received.
"To start with, I notice that Brian Profitt's suggestion that I
was lashing out at some negative criticism I received has been
seized on by some commenters as a reason to dismiss what I
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