“The Bible,” he said, without pausing.

Sue criminals in tort



There are no precise, reliable statistics on the amountof computer crime and the economic loss to victims, partly becausemany of these crimes are apparently not detected by victims,many of these crimes are never reported to authorities, and partlybecause the losses are often difficult to calculate.

Experts in computer security, who are  attorneys,speak of

These malicious programs are a new way to release confidential information from a victim's computer, with the confidential information going to the author of the malicious program, but to some person unknown to the author of the malicious program.


Two comments on word usage in this essay:

I originally wrote this essay in May 1999.

The moral basis of the government of the United States is set out in the Declaration of Independence, where affirms the existence of natural, individual rights and then says, "That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed..." Thus, the state is not an end in itself but merely the means to "secure these Rights." If a government fails to do that, Jefferson says, as Locke said earlier, "it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it." Nothing could be further from the statism, and state worship, of Hegel, let alone Napoleon, Lenin, Hitler, and Stalin.


From the English version of Phineas Fisher's document:

After the Prince, or even any leader of a Republic, is through betraying and murdering, lack of humility will be the least of the objections against him.

Adolf Hitler never boasted of Auschwitz.

While he wants to contrast Christian humility, etc., with pagan civic virtue, the shocking thing about Machiavelli is that his advice goes well beyond anything like merely acting without humility.

That computer stored records of cancerpatients' radiation treatment.

But Machiavelli gives us no hint that he believes anything of the sort: "He must stick to the good so long as he can." This is particularly awkward when Berlin argues that the incommensurable systems cannot be rationally reconciled, for "necessity" is indeed a rational principle that reconciles them.

99-432 (1986), 1986 U.S.C.C.A.N.

But necessity will only be no concern if we are using some sort of morality where what are ordinarily called "crimes" are actually normal, sensible, and unproblematic.

Attacking the FBI website is like poking a lion with a stick.

This works in terms of both believing that truth and the good are one, but it leaves us with the impression that Plato was some kind of Christian and that his moral objections to the Tyrant are those of Christian ethics.