Depend on the meaning of Freedom I guess. To me that means that my tools do not get in my way, and that I will have full control over the result.Depends on the meaning of Fixing I guess. There is nothing flawed in a design that doesn't have control points at extremities, and has overlapping paths. Letting the computer do that work frees the designer from work, and gives him more freedom.
I think Diana meant a 256 character set from the good old days of Type 1 PostScript fonts, where class kerning was not possible. In those fonts you had to kern each glyph individually (in editors like Fontographer, or Robofog, or FontStudio). It was very common to end up with a kerning table with more than 3,000 pairs if you took care of all accented glyphs too.I think that are way to many kerning pairs for such a font. If you have more that 1000 there is something wrong with your spacing.