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Comment Re:Why does it have to be liquid? (Score 1) 136

And why isn't gravity enough to hold the atmosphere in? Or is the gravitational field too weak?

My understanding was that the solar wind could essentially "blow away" the atmosphere over time, that the atmosphere has an external force acting on it. Earth's magnetic field is essential for deflecting the solar wind and avoiding the same fate. But that wouldn't explain why Venus, presumably dealing with a much stronger solar wind, has such a robust atmosphere with such a weak magnetic field. Venus's wikipedia article suggests that water on Venus had boiled off, and its free hydrogen and oxygen were swept into space by the solar wind. Perhaps its clouds of sulferic acid are so much heavier that gravity is enough to keep them there.

Comment Re:Of course the tech workers rebelled. (Score 1) 325

So basically you are saying you need managers who used to be geeks so that they understand the issues.

I'm not saying that at all. In fact, that can be a big mistake, and I've had geek managers before who were good geeks but poor managers (and they tended to be much happier when they left the managerial position). A manager can understand technical issues, surprise surprise! He doesn't need to know as much about it as a geek does, but in talking to the people he manages he can get a pretty good feel for how the tech staff is doing -- what they think is wrong, what the right direction should be, what the department should do differently.

Comment Re: How about if you don't like a service AVOID IT (Score 1) 232

So not using facebook makes one a hipster?! I thought only hipsters used faceblech!

Only in the early days. Now everyone uses Facebook.
Remember, the hipster is the sort of guy who says "this is popular, so it sucks." That also means that things the hipster might have once liked, he/she can't like anymore.

Comment Re:securelevel who? (Score 1) 684

Of course. I didn't know that I don't have to listen to the ideas of others and can whatever pleases me.

No one is credibly making the claim that Linus doesn't listen to other ideas. However, if he doesn't think they're -good- ideas, he is free not to implement them. The leader gets to make that sort of decision.

Comment Re:securelevel who? (Score 1) 684

Have you even read parent's comment? Or are you perhaps thinking that all backdoors are perfectly obvious, perhaps with a nice /* Backdoor */ comments?

The parents' comments are fairly ridiculous. Code that goes through the NSA and is entirely open is far MORE likely to be heavily scrutinized. If the NSA wants to put in backdoors, they will do it in areas of code that no one suspects the NSA is looking at. They would be far more effective at hiding the source of commits.

Comment Re:Benefit to end users? (Score 1) 684

The fact that Linus can't manage this isn't a facet of his awesomeness, it's a glaring revelation that he is simply a great coder and nothing else.

I wouldn't go quite that far. He's a great coder, and more than that, he has a pretty clear and consistent vision of what the kernel SHOULD be. It's quite easy to get lost in the details of your code, or just focus on your section of the code and lose that vision (or just never have it).

The situation simply points out that like a number of tech people, Linus has rather poor people skills.

Comment Re:Sincerely, good luck (Score 1) 684

I didn't agree with the views he had, but he never attacked any of the people that worked for him over their sexual preference.

No, he just funneled money to a hate campaign which argued that gay marriage would sexualize children and then dragged out the long-debunked insinuations that gays can't be trusted with kids. I would have a pretty hard time keeping my respect up for a boss like that.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 325

That's what happens when you let SJWs run things.

Ooh, I see we have an SJW as a mod today. Truth hurts, don't it?

I don't think you need to be an SJW to roll your eyes and think it's flamebait when people have to bring in that overused term to every fucking discussion that happens on the Internet.

I used to think SJW was a fantastic acronym that nicely described the mindset of a certain group of shrill advocates. Now it's so abused to hell and back that it's a meaningless term.

Comment Of course the tech workers rebelled. (Score 4, Insightful) 325

They rebelled because they don't want to do what they managers do. Decisions the managers make don't just go away because no one in charge is there to make them.

I had a job when I was in college where, in the latter days, I was promoted to a senior position in a campus computer lab that had managerial aspects in addition to the technical stuff I did before. I got that position because I knew my stuff, helped organize the lab, and was a senior worker there (in a workplace staffed by college students, it doesn't take long to attain seniority). I hated it. HATED. Worst time I've ever had in my career. The point in the semester where I was supposed to submit performance evaluations.. I dreaded that. These were decisions that would affect peoples' salaries. Affect whether they were kept on. Affect what they heard from the "real" managers. For a guy who wanted to code and set up servers and tinker, it was a stressful distraction.

I think a lot of geeks are like that. They don't want to be the manager. They don't want to be involved with those sorts of decisions. But there are so many things that a good manager will do to remove that burden from the geek. They can manage inter-personal conflicts. They can decide the direction that the department will go in. Most importantly, they can negotiate with other departments. If the tech department has no advocate who can explain in plain language the pros and cons of technical decisions, then other departments are going to make those decisions for the tech department without any input from them. I'm sure there are a lot of geeks who are now saying "oh, it's already like that everywhere." It's not. In particularly dysfunctional environments it can be, but in places where various departments have a good managerial staff, at least executives can understand what the risks involved are, and what is realistic. I understand the temptation to replace bad managers with no managers, but I can't see how "getting rid of all the managers" will improve that situation.

Comment Re:If this part is true, then it's unprofessional (Score 1) 922

Professionalism is not about how one acts or what one says, professionalism is about the quality of work which one performs, and the expertise, knowlegde, and insight one performs it with.

Bull. Shit. (He says, unprofessionally) Professionalism has ALWAYS included how you treat people who you come into contact with as a part of your job, and that has also included co-workers.

If you act down to the standard we associate with elementary school kids, then you can't really be called "professional."