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Comment Re: Ignore the Wayland hate (Score 1) 104

Spoken like someone fundamentally afraid of code. X is a big lump of code, but it's written without too much spaghetti and you can follow the call tree to understand how stuff gets for on call to server to device to screen. And if you take the time: a few days to get an impression, a few weeks to gain notional comprehension, and a few months to achieve fluency, you'll "understand". And if you were serious about tweaking your own implementation, you could do it. Unless you're a lazy ass.

Comment Re: Those who do not understand X (Score 2) 104

Yes. But they don't understand the needs of people who use X, and they don't understand that they don't understand. That's why talking to them about network transparency has been only marginally more productive than discussing the finer points of French Impressionism with an upturned tree stump.

Comment Re: Seriously?? (Score 1) 104

I won't. 1 the team has no credibility because of their many years long opposition to network transparency and 2 whatever product they do churn out won't be as known and as debugged/understood X is. X has a 30 year lead on them. Any one of those in isolation and they might have stood a chance like if they didn't have network transparency but were also mature tech, or if they were new but started with a goal to replicate all existing X functionality. Both new and contrary is a no go in a domain where things need to just work without surprises.

Comment Re: Seriously?? (Score 1) 104

Yes, that "random ad hoc" stuff is called the capabilities of the computer environment. Kind of like reading CDs and USB keys. Most people most of the time don't do it, but I don't think you want to pull those bits out of the kernel. Other than a tiny minority of technical users, most people don't write C code either. Should we drop the C compiler from the standard Linux environment too? Why not go whole horse and just use Windows? No compiler, no remote terminal, no native nothing without third-party add-ons. Just because most of your friends aren't capable of taking the full advantage of a Linux machine with x11 doesn't mean you get to piss all over it and fuck it up for the rest of us.

Comment Re:Ex-Hawaii resident here (Score 1) 277

OK. What's your sane argument? What can you possibly pull out of the aether to justify the tactics being used to halt the construction of the telescope? And I will remind you that sane arguments must be constructed from the framework of laws-on-the-books, past precedents, and actual logic, not emotion, not imagined grievances, and not political statements.

Comment Re:Unhelpful Whining (Score 1) 277

Rich and powerful my ass. That's the go-to label for anyone that's doing something other than worshipping at the alter of Social Justice. A mom-and-pop operation can find itself labeled "rich and powerful" if they fail to fill their one job opening with people of the favored skin color and the favored Historical Injustice(TM) weighing on their souls to this very day.

Comment Re:Ex-Hawaii resident here (Score 1) 277

We don't need to grok anything other than the fact that they tanked a big scientific instrument for no reason other than their aboriginal superstitions and less-than-veiled disdain for anything haole. And that's bullshit, regardless of where they're coming from, which is to say that their position is not defensible in any sane argument.

Comment The difference between abstraction and reality (Score 2) 277

In the abstract, intellectual sense, you can be all for the rights of "marginalized peoples" and against the "the man".

But when you naively put theory into practice, you start to get some less-than-happy outcomes and get mugged by reality and start to get a visceral understanding of some facts, like

1. Turns out that the marginalized peoples are marginalized not because they're innocent noble pacifists more in tune with nature, but because they're superstitious anti-science savages who worship sacred rocks and can't be reasoned with.
2. The Man actually has a millenia-long tradition of scientific inquiry and exploration, which is how you get to have a roof over your head, food on the table, indoor plumbing, electric lights, and a lifespan longer than 30.
3. Fighting for Justice (TM) is all well and good. But when we're sitting pretty in the civilized world, there really isn't much real injustice to fight against. So like a child raised in a sterile environment only to develop allergies to everything, a society taught to attack "injustice" will turn its energies against itself, and superstition and paganism can trump science.
4. Freedom of religion is all well and good, but we in the west tend to have more personal and private religions, where my faith doesn't place any demands on your lifestyle. The savages, on the other hand, tend to have communal 'religions' with sacrifices to pagan idols in the extreme case, and elaborate restrictions on the freedom of their inherents in the most charitable interpretation. One is compatible with capital-f Freedom, one is not. Our culture is about freedom, theirs isn't. You can't compromise between the two.

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