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Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 5, Insightful) 873

That's exactly what Linus *doesn't* want. "How to Win Friends and Influence People" is all about manipulating people, stroking their ego and trying to act in a way so that they like you. The underlying assumption is that you should change yourself to better accomodate other people's expectations. Linus already explained why he is completely against all of this in the first discussion with Sarah Sharp:

Because if you want me to "act professional", I can tell you that I'm not interested. I'm sitting in my home office wearign a bathrobe. The same way I'm not going to start wearing ties, I'm *also* not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords. Because THAT is what "acting professionally" results in: people resort to all kinds of really nasty things because they are forced to act out their normal urges in unnatural ways.

Comment Re:Brother Guy rocks: (Score 1) 268

You don't need to be a religius person to believe in baseless or wrong theories and have them influence your work. Still this guy seems to have a much clearer vision of the limits of religion and that natural phenomena are in the domain of science:

Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism – it's turning God into a nature god.

Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 2) 151

First of all, making sure that the existence of emulators is buried as deep as possible, since they somehow believe that it's the major cause of their lack of profits.

On top of that, they want every content featuring Nintendo IP to be licensed through their Nintendo Creators Program, which requires an approval of the video from Nintendo before publication and Nintendo getting a share of the profits from Youtube. They believe fair use basically never applies to any and whatever content produced which features Nintendo IP.

Basically they still fail at Internet and social media in general.

Comment Re:If you ride a bike... (Score 4, Interesting) 696

Actually the typical advice given to bikers is to ride thinking that everyone around you is actively trying to kill you. It works because most people grossly underestimate how others can be *incompetent* but have much less difficulties in thinking about how others could be *malicious*. This is helpful in getting enough caution out of them.

Comment Re:Passenger Weight Limits (Score 1) 373

Fault doesn't matter: what matters is the *individual* cost of transporting somebody. Until now the individual cost didn't matter, it was all put together and everyone paid an equal share, but it actually makes sense that if *you* are more expensive to carry around, *you* need to pay more for the service, be it due to having a lot of fat, muscle or having an Adamantium skeleton.

Comment Re:Can we quit pretending that it's car "sharing"? (Score 1) 231

That depends: in Legal Positivism unjust laws are laws nonetheless, but in Natural Law unjust laws are not possible, so an unjust law is by definition invalid and it's in your right to challenge them. It might even be considered a moral obligation to do so.

Comment Re:Uber is "ride sharing" ? (Score 1) 168

Uber knows that it has very little chance to push for changes in legislations in Saudi Arabia, but it has actually chances in western countries. On top of that the consequences of losing such a battle are pretty different. It makes perfectly sense for them not to fight battles they are very unlikely to lose but still fight battles they believe they can win in the long term.

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge." -- Bakunin [ed. note - I would say: The urge to destroy may sometimes be a creative urge.]