the Linux Kernel development team in particular is known for its savagery
Considering the 1. high level of complexity and 2. high quality level of the Linux kernel, please keep him out of the regular OSS projects.
When the GIMP or LibreOffice bug (they do that often), I'm just annoyed. The Linux kernel OTOH cannot afford to bear a botched or newbie-made module.
Question is "why?" Why Yahoo! (mail, search,
There is a technical answer: most PCs come with Yahoo! stuff, the search is set to Y! and nobody changes that. The thing is, compared to the West, the Japanese do not have that "pursuit of genuineness" reaction - they trust what is popular and Y! is very popular...
Furthermore, there is no strong consumer association in Japan, and abuses (in any field) may remain undisclosed for a long time (yes, there is a connection between Y! and abuses).
Instead, being rather lenient, the court doesn't discourage that kind of behavior in companies.
"size of a small boulder"? This has to be one of the most useless size descriptions
NASA message is intended to be delivered to anybody, not only the
only the geeks have figured out that LibreOffice exists
And only the French geeks... should have called it "FreeOffice"
physicists have figured out the laws of the universe, everything might be mathematics
I'm afraid everywhere is already mathematics... This is the difference between physics and mathematics: change the way our Universe works and physics vanish, mathematics (on which physics formula are based on) remain.