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Comment Re:Good lord (Score 1) 927

What's the difference if Linus calls something "crap" rather than "contribution of limited utility"? I think it's acceptable that he uses right and direct language to express his frustration. Anything else would be dishonest. The very difference between normative language and non-normative language is arbitrary and I think it should go. Actual lkml posts doesn't reveal anything other than Linus sometimes using expletives, that's not enough to actually make environment toxic. People are just lazy and judge only by individual words without seeing full picture.

Comment Re:Business (Score 1) 212

On the other hand Pokemon Company didn't and couldn't lose any money or suffer any other kind of harm due to that event so this lawsuit is abuse of law. For sure this party couldn't erode brand image or lead to consumer confusion, which the company admitted by not filing a trademark suit and abusing copyright instead.

Comment Re:Pirates of the Caribbean? (Score 1) 956

Yes it was logical to brand the kid a possible terrorist. A lot cheaper and easier than actually maintain appropriate classes for technically minded students. If they didn't bust him for terrorism he could possibly make them look stupid and incompetent and there's no way they could allow that. It could affect their bottom line.

Comment Re:Germany does have a unique history (Score 1) 728

Nothing unique about Germany's history.Holocaust-like things happened in many other places too, and Lebensraum doctrine was part of German culture long before Hitler and still will be long time after. They just pretend it isn't, so that possible victims won't bug them too much before they're ready to make their move, and childish ultra-nationalists give them away. That's why they outlaw their speech.

Comment Re:Article gives the wrong impression (Score 2) 257

The consequence of "publish and perish" model is that most of scientific papers just aren't very useful. Proper science is still being done, though it's drowned out by scientists who have nothing more useful to add at the moment but have to publish in order to get grants. And there's not much difference here between psychology and "hard" sciences.

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