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Comment Re:Why more careful? (Score 3, Insightful) 109

Yep, it is only a failure in delivery.

Had I spent money on it, I would not have considered the "investment" failed.

I (co-)founded several companies in my career. The chances of success are rarely better than 1:4, rather 1:10 in most cases.

So instead of saying "it failed" let's use "We found a 1-million-US$ approach that doesn't work" ;-).

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

If I wish to scare a recruit sufficiently to obey me and charge into near certain death at some point in the future, I may chose that approach. And it works only with a certain type.

Should I rely on the recruits intellectual work, that approach would be very counter-productive. Believe me, pointing out a stupid mistake in a very discrete manner can achieve a much better effect.

P.S. Went through army training (15 months) and really can't remember a single thing of what was yelled at me back then.

P.P.S. If you want people to change their ways, exposure or coverage actually damages the cause. Because people remember the shaming much stronger than the cause. It may have an effect on others as well then, but such is called "making an example of" and I truly hope Linus is above that.

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

If you do this and say "You moron" to your coworker, you both are on the same power level. But probably nobody except him will ever hear it and he might not even take it serious (because he knows you).

But now imagine that the boss of your boss of your boss says the same about you on an official company meeting in front of all other employees. Even if meant as joke, as most people don't know him personally, it will be taken seriously.

Linus is a very powerful person. Though he did not try to achieve that, he wields an incredible amount of power. He must be very careful wielding it.

There is a reasons that medieval kings usually spoke most polite. Because when Henry II once uttered "Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?", Thomas Beckett died. Probably Henry did not intend to command murder (historians are divided about that), but it happened nonetheless.

Luckily we live in better times and probably (and I am sorry to have to include that qualifier) nobody will kill anyone else due to a diss by Linus. But if Linus shows anger, this may cost people their job and career.

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

If he wishes to convey that, he can write "I am angry." But I would advise against that.

Because there is another point, that one should be aware of. There is a huge "power differential" between the sender and the recipient of the mail.

If I were to say "Puff_Of_Hot_Air posts a lot of cr*p online" this might not be nice, but it would not impact his life much (but perhaps our relationship). Our levels of "power" are roughly same.

Should I write the same about an employee of my company, this might make that person fear for his job. That is because in that context, I wield a lot of power. The effect is there, even if I do not intend to do any harm.

Linus is a very powerful person. Not formalized power, but probably more powerful than the average politician. Others may socially or otherwise harm the person dissed in that post. Not because Linus wants it to be done, but just because those persons admire Linus. There are probably a lot of admirers in the area the recipient is working in.

The excessive use of such explicit language will lower the barrier that prevents others from taking a negative action.ï

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

What I would have written (example):

"and nobody will think that the above is (a) legible (b) efficient (even with the magical compiler support) or (c) particularly safe."

"A shiny function that we have never ever needed anywhere else, and that is just used as showcase for a compiler feature."

The sentence "And itâ(TM)s a f*cking bad excuse for that braindamage" would have been scratched completely by me, as it does not contain any message.

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

As I wrote, i don't complain about "sh*t" or "crap".

But he writes the author is "incompetent and out to lunch" and accuses him to do things for "compiler-masturbation".

My main point is: this serves no purpose. It does not make anything clearer or help the discussion (rather to the contrary).

I don't want to have every sentence corrected by ten people and checked for gluten ;-). I just think, even a genius can afford a bare minimum of civility.

Comment Disagree with the language used... (Score 2, Insightful) 576

Two points:

a) I agree with him on the code, but I am not a competent coder myself.

b) I disagree with the form of communication and that is an area where I am competent.

As Linus expects others to write proper code, I expect people to conduct proper communication.

Same rules apply: If it does not improve the flow of information, it does not belong in the email. Some swearwords don't bring any points across that could not be covered by "professional english" subset ;-). I think "sh*t" and "crap" may be considered validly applied here. But beyond that, it generates an unnecessary conflict at rc7 time. ï

Comment Simplification (Score 1) 280

That statements simplifies the legal situation. The example was concerning high-level restaurants where the food presentation might reach a level of art that could be protected. You won't get hammered for taking a shot of your burger at McDonalds ;-).

Even with high-level restaurants, while there may be a policy which asks you not to take photos, no lawsuit has been initiated yet. So this is a very theoretical discussion.

And all of this has to be tested in court....

Comment A bit of history (Score 4, Informative) 111

The last time such accusations were leveled against the press the secretary of defense had to vacate his chair afterwards. (Spiegel-Scandal)

The time before, it won the person publishing "state secrets" the Nobel Peace Price (Carl con Ossietzky)

So the accusations against are rather honoring them in the eyes of those who know history.

The shortest distance between two points is under construction. -- Noelie Alito