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Comment Re:Can't take the heat? (Score 4, Interesting) 517

i have little coding knowledge and have no idea how kernel coding collaboration works

but i tend to side with linus

if he verbally abused me i'd first make sure i didn't do something so stupid it warrants such a response (in case you want to say 'nothing warrants verbal abuse', we're adults, not children) before deciding to move away.

Here's an example of Linus ranting on someone:


Yes, it's pretty harsh. But I can't honestly say that what Linus said was wrong.

Comment Re:Who? (Score -1, Troll) 517

And he isn't coming into your home or office and berating you in person.

And that makes a difference... how, exactly?

Because you are apparently too dense to understand the difference between:

- A random person, who you've never met and who is 4000 miles away, calling you an asshole on a mailing list
- Your boss, who controls whether or not you continue to be employed, calling you an asshole to your face.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 2, Insightful) 517

Just another attention-whoring SJW.

Who got their panties in a bunch because WAAAAAHHHH LINUS SAID MEAN THINGS TO ME ON A MAILING LIST

Yes, Linus Torvalds is a gigantic, flaming dickwad. So what.

He's not your employer. You don't depend on him for your paycheck. And he isn't coming into your home or office and berating you in person. If you're that upset about something that someone wrote on a mailing list, and you have a problem with the basic concept that this is the guy who created Linux and this is how he wants things to work, then you need to GTFO.

Comment Re:Can't Take the Heat........? (Score 4, Insightful) 843

Everyone who gets involved in kernel development (male, female or other) finds the whole process utterly brutal and gets the shit kicked out of them at some stage. While not all that nice sometimes it at least does ensure that ideas and code passes the mustard.

I generally try not to be a dickwad. However, I'm not in charge of a major software project. After reading Linus' explanation of why he isn't "nice" I can't say i disagree with him:

The fact is, people need to know what my position on things are. And I can't just say "please don't do that", because people won't listen. I say "On the internet, nobody can hear you being subtle", and I mean it.

And I definitely am not willing to string people along, either. I've had that happen too - not telling people clearly enough that I don't like their approach, they go on to re-architect something, and get really upset when I am then not willing to take their work.

Comment Re:Yet another company that does not need to exist (Score 1) 107

And if you treat people like this, no wonder they never come back. Groupon gives you potential customers who are interested in the kind of thing that you're selling, willing to try buying it from you, and on your premises where you can try to convert them into repeat customers. If you can't persuade at least some of these people to come back regularly then that says a lot more about your customer service than it does about Groupon.


What Groupon primarily attracts is cheapskates. People who are only interested in the lowest price and then move on. Belligerent assholes who come into your business with an coupon they know has expired and then scream at you for not honoring it. This is well documented by the many businesses who have lost money on the Groupon scam.

Comment Re:Should've taken Google's $6B offer (Score 1) 107

Sure, they'd have lost their autonomy, but they'd have been a multi-unicorn and cashed out instead of losing money rapidly as people figured out that Groupon isn't very useful and was more or less a fad.

Google's buyout offer never would have gone through. Once Google did some due diligence they would have backed out of the deal.

Comment Re:Move and die! (Score 4, Insightful) 351

Well behaved ads are not an issue.

And that's the real problem that the AdBlock haters don't want to admit.

More and more pages crammed full of more and more annoying, distracting ads that are either (a) worthless shit that nobody would ever click on, except accidentally, or (b) outright scams and malware.

Clean up your shit and adblocking goes away.

Comment Re: Police? (Score 1) 370

I see this argument a lot and it's pretty stupid. Phone books were usually only distributed to the local area,

And they didn't contain links to a million other bits of data on you, either. There wasn't much you could do with a phone book back then, really (at least not compared to present day maliciousness).

Really, though, I blame social media and the "Cult Of Sharing Everything" for this shit. It all seems so innocuous to share and share and share and then one day you get doxxed...and by that time it's waaaaaaaaay too late to do a damn thing about it.

Exactly. They didn't dox you. YOU DOXXED YOURSELF!

Comment Re:Firefox and Javascript (Score 1) 137

Try going to amazon.com, and just sit there on the front page doing nothing.

One entire core will peg out to 100%, the computer fans kick into turbo mode, and the browser process uses 2GB of memory.

Just sitting there doing nothing with JS enabled.

Nope. Don't see that at all.