Nobody was denied rights. California recognized homosexual unions, and gave them all the same rights (visitation, inheritance, custody, etc.) as man/woman marriages, before prop 8 was approved by the voters. The whole debate boiled down to what one or another group of people wanted the union to be called.
The fish *have* evolved immunity to the toxic sludge...
But only if they actually did evolve. As the grandparent rightly points out, this case appears to be an excellent confirmation of selection, but that's not what's missing in the dialog to convince people of evolution. In this case, we don't have confirmation of a mutation, let alone a *random* mutation. A non-random mutation (a "designed" one) wouldn't count, obviously.
This is what, I believe, the grandparent was saying. You can't run around trying to convince people of evolution just by pointing out instances of selection. This is, unfortunately, what often happens - causing people to just become entrenched in their positions and the dialog to falter.
Of course, Linus is not a lawyer, and his interpretation of GPL may not be correct. But the gist of the original story was that it was legal analysis made by an IP lawyer, and he essentially agreed with Linus.
I'll give you a specific example where Linus is dead wrong. errno.h. This header, from the kernel, is included in almost every Linux user-space program, whether open source or not. (glibc's errno.h includes the kernel's errno.h) If you can provide an example of a kernel header file you think would be a problem to include, please specify it.
Instead, we have statements like this in the original blog entry by Raymond Nimmer: "Not having examined the facts, I don’t know the actual truth of the matter." Indeed That pretty much describes all commentators in the entire mess.
Please note that there have been no failed terrorist attacks in the past 10 years.
An attack that is attempted but fails costs more than money.
That's just silly. I'm sure there were a number of terrorist attacks which were thwarted, but which no one heard anything about. This denied the terrorists *all* of their objectives, including the psychological ones. I'm sure no one is thanking the government for that (how could they), but foiling attacks and NOT alerting the public is an important part of the policy of response to terrorism.
There will be no "peak helium", just a slide into higher prices, and a shift to higher conservation and efficiency, as with other non-renewables.
...effect of capricious supernatural sky fairies...
I know diety disdain is popular here on Slashdot, but "Act of God" is a legal term of art. You can calm down now.