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but now that he's gone people are actually comparing him to Edison or Tesla in their grief. It's embarrassing to those of us with a brain.
Why? Pure technology is never everything. Making good user interfaces and good usability takes intelligence and knowledge. This is the same kind of elitist "what I do is much more harder and requires more intelligence than what others do" bullshit. It's on the edge of narcissism.
Your product or technology might be hundreds of times better than the competitors, but it still needs to have good usability and all the other things. This is the same thing about marketing - even if your product is in every way superior to others, it doesn't help if no one knows about it.
These are the two things geeks seem to ignore and just act like they're better than anyone else.
I'm not exactly fan of Apple, but Richard Stallman has no merits to basically say he's glad Steve Jobs is dead. Apart from the fact that it is completely stupid thing to say, he just seems jealous that people like Jobs' products and ideas better. The fact is, apart from the a few geeks, people in the real world really don't care about his views or what he is trying to promote.
When people, even some geeks, think about Apple's products they just think they can go to a store and buy a device that will work straight away and is guaranteed to have some quality. They don't want to mess around with the system. Running only free software really does not concern them and never will. It would be good if Stallman and other FOSS fanatics understood that and stop acting like jerks, because that will only have negative effect on their image.
Seriously, what was he thinking? Now people will think of Linux geeks as those lunatics who are happy to see people die.
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It's just sad that now a days every piece of story is taken as absolute truth.
If you worry that some nuclear designs leak out, what about not creating them in the first place? Their only purpose is to mass kill thousands of people. And US is still the ONLY country in the history to even use nuclear weapons against another country. It's such a fucking huge hypocrisy. "Protecting from evil countries" while US itself is the root of evil and has always been. But what more can you expect from a country made of Christians and their beliefs in some imaginary god in the sky.
Maybe I'm being too harsh on US though, as it's clear this has roots all the way back to ancient European beliefs, Rome and Christianity. At least Buddhism teaches real things, real values and there's no imaginary persons, as Buddha himself has actually lived. And he said to think and evaluate things with your own brains, instead of following some stupid book.