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Comment Re:System may be working? (Score 1) 321

there's also a slightly more benign (insofar as evils being on a grade) explanation; covering asses.

There is nothing benign about doing the wrong thing and removing one's freedoms. If anything, the fact that this is there to prevent penalty for what is otherwise a criminal act is exactly the opposite of benign!

Comment Re:"Partner" (Score 2) 426

Perhaps, but in this context I thought he was referring to a journalist in which he was collaborating.

... you know, some of us use the term partner because we wish to emphasize our commitment to each other, instead of the sex of our lover.

If that is the case then "husband" would be an equally despicable word.

Comment Re:Speak For Yourself (Score 1) 41

Some mass media manipulate graphs to large audiences to alter their opinion. Here's a bunch of good examples:

One has to look pretty closely to ensure that each graph has a y-axis that starts at 0, a consistent x-axis, that the height of bars and points match the numbers that are presented and other forms of lying with data.

Comment Re:You can't fix stupid (Score 1) 668

An education beyond intelligence most likely results in rejection of the information due to a lack of understanding.

Or parroting information without understanding, like so many students do on their exams that ultimately lead to their graduation and completion of education.

On the heirarchy of knowledge, data becomes information, information becomes knowledge, and knowledge becomes wisdom. In education, we present previously understood information in hopes of developing knowledge. In reality, it's nothing more than data to the student, some of whom will internalize it as desired, but many will not.

You can test this with people. All you have to do is listen to someone describe something a little technical, such as selecting a sorting algorithm, a specific PRNG algorithm, or a statistical model, and then ask them "why?"

Comment Re:What about new talent? (Score 1) 1501

I'm very familiar with the disagreement between Linus and Mauro. Mauro messed up. When Linus called him out on it, Mauro claimed that it was the userspace application's fault (!!!). A livid Linus told him to shut up and follow the rules (don't break userspace!). Then this exchange continued a little more. Mauro is an example of a developer who pushes back against the rules even though he's been in the game long enough to know not to. Swearing at Mauro is one thing, I think Linus should have considered ignoring Mauro's contributions as he has demonstrated a clear lack of judgment.

If Linus wouldn't have been very clear with his frustration, how much longer would that exchange have been?

Here's the exchange:

Comment Re:Professional != Tantrums (Score 1) 1501

Linus has been doing this for a very long time during which Linux has grown from his pet project to a major OS, so you seem to be off base about the long-term cost. This same management strategy made Bill Gates the richest man in the world and MS the leader in the business and desktop. Apple is the most valuable company in the world because Jobs employed this approach as well.

Comment Re:What about new talent? (Score 1) 1501

This is the nature of OSS because you cannot fire your employees. You see, as an employee if I don't like your work, I'll let you go. But as a OSS leader, if you constantly pester me with the way you think things should be, I will develop a lack of empathy and tell you to go eat it. Hopefully, you'll either behave as I need you, or you'll stop pestering me.

Take a look through the mailing list and see how many times someone tells Linus he's wrong because it should be in C++ or Python or some other language. See how many times someone wants to pollute the source with some hack or feature that belongs in user space. Linus cannot fire these people, and his attempts to reason with them only have them continually post to the mailing list. The only response is to ban them, or tell them harshly to go away unless they have something of substance to contribute.

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