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Comment Re:Just kick him out. (Score 1) 338

Owing to my own stupid decisions as a teenager, I've had to obtain a job without a fixed address and about $10 in my pocket. The guy was working as an IT professional, and obviously wasn't overly concerned about his finances, as he simply quit because he didn't like the job. I'd give the kid 30 days to find a job or go couch surf somewhere else. The US is littered with people whose parents coddled them into adulthood and have no idea how or desire to deal with real life. It's time for the school of hard knocks: there's the easy way, and there's the hard way. The kid can take his pick.

Comment Re:Still.... (Score 5, Insightful) 1051

Or it looks like someone had a temper tantrum because he's a celebrity and doesn't have to be decent to other people.

He cares more about the product being right than other peoples' opinion of him.

And the thing is, that happens. A lot. Even at microsoft. "That's the stupidest fucking thing I've ever heard!" - Bill Gates. And that was in Paul Allens book, and apparently an oft used phrase.

Sometimes the truth hurts.

Linux lives and breathes on its contributors, if you make too many public scenes you can end up with a lot of important people and companies saying it's not worth it to contribute to, or it's not worth it to contribute to under Torvalds, that would be a very ugly mess for the entire industry.

Nope. Linus has been Linus his whole life. This "story" isn't anything new. Oddly enough, Linux keeps marching onward, with plenty of contributors who are both volunteers and paid by various corporations to contribute work.

Worse still is if this sort of behaviour sets the tone for everyone else trying to be the next Linus, and they try to copy his to behavior (and that definitely happened at microsoft) and you end up with an organization full of asshole managers who no one wants to work for.

Again, the truth hurts. Projects like these don't tolerate stupidity well, especially given the fact that it's a community effort and there has to be a lot of lack of testing and communication on the part of the responsible party when something breaks like this. The price to be paid is twofold: (1) very public expressions of the harm caused by such issues, and (2) potential relief from duties related to the issue at hand, whether temporary or permanent in nature.

Granted, it's not really a shock that Torvalds likes to... speak his mind. That's part of his thing. Still, it poses a lot of questions about the sort of person who's going to be around to succeed him if he gets hit by a bus so to speak. Certainly Tim Cook and Steve Ballmer have not been able to find the right magic replacing their more famous bosses, and one would hope Linux manages better than Apple and MS have, admittedly, those jobs are completely different.

Step right up if you can do it better or know others who can. It takes strong leadership founded on the idea that others follow you primarily for you technical ability, and secondarily for your "soft skills" to manage a technical project of this scale. Sometimes people have problems replacing their famous bosses because while the old boss may have been widely regarded as an asshole, he was an effective asshole, and numbers (whether measured in uptime, lack of showstopping functional bugs, level of attention to security issues, or profit per quarter) don't lie.

All things considered, I saw far worse than this in my prior military service (Navy submarine force, ET-COM) in cases where somebody did something stupid that resulted in a systems failure, and oddly enough some aspects of this whole deal remind me a bit of organizational units in the services that pride themselves on putting job performance and technical ability first. Those who get butthurt about being dressed down are free to find something else to do with their time.

Comment Re:I was using Waterfrox (Score 1) 209

From your citation:

... that do not need to use either real mode or virtual 8086 mode in order to execute at any time ... Real-mode programs and programs that use virtual 8086 mode at any time cannot be run in long mode unless they are emulated in software ...

Speaking as someone who's been writing software since 1988, please enlighten us with more information on your background as a programmer. I strongly suspect the the GP was right in positing that you simply don't have the faintest idea what you're talking about.

Comment Re:It's about time. (Score 3, Insightful) 180

Speaking as someone who deals with Cisco gear on nearly a daily basis, I fully agree with the premise of people needing to understand the difference between Cisco gear and alternatives designed for smaller environments. That said, most of the issues with Linksys products in recent years have been attributable to Cisco neglecting the hell out of Linksys branded product lines, and simply using the resulting failures to attempt to sell Cisco branded gear. It's been truly shameful, and I'd love to see it come to a stop.

Comment It's about time. (Score 4, Interesting) 180

Linksys produced some decent gear prior to the acquisition. After Cisco bought the company, the default answer for any sort of serious trouble with SOHO gear became "oh, I see you're referring to our Linksys brand; if you're serious about small office or branch office communications, you need to upgrade to our HOLY SHIT THAT'S EXPENSIVE Cisco brand gear instead." This applied nearly universally to cases where a prior generation piece of Linksys gear had performed quite well in the same role. Here's to hoping the brand can get back to its roots instead of serving as a loss leader for more expensive gear.

Comment Re:Title is misleading (Score 1) 510

Attempting to justify the continued existence of unions by pointing to past efforts that resulted in the creation of an entirely separate (and useful) entity is a logical fallacy. Prior good work alone doesn't support something existed in perpetuity, unless you're also of the opinion that going to work for a single day should result in continued pay for a year whether you show up or not. You may well have other justifications to present, but this one doesn't work. No pun intended.

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