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Comment Re:You need conditioner! (Score 0) 302

If Linus is pretty much exclusively allocating his kernel development time to reviewing and merging patches, then he is not directing the development of the kernel. If those employed by corporations are the majority contributors of code that end up merged, they are directing the development of the kernel.

These two statements more or less follow from the simple definitions of the key words involved. I am not really sure how you can twist them around to mean the exact opposite.

Comment Re:What is it that you say? (Score 1) 442

In Michigan, the "higher commercial standards" required to be a taxi driver are taking an initial multiple-choice test and then paying $10 more for each license renewal. You are given a pamphlet with the study material, and then 10 minutes later you take the test. Only people with extremely poor memories will fail.

Comment Re:Rape sympathizers (Score 0) 226

Treat it like any other allegation. Innocent until proven guilty and all that.

Go fuck yourself with a toothpick.

Innocent until proven guilty is a legal principle, under which we expect courts to operate. It is not a guiding principle for anyone else. Nor does anyone else need keep themselves to the same standards evidence.

Comment Re: Assembling people (Score 2, Informative) 219

You're not well-acquainted with human history, are you? The reason that voting is setup this way is precisely because all those things you poo-poo as not being realistic actually happened. Not in the hyperbolic forms you state, but in effect. Vote buying. Intimidation. These are real problems, and you don't realize it because you've only ever voted while the solutions have been in place.

Comment Re:Except they do already (Score 1) 128

I'm a bit skeptical that an Apple Store employee saw an app that wasn't from the App Store on a device that quit after only three days.

I brought in a 1st gen 3G iPad that had bent. Replaced on the spot. Brought in an iPad where some number of pixels (a line or two down the middle) stopped working. Replaced on the spot.

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