Yes, the answer to violence is usually more violence.
Yes, actually, that's correct. Were you trying to be ironic or funny? When somebody is intent on harming you, and actively trying to harm you, it's very unlikely that saying "Come on, hey, come on, stop that, won't you?" is going to do much to stop them from punching you in the face.
On the other hand, being clearly capable & unafraid of beating the shit out of them is often an effective deterrent, and if deterrence fails, employing your capability for violence WILL end the violence being directed at you.
There are all kinds of reasons why somebody would view violence as a legitimate path, and BEFORE somebody engages in violence, you may be able to redirect that intention using talk and persuasion... but once violence is employed, it's not likely you're going to be able to talk someone out of continuing the violence without being willing and able to defend yourself, violently.
What if this somebody is harming you because you keep stealing his lunch? Your idea is to keep beating the shit out of him until he can't attack you anymore?
America, fuck yeah!
There's a "really funny" story about xscreensaver, that you should look up one day...
Thank you for the very entertaining read. Now I know not use Debian anymore.
My favorite quote from that discussion:
I'm personally totally fine with having an 18 months old xscreensaver in Stable. As I am with nearly all other packages. I mean, it's Stable, not bleeding edge.
Guys, 1999 called, they want their Software Development practices back.
We can found no scientific discipline, nor a healthy profession on the technical mistakes of the Department of Defense and IBM. -- Edsger Dijkstra