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Comment Re: Less politics (Score 2) 110

Let's put this as simply as possible: When the public face of your company actively supports a hate group, it reflects poorly on your organization.

Had Mozilla forced Eich out, they'd have been justified. Neither the organization, it's employees, or their users want to be associated with hate groups. Of course, they did NOT force Eich out, he resigned on his own.

Mozilla didn't do what you claim they did. I'm saying that they'd have been justified, had that actually been the case.

This isn't complicated.

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 5, Interesting) 110

When you're the public face of an organization, you don't have that luxury.

Jared Fogle, for example, wasn't using Subway to promote child molestation, but Subway gave him the ax anyway. They dropped him even before there was any trial! Where they wrong to disassociate themselves from Fogle? Would you still say:

I wouldn't have a problem with it either, because as a private citizen, he has the right to do whatever they please.

What if your kid's school teacher openly supported NAMBLA?

Of course, Eich resigned on his own because he believed that was in the best interest of the organization. Mozilla didn't "force him out" like you seem to believe. It was the users who shouted, en masse, that they don't want a hatemonger leading Mozilla.

What continues to surprise me is the number of people that believe that a person should be shamed/punished/etc for what they do as a private citizen.

How, exactly, do you think societies work? Do you think free speech guarantees you freedom from the consequences of that speech?

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 4, Insightful) 110

The trouble here is that you don't personally find Eich's politics repugnant. If, instead, he was actively supporting white supremacists, you wouldn't see anything wrong with either the criticism Mozilla received, nor would you so vocally object to Eich's resignation at every opportunity. (This is not to imply that one hate group is less repugnant than the other.)

There's no hypocrisy there, except in your own imagination. I can't even begin to guess how you came that that particular conclusion.

Comment Re:A deeply fragmented society, driven by emotions (Score 3, Insightful) 220

Of course, you're only talking to people that already agree with you. People who disagree with you are walking away, unsubscribing, etc. just like you've been doing to them.

When you share your message with millions, you start to think that you're really making a difference; like you're really doing a lot to spread your ideas. Of course, you're only sharing your message with people who have already heard it, and already agree.

That racist idiot shouting nonsense on street to passers by is, possibly, reaching more people from his street corner than than the average social media user can from inside their echo chamber.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 88

I don't see why it wouldn't. A lot of kids started off back in the 80's with type-in programs. A lot of the Hour of Code activities seem similar, but now augmented with helpful annotations. That seems like an improvement to me.

There's a strange belief here that learning to program ought be a painful rite of passage to weed out the undeserving. It used to just be a fun hobby the average kid could pick-up in a few days.

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