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Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the can't-we-all-just-get-along? dept.

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netbuzz writes "Last night Linux creator Linus Torvalds took to his Google+ page and called Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney 'a f***ing moron.' Torvalds' stated reason? Romney's much-ridiculed suggestion that air passengers would be safer in emergencies if aircraft windows could be opened (a suggestion which some, including Snopes.com, have taken as a joke). Torvalds also recently called Mormonism, Romney's religion, 'bats**t crazy.' Is this just Linus being Linus? Or does such outspokenness on non-technical matters reflect poorly on the Linux community that Torvalds leads?"

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Reflects poorly (5, Insightful)

linear a (584575) | about 2 years ago | (#41471289)

eom

Re:Reflects poorly (0)

forestgomp (526317) | about 2 years ago | (#41471363)

true dat

Re:Reflects poorly (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471401)

eom

bitch ass nigga

idiotic politically correct fears indeed (5, Insightful)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | about 2 years ago | (#41471457)

I do agree with him in this sense: you shouldn't need to censor your personal thoughts just for political correctness. Or even "professionalism", as TFA asks for. Even if you're someone of popularity. It shouldn't reflect at all on the Linux community, in the same way Reiser FS didn't become complete shit after Hans' better judgement slipped away from him.

Could he have used more mature words? Sure. But does anyone really care?

Re:idiotic politically correct fears indeed (2, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | about 2 years ago | (#41471519)

But does anyone really care?

I would venture a guess the 15+ million Mormons worldwide do. The fact that the Mormon religion is heavily invested in business (right or wrong considering their status as a religion), I would guess it wasn't Linus' brightest moment--apology or not.

Re:idiotic politically correct fears indeed (3, Informative)

shentino (1139071) | about 2 years ago | (#41471569)

Bright or not, that would be caving to alleged mormon influence, as in "don't piss us off or we will hurt you"

Which smacks of intimidation.

Re:idiotic politically correct fears indeed (5, Insightful)

frosty_tsm (933163) | about 2 years ago | (#41471591)

Bright or not, that would be caving to alleged mormon influence, as in "don't piss us off or we will hurt you"

Which smacks of intimidation.

What are they going to do, make all of their business investments run Windows servers?

Re:Reflects poorly (5, Insightful)

farble1670 (803356) | about 2 years ago | (#41471541)

so ... you're incapable of seeing two sides of the same person? if you disagree with them in one arena, you can't respect them in another? that seems a little simplistic.

reflects well (2, Insightful)

Coop (9778) | about 2 years ago | (#41471293)

Since Linus is speaking honestly, he makes the entire community look good.

Re:reflects well (5, Insightful)

turkeydance (1266624) | about 2 years ago | (#41471367)

success in one field (for Linus and Mitt) doesn't translate into viability with another.

Re:reflects well (-1, Flamebait)

ArcherB (796902) | about 2 years ago | (#41471539)

Since Linus is speaking honestly, he makes the entire community look good.

So rather than talking about the fact that administration can't get on the same page on whether the Libyan embassy attacks were a protest or a planned terrorist attack, or that Obama has time for Letterman, The View, Beyonce and JayZ, or that he and his wife flew out to NY on the taxpayer dime for dinner and a Broadway show, or the fact that he's spending more time of the golf course than with his financial advisors and his national security team combined, or the fact that a budget has not been passed since Obama has been in office, or the fact that more people are on food stamps, are in poverty and/or can't find a job.... Let's talk about Romney's knowledge of aeronautics and atmospheric science.

Re:reflects well (5, Insightful)

frosty_tsm (933163) | about 2 years ago | (#41471651)

Since Linus is speaking honestly, he makes the entire community look good.

or that Obama has time for Letterman, The View, Beyonce and JayZ

It's campaign season. Get over it. Every sitting president has campaigned whether it's town hall meetings, stump speeches or TV shows.

or just (-1, Flamebait)

alphatel (1450715) | about 2 years ago | (#41471303)

Maybe the motherf***cker is just telling it like it is? I mean, yes, most religions are batsh*t crazy and in America, anything except Catholic, Protestant, or a direct, Jesus-wrote that sh*t his-self, fer sure, is just not going to fly.

Romney *is* a moron (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471305)

Allowing aircraft windows to be opened is recipe for disaster, pressure and whatnot.

Parent *is* a moron (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471459)

Romney was not being serious, linked video and whatnot

Re:Romney *is* a moron (5, Insightful)

ArcherB (796902) | about 2 years ago | (#41471489)

Allowing aircraft windows to be opened is recipe for disaster, pressure and whatnot.

I've opened the window on a plane. I've even opened the door on a plane. If you are at a low enough altitude, it doesn't matter. Of course, I was on a plane that probably wouldn't make it to an altitude that is unsafe, but it was an aircraft and opening them was not a recipe for disaster. The damn thing had air vents!

I don't ask Romney to fix kernel bugs just as I don't look to Linux for political advice. Both should stick to what they know.

Re:Romney *is* a moron (3, Insightful)

line-bundle (235965) | about 2 years ago | (#41471615)

What does Romney know about political advice?

Re:Romney *is* a moron (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471661)

See that's why I think you deserve to be raped literally across the board, across every dimension of your existence from your wallet to your health to your asshole and into your stupid mouth. You actually believe a person like Romney has substantial autonomy when in fact this piece of shit is just a go-fer, errandboy and spokesperson. And he is even failing at that, looks like this asshole is just as retarded as the fucking moron who they put in our face at the moment seeing that he can't be trusted to open his foul dumb mouth in front of a mike without close supervision.

Re:Romney *is* a moron (1)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about 2 years ago | (#41471513)

In later news, it was announced that Bain Capital was opening a window-screen factory for aircraft in China.

bats**t crazy comes standard with religions. Why should Romney's be any different?

Listening to the video (5, Interesting)

rolfwind (528248) | about 2 years ago | (#41471313)

I had no clue in Romney's tone or anything else he was joking.

Re:Listening to the video (5, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | about 2 years ago | (#41471407)

Romneybot isn't programmed for the emotion known as "humor."

Re:Listening to the video (0)

ThorGod (456163) | about 2 years ago | (#41471421)

The guy's a better gaff machine that Joe Biden ever could be (Romney, that is).

Re:Listening to the video (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471525)

A Republican gaffe is when they state their party platform in public.

Come on (4, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 2 years ago | (#41471445)

I had no clue in Romney's tone or anything else he was joking.

It was obvious from his tone in the video (and from body language, and from his laughing while saying it) he was joking. The reporter who was actually there said he was joking. No rational person on earth thinks airplane windows should roll down.

Re:Come on (5, Insightful)

Derekloffin (741455) | about 2 years ago | (#41471631)

I'm sorry, Republican... hell, politicians in general, no longer can be assumed to be rational persons.

Re:Listening to the video (1)

Dan667 (564390) | about 2 years ago | (#41471553)

you never heard of spin?

Come on Slashdot, seriously? (5, Informative)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 2 years ago | (#41471315)

For those having issues understanding the summary, here's the plain text:

'a f***ing moron' = ' a fucking moron'

'bats**t crazy' = 'batshit crazy'

Hope this helps.

Re:Come on Slashdot, seriously? (-1, Flamebait)

bricko (1052210) | about 2 years ago | (#41471371)

For the entire leftist shitheads that couldn't understand the joke....stfu. Even good ole weinie Paul Krugman bit on it in the NYT in front of everyone.....heh.

Re:Come on Slashdot, seriously? (1, Interesting)

siddesu (698447) | about 2 years ago | (#41471523)

I am a right-wing shithead, and I still don't get the joke. What was funny?

Official Statement of the Open Source Community (5, Insightful)

Bruce Perens (3872) | about 2 years ago | (#41471559)

This is the Official Statement of the Open Source Community: The Open Source community is amorphous, and follows no leader. Thus, nobody is capable of making an Official Statement for the Open Source Community. This has been an Official Statement of the Open Source Comunity.

Seriously (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41471625)

Sorry, I think you may have gotten it wrong. From my understanding, Linus was stating a well-established fact -- that Romney is a fucking mor[m]on. Simple typo; he knows genius when he sees it.

Nothing wrong with calling it like you see it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471323)

Straight talk - no bull shit. Kudos to Linus.

He actually apologized (5, Informative)

TheInternetGuy (2006682) | about 2 years ago | (#41471327)

Would be nice if the summary mentioned that Linus actually apologized the next day. But I think Linus' original assessment was correct, never mind whether Romney was joking or not.

Apologies not appropriate, says the Romney camp (4, Insightful)

Bruce Perens (3872) | about 2 years ago | (#41471653)

Mr. Romney himself has said: "It's a terrible course for America to stand in apology for its values." Thus, no doubt he would condemn Mr. Torvalds apology as "appeasing our enemies".

Linus just need some hormones, that's all (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471331)

He'll be fine.. Just some relaxing meds and maybe a vacation.. ;)

Airplane fire expert (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471337)

Thank goodness Linus, the airplane fire expert, chimed in on this and put Romney in his place.

Also, his expertise in Mormonism and other religions makes his opinion very important.

Now I await CowboyNeal's input on carpet tack and today's topics will be fully covered by the experts.

Re:Airplane fire expert (4, Insightful)

Threni (635302) | about 2 years ago | (#41471405)

You don't need "expertise" in religion (whatever that means) to know that religions are `the stupid virus`, and that Mormonism in particular is really fucking stupid.

Seriously, if I started a religion today and said that you have to hit your hand with a hammer every morning, does it make hitting your hand with a hammer not stupid? If not, what test have these other, stupid, religions passed which makes them not-stupid but my one stupid?

Oh my goodness gracious! (5, Insightful)

mtrachtenberg (67780) | about 2 years ago | (#41471339)

"does such outspokenness on non-technical matters reflect poorly on the Linux community that Torvalds leads?"

Every member of the Linux community checks to see what Linus is wearing before getting dressed in the morning, right? No? Then why are you asking such an apparently stupid question?

Apparently They Think This Might Deter New Users (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 2 years ago | (#41471475)

"does such outspokenness on non-technical matters reflect poorly on the Linux community that Torvalds leads?"

Every member of the Linux community checks to see what Linus is wearing before getting dressed in the morning, right? No? Then why are you asking such an apparently stupid question?

I assume it was from this part of the "article":

In the comments on that Google+ post, David Stilson, an IT professional from San Diego writes: "I am surprised to see all of these visceral attacks on Romney and each other. When did all the Linux nerds lose their logical approach to problem solving? People install Linux in part due to the fact that they are joining a community of supportive users. If you were new to Linux would you install it after reading these posts?"

Luckily for new Linux users, they don't have to go to Linus' Google+ page nor do they have to read through random comments on it to download a distribution of Linux. Furthermore people who participate in open source are still, believe it or not, allowed to be humans! (crazy, I know)

I'm sure if you read all of Steve Ballmer's personal e-mails and political statements you could say something equally vapid about Windows and all Microsoft products.

Re:Oh my goodness gracious! (0, Flamebait)

rubycodez (864176) | about 2 years ago | (#41471621)

well, we know what Romney is wearing, his Mormon Holy Underwear with masonic symbols on it that protects him from evil

what a whackjob cult

Is this any worse than RMS? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471341)

That tub of shit defends all kinds of heinous stuff, but Linus calls a spade a spade and suddenly the community gets their panties in a bind. I'd rather have a rational guy that gets upset sometimes as a leader for FOSS than a looney toon still stuck in 1975 that eats his toe jam while defending child porn.

Fuck RMS

Re:Is this any worse than RMS? (1)

Ironchew (1069966) | about 2 years ago | (#41471633)

I heard that Stallman once killed a girl in 1990 (He never specifically denied it.) This reflects very poorly on Linus as a FOSS contributor.

freedom of speech (5, Insightful)

Narcocide (102829) | about 2 years ago | (#41471343)

Bask in it, motherfuckers.

Re:freedom of speech (5, Insightful)

Intropy (2009018) | about 2 years ago | (#41471463)

You can celebrate the freedom without celebrating each usage of that freedom.

Re:freedom of speech (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471613)

Liberty is the freedom to act as we aught, not the license to do as we please.

Perhaps the Statue of Liberty needs a sister on the west coast, the Statue of Responsibility.

he's not a leader (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471345)

he's not a leader, he's a coder, bug difference

and if their is one thing the OS community is, it's grassroots, no leader needed

Gool ol' Freedom of Speech (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41471351)

It's not just for people who want to run tabloids, nasty art, junk music and girly magazines.

Good (2)

BlindRobin (768267) | about 2 years ago | (#41471357)

People should point out the [epmoror|candidates] lack of clothing.

Ehh. (5, Insightful)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | about 2 years ago | (#41471359)

Linus is entitled to his opinions no matter how correct they are. However, I would go further and say that the two party system is largely staffed by fucking corrupt morons, and that if you think they are different you are batshit crazy. The two parties are just two arms of the *same machine*. Thank you.

errr... (1)

Archfeld (6757) | about 2 years ago | (#41471365)

Don't see how Torvalds expressing his personal opinion, and BTW mine as well should have any effect on Linux. Did he post it in the source code ? Did he preface the comment by as the admin for Linux ?

Or... (2)

sacrilicious (316896) | about 2 years ago | (#41471369)

Is this just Linus being Linus? Or does such outspokenness on non-technical matters reflect poorly on the Linux community that Torvalds leads?

Or are the statements simply great and accurate?

I'm not saying they are or aren't, but this option was conspicuously absent from the options listed for how readers are allowed to feel about it (which were "should this be ignored, or does it suck").

Just sayin'.

We survived Erik Raymond- we'll survive Linus (3, Funny)

bird (12361) | about 2 years ago | (#41471373)

EOM

Mitt Foggy (0)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 2 years ago | (#41471385)

It's hard to tell the difference these days between an outrageous Romney lie or a joke so I can see why he might take the windows on airplanes statement seriously.

"Political Correctness" (5, Insightful)

Silas is back (765580) | about 2 years ago | (#41471387)

I admire Linus for daring to speak his mind, in the language he does speak his mind, as a person of public interest (or how you call it). More people should do that, it's honest and you quickly learn where you stand, not only after interpreting the words this or that way and weighing the options.

Re:"Political Correctness" (1)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | about 2 years ago | (#41471665)

I admire Linus for daring to speak his mind, in the language he does speak his mind, as a person of public interest (or how you call it).

I'd have more respect for him if he'd actually do that instead of bowing to silly superstitions like writing "bats**t"

Just Romney (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471389)

> Is this just Linus being Linus? Or does such outspokenness on non-technical matters reflect poorly on the Linux community that Torvalds leads?

No, this is mostly Romney being a batshit crazy fucking moron.

Speaking of people being morons... (5, Informative)

Xandrax (2451618) | about 2 years ago | (#41471391)

The problem is that the reporter that originally covered this (New York Times's Ashley Parker) has stated that Romney said it in the form of a joke and was not being serious. Seems like not being a moron is a fine line even for Linux creators.

Ashley’s response to the question:

The Los Angeles Times story that relayed Romney’s airplane remark to the world was based off a pool report written by the New York Times‘s Ashley Parker. When we asked Parker this morning whether it seemed as if Romney made the mark in jest, she left no doubt. “Romney was joking,” she e-mailed. Parker told us that while the pool report didn’t explicitly indicate that Romney was joking, it was self-evident that he was. ”The pool report provided the full transcript of his comments on Ann’s plane scare,” she said, “and it was clear from the context that he was not being serious.”

Re:Speaking of people being morons... (4, Insightful)

KermodeBear (738243) | about 2 years ago | (#41471527)

Doesn't matter now, damage has already been done. It's amazing how whenever the news media doesn't like a politician they will release half-truths, outright lies, and stuff taken out of context and plaster the world with it. Then a few days later a little snippet of, "Oh, we were bad, we're sorry, honest!"

Re:Speaking of people being morons... (2)

aristotle-dude (626586) | about 2 years ago | (#41471599)

Doesn't matter now, damage has already been done. It's amazing how whenever the news media doesn't like a politician they will release half-truths, outright lies, and stuff taken out of context and plaster the world with it. Then a few days later a little snippet of, "Oh, we were bad, we're sorry, honest!"

What damage? In your own mind? Listen, the only people that see this as a problem had every intention of voting for Obama regardless of anything. You are a partisan.

Seriously... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471395)

Guys, I'd just like to interject, here: That's GNU/Linus Torvalds. Also, he had no valid reason to apologise. :3

Irrelevant Person A criticizes Irrelevant Person B (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471399)

Irrelevant Person A criticizes Irrelevant Person B.

How is this news?

I agree with linus (1)

deysOfBits (2198798) | about 2 years ago | (#41471415)

If u disagree Go Fsck Yourself

Repubs need to be shamed. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471419)

The Repubs lost the last election because they took a trip to crazy land. What's their strategy this year? Double down on the crazy and purge all remaining moderates.

The republican party does not respond to rational arguments. All you have left to do is shame them. More people need to speak out. Linus is just saying what we're all thinking. That and, you know, he's comes a Scandinavian country which are typically very far left and "social". Romney's political message is pure lunacy to anyone from that part of Europe.

Maybe if the Rs lose for six or seven consecutive terms they'll get a clue. Yes, I'm suggesting that you should vote against the republican party to save it. If you're a real conservative, you'll vote for someone else.

What are you, twelve years old? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471427)

Profanity? From "profane"? Is language sacred now? Even if you think so, are you so immature that someone else's use of language constitutes offensive speech? Grow up (or as he might say, grow the FUCK up).

Captcha: mischief

Ask Mark Twain about calling a thing by its name (5, Interesting)

WOOFYGOOFY (1334993) | about 2 years ago | (#41471435)

What a loaded question. "Does it reflect badly and cause of loss of reputation", what... that someone calls a batshit crazy religion batshit crazy? Didn't hurt Mark Twain's reputation much.

http://www.salamandersociety.com/marktwain/ [salamandersociety.com]

So I guess the answer is no.

Re:Ask Mark Twain about calling a thing by its nam (3, Insightful)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 2 years ago | (#41471507)

It's no more crazy than any other religion. Once you cross the magic man in the sky line, the other differences are trivial.

Re:Ask Mark Twain about calling a thing by its nam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471611)

Actually, there's also a magic underwear line.

ANYONE not using linux is a f***ing moron! Duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471437)

I've come to learn that just about anyone who doesn't have a technical mind and doesn't program or work with linux/unix is in geral a f***ing moron from one degree to another.

My 2 cents (1)

thammoud (193905) | about 2 years ago | (#41471471)

Linus is a brilliant asshole and Romney is an incompetent Moron.

Re:My 2 cents (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471587)

Did you mean to say incompetent "Mormon"?

Re:My 2 cents (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471601)

assholes have a very high tendency to get shit done. (period), incompetent morons are pains in the ass.
It's sad that it takes a foreigner to state the truth (even though he may have been naturalized)

Some points (4, Insightful)

grouchomarxist (127479) | about 2 years ago | (#41471479)

Some points:

1. All religion is bats**t crazy. Mormonism is just bats**t crazy with nuts on top.

2. Linus is probably one of the most important figures in the technology industry during the last 20 years or so. Because of that he is a public figure, so like Romney his offhand statements are bound to be criticized, analyzed, etc. He's much less of a public figure than most politicians so he probably isn't used to this as much, but I guess he'll have to. However, he's not a politician, he's a technical leader, so I think people *should* lay off analyzing such comments.

3. Linus is known for speaking his mind and being somewhat harsh. I don't think Linux would have happened otherwise. However, compared to RMS, Linus is a real gentleman.

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471485)

It seems like it might reflect poorly on the Linux community if, you know, he were wrong.

Unicorns, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny (0)

Bananatree3 (872975) | about 2 years ago | (#41471491)

All religion is "batshit crazy", from a strictly rational, hard scientific perspective.

And why does some random political G+ comment by Linus make Slashdot front page?

The idea isn't so crazy. (3, Insightful)

BMOC (2478408) | about 2 years ago | (#41471493)

It is not unusual for emergency exit doors over wings to have windows in them. It is not unusual for normal boarding doors to have windows in them. There is nothing in engineering or science that precludes the idea of an airliner with pressure-rated window-doors that have an arm-able open for passengers. The only thing preventing aircraft designers from doing this is expense and weight. There's no reason it couldn't be done, just like there's no reason airbags couldn't be installed to prevent passenger injuries in crashes. At some point you make engineering tradeoffs. Romney isn't crazy for suggesting this. But an airplane manufacturer might be crazy to build one.

To people who think clearly (1)

MpVpRb (1423381) | about 2 years ago | (#41471495)

Romney is a politician who will say anything to get elected

To people who hate Democrats

He's the guy running against the Democrat..or as my father used to call them "dummy-craps"

BTW, I am a registered Democrat

Um, no (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471499)

Romney was not talking about opening windows in flight. He was concerning about passengers getting enough oxygen during a fire inflight. Read the original quotations.

This is just an example of public figures like Linus using half-baked sources like the Huffington Post as commentary. Linus Torvalds just dropped several notches in my book for not looking up the source.

Figureheads (1)

poity (465672) | about 2 years ago | (#41471501)

Should keep their religious beliefs and their politics to themselves. For politicians, the latter is impossible, but the former should still apply. (that's why Republicans are somewhat more repulsive in this regard).

But, this is really a non-story in any case, neither Torvald's political opinions nor Romney's assessment of airplane windows should matter to us. (I mean if Clinton's assessment of blowjobs didn't affect his ability to act as President, then surely Romney's assessment of airplane windows couldn't either.)

Seriously? (1)

Improbus (1996348) | about 2 years ago | (#41471509)

Linus is just saying what we are all thinking. The truth shall set you free.

Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471517)

Linus who???

Stick to kernel dev man, you will be much better off there than as a political pundit for sure.

I would not be surprised if he got death threats (0)

Dan667 (564390) | about 2 years ago | (#41471545)

some of these conservatives don't even realize they act just like the extremist muslims.

Poorly (0)

dugancent (2616577) | about 2 years ago | (#41471547)

While I completely agree with him (Linus). Profanity is a tool of a weak mind.

Oh Linus (0)

sexconker (1179573) | about 2 years ago | (#41471551)

"Or does such outspokenness on non-technical matters reflect poorly on the Linux community that Torvalds leads?"

It's been nearly a decade since Linus Torvalds actually led the Linux community.
And this is a good thing for the Linux community.

Linus vs. Romney (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471557)

Linus does not get Mormon humor.

Mere profanity versus ad hominem (1)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#41471563)

Using a single cussword doesn't completely invalidate a criticism, if in fact it really is just a terse critique. What does invalidate it is ad hominem. Since the cusswords at issue in Linus' comments were adjectives for the words "moron" and "crazy", which pretty obviously are ad hominem, the profanity is really irrelevant. It's odd that everyone is obsessed with the profanity and cares nothing about the ad hominem that it delivered.

Windows (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471565)

Well, there's no arrogance like that of an uninformed nerd. As a type-rated pilot (turboprops), I can tell you even pressurized planes do have windows, and partially for this purpose.

This is asinine. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471571)

You're seriously asking whether anything a guy says reflects poorly on all individuals that use an operating system?

Ring the dinner bell for all the liberal trolls... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471573)

... I mean the totally rational, very scientific- and evidence-minded Slashdot posters. *Ahem*

mod uOp (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471575)

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it cuts both ways (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471577)

"Is this just Linus being Linus? Or does such outspokenness on non-technical matters reflect poorly on the Linux community that Torvalds leads?"

Let me ask, is the fact that OP is a stuck up priggish asshole wasting out time just netbuzz being netbuzz or does thowing a hissy fit over a non-technical matter reflect poorly on the whole slashdot community?

If he becomes president... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471583)

Then 2012 apocalypse is for real... lol

If all candidates are incompetent, choose the one that is most open minded. We don't need to go back to the dark ages.

Land Of The Free (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471589)

Linus moved to America just so he can have this type of freedom of speech.

In his native country he could be jailed for such talk.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Finland+freedom+speech [google.com]

Let the profanity continue (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471603)

Political correctness and corporate organisational conformity is a mutilation of the human psyche: let the "profanity" continue. If it reflects badly on the community so be it. I can't see how anyone in a free society would prefer censorship to a bad reputation.

great (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471609)

I'm very pleased with Linus's comments even if they won't be taken well, we just need more known people to say stuff like that and maybe the crazies who believe in Mitt Romney will start listening

Grown man says "fuck" on social site no one uses. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Psychopath (18031) | about 2 years ago | (#41471617)

And then apologizes the next day because the idiot on MSNBC got it wrong.

And we wonder why politicians never speak their minds about anything under any circumstances.

I am no longer going to be voting for Linus Torval (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41471627)

When is the next election? He's really done it to himself this time.

What community (1)

robot5x (1035276) | about 2 years ago | (#41471635)

I'd just like to know what Bill Gates would have to say about this, and how everyone thinks this would reflect on the Windows community.
Furthermore, I think I'd have to cut off all ties completely with the Yahoo community if Marissa Mayer were to join in this debate!
I wait with bated breath.

Bill Nye (2, Interesting)

stevegee58 (1179505) | about 2 years ago | (#41471655)

I don't hear Bill Nye being a pussy and apologizing for calling it like it is.
He called a sitting US Congressman a "fucking idiot" for his pseudo-scientific beliefs and followers of creationism "fucking retarded".
Run for President, Bill. We need you.
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