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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:Try reading the examples (387 comments)

You are drawing a meaningless distinction.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:What you read has been cleaned up (387 comments)

You misunderstand. Linus routinely personally insults people he disagrees with. That'll get you shot today, in the wrong neighborhood. I am by no means asserting that people didn't cuss a hundred years ago.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Yes, the American frontier was nowhere near as violent as portrayed in Hollywood. But that's a really high bar to squeak under. It was plenty violent.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

That's right. You guess. And no, I'm not fantasizing.

about two weeks ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

mellon Re:In short... (232 comments)

I'd rather have a competent town manager who isn't corrupt. Why the Hobson's choice?

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:Society hypocrisy.... (387 comments)

It's that the language used is too harsh. A hundred years ago that kind of language would have gotten you shot. The sense in which our society is gentler is that nobody has gone gunning for Linus yet. Personally, I think that's a good thing, but it's no excuse for him to behave that way. It's totally possible to express disagreement without shrieking.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Srsly? My 19-year-old niece swears like a sailor. I've seen no evidence that Kids These Days swear less than we did. But we're not talking about swearing. We're talking about saying things that would get the shit beaten out of you if you said them to one of your beloved manly men face to face. Torvalds would be a bloody spot on the pavement if he said some of the things he's said to people to some guy in a bar.

So let's not pretend that that kind of behavior is socially acceptable. It's not, and the fact that you'd get the shit beaten out of you for saying it to someone's face is all the evidence you need.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

In the wild west you would have got shot for saying the things Torvalds has said. And unfortunately, this is a mouth-only apology. The way he worded it makes it clear he's not serious. More's the pity.

about two weeks ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

mellon Re:In short... (232 comments)

Um. No. My town, pop. 13k, had a really great town manager who retired. I know she was really great because I saw what she did. Replacing her was hard. And that's a small town. City manager is a hard job. Of course, you can get a corrupt city manager who does a bad job, but to do the job well requires a lot of skill and dedication.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

mellon Re:That photo did rather weaken her argument (622 comments)

Huh. So if you ever appear in a photograph that some ignorant person on the internet considers "a sexy picture," even if you are fully clothed, then you are implicitly consenting to have every private picture of you that anybody can get their hands on illegally distributed for all to see. Failing to see the logic here, sorry.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

mellon Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Since you believe the commenter's utterly inaccurate security assessment, I think the person here guilty of serious stupidity is not Ms. Lawrence, but you.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

mellon Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Sending photos on the Internet over an encrypted, authenticated link to a service provider who claims they will keep your data secure is not in any way like sending them in a postcard. It's true that there are potential security vulnerabilities, but what's going on here is more like putting your valuables in a safe deposit box, but not realizing that the bank has a serious security flaw, and consequently having your valuables stolen because of that flaw.

While it's certainly true that some people are sufficiently expert in security to notice the security flaw and protect themselves against it, the notion that every layperson should be that knowledgable is absurd. There is a reason why we have specialists.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

mellon Re:Math is hard? (283 comments)

There's no evidence to suggest that the FCC wouldn't have helped the other side if they'd had a strong groundswell of support. The problem is that there really were very few comments against net neutrality, and a huge number for it. So there was no other side that the FCC needed to work with.

about a month ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

mellon Re:Math is hard? (283 comments)

You are utterly missing the point. I agree with you that when there are two people arguing two sides of an issue, it is possible (indeed likely) that one is mostly wrong and the other mostly right. But what we are talking about here is a political technique that both sides use in exactly the same way. So if you think it's okay when one side uses it, and bad when the other side uses it, you are indeed blinded by partisanship. I say this as someone who has deep antipathy toward the position the Koch Brothers are pushing.

When we argue nonsense, we can't have discourse. It's like the caucus race in Alice in Wonderland.

about a month ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

mellon Math is hard? (283 comments)

814,000 is just over a third of 2.4 million (2,400,000). That's a damned good return rate on a mass spamming. It's kind of pathetic that so many people would support the Koch brothers in their efforts to make sure that internet dissent finally stops screwing with their business model, but I don't see why this is interesting news. As for the petition being sent to the senators, again, how is this news? Every PAC does this. You get people to sign a petition, and you send a letter in each person's name to each of their representatives. Sometimes they send one to the POTUS as well. The summary seems to be implying that there's something dishonest about this; if true, it's dishonest whether it's the Koch brothers or Earth Defense Alliance. I'm personally rooting for Earth Defense Alliance, but let's not get carried away looking for malfeasance in common practice.

about a month ago
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FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff

mellon Re:Brilliant. Got to prioritize... (50 comments)

You're seriously worried that a drone is going to somehow fly up to 30k feet and hit a jet? Do you know how hard it is to get a non-jet-powered airplane up that high? How hard it would be to get that airplane with a maximum speed of 100mph to collide with a jet moving at ~500mph? When did we Americans turn into such lily-livered cowards? You are jumping at shadows.

about a month ago
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FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff

mellon Brilliant. Got to prioritize... (50 comments)

After all, TV shows are way more important than structural evaluations, aerial photography for site planning, roof inspections, and the myriad other commercial applications that are actually useful and safer than the way we currently do it. Sigh.

about a month ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

mellon Re:Hmmm ... (356 comments)

I was waiting for someone to say this...

about a month ago
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When Scientists Give Up

mellon Re:Welcome to government science (348 comments)

The gold standard would have prevented the economy from growing as it did over the course of the past 40+ years. Inflation was indeed the result of failed monetary policy, but not that monetary policy.

about a month and a half ago

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