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After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside

Note: This article may warrant a trigger warning for some, since it details intense psychological abuse in some quarters of the open source development community.

After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside
September 19, 2018 - The New Yorker
By Noam Cohen

The e-mails of the celebrated programmer Linus Torvalds land like thunderbolts from on high onto public lists, full of invective, insults, and demeaning language. “Please just kill yourself now. The world will be a better place,” he wrote in one. “Guys, this is not a dick-sucking contest,” he observed in another. “SHUT THE FUCK UP!” he began in a third.

Torvalds has publicly posted thousands of scathing messages targeting programmers who submit what he deems flawed code to the Linux computer-operating-system kernel, which he brought to life more than twenty-five years ago and now administers as a collaborative, open-source project. Today, the Linux kernel is famous, running the enormous computers of Google, PayPal, Amazon, and eBay, and the two billion mobile phones using the Android operating system. Torvalds, though, retains final say over each precious line of code, just as he did when he first started working on the system as a graduate student at the University of Helsinki. For years, he has been known as Linux’s “benevolent dictator for life.”

On Sunday, the benevolent dictator announced that he would be stepping down temporarily, to “get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.”

More at link.

Very unfortunate, but Torvalds is taking an important step. Linux is a great project. I hope Torvalds gets some meaningful help and changes his behavior.

Amid the all-too-common misogyny in tech, it's disheartening that what should be a warm, welcoming environment for all contributors has tolerated such assholery, starting at the top. Linus Torvalds, a very influential figure, can play a huge role in improving that situation not only for Linux developers but for the tech world at large.

Preet talks with Joyce Vance - must-listen podcast

On his most recent podcast, released today, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara speaks with Joyce Vance (who held the same job in the Northern District of Alabama) about the blockbuster events of Tuesday 8/21. Recorded just after 6 p.m. ET that day, this is a fascinating conversation between two brilliant legal minds as the dramas of Manafort's conviction (and, more significantly, Cohen's confession) unfold -- check it out at the link below, or use your favorite podcast gizmo to access Stay Tuned With Preet.

I listen to Stay Tuned With Preet on TuneIn. You can also hear the podcast on their site without installing the app:

Ok, so what analogy should we use

to describe a policy of kidnapping the children of people whose only crime is walking hundreds of miles trying to stay alive and become Americans? Stalin's USSR? The USA of the 18th and 19th centuries?

Ingraham demonstrates her knowledge of right-wing "debate" tactics 101: change the terms of the discussion so now we're talking not about ripping families apart, but about my skill as a debater and whether or not the Trump "zero tolerance" policy is like the Nazis.

Maybe there is no suitable analogy. So that makes it OK to kidnap these children, with no plan for returning them to their parents or guardians? (Insert claim that these are MS-13 gang members and drug smugglers with other people's children, posing as families).

Oh yeah, and another thing: Republicans' insistence on destroying asylum seekers' families is going to bring them down in 2018. Keep doubling and tripling down, morons.

Billboard promoting souvenir Trump-Kim coin

I'd like to see these all over the country:

Generated here: https://bighugelabs.com/billboard.php

Has anybody applied for the Global Entry clearance?

I'm intrigued after reading this article:
TSA Precheck isn't worth your money — and there's a better alternative few people consider (Business Insider, 4/9/2018)

Is the application process onerous? What questions do they ask in the interview? How does it compare to TSA Precheck in your estimation?

Trump's New Lawyer: Harvey Richards, Lawyer for Children!

The date says Jan. 2017, but it was actually posted January of this year. At any rate, it's more relevant today than ever. Ruben Bolling is a genius.

10 Women With Cameras We're Inspired by Every Day

10 Women With Cameras We’re Inspired by Every Day

Disclaimer: This is from the education section of a commercial site (Adorama), but worth a look.
Today, on International Women’s Day, and every day, we’re inspired by the women photographers, videographers, and creators who are changing the game. And here at Adorama, we’ve had the chance to hear their stories.
More at link: https://www.adorama.com/alc/women-with-cameras-were-inspired-by-every-day

This site has posted great photographs by ten contemporary women photographers, with links to more information about each. For example, Emmy-nominated director Lauren Meyer, who's currently in post-production for her documentary The Other Boys of Summer, about Negro League baseball players and the civil rights struggle in the United States as they experienced it.

This Peter Thiel associate is

trying to amplify generational divisions. Why, I wonder?

A key cornerstone of the Libertarian project is to eliminate Social Security and Medicare, both age-related social insurance programs and shining examples of Democratic Party achievement.

If younger Americans can be convinced that everyone of age to receive those benefits is a selfish freeloader, then they'll gladly take part in dismantling them.

And if older Americans can be convinced that they don't need to worry, because their benefits will be protected while they're snatched from younger generations, the Koch Brothers and their kindred vultures are happy.

That's why I'm fighting against this narrative. It's complete bullshit. Please delete this OP.

I'm fighting to save Social Security and Medicare, for my children, my nieces and nephews, and their children -- and all Americans in their generations.

Need I point out how ridiculous it is for this rich-guy venture capitalist to call me a sociopath, because of my birth year? Give me a fucking break.

Trashing thread. Not recommending.

No Way To Prevent This, Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

Time for this AGAIN, alas:

PARKLAND, FL—In the hours following a violent rampage in Florida in which a lone attacker killed 17 individuals and seriously injured over a dozen others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Wednesday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place. “This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,” said Indiana resident Harold Turner, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations. “It’s a shame, but what can we do? There really wasn’t anything that was going to keep this individual from snapping and killing a lot of people if that’s what they really wanted.” At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past eight years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.”

My visceral reaction is to decry "compassionate conservatism"

as an oxymoronic concept.

Your thoughtful analysis helps me understand (thought not appreciate) the mindset that makes such a position appealing.

Emphasizing points of agreement (such as "Productive work is a societal good that should be encouraged" ) is a good start toward building consensus among parties that are arrayed across the political spectrum.

I could never support the GOP's goal of government-sponsored faith-based initiatives -- and I certainly don't subscribe to the right wing idea that beneficiaries of social programs are by definition slackers.

In a different area, there is -- for example -- a lot of potential for agreement among hunters & fishermen and environmentalists. Their interests are compatible in many ways. We need to focus on those points of agreement rather than excoriating hunters as "animal killers" or letting them paint us as "granola-eating tree huggers."

Full disclosure: I actually am a granola-eating tree hugger, but you get the idea. My granddaddy was a hunter and an environmentalist. There are more out there -- we need to find them and work with them.

These are discussions that we'll continue to have, and the answers may (and most likely will) be different in various states and districts. We need to inspire progressives to devote their energies to the cause, while not losing reasonable moderates who agree with us on some policies but not all.

Centrists lose me when they say "To hell with 'Leftists'" and focus only on how to attract and appease conservatives. Leftists lose me when they say "There's no difference between the Republicans and the Democrats."

Your post offers some insight about how to sift through these ideas and positions and find ways to win without resorting to either scorched-earth tactics or appeasement.
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