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BYTE: What are you going to do when you are done with the GNU system? Stallman: I'm not sure. Sometimes I think that what I'll go on to do is the same thing in other areas of software.

He's 60 this year. He was crying on a staircase this year in Spain. Someone stole his laptop.

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I don't think it's fair to treat him this way.

Except for the kernel, pretty much everything I use is GNU or was inspired by GNU. From the coreutils to the window environment, passing through the compiler, most linux systems are half GNU.

Besides, we need activists like Stallman in the same way we need activists like Peta or activists like Greenpeace. They might be too radical and close-minded, but they always have a point; they force society to rethink some of its values, and act as whistle-blowers for some injustices that might go unnoticed.

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Stallman is league different from those, he contributes both valuable product and coherent legal analysis. His only harm comes in a occasional bitter verbal lash at his opponents, and how his moral superiority makes compromisers feel uncomfortable.

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Is this an attempt at mockery? Please, let me be the next 60-year-old with my code powering half of the planet, a philosophy thirty years ahead of its time, touring the world, with my laptop stolen en route to my next talk.

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You say "philosophy thirty years ahead of its time" I say philosophy founded on wrong assumptions.

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also his passport. If I understand correctly, he was distressed he can't get to Brasil for his next talk.

Also future talks will also be affected. Imagine how bad it is to lose your passport in a foreign country. Instead of catching the flight next day you have a visit at the embassy and a lot of waiting.

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Instead of catching the flight next day you have a visit at the embassy

FYI, it would technically be a consulate which helps someone whose passport has been stolen; embassies deal with relations between governments, not with providing assistance to individuals.

(It's a common point of confusion, but one which might be useful to have straight if your passport ever gets stolen!)

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And yet the guy is almost certainly an order of magnitude more successful and respected than you.

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I had no idea jorahmormont was that successful or respected ;-)

I wish I were one order of magnitude less accomplished than rms...

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Yet his creation succeeded spectacularly.

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His laptop was stolen in Argentina, I think.

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whoa. I wasn't, uhm, jeez. Why do you assume I was trying to insult him.

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Then what were you trying to do?

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GWB's yale record and application would be good.

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> GWB's yale record and application would be good.

They're available, as were Gore's and Kerry's (both worse that W's) and McCain's. Bill Clinton's don't seem to be, but Hillary's are.

I think that Romney's are as well.

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$ cd kernel ; git log | egrep -i starks $

Nothing there.

It would help if they told us what his contribution actually was.

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I could be wrong but I don't think he was a developer. From the pieces I've read it looks like his contribution to linux, seems to be distributing it through donations of old computers with linux installed to people / organizations in need.

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He runs an organization/project called Reglue (http://reglue.org/). They give out computers to children who otherwise would not be able to get one.

If you live in Texas you should consider cleaning out your closet and donating some computers to the cause. They're basically looking for P4 class machines and better. Something gathering dust in your closet can changes a kid's life forever.

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It's funny how we assume (well, at least I did) how contributer has to be a developer.

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The title of the story is "help a linux dev[eloper]"

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I use Wiser Home Control to take care of those annoying left-the-AC-on cases, works on my iPhone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHsjTdTPVnU

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Was the install expensive?

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I disagree. Gladwell's long standing self-disclosure is a serious analysis on his own motivations and corporate relationships. http://www.gladwell.com/disclosure.html . Claiming that he is a corporate shill seems unfair. Despite his "igonvalues" issues, I haven't seen any serious corporate bias in his works. Are you sure your own remarks aren't due to some bias that you may have?

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I guess it can't be worse then giving them to our own Army. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00Z_haZqh60 (Pat Tillman case) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-EwReGl88o (Laveena Johnson case)

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Slightly offtopic, I read a comment somewhere that asked what would have happened if the killer had been an Arab. It is interesting. When the killer is one of our own, we are able to quickly switch off group-think and acknowledge that the killer was insane. In contrast, when the killer is of an outgroup, we instantly assign group blame and then exact group retribution.

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Reading the comments here, you wouldn't be blamed for thinking we (the side of rational thinking and intelligence) have lost. The question you should ask yourselves is whether the CIA, or even a big chunk of our government are working to protect us or working to protect their own interests. They do these things in our name. Murder civilians and call it collateral damage. They make up fake dossiers and our media swallows it whole. What have we come to? We used to be the shining city on the hill. We didn't need to invade people to "protect" ourselves.

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The following article by a Pakistani-Indian is a good read and explains the fundamental problem that Pakistan faces. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230491110457644...

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