06.24.20

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Let’s Ban Bombings, Not Words (Corporations Taking Away People’s Freedom of Speech So They Can Bomb ‘in Peace’)

Posted in FSF, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft at 1:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The quotes below (on the right) are real quotes from Linus Torvalds

Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose: 'If you want to travel around the world and be invited to speak at a lot of different places, just write a Unix operating system.' '...the Linux philosophy is 'laugh in the face of danger'. Oops. Wrong one. 'Do it yourself'. That's it.' Linux Foundation: You can't say bastard; 'See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like Linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too.'

Summary: Companies that are bombing people or provide the technology to bomb people (always in countries where ‘white’ people don’t live or are a very small minority) tell us that offensive words are the real problem

THE POLICING not only of behaviour but also of speech (even outside work) is a problem to free-as-in-freedom software along with free speech rights. Freedom of expression issues have already ousted RMS from MIT and then from the FSF. It’s not like RMS did what Hans Reiser did. But those things don’t seem to matter anymore. They tell us that (mis)use of words is aggression and the moral equivalence of physical violence. If you ‘hurt’ someone’s feelings (purely emotional harm, even where/when one deserves it), then you’re a schoolyard bully.

“If you ‘hurt’ someone’s feelings (purely emotional harm, even where/when one deserves it), then you’re a schoolyard bully.”Hours ago a group that pushed very hard to oust RMS from the FSF (Mr. Kuhn was also in the FSF’s Board at the time) published the following: “Existing versions of Git are capable of working with any branch name; there’s nothing special about ‘master’ except that it has historically been the name used for the first branch when creating a new repository from scratch (with the git init command). Thus many projects use it to represent the primary line of development. We support and encourage projects to switch to branch names that are meaningful and inclusive, and we’ll be adding features to Git to make it even easier to use a different default for new projects.”

“Disagreement is bigotry.”Remember that in the context of Git repos there’s no “slave”; so these people basically side with Microsoft (GitHub), which keeps bombing people and profiting from internment camps (and separating babies from their parents). But hey, Microsoft will rename branches to “main”, so the bombings and the crimes against humanity are all forgiven now.

It’s all about ethical priorities, right? If you don’t agree with them, watch out! They’ll oust you, too. Disagreement is bigotry.

Protecting minorities from physical harm (like wars) is a lot more important than protecting them from feeling unwelcome; we’re sadly seeing a bunch of groups siding with a diversionary plot to not talk about so-called ‘brown’ people (or black people or Muslims or latinx) being massively and systemically harmed by large corporations such as Microsoft and IBM; instead they talk about how “blacklist” might be misinterpreted as racism. Oh, wait, some of these groups take money from Microsoft

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