Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 22:53 UTC, submitted by Remy Chi Jian Suen
Editorial So, Microsoft submits 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, all licensed under the GPL. Microsoft, who considers Linux a great threat, and once called the GPL a "cancer". Opinions on this one are flying all around us, but what does Linus Torvalds, Linux' benevolent dictator, think about all this?
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RE[7]: Comment by lmjabreu
by BallmerKnowsBest on Fri 24th Jul 2009 14:10 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by lmjabreu"
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If you read a typical FOSS misinformation post, the very first thing that is claimed is that the poster is not a supporter of Microsoft.

It is like a form letter ...

"I'm no fan of Microsoft, but ..."

It must be a template from the very first pages of the "Astroturfing 101" textbook.

And with that comment, the Freetard paranoid persecution complex has now surpassed that of fundamentalist christians. Congratulations, you've earned it.

For that matter, just replace the word "Microsoft" with "theory of Evolution" and your posts could be a direct copy-paste from a Kent Hovind lecture.

An opening phrase of this form is, paradoxically, becoming a kind of a flag that you can use to find astroturfing posters.

Ah-ha, now I see your strategy:

- make knee-jerk assumptions that everyone who disagrees with you is a Microsoft employee/shill/astroturfer
- in doing so, reveal yourself as a paranoid with a terminal case of unwarranted self-importance
- which makes you a tempting target for any troll looking for easy pickings (after all, you've admitted that just starting a post with "I'm no fan of Microsoft, but..." will get a rise out of you)
- and when you get trolled, you use that as further "evidence" of your paranoid fantasies
- which makes you an even more tempting piece of trollbait, keeping the cycle going

You really should seek a patent for that idea - a strategy for perpetually feeding delusions of persecution.

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