Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Feb 2012 23:11 UTC
Linux Linus Torvalds on requiring the root password for mundane tasks. "So here's a plea: if you have anything to do with security in a distro, and think that my kids (replace 'my kids' with 'sales people on the road' if you think your main customers are businesses) need to have the root password to access some wireless network, or to be able to print out a paper, or to change the date-and-time settings, please just kill yourself now. The world will be a better place." Yes, it's harsh (deal with it, Finns don't beat around the bush), but he's completely and utterly right. While there's cases where it makes sense to disable certain settings (public terminals, for instance), it is utterly idiotic that regular home users have to type in their root password for such mundane tasks.
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RE[3]: Getting Tired
by AdamW on Wed 29th Feb 2012 02:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Getting Tired"
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er, the alternative slang meaning of 'cool' is universally established and understood and has been for decades. I've never, ever, heard anyone suggest that 'kill yourself' has some kind of alternative slang meaning until you did, just now. It may be the case that Linus didn't mean it literally and that should be 'obvious' from tone / context, but that's a much more nuanced case than a term which clearly and simply just has two meanings that just about everyone understands.

Edited 2012-02-29 02:40 UTC

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