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 Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 29th Feb 2012 05:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Getting Tired"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Not all native English speakers will pick up on that slang either. In fact most people I talk with on a daily basis will think that expression is advocating suicide.

It is most definitely not on the same level of universal understanding as "cool".

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RE[4]: Getting Tired
by Soulbender on Wed 29th Feb 2012 06:35 in reply to "RE[3]: Getting Tired"
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2005-08-18

I talk with on a daily basis will think that expression is advocating suicide.


How stupid are those people? Really? There's no way in hell any person, native speaker or not, could possible take Linus words as actually advocating suicide. Unless you're an complete moron. Maybe it's not a good expression, maybe some people are offended by it but that's not the point.
There's really no kind way to put this; if you think Linus is actually advocating real-life suicide you're an idiot.

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RE[5]: Getting Tired
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 29th Feb 2012 13:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Getting Tired"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

No, I wouldn't say they are stupid, anymore than I would call you stupid for not understanding why. Its a difference in culture, not intelligence.

Edited 2012-02-29 13:39 UTC

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