Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 18:44 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Linux "I was in a coffee shop in Portland, Oregon and happened to spot Linus Torvalds sitting alone at a window table. I asked the creator of the Linux operating system and the Git source code control system if I could join him. Over the next fifteen minutes we talked about programming and programmers." Editor's Note: We've realized it's unclear whether this is a satirical interview or not. We don't know, so YMMV.
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What is the point...
by galvanash on Thu 27th Sep 2012 18:59 UTC
galvanash
Member since:
2006-01-25

...of linking to a completely fictitious interview? Or more importantly, what is the point of writing it?


I don't get it. Anyone who knows Linus would immediately know this is not him. I know the article is marked as "satire", but other than that is appears completely sincere - there is nothing even remotely funny about it.

Is someone actually trying to "smear" Linus? The motivation to do this is just totally lost on me.

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RE: What is the point...
by BeamishBoy on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:21 in reply to "What is the point..."
BeamishBoy Member since:
2010-10-27

I know the article is marked as "satire", but other than that is appears completely sincere - there is nothing even remotely funny about it.


Perhaps, but there's more than a grain of truth to his comments about Git and whatever happens to be flavour of the month in terms of programming languages.

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RE[2]: What is the point...
by galvanash on Thu 27th Sep 2012 20:15 in reply to "RE: What is the point..."
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Perhaps, but there's more than a grain of truth to his comments about Git and whatever happens to be flavour of the month in terms of programming languages.


Maybe... But that is kind of the point. Linus is not and never has been interested in "flavor of the month" thinking. Git might be looked upon as fashionable by some of the "Black t-shirt" crowd as the author puts it, but I think that even Linus would say if you pick your RCS based on it being "fashionable" your an idiot...

I'm just saying the satire doesn't seem to work in this case... To me for satire to work you have to attribute some questionable words into someones mouth that your intended audience would think might come out of it - or alternately something so completely ridiculous that you immediately know they would never say it. Almost everything he has Linus saying in this piece is ridiculous - but only if you are familiar with his personality.

Maybe I'm just not getting it. I could see someone saying this stuff - just not Linus. I just think that most people reading in would probably not understand it as satire...

In hindsight maybe that is the point. It seems to me to be more of a poorly timed April Fools joke than a true satire.

Edited 2012-09-27 20:28 UTC

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RE: What is the point...
by No it isnt on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:57 in reply to "What is the point..."
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

It started off pretty well, comparing programmer types to hipsters. There's some truth in it. Then the writer went out of ideas, and put claims like "[distros are] all pretty much the same thing warmed over", as if something like Archlinux doesn't keep the indie cred of anything you have to install through the command line. Git being too hard to use? That's just silly.

Satire works when it tells the truth in a jarring way, not when it's just dumb.

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RE[2]: What is the point...
by PieterGen on Thu 27th Sep 2012 21:47 in reply to "RE: What is the point..."
PieterGen Member since:
2012-01-13

"as if something like Archlinux doesn't keep the indie cred of anything you have to install through the command line" Oh please, give me a break...It has nothing to do with "indy cred", but it's all about learning your system from the ground up and not taking anything for granted. Completely anti-hipster, actually

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RE: What is the point...
by -pekr- on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:57 in reply to "What is the point..."
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2006-03-28

No sense of humour? Or you got yourself caught? Well, I think that Thom might directly mark the news as a satire/fun/humour, and everything would be OK.

Other than that, in the past I liked the interview with C++ creator, which many believed, is a genuine too :-)

http://artlung.com/smorgasborg/Invention_of_Cplusplus.shtml

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RE[2]: What is the point...
by galvanash on Thu 27th Sep 2012 20:20 in reply to "RE: What is the point..."
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

I do have a sense of humor... That is why I'm complaining about this - it isn't funny. I like good satire - this is so bad it doesn't even resemble satire.

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RE[2]: What is the point...
by Soulbender on Sat 29th Sep 2012 02:33 in reply to "RE: What is the point..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

No sense of humour? Or you got yourself caught?


It helps if the joke is actually funny.

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RE: What is the point...
by Laurence on Fri 28th Sep 2012 10:24 in reply to "What is the point..."
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I hadn't spotted this was fake interview until you posted. Thanks for the heads up.

Now if only there was a way to down vote articles....

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