Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2018 00:03 UTC, submitted by hornett
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Terrence Andrew Davis, sole creator and developer of TempleOS (née LoseThos), has passed away at age 48. Davis suffered from mental illness - schizophrenia - which had a severe impact on his life. He claimed he created his operating system after having spoken with and receiving instructions from god, and he was a controversial figure, also here on OSNews, for his incomprehensible rants and abrasive style towards OSNews readers and staff. We eventually had to ban him, but our then-editor Kroc Kamen worked with him in 2010 to publish an article about his operating system despite his ban.

Davis was clearly a gifted programmer - writing an entire operating system is no small feat - and it was sad to see him affected by his mental illness. I mourn his passing, and I wish his family and friends all the strength they need in these trying times. His family and friends are asking people to donate to "organizations working to ease the pain and suffering caused by mental illness", such as The Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

I hope he found peace - wherever he may be.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Doc Pain on Sat 8th Sep 2018 23:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Doc Pain
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The "normal" people must learn that, facing what they call a "peculiar person" is, just a person out of our own conventions.


I think you mentioned something very important here. Allow me a different kind of expressing it:

In many (and probably most) societies, "non-normal" people are considered inferior, faulty, problematic, unadapted, inadequate, or even "human waste". This also happens in "developed countries". The "normal" people (or "neurotypical", to mention a different word), are of course the inferior ones, and they make the rules everyone else has to conform to. They emphasize this "deficit mindset" as the only way for looking at those who they cannot understand.

Seeing the "unadjustedness" as a chance, as potential, as strength, as special ability, maybe even as a "super-power" is not common.

So why is this considered inferior? Wouldn't it be more natural just to see the word "different" to apply correctly here?

And what about the self-proclaimed "normal" people? They smile while lying to you; they wave their hand in a friendly manner while stabbing you in the back. Always friendly, always communicating, always doing what the boss tells them to do, even if it's stupid.

In my company, I had the chance to work in a small team of developers composed of 8 "normal" persons, two diagnosed ASD and a deaf.

It turns out rapidly that the first ASD was very powerful at repetitive tasks and, I gave him the sources configuration management. Build, packaging, delivery note and other Q&A borrowing tasks were always on time. With a high quality process. He never did a mistake.


I've worked with a proofreader who would spot everything: from missing or superfluous spaces, from wrong dashes to inconsistent quotes. In terms of accuracy and speed, he beat every automated tool. But of course he was the first who got fired because "the PC can do it on its own", and you can surely guess the outcome...

The second ASD was more problematic : A kind of pissing code robot, providing you 18K lines of SLOC/day without any social interaction. Just gave him a specifications book input, and request that the code must compile before his delivery. Because he preferred to discuss with a gcc output than a human being. Not more, no team meeting, no discussion possible about his code. Nothing else than coding.


In today's corporate culture, the disability to perform in a meeting would probably be a no-go ("does not match our vision"), even though he'd probably be a better coder than those folks with their shiny certificates who can't even do FizzBuzz - and don't tell me those don't exist, I tend to meet them on a daily basis! :-)

Nine months... The whole team was awarded by the company for its performances and, its capacity to deliver complex embedded software on time, with high quality and customer satisfaction.


I really like the idea that people who do a good job get rewarded for doing that job - not for being seen by the boss, not for sitting in a pointless meeting, not for participating in the staff party at the bar. Shouldn't be the "getting work done" the most important thing for the employer, rather than wibbly-wobbly "social skills" (boiling down to "I like you" / "I don't like you" as the basis of employment / termination decisions)? Who would you chose for a job, the "non-normal" who does the 8 hours job in 4 hours with 100 % accuracy who doesn't want to shake hands, or the happily smiling and pretty looking man in the suit with the suitcase full of certificates who needs two days for the 8 hours job and just achieves 50 % accuracy? Yes, I know: The man in the suit; "He's passionate, reports in early, stays on overtime, engages with the job, identifies with the company, and invites the team for a beer!" ;-)

This is the proof if, "normal" people can open their mind, adapt to "peculiar" others", and pass out their own conventions, we can find the real power of "peculiar" people.


Definitely. "Non-normal" people are a great source to learn from. Prople with "normal" minds often cannot imagine to leave the predefined ways, which stops them from acquiring a different point of view toward a a problem, and that makes it impossible for them to see a better solution.

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