Article: "Fixing linux" - opinions?

simo simo.sorce at
Thu Dec 11 21:06:56 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-12-11 at 20:47 +0000, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 06:18:00PM +0000, Noah Slater wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 06:04:23PM +0000, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> > > By idiots.
> > 
> > Personal insults and unchecked myopia hardly help matters, do they?
> Somehow, the definition of "idiot" applies more to those generic idiots than
> what your feeble attempt of a personal insult would apply to me.
> I particularly like this definition of idiot:
> 	Idiot is a word derived from the Greek ἰδιώτης, idiōtēs ("person
> 	lacking professional skill," "a private citizen," "individual"), from
> 	ἴδιος, idios ("private," "one's own").[1] In Latin the word idiota
> 	("ordinary person, layman") preceded the Late Latin meaning "uneducated
> 	or ignorant person."[2] Its modern meaning and form dates back to Middle
> 	English around the year 1300, from the Old French idiote ("uneducated or
> 	ignorant person"). The related word idiocy dates to 1487 and may have
> 	been analogously modeled on the words prophet[3] and prophecy.[4][5] The
> 	word has cognates in many other languages.
> Complaining about choice on Free Software is like complaining about
> being able to choose in an election.
> Only idiots do it.

I guess only an idiot would confuse meaning of Idiot[1], with that of



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