Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Darkstream: Linux converged

From the transcript of the Darkstream:

So as you're probably aware if you read the blog or if you pay attention to the technology, Linux has been converged in a way that nobody really saw coming. For years, Linux has been protected by the benevolent dictatorship of Linus Torvalds, unfortunately, he came under some heavy pressure. Nobody knows exactly what it's related to,  but it it looks like there was a New Yorker piece that was focused on him and was essentially calling into question his less-than-polite behavior while contrasting that with his one-and-a-half million dollar annual salary that was paid for largely by corporations that you can expect to take exception to that sort of thing. And so because of that, the SJW cancer that is known as Coraline managed to infest Linux with its code of conduct.

This is something that has been used to attack all kinds of open source projects in the past few years and it's a very serious threat because it is functionally destroying open source as we know it. You know what codes of conduct are used for, they're used to target people, target developers that otherwise are considered to be irreplaceable, and they're used to throw them out. Now a lot of you are familiar with my book SJWs Always Lie, a lot of you probably recognize this, it's been a bestseller, it's sold tens of thousands of copies, and it is very useful for understanding what a SJW attack looks like, what it's going to consist of etc etc, but this is primarily focused on individuals. A lot fewer people are familiar with the sequel, it's called SJWs Always Double Down and this is much more focused on organizations. I highly recommend that if you work for a company, or if you are involved in a large organization, or if you work in an open source project that you read this book because I specifically warned, and go into some detail about,  codes of conduct.

I go into what I call the Organizational Convergence Sequence and this is what this is exactly what we've seen. Stage One infiltration, Stage Two reinforcement, Stage Three seize the high ground and that's what we've seen, the Linux Foundation is largely under the control of SJWs. Stage Four push for inclusivity,  we've seen that. Stage Five target the dissidents, Linux is targeting the dissidents, they targeted Linus Torvalds and they have just targeted Ted Ts'o, I believe. It is Stage Six expel the infidels, that's what they're in the process of doing now.

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Blogger James Jones September 26, 2018 6:03 AM  

This one may be different if people have the copyright to their code. People are threatening to pull their code. This will cripple Linux. Either the SJWs remove the CoC (unlikely) or the world will see how poisonous SJW CoCs are.

Blogger Lovekraft September 26, 2018 6:15 AM  

Supplementary. This guy does some solid research.

Blogger VD September 26, 2018 6:18 AM  

People are threatening to pull their code.

They have to DO it, not just threaten to do so. Bluffs don't work with SJWs. SJWs think everyone is bluffing and therefore make a habit of calling them. That's why they're always so shocked on the rare occasions anyone attacks them, and why they crumble so rapidly.

Anonymous Anonymous September 26, 2018 6:23 AM  

All over our intranet last week, HR is giddy over a colleague being shortlisted for a European Diversity Champion of the Year award.

The warning lights are flashing.

Blogger Shimshon September 26, 2018 6:28 AM  

Groklaw writes about the non-
revocable GPL
in 2008.

It's hard to parse, but I think she basically agrees with the argument that you can revoke the GPL going forward, just not going back.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 26, 2018 6:42 AM  

"How did men let their women get out of control?"

They became soft and weak because things had been made too comfortable. It's nice to think that they are still strong and letting the women get away with things is just a way of portraying that those things don't really hurt men, but they're really hurting us all, so that portrayal is instead one of sloth or vanity at best, now turned to cowardice. Cowards train for cowardice, and the slothful train for sloth, which cause increasing pain until it is sufficient to bring viciousness, which will curtail weakness and temper softness.

Blogger Harry Goldblatt MD September 26, 2018 7:19 AM  

"How did men let their women get out of control?"

Because the kind of men that rise to the top these days do not have the traits and personality to tell women where to get off.
Do you think a geek like Bill Gates could resist the attention of an cute woman? How about Zuckerberg with the dead fish eyes? They crumble because they have only limited experience with women and become captured servants of these.

The kind of economy we have does not allow the masculine virtues to come to the fore and that is not going to change anytime soon bar a catastrophic event.

Blogger FrankNorman September 26, 2018 7:22 AM  

"How did men let their women get out of control?"

Men in the West have arguably not really had the ability to control their women for rather a long time.
A man is not the head of his own household - the government is.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd September 26, 2018 7:47 AM  

FrankNorman wrote:Men in the West have arguably not really had the ability to control their women for rather a long time.

A man is not the head of his own household - the government is.

Time to return to the pater familias?

Blogger Steve Sky September 26, 2018 7:58 AM  

I remember this post from a couple of years ago, and wonder if the SJWs have achieved this takeover via something similar. As ESR noted, the Ada Initiative was trying to collect scalps, and Linus would be the ultimate trophy.

Blogger Wanderer September 26, 2018 8:05 AM  

"How did men let their women get out of control?"
Men abandoned God and thus women abandoned men.

Blogger Shimshon September 26, 2018 8:29 AM  

"How did men let their women get out of control?"

Because, even when women are not out of control, they are eternally on the edge of it.

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2018 9:18 AM  

> It's hard to parse, but I think she basically agrees with the argument that you can revoke the GPL going forward, just not going back.

There's never been any question that you can revoke the GPL license going forward. That's always been a given. The questions are whether it can be done retroactively or whether existing licensed code can be removed from future use.

In the US, I think retroactive revocation is off the table. You have an existing license which both sides have agreed to. You cannot simply revoke it, any more than a car dealership can come and take your paid for car because they changed their minds. So old kernels can safely still be used.

But can you forbid the use of your previously GPL licensed code in future kernels? That's the real question. And the answer is that we don't really know. If I had to guess, I'd say yes, but we won't know for certain until a court decides.

And the EU laws are slightly different, so who knows in their case.

Blogger Dirk Manly September 26, 2018 9:40 AM  

An argument can be made that with the adoption of the CoC, contributor's code contributions were accepted in bad faith (that contributors would NOT be subjected to any scrutiny other than the quality of the code itself...and now they are making additional demands, which will lower the value of the project as a whole, and therefore, to the time invested in writing the code which has been contributed.) In essence, the adoption of the CoC has turned the entire Linux project into an internationa bait-and-switch. I don't know any jurisdiction where bait-and-switch is legal.

Blogger Dirk Manly September 26, 2018 10:08 AM  

"How did men let their women get out of control?"

According to Tom Leykis, it's from failure to follow
the advice of relationship advisers Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
and William Shakespear.

Blogger Doktor Jeep September 26, 2018 1:01 PM  

Gonna have to fire up the Faceapp and Makeapp programs. Or I think I have some OpenCV code somewhere.... don't remember.

Gonna make a feminized image of some "random dude" with Faceapp, then use Makeapp on it to make it more "realistic".

Then become a really bad contributor to these projects Coding experience not required.

Blogger lowercaseb September 26, 2018 1:37 PM  

Doktor Jeep wrote:Gonna make a feminized image of some "random dude" with Faceapp, then use Makeapp on it to make it more "realistic".

Make sure to pick a photo with the glory-hole smile...That way your new teammates know you are a wacky, irreverent dude who makes the project FUN!

Blogger Arap Suslec September 26, 2018 1:39 PM  

Vox- I don't expect you have enough time to write "SJWS Always Ruin Churches," but if you could provide a 10-point outline and list an abbreviated bibliography of said book, perhaps one of us could take a crack at it.

Blogger Lance E September 26, 2018 5:02 PM  

At this point, I think we can conclude that killswitch is not going to happen. The time to do this was immediately after Linus was targeted, while emotions were still running hot. The longer they wait, the more likely it is that the Foundation will have contingency plans in place and support for the dissenters will evaporate.

Unfortunately, programmers really do largely conform to the stereotype: meek, timid, gullible, socially awkward, and terrified of whomever they perceive to be the popular kids. There are exceptions, but that's the norm.

If you thought that Republican politicians don't know how to win, just wait until you see the degree of craven cowardice in the programming community. I guess "inclusiveness" is a powerful rhetorical device against people who've faced social ostracism for most of their lives.

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 27, 2018 11:07 AM  

@19 Lance, yep. It might be different if programmers could quietly and anonymously pull their code, but withdrawing your contributions means sending in a patch and demanding they commit it. That will prompt an immediate attack and doxxing on social media. If you work for a company that sponsors your kernel time, you're going to lose that. You could also be fired and blacklisted. You're going to need to spend your unemployment checks on a lawyer to take them to court because they didn't remove your code. And most of your fellow programmers will call you an alt-right troublemaker.

It's the usual prisoner's dilemma, that only works if everyone does it. And open source adds another option: hope others will fork it and keep a good version going.

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