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Stallman talk in five minutes:


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>senpai answered my question about intellectual property law and medieval enclosure laws
He didn't go quite far enough with it sadly. I wish I could ask Richard questions in Lojban so he doesn't spend half the time responding to them quibbling over language.


>Last one got full

previous thread: >>7090



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> The US needs to change its tax and investment laws so that asset strippers can't operate in any industry. The only assets that strippers should work with are the sexy ones.



thirsty rms
thirsty rms


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> Yesterday I went to a party in a well-ventilated space. When I got to the transfer station at Park Street I found that the train line from there was shut down; we had to take shuttle buses instead. There were not enough shuttles so there was a long line. People were waiting in line for half an hour, standing quite close to strangers, to board a packed bus; most of them had no masks. I decided not to ride a bus under conditions like that.

> I waited quite some time and saw that the line was not getting shorter, so I tried to look for a taxi. No one could point me at a functioning taxi stand, there in the heart of Boston. A hotel bell captain tried to phone for a taxi for me, and got no answer. I did see some taxis go by in the street but there was little chance of finding an empty one.

> On returning to the shuttle stop, I found that the line had become short and buses were no longer packed. I reached the party over two hours delayed; many of the people had already left.

> 26 April 2022


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> I love eating fungi, but I want them to taste and feel like authentic fungi, not like fake meat.

> 8 May 2022

> Sometimes I wish we had a vaccine against religion too.


> I love eating fungi
we know


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> The underlying problem here is a system which gives countries no way to escape unpayable debts. The creditors get help from the governments they control, such as the US government, and drive the people of a fallen country into penury where they exist only as slaves paying tribute to international creditors.

> 11 May 2022


Just found out Stallman passed the Math 55 course at Harvard. What a guy.


> It was in Math 55 that Richard Stallman began to cultivate a reputation for brilliance. Breidbart agrees, but Chess, whose competitive streak refused to yield, says the realization that Stallman might be the best mathematician in the class didn't set in until the next year. "It was during a class on Real Analysis, which I took with Richard the next year," says Chess, now a math professor at Hunter College. "I actually remember in a proof about complex valued measures that Richard came up with an idea that was basically a metaphor from the calculus of variations. It was the first time I ever saw somebody solve a problem in a brilliantly original way."

> Chess makes no bones about it: watching Stallman's solution unfold on the chalkboard was a devastating blow. As a kid who'd always taken pride in being the smartest mathematician the room, it was like catching a glimpse of his own mortality. Years later, as Chess slowly came to accept the professional rank of a good-but-not-great mathematician, he had Stallman's sophomore-year proof to look back on as a taunting early indicator.

> "That's the thing about mathematics," says Chess. "You don't have to be a first-rank mathematician to recognize first-rate mathematical talent. I could tell I was up there, but I could also tell I wasn't at the first rank. If Richard had chosen to be a mathematician, he would have been a first-rank mathematician."

> Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software by Sam Williams




> US citizens: In Washington DC on June 18 join the Poor People's Campaign for a rally.

> June 18, 2022 – 9:30AM @ 3rd & Pennsylvania Ave. NW
> Mobilizing Partners
> Service Employees International Union
> Physicians for a National Health Program


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> I repeat my suggestion that Instagram require every user to post a nude photo — after a few years, revenge porn will cease to be a problem, because the targets will simply shrug.


what a chad


He could have made a lasting contribution to mathematics but instead he wasted his life on a failed movement that nobody takes serious anymore. Another genius who wasted their potential on computers and achieved nothing of noteworthy.


https://stallman.org/stallman-computing.html if you ever need to be told what to install
-libreboot thinkpad with trisquel, or anything from here https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html
-mostly uses the terminal with occasional barebones x11 use for graphical stuff, no preferred DE/WM but a nudge towards GNOME
-mostly uses emacs because of course, for writing in general, reading and writing emails, etc
-fetches web pages through a specially programmed mail server, opens them in lynx or konqueror, occasionally uses icecat configured for tor
-ddg and sometimes startpage for searching
-fuck 4chan
gnu is a much much more lasting accomplishment than anything he could have done as some math academic


also luakit is another minimal webkit-powered browser that uses GTK, not sure if he's heard about it yet


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> achieved
> accomplishment

> Does Linus Torvalds agree that Linux is just the kernel? (#linusagreed)
> He recognized this at the beginning. The earliest Linux release notes said:
> > Most of the tools used with linux are GNU software and are under the GNU copyleft. These tools aren't in the distribution - ask me (or GNU) for more info.



Notes for linux release 0.01

0. Contents of this directory

linux-0.01.tar.Z- sources to the kernel
bash.Z- compressed bash binary if you want to test it
update.Z- compressed update binary
RELNOTES-0.01- this file

1. Short intro

This is a free minix-like kernel for i386(+) based AT-machines. Full
source is included, and this source has been used to produce a running
kernel on two different machines. Currently there are no kernel
binaries for public viewing, as they have to be recompiled for different
machines. You need to compile it with gcc (I use 1.40, don't know if
1.37.1 will handle all asm-directives), after having changed the
relevant configuration file(s).


2. Copyrights etc

This kernel is (C) 1991 Linus Torvalds, but all or part of it may be
redistributed provided you do the following:

- Full source must be available (and free), if not with the
distribution then at least on asking for it.

- Copyright notices must be intact. (In fact, if you distribute
only parts of it you may have to add copyrights, as there aren't
(C)'s in all files.) Small partial excerpts may be copied
without bothering with copyrights.

- You may not distibute this for a fee, not even "handling"

Mail me at "[email protected]" if you have any questions.

Sadly, a kernel by itself gets you nowhere. To get a working system you
need a shell, compilers, a library etc. These are separate parts and may
be under a stricter (or even looser) copyright. Most of the tools used
with linux are GNU software and are under the GNU copyleft. These tools
aren't in the distribution - ask me (or GNU) for more info.

3. Short technical overview of the kernel.


8. Getting it working

Most hardware dependancies will have to be compiled into the system, and
there a number of defines in the file "include/linux/config.h" that you
have to change to get a personalized kernel. Also you must uncomment
the right "equ" in the file boot/boot.s, telling the bootup-routine what
kind of device your A-floppy is. After that a simple "make" should make
the file "Image", which you can copy to a floppy (cp Image /dev/PS0 is
what I use with a 1.44Mb floppy). That's it.

Without any programs to run, though, the kernel cannot do anything. You
should find binaries for 'update' and 'bash' at the same place you found
this, which will have to be put into the '/bin' directory on the
specified root-device (specified in config.h). Bash must be found under
the name '/bin/sh', as that's what the kernel currently executes. Happy

Linus Torvalds"[email protected]"
Petersgatan 2 A 2
00140 Helsingfors 14


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> a lasting contribution to mathematics
> anything he could have done as some math academic


> Forward Reasoning and Dependency-Directed Backtracking in a System for Computer-Aided Circuit analysis

> by Richard M. Stallman and Gerald J. Sussman
> We present a rule-based system for computer-aided circuit analysis. The set of rules, called EL, is written in a rule language called ARS. Rules are implemented by ARS as pattern-directed invocation demons monitoring an associative data base. Deductions are performed in an antecedent manner, giving EL's analysis a catch-as-catch-can flavour suggestive of the behavior of expert circuit analyzers. We call this style of circuit analysis propagation of constraints. The system threads deduced facts with justifications which mention the antecedent facts and the rule used. These justifications may be examined by the user to gain insight into the operation of the set of rules as they apply to a problem. The same justifications are used by the system to determine the currently active data-base context for reasoning in hypothetical situations. They are also used by the system in the analysis of failures to reduce the search space. This leads to effective control of combinatorial search which we call dependency-directed backtracking.

> While working (starting in 1975) as a research assistant at MIT under Gerry Sussman,[18] Stallman published a paper (with Sussman) in 1977 on an AI truth maintenance system, called dependency-directed backtracking.[23] This paper was an early work on the problem of intelligent backtracking in constraint satisfaction problems. As of 2009[update][needs update], the technique Stallman and Sussman introduced is still the most general and powerful form of intelligent backtracking.[24] The technique of constraint recording, wherein partial results of a search are recorded for later reuse, was also introduced in this paper.[24]


Of course Stallman would suggest underage girls on instagram should post nudes of themselves.


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> Masks suck a little. Dying sucks worse. Being incapacitated for life sucks totally.


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> I decided many years ago not to make, or have, a nude photo of any girlfriend or lover. Why so? There's no risk that I would ever publish them, but there would always be a risk that somehow or other someone else would get per hands on them and publish them. Mo nude photo, no risk it will leak.

> I think society would be better off if we all got used to public nudity, but I wouldn't want to cause anyone to involuntarily become a pioneer in bringing that about.



And here i was thinking he was just some smelly nerd


what's he using in this pic?


his old lemote yeeloong that he also uses in a bunch of his older pics before he moved to a libreboot thinkpad


> Some of these photos show machines (such as a very old pre-libreboot Thinkpad and the XO) which I don't recommend.


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>28 June 2022
>*"I’m very afraid": same-sex couples express anxiety about a post-Roe landscape.* https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/27/same-sex-couples-anxiety-post-roe-landscape
>Don't sit their expressing your fear! Organize, recruit, and fight!


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> I'm glad to say that I have ever had a "smart" phone. I know others who reject this; you can, too!

> I go further than that, personally. All portable phones track your movements and can be modified remotely to listen to all the conversations around you, all the time — so I refuse to carry any kind of snoop-phone.



Unlike Stallman I don't get hundreds in donations so I need a smartphone to keep a job.



real jobs versus not-real jobs:

my capitalist master has trained me into helpless obedience:

Workers choosing to organize, pool resources and fight back? Impossible! Oh, wait:
> Thu 18 Nov 2021 10.00 GMT
> We stopped Portugal’s bosses contacting staff outside work hours. Here’s why
> It is not enough to give employees the ‘right to disconnect’. This law helps to make our country a more egalitarian society

> […] we banned bosses from contacting their employees outside of working hours. Under the new laws, employers will now face sanctions if they text message, phone or email their workers when they are off the clock.

> For us, this is as an essential move to strengthen the boundaries needed for a good work-life balance. There should be a boundary between the time when an employer’s authority prevails, and the time when the worker’s autonomy should prevail. There should be a boundary between the time in which a worker is a resource in the service of the person paying their salary, and the time in which they should be the owner of a life that is not all about work. We have introduced these new labour laws to avoid the blurring of the boundary between the time we spend serving others and family time. The boundary between time as a commodity with a financial value, and the precious time remaining for the enjoyment of life.


Nobody said that, fallacy nerd.


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> I disagree with those views, but I defend her right to state views that disagree with mine.



Stallman is just some guy at the end of the day. Why not a thread on the GNU project


There was a talk where he said that if your choice is between writing proprietary software and shoplifting food, the ethical choice is the latter. Does anyone remember which lecture it was?


> if your choice is between writing proprietary software and shoplifting food, the ethical choice is the latter

On the separate issue of stealing food, disregarding "choice […] between writing proprietary software and shoplifting food" for a moment:

> Italy's supreme court ruled that stealing food to eat is not a crime if you are desperately hungry.

> Tue 3 May 2016 18.46 BST
> Theft of sausage and cheese by hungry homeless man 'not a crime'
> Italy’s highest court rules that Roman Ostriakov took food because he was in desperate need of nourishment

""" Italy’s highest court has ruled that the theft of a sausage and piece of cheese by a homeless man in 2011 did not constitute a crime because he was in desperate need of nourishment.

The high court judges in the court of cassation found that Roman Ostriakov, a young homeless man who had bought a bag of breadsticks from a supermarket but had slipped a wurstel – a small sausage – and cheese into his pocket, had acted out of an immediate need by stealing a minimal amount of food, and therefore had not committed a crime.


One columnist writing in La Stampa said that, for supreme court judges, the right to survive still trumped property rights, a fact that would be considered “blasphemy in America”.


“The supreme court has established a sacrosanct principle: a small theft because of hunger is in no way comparable to an act of delinquency, because the need to feed justifies the fact,” said Carlo Rienzi, president of Codacons, an environmental and consumer rights group, told Il Mesaggero.


Rienzi said that in such cases the real offence was caused by the state because of its abandonment of the poor, which it turned into food thieves. """


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> Systematic tracking of people is the soil in which repression grows, and that is an injustice to everyone.



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> Outsourcing means the workers are paid less and the work has no accountability to the public.



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> The ancient Middle East understood the need to cancel debts periodically, so that the rich did not drive the rest into bondage. Nowadays, by contrast, the creditors rule and government believes it exists to make sure that debts are not forgiven.

> Michael Hudson: From Junk Economics to a False View of History – Where Western Civilization Took a Wrong Turn

> Secessio plebis (withdrawal of the commoners, or secession of the plebs) was an informal exercise of power by Rome's plebeian citizens, similar in concept to the general strike. During the secessio plebis, the plebs would abandon the city en masse in a protest emigration and leave the patrician order to themselves. Therefore, a secessio meant that all shops and workshops would shut down and commercial transactions would largely cease. This was an effective strategy in the Conflict of the Orders due to strength in numbers; plebeian citizens made up the vast majority of Rome's populace and produced most of its food and resources, while a patrician citizen was a member of the minority upper class, the equivalent of the landed gentry of later times. Authors report different numbers for how many secessions there were. Cary & Scullard state there were five between 494 BC and 287 BC.[1]

> Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a book by anthropologist David Graeber published in 2011. It explores the historical relationship of debt with social institutions such as barter, marriage, friendship, slavery, law, religion, war and government. It draws on the history and anthropology of a number of civilizations, large and small, from the first known records of debt from Sumer in 3500 BC until the present.


Wow, honestly surprised to hear Stallman drop a Hudson reference. Has he been slowly transforming into /ourguy/ the last few years?


>the last few years
He has always recognized that capitalism transfers wealth from the many to the few and that the politicians' paymasters legislate a magnanimous welfare state for themselves.
On one hand he's more of a socialist than Sanders, on the other hand he's explicitly against communism.


My (big tech) employers recently prohibited everyone from using Github co-pilot, which is an AI that works really well in predicting code you're going to write, so can speed up writing code or lower the barrier for work.

The reason is that the AI was possibly trained with GNU licensing or other copyleft licenses which means that the AI might accidentally produce copylefted suggestions, and make the company be infringing on copyrights.



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> Waiting 6 months for my enjoyment of food to recover, I could live with. Waiting years would be a fate worse than death.

https://www.stallman.org/archives/2022-may-aug.html#13_August_2022_(Covid_problems) >>15551


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> But even if you don't need to economize, paying cash is a step against mass surveillance. This very recent trend back to cash goes against a long-term trend of surrender to surveillance.

> Please join the resistance! While others reject surveillance technology for the sake of valuable short-term benefits, you can reject it for the sake of freedom, whether you need those side benefits or not.

> The first step is to make sure, when you leave the house, that you have enough cash for what you might want to buy that day, plus some extra.

> If you don't have enough, don't identify yourself to a merchant! Get cash from an ATM, then come back to the merchant and pay cash. Giving a little data to your bank is not as bad as giving more data to a store as well as your bank.



I'm loving these rare Stallmans



>The reason is that the AI was possibly trained with GNU licensing or other copyleft licenses which means that the AI might accidentally produce copylefted suggestions, and make the company be infringing on copyrights


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> Living people have the right to believe what they wish, and it's kind to cater to anyone's belief when that doesn't sacrifice anything important. However, their belief, no matter how much certainty they feel, is not a compelling reason for society to adopt policies that interfere with science.

> In 2020 I signed a form to donate my body to medical research and/or teaching after I die. The office that handles these donations was closed in 2020, but I recently determined that it was open again, and mailed the form. I suppose my organs will be too old to be worth transplanting, but I've kept that option open too. This way, my dead body will be able to do some good for humanity. Too bad about those that won't.

> There are of course differences in detail; it is possible to privatize the NHS a little at a time by encouraging first the wealthy, then the not quite so wealthy, and eventually anyone not abjectly poor, to move one by one to private medicine, but it is not so easy to do that with the municipal water supply. But I don't think they are greatly important.

> Basically, this is a standard right-wing plan of operation to achieve their goal of reducing most people to poverty so that the rich (who fund the right-wing campaigns) will get richer.

> I did not have a good family — after age 8 or so, I did not feel that either parent's house was my home. The next time that I felt I had a home was when I lived in Currier House at Harvard. After I was expelled for passing too many classes (I was too grief-stricken to attend the graduation ceremony), I felt that the MIT AI lab was my home, for a few years. Perhaps the support I felt there is what enabled me to develop the strength to begin, in the late 70s, to stand up against wrongs I saw around me.

> A government ready to spend more money on making life easier for the non-rich would find it easy to fix this problem. Perhaps that would call for taxing the rich, instead of "trickle down" economics.


>> I did not have a good family — after age 8 or so, I did not feel that either parent's house was my home.
Did stallman ever say what was actually wrong
with his family?
>>After I was expelled for passing too many classes
How the fuck does that work? how do you get "expelled" for doing too good at school or university?


>Did stallman ever say what was actually wrong
>with his family?
his parents divorced when he was 9


> Did stallman ever say what was actually wrong
> with his family?
> Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software by Sam Williams

> The year was 1961, and Lippman, a recently divorced single mother, was wiling away a weekend afternoon within the family's tiny one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

> As a single parent for nearly a decade-she and Richard's father, Daniel Stallman, were married in 1948, divorced in 1958, and split custody of their son afterwards-Lippman can attest to her son's aversion to authority. She can also attest to her son's lust for knowledge. It was during the times when the two forces intertwined, Lippman says, that she and her son experienced their biggest battles.
> Around age seven, two years after the divorce and relocation from Queens, Richard took up the hobby of launching model rockets in nearby Riverside Drive Park.
> The first traumatic event was the divorce of Alice and Daniel Stallman, Richard's father. Although Lippman says both she and her ex-husband tried to prepare their son for the blow, she says the blow was devastating nonetheless. "He sort of didn't pay attention when we first told him what was happening," Lippman recalls. "But the reality smacked him in the face when he and I moved into a new apartment. The first thing he said was, `Where's Dad's furniture?'"
> For the next decade, Stallman would spend his weekdays at his mother's apartment in Manhattan and his weekends at his father's home in Queens. The shuttling back and forth gave him a chance to study a pair of contrasting parenting styles that, to this day, leaves Stallman firmly opposed to the idea of raising children himself. Speaking about his father, a World War II vet who passed away in early 2001, Stallman balances respect with anger. On one hand, there is the man whose moral commitment led him to learn French just so he could be more helpful to Allies when they'd finally come. On the other hand, there was the parent who always knew how to craft a put-down for cruel effect.Regrettably, I did not get a chance to interview Daniel Stallman for this book. During the early research for this book, Stallman informed me that his father suffered from Alzheimer's. When I resumed research in late 2001, I learned, sadly, that Daniel Stallman had died earlier in the year.
> "My father had a horrible temper," Stallman says. "He never screamed, but he always found a way to criticize you in a cold, designed-to-crush way."
> As for life in his mother's apartment, Stallman is less equivocal. "That was war," he says. "I used to say in my misery, `I want to go home,' meaning to the nonexistent place that I'll never have."
> For the first few years after the divorce, Stallman found the tranquility that eluded him in the home of his paternal grandparents. Then, around age 10 his grandparents passed away in short succession. For Stallman, the loss was devastating. "I used to go and visit and feel I was in a loving, gentle environment," Stallman recalls. "It was the only place I ever found one, until I went away to college."
> That all began to change, however, in the late 1950s when Alice divorced Daniel Stallman. The move back to Manhattan represented more than a change of address; it represented a new, independent identity and a jarring loss of tranquility.
> "I think my first taste of political activism came when I went to the Queens public library and discovered there was only a single book on divorce in the whole library," recalls Lippman. "It was very controlled by the Catholic church, at least in Elmhurst, where we lived. I think that was the first inkling I had of the forces that quietly control our lives."


> How the fuck does that work? how do you get "expelled" for doing too good at school or university?

This is a stanard Stallman joke:
> Such mythological descriptions, while extreme, underline an important fact. The ninth floor of 545 Tech Square was more than a workplace for many. For hackers such as Stallman, it was home.
> The word "home" is a weighted term in the Stallman lexicon. In a pointed swipe at his parents, Stallman, to this day, refuses to acknowledge any home before Currier House, the dorm he lived in during his days at Harvard. He has also been known to describe leaving that home in tragicomic terms. Once, while describing his years at Harvard, Stallman said his only regret was getting kicked out. It wasn't until I asked Stallman what precipitated his ouster, that I realized I had walked into a classic Stallman setup line.
> "At Harvard they have this policy where if you pass too many classes they ask you to leave," Stallman says.
> With no dorm and no desire to return to New York, Stallman followed a path blazed by Greenblatt, Gosper, Sussman, and the many other hackers before him. Enrolling at MIT as a grad student, Stallman rented an apartment in nearby Cambridge but soon viewed the AI Lab itself as his de facto home. In a 1986 speech, Stallman recalled his memories of the AI Lab during this period: I may have done a little bit more living at the lab than most people, because every year or two for some reason or other I'd have no apartment and I would spend a few months living at the lab. And I've always found it very comfortable, as well as nice and cool in the summer. But it was not at all uncommon to find people falling asleep at the lab, again because of their enthusiasm; you stay up as long as you possibly can hacking, because you just don't want to stop. And then when you're completely exhausted, you climb over to the nearest soft horizontal surface. A very informal atmosphere.

> his parents divorced when he was 9
He was born on 1953-03-16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman
Parents' divorce: 1958
> she and Richard's father, Daniel Stallman, were married in 1948, divorced in 1958, and split custody of their son afterwards
> Around age seven, two years after the divorce and relocation from Queens


Has Stallman ever written about Project Cybersyn or cybernetics?


> Made for You
> Richard Stallman
> Ethical Technology
> Posted: Dec 28, 2012
> Esperanto translation https://www.stallman.org/articles/made-for-you.eo.html

""" Growing old, and having lost hope of finding love again, I read about the Lifemates Co-op and was intrigued. “Mr or Ms Right doesn’t exist in nature. If you want someone that was made for you, come to us.” I made an appointment to visit their office and talk with a salesperson…

"Good afternoon, Dr. Stallman," she welcomed me. "Are you looking for a mate?"

"I am, and your service sounds very promising. But I'm concerned about a few things." """


>I think that was the first inkling I had of the forces that quietly control our lives."
the Archons use the fascist nuclear family to divide workers, divorce from abusive men is revolutionary action


Can someone explain the appeal of having a romantic partner?
I know I sound like I come from Mars, but I'm completely serious.
What drives people to bend over backwards just to get someone to be with?
Stallman is an interesting case for me since I thought he was above this shit and would just remain the lonely computer wizard for the rest of his life.


It's called a romantic partner and not a rational partner for a reason


romance is what u make it


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>Stallman is an interesting case for me since I thought he was above this shit and would just remain the lonely computer wizard for the rest of his life.
Stallman rarely had girlfriends but he did have them. He was never "the lonely computer wizard" to begin with in the sense of celibacy. For example:

""" Stallman lets his menu drop a little when I bring this up. "Well, most men seem to want sex and seem to have a rather contemptuous attitude towards women," he says. "Even women they're involved with. I can't understand it at all."

I mention a passage from the 1999 book Open Sources in which Stallman confesses to wanting to name the ill-fated GNU kernel after a girlfriend at the time. The girlfriend's name was Alix, a name that fit perfectly with the Unix developer convention of putting an "x" at the end of any new kernel name-e.g., "Linux." Because the woman was a Unix system administrator, Stallman says it would have been an even more touching tribute. Unfortunately, Stallman notes, the kernel project's eventual main developer renamed the kernel HURD.See Richard Stallman, "The GNU Operating System and the Free Software Movement," Open Sources (O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1999): 65. Although Stallman and the girlfriend later broke up, the story triggers an automatic question: for all the media imagery depicting him as a wild-eyed fanatic, is Richard Stallman really just a hopeless romantic, a wandering Quixote tilting at corporate windmills in an effort to impress some as-yet-unidentified Dulcinea?

"I wasn't really trying to be romantic," Stallman says, recalling the Alix story. "It was more of a teasing thing. I mean, it was romantic, but it was also teasing, you know? It would have been a delightful surprise."


When we got to Tech Square, I found Stallman in the middle of a conversation just as we knocked on the door.

"I hope you don't mind," he said, pulling the door open far enough so that Tracy and I could just barely hear Stallman's conversational counterpart. It was a youngish woman, mid-20s I'd say, named Sarah.

"I took the liberty of inviting somebody else to have dinner with us," Stallman said, matter-of-factly, giving me the same cat-like smile he gave me back in that Palo Alto restaurant.


On the way over to the restaurant, I learned the circumstances of Sarah and Richard's first meeting. Interestingly, the circumstances were very familiar. Working on her own fictional book, Sarah said she heard about Stallman and what an interesting character he was. She promptly decided to create a character in her book on Stallman and, in the interests of researching the character, set up an interview with Stallman. Things quickly went from there. The two had been dating since the beginning of 2001, she said.

"I really admired the way Richard built up an entire political movement to address an issue of profound personal concern," Sarah said, explaining her attraction to Stallman.

My wife immediately threw back the question: "What was the issue?"

"Crushing loneliness."

During dinner, I let the women do the talking and spent most of the time trying to detect clues as to whether the last 12 months had softened Stallman in any significant way. I didn't see anything to suggest they had. Although more flirtatious than I remembered-a flirtatiousness spoiled somewhat by the number of times Stallman's eyes seemed to fixate on my wife's chest-Stallman retained the same general level of prickliness. At one point, my wife uttered an emphatic "God forbid" only to receive a typical Stallman rebuke.

"I hate to break it to you, but there is no God," Stallman said.

Afterwards, when the dinner was complete and Sarah had departed, Stallman seemed to let his guard down a little. As we walked to a nearby bookstore, he admitted that the last 12 months had dramatically changed his outlook on life. "I thought I was going to be alone forever," he said. "I'm glad I was wrong." """


you mean he endlessly pestered women, fucked a few of his impressionable teenage groupies, and exaggerated his exploits to look like a cool bohemian instead of a gross creep?
wow such a chad


what is this weirdly misogynistic cope


It's not misogynistic, neither is it a cope. But you're a linux user, so I can't expect you to parse ordinary language correctly.


It's GNU+Linux.


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>It's not misogynistic, neither is it a cope. But you're a linux user, so I can't expect you to parse ordinary language correctly.


you mean GNU+linux


>Stallman, the ToeJam™ connoisseur, actually managed to get laid


I call that POS OS whatever I want to. And I call you a drooling autist.

How is the desktop market share going? Year of Lunix yet? And while we are at it, let's hear what Richard's female students and colleagues have to say about him.


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can you translate this into bash-cript please
it sounded really horrible in ordinary-script


stop dicking around with your toy software and tell me how it's either misogynistic or a cope


>Year of Lunix
Looks like you're talking about GNU+Linux.


looks like you're being a redditor


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>you're a linux user
are you referring to the gnu+linux operating system?


Good question, I personally enjoy a bit of void and I enjoy a bit of suse.


I'm referring to a shit OS. BTW, BSD sucks too.


That's ambiguous, do you mean GNU+Linux?


Your life is a void, and your masculinity is a bit sus. Why don't you enjoy some some bitches lmao.


Don't be a misogynist.


that's just AAVE. Don't be a racist


are you thinking of the linux kernel component of GNU+Linux?


>a linux user
*a GNU+linux user


they say things like kernel and korn shell because it's all just undigested shit from the 70s that has been constantly recycled.


they're more likely a GNU+linux user


Oh? So the extra branding means extra difficulty when understanding simple things. Gotcha.



it's GNU+Linux


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it;s GNU+Linux


your posts aren't reddit. They are CRINGE+reddit


I'm the anon that's "dicking around with my toy software" but i'm not the anon you were originally insulting.
I think that you are being labeled misogynistic because you were implying women can't be attracted to Stallman, because women are unable to appreciate his towering intellect.
You basically said women were to dumb to date a smart guy.


i called that anon a weird misogynist because of the random mentions of "teenage groupies" and bohemianism mostly plucked out of their fantasy conservative mind palace as a passive aggressive response to the post before which they didn't bother directly replying to


I think you are being the misogynist here by implying that "towering intellect" ought to count for more than basic decency or respect towards women- things RMS is lacking in.
>You basically said women were to dumb to date a smart guy.
lol, lmao even. Interpreting my post that way reveals more about you than it does about me.

I am not a conservative or opposed to bohemian lifestyle choices in any way. If you read the post correctly, I'm saying that he uses it as a cover for creepy behavior and a cope for his social failures. You fanboys just keep reading things that aren't there.
>passive aggressive
No, I am actively aggressive against Stallman cultists.


>At one point, my wife uttered an emphatic "God forbid" only to receive a typical Stallman rebuke.
>"I hate to break it to you, but there is no God," Stallman said.
What a chad


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> And while we are at it, let's hear what Richard's female students and colleagues have to say about him.

The Practice of Ritual Defamation
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Published on April 26, 2021. Last updated May 3, 2021.

Written in 1990, this short essay by Laird Wilcox[1] is pertinent today and specially applicable to the defamation of Richard Stallman. The modus operandi described by Wilcox matches seamlessly the procedure adopted by Stallman's attackers. We are reproducing it verbatim from the original[2] with permission from the author. A 5 minutes read worth one or two whole books on the subject.

Note on licensing: This article is an exception to the default CC-BY-SA license of this site. The author did not grant the public copying permission for this article.

The Practice of Ritual Defamation
How values, opinions and beliefs are controlled in democratic societies

by Laird Wilcox - 1990

Defamation is the destruction or attempted destruction of the reputation, status, character or standing in the community of a person or group of persons by unfair, wrongful, or malicious speech or publication. For the purposes of this essay, the central element is defamation in retaliation for the real or imagined attitudes, opinions or beliefs of the victim, with the intention of silencing or neutralizing his or her influence, and/or making an example of them so as to discourage similar independence and “insensitivity” or non-observance of taboos. It is different in nature and degree from simple criticism or disagreement in that it is aggressive, organized and skillfully applied, often by an organization or representative of a special interest group, and in that it consists of several characteristic elements. #aggressive

Ritual Defamation is not ritualistic because it follows any prescribed religious or mystical doctrine, nor is it embraced in any particular document or scripture. Rather, it is ritualistic because it follows a predictable, stereotyped pattern which embraces a number of elements, as in a ritual.

The elements of a Ritual Defamation are these:

① In a ritual defamation the victim must have violated a particular taboo in some way, usually by expressing or identifying with a forbidden attitude, opinion or belief. It is not necessary that he “do” anything about it or undertake any particular course of action, only that he engage in some form of communication or expression. #no-deed
② The method of attack in a ritual defamation is to assail the character of the victim, and never to offer more than a perfunctory challenge to the particular attitudes, opinions or beliefs expressed or implied. Character assassination is its primary tool. #character-assassination
③ An important rule in ritual defamation is to avoid engaging in any kind of debate over the truthfulness or reasonableness of what has been expressed, only condemn it. To debate opens the issue up for examination and discussion of its merits, and to consider the evidence that may support it, which is just what the ritual defamer is trying to avoid. The primary goal of a ritual defamation is censorship and repression. #no-debate
④ The victim is often somebody in the public eye—someone who is vulnerable to public opinion—although perhaps in a very modest way. It could be a schoolteacher, writer, businessman, minor official, or merely an outspoken citizen. Visibility enhances vulnerability to ritual defamation. #vulnerable
⑤ An attempt, often successful, is made to involve others in the defamation. In the case of a public official, other public officials will be urged to denounce the offender. In the case of a student, other students will be called upon, and so on. #mob
⑥ In order for a ritual defamation to be effective, the victim must be dehumanized to the extent that he becomes identical with the offending attitude, opinion or belief, and in a manner which distorts it to the point where it appears at its most extreme. For example, a victim who is defamed as a “subversive” will be identified with the worst images of subversion, such as espionage, terrorism or treason. A victim defamed as a “pervert” will be identified with the worst images of perversion, including child molestation and rape. A victim defamed as a “racist” or “anti-Semitic” will be identified with the worst images of racism or anti-Semitism, such as lynchings or gas chambers. #exaggeration
⑦ Also to be successful, a ritual defamation must bring pressure and humiliation on the victim from every quarter, including family and friends. If the victim has school children, they may be taunted and ridiculed as a consequence of adverse publicity. If they are employed, they may be fired from their job. If the victim belongs to clubs or associations, other members may be urged to expel them. #humiliation
Any explanation the victim may offer, including the claim of being misunderstood, is considered irrelevant. To claim truth as a defense for a politically incorrect value, opinion or belief is interpreted as defiance and only compounds the problem. Ritual defamation is often not necessarily an issue of being wrong or incorrect but rather of “insensitivity” and failing to observe social taboos. #insensitivity

An interesting aspect of ritual defamation as a practice is its universality. It is not specific to any value, opinion or belief or to any group or subculture. It may be used for or against any political, ethnic, national or religious group. It may, for example, by anti-Semites against Jews, or by Jews against anti-Semites; by rightists against leftists or by leftists against rightists, and so on.

The power of ritual defamation lies entirely in its capacity to intimidate and terrorize. It embraces some elements of primitive superstitious belief, as in a “curse” or “hex.” It plays into the subconscious fear most people have of being abandoned or rejected by the tribe or by society and being cut off from social and psychological support systems. #peer-pressure

The weakness of ritual defamation lies in its tendency toward overkill and in its obvious maliciousness. Occasionally a ritual defamation will fail because of poor planning and failure to correctly judge the vulnerability of the victim or because its viciousness inadvertently generates sympathy.

It’s important to recognize and identify the patterns of a ritual defamation. Like all propaganda and disinformation campaigns it is accomplished primarily through the manipulation of words and symbols. It is not used to persuade, but to punish. Although it may have cognitive elements, its thrust is primarily emotional. Ritual Defamation is used to hurt, to intimidate, to destroy, and to persecute, and to avoid the dialogue, debate and discussion upon which a free society depends. On those grounds it must be opposed no matter who tries to justify its use. #emotional


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> Private ownership of water and sewer systems should be illegal. No matter how much money the city or county gets for selling one, it will always lose in the long term.

> To prevent competitive advantage (or the belief that there is competitive advantage) from stampeding all businesses into intrusive monitoring of workers as if they were machines, we should legislate rules that limit monitoring. When a business argues that "We will be at a disadvantage if we don't do this to our workers, we will have two responses: (1) your competitors can't do this either, and (2) respect for human beings is more important than how much profit you make".


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>a flirtatiousness spoiled somewhat by the number of times Stallman's eyes seemed to fixate on my wife's chest
gigachad moment


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> Congress resists spending money on cancel all student debts, but it has poured the same amount of money into the failing F-35 without hesitating. Why the difference? One can guess that Congress values the military-industrial complex more than mere people.

> Could some hacker design a device that offers a button for cockatoos to open the bin door so they can eat, but closes the door slowly if it hears a nearby screech? After closing, it could keep the door closed for 30 seconds, responding to the button during that time with "No, no, no." They might learn to stop screeching in order to get at the food. When the 30-second closure period ends, the device could speak, "Hello, Cockie!"


> John Deere puts locked-down nonfree software in its farm machines, arousing the right-to-repair movement among farmers. Nowadays it seems to be producing more de-tractors than tractors.

> In addition, ShotSpotter microphones listen to the conversation of people talking on the street. That is tyranny, and ought to be forbidden.

> I suppose the reasons for specific faults are complex, but it is clear that plutocracy is the fundamental reason the US does so badly with so much money.


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>Nowadays it seems to be producing more de-tractors than tractors.


Stallman is an anomaly
He’s heavily involved in STEM stuff, but he doesn’t seem to hold any Hitler Particles as far as current studies have explored


why? all the STEM loads I come across are autistic libertarians who seem to get boners if people die from COVID as long as it doesnt touch their sacrosanct liberty.


Yeah that’s what I’m saying


The Soviets were also heavily involved in "STEM stuff", and they too didn't hold any "Hitler Particles" aside from POWs
So you are saying the left needs to attract more "STEM loads" lords? to pull them away from the right ?


it's because he hates suffering and has no tolerance for it.
STEM fags, the ones you talk about, are usually blind to suffering.

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