I’ve come to like the “new uploads” feature of YouTube on the Roku device. The algorithm for “who I am” seems different on them. Perhaps since they know it is a multi-user platform. Perhaps because it is just different code. All I can say is that it seems to be unable to remember more than a few things at once, and it forgets fairly quickly. For that reason, just watching a few of “something else” it starts to decide I am someone else, with different preferences. As I frequently watch all sorts of off the wall stuff, it is constantly sending me a varying set of choices. Especially on the “newly uploaded” list.
So I’m going to talk about a couple of things, one of which pains me greatly. This is not a posting I wanted to ever make. I hope that the Linux Kernel folks wash their laundry soon and toss out the SJW (Social inJustice Warriors) crap referenced below. For that reason, and after watching Infowars for a while today (they are going for a midnight marathon today) where Roger Stone was caught on Camera having a tipple of some Texas Vodka; I decided to “adjust my attitude” with a Texas Trailboss Coffee. So far, only 1/2 a cup down, but already feeling more centered ;-) So this Linux video was by a guy with a channel named Timcast.
Along the way, I discovered yet another YouTube Artist / Commentator I like. Tim Pool. So first off, the good stuff: Tim Pool is by all appearances a ‘regular hacker guy’ who has found himself thrust into that “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy ™” by SJWs just for having a brain, knowing how to use it, and observing reality. I think I’m going to be watching a LOT of his stuff. Here’s his YouTube Channel (as long as it lasts…)
https://www.youtube.com/timcast and his web site:
What got this started was a “new” upload about Linux development capitulating to SJW fraud, but then I followed the next link to a very interesting story from Quillette. I’m going to link the article, and his video, where he comments on the article. It is about and by a SJW type who found himself being attacked by the SJW Mob as he was not keeping up with the rapid run off the PC Crazy Cliff of escalating insanity. First the article:
Published on July 14, 2018
I Was the Mob Until the Mob Came for Me
written by Barrett Wilson
I drive food delivery for an online app to make rent and support myself and my young family. This is my new life. I once had a well paid job in what might be described as the social justice industry. Then I upset the wrong person, and within a short window of time, I was considered too toxic for my employer’s taste. I was publicly shamed, mobbed, and reduced to a symbol of male privilege. I was cast out of my career and my professional community. Writing anything under my own byline now would invite a renewal of this mobbing—which is why, with my editor’s permission, I am writing this under a pseudonym. He knows who I am.
In my previous life, I was a self-righteous social justice crusader. I would use my mid-sized Twitter and Facebook platforms to signal my wokeness on topics such as LGBT rights, rape culture, and racial injustice. Many of the opinions I held then are still opinions that I hold today. But I now realize that my social-media hyperactivity was, in reality, doing more harm than good.
Within the world created by the various apps I used, I got plenty of shares and retweets. But this masked how ineffective I had become outside, in the real world. The only causes I was actually contributing to were the causes of mobbing and public shaming. Real change does not stem from these tactics. They only cause division, alienation, and bitterness.
How did I become that person? It happened because it was exhilarating. Every time I would call someone racist or sexist, I would get a rush. That rush would then be reaffirmed and sustained by the stars, hearts, and thumbs-up that constitute the nickels and dimes of social media validation. The people giving me these stars, hearts, and thumbs-up were engaging in their own cynical game: A fear of being targeted by the mob induces us to signal publicly that we are part of it.
And more, hit the link for details. It is a tail of woe from someone who was addicted to the power of destruction until destruction came to him.
Here’s the video:
It is in some ways amusing to read such a story. I know, not very nice of me. But there it is. Welcome to the Deplorable side of the tracks…
Here’s some more:
Then one day, suddenly, I was accused of some of the very transgressions I’d called out in others. I was guilty, of course: There’s no such thing as due process in this world. And once judgment has been rendered against you, the mob starts combing through your past, looking for similar transgressions that might have been missed at the time. I was now told that I’d been creating a toxic environment for years at my workplace; that I’d been making the space around me unsafe through microaggressions and macroaggressions alike.
Social justice is a surveillance culture, a snitch culture. The constant vigilance on the part of my colleagues and friends did me in. That’s why I’m delivering sushi and pizza. Not that I’m complaining. It’s honest work, and it’s led me to rediscover how to interact with people in the real world. I am a kinder and more respectful person now that I’m not regularly on social media attacking people for not being “kind” and “respectful.”
I mobbed and shamed people for incidents that became front page news. But when they were vindicated or exonerated by some real-world investigation, it was treated as a footnote by my online community. If someone survives a social justice callout, it simply means that the mob has moved on to someone new. No one ever apologizes for a false accusation, and everyone has a selective memory regarding what they’ve done.
So it goes. And will continue to go until we, collectively, stand up and say “Enough of this crap, there’s the door, be on the other side of it now.”
For me, I’m there. Zero tolerance for SJW Crap and the Fraud on truth it perpetrates. I have a set of values, rooted in thousands of years of experience, and it need zero Political Correctness to work very well.
Linux Falls from Meritocracy
Here’s the Video:
The basic trust of it is that, after years of resisting, the Linux Kernel Developers organization has decided skill, ability, merit are unimportant and all that really matters is driving the horrible Normal White Male out of programming. Just because there are far more white male geeks than anyone else. Well DUH! We are NOT the “cool black guy”. We are not the “socially capable female”. We are geeks. (Though in fairness we have many black, Asian, and women programmers and some of them are even a bit geeky ;-) there are just not nearly as many of them as there are pasty white guys with a poor ability to bag the Homecoming Queen.)
Now I have NOT validated the underlying story. I’m going to do a little bit of digging around before I finish the posting, so more may come below, but at this moment, it’s just a video reading a story. I dearly hope it is false. If there is even ONE place on the planet where the only thing that matters is competence, it is writing an operating system kernel. I literally do not care at all who writes and tests it, as long as they are THE best on the planet. They can be a half-black half-asian hermaphrodite, all that matters is how well they code. A very strict meritocracy. The notion of driving the best and brightest out because you want a quota of blacks, women, and Asians to be met? Just stupid on steroids.
Sidebar: For “a while” it will not matter as all the existing kernels have shipped and are done. Over time, this may result in broken functions if folks “take their marbles with them” or worse, if the replacement is crummy code. I’m happy to live on the present kernel for a decade or so if need be. I’m also quite happy to swap to the BSD kernel and / or the GNU / Hurd system if that’s what it takes. Basically, it’s a bit “we’ll see”: BUT, to the extent the Linux Kernel becomes a place where the SJW Mob decides who gets to code? That’s a world where Linus can just enjoy his new friends without me, or my computers. There are other choices. (Realize that most of the “Linux System” is NOT Linux. Most of it is GNU commands or other projects as applications like LibreOffice that cross many kernel types. There are BSD kernel / GNU Userland systems already in existence. So IF the Linux Kernel becomes unreliable, there’s plenty of options. If nothing else, we can “fork” the kernel and get back to a new kernel project based on merit again – that’s what the whole open source thing is about. It’s freedom from control, at its core.)
Looking for Corroboration
Linux adds a code of conduct for programmers
In the aftermath of Linus Torvalds apologizing for how he’s been running the Linux kernel community, Linux has adopted a new code of conduct. But some now claim this means Linux is being taken over by social justice warriors.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source | September 17, 2018 — 20:41 GMT (13:41 PDT) | Topic: Enterprise Software
The use of her Contributor Covenant has caused a bad-tempered outbreak on Twitter and Reddit. There are claims the Linux community is becoming politicized and is being taken over by so-called Social Justice Warriors (SJW). Some examples concerning the new Code of Conduct include: “In practice [will be] abused tools to hunt people SJWs don’t like. And they don’t like a lot of people.” And, “Yes as long as are authoritarian left wing minded, and/or censor your self you can participate.”
Chaos follows Linux dev community’s new code of conduct
by Ivan Mehta — 7 days ago in Developer Stories
On Sunday, Linus Torvalds – the chief programmer of the Linux kernel – sent out a letter in which he apologized for his hostile behavior towards others in the community that maintains the project.
The conduct encourages positive language, being respectful to different views and accepting constructive criticism while discouraging trolling, harassment and unwanted sexual advances. It replaced the murky and clearly ineffective ‘Code of Conflict’ which was previously in place. But now, the new guidelines have stirred up a storm of discontent within the community, which raises a few points of concern.
A lot of people in the community are angry and afraid that now the development will be ‘SJW driven’. Many comments on platforms like Twitter, GitHub, and Reddit suggest that some contributors are not happy with this development.
Linux Has a Code of Conduct and Not Everyone is Happy With it
Last updated September 21, 2018 By Abhishek Prakash 143 Comments
Linux kernel has a new code of conduct (CoC). Linus Torvalds took a break from Linux kernel development just 30 minutes after signing this code of conduct. And since the writer of this code of conduct has had a controversial past, it has now become a point of heated discussion. With all the politics involved, not many people are happy with this new CoC.
If you do not know already, Linux creator Linus Torvalds has apologized for his past behavior and has taken a temporary break from Linux kernel development to improve his behavior.
OK. So confirmed. They’ve managed to guilt trip Linus into adopting a gateway document to let the SJW Tool destroy the Linux Kernel and with it the FOSS movement. THE major thorn in the side of Gobal Domination of the computing space. Got it.
This is such a bother. Folks, it’s critically important to keep FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) free of SJWs and all the Left Control Crap.
OK, yet another unexpected project. What to do when the Linux Kernel is no longer defended by meritocracy and open inspection, but instead is subject to a Social Justice Test before shipping. Any bets as to what all will crawl into that test? How about a nice big back door for SJWs to decide what programs are “acceptable” (or not) and what data needs to be sent off to The Central Committee for further examination? Eh?
OK, I really really DO NOT want to go there, but I have a couple of books on kernel writing and design. It’s hard, but not that hard. Starting from the current FOSS base would make it even easier. China has done it with the Kylin system. More will need to do it now, unless Linus wakes up and smells the coffee and realizes the “woke” folks are really “useful idiots” of the power structure working to destroy Linux; since it is beyond their control.
Sigh. I think I need another Texas Trailboss Coffee…
Oh the creeping nanny globalist state… why do I think of Kenyan Cox poem?
I love Octopussy, his arms are so long;
There’s nothing in nature so sweet as his song.
‘Tis true I’d not touch him — no, not for a farm!
If I keep at a distance he’ll do me no harm.
Same topic, more or less, but in a more political context. The qrestion is whether an organization or a government can long survive if promotion and advancement are based primarily on Loyalty as opposed to Competence. It appears, alas, that it can — for decades.
Yes Tim Pool is a real independent journalist, clearly of liberal leaning but he asks the SJW embarrassing questions and as a result they categorize him as being alt – right which shows the labels have no meaning. In reality anyone who is not a raging socialist and is effective at poking holes in the antics of the SJW’s and anarchist crowd gets labeled as alt-right so they can un-person them and make it excusable to punch a nazi. He is also one of my follows on twitter.
He posts live feeds during protests and such that have very good observation and commentary.
He is @Timcast on twitter.
Attacks from all sides.
First RH decide to force systemd on us.
Now, the feelings you invoke in others is more important than the quality of the code you write?
Time to take a snapshot of the kernel, methinks… before it gets too screwed up.
ESR has a recent 4 or 5 essays generally on this subject, beginning here, http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=8106
Immediately after reading your article I read this article. I posted your article for ItsTactical to enjoy.
By the way Chief, when you get it figured out how to get “…FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) free of SJWs and all the Left Control Crap…” I’d gladly be willing to pay handsomely for you to set up a computer system free of interference from outside influences. Seriously. 😳😉
Time for some crowd financing? EMS likes the BSD kernel but not hooking it to a graphical interface (not necessarily X windows) which would make it more popular with non-geeks like me.
Let me know.
The BSD kernel runs graphical interfaces just fine, and I like it that way. It is just a PITA to configure. (or was the last time I tried it – hand written X Windows configs…) What the GNU/ Linux world did well was to allow creative folks to “run ahead of the pack” and do crazy or great stuff. Then the crazy didn’t typically last long and the great stuff got widely adopted. So you got neat tools to make a very easy GUI install…
Per “which way to go”? For at least a couple of years the latest kernel update will be fine. The Chinese (no slouch programmers BTW) chose a BSD base for Kylin. This is because it is THE most secure kernel you can get outside of a TLA. Since I’ve run BSD on the R.Pi a couple of times, I’m going to resurrect that “minor project” as a safety net. I’ll also publish the “how to” here for all to follow as they like.
Stallman (of the GNU Project) has been working on the GNU / Hurd project for a long while, and this ought to give it a boost. GNU layer is what rides on top of the Linux Kernel, and they are just sliding a FOSS kernel under it written to be totally “free”. (Biggest issue is all the proprietary drivers for odd hardware that Linux lets you use and Stallman refuses, so generic open hardware only…)
I’m technically retired now, but more income never hurts ;-) If the free “how to” is not enough, well, give me a holler…
For now, the present Devuan is basically FOSS and clean. All of Linux was, mostly, until SystemD (which may in fact be OK in terms of security, but there is no way to know if it is clean or has a subtle back door in it). The bigger issue right now is TLA backdoors / exploits being embedded into the chip layers. So for Intel you have what amounts to an entire OS you can not examine or control as the “bios” – why I moved off of Intel chips… UEFI, just say no!
So ATM if I were looking for a mobile platform, I’d get one of the Chromebooks that lets you install your own boot loader on an ARM chipset and run Devuan. It will be a bit slow, but safer than the other stuff. (About the same speed as Android Tablets but with a keyboard)
Oh, and if you just need temporary use, the present Knoppix is a nice “boot and go” CD / DVD solution. Yes, you have the UEFI exposure, but since in theory you are sticking it into some random computer, it is unlikely the TLAs got it figured out what machine you would use before you did and got into it before you…
There are lots of folks strongly interested in security and privacy already working that side of the street. It doesn’t need a new start. Mostly just pulling some of their work together on one chosen platform. The potential, future corruption of the Linux kernel is not an immediate issue. It is for a couple of years in the future. (The last release is going to be the best one for a goodly while) So this is more of a “heads up” well in advance than any “panic now” deal.
IF, in fact, the Linux Foundation starts to crumble, you will find a new kernel project pulling in all the best (PC Rejected) folks in very short order. That’s part of the beauty of FOSS. All the existing code is there for folks to see and use. Even if some folks, under GPL 2, retract their license, it is still possible to model off of their code and write a replacement.
Sidebar on Kernels:
There’s a more or less 3 way split in kernel design.
Monolithic kernels have everything in one pot. It is faster (no loading parts on the fly) and more reliable (nothing changes during operation) and easier to write (no worries about timing or what needs loading next) but also you get a whopping big kernel and all sorts of time is spent trying to decide what drivers can be left out now as nobody runs a 20 year old 3Com ethernet card anymore (except me…)
Then there are modular kernels. Things like drivers and other bits of the kernel get loaded as needed. Smaller and less memory needed, but you need to take care that the code that handles swapping things in does not get swapped out…
Finally, there is a hybrid kernel. A big chunk is monolithic, but some modules do get loaded as needed.
Linux is largely monolithic, IIRC, but does load some small number of modules. IMHO, the kernel is becoming a bit too big for old hardware due to this (and stuffing lots of stuff into it that could be moved out). The Apple Mach Kernel took a better approach, IMHO. It is an academic project that is, I think, also FOSS. It also is the basis for Hurd. From the disambiguation page for Mach:
So the easiest approach would just be to lever off of the Hurd efforts. Or start a new Mach effort. Starting from zero not required.
A micro kernel is just a very highly modular kernel so only a tiny bit must be always be memory resident.
As you might guess, I’m going to spend a bit of time getting up to date on BSD and Hurd…
Hmmm…. Apple’s XNU kernel is open source now too:
At least as of Darwin…
I wonder if anyone has made it “go” on other hardware…
So readily available even as official linux like releases, but not supporting all the hardware you would like as well as I’d like…
I’m left still leaning toward BSD. It IS production and has been for decades. Pretty much all of it is clean and well proved.
Given that, it just comes down to smoothing out the install process for the GUI. Oh Well… I’ve done it before, I can do it again…
My understanding is that Linus stepped down for the following reason: “I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely.” I’ve heard speculation that there is more to it than that and he was basically forced out by SJW’s, but that just speculation.
The CoC was written by Coraline Ada Ehmke (a biological male who identifies as female). Most see the CoC as a way to force ‘inclusivity’ on the open source community, because there are too many straight white guys and not enough women, PoC, LBGTWXYZ and whatever else they can think of. This creates a meritocracy, which is bad, because just because you can’t write good code shouldn’t mean that your code can’t be included in a project. So they started this: https://postmeritocracy.org/
Here’s the actual CoC, which as you might expect is vaguely written so as to be applicable to anyone who they feel isn’t being inclusive, diversive enough, or doing straight white male things like committing microaggressions. https://www.contributor-covenant.org/version/1/4/code-of-conduct.html
Yeah, because being a brat about things and demanding everyone love you always works so well… /sarc;
I reserve the right to dislike some people and some behaviours. If you must accept everything as “just fine”, you have lost your mind and any hope of clear thought processes, as the root meaning of “discrimination” is NOT political, racial, or sexual; it is about the ability to detect the differences between things and find the information available in that difference. That is why some kinds of radio detectors are called “discriminators”. It is the basis of a whole category of rational thought. Part of keeping a tidy mind.
So Linus tended to piss off some people by being rude. I’m FINE with that. I’ve had a whole load of asshole bosses who pissed me off. I’d even go so far as to say one of the essential traits needed to create and advance a complicated project is the ability to be an ass at times and piss off the right people. Steve Jobs was notorious for that. In MBA terms it is one of the trilogy of critical types needed for success – The Bull.
When everyone is mandated kissy face treacle, the job just does not get done.
I agree with one quote I heard from Linus (in a video). As a rough paraphrase:
“If someone takes offense, they deserve to be offended”.
We all create our own emotional state. I can NEVER EVER be responsible for what happens inside YOUR brain. You are 100% responsible for it. I can only be responsible for physical actions I do (so hitting you or firing you or similar real things). Frankly, the whole SJW mantra is a giant in my face aggression to me; so by their logic they need to all just stop it and go home. Why? Because I’m offended by them.
Looks like BSD Debian is not as efficient as Linux Debian:
Wonder if it does any better on ARM chips… (i.e. how much of the difference is exploiting all those parallel pipes that also caused the security issues in Intel chips…)
Meanwhile back at UEFI exploits on modern systems.
“If someone takes offense, they deserve to be offended”
Worth repeating many, many times: people can ONLY take offense, you can NEVER give offense.
Your rights: free speech, life, liberty, the persuit of happiness, and to be offended by whatever you like (or hate, as the case may be). Yes, you have a right to be offended. Use it if you wish, or not – I don’t care. But don’t tell me I need to give up my right to free speech because my ideas may offend someone – I don’t care if that happens, it’s their problem, not mine.
@Kneel – Well said!
I am slow to take offense. Actually, I’m nearly impossible offend. But I am quick to take note.
I have a pretty decent split of left and right accounts I follow.
The tweets about Kavanaugh from them show that we live in different realities.
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If you think about it you will notice that what SJW are doing is basically 1:1 not-directly-physical analogy to Rape…
Rapists are people who like to terror, dominate, force themselves on people and induce victim’s destruction and suffering, taking away their ability to defend themselves, while personally benefiting and taking pleasure from the attack. They target people and groups that reject them based on their looks, wealth, competence, social group affiliation and make entire ordeal much nastier by deciding to invite their friends to co-participate the act.
And this hypocrisy often shows, for example in their approach to Muslims. While I agree that many innocent muslins are being targeted, one of the contributors to that state of affairs is protection of ones that are far from innocent (i.e. interracial and marital (see 12 year old brides) rapists) commenced for I assume cultural and political reasons.