Linux flame bait

Having recently being on the receiving end of a particularly nasty piece of unprovoked and downright abusive flaming on the #perl IRC channel, I decided another spoof book cover would be cathartic, so here it is.

Before I get even more flames directed at me, let me quite clearly state that I have nothing against Linux, it is very good at what it does, and is all the more remarkable for being developed by a large cooperative group of altruistic people.

However what I can't abide are the clueless individuals who seem to have adopted Linux as some sort of surrogate religion. It seems to me that the most vocal of these misguided bigots have often never contributed anything to any open-source project. They are quite happy to take advantage of the work contributed by others without giving back anything to the community - but then again, most of them probably don't even have the ability to contribute in a constructive way anyway.

I've observed that these people generally seem to have a common set of dogmas:

  • Nothing existed before Linux.
  • Everything of any importance was invented by Linux.
  • Everything that is not Linux is Evil.
  • There is a global conspiracy which is striving to destroy Linux.
  • Anyone who actually earns their living writing software is a pawn of an Evil Empire.
  • World domination and the destruction of the Evil Empires is the destiny of Linux.

In the real world these people would be prime candidates for psychiatric treatment, but in the alternate reality that these people exist in, this behaviour is considered to be "normal".

As I said, I have no gripe about "Linux the OS", just "Linux the religion".

There, that's my little rant over - I feel much better :-)

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Categories : Tech, Perl

Life gradually returns to Bleaklow

As I mentioned in one of my earlier entries, much of Bleaklow was devastated by a huge fire over Easter. Thankfully signs of life are beginning to return, with the first signs being the regrowth of Crowberry and Cotton Grass, along with tiny Heather shoots. The picture above was taken last Saturday on Harrup Moss, one of the most badly devastated areas. As you can see, it is far from recovered, but it certainly looks better than the scorched desert that was left after the fire.

UFO lands on Bleaklow...

Bleaklow weather station

The Bleaklow plateau has a history of sightings of strange lights and even UFOs - however, this isn't one :-) I for one think over-active imaginations are far more likely to be the cause than little green men.

I stumbled across this last week, and it is is in fact a weather station belonging to the University of Manchester. The data it collects is being used to monitor the effects of the weather on peat erosion, according to the information board on the side. It looked quite unearthly appearing through the mist - now autumn is here Bleaklow is reverting to its more normal climate of mist and rain.

I'm not saying exactly where it is because it was damaged at the last location it was in, hopefully that won't happen here (wherever that is ! ;-)

Categories : Peak District