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Submission + - Torvalds calls Romney 'a f***ing moron' ( 16

netbuzz writes: "Last night Linux creator Linus Torvalds took to his Google+ page and called Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney “a f***ing moron.” Torvalds’ stated reason? Romney’s much-ridiculed suggestion that air passengers would be safer in emergencies if aircraft windows could be opened (a suggestion which some, including, have taken as a joke). Torvalds also recently called Mormonism, Romney’s religion, “bats**t crazy.” Is this just Linus being Linus? Or does such outspokenness on non-technical matters reflect poorly on the Linux community that Torvalds leads?"
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Torvalds calls Romney 'a f***ing moron'

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  • *shrug* I have no problems with people stating facts.
  • I have no problems with people talking about other topics outside their speciality. Linus is more than just Linux and has opinions, like the rest of us, about the world and should be allowed to speak to all manner of topics. Also in this instance I happen to agree with him.

    • by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @06:35PM (#41456957)

      I think the question is whether or not it is right that a person who is 'famous' for one thing should have their voice magnified to similar levels when speaking on topics outside of their area of expertise. We see it a lot of the time when accomplished scientists make batshit pronouncements on topics unrelated to their field of study.

      We also see similar complaints about hollywood stars speaking out on a variety of subjects. I'm personally willing to give them more of a pass than I am willing to give to technical experts because actors, musicians and other artists usually speak on issues of the human condition which is at the root of most forms of art so they aren't really straying as far as it might seem at first.

      • by sjames ( 1099 )

        It may not be right to have the opinion amplified in that way, but that is not the person's fault. He posted it to his personal pages just as anyone else might, not to LKML or any 'official' linux kernel website. If the media chooses to pick it up and amplify it, that's not his doing.

  • Anyone who believes that specialists ought not to have or to express opinions outside of their field is a f***ing moron. Especially if they believe that one person's outspokenness reflects on an entire community. That would be like suggesting that every moronic thing Mitt Romney says reflects poorly on the Republican community.
  • Why would Linus being absolutely correct reflect poorly on Linus, much less on the Linux community?
  • LMFAO Mitt Romney has a great sense of humour. What better way of keeping him topical is there, than to create some lulzworthy story about him. I cant stop laughing at the idea of planes with windows that can open It's absolutely brilliant. I dont think he's an idiot I reckon he is a troll. It's brilliant. I dont know why you wouldnt vote for someone like that You'd all be laughing for the next 4 or 5 years
    • by Macgrrl ( 762836 )

      So you think it's a good idea that the President of the United States makes the Presidency and the whole country a global joke for 4-8 years?

      Disclaimer: Not a US citizen nor resident, but whatever you guys do inevitably fucks it up for the rest of us for years to come. See DCMA, TSA, etc.

      • What the hell are you talking about? A candidate jokes about plane windows and suddenly the Presidency and country are a joke? So the leader of your country has never joked about anything? You must be really upset with Obama then, because he considers himself something of a comedian when talking to people. Or maybe you consider plane windows far too serious to joke about.
        Good luck with the operation to pull that stick out of your ass. Though the prognosis isn't very good, it seems to be way up there.

        • My bad, Macgrrl. I misread the order of posts and, therefore, your topic. I blame the phone for having too small of a screen.

      • by sjames ( 1099 )

        If a candidate would promise to ONLY do stand-up comedy for his term, I might be tempted. 4 years of standing in place might be a nice break from the headlong rush down the sloppery slope :-)

  • The problem is that the reporter that originally covered this (New York Times's Ashely Parker) has stated that Romney said it in the form of a joke and was not being serious. Seems like not being a moron is a fine line for even Linux creators.

    • Dan Amira at New York magazine did a little fact checking and found (emphasis mine):

      The Los Angeles Times story that relayed Romney’s airplane remark to the world was based off a pool report written by the New York Times‘s Ashley Parker. When we asked Parker this morning whether it seemed as if Romney made the mark in jest, she left no doubt. “Romney was joking,” she e-mailed. Parker told us that while the pool report didn’t explicitly indicate that

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