If you read my original post in this thread, you will find that I am pointing at inconsistencies of what Linus describes as reality check. So, I ridicule (among other things) his conclusion that: ext3 sucks at doing fsync(), hence we should drop fsync().
What exactly is not polite about that? Is sarcasm now verboten on LWN? I see plenty of it. Daily.
In a post not so long ago, someone accused me of hiding behind Ted's authority (although I actually used documentation to support my case - which many don't bother to read, of course). This time, I point out what to me is nonsense coming from an even bigger authority, but that's no good either. I'm not sure what position of mine would satisfy fragile sensibilities here. Only silence, I guess.
This time I was being accused of making snide remarks. So, I replied to ajross using his terminology, although I do not actually agree with that qualification (which you can see from my sarcastic: "see, being snide again" remark) and I should have used "so called snideness" in my reply instead. I am really just being sarcastic, because we are all supposed to rally behind the high priest or something.
Sure, Linus is a genius, but that doesn't mean that whatever he says is beyond criticism. And, I do not see how I am not being polite by exercising criticism with a hint of sarcasm.
What is it exactly that you have the issue with in my posts? What exactly is impolite?