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Page sanitization, part 2

Page sanitization, part 2

Posted Jun 5, 2009 0:16 UTC (Fri) by willezurmacht (guest, #58372)
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Jake, in journalism, quoting only the most lurid phrases of a discussion has a name. And the media that normally does this are tabloids... LWN.net isn't supposed to be one. Right?

In the end, your entire write-up is a quite shallow attempt at avoiding to describe what true technical issues were being brought up in that discussion, the reasoning behind some of the patches, the lack of intention to understand or listen to them by some of the kernel developers, and so forth.

Doesn't seem like you held to your usually higher standards when writing this one. Unfortunate.


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Page sanitization, part 2

Posted Jun 5, 2009 2:33 UTC (Fri) by jake (editor, #205) [Link]

> in journalism, quoting only the most lurid phrases of a discussion has a name.

I am sorry you see it that way ... by my count, there were 11 quotes in the article, 4 of which (stretching it) could be considered 'lurid'.

I tried to balance the technical side with the, fairly evident, political/social issues ... it would seem I failed, at least for you.

it's a difficult subject as I think you will agree ...

jake

Page sanitization, part 2

Posted Jun 5, 2009 9:18 UTC (Fri) by willezurmacht (guest, #58372) [Link]

I was merely pointing out that your intention in this article is either not completely clear, or clearly not impartial. And none of both will help the kernel become more secure, you are just adding more to the 'political/social issues'.

If you want to stir the dirty water in the cesspool, go ahead and do it, but don't put people's names on it which might be something borderline questionable, in both ethical and legal terms. That's your call, though.

Regarding difficulty, I'm not sure what you mean. But if there's anything you don't understand about something, it's best to simply avoid publishing an article about it until you've documented yourself properly. Don't you think that's the mature and ethical thing to do?

Page sanitization, part 2

Posted Jun 5, 2009 13:30 UTC (Fri) by jake (editor, #205) [Link]

> but don't put people's names on it which might be something borderline
> questionable, in both ethical and legal terms

huh? i don't follow this at all, sorry ... quoting people from their posts to linux-kernel is what we do around here ...

if you think that only technical considerations are part of the kernel development process, you are fooling yourself ... perhaps i concentrated too much on the 'social/political' part of things, for me, it was a difficult balance to strike.

i sense that you are one of the participants and feel i somehow misrepresented you? if so, apologies for that as well ... but I don't see any 'ethical' (or 'maturity' for that matter) breach.

jake

Page sanitization, part 2

Posted Jun 5, 2009 17:33 UTC (Fri) by willezurmacht (guest, #58372) [Link]

Fair enough.

You don't need extrasensory perception for this, you can simply check the associated email address with this account if you haven't done so already.

Not us who are trying to conceal the facts, but you've already proved what you intended with this article and have been unsuccessful at it ;) Congratulations, gentleman!

Let me close it with a citation:

"It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong." John Maynard Keynes (1883 – 1946)


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