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Ghosts of Unix past, part 4: High-maintenance designs

Ghosts of Unix past, part 4: High-maintenance designs

Posted Nov 23, 2010 22:09 UTC (Tue) by Simetrical (guest, #53439)
In reply to: Ghosts of Unix past, part 4: High-maintenance designs by ironiridis
Parent article: Ghosts of Unix past, part 4: High-maintenance designs

Shakespeare's works include murder, racism, sexism, and plenty of vile topics (many of which, indeed, can be linked to Christianity) that don't pertain to technical topics. Would you have objected to a Shakespeare quote?


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Ghosts of Unix past, part 4: High-maintenance designs

Posted Nov 23, 2010 22:31 UTC (Tue) by ironiridis (guest, #60586) [Link]

To be clear, I'm not "objecting". To object would imply that I'd like the article to be censored, which isn't the case.

What I reacted to was referencing material that was simultaneously irrelevant and offensive to some (I'd wager many, in fact, but "some" is irrefutable)... while adding essentially no value to the article itself.

As an example, I don't understand why a piece of work that glorifies the genital mutilation of infants would be chosen to "clarify" why the setuid bit is a high-maintenance design. In fact, I can see clearly and totally without the biblical reference why it is a design that is difficult to maintain and develop around. I can understand the motivation behind its original design, and the frustration and confusion it causes today. All without being reminded that approximately 6,000 boys born each day in the US have their penis mutilated due mainly to a precedent set 4,000 years ago and perpetuated today mostly out of family indoctrination and brainwashing.

It's largely irrelevant, I suppose; my comment won't make any difference in the mind of the editor or author. Clearly my bias clashes with theirs. I simply wanted to make it known that, contrary to popular opinion, a biblical reference is not universally accepted as relevant, friendly, or innocent.

Ghosts of Unix past, part 4: High-maintenance designs

Posted Nov 24, 2010 6:37 UTC (Wed) by nicooo (guest, #69134) [Link]

Why are you reading an article about an operating system named after genital mutilation?

Ghosts of Unix past, part 4: High-maintenance designs

Posted Nov 24, 2010 13:11 UTC (Wed) by jackb (guest, #41909) [Link]

John Harvey Kellogg was also a proponent of circumcision so when you go to the grocery store do you protest the fact that they stock Corn Flakes?

Ghosts of Unix past, part 4: High-maintenance designs

Posted Nov 24, 2010 21:18 UTC (Wed) by jordanb (guest, #45668) [Link]

Remind me to never invite you to any parties.


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