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Posted Sep 12, 2012 10:19 UTC (Wed) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
In reply to: ISVs providing Linux downloads by robert_s
Parent article: Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Your choice of legendary metaphor bemuses this Englishman who knows who Cnut was, what he is held by legend to have done before his courtiers, and the conflicting views on what - if he did it - his motive was.


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Posted Sep 12, 2012 19:22 UTC (Wed) by hummassa (subscriber, #307) [Link]

Your choice of vocabulary bemuses this Brazilianman that did not know what "to bemuse" mean. And a brief explanation about said King Cnut and whatnot would be useful to help all other fellow netizens from every corner of the Earth to understand what is this all about.

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Posted Sep 12, 2012 23:18 UTC (Wed) by Wol (guest, #4433) [Link]

King Knut (or Canute) had a bunch of courtiers who were rather too good in their flattery.

So I don't know the details exactly, but anyways, he went to the seaside, had his throne plonked on the beach, and he told the rising tide to go away.

The story is widely understood to be about a megalomaniac king who thought he could do anything.

The reality is the opposite - that he was teaching his courtiers a lesson that he WASN'T omnipotent, and that all their flattery was a load of hot air.

It's near the bottom of the wikipedia page on "King Canute".

Cheers,
Wol


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