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The Poetterisation of GNU/Linux

Poettering LinuxI've found a disturbing trend in GNU/Linux, where largely unaccountable cliques of developers unilaterally decide to make fundamental changes to the way it works, based on highly subjective and arrogant assumptions, then forge ahead with little regard to those who actually use the software, much less the well-established principles upon which that OS was originally built. The long litany of examples includes Ubuntu Unity, Gnome Shell, KDE 4, the /usr partition, SELinux, PolicyKit, Systemd, udev and PulseAudio, to name a few.

I hereby dub this phenomenon the "Poetterisation of GNU/Linux".

The Dystopian American "Dream"

The Fascist States of America

Is this the real American Dream®?

As George Carlin once mused; "It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it."

In watching the meltdown of this American dream, what I find most amusing is the fact that Americans genuinely believe they have such a thing as left-wing politics, and then rant furiously against it, when in fact even the most radically "left" ideology expounded by any American politician, or even most of his constituents, would essentially qualify as "fascist" anywhere else.

At the very least American ideology is a profoundly narcissistic doctrine that's universally reviled by the rest of us. The fact that American's would rather take themselves to the brink of another civil war, than provide the poor with healthcare and welfare, is a fairly damning indictment of exactly how malevolent their society really is.

A Fool and His Money

KascamI'm not really one for playing video games. I'm far too old and too busy to waste much time on such childish and trivial things. Frankly even when I was young I was more interested in learning about how computers worked than playing games on them. These days my interests are even further removed from such trivial pursuits. I view computers as little more than sophisticated typewriters with which to express my concerns and opinions.

And so it is that I find myself writing about video games, or rather a fairly recent phenomenon in the video games industry: in-app purchasing.