Howard Bloom on 12 Sep 2004 23:55:07 -0000

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RE: [PLUG] Interesting Article from eWeek

Tobias DiPasquale wrote:
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> On Sep 12, 2004, at 7:03 PM, Howard Bloom wrote:
>> I'm glad you respect my opinion.  I am on your side.
> That seems to be all you have (opinions). And if you're on our side,
> then where are your solution suggestions? We're all aware of this
> issue. We don't need you harping on it.  
>> I am not some nutball like that kook actor who is driving around in
>> his electric car.  When an SUV hits him and he becomes dust I'm sure
>> we will all laud him for his sacrifice.
>> Not.
>> I'm not willing to sacrifice.
> This could be the worst analogy in history; how is Leo's choice of
> vehicle in any way germane to the point you're trying to make? And if
> you're not willing to sacrifice until we get desktop Linux as good or
> better than Windows, then what the hell are you doing on this list?
> I'm still waiting for the Gibson-esque cyberspace environment; does
> that mean I should stop using computers or complain incessantly until
> it arrives?      
> P.S. By the way, exactly what are you doing to improve the state of
> desktop Linux? And before you answer, I'm not currently working on
> any desktop-related software for Linux, either, but desktop Linux
> suits my needs just fine.   

Many think people who want Linux are:


Ed Begley drives an electric car - at his expense - 

Costs more.
Doesn't go as far.
Little protection - too light

He's making a point:  Why?

He is a zealot - kook - nuts - 

He could be driving a Volvo but chooses to sacrifice by driving some crap
electric car.

Why is that so hard to understand as an analogy?

I'm not willing to drive Linux until it is VOLVO like.

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