Stallman is ideological to a fault. In his fairy unicorn land, everyone would treat other kindly and there would be no need to track anyone or police anything. Except this is a California libertarian’s marijuana fever dream.
As much as I find RMS annoying, this is really a better approach.
Of course since there's no proof of work and no shitcoin attached to it, there's no get-rich-quick attraction to it, so greedy fucks won't actually care. And banks won't find any of the privacy enhancements to be what they actually want (see: greedy fucks won't actually care).
Oh no Richard Footsnacks Stallman is weighing in. Richard it's not Linux but GNU/Linux Stallman. Don't get me wrong, he's right about not needing Bitcoin amongst other things. He's someone I don't pay attention to or follow anymore though as he's just as extreme as some of those he opposes. Then there is this:
Speaking to this, Stallman told CoinDesk, “We need a state to do many vital jobs, including fund research, fund education, provide people with medical care – provide everyone with medical care – build roads, maintain order, provide justice, including to those who are not rich and powerful, and so the state’s got to bring in a lot of money.”
"Why do you think these companies feel justified in collecting that data?"
"Oh, well, I think you can trace it to the general plutocratic neoliberal ideology that has controlled the U.S. for more than two decades. A study established that since 1998 or so, the public opinion in general has no influence on political decisions. They’re controlled by the desires of the rich and of special interests connected with whatever issue it is.
"So the companies that wanted to collect data about people could take advantage of this general misguided ideology to get away with whatever they might have wanted to do. Which happened to be collecting data about people. But I think they shouldn’t be allowed to collect data about people.
"We need a law. Fuck them — there’s no reason we should let them exist if the price is knowing everything about us. Let them disappear. They’re not important — our human rights are important. No company is so important that its existence justifies setting up a police state. And a police state is what we’re heading toward."
He actually grasps that corporate power seeks to either corrupt government power, or accrue similar power unto itself. No wonder anarcho-capitalists hate him.
I like Taler, if only because it allows me to tell butters that you can have (legitimate) privacy for payments without wasting as much energy as an entire industrialized-world country. To make matters even more interesting, it provides better privacy overall than the bitcoin buttchain...
I haven't followed Taler that closely, but at least according to this article they're working with banks just to enable cash transfers/payments using it.
I'm not sure what this will achieve in the end, sure, there's additional privacy in interbank transfers but... I guess you'd need to convince the banks why they'd want something like this.
Fascinating article. Of most interest to me is whether he dyes his hair black, and if so why ? It is a very different colour from his grey beard. Actually my Grandmother told me about a great great Uncle who had pitch black hair on his head and a red beard. So it might surely be genuine. The crypto world is so interesting.
I guess that those bizarre and repulsive quirks are a detector for, and a social filter against, "square" people -- who get annoyed, disconcerted, and put off by them. Thus he will have to interact mostly with people with sufficiently ~~open~~ free minds, who can ignore those tricks.
I am sure that some of his quirks are intentional and intentionally disconcerting, although the "filter" goal may be unconscious.
I know a couple of other very intelligent but (I believe) fundamentally shy or insecure people who also engage in bizarre behavior that leaves "normal" people rather annoyed, aparently for the same (consious or unconscious) goal.
(I am speaking here on authority. Freud's cleaning lady explained it very clearly to my grandma's baker's cousin's gardener.)
Proving the point that you can't even mention RMS without someone going adhom on his many personal quirks and oddities.
*edit:* But yeah, that's beside the point, and so was my comment, let's concentrate on Stallman shitting on cornbits, like all good humans do.
Look, I’m for social security nets but him gnawing on his toenails or keeping piss in jars to recycle or whatever is a funny running joke. It doesn’t discredit the good ideas he has (whatever Vitalik-esque rants downplaying the harm in child pornography would be far more damaging to his narrative, though I’d never encountered them until this thread and have zero interest in researching their validity.)
Basically it takes weirdos to push non-commercial efforts along and I can both appreciate fussiness and laugh at the other externalities when it comes to social convention. If he wants to nibble on his toe cheese because he believes in effluvia recycling it doesn’t invalidate his idea of free-as-in-speech code.
While we’re here let’s not forget RMS has defended child porn and regularly sexually harasses random women by handing them what he refers to as his “pleasure card” if not outright hitting on them.
Just in case you needed a reason to not ever listen to or repeat his words based on things that aren’t personality quirks, even if he’s saying negative things about bitcoin
I am a great fan of Stallman, for emacs and his defense of ~~open~~ free software; but he obviously enjoys displaying his quirks and oddities.
Good that he rejects bitcoins and all current cryptos. Too bad that it is for the wrong reasons.
Yeah, he certainly doesn't shy away from those. I wish I had link to his flyer for his speaking engagements handy, that's certanly odd.
But I respect Stallman for things he's done for software and software freedom, even though some of the things he's way purist about in my opinion.
You can't mention anybody who deviates that far from societal norms without someone mentioning their deviations from societal norms. That's how societal norms come to exist.
Also "ad hominem" only applies to when you're discussing something with the person you're insulting; outside of that context, it's just insults and/or jokes.
There's deviations from social norms and then there's just basic personal hygiene issues. He was at MIT around the time I was hanging around there and he just started living in his work area. Don't know if he ever took a shower. And yeah, the video of him picking stuff off his feet and eating it. Ugh.
> Also "ad hominem" only applies to when you're discussing something with the person you're insulting; outside of that context, it's just insults and/or jokes.
Well, no. It's attacking the messenger instead of the message, like what you just did.
You could argue that it’s cruel to mock a person but that’s not attacking the messenger in that it’s not meant to invalidate the message. The message is irrelevant to his disregard of social norms.
You’re doing the Reddit fallacy dance where you confuse mockery for having anything to do with the message. If you can’t either laugh at a guy who picks at his toe cheese on video or understand why someone else might, you’re being willfully obtuse. Shit is weird.
I'm not saying I don't find it weird or oddly funny, or that his requests when he does talks are downright bizarre.
Maybe it was just a misguided attempt at contain and pre-empt the inevitable. \**shrugs**
If some guy takes off his shoes at conventions to nibble toefuzz preemptively starting off out the gate with a strong shaming of people making offhand jokes is going to succeed in creating additional, longer threads discussing his nail nibbling threads more than the one-off jokes.
Imagine chastising people for discussing McAffee’s murders, Scheiße fetish, autofellatio, or bathtub meth operations.
Not entirely analogous because Stallman has done good things for society whereas McAffee will always be net negative, but still...
You'll find that RMS's toejam is far, far more widely known than McAffee's anal delicacies.
I can reliably be the first person to make a not too witty remark about literal shit eating in a McAffee thread, and I will get replies saying "WTF".
You can't even click on an RMS thread without tripping over all the heavyweight intellects lining up to contribute a link to RMS eating his toejam.