I'm seeing this guy tomorrow, anything I should ask him? Should I try to mess with him? Does anyone have actual insightful questions?
He's already stated on his website that he doesn't have one:
When I need to call someone, I ask someone nearby to let me make a call. If I use someone else's cell phone, that doesn't give Big Brother any information about me.
sry i messed up and 4got 1 thing
Ask what he gains with his freedom(his own personal advantages) , and then ask him what would happen if terrorists were to take advantage of freedom and privacy to attack the united states without anyone having any chance to stop it beforehand
Ask about his recent sexual assault scandal, webm related
Try to act genuinely excited to meet "the man who invented open source" and tell him thanks for all his contributions to the Linux operating system (make sure to say "open source" and "Linux")
I think it would be good to ask him if he's ever reflected on how alienating his behavior is and whether that has done more harm than good for the free software movement. I find it hard to believe that more articulate, personable people in the FSF are nowhere to be found, and yet he seems all too happy to travel all over the world to be the face and voice of the FSF to non-FSF parties.
I would ask him if he's ever considered turning down invitations to speak at public events (e.g. going to universities and whatnot) and instead offered to send someone who's more relatable, who maybe can even articulate a path toward freedom that maybe isn't as jarring as his advocacy calls for. For instance, GPLv3 is called "viral" copyright at most companies that I've interned at and worked with; I imagine FSF would be dramatically more successful over time if they advocated that corporations and whatnot used the MIT license initially, and then later made a push for copyleft (like or including GPLv3) later on.
Basically, I would ask him if he's thought much about how ineffectual and maybe even counterproductive he's been, given the meltdowns, toenail-eating, and outbursts he's very publicly had.
>ineffectual and maybe even counterproductive
>thriving FOSS comunnity
>GNU coreutils are commonly used and found virtually everywhere
>major companies develop with GPL
Sure thing buddy. RMS is actually very articulate and a good communicator. He obviously looks like a hobo, but he's done a pretty damn good job advancing his cause. The vast majority of political movements aren't even anywhere near as successful as the free software move has been.
Not sure if you are new here, but the guy has a HUGE Messiah complex. He wouldn't let almost anyone but himself speak for the FSF. He is far too delusional and idealistic to make any form of what he finds to be an ethical compromise. The guy doesn't even use a damn cellphone for christ's sake. .
>RMS is actually very articulate and a good communicator
Have you never seen the meltdowns? Those gain so much more attention than any of his other talks get. He's a sporadic but nevertheless ticking time bomb.
Oh please, there's that one thing where he freaked out because those Brazilians were a bunch of douchebags.
Have you ever watched any of his talks? RMS constantly gives speeches around the world and has done so for decades. There's clearly and audience for him, and people pay him to speak.
You haven't heard him speak, but conclude he obviously lacks social skills because there's some stuff on the website that you disagree or something equally petty?
His main gig is literally giving speeches and educating people. He has better social skills than the average autist on /g/. Go actually watch one of his speeches instead of spouting bullshit.
I can't even imagine how desperate I would need to be to continue to support a public figure after melting down in front of an audience of people the way you're doing. Tell me about it when you come to your senses.
This isn't petty. i want the FSF movement to succeed, and a 6-minute long meltdown video doesn't complement his toenail-eating video in painting a picture of FSF being a group of reasonable people whose views are intellectually compatible with the mainstream.
As someone who travels around preaching about FSF, he should care about his image. That's the point of someone that does something like that.
I'm not saying he should off himself or anything. He still contributes a lot intellectually to the FSF. But he shouldn't be public-facing.
This isn't a controversial view. Corporations have excellent leadership at the helm but have spokespeople to prevent the CEO from going out there and articulating his rationale for some decision in a retarded way. The spokesperson doesn't need to make decisions - just understand them and communicate them well enough that others understand and maybe even agree.
The FSF needs better spokespeople, and RMS thinking that the's an adequate spokesperson strikes me as some gross misjudgment of his abilities akin to the Dunning-Kruger effect.
ask him why he's so overweight and why he doesn't make himself more presentable?
He does more damage to the community than anything else looking like a hobo.
Plus, ask him why he's so determined on loafing off of everyone who wants him to speak, then, why he's so fucking fussy like a child. He clearly makes no money from Linux as it's not profitable (then wants everyone to use it).
When you don't have to pay for shit because you rely on others, you tend to forget about things like value.
So you don't value the food, the drinks etc. Of course you will over indulge.
Well yes, it is. He travels all the time, so he probably asks a lot of foreign people to make a call. If he's calling abroad, that can get very expensive in some countries. So yes, it's bumming.
This guy's music tastes can outhipster every hipster in Hipsterburg combined. I bet he likes all of those folk genres unpretentiously too. He might be too oblivioys for *that* kind of vanity.
He refers to his shirts in the plural.
>Not all my shirts are red or purple, but many are. I like those colors.
>None of my shirts carry messages (such as words or symbols). That practice strikes me as lacking dignity, almost like being a sandwich man, so I won't wear clothing with symbols, not even for causes I support. This is not a matter of ethical disapproval, so I don't mind selling hats and shirts with free software slogans on behalf of the FSF; but I choose not to wear them myself.
I don't understand how flying all over the world (showing id for all plane travel) and being on TV all the fucking time and doing conferences and shit is super anon
but making phone calls or visiting websites is big brother scary tracking
I'm back. There's a lot of good shit here, I'll see if I can talk to him. I have a feeling there won't be many people there. Has anyone here met the guy before? How approachable is he? I really want to get in his head and find out why he is how he is.
If I only get a chance for one question, I'm gonna ask him about >>50767340
I'll post a follow up at like 11 EDT tomorrow, or here if this thread is still around. Any advice on how I can convince him to have a beer with me?
>I'm back. There's a lot of good shit here, I'll see if I can talk to him. I have a feeling there won't be many people there. Has anyone here met the guy before? How approachable is he? I really want to get in his head and find out why he is how he is.
ask him to get in his head
hes a pedo btw
[P]rostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia … should be legal as long as no one is coerced. They are illegal only because of prejudice and narrow mindedness.
Some rules might be called for when these acts directly affect other people's interests. For incest, contraception could be mandatory to avoid risk of inbreeding. For prostitution, a license should be required to ensure prostitutes get regular medical check-ups, and they should have training and support in insisting on use of condoms. This will be an advance in public health, compared with the situation today.
For necrophilia, it might be necessary to ask the next of kin for permission if the decedent's will did not authorize it. Necrophilia would be my second choice for what should be done with my corpse, the first being scientific or medical use. Once my dead body is no longer of any use to me, it may as well be of some use to someone. Besides, I often enjoy rhinophytonecrophilia (nasal sex with dead plants).
I am skeptical of the claim that voluntarily pedophilia harms children. The arguments that it causes harm seem to be based on cases which aren't voluntary, which are then stretched by parents who are horrified by the idea that their little baby is maturing.
He has been asked that with a link to the video, his response:
>There are several obstacles to my watching any video from the net,and it
isn't worth the trouble just to answer a trivia question.
Why have you slacked off on the Hurd Kernel and work on the backs of other hard workers by calling the linux kernel and any of it's distros gnu/linux...
How can GPL be considered a free as in freedom licence if it is so restrictive? (see Tivo clause, see Forced copyleft, see viral licencing)
how does he feel knowing that his software is probably used for heinous acts towards governments, and towards other people?
How can you say things such as what >>50769836 mentioned are illegal because narrowmindedness, yet they are not just subject of legality, but of morality. but you believe free software is a moral obligation?
Would you ever do an online social media based Q/A, perhaps Reddit, or fuck some gnu/facebook shit if you got it. take to the internet to be asked questions to people who will never probably see you and have things to ask
A kid raised by Richard Stallman would probably be triggered by the words GNU/Linux from all of the abuse he would receive from his daddy.
the way i see it, he'd go one of two directions:
1) he'd become a mini-me of RMS, spouting all the same retarded crap
2) he'd go the exact opposite direction, slaying pussy left and right but otherwise not giving half a fuck about intellectual property and whatnot.
when did bashing on RMS become a thing on /g/? is it just the shills or did some hate form in the last years?
he has done a lot for FOSS and the gpl and gcc are amazing pieces of work. even if you don't agree with him on all levels or maybe think he is not the right person to represent the free software movement, at least let a man that has dedicated his life to form a political, ethical and technological movement become old.
I didn't realize that he sounds like a cartoon character. Also they left of the tag for the bell hooks event, lol.
>"Copyright (c) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Richard Stallman
Verbatim copying and redistribution of this entire page are permitted provided this notice is preserved. "
Does anyone else think this is incredibly ironic?