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Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will 126

Author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar and The Art of Unix Programming, Eric S.Raymond (ESR) has long been an important spokesperson for the open source movement. It's been a while since we talked to the co-founder of the Open Source Initiative so ESR has agreed to give us some of his time and answer your questions. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post.
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Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

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  • Re:When are we... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 04, 2014 @02:15PM (#46398621)

    Some background: ESR changed portions of the Jargon File to reflect his nutty personal politics, there was a predictable shitstorm, and since then ESR took his Jargon File and went home, no more updates.

  • Re:Slashdot Beta (Score:5, Informative)

    by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Tuesday March 04, 2014 @02:20PM (#46398709) Homepage Journal

    Fine, taking a karma hit to provide one curious person an answer, then: []

  • by fsck-beta ( 3539217 ) on Tuesday March 04, 2014 @02:39PM (#46399003)
    What has ESR done in the last decade for the open source community? Well he has spread a lot of ignorant and hurtful ideas outside of the open source community...
  • by ESR ( 3702 ) on Tuesday March 04, 2014 @04:24PM (#46400439) Homepage

    OK, let's squash some of this nonsense right now.

    I never believed the 2010 Haiti Erthquake was caused by a voodoo curse, and I'm astonished that anyone interpreted that post in that way. What I found anthropologically interesting is that something like Robertson's "satanic" invocation seems actually to have taken place. Not actually "satanic", but within Robertson's impoverished terms of reference that's about the only way he could describe an invocation of the loa.

    I believe, and have repeatedly said, that the supposed "scientific consensus" on CAGW is not a conspiracy but an error cascade. I think most scientists are honestly trying to do right, but have been overly credulous about data and models that have been (and continue to be) fraudulently manipulated by a tiny minority of them. Those of you who think this makes me some sort of nut are going to have some explaining to do when measured GAT drops out of the bottom of the IPCC's 95% confidence band, which looks set to happen before the end of 2014.

    I might reply to some of these other questions at more length, but these two deserved to be dispatched immediately

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