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this thread has now become completely detached from RMS and has become
personal.

this thread needs to be over.

peter



begin Rick Moen <rick@linuxmafia.com> 
> Quoting Eric Engelhard (eric_cl@pacbell.net):
> 
> > Ah, a personal jab. Rick, you are no longer the bastion of civil
> > discourse. :-)
> 
> *I'm* an evil bastard, like pretty much any sysadmin.  But I wasn't
> talking about _you_ particularly, just commiserating on your category
> confusion.  (I'm also a merciless dissector of bogus rhetoric.  Ask Joe.)
> 
> And I can tell the _difference_ between interpersonal soap opera and
> discussion of substantive points.  Can you?
> 
> >> You claim that's "offensive" .  I say that statement is wacked.
> > 
> > No, I claimed that it is presumptuous. Your say that the statement is
> > "wacked". An impasse.
> 
> You also claimed "offensive".
> 
> Don't you feel a bit silly indulging all the hypersensitive soap opera
> stuff?  I thought this was Davis, not Berkeley.
> 
> > The trick is to be neither zealous, cynical, nor smug.
> 
> This sounds a bit like the old "moderate-fu" ploy:  Find people you
> claim to be extremists, claim yourself to be a moderate in comparison,
> and pat yourself on the back.  Usually, nobody notices that you've
> actually said nothing of substance.
> 
> In this case, you're not specifically nominating _yourself_ as the
> moderate in contradistinction to Mr. Stallman.  But it's still just a
> genteel variant form of name-calling.
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