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Re: A guide on setting up C/C++ development environment for Emacs

From: Rusi
Subject: Re: A guide on setting up C/C++ development environment for Emacs
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:39:16 -0700 (PDT)
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On Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:59:32 AM UTC+5:30, Óscar Fuentes wrote:
> Rusi writes:

> [snip]

> > Personally I often find FLOSS folks at least as dishonest as the corporate 
> > types
> > [No surprise, given that human beings are the same...]

On second thought I'd tone that down - "at least as dishonest" to "just as 
And then it directly and trivially follows from "human beings are human beings"

> Completely agree. The cause of the dishonesty varies, through. The FLOSS
> folks tend to think "what is good for me must be good for everybody
> else, and those who think different are idiots." Also, they put more
> value on following group thinking than on doing cold assessments, even
> on those matters that can be assesed on objective terms. BTW, this is
> characteristic of religious behavior (or religious behavior is just
> another expression of those attitudes.)

Sorry I cant let that pass without a protest!  In my experience the
scientific types are more bigoted than the religious ones.  As an
antidote to bigotry - which is probably what you mean by 'religious
behavior' - I recommend the following words of Nagarjuna:

| Everything is real and is not real,
| Both real and not real,
| Neither real nor not real.
| This is Lord Buddha's teaching.

About group-think: Yes its not nice. But oftentimes very necessary.
Here is something I wrote on the python-list just yesterday about why
one should choose git over other VCSes.

| In modern society we are part users, part masters.  It may be 99% user
| 1% master if one is super-intelligent versatile etc -- renaissance men.
| For us more ordinary folk it is more like 99.99% vs 0.01%
| Eg I dont know how to repair the car I drive, build the roads they run on,
| a frigging clue about the internals of the utilities (electricity/water...)
| I consume etc.  Heck this is even true of computers -- the SMPS? the Disk?
| Likewise versioning systems.
| We need to use them. We dont need to master all the details
| and possibilities.
| Git has won the battle -- maybe because of the mystique around the
| name 'Torvalds', maybe for sound technical reasons. It doesn't matter.
| If you have better things in your life than becoming a phd in versioning,
| I'd say flow with the tide and switch to git 

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