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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Tuesday February 11, 2003
09:08 AM


[ #10526 ]

What happened to Eric Raymond's home page? It seems to redirect to the EFF, Debian, and

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  • Hacked (Score:3, Informative)

    by ziggy (25) on 2003.02.11 10:41 (#16886) Journal
    Seems like got hacked. Eric's writings [] page now redirects to []. His faqs [] page goes to the the EFF []. And some of his individual pages are linking elsewhere, like Public Knowledge [].

    This smells like a political hack. His Continuity [] page (who should take over his projects should he be hit by a bus) now links to the FSF [].

    • Not really. If you repeatedly try to get the same URL, you'll get different 302 responses (moved temporarily).
      • you'll get different 302 responses

        I first read that as "302 different responses", and wondered how many times you had hit reload to figure that out.

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  • (Score:2, Informative)

    Eric's stuff is now at Scuttlebutt has it that the random redirects are's WebMaster's way of getting people to update their links.

    • Thanks; that's just what I was looking for. Google didn't know it yet, at least not in the first few links, but I did find this [] after reading your post, which leads to Guess we better get started letting Google know where the new preferred location for Eric Raymond [] is.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Whose preference? :) (Eric S. Raymond []).

        • ROTFL!

          I'll repeat what I said yesterday in davorg's journal: Perl programmers are smart people and have interesting opinions which I benefit from being exposed to, even when I disagree or those opinions are wrong, because in general those opinions are well thought out, teach me something, and help me to think. Eric Raymond, though not a Perl programmer, is also a very smart person. Things he has said have really, really caused me to think. And, no, I don't agree with a lot of what he's said. For one t

          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • In conclusion to my previous post, I'll just say don't flip the bozo bit [] on Eric Raymond just because of his stance on weapons. A lot of what he says is still worth your thought. (Thinking about the weapons issue is, too, even if you don't agree.)

          I find it ironic that somewhere back there people were putting forth Raymond as a more tolerable spokesman than Stallman. Perhaps most of that sentiment came from Raymond himself, though. ;)

          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
          • (Score:2, Interesting)

            I don't believe I'm on the record anywhere on the topic of gun control. This is not the issue.

            I found his comments inappropriate. He's a self-described and self-appointed spokesman for Linux and Open Source. He used that self-appointed position to push his other views that have absolutely nothing to do with Linux or Open Source. Worse, he tried to associate his views with the rest of use who have, at one point or another, identified with Linux or Open Source. (Yes, he did include a disclaimer. Why

            • I don't ignore ESR because he likes guns. I ignore him because -- for example -- he wrote that it is reasonable to kill an airport security screener [].

              Oh, if only I were making it up.
              • Hmm, yeah, kind of hard to get around that one. He does seem to say he doesn't think things have gotten that bad, yet, and I bet he flies without shooting the screeners.

                Myself, I thank security screeners. I really made some guy's day in London last April; I must have been the only one. (Meanwhile, the American Airlines pilot travelling in our group cheerfully had his fingernail clipper confiscated.)

                J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
          • I think in the very limited area of OS/FS software hacking, ESR has made some interesting observations. Other than that, I really don't think he has much of interest to say. His political views are just silly, because they lack any sense of history (or present reality). Even on software hacking, he often starts spouting BS, maybe just to hear his own voice.

            Ever watched the Revolution OS movie? I got so annoyed during some of the ESR interviews I almost started shouting "you're a moron" at the screen.