"World domination. It's a powerful and faintly sinister phrase,
one you might imagine some B-movie mad scientist muttering as he
puts the finishing touches on some infernal machine amidst a
clutter of bubbling retorts and crackling Tesla coils. It is not a
phrase you would, offhand, associate with cuddly penguins."
"When Linus says he aims at world domination, it seems as if
he wants you to laugh at the absurd image of a gaggle of scruffy
hackers overrunning the computing world like some invading
barbarian horde--but he's also inviting you to join the horde.
Beneath the deadpan self-mockery is dead seriousness--and beneath
the dead seriousness, more deadpan self-mockery. And on and on, in
a spiraling regress so many layers deep that even Linus probably
doesn't know where it ends, if it ends at all."
"The way Linux hackers use the phrase ``world domination'' is
what science-fiction fans call a ``ha-ha-only-serious''. Some
visions are so audacious, they can be expressed only as ironic
jokes, lest the speaker be accused of pomposity or megalomania. It
is in much the same spirit that I sometimes describe myself as
Linus' Minister of Propaganda, as if I were some evil communist
bureaucrat in a campy remake of Orwell's 1984."
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