Eric S. Raymond Finds the Hockey Stick


ESR of Open Source fame (whose software I use everyday—the famed fetchmail) discovered that the scientists didn’t do the easy thing of fudging the data, they just programmed in the infamous Hockey Stick into the program itself. (link)

ESR is what a real scientist is supposed to look like. He doesn’t fit neatly into one side of the aisle or the other. He has strongly held views on a number of subjects, views he doesn’t mind when other people question. When confronted with a challenge, he responds (usually) with evidence and facts, not ad hominem attacks. He is also known for admitting defeat when his arguments are shown to be incorrect.


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