To weigh in on a couple of points that have been raised...
- The autism crack didn't offend me, though a question mark briefly appeared over my head. To the offended, I suggest a thought experiment: swap out "autistic" for "gay" (pretending it fits in context). Is that offensive, or just obviously silly on the character's part? And if the latter, is it still offensive for Randall to put it in the strip, or is he doing it to make a point?
- xkcd is often smug. This is not news. I read in spite of that because the smug strips are often funny anyway, or smug about something I agree with; I suspect this is typical. And mileage is bound to vary about which strips are annoying. (For instance, I find xkcd way more insufferable about sex than hacker issues.)
- Of course reliance on .docs has nothing to do with Facebook. Beard-guy isn't saying that. It's about the other guy's attitude. Beard-guy sees him as blindly using what everyone else uses, and in his view, that's what led to the Facebook mess.
- Using Facebook is completely fine and normal. Trusting Facebook is the province of fools. That's where I agree with beard-guy -- you pays your money and you takes your chance. Where we disagree is that I would say the same about anything comparable the open-sourcers set up.
You know, I have a habit of ragging on xkcd, but I have to admit it's one of the few webcomics that make me think this much. Even when it annoys me.
LucasBrown wrote:I feel a lot like the bearded guy (is that supposed to be Stallman?)
Let's not kid ourselves. That's Randall.