Change over time
The argument in favor of Linus's preferred commenting format is that when the code changes, then the comments sometimes must be changed, too.
Comments with asterisks on the right are unnecessarily cumbersome to modify.
Taking a step back, we could conclude that developers that DO use asterisks on the right are not concerned about modifying code over time.
Taking another step back, we might conclude that developers who are not concerned about modifying code over time are foolish, or arrogant.
Taking another step back, we might decide that developers who work on kernel code could not be foolish, and therefore such comments are a display of arrogance.
You can't deal with arrogant people politely. You have to tear them a new one, or they won't listen.
It's a lot of presumptions. And any one of the steps could be false if you took some time to evaluate them. But you don't actually take the steps individually. You flash from the beginning to the end in blind fury.