November 05, 2003
Matrix Revolutions Reviewed in two lines

Yet another funny Slashdot post. You'll have to think back to Agent Smith and Neo's first scene in the Matrix for the reference though. 'Matrix Revolutions' Opens Today

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November 04, 2003
Solar Flares, Mayan, and Gigli in one post

Funny Slashdot post about Three More Solar Flares. I love the way the Mayan is described.

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October 14, 2003
Excellent Troll Parody

A funny troll rewrite. iPods are for Audiophiles

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January 30, 2003
Anti-Perl Rant

On Slashdot I found a link to the following superb rant about perl. For instance [Perl] rewards idiotic behavior in a way that no other language or tool has ever done, and on top of it, it punishes conscientiousness and quality craftsmanship -- put simply: you can commit any dirty hack in a few minutes in perl, but you can't write an elegant, maintainable program . Many a true word. The same thread included these other links What's wrong with Perl and Is Perl Difficult? that are also interesting.

I'm not saying that perl isn't useful but I do have some sympathy with the view that it has a corrupting influence. I know that every programmer thinks that they are above average, and that the code they write is fine whatever the language they use, but we all know that can't be true. Using a language that encourages good habits and rewards thoughtful approaches rather than hacking can be beneficial to even the best programmers, especially the self described best programmers.

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December 12, 2002
What's Windows Worth?

An interesting view in a Slashdot thread MS Proposes Disclosing Windows Source To India. Perhaps the real value of Windows in now zero, certainly with 85% profits in the OS division it is much lower that the cost you pay, and the actual price charged is mostly the extra money Microsoft is able to extract through their monopoly in the desktop OS market?

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December 11, 2002
Vinyl

Nice little rant you can recycle when people start up with the cds are worse than vinyl arguments. Re:analog. By the way, the initial line of the post, Why do uninformed ramblings keep getting moderated as "Insightful" here at Slashdot? really must be a retorical question!

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October 11, 2002
Pax Americana

Another good Slashdot post. In a thread about underwater gliders, of all things, someone wrote a typical ra ra America post including the phrase Pax Americana. It drew the following funny reply... Pax Americana*

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September 19, 2002
The adventures of RMS: Defender of the GPL

Pretty funny one under the topic of Is UnitedLinux Violating The GPL?.

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September 10, 2002
The Law of Software Envelopment

An excellent extension to the well known Law of Software Envelopment. As amended by jwz this reads Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can. This post uses a similar method to explain when development of emacs will stop.

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July 12, 2002
Microsoft Palladium

The Power of Palladium, a pretty funny Brave New World style look at where Microsoft's Palladium may take us.

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June 11, 2002
I call bullshit

Slashdot sometimes posts links to science articles. These usually attract a few posters who might be charitably described as cranks. Today we have a link to an article about supercoductors and gravity. However, in one of the posts, a reply to a poster/crank with the nick s390 (weird, as that's an oldish IBM mainframe model, now renamed), we have the following wonderful line. This isn't consultancy, s390, this is science. Golf, blowjobs, and 'intuition' won't cut it.

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