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Submitted by slashdoodle on May 10, 2006 - 1:34am.

Bad ju-ju error
by shmlco (594907) (#15291817)

"..wave a dead chicken around.."

Back in the day we sold complete business systems based on Apple computers, and one of our developers was having mysterious problems with one program. While trying to track it down he implemented a joke error screen that would pop up and say, "Bad ju-ju error 456. Please wave chicken bones over computer." (456 was a trace number)

Anyway, about six months later we received a call from a customer in Louisiana who said he'd gotten the error message, had been waving said chicken bones for the last half hour, no joy, and what gives?

We explained the situation, but needless to say, the customer was not as amused as we were.

True story.

Submitted by xandro on May 7, 2006 - 10:25pm.

From Evolution of a 100% Free Software-Based Publisher

Not 100% good
by Anonymous Coward on Mon May 08, 04:00 AM (#15282148)
I hear they don't provide source code for their books. The use some proprietary language called "Italian."

Did you know?
by Anonymous Coward on Mon May 08, 04:19 AM (#15282195)
Italian is an OO version of Latin and you can overload most methods in Italian by waving your hands about wildly.

by WilliamSChips (793741) Alter Relationship <full DOT infinity AT gmail DOT com> on Mon May 08, 04:45 AM (#15282257)
( | Last Journal: Thu May 04, 06:13 AM)
Latin is open source as well, it has many forks such as Spanish, French, and Italian, and even has parts of its code present in English. Latin included many innovative features, such as the ablative case. You could do almost *anything* with that. A pity all the modern languages find ablative "too hard for newbies" and no longer include it.

Submitted by tcquad on May 7, 2006 - 11:15am.

From Sims the new dolls?

Re:Natural Selection
by cooley (261024) on Sunday May 07, @11:41AM (#15281334)

So what you're trying to say, young man, is that The Sims helped your family line from becoming a victim of natural selection?

How many ten year olds do you know capable of caring for a family? When I was ten, I could barely take care of my Transformers.

Re:Natural Selection
by pyrrhonist (701154) on Sunday May 07, @11:57AM (#15281391)

When I was ten, I could barely take care of my Transformers.

Well, they are more than meets the eye.

Submitted by xandro on May 5, 2006 - 11:19pm.

Comment #15273191 from El Reg Says Google Choking on Spam Sites

A stingy old spammer who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness was determined to prove wrong the saying, "You can't take it with you." After much thought and consideration, the old spammer finally figured out how to take at least some of his money with him when he died. He instructed his wife to go to the bank and withdraw enough money to fill two pillow cases. He then directed her to take the bags of money to the attic and leave them directly above his bed. His plan: When he passed away, he would reach out and grab the bags on his way to heaven. Several weeks after the funeral, the deceased spammer's wife, up in the attic cleaning, came upon the two forgotten pillow cases stuffed with cash. "Oh, that darned old fool," she exclaimed. "I knew he should have had me put the money in the basement."

Submitted by ErMaC on May 5, 2006 - 10:45pm.

Very Easy Solution. (Score:5, Funny)
by oudzeeman (684485) on Friday May 05, @07:22PM (#15274896)

Thats right - in 10,000 years English will be unchanged!

Hwæt! We Gardena in geardagum, eodcyninga, rym gefrunon hu ða æelingas ellen fremedon.

Re:Very Easy Solution. (Score:4, Funny)
by BobNET (119675) on Friday May 05, @07:47PM (#15275003)

Hwæt! We Gardena in geardagum, eodcyninga, rym gefrunon hu ða æelingas ellen fremedon.

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these!

Submitted by ZachPruckowski on May 4, 2006 - 11:40pm.

A first-posting Anonymous Coward -

I don't want to start a holy war here, but what is the deal with you Mac Malware fanatics? I've been sitting here at my freelance gig in front of my 3GHz Dual Processor G5 for about 22 hours now while it attempts to get infected with malware from the internet. 22 hours. At home, on my 20MHz Dell 486 running Windows Vista beta, with IE7, which by all standards should be a lot slower than Safari on the G5, the same operation would take about 2 seconds. If that.

In addition, during this file transfer, viruses won't run. And the trojans I found have ground to a halt. Even the dashboard trojans are asking for permission to load as I type this.

I won't bore you with the laundry list of other problems that I've encountered while using malware on my G5, but suffice it to say there have been many, not the least of which is I've never seen it crash faster than my Windows XP machine - it's only needed rebooting once. My ZX80 with 1K of RAM crashes more often. From a productivity standpoint, I don't get how people can claim that G5 is a "superior" computer.

Mac addicts, flame me if you'd like, but I'd rather hear some intelligent reasons why anyone would choose to use G5 over other more malware ridden computers.

Submitted by dipster on May 4, 2006 - 4:32pm.

Glad to see this on slashdot!
by lawpoop (604919) (#15259627)

I'm sick and tired of all those slashdot articles that extol the virtues of Legos in a child's intellectual development, and how it trained generations of engineers, architects and programmers to think logically, discretely, and modularly.

Finally, we give praise to the medium that created all of us Liberal Arts majors: Play-Doh. Folks, it doesn't get any fuzzier than this stuff. There is no formula, design, or strategy. Anything you make can be anything you want; a bird is a blob is a bunny. Anything goes -- nobody can say you are wrong. Take your masterpiece and pinch it here and there and its totally different. What an exercise in hermeneutical phenomology! It's everything yet nothing at once! Take all the colors, mix them together, and you get a wonderful, muddied brown. Who can argue with that?

Re:Glad to see this on slashdot!
by jamesh (87723) (#15259905)

Actually, it was the brain damage sustained from the buildup of toxins accumulated from repeated ingestion of Play Doh that made you liberal arts majors.

(runs and ducks for cover :)

Submitted by erkulikondrio on May 2, 2006 - 5:40pm.

Suggested new Name (Score:5, Funny)

by Vyvyan Basterd (972007), on Tuesday May 02 (#15249438)


Submitted by veridicus on May 2, 2006 - 4:06pm.

Slashdot poll: Let's Settle This. Who Would Win?

  • Ninjas
  • Pirates
  • Robots
  • Monkeys

by bl4nk (607569) (#15225759)

Robocop would be impervious to a cutlass, a katana, AND feces. Robocop wins.

by eclectro (227083) (#15229345)

No. Robocop could slip on a banana peel. Monkeys win.

Submitted by smparadox on May 1, 2006 - 2:25pm.

Comment by deft (253558):

Scientists also noticed the older water...

Scientists also noticed the older water samples flowed uphill, both ways.

In the snow.

Submitted by wilhelmrahn on April 30, 2006 - 6:53pm.

Stallman Selling Autographs
Posted by CmdrTaco on 10:14 Sunday 30 April 2006
from the happy-hacking-should-be-trademarked dept.
UltimaGuy writes "Sports stars, musicians, and other celebrities have been charging for autographs for years, but who would have thought Richard Stallman would be doing the same? Is this just for fun, or a clever, highly effective protest? Hackers, geeks and nerds gathered together at the 7th FISL - Internacional Free Software Forum, in Porto Alegre (Brazil) last week, were astounded when they got word that Richard Stallman, the founding father of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the GPL, was charging R$ 10 (about US$ 3) for an autograph and R$ 5 (less than US$ 2) to get his picture taken by free software enthusiasts at the event floor."

Yes, but... Does RMS allow anyone to copy and modify those autographs?
Only if you give credit to the original author.
...And rename your Autographs business GNU/Autographs.

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Submitted by wilhelmrahn on April 28, 2006 - 2:07pm.

Nintendo Revolution Renamed 'Wii'

Posted by Zonk on 13:24 Thursday 27 April 2006
from the weeeeeeeeeeee dept.
Retroneous writes "The Nintendo Revolution has had its name changed to the Nintendo Wii." Confirmation on the official Revolution site. Update: 04/27 16:32 GMT by Z : More information available from a Gamasutra article: "New details on the disc format have also been revealed: 'Instead of a tray, a single, innovative, self-loading media bay will play both 12-centimeter optical discs used for the new system as well as Nintendo GameCube discs. Owners will have the option of equipping a small, self-contained attachment to play movies and other DVD content.'"
This is about every funny comment i could find in 10 pages of comments (4/27/06 - 4/28/06)

Nintendo Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifi Connection!
I think they just smoked too much Wiid. Of course.
Apparently it doesn't have 802.11 since Wii is what you get if you have No F-in Wifi.

Yes, I know it's too late in the thread for anyone to read this, but it needed saying.
Call it the 'N Wii' instead of the 'Nintendo Wii' and it doesn't sound so bad.
Wii-mote sounds pretty good too.
N, wii!
When you're a kid and you wanna go wii
but you ain't got drugs yet
you hold on to your life
you hold on to your little gonads and strife
I think the i is in the wrong place..iWi?

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Submitted by HAL9000 on April 28, 2006 - 10:45am.

Reaction from Nintendo calling the Revolution 'Wii':

Did they do it on purpose?
by Dark Paladin (116525)(#15220228)

There was an interesting idea brought up in a forum post somewhere else, and I don't recall where, yet the headline went like this:

"Hard core gamers: Do we matter anymore?"

And the second I saw it, I knew the answer:



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Submitted by HAL9000 on April 27, 2006 - 4:03pm.

The Nintendo Revolution has had its name changed to the Nintendo Wii. Pronounced "Wee".

Re:April 1st was 26 days ago
by 88NoSoup4U88 (721233)(#15213674)

I actually liked their explanation of chosing for Wii : The video [] also shows it quite well.

Admittedly, Wii does sound strange (and alot like 'weeeeeeeeeeeeee' :) ), but it also has something that makes one wonder what this 'wee-thing you just talked about' is.

Off record: If the Wii's can connect to eachother, would it be a 'wiiwii' ? And would I be in trouble if I told people I'm off playing with my friends and our WiiWii's ?

*cough* I'm sorry.

Re:April 1st was 26 days ago
by chris_eineke (634570)(#15213870)

I can think [..] that this is the first half of some multi-staga announcement

Of course it is! Next month they're going to call it wii-wii, then pii-pii. Then they're going to call it an accident and rename it back to Revolution, because it takes a revolution to potty-train a gamer.

also announced
by rayde (738949)(#15213376)

it will be released in 3 sizes to combat the 3 colors of PS3. these sizes are:

Wii. Not so Wii. and FREAKIN HUGE.

Submitted by veridicus on April 27, 2006 - 11:11am.

by Alsee (515537) (#13153263)

Evolution fundamentally says that if if you have heritable variation and mutations and selection pressures on that variation then you will get evolution over generations. This is trivially observable fact. There is no genuine scientific dispute over biological evolution exacly because there is so much evidence that cross checks and cross validates across so many feilds, both current observations and study of prehistorical evidence left behind. Trying to even scratch the surface of this mountain of evidence in this post would be hopeless. If you are questioning the quantity and quality of the evidence, I suggest you either crack open a text book on the subject or at least browse the talkorigins website. It's all well documented if you actually question the issue. If you don't truely question the issue and you instead simply reject the entire subject on non-rational grounds, well obviously you're not going to be swayed by something silly like actual evidence and actual science.

Anyway, the real issue I wanted to address was this one: the sheer numeric CERTIANTY. There's powerful mathematics to evolution, powerful effects going on that you don't hear about in the common explanations of evolution. The common idea of evolution is as a sequence of individual beneficial mutations, like climbing a ladder. If that's how evolution actually worked then critics would be right, it would have been mathematically impossible for evolution to produce the incredible complexity we see today.

To show the true mathematical power of evolution I will first abandon that "ladder climbing" of beneficial mutaions. In fact lets assume that every single mutation that occurs is either neutral or harmful. I'll demonstrate that we still get the real and powerful mechanism of evolution, the math of evolution.

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