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1998/11/1-3 [Health, Politics/Foreign/MiddleEast/Iraq] UID:14864 Activity:low
10/31   Headline news: http://www.cnn.com
        "Hello, UN Weapon Inspectors. We need to hide our weapons of mass
        distruction again. Please come back later when we are done. Thanks."

Happy Pagan Satan Worship!
        \_ Ignorant tweak.  Satan is a Christian concept.  Halloween is a
           Pagan concept.  Dumb shit Christians jammed Satan into the
           historical Pagan concepts.  Pagans don't worship Satan.  I'd
           say you should stay off the MOTD if you're going to be such an
           idiot, but if everyone followed that advice, there'd be nothing
           but lame job offerings.
           \_ Case in point: Halloween is not remotely pagan.  November 1st
              is called 'All Saints Day' or 'Hallowed Day' and the eve of
              the celebration 'Hallowed Eve' which mutated to 'Halloween'
              A Christian concept through and through, for a change.
           \_ Yep. 'Pagan' is a lame Christian word which tried to mean 'not
              Christian' but eventually came to mean, 'a religion which is
              not one of the big 5', so since Satanism is a Christian
              sect (admitted a perverse one), a Satanic is not a Pagan.
1998/11/1-2 [Uncategorized] UID:14865 Activity:nil
10/31   Tonight marks the 60th anniversary of Orson Welles' classic proof
        that "People are Stupid(tm)".  Celebrate by fucking with some moron's
        mind tonight.
        \_ Ah, yes.  Once again the ignorant of today judge the ignorant of
           the past.  Both lack the information required to not look stupid.
1998/11/1-2 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA] UID:14866 Activity:nil
10/31   Some guy wants someone to work on some SGI IRIX machines.
        /csua/pub/jobs/logon-networking   (yes, it's that cheezy)
        -brg
1998/11/1-2 [Computer/SW/OS/Linux] UID:14867 Activity:high
10/31   Lotus will port SmartSuite, Notes, and Domino to Linux.
        http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayStory.pl?981031.ehlotus.htm

Happy Pagan Satan Worship!
        \_ Corel released Wordperfect for Linux for free download
           earlier this month.  link:www.corel.com
           \_ actually it's http://linux.corel.com
           \_ but the schmucks wont do so for solaris
                \_ for a commercial OS like solaris don't they have
                   linux ELF binary compatibility like FreeBSD?
                        \_ No, because linux binary compatibility is a joke
                           Linux versions aren't even all binary compatible
                           with each other.
                \_ But since it's all X11 software, and Linux costs $0 plus
                   hardware, you can get a Linux box and run all this stuff
                   displaying on your Solaris desktop.  It's not perfect,
                   but it's better than nothing.
                   \_ I don't want to run multiple OS's. As soon a
                      I get staroffice running, I won't have to. BUt I'm
                      having stupid key problems.
                   \_ Yes, it's about $200 for a fairly decent 486 which
                      is about how much MS word will cost you.
           \_ Yet another reason to switch to linux considering how much
              ms word sucks.  http://www.gnome.org also has some pretty nice
              apps but they're kind of a pain in the butt to install
              because the libraries conflict with gimp's.
              \_ The install is easy under FreeBSD with ports, but the
                 software is horrible.  Every gnome app I've seen is so
                 alpha it's amazing.  I'll check in later when it's a
                 bit more mature.
          \_ It took me about a day to install GNOME... and frankly it
             hasn't been worth it.
           \_ The Notes port is much more important than the SmartSuite
              port, since there are, indeed, other suites for Linux.
              But Notes is Notes, and plenty of people have said "we'd
              ditch MS if there were a Notes port" -- though they tend to
              say that about every program.
        \_ Notes on linux?  This'll be the death of linux for sure now.

Happy Pagan Satan Worship!
        \_ Ignorant tweak.  Satan is a Christian concept.  Halloween is a
           Pagan concept.  Dumb shit Christians jammed Satan into the
           historical Pagan concepts.  Pagans don't worship Satan.  I'd
           say you should stay off the MOTD if you're going to be such an
           idiot, but if everyone followed that advice, there'd be nothing
           but lame job offerings.
1998/11/1 [Uncategorized] UID:14868 Activity:kinda low
10/31   42.
        \_ 69.
1998/11/1-3 [Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:14869 Activity:high
10/31  "Why is ``Windows 98'' so buggy? Microsoft is fighting an
        uphill battle: conceptually, they're still somewhere
         in an eating place in Qandahar pointing at various kinds
        of sheep kebabs. UNIX, on the other hand, is sitting in a
        smoky student cafe in Hamburg discussing abstract
        philosophy, and people around don't have the faintest idea what
        they're talking about"

        -from this month's daemon news
        \_ Uhm yeah whatever.  Very deep.
         \_ It was put up because I found it amusing, not deep.
          \_ Must be something wrong with me then as I find it neither
             amusing not deep.  What was amusing or deep about it?
             amusing nor deep.  What was amusing or deep about it?
             \_ It's amusing as a nice metaphor for the sophistication of
                Unix and its design as compared to those of Windows 9{5,8}.
                See the article it comes from for a more substantial account.
1998/11/1-3 [Reference/History/WW2] UID:14870 Activity:moderate
11/1    What is the technical term for "wobbling axis of the earth's pole,
        causing retreating and advancing of the ice repeatedly in the last
        40,000 years?" I need to know for the geography class. THANKS!
        \_ precession
           Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary contains 2 items
           relevant for "precession".

           *

           pre.ces.sion n [NL praecession-, praecessio, fr. ML, act of
           preceding, fr. L praecedere to precede] (1879): a
           comparatively slow gyration of the rotation axis of a
           spinning body about another line intersecting it so as to
           describe a cone -- pre.ces.sion.al adj

           *

           precession of the equinoxes (1621): a slow westward motion
           of the equinoxes along the ecliptic caused by the
           gravitational action of sun and moon upon the
           protuberant matter about the earth's equator
             \_ when the axis of a spinning body does not rotate about a
                second axis, but rather wobbles, it is nutation, and the
                body is said to nutate. I don't know if that's what the
                earth does, i just know this term from physics.
                body is said to nutate.
        \_  Major glacial events in the Quaternary have coincided when
            -the phases of axial tilt
            -precession of equinoxes
            -eccentricity of orbit
            are all lined up to give the northern hemisphere the least amount
            of summer insolation. We are currently at the stage where the
            axial is tilting outward (earth can tilt as much as 26 degrees),
            and it is a factor that is more likely to cause of global warming
            than anything else.
1998/11/1 [Computer/SW/Languages/C_Cplusplus] UID:14871 Activity:nil
11/1    Uh oh.. bad news for Grim Fandango:
        Red Alert got a 9.4 from:
                http://www.gamespot.com/strategy/redalert/index.html
        Grim Fandango got a 9.3:
                http://www.gamespot.com/adventure/grimfand/index.html
        Red Alert was a hi-res poorly done butchery of C&C.  In short,
        RA sucked your mother's balls, but still got a higher rating
        than the much motd-hyped Grim Fandango.
1998/11/1-3 [Uncategorized] UID:14872 Activity:nil
11/1    www.gamespot reviews:
        Red Alert: 9.4
        Grim Fandango: 9.3
        We all know what a fine piece of work RA was.
        \_ RA sucked.
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