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 Linux Zealot needs a job

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Jun 14, 2002
Another zany vignette from the life of Linux Zealot, the cartoon antihero who just loves Open Source Software. This episode sees Linux Zealot being brought down to the reality of the post-bubble economy with a bump.

This week, thanks to a further upgrade in our technology, Linuz Zealot appears in Glorious Technicolor!


More stories about Linux Zealot
Linux Zealot - The Internet's most controversial cartoon superhero
Linux Zealot is Busted
Linux Zealot learns a valuable lesson.
Linux Zealot sticks to his guns.
Linux Zealot in the Future
Linux Zealot goes to the Movies
Linux Zealot Gets Educated
Linux Zealot and Economics 101
Linux Zealot attempts to get laid.
Linux Zealot (almost) Makes a Friend
Linux Zealot Gets Laid
Linux Zealot contributes to the Open Source Community
Linux Zealot Takes a Bath
Linux Zealot vs the RIAA.

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AAAHHHH.... (1.80 / 5) (#2)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 01:55:48 PM PST
Kazaa is not gone, its still availible...Which means only 1 thing

Your an Idiot......:|


correction (4.00 / 1) (#4)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 02:32:04 PM PST
Kazaa is still available for Windows, but not for Linux. Most likely, the P2P technology requires some advanced features found in the Windows TCP/IP stack. These will probably show up in Linux 2.7 in some form or another, so Linux users shouldn't lose hope yet.

I'd rather think... (1.00 / 1) (#6)
by The Mad Scientist on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 02:40:32 PM PST
...that, as it is common for comic strips, this one is located in a parallel timeline - the one where Kazaa is gone and Linux has no place in corporate setting.

Your English Teacher Would Slap You (none / 0) (#19)
by gzt on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 10:10:13 PM PST
You're committing one of the worst possible errors of literary analysis: you're confusing the character's voice with the author's. The author may know full well Kazaa isn't dead. But the point is that Linux Zealot is an ignorant wanker.

Which means only one thing.

You're an idiot.


I have only praise (2.33 / 3) (#3)
by John Milton on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 02:01:52 PM PST
The colours look perfect on my Win2k workstation. I keep a dual boot of Windows, because my boss requires me to use the hacker OS that Linux Zealot loves so much. The X Windows<sup>TM</sup> system can only achieve 24-bit resolution which leaves out some colours. Thankfully, the Windows Colour Management System<sup>TM</sup> can render Linux Zealot in his full 32-bit glory.

-John Milton

WRONG WRONG WRONG (5.00 / 1) (#12)
by Phssthpok on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 03:48:35 PM PST

The X Consortium requests that the following names be used when referring to their software:
X Window System
X Version 11
X Window System, Version 11
X Window System is a trademark of X Consortium, Inc.

Notice that nowhere in this list does it imply that "X Windows" is a trademark of the X Consortium. Please stop trying to subvert our honest website with your cleverly disguised Lunixist propaganda. We have no intention of allowing the trademarked word "Winodws" to be applied to cheap imitations of Microsoft's legitimate window managing operating system.

"Winodws" ??? (1.00 / 1) (#22)
by detikon on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 10:40:01 PM PST
I suggest you do a little research.

Microsoft holds trademarks for "Microsoft Windows", "Microsoft Windows NT", "Microsoft Windows CE" and "Windows XP".

Now sit down and shut the fuck up little man.

Go away or I will replace you with a very small shell script.

Thanks for that little nugget (5.00 / 1) (#27)
by budlite on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 04:18:35 AM PST
I'm off to register Microsoft Windows 200, Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows 1.0, Microsoft Windows 2.0, Microsoft Windows 3.(0/1/11), Microsoft Windows for Workgroups.

Wish me luck in the planned court case, in which Microsoft will have no choice but to offer a large cash settlement.

Do they hold a trademark... (5.00 / 1) (#28)
by The Mad Scientist on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 05:13:56 AM PST
...for "security hole" too?

I dunno (4.00 / 1) (#50)
by detikon on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 08:26:31 PM PST
But remember the whole Windows/LindowsOS BS? Microsoft argued that Lindows infringed on their copyright. Since it technically didn't and so many other MS let so many other companies get away with it their trademark is in trouble.

The US Patent and Trademark Office doesn't allow generic terms (like windows) to be copyrighted. This, rumors of bribes, and the fact that MS seems merely to be going after LindowsOS because it's a competitor mean trouble for MS.

The judge ruled against the injunction and ordered an investigation into MS trademarks.

Go away or I will replace you with a very small shell script.

You need the HTML (5.00 / 1) (#20)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 10:20:38 PM PST
You need to write &trade; - &trade. LINUX machines may lack the extra symbol since they do not support Unicode, but for legitimate Inter-Net users, the <sup> tag is inadequate.


It's not my fault (1.00 / 1) (#25)
by John Milton on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 12:55:06 AM PST
I copied that symbol in Windows™ as it was supposed to be. I can only surmise that the message must have been garbled by passing through a LINUX machine on it's way to the adequacy servers. It was enough that these hackers tried to take down our server, but now their antiquated technology is interfering with our posts.

-John Milton

Looks fine to me (none / 0) (#67)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 09:06:47 PM PST
I can read the posts fine, extended characters and all. I'm running Mozilla 1.0 on Red Hat 7.2 and there are no problems displaying anything.

Looks fine to me (2.00 / 1) (#36)
by Virtual Mage on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 10:50:29 AM PST
I'm looking at this right now at 1027x768 resolution and 32 bit color on Linux Mandrake 8.1, and the color is just fine. If all you can get is 24bit then you have your computer set up incorrectly.

24-bit and 32-bit are the same amount of colors (none / 0) (#61)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 04:44:50 AM PST
You do realize that 32-bit color modes only utilize the first 24 bits, don't you?

correct (none / 0) (#62)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 06:09:16 AM PST
in 32 bit mode, the 8 extra pixels are only used to convey the alpha channel, and not the color information. Also, the Linux Zealot comics is only in a .gif file format which supports only 256 colors, thats 8 bits.

Slightly more in-depth explanation (none / 0) (#81)
by Q on Wed Jun 26th, 2002 at 02:21:43 PM PST
It is necessary to distinguish between 32-bit graphics formats and 32-bit video modes, which are orthogonal concepts.

In 32-bit graphics formats, the 32 bits represent RGBA channels, A standing for Alpha.

In 32-bit 3D acceleration modes, the last 8 bits are again used as Alpha channel, which is meaningful since different bits are at different depths in Z-buffer.

In 32-bit 2D modes, such as the one your monitor is probably at while you use your browser to look at Linux Zealot comics (unless you use a hacker OS), the last 8 bits are wasted. Still, it's better than 24-bit mode for bus bandwidth reasons.

Of course, this does not in any way disprove the original post. Au contraire, it only shows that Microsoft Windows' Color Management System has more resources to intelligently present the graphics format colors via the video mode colors, something that X Windows is too amateur to be capable of.

...Thanks a lot. (4.00 / 3) (#5)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 02:36:13 PM PST
Thanks a lot Adequacy for taking my idea of Linux Zealot trying to get a job and using it as your own.

I sent an e-mail to Em about 2 weeks ago detailing some fiction I would try to get posted here as a story, with Linux Zealot. I explained to Em that I would never use Linux Zealot without Adequacy's permission, and if he gave it, then I would write a story about Linux Zealot finally about to crack through a fellow hacker's system protection when his power supply burns out. His parents won't shell out the money for Linux, so he goes first to a McDonald's, then a Department Store, and finally Best Buy, and his interactions with REAL people who live in the REAL world there.

Thank you Adequacy, its so nice to be reminded that there are no good people in the world anymore.

Power supplies (5.00 / 4) (#7)
by The Mad Scientist on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 03:01:21 PM PST
They suck. Their unreliability is becoming legendary.

Why? Shoddy workmanship? El-cheapo lousy parts? Underrated values of critical components? Saving two cents per piece? Why new power supplies from Western companies are dropping like flies, while old ones from local and Russian (all now long deceased :( ) vendors in my legacy devices are still fully operational, some of them running (and being abused) almost nonstop for almost 8 years?

According to the manufacturers' claims, the technology is improving. According to the harsh reality, the more modern the machines are, the more crappy they are. Why things aren't designed to last, anymore?

What is this? Capitalism, or crapitalism???

Well (none / 0) (#16)
by venalcolony on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 07:40:03 PM PST
My neighbor was a lightbulb engineer at GE. One day while I was cleaning the pool, he peered over the hedge, adjusted the thick frame of his glasses and informed me that he had just invented a lightbulb that will burn forever. We exchanged a silence before he nodded his confirmation, once, then turned to disappear back into the basement he came from. The next day I learned he had dropped dead of a heart attack shortly after emerging from meeting with his superiors.

He was only 27.

The difference between trolling and life is life doesnt have to make sense.

Eternal lightbulbs... (4.00 / 1) (#30)
by The Mad Scientist on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 06:58:32 AM PST
...are good for the people, are good from the point of view of waste management, and are very bad for the business, as instead of selling a continuous stream of lightbulbs to your customers they will buy what they need and then stop getting new ones as the old ones keep working and keep working and keep working.

So they have to never be commercially manufactured. :(

Despite of all the benefits, the negative economical impact can become the ultimate stopgap on the technology. On a related thought, if an universal and permanent cure would be about to be found, would the pharm industry allow it?

Bullshit. (none / 0) (#32)
by dmg on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 08:23:43 AM PST
The public can always be persuaded to replace something perfectly functional with something inferior, even when the original product has no real faults. Vinyl vs Compact Discs for example.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

Or... (none / 0) (#33)
by The Mad Scientist on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 08:53:10 AM PST
...OS/2 vs Windows.

The power of advertisement is large-scale. However, as long as there are both alternatives, let the sheep buy the ad-hyped inferior crap. It's when the crap manages to squeeze the better stuff out of the market (or pushes its prices up) that makes me angry. There should be heavy taxes on advertisement, progressive with the advertising intensity and reach (from nothing on a street shop sign to many billions $ on nationwide media-intensive campaign). But as only the big players have enough money to buy the policies, no wonder nobody dares to try to compensate their size-related advantages. The benefits of ad tax would be (between others) sizeable reduction of the industrial pollution the advertising poses and partial leveling of the playing field, improving the conditions for for the smaller players.

On a side note, I happen to prefer compact discs; vinyl is too sensitive to careless handling. (I happen to prefer MP3s even more, as I don't have to search for the CD in question and all the hassles with mechanical media handling, just tell the computer what I want to hear. Plus when I really want to hear a track and I am off-site, I just download or stream it right from home.) But it's just me.

MP3s sound like crap (none / 0) (#65)
by Icebox on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 01:59:20 PM PST
I happen to prefer MP3s even more

Buy yourself a box of Q-tips (or cotton swabs if you can't afford a name brand) and clean out your ears. Then stop listening to music through PC speakers made by the lowest bidder on a Dell contract.

MP3s sound like crap. CDs sound great. So does vinyl on a good turntable. MP3s sound like crap.

Not really. (none / 0) (#66)
by The Mad Scientist on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 03:15:31 PM PST
A bit, yes. If you happen to like classical music, don't go under 320 kbps. For most of "common" stuff, 128 kbps (in some cases 160) is acceptable choice for me.

In some parts of some tracks, I am able to hear some distortion, though. But in most cases only when I pay attention. (The few cases that turned out bad were corrected by grabbing the tracks again with different settings.)

PC speakers typically suck. I prefer headphones. Besides, because of my night life and life in an appartment, speakers aren't too good idea because of the neighbours.

I have quite good ears, in terms of sensitivity. But they aren't really "gold", as you seem to have, so it's slightly easier to satisfy me.

Headphones (none / 0) (#69)
by budlite on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 09:22:58 AM PST
Yes, headphones are undoubtedly better. unfortunately, if you have poor ones (like I do, again unfortunately), the quality advantage just goes out the window.

My cordless ones are so-so, but somewhere along the line the sound gets normalised (and it's not in the MP3s), so things just sound wrong. Best bet is to invest in a decent pair of corded cans, which I plan to do as soon as my finances improve.

If you can afford them, (none / 0) (#73)
by derek3000 on Wed Jun 19th, 2002 at 05:42:48 AM PST
get these. My dad recommended them to me, and I couldn't be happier, even after 5 years. I always take them with me if I'm going to a production studio, and every nice studio I've ever been to uses them.

"Feel me when I bring it!" --Gay Jamie

whoo yeah (none / 0) (#78)
by sdem on Mon Jun 24th, 2002 at 11:28:31 PM PST
Man, thanks for the advice! Black Flag now sounds SOOO much better from the CD than it did as a 96kbps MP3!

Actually no (4.00 / 1) (#8)
by Peter Johnson on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 03:36:59 PM PST
Jelerial first submitted the idea for this strip 3 months ago (at least).

As far as creating works based on the Linux Zealot trademark goes, it's a lot like writing a Star Wars novel. Anyone can do it, you just can't publish it without going through Lucas.

Anyone can write a Linux Zealot themed piece, whether it be a cartoon, short fiction or interpretive dance. You just can't publish these works except on with the approval of the board of editors.

Are you adequate?

wow, concept (5.00 / 1) (#13)
by jsm on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 04:29:59 PM PST
As's general counsel, I hereby give permission for anyone who comes up with an interpretive dance based on Linux Zealot to perform it in the following venues:
  1. Central Park, New York
  2. Hyde Park, London
  3. 3Com Park, San Francisco
This represents "giving something back to the community" for fiscal 2002.

... the worst tempered and least consistent of the editors
... now also Legal department and general counsel,

As a former dancer... (none / 0) (#14)
by hauntedattics on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 06:04:26 PM PST
I have to say that creating an interpretive dance about Linux Zealot would take something away from the community, rather than giving something back.

I'm also not willing to sacrifice my personal hygiene to the extent required to accurately portray Mr. Zealot.

Surely an artist will do whatever it takes... (5.00 / 3) (#15)
by dmg on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 06:50:51 PM PST
To portray the emotion or individual concerned. It must be possible to convey the stink and stupidity of Linux Zealot with a carefully chosen set of dance moves, if not then dance is not the expressive art form I thought it was.

Perhaps you could wear one of those nostril-clips that seem to have found favor with synchronized swimmers.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

*chuckle* (2.00 / 1) (#59)
by venalcolony on Sun Jun 16th, 2002 at 06:34:10 PM PST
Perhaps you could wear one of those nostril-clips that seem to have found favor with synchronized swimmers.

I am reminded of Martin Short's nerdy character in the classic SNL short documenting him and brother Harry Shearer as they chase their dream of becoming the first men to win gold in synchronized swimming. Short attempts to make the Olympics with a nose plug, a life jacket, orange floaters on his spindly arms and an absurd case of white man rhythm. "I don't swim so good," he says when asked about his chances of making the Games. His exuberant longing for the day when men would be accepted in synchronized swimming should be instructive to every slashbot preparing for the "looming desktop war."

Here's the transcript.

The difference between trolling and life is life doesnt have to make sense.

3Com Park? (none / 0) (#18)
by frozenwoody on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 08:33:29 PM PST
3Com Park (a.k.a. Candlestick Park) is a baseball stadium, not a park in the traditional sense. Perhaps you should change it to Golden Gate Park? FYI, San Francisco's largest park is, appropriately enough, shaped like a syringe.

More like 2 months ago... (none / 0) (#23)
by em on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 11:08:05 PM PST
As can be ascertained from the URL to this story, if you interpret it skillfuly enough.
Associate Editor,

Hi Peter. (none / 0) (#74)
by Trollaxor on Wed Jun 19th, 2002 at 11:40:34 AM PST
I'd like to see Adequacy's board of editors stop a rogue Linux Zealot work from being published.

You can relax now. (4.00 / 2) (#11)
by RobotSlave on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 03:43:56 PM PST
This particular LZ has been waiting in the outbound queue for at least four weeks now. At one point, we had three LZ strips ready to go, and we've had to juggle the publication schedule a bit. The current LZ was finished and ready to go when you sent your self-important little email to the editors.

If you'd bothered to get out the drawing-software and submit a complete cartoon, things might be different now, but instead, you did what most contributers to the open-source world do: you came up with a fairly obvious idea, asked someone else to implement it for you, and then whined when they independently came up with something that wasn't exactly what you wanted.

Thank you for your perfect illustration of Linux Zealotry.

© 2002, RobotSlave. You may not reproduce this material, in whole or in part, without written permission of the owner.

I've often wondered... (3.00 / 4) (#9)
by gordonjcp on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 03:37:55 PM PST
... where this "You can't make money from free software" idea came from. I make quite a nice living from free software.

I suspect it's because companies like Microsoft can't actually sell Linux or a derivative of it for real money. Note that I'm not picking on Microsoft specifically here. The problem is this - things are moving away from a situation where you are expected to pay a lot for software, to software being free gratis, as well as free libre.

It's a bit like in the early part of the last century - when farms stopped using horses and went over to using tractors, blacksmiths weren't needed to shoe horses. So, you could shoe horses, doing less and less business every year, or you could learn how to fix tractors. Adapt, or starve.

I could show you how to make a special tool to adjust the carburettor settings on your car engine. This is roughly analogous to how open-source software works - you can make the tool yourself. However, the chances are, you don't know how to adjust the carburettor, so you need to get someone in to do it for you. The choice is yours - learn how to do it yourself, or pay someone to use the freely available tool to fix it for you.

A fantastic analogy! (5.00 / 1) (#17)
by zikzak on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 07:59:22 PM PST
Yes indeed, the beauty of Open Source is that absolutely anybody anywhere has the ability to easily create their own carburetor adjustment tool that is perfectly tailored to their needs.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world has already figured out the carburetors are obsolete and moved on to fuel injection.

Yeah yeah yeah... (none / 0) (#43)
by gordonjcp on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 02:48:24 PM PST
I was using that as an example... I wasn't sure if American "gas guzzlers" had fuel injection or not.

OK, replace "carb adjustment tool" with "ECU diagnostic reader". You can make a tool to read out the codes, but unless you know what they mean and what to do about them, you need to get someone else to fix it.

What are those cheese blocks in Panel 4? (4.66 / 3) (#10)
by mfk on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 03:38:12 PM PST
It looks like the author tried to visualise the stink radiating from Linux Zealot, but got tired halfway through and just decided to submit the story. I would appreciate it if the author explained to Adequacy what those cheese blocks are.

As for the rest of the strip, there are some plot holes. Why is it that, despite the United States having some of the strictest copyright laws around, Linux Zealot sells pirated CDs IN THE OPEN without any interference from law enforcement agencies. Frankly, the fact that he is operating his illegal pirate software store out in the open should earn him an extra 50 years in a supermax prison.

I also object to the blatant display of nudity. Panels 1 and 2 show Linux Zealot wearing no pants at all. While this nudity would be a hit on another site, I almost threw up in disgust. However, I understand this may be the nature of Linux Zealots, but in the future, please make an effort to block this nudity for our immature users

idiots... (none / 0) (#76)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jun 21st, 2002 at 12:08:55 PM PST
---"immature users"

That would be most of the people here, right?

IKYABWAI [n/t] (none / 0) (#77)
by because it isnt on Fri Jun 21st, 2002 at 12:53:51 PM PST -- because it isn't

Apple a Dot-Com? (5.00 / 1) (#21)
by detikon on Fri Jun 14th, 2002 at 10:29:07 PM PST
Since when was Apple a dot com?

When the shit did Steve Wozniak go back to work for Apple?

Why would Apple tell LZ to learn something like W2K or FreeBSD? It's not like Administering BSD and Linux servers are like night and day. Aren't Windows systems supposed to be so easy? Maybe that's why there are so many unemployed MCSEs nowadays and MS is TRYING to convince people that MCSEs are better than someone with a degree.

Since when would Apple give two shits about W2K? All their major systems run Mac OSX Server. BSD systems are for testing and a few Windows systems are there for testing intergration.

Go away or I will replace you with a very small shell script.

no money? (none / 0) (#24)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 12:29:07 AM PST
You forgot one. Nobody makes money on Linux? I guess IBM is the exception then huh?

I assume you have the relevant 10Q in hand? (none / 0) (#26)
by RobotSlave on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 02:24:34 AM PST
IBM, a widely diversified multinational corporation, makes a profit. Yes. But do they make a profit from "linux?" It's a dubious assertion, at best.

If you can sift through their quarterly reports and show us the line items that prove they've earned more selling "linux" than they've spent on promoting, selling, researching, and supporting "linux," then I'm all ears.

Until you cough up some real financial data, however, you're just blowing hot air about, with no basis in fact.

© 2002, RobotSlave. You may not reproduce this material, in whole or in part, without written permission of the owner.

Profits (none / 0) (#29)
by The Mad Scientist on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 05:18:12 AM PST
Well... If I invest $1 mil. to software R&D, and use its products instead of paying $10 mil. for licences for similar software, isn't it very similar in effect to earning $9 mil.?

Nope (none / 0) (#31)
by Peter Johnson on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 07:11:54 AM PST
License fees are only a small part of the total cost of ownership.

Of course you can be forgiven for not knowing that. Most TCO "studies" produced by the lunix community are laughable fictions.

Are you adequate?

You are right. (none / 0) (#34)
by The Mad Scientist on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 09:41:25 AM PST
If you have your own in-house development, then you have the advantage of being independent on a third-party vendor's willingness of help. All the developers are on call, all the source code is under your full control. You have the ultimate say about what features you need and what ones you will get. You have to train your users yourself, but you also can design the system to be logical and easy to understand - which reduces this cost drastically; you can also borrow look and feel from whatever the users are used to. You can limit the implemented feature set to only the ones you need, which reduces unnecessary complexity and brings more reliability (if you hadn't botched something) and prevents people with playing with what they shouldn't touch.

We run our own development of some intranet software, and the results so far are more than convincing.

Re: Nope (none / 0) (#53)
by jbryce on Sun Jun 16th, 2002 at 02:40:59 AM PST
That is not of relevance to IBM, but it may be relevant to their customers.

Apple is a dot-com. (none / 0) (#41)
by nx01 on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 02:37:52 PM PST
I'm amazed that someone who seems so pro-Apple wouldn't know this.

If you want to how I know this, click here: Apple.COM

Furthermore, FreeBSD is a true UNIX. That is what makes it so different from Linix. The differences in the initscript-shell and the kernel-libc subsystems are also notable, not to mention that FreeBSD has no Graphical User's Interface. It is an industrial strength UNIX, whereas Linux is more a toy pseudo-desktop OS.

W2K, although easy to do basic things, requires an good education -- a MSCE -- to truly understand. It is much easier to use than the no-GUI UNIX and the not-quite-there OSX... not to mention much more stable.

For day-to-day users such as yourself, I would suggest Windows XP, which is completely different than W2K, and more geared towards novices.

"Every time I look at the X window system, it's so fucking stupid; and part of me feels responsible for the worst parts of it."
-- James Gosling

idiot (2.33 / 3) (#51)
by detikon on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 08:58:09 PM PST
So does that mean that Microsoft is a dot-com? No it doesn't. Dot-com rather than .com is a reference term used to describe all the web based buisinesses that popped up and registered domain names using the "commercial" subdomain .com

FreeBSD is NOT true Unix. Free/Open/NetBSD, Linux or any other open source unice uses the original UNIX code. The Santa Cruz Operation now Tarantella, Inc after being acquired Caldera International. Nor has is passed testing and been registered as such by the other party The Open Group.

Linux and the open source BSDs are unix-like while AIX, Solaris, HP-UX and Tru64 are unix variants.

To read more go here.

MCSE requires a good education!?! Then why is MS doing so piss poorly trying to convince people that someone with an MCSE is as good as anyone with a degree? The longest course I've seen for MCSE cedrtification prep was 10 weeks. Hell if you cut out all the contradictory bullshit in the literature (can't but can 3 chapters later, should never but just read the you should always crap) it would take you half as long.

Yes Windows XP is completely different from W2K. It's a limited to desktop systems where W2K has server versions. Beyond UI and a bunch of now "user friendly" bug ridden features how is XP so dramtically different? Both are NT based OSes. Ask anyone. If you already have W2K Professional, beyond the features listed above it's not worth paying for the upgrade.

Go away or I will replace you with a very small shell script.

What's the big deal about colour? (3.50 / 2) (#35)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 10:37:43 AM PST
I believe that precedent has already been set for colour LZ cartoons. Why is this one suddenly a big deal?

Look a little closer (none / 0) (#37)
by Carpo Ergo Sum on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 11:46:21 AM PST
It may have been first for the LZ strip as a whole, but not for LZ himself. This present one must be considered the first where his chromatic display is brought out in relief to the rest of the work.

This posting lacks wisdom (5.00 / 1) (#38)
by imrdkl on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 12:26:26 PM PST
For you trivialize the workers who built the very medium which is obviously your primary domain. You clearly know nothing about the amount of work, anguish, and dedication that it takes to be truly effective in the profession. Yes, of course we are sweaty. We are sweaty men who are always willing to share a bit of advice. A bit of knowledge.

Time to grow up, and realize that true power, the kind which has clearly made you so envious and spiteful towards us, is still knowledge. That hasn't changed, in spite of the changing job market due to 11.9. Knowledge and sharing of information, which was the heart of the culture which you mock, will return to power, as it must, and shall reign a thousand years.

*Sniff* (5.00 / 1) (#40)
by hauntedattics on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 02:17:22 PM PST
Your post gave me a tremendous mushy my pants. Loosen up on the bombastic sermonizing, will ya?

I wouldn't run around talking about something that "shall reign a thousand years" either. It conjures up some unpleasant historical memories.

If you blew your wad (none / 0) (#46)
by imrdkl on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 04:59:03 PM PST
on my first comment, then please wait 'til ya know me a bit better before you pay so much attention again.

Roger. Over and out. n/t (none / 0) (#55)
by hauntedattics on Sun Jun 16th, 2002 at 08:29:25 AM PST

What I meant to say was (none / 0) (#58)
by imrdkl on Sun Jun 16th, 2002 at 12:46:02 PM PST
If you blew your wad on my first comment, just wait 'til you read one of my stories.

Huh? (4.00 / 1) (#45)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 04:49:48 PM PST
That hasn't changed, in spite of the changing job market due to 11.9.

What happened on November 9th?

Dont remember (none / 0) (#47)
by imrdkl on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 05:05:53 PM PST
I've slept since then.

Date formats (1.00 / 1) (#48)
by The Mad Scientist on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 05:12:54 PM PST
Typical misunderstanding.

Notice the separator characters; 11.9. - dots. This indicates the Eurpoean format, [day].[month]., which has subtly different variable ordering when compared with American format, [month]/[day], using slash as separator.

Of course, it would be much more helpful if both sides would decide to standardize on using abbreviated month names instead of their numerical representation. But I think I suggested it earlier already.

Ha! (none / 0) (#72)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 08:12:27 PM PST
Most true professionals realized the futility of free software after they moved their Dorito-eating asses out of their parent's basements. You should get a job, leave Slashdot alone for 5 minutes and quit bitching!

When the helll... (3.00 / 2) (#39)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 01:41:10 PM PST
are you guys going to post something that isn't pointless flamebait?

Isn't this supposed to be "News for Grownups"?

You protest too much. (none / 0) (#44)
by venalcolony on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 04:25:20 PM PST
The adequacy is inured to flimsy accusations of "flamebait" levelled by panicked techno-fascists desperately fighting a rearguard action to preserve whatever is left of their rapidly diminishing power and glitter. I am sure you can do much better; ask us to think of the children while your threadbare tapestry of Lenixist lies unravel before your very eyes on the very Adequacy.

I am rolling on the floor, laughing.

You are very tricky, but you have met your match. Why is the initial M in Richard M. Stallman never spelled out? Could it be because the tyrant goes by the name of Richard Marxist Stallman?

No further questions.

The difference between trolling and life is life doesnt have to make sense.

yes (none / 0) (#52)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 09:07:52 PM PST
whenever I see your handle, I think it says "venereal colony"

That hardly ever happens any more. (5.00 / 1) (#57)
by venalcolony on Sun Jun 16th, 2002 at 11:37:24 AM PST
I've trained myself to rigorously adhere to the medication as prescribed. No, the ladies dont really have much of an excuse any longer. When they say "No" I hear "Like, whatever, dude." They're cute when they're coy but pharmacological science is objective, unlike the manners and etiquette of teenage bourgeois girls who wish to assert their feckless (heh, close) independence over the biological imperative.

As you can see, I have done a lot of thinking about this.

The difference between trolling and life is life doesnt have to make sense.

Umm.. (3.00 / 2) (#42)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 02:41:34 PM PST
Hey, when was kazaa shut down? *cracks open kazaa lite* *hunts for some Metallica* *downloads "Turn the Page"* *deletes it. I can't f**king stand metallica.* Well, I suppose noone did. (If you're referring to the shutdown of Kazaa BV, they no longer own the Kazaa-fastrack network. Sharman Networks would have to get sued, and as such, would cause international courts to have to handle this thing) Next: Riiiight. Ok. Free resources have no place in a for profit company. Cos for-profit companies don't like stable things that cost them nothing and replace expensive resources. Done cutting new crack now. Go play.

Do you know how boring you are? (4.00 / 1) (#49)
by gzt on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 05:13:38 PM PST
I know this may be a pot/kettle thing, but you truly are an unoriginal, boring, and smelly wanker. You obviously don't comprehend the subtleties of this simple comic.


by Anonymous Reader on Sun Jun 16th, 2002 at 10:48:53 AM PST
Technicolor® is a registered trademark of the Technicolor® corporation, yet you have blatantly omitted the appropriate ® symbol.

Furthermore I have reason to suspect that this web comic is not in fact rendered in Glorious Technicolor® at all!

I am shocked and dismayed that this website is stealing intellectual property in this manner. Just like the swarthy counterfeiter endangering the public with potentially lethal fake "Levis™", or the sinister and cultish Open Source evangelist, you are committing what is essentially a terrorist atrocity against the great institution of American Capitalism.

Shame on you. I have reported you to the FBI and CIA, and expect the adminstrators of this site to be arrested and imprisoned very shortly.

Where do all these ignoramuses come from? (3.00 / 2) (#63)
by RobotSlave on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 01:18:41 PM PST
Look, the trademark on Technicolor™ only applies to a process used in color film. the word "technicolor" has taken on a common meaning of "brightly or vividly colored" when applied to other things, where the trademark does not apply.

None of this basic understanding of copyright, trademark, and contract law is difficult, and the appalling ignorance I continue to find on these pages makes me wonder what the heck they're teaching kids in their compusory civics classes these days.

© 2002, RobotSlave. You may not reproduce this material, in whole or in part, without written permission of the owner.

Sorry to pull you up in a public forum, Robotslave (3.00 / 2) (#64)
by dmg on Mon Jun 17th, 2002 at 01:35:47 PM PST
But the plural of ignoramus is ignorami. Like the pural of viruses is virii. I would expect any moderately educated person to know this.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

You think so? (5.00 / 1) (#68)
by RobotSlave on Tue Jun 18th, 2002 at 02:41:26 AM PST

I'm afraid the word is derived from a latin verb, not a latin noun.

© 2002, RobotSlave. You may not reproduce this material, in whole or in part, without written permission of the owner.

ha (3.66 / 3) (#60)
by Anonymous Reader on Sun Jun 16th, 2002 at 07:21:22 PM PST
you guys are idiots the author is right in ever aspect

Excuse me... (none / 0) (#75)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jun 20th, 2002 at 11:19:50 AM PST
...but is this "article" supposed to be funny? No, I am serious! It's intended as humour??

Look this time you have gone TOO far! (none / 0) (#79)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jun 25th, 2002 at 08:44:10 AM PST
There was a frame in your cartoon where the Larnix user had a haircut! You KNOW that 99% of Larnix users are stinky hippies! Now c'mon and FACE REALITY, as if a stinky OSS user would get a haircut!

Relax, its just a cartoon strip. (none / 0) (#82)
by dmg on Fri Jun 28th, 2002 at 04:56:34 AM PST
Remeber in "Jurassic Park" when Nedry gets bitten in half by a T-Rex ? Well that wasn't real either.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

FreeBSD (none / 0) (#80)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jun 25th, 2002 at 11:41:51 AM PST
um FreeBSD is a free OS

I like Linux (none / 0) (#83)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 18th, 2002 at 04:49:24 AM PST
... and use it all the time at home and at work.

Am I a bad person no?
Do you guys hate me now??


Stop lying and we will stop hating you... (none / 0) (#84)
by dmg on Wed Jul 24th, 2002 at 12:44:07 PM PST
use it all the time at home and at work.

Everyone knows that Linux is unusable to get real work done. I can only conclude that you are lying. It is the sheer dishonesty of the Linux zealots that makes them so hated. That, plus the elitist pomposity, and failure to shower regularly. Oh, and the lack of social skills. And the autism. Did I mention the pomposity ?

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

Free trolling? Paid trolling? (none / 0) (#85)
by Fako on Wed Jul 31st, 2002 at 08:55:45 PM PST
Ok, ok. I just want to know how much Windows or any other corporation has payed you to do this, this senseless and stupid attack to Linux and freeware. Cause if they have payed you more than 10$, someone should tell them it is a price too high for this lousy crap.
Now, if you are doing this on your own and actually BELEIVE in what you're saying... you just make me sick.

I believe we get just under $2000 per strip (none / 0) (#86)
by dmg on Thu Aug 8th, 2002 at 01:38:13 PM PST
Although this is dependent on our traffic stats obviously. I cannot divulge who funds this, obviously it is very sensitive data. You might be surprised if you found out.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking


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