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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby ConMan » Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:31 am UTC

bachaddict wrote:I thought GNU Terry Pratchett was something by the GNU project people.
High time I read the books.

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In the more recent Discworld books, a sophisticated telegraph system called the Clacks has developed and basically become the Internet. There are a bunch of messages that go through the Clacks that are for the operators to see and know what's happening at other posts, and they're prefaced with a three-letter code to state, for example, how far to relay the message and how many times to repeat it. GNU is a code that causes the message to be bounced back and forth on the Clacks forever, and is used to identify important Clacks operators who have died and keep them alive, because of the idea that someone isn't really dead while their name is still spoken.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby ConMan » Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:48 am UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
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And the GNU is itself a reference to the group behind the idea, who call themselves "The Smoking Gnu".


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I'm pretty sure that in-universe it's the other way around - they call themselves The Smoking GNU in reference to that particular code, but they also created their own more malicious Clacks hacks. Out-of-universe, of course, it was done to make a joke on The Smoking Gun, the group of hackers from The X-Files.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby suffer-cait » Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:58 am UTC

I already have a tiara, but we should get ones that match. there is nothing wrong with multiple tiaras.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:41 am UTC

suffer-cait wrote:I already have a tiara, but we should get ones that match. there is nothing wrong with multiple tiaras.

Yes, matching tiaras. This is a good idea.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:02 am UTC

ConMan wrote:the group of hackers from The X-Files

that would be The Lone Gunmen.

A smoking gun is just the archetypical piece of evidence guaranteed to cinch a conviction.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby bachaddict » Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:19 am UTC

ConMan wrote:
bachaddict wrote:I thought GNU Terry Pratchett was something by the GNU project people.
High time I read the books.

Spoilered in case you didn't actually want it explained:
Spoiler:
In the more recent Discworld books, a sophisticated telegraph system called the Clacks has developed and basically become the Internet. There are a bunch of messages that go through the Clacks that are for the operators to see and know what's happening at other posts, and they're prefaced with a three-letter code to state, for example, how far to relay the message and how many times to repeat it. GNU is a code that causes the message to be bounced back and forth on the Clacks forever, and is used to identify important Clacks operators who have died and keep them alive, because of the idea that someone isn't really dead while their name is still spoken.

Thanks for explaining! I soon realised it meant something else and followed someone's link to the website.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Whizbang » Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:08 pm UTC

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:52 pm UTC

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Qaanol » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:16 pm UTC

Wow indeed. Anyone up for translating that?

Huge thanks to the moderaptors for putting on such a great game/show/gameshow!

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At this point, there only one of us doing that. It's sorta our thing.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Whizbang » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:17 pm UTC

Qaanol wrote:Anyone up for translating that?


Oh. Shit. I was supposed to put a message in that?

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Qaanol » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:25 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:
Qaanol wrote:Anyone up for translating that?


Oh. Shit. I was supposed to put a message in that?

Oh definitely, you were supposed to make the translation meaningful, and also make the first letters of the translated words form an acrostic, and then also make the sizes of the words when written in sequence be the key to decode the cipher found by concatenating the hex values of the color tags. I thought that went without saying.

And I almost forgot, but you were additionally supposed to make the acrostic be the punchline to the joke encoded by the cipher. And the joke was supposed to work on two levels, both as base humor and also as a satirical invective cutting at the heart of a widespread societal injustice. And the plain meaning of the original translated text should have been a subtle hint nudging people to notice the second level of the joke without pointing it out directly. I mean seriously, get with the program already!
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Postby SFX » Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:39 pm UTC

Is it over yet?

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Postby Dthen » Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:58 pm UTC

I think I missed the madness? :(
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Postby poxic » Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:59 pm UTC

It was fairly pink.
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Postby Red Hal » Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:39 pm UTC

Dammit. I'll be back next year. Those attack ships won't set themselves ablaze ... and yes it's all my fault.
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Postby bentheimmigrant » Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:01 pm UTC

Red Hal wrote:I'll be back next year.


And hopefully all this year until then? We need more Red Hal around here.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Marsh'n » Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:04 pm UTC

rat4000 wrote:How do you pronounce it? In America it's often /'keɪtlɪn/ or something close, and in Ireland I think it's supposed to be /kat'lɪ:n/ or something close. Those are kind of far away from one another.

If you are unfamiliar with IPA, an inadequate way to show the difference is to say that it's KATE-leen versus kat-LEEN, where the vowel in the first syllable of the second version is very close to the one you (probably) use in "start". Also the second syllable of the second version is longer than the second syllable of the first version. I did say "inadequate".


When I was studying Irish, I was taught that slender 't' ('t' between two slender vowels, which are 'e' and 'i') was pronounced like 'tch', meaning the consonant part of the pronunciation changes too. Something more like 'cutch-LEAN', but you have to smile while you say the 'l' of the second syllable because it is palatalized. (Wish I knew how to type this in IPA.) To make the American pronunciation you'd need something like Céatloinn, with the e-fada (é) putting the emphasis on the first syllable and providing the long 'a' sound, the 'a' and 'o' allowing the 't' and 'l' to be broad rather than slender, the 'oi' combination making something close to an unstressed 'i' ("ih") sound, and the slender 'n's being a reasonable match to American ones in that context.

However, things like the pronunciation of broad versus slender vowels is regional in Ireland. I'll study it when I'm there and report back :-)

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby eSOANEM » Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:06 am UTC

Marsh'n wrote:
When I was studying Irish, I was taught that slender 't' ('t' between two slender vowels, which are 'e' and 'i') was pronounced like 'tch', meaning the consonant part of the pronunciation changes too. Something more like 'cutch-LEAN', but you have to smile while you say the 'l' of the second syllable because it is palatalized.


I know nothing to speak of about the specifics of Irish, but in IPA, palatalisation is just a superscript j and a /tch/ sound would be [tʃ͡] (that overbracket-y thing's meant to cover both symbols, but's often left out).
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby bachaddict » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:09 am UTC

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Postby suffer-cait » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:39 am UTC

Wait, do we still use phlip's forum?
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby bachaddict » Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:58 pm UTC

slinches wrote:Also, the OTC isn't a disease. In fact, it's the cure. As we all know, Time heals all wounds.

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