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0345: "1337: Part 5"

Postby Alphaniner » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:03 am UTC

EDIT:The following was posted by kingkael (previous first post was unsatisfactory)
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http://xkcd.com/345/
Title Text-"This digital music thing will probably reach its endgame sometime in the next decade are so. These are very exciting times."

Wow, Cory Doctorow too! This comic has met all expectations... the epilogue was hilarious too.
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Elaine is the dread pirate roberts?
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Piarew » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:04 am UTC

I think the wrong person is thanking Stallman... ?
Shouldn't it be Elaine doing the thanking, not the bad guys?
Also, I was very happy with the Princess Bride reference to end the series off.
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Cabhan » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:04 am UTC

The Dread Pirate Roberts reference was my favorite part of xkcd ever.

I am a little confused as to why the RIAA guy in the first panel is thanking Stallman. I feel like it was supposed to be Elaine instead.

And as if Stallman wasn't enough! Cory Doctorow came back! My brain...it explodes with awesomeness!

But another comic made of win.

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"1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby kingkael » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:04 am UTC

Image
http://xkcd.com/345/
Title Text-"This digital music thing will probably reach its endgame sometime in the next decade are so. These are very exciting times."

Wow, Cory Doctorow too! This comic has met all expectations... the epilogue was hilarious too.
Now I will always know how BitTorrent started.
Great line: "Yep, it's about 20 kilometers up, just above the tag clouds."

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Raphael » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:04 am UTC

Dread Pirate Roberts. Enough said!

No zeppelin, sadly, but we got a balloon. And Cory Doctrow. And general utter awesomeness.
I don't understand why the MAFIAA guy is saying 'Thanks, Stallman', though. Could that be a mistake?

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Radikalskippy » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:05 am UTC

That was awesome!! What an ending!! I feel bad for poor Bobby, though. They should get him something to eat...
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby kingkael » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:06 am UTC

Raphael wrote:I don't understand why the MAFIAA guy is saying 'Thanks, Stallman', though. Could that be a mistake?

Maybe it is sarcasm?

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Kawa » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:06 am UTC

Raphael wrote:I don't understand why the MAFIAA guy is saying 'Thanks, Stallman', though. Could that be a mistake?

Yeah, I'm guessing it was supposed to come from Elaine...
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby floyd4one » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:07 am UTC

also "next decade are so"

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby thethirdmoose » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:08 am UTC

...and here I was, thinking xkcd couldn't get any more awesome...

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby nyeguy » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:09 am UTC

Kawa wrote:
Raphael wrote:I don't understand why the MAFIAA guy is saying 'Thanks, Stallman', though. Could that be a mistake?

Yeah, I'm guessing it was supposed to come from Elaine...

I didn't even notice it didn't point to Elaine. Though its possibly a mistake, it is probably a sarcastic thanks from the MAFIAA guy.

EDIT: I didn't notice the post above me saying the same thing. Oops >_>
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Verator » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:10 am UTC

kingkael wrote:
Raphael wrote:I don't understand why the MAFIAA guy is saying 'Thanks, Stallman', though. Could that be a mistake?

Maybe it is sarcasm?

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That's how I read it.

"Thanks Stallman, I really enjoy you coming out of nowhere and kicking my ass...."
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby rascher » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:11 am UTC

I wonder if there *is* an IP that he has set up for streaming media... *nmaps*

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Pants » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:13 am UTC

As usual, I love how Randall injects a sense of the epic into what could be mistaken for the mundane. Sure, those my age missed the excitement and giddy potential that marked the birth and rise of the internet, but it's great to be reminded that in 20 years, there are going to be people wishing they had been here, now, and a part of what's to come.

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby photosinensis » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:14 am UTC

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Not an Evil Robot » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:14 am UTC

Blag Balloon, Sword Fight for the GNU, Bittorrent! What else can I ask for!

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby theyellowhobbit » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:14 am UTC

Radikalskippy wrote:That was awesome!! What an ending!! I feel bad for poor Bobby, though. They should get him something to eat...


Maybe it's one of those deals where Mrs. Roberts is trying to train her son by not feeding him, in hopes that he will figure out for himself how to make matlab to make him a sandwich.

I feel a bit bad for Bobby's unfortunate name, if it's in fact short for Robert. Robert Roberts?
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby muteKi » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:15 am UTC

theyellowhobbit wrote:
Radikalskippy wrote:That was awesome!! What an ending!! I feel bad for poor Bobby, though. They should get him something to eat...


Maybe it's one of those deals where Mrs. Roberts is trying to train her son by not feeding him, in hopes that he will figure out for himself how to make matlab to make him a sandwich.


I thought it was well established that he would have to use a console command...
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Kawa » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:17 am UTC

theyellowhobbit wrote:I feel a bit bad for Bobby's unfortunate name, if it's in fact short for Robert. Robert Roberts?

Well, he's Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;-- Roberts. Bobby Tables for short. From the title text of that one, we're guessing Elaine's full name is 'Help I'm trapped in a driver's license factory Elaine Roberts' - no wonder they call her Elaine.
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby voodooKobra » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:17 am UTC

If only there were a Zeppelin, this would be the best thing to ever happen. And raptors. And motorbikes.
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Not an Evil Robot » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:19 am UTC

voodooKobra wrote:If only there were a Zeppelin, this would be the best thing to ever happen. And raptors. And motorbikes.

Stallman on a motorbike having a sword fight with a raptor while on top of a Zepplin?

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Alphaniner » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:21 am UTC

I just now noticed, but I like how Elaine is kicking the guy's knee out in the first panel. This comic is pretty complete, really. Got stallman, a balloon, a blag-o-ball, and a funny cape.

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby JoshuaZ » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:25 am UTC

I was slightly confused the first time I read it because I didn't notice the comma between "pirate" and "Roberts" so I thought it was just a random reference to Princess Bride. Then I reread it and notice the comma and got the pun.

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Green9090 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:26 am UTC

Not an Evil Robot wrote:
voodooKobra wrote:If only there were a Zeppelin, this would be the best thing to ever happen. And raptors. And motorbikes.

Stallman on a motorbike having a sword fight with a raptor while on top of a Zepplin?


How was this not thought of sooner? Back to the drawing board!
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Tenth Speed Writer » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:27 am UTC

The end to the second greatest "arc," and with a Princess Bride pun no less.

Very nice. I'm tempted to randomly pirate something in celebration of the rebellion of our times.
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Not an Evil Robot » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:27 am UTC

Green9090 wrote:
Not an Evil Robot wrote:
voodooKobra wrote:If only there were a Zeppelin, this would be the best thing to ever happen. And raptors. And motorbikes.

Stallman on a motorbike having a sword fight with a raptor while on top of a Zepplin?


How was this not thought of sooner? Back to the drawing board!

There is so much to add! What about a Zepplin of Red Spiders?

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby cpryby » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:34 am UTC

Was the "never darken our comment threads" remark a reference to Groucho Marx in Duck Soup?

"Go, and never darken my towels again!"

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby ++$_ » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:38 am UTC

Bobby needs to learn about sudo.

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Shale » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:42 am UTC

cpryby wrote:Was the "never darken our comment threads" remark a reference to Groucho Marx in Duck Soup?

"Go, and never darken my towels again!"


It's probably just a play on the more common "never darken my doorstep again". Still an amusing thought.

Oh, and this whole storyline was epic, epic, epic win. I don't care how proud you are, Randall, you need to be prouder.

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby FiddleMath » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:48 am UTC

XKCD wins the internet. Would you like to play again? (Y/N)

The baby boomers may have had some awesome music, and had it actually marketed at them, but they didn't have webcomics. All in all, I don't think we're doing too badly.

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby b.i.o » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:54 am UTC

So...amazing...can't think of words to describe...

This story arc is going to fill up as much of my wall as I can make it reasonably do.

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Archangel » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:56 am UTC

Gold. Just gold.

Read #4 and #5 at work today - my colleagues gave me some pretty strange looks when I started laughing for no apparent reason. I love the idea of RMS hanging around in a zeppelin, always prepared to fight the oppressors of freedom - with his katanas :-D

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:59 am UTC

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Something Random » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:07 am UTC

I'm surprised that nobody has noticed the irony of Cory Doctrow, the privacy advocate, doing surveillance work.

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby wing » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:15 am UTC

This series converted one of my friends to Ubuntu.

When he saw the first one, and that it's a multi-part, he said "If this features RMS with katanas and Cory Doctorow somehow, I'm switching to Ubuntu."

It did. We're reformatting his laptop now.
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Southwest » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:26 am UTC

Silver2Falcon wrote:This story arc is going to fill up as much of my wall as I can make it reasonably do.

Oooh! May I suggest Rasterbating it? Don't know how well it will work, what with thin stick figures and text, but I figured it might be worth a shot, eh?

wing wrote:This series converted one of my friends to Ubuntu.

When he saw the first one, and that it's a multi-part, he said "If this features RMS with katanas and Cory Doctorow somehow, I'm switching to Ubuntu."

It did. We're reformatting his laptop now.


That's so fantastic.

And I'd like to toss my vote in with the pleased crowd-- this was a fantastically epic arc. I'm totally glad I read this comic. Win win win.

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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby wing » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:34 am UTC

It's worth noting that the misquote has been fixed now.
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby Workaphobia » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:35 am UTC

This was every bit as epic as the last three. I especially enjoyed the idea of a physical blogosphere that encloses the geosphere - somehow it's appropriate... in a geocentric-universe way. I don't know how I feel about Elaine going the straight out piracy route, given that I feel it's easier to get indignant about copyright law when you're not benefiting by breaking it.

Well done, Randall. Now, I just request that at some point in the future we either see an epic plotline involving Stallman's airship, or alternatively an epic drawing of it.
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby 1337geek » Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:23 am UTC

Now, let's all get up off our butts and use the inspiration this [absolutely amazing awe-inspiring] comic has given us to do something about it! The MAFIAA deserves a swift kick in the rear!

Also, I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say a heartfelt thank you to Randall for entertaining us not just this week but for the past couple years.
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Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Postby NMcCoy » Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:31 am UTC

Made. Of. Win.

I want a T-shirt with Elaine, RMS, and Cory Doctorow in action poses, with ~HAPPY HACKING.~ written in politely small text at the bottom.
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