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0225: "Open Source"

Postby warriorness » Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:11 am UTC

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Alt text: Later we'll dress up like Big Oil thugs and jump Ralph Nader.

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Postby FiddleMath » Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:13 am UTC

On second thought, let's not do that to Eric.

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Postby Hawknc » Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:21 am UTC

What would Big Oil thugs look like, I wonder?
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Postby Verysillyman » Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:32 am UTC

would they be 'big oil' thugs, or big 'oil thugs'?

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Postby Metachaos » Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:35 am UTC

I find this especially hilarious since Eric is actually a member of my sword school. =D

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Postby warriorness » Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:37 am UTC

Verysillyman wrote:would they be 'big oil' thugs, or big 'oil thugs'?


The latter makes more sense. It implies the thugs are large, and they are after oil, as opposed to being regular-sized thugs after Big Oil. (as in, "striking it big/rich/etc" I guess).

"Big-ass thugs", or "big ass-thugs"?
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Postby shimavak » Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:43 am UTC

Well, my assumption was that they were thugs sent from big-oil, hence, Big Oil thugs. Notice B and O are capitalized, implying a proper noun relationship...

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Postby umbrae » Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:48 am UTC

shimavak wrote:Well, my assumption was that they were thugs sent from big-oil, hence, Big Oil thugs. Notice B and O are capitalized, implying a proper noun relationship...


+1

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Postby EvanED » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:21 am UTC

FiddleMath wrote:On second thought, let's not do that to Eric.


The fact that you have that link that ready scares me.

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Postby RealGrouchy » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:23 am UTC

umbrae wrote:
shimavak wrote:Well, my assumption was that they were thugs sent from big-oil, hence, Big Oil thugs. Notice B and O are capitalized, implying a proper noun relationship...


+1

I don't get it. What does "+1" have to do with railroads?

/was expecting a "B&O line" joke.

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Postby Gordon » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:51 am UTC

and I thought the monopoly joke would have been associated with the open source/microsoft portion of the comic not the big oil side.
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Postby wisnij » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:35 am UTC

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Postby dr7 » Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:12 am UTC

Yeah, you just THINK open-source people are all nice and cuddly and non-threatening. Now you know the TRUTH!

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Postby Toeofdoom » Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:18 am UTC

dr7 wrote:Yeah, you just THINK open-source people are all nice and cuddly and non-threatening. Now you know the TRUTH!

Okay, well, I'm nice and non-threatening. I don't think anyone has ever called my cuddly though. Don't blame them.


pffft... open source people are as dangerous as any other people. Maybe even more dangerous. I mean, probably atleast half of supervillans were just crazy idealistic dudes.
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Postby Pathway » Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:26 am UTC

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Postby mikekearn » Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:19 am UTC

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Postby no-genius » Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:37 am UTC

Because then you know they will come from the skylight? It is a subtle trick, but a good one if you can do it.
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Postby william » Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:39 am UTC

no-genius wrote:Because then you know they will come from the skylight? It is a subtle trick, but a good one if you can do it.

This of course does not apply to raptors. Raptors can smell tricks.
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Postby Iluvatar » Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:36 pm UTC

I find this unusually funny for a variety of reasons that I feel like explaining, but probably won't enhance your enjoyment of the comic much.

I know an System Admin at my College (RIT) who insists on being called Linus. He is the geekiest guy I know (and I'm a software engineering student working in IT). I'm not exaggerating; he has a large map of Middle Earth hanging over his triple monitor setup in his office, and several many-sided dice lying around. The idea of this guy bursting from his bed with nun-chucks is just awesome.

As for the whole militant open source thing (as always, amazing comic), I've been thinking about something like this for the last few weeks. Mainly, I've been contemplating an epic, ideological swordfight between the Linux club and the ITS department here at RIT.

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Postby Quake » Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:08 pm UTC

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Postby Toeofdoom » Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:49 pm UTC

Iluvatar wrote:I find this unusually funny for a variety of reasons that I feel like explaining, but probably won't enhance your enjoyment of the comic much.

I know an System Admin at my College (RIT) who insists on being called Linus. He is the geekiest guy I know (and I'm a software engineering student working in IT). I'm not exaggerating; he has a large map of Middle Earth hanging over his triple monitor setup in his office, and several many-sided dice lying around. The idea of this guy bursting from his bed with nun-chucks is just awesome.

As for the whole militant open source thing (as always, amazing comic), I've been thinking about something like this for the last few weeks. Mainly, I've been contemplating an epic, ideological swordfight between the Linux club and the ITS department here at RIT.

By the way, I put my skylight just above my pit of spikes.


You appear to be knoweledgable about middle earth also, with that name of yours >.>

The open source loving dude I know would grin and start a conversation with the microsoft dudes, and thats about it >.>
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Postby Iluvatar » Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:00 pm UTC

Toeofdoom wrote:You appear to be knoweledgable about middle earth also, with that name of yours >.>
I was reading The Silmarillion when I started posting in forums 3 or 4 years ago. Most people have no idea what my name means, but it sounds cool. It caused problems back when I player World of Warcraft; I was "Elevator".

The open source loving dude I know would grin and start a conversation with the microsoft dudes, and thats about it >.>
I'm on a tech college campus. The open source crowd here thinks about Microsoft the way normal people think about raptors.
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Postby tylerni7 » Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:09 pm UTC

I think this would be funnier on the guys who set up The Pirate Bay. I bet they have body guards with automatic weapons and everything...

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Postby Toeofdoom » Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:10 pm UTC

Iluvatar wrote:
Toeofdoom wrote:You appear to be knoweledgable about middle earth also, with that name of yours >.>
I was reading The Silmarillion when I started posting in forums 3 or 4 years ago. Most people have no idea what my name means, but it sounds cool. It caused problems back when I player World of Warcraft; I was "Elevator".

The open source loving dude I know would grin and start a conversation with the microsoft dudes, and thats about it >.>
I'm on a tech college campus. The open source crowd here thinks about Microsoft the way normal people think about raptors.


Oh yeah, he wouldn't like them, but he would act like the whole thing was a big joke and that microsoft sucked and was doomed anyway. He's kinda, excited about open source rather than determined to overhtrow all the corporations.

I remember seeing someone with your name on WoW too, before i quit. I played horde on barthilas mostly, and some proudmoore alliance. I kinda dislike the use of fiction characters in names unless its say, the actor who played them or the author or something, but whatever. It just seems slightly unimaginative :/

This coming from the guy who wants his band to be named "Reverend dweeb", "The Dropbears" Or "The Raptor-Dropbears"
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open source vs. free software

Postby arj » Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:28 pm UTC

I can't believe I'm the first one to note that Stallman would be an unlikely target of an anti-"open source" hit, seeing as he loathes and detests the term "open source" and does not consider himself a member of the Open Source movement.

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Postby SaxIndustries » Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:30 pm UTC

I'm pretty much in love with this comic, especially since I've always seen Richard Stallman's relationship to Free Software to be similar to PETA's Relationship to Animal Rights: They're both kinda crazy.

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Postby Kirian » Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:57 pm UTC

I registered only to post this:

I find this comic incredibly funny because the person who originally sent me to this comic was Eric Raymond.

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Postby kertrats » Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:04 pm UTC

Kirian wrote:I registered only to post this:

I find this comic incredibly funny because the person who originally sent me to this comic was Eric Raymond.

He's reading you!!


This is clearly a Microsoft-backed setup of some kind.

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Postby Lani » Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:24 pm UTC

Kirian wrote:I registered only to post this:

I find this comic incredibly funny because the person who originally sent me to this comic was Eric Raymond.

He's reading you!!


I (having a liberal arts background) only vaguely get this comic, but that is very cool.
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One little mistake

Postby pianojosh » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:09 pm UTC

Richard Stallman doesn't have a house, persay. He squats on the MIT campus.

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Postby TheTankengine » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:17 pm UTC

It seems like RMS's hair is way too accurate to be on a stick-figure. Mr. Munroe's art skillz are teh 1337z0rz!
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Re: One little mistake

Postby frezik » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:21 pm UTC

bugmenot wrote:Richard Stallman doesn't have a house, persay. He squats on the MIT campus.


If you're going to squat somewhere, might as well be somewhere worthwhile.

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Postby aether » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:47 pm UTC

Hahahahahahaha

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Postby LSK » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:00 pm UTC

This would make an amusing fight scene. I'd enjoy it.

Also, why did the supposed Windows lackeys not enter through a... well, window?

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:19 pm UTC

LSK wrote:This would make an amusing fight scene. I'd enjoy it.

Also, why did the supposed Windows lackeys not enter through a... well, window?


They left through one, does that count?
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Postby Fieari » Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:18 pm UTC

Cory Doctorow might be more interesting, actually, given that he's a huge supporter of the Creative Commons movement.
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Postby william » Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:01 pm UTC

Fieari wrote:Cory Doctorow might be more interesting, actually, given that he's a huge supporter of the Creative Commons movement.

Yeah but he looks like Drew Carey. Like he'd have defenses.
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Postby culled » Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:54 pm UTC

Fieari wrote:Cory Doctorow might be more interesting, actually, given that he's a huge supporter of the Creative Commons movement.

That wouldn't have been as good. For one thing Cory Doctorow hasn't actually created any free culture licenses so having the lackeys say that they were trying to stop open source at its source wouldn't make sense. Second if it had been Cory Doctorow he couldn't have made that awesome 'gnu dawn' joke.

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Postby iw » Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:32 am UTC

xkcd should write for Everybody Loves Eric Raymond. At least xkcd makes new updates.

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Postby davantalus » Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:35 am UTC

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