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Does Santa Hate Linux?

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the elf-beating-question dept.

Christmas Cheer 271

beernutmark writes "Well, it looks like Santa or at least Norad/Google hates Linux. This year, for the first time since its inception, Norad is not making a simple .kml file available for download to track Santa. You must connect to their website with a Windows/Mac browser and use the browser plugin. No full-screen Google Earth to look at the beautiful areas around Santa's path. (Anyone have any open source source kml files for tracking Santa or any idea how we can go about making one for 2010?)"

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Yes. (-1, Flamebait)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548538)

He's Christian, and Linux is the Muslim of the OS world.

Re:Yes. (-1, Offtopic)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548584)

I thought Linux was more like the Society of Friends.

Re:Yes. (-1, Offtopic)

tuxgeek (872962) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548718)

No need to track Santa
I just saw him walking down the street, he was drunk off his ass and hitting on all the women

Do we really need a Linux app for that?

Re:Yes. (0, Offtopic)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548844)

That in no way represents what religion is, maybe what it was... but not is.

Re:Yes. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548590)

Actually Linux is the Scientology of the OS world. A strange little cult with followers that rant and rave that their way is more logical and correct compared to every other offering. And if you question them they try to bash you out of existence.

Re:Yes. (0, Offtopic)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548642)

Scientology != Free and Open

Re:Yes. (0, Offtopic)

azav (469988) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548790)

I'm writing a new song called "Saved by Xenu."

Re:Yes. (5, Interesting)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548710)

    Actually, Linux would be related closer to "pagan" or polytheistic religions. We believe in multiple gods (software authors), although there is a high deity (Linus) who created the universe (Linux) where the rest reside. Some of the other deities work not only in his universe, but in others as well (other *nix's, and even Windows).

    The gods are kind and benevolent. Not only do they bestow their gifts upon us (software), but they show us the way (source) so we can ascend to their level.

    Not only do they welcome ascension, but the know that no being, god or mortal, is without flaw. They listen when we say there is a problem (bug report) and accept our suggestions (patches) to make the universe better.

    Praise be to the gods and goddesses.

    And to you, on the cusp of the celebration of the Winter Solstice, I wish you and yours the best. May we help educate the nonbelievers (monotheistic computer followers) into seeing the light (the world which is *nix).

Oh really. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548836)

Linus has yet to answer me on how to install the Linux. If he doesn't have time, then he's no deity.

Re:Oh really. (4, Insightful)

Minwee (522556) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548898)

Linus has yet to answer me on how to install the Linux. If he doesn't have time, then he's no deity.

Perhaps he lets his prophet [lmgtfy.com] speak for him. He's funny that way.

Re:Yes. (1)

Dani Filth (677047) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548868)

Brilliant, you made my Christmas Eve.

Re:Yes. (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548922)

Linux created the universe? More like ripped it off.

The real brilliant minds behind Linux were putting together OSs when Linux wasn't even a few cells in his fathers nut sack. Can you please stop it with your revisionist history and who created what?

You're the one who needs an education.

Re:Yes. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548792)

I live in my parent's basement, and I'm 25. And you can kiss my hairy Muslim ass. Because Linux is obviously Jewish.

Well, actually (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548540)

Linux users have figured out that Santa doesn't exist.

Hey, I just felt something woosh over my head! Was it Santa!? Maybe he does exist!

Re:Well, actually (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548550)

Ah shit. My snowball missed... then again, I don't think I was aiming at anything tangible...

Re:Well, actually (5, Informative)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548768)

Hey, I just felt something woosh over my head! Was it Santa!? Maybe he does exist!

No, that was a chair.

kml files? (4, Funny)

brass1 (30288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548544)

This year, for the first time since its inception, Norad is not making a simple .kml file available for download to track Santa.

NORAD's been putting out .kml files since 1958?

Re:kml files? (4, Funny)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548608)

"NORAD's been putting out .kml files since 1958?"

Yes, but Al Gore's minions are hiding the data and now millions in the US are going to have their god given fairy tales taken away from them.

Re:kml files? (2, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548634)

The Gore Giveth, and the Gore taketh away... :)

Re:kml files? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548742)

Please, Al Gore can't afford minions. They want to be paid in gold. Gold requires mining, and as we know, mining is a Republican notion.

No, he's tricked hundreds of midgets, er, "little people" to do his bidding, promising them fiefdoms in his future underwater kingdom.

He's already sold his waterfront properties in Arizona. The man is shrewd. I'd love to carve my name in his bark.

Re:kml files? (5, Informative)

simcop2387 (703011) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548680)

i'm not sure what the fuss is about http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/noradsanta/ [google.com] seems to work well for me here in linux, no user agent fudging nothing.

Re:kml files? (1)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548826)

Works fine for me too, in linux-opera on FreeBSD.

Re:kml files? (5, Funny)

WoodenTable (1434059) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548804)

Not .kml, no. Prior to 2000 the information was stored on .elf files, which are proprietary to the North Pole. They've been in use for centuries, but a .elf generally causes problems on newer computers, so .kml is more widely used now.

Yes, Santa hates Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548546)

Specifically the GPL. He's worried about it infecting the firmware of the production machinery that the elves coded in-house.

Re:Yes, Santa hates Linux (1)

blai (1380673) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548832)

No he doesn't. He just mailed me a wrapped kubuntu CD.

".kml" files in the 1950's? (0, Redundant)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548548)

> This year, for the first time since its inception, Norad is not making a
> simple .kml file available for download to track Santa.

".kml" files in 1958 at NORAD's inception or in 1955 when its predecessor the Air Defense Command first started tracking Santa? Not likely.

Santa shadiness. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548552)

Santa doesn't want people tracking him while he's robbing banks to fund his operations.

Like this bank that got Saint Nicked [theregister.co.uk] .

should not be surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548562)

Given that if you look at the internet in, say, 1980, and again today, there's been a slow but more or less continuous movement away from standard protocols and towards proprietary protocols.

This is inevitable, because ultimately the medium is far too important to be left uncontrolled by folks interested in, well, control.

It'll be a while before almost everything is like that. I estimate another several decades.

Install User Switcher Agent (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548566)

Under Ubuntu, use Firefox, install User Switcher Agent, select "Internet Explorer 7". It appears to work fine. Granted, it is annoying, but it is easy to work around.

Re:Install User Switcher Agent (5, Funny)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548598)

You've saved Christmas! (Thanks)

Re:Install User Switcher Agent (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548846)

Awesome. So that makes 3 Christmases I've saved, 8 I've totally ruined, and 2 were kind of a draw.

Re:Install User Switcher Agent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548602)

Ack. Sorry, I misunderstood the question. The above is not correct - although it does work for the homepage.

Re:Install User Switcher Agent (1)

Flammon (4726) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548800)

Then what? I get a page asking me to install a Google Earth plugin for my browser which is not a Linux binary. Help! The kids are waiting...

Re:Install User Switcher Agent (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548852)

Yes.. the only problem with this approach, is that now robot Santa might judge you naughty for lying, and fill your stocking with nasty things :-/

Elves (4, Funny)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548606)

The elves are annoyed with the Gnomes.

Who cares? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548610)

If you are smart enough to be on Slashdot, you should be smart enough to realize that there is no god, and that bullshitmas is a stupid celebration.

Re:Who cares? (1, Troll)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548724)

Which reminds me of two famous quotes.

    "God is dead" - Nietzsche

    "Nietzsche is dead" - God

Re:Who cares? (0)

nawcom (941663) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548870)

Which reminds me of two famous quotes.

"God is dead" - Nietzsche

"Nietzsche is dead" - God

When it takes a man to make up a quote from God, then God is definitely dead.

Re:Who cares? (4, Funny)

shane_rimmer (622400) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548992)

You forgot the last line:

"Nietzsche is God" - Death

What about Donald Knuth? (3, Insightful)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548884)

Professor Knuth is a Christian (see his 3:16), and I suspect he's smart enough to be on slashdot.

Re:What about Donald Knuth? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548964)

Dr Knuth is quite certainly not on Slashdot. He is kept rather busy and long ago decided to stop reading email electronically, having his secretary print out any non-urgent messages for him to batch process on occasion. This does not mean he stopped using the internet. On the contrary, he does, but he clearly wants to keep his time as productive as possible, and a site like Slashdot would not fit into that picture.

You can get full screen, at least. (5, Informative)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548618)

1. Open web browser of your choice.
2. Go to noradsanta.com
3. (if you have NoScript, turn it off or at least unblock everything but googleanalytics).
4. On the right hand side, there's a diagonal arrow. Click it.
5. Hit whatever button makes your browser go fullscreen.

There. Full-screen Santa-y goodness.

Admittedly not QUITE as good as Google Earth, but you can at least get a full-screen Google Maps experience which is pretty darned close.

Tested in Linux (Mint 8, Firefox 3.5) and Windows XP, Firefox 3.5.

PS: Direct link to the fullscreen map: http://www.noradsanta.org/map.html#fullscreen [noradsanta.org]

Re:You can get full screen, at least. (1)

Osmosis_Garett (712648) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548716)

Thanks! +1 from my non-mod family :)

Re:You can get full screen, at least. (1)

aklinux (1318095) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548942)

Fedora 12 w/ FF 3.5 as well, if I use your link. If I go in the front door, browser crashes.

Santa hates competition. (1)

Mr. Conrad (1461097) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548622)

He also hates the baffled and disenchanted faces of little children who receive exactly what they ask for: Red Hats and Fedoras.

Re:Santa hates competition. (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548746)

    I only write to him to bless me with the gift of Slack, and every year I receive Slackware.

    I am a happy 30-something kid. What more could I ask for?

Who cares? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548624)

Bullshitmas is a stupid celebration. If you are smart enough to get into slashdot, you should be smart enough to realize that there is no god.

Really, who cares? (-1, Troll)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548630)

There's no Santa, and there's no god. Enjoy your Solstice.

Re:Really, who cares? (0, Redundant)

Macrat (638047) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548670)

And on Easter, worship the winter's reproduction and spring births.

Santa? Hate? WTF? (-1, Troll)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548660)

Maybe NORAD decided not to waste the manpower to support an OS that has less than 5% market share.

Oh, wait, that headline doesn't sound anywhere near as outrageous.

Re:Santa? Hate? WTF? (2, Insightful)

Kartoffel (30238) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548672)

Yeah, because providing a link to download a KML file is much harder than embedding fullblown Google Earth as a browser plugin.

NORAD comfirms it (4, Funny)

Kartoffel (30238) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548676)

2009 is not the year of Santa on the desktop. At least, not for Linux users :(

hypocritical bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548684)

Oh sure, for them Linux is a good enough platform [netcraft.com] to serve up their stupid little santa stalking site, but not good enough to bother making it work for Linux users. Way to go, Norad/Google.

NO. (0, Flamebait)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548686)

They just hate whingy bitches that complain about no body using linux.

Shoot him down (0, Troll)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548694)

I'm tired of this fat jolly asshole violating our airspace every year. I mean, a domestic passenger jet goes off course for an hour and we get ready to scramble fighters, but Santa gets a free pass even though we apparently know exactly where he is at all times.

Even Hugo Chavez says he's going to shoot down those imaginary drones he thinks we're flying over Venezuela. I say if shooting down imaginary aircraft is good enough for Hugo, then it's damn well good enough for us, too.

Re:Shoot him down (1)

GWRedDragon (1340961) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548812)

Good luck shooting down a sleigh that travels at relativistic speeds.

Re:Shoot him down (1)

Roger W Moore (538166) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548882)

I'm tired of this fat jolly asshole violating our airspace every year.

Actually you should be far more worried about him violating the laws of physics.

I see what you did, there (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548702)

Does Santa Hate Linux?
beernutmark writes "Well, it looks like Santa or at least Norad/Google hates Linux. This year, for the first time since its inception, Norad is not making a simple .kml file available for download to track Santa. You must connect to their website with a Windows/Mac browser and use the browser plugin. No full-screen Google Earth to look at the beautiful areas around Santa's path. (Anyone have any open source source kml files for tracking Santa or any idea how we can go about making one for 2010?)"

Gee, I wonder which line of this summary got this story posted. I wonder if those complaining about Apple rumor stories will catch this.

Not quite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548704)

The 2d homepage tracker http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html works for me in iceweasel and arora but clicking on the 3d google tracker gives the error. While it's not completely supported (unfortunately), it's not completely broken either.

For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (0, Troll)

Arker (91948) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548708)

I mean, really, they are using tax money to put on this insanely stupid bit of play-acting, aimed at propagandising children no less, endorsing christian fairy-tales and giving them the imprimatur of the state (and let's not forget that a lot of taxpayers are NOT xtians) and the only problem you can see is that it doesnt display on linux?!?! Get a little perspective, please.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548754)

I think I know who's getting the biggest lump of coal in their stocking this year.

perhaps 'Arker' means Grinch in the land of the perpetually dissatisfied

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (0)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548774)

That "Christian fairy-tale" you are whining about is responsible for more joy, laughter, wonder, and good will in this world than anything else you can name.

You don't have to believe in God or Jesus Christ to appreciate the magic of Santa Claus, and what it means to millions of people with purer hearts than you or I possess. So lighten up.

And Merry Christmas.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (2, Funny)

dskoll (99328) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548816)

That "Christian fairy-tale" you are whining about is responsible for more joy, laughter, wonder, and good will in this world than anything else you can name.

Not in my house. The Tooth Fairy trumps all.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (1)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548924)

Mainly because she gives great head.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (0, Flamebait)

nawcom (941663) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548906)

That "Christian fairy-tale" you are whining about is responsible for more joy, laughter, wonder, and good will in this world than anything else you can name.

You don't have to believe in God or Jesus Christ to appreciate the magic of Santa Claus, and what it means to millions of people with purer hearts than you or I possess. So lighten up.

And Merry Christmas.

The last thing I'd hear in this hypocritical country is some protestant pastor telling his or her congregation to treat everyone equally, regardless of religion, skin color, sexuality. Watch Fox News, they make sure every conservative jesus lover's hatred is refreshed before the beginning of this CHRISTIAN holiday. Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas of Myra [wikipedia.org] . No buts. I guess you can thank Clement Clarke Moore and Thomas Hast for "de-religionizing" the look of the character, but there is no way you can take this holiday and shove it into the faces of everyone, as you would just be another Christian trying to mix in your traditions with other peoples' cultures. Happy Holidays.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (1)

nawcom (941663) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548930)

Also, millions of people appreciate the love, sharing, laughter, happiness, and peace, without Saint Nick just fine, as they have been throughout history. So get over it.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (2, Insightful)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548916)

You don't have to believe in God or Jesus Christ to appreciate the magic of Santa Claus, and what it means to millions of people with purer hearts than you or I possess. So lighten up.

That's so wrong, I don't know where to begin, but here goes:

1. Santa Claus is unrelated to Christianity.

2. Christmas is really a pagan festival that in relatively recent times was adopted by the Christian church and later by business people who wanted to sell more goods. The conversion into the event of mass consumption of goods that we have today was done very deliberately.

You and Christians, kissing in a tree (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548784)

Sounds like you and some "Christians" have something in common - lots of the most religious people aren't so fond of Santa either.

Hint: Just because he's called "Saint Nick" does not mean the Pope has recognized him.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (1)

Titan1080 (1328519) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548786)

Well technically, Santa has pretty much nothing to do with christianity or christmas. The tradition was stolen to further the church's influence.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (2, Insightful)

Rewind (138843) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548820)

This could be just a really lame joke post, but since it got modded interesting I guess I will falling for it if it is... Get a little perspective? You have a sig that says "Life's too short." but you spend your time getting riled up about the government spending a tiny bit of money amusing children over the holidays... OH THE HORROR! Also, a large number of non-religious families do the whole Santa thing too you know. It is just something fun for kids, not "propagandising children".

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (1)

GWRedDragon (1340961) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548834)

Various statements on the website strongly imply that it is an all-volunteer project. I doubt tax money is funding it.

I don't like the idea of my tax dollars being spent on non-essential services either, but I really don't think that's the case here.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (1)

beernutmark (1274132) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548842)

OP here. Actually, I am a pretty damn hard core atheist. And being so, I know that Jesus had a snow balls chance in hell of being born on Dec 25th (or any other date really). I could care less about the christ part of christmas. In fact, if the uptight atheists would review their history and realize that christmas gained immediate popularity by taking over already popular pagan festivals they could relax and enjoy our atheist takeover of the christian's holiday. That said, it is damn fun being a parent and following santa and all that. Blowing it off because you are an atheist is missing the whole point. Take it over and embrace it BECAUSE you are an atheist. Or just celebrate saturnalia and figure out how to wedge Santa in there.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (-1, Flamebait)

Arker (91948) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548914)

Who said I am an atheist? You dont know, dont assume. There are plenty of religious people who are not christians. Jews and muslims both exist in fair quantities in the US, and supposedly have equal rights under the law. Brainwashing their children with fairy tales and 'christmas spirit' is offensive, forcing them to pay for it doubly so.

This is the season all you arseholes who cant imagine why anyone wouldnt want to be part of your insanely offensive "festivities" make life hell for the rest of us, nothing more.

That said, it is damn fun being a parent and following santa and all that.

I know this may be hard, but try, just for a moment, to imagine that you are a Jewish parent who is trying to raise your children properly, and everywhere they go, from every direction, they are getting fed full of this bullshit. Still fun? Right.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548940)

I'm an atheist too, but I celebrate Christmas. Why? Because I suspect that, like a lot of myths, the story of Jesus started with a grain of truth. I figure he was probably a Jewish rabble-rouser who went around preaching a philosophy of pacifism - a dangerous thing to do in an empire whose wealth and power was based almost entire on continuous military expansion. So, he caught the attention of the emperor, was executed, and as with many martyrs, his tale grew in the telling.

But, ignoring all of the supernatural mythology that found its way into his story over time, I have a ton of respect for him as a philosopher. His "turn the other cheek" for instance, shows that he understood the cyclical nature of violence far better than most people at that time - he understood that the cycle doesn't end until someone has the strength of character to take the last blow without retaliating.

So, I celebrate his birthday, for pretty much the same reason I celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Not because I believe all that stuff about him being the son of god, or dying to save our souls, but simply because I respect the man and what he taught.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (3, Interesting)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548866)

Norad Tracks Santa uses 1,200 volunteers and money from several corporate sponsors. Only 1 person is assigned from Norad to manage it year-round, and it's not his/her full time job.

None of your precious tax money is being used for this. Santa is also not a Christian symbol at all anymore, but is really the symbol of the secular Christmas. Most people in the West who are not Jewish celebrate Christmas, with or without the religious part. Hell, Santa is huge in Japan, and they have very few Christians there. There was a story on CNN earlier today about how Santa is used there as a symbol to celebrate the New Year, and they're primarily Muslims.

I'm sorry you had a bunch of crappy Christmases as a child, but there's no need to take it out on everyone else.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548932)

Hell, Santa is huge in Japan, and they have very few Christians there. There was a story on CNN earlier today about how Santa is used there as a symbol to celebrate the New Year, and they're primarily Muslims.

The Japanese are primarily Muslim? What?

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (3, Informative)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548950)

Doh. What I meant to say is Santa is used as a symbol in Turkey, which is primarily Muslim. Sorry about that.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (2, Funny)

i_liek_turtles (1110703) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548944)

Japanese Muslims?

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (1)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548962)

Damn Slashdot and its lack of an "edit" button...see my reply to the earlier poster.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (1)

Col. Klink (retired) (11632) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548888)

> ... they are using tax money ...

Not. It's all funded by corporate sponsors and volunteers. Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) owns the website.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (3, Insightful)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548890)

i think your the one lacking any kind of perspective son.

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548966)

Get a little perspective, please.

Get the stick out of your ass, please? As other posters have said, it's a volunteer effort funded by donations, and it's all in good fun. Really, who pissed in your cereal this morning?

Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548976)

what makes you think santa is a christian idea? Its a childrens story based on the historical Nicholas, but in its current inception is more consumerist than christian.

The Congress shall have power... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548722)

To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;
To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;
To establish post offices and post roads;
To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;
To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;
To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
To provide and maintain a navy;
To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;—And
To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

Re:The Congress shall have power... (1)

GWRedDragon (1340961) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548854)

Clearly tracking Santa promotes the practice of giving holiday gifts, which increases interstate commerce!

Welcome to post-1937 America.

Think about it (5, Insightful)

mtrachtenberg (67780) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548730)

Of course Santa hates Linux. I mean, think about it, he's Mr. Materialism. Santa is all about shopping malls. It's that smart rabbi, that Jesus guy, who talked about sharing with others as a path to happiness, not Santa. Santa's heart belongs to Microsoft.

Linux was stolen! (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548740)

You're a mean one, Mister Grinch...

Maybe I don't understand, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548752)

couldn't we reuse the same .kml file from last year?

Re:Maybe I don't understand, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548918)

Thats ingenious! thanks!

Google Maps Link (4, Informative)

AbbyNormal (216235) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548762)

Re:Google Maps Link (1)

smitty97 (995791) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548864)

is that a kml file? No. Does it open in my fullscreen, native google earth program? No.

I hate fundamentalists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548796)

"You're not using/supporting Linux?"

"No"

"Then the only explanation is that you HATE Linux!"

Vot, dis vorries you? (1)

dskoll (99328) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548808)

Oy, gevalt. Vot a tregedy. Vot an awful ting to vorry about. My knishes are in a knot and my borscht is bleeding.

It's not that he hates Linux... (0)

bschorr (1316501) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548856)

It's just that he spent a hour recompiling his video drivers, another 3 searching the forums to figure out which build he was supposed to have for the core he was running, had to redownload a bunch of files because he found out he's running an Athlon processor instead of an Intel, then couldn't remember which .conf files to VI and finally just gave up on the whole deal because he needed to get some deliverin' done.

He'll find some 14-year-old Elf with lots of time on his tiny hands to help him figure it out later. ;-)

Re:It's not that he hates Linux... (1)

nextekcarl (1402899) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548886)

He should try a distro that came out in the last 5 years. Heck, even Gentoo doesn't make it that hard anymore (though it does take that long still).

fag0rz (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548858)

No he doesn't. (3, Funny)

kbahey (102895) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548862)

No he doesn't hate Linux. In fact, he uses Linux himself!

$ wget -S -O /dev/null http://santa.org/
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2009 03:25:26 GMT
Server: Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat)
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.2.11
Set-Cookie: h=6bcc6f5aa7ec4549c0e5a837dd8cedb0; path=/
...
Cache-Control: no-cache, no-store, must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0
Expires: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 7:32:00 GMT
Vary: Accept-Encoding,User-Agent
P3P: CP="CAO PSA OUR"
Pragma: no-cache
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

Santa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548946)

Anyone have any open source source kml files for tracking Santa or any idea how we can go about making one for 2010

What if I told you that Santa is a massive conspiracy invented by big corporations to further their profit. All proofs of his existence are carefully planted by news media and advertisements in order to support the myth of his existence.

Yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548952)

Yes

Hear the crickets chirping? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548956)

I do..

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