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Linus Torvalds To Head Windows 9 Project

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the trying-something-new dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and a champion of free and open source software has finally called it a day and has agreed to join Microsoft as the project head of the upcoming Windows 9 project. According to Bloomberg, Linus will be working on a new Kernel design for Microsoft that will make, usually vulnerable, Windows OS virtually impossible to be infected by viruses and malware."

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The 90s called (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330429)

They want their MS criticism and jokes back.

Re:The 90s called (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330457)

This isn't criticism, and it's barely even a joke...

Re:The 90s called (2, Insightful)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330599)

four April fools' stories in a row? come on editors, you got to be sneaky and mix them in with the real dups!

Re:The 90s called (1, Flamebait)

WaywardGeek (1480513) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330661)

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sed 's/J/W/g
s/j/W/g
s/e/R/g
s/v/I/g
s/g/T/g
s/r/E/g
s/f/S/g
s/u/H/g
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s/b/O/g
s/t/G/g
s/y/L/g
s/s/F/g
s/x/K/g
s/o/B/g
s/i/V/g
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s/l/Y/g
s/d/Q/g
s/c/P/g
s/k/X/g
s/z/M/g
s/w/J/g'

Re:The 90s called (1)

sea4ever (1628181) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330843)

I'm impressed. :) It's rot13. but that's really cool that you could figure it out by hand.

Re:The 90s called (0)

rickb928 (945187) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330869)

v qvqa'g arrq pelcgvp frq fgevatf gb tb jvgu vg gubhtu.

Re:The 90s called (2)

KiloByte (825081) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330897)

I'm afraid your code is buggy: it will conflate J with W, fails to handle uppercase, and so on. What you want is: tr a-zA-Z n-za-mN-ZA-M (or just rot13, package "bsdgames"). On the other hand, while not recognizing rot13 on sight costs you some geek points, bothering to solve the cipher, even a substitution one, is worth more.

Re:The 90s called (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330577)

This ill-tempered and witless observation was brought to you by Microsoft and their association with Burson Marsteller's astroturf team.

Re:The 90s called (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330833)

Everything about Microsoft is mean-spirited. What did you expect from their shills?

Re:The 90s called (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43331019)

They also want their "the [decade] called" joke back. Badly.

Ha ha, Slashdot! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330431)

You sure got me! Now if you'll excuse me, I have a 'most gullible person on the planet' detector shipment I need to receive, for some reason they keep blowing up around me...

Just the mobile version (5, Insightful)

halcyon1234 (834388) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330437)

Saw this on the announce newslist the other day. As always, editors get it wrong. Linus is only working on the Windows 9 Mobile division, not the head of the whole project.

Re:Just the mobile version (3, Funny)

MatthiasF (1853064) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330531)

No no, you have it all wrong. Linus is on the fast track to taking over for Balmer. He's the only one in the tech industry with the temperament for the job.

Except Linus throws wireless printers, not chairs.

Re:Just the mobile version (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330581)

Really? Did you miss Theo de Raadt? I imagine Theo throwing chairs with the best of them.

Re:Just the mobile version (1)

Caesar Tjalbo (1010523) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330593)

I thought RMS was tapped as Balmy the Chairthrower's successor.

Re:Just the mobile version (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330635)

Stallman was being considered, but they decided to go another direction when it came to light that he has the upper body strength of a pre-pubescent girl.

Why Linus? Little known fact: Linus Torvalds is actually the illegitimate son of world-renown muscle man Magnus Magnusson, and thus possesses the raw power necessary to launch office chairs at terminal velocity.

Re:Just the mobile version (4, Informative)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330651)

RMS was stolen by Apple for hygenic reasons.

Re:Just the mobile version (4, Funny)

Rob Riggs (6418) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330601)

Ballmer? That's not what I heard. According to inside sources, Billy Gates secretly adopted Torvalds. (How do you think he got into this country so easily?) Gates needs a someone with real geek cred to take over as Chairman when he fully retires. He has been grooming Torvalds for this role outside the MS spotlight. Torvalds stands to inherit Gates' fortune and company. His constant criticism of the company is due to him worrying about the shape it will be in when he is finally allowed to take over. Anyone at MSFT that wants a job when that happens better heed his warnings.

But he has gone to the Dark Side! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330663)

He couldn't resist the POWER of the Dark Side! Unlimited power! Pooooowwwwwweeeer!

Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

But to be fair, I think he had to go to Microsoft because he thought his wife died because of a bug he accidentally allowed in the kernel - or something. Sure, he felt her alive after the bug went in, but she died.

Really. That's what happened.

Expect an announcement from the Emper...Steve Balmer.

Re:Just the mobile version (1)

Petron (1771156) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330795)

But after Windows 9 Mobile is finished, it is going to be ported over to desktop PC's, so indirectly he will be in charge of the whole project.

Finally (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330439)

Finally someone at Microsoft made a good desicion

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330853)

Indeed, I can't imagine a better way to get nobody to use it.

Re:Finally (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330953)

M$ managed to do that on their own with Windows 8.

Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (3, Insightful)

gapagos (1264716) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330443)

The only impression I get is that Slashdot tries to get more page views by forcing users to click the "FREE PREVIEW" link to RTFS, and thus get more advertising dollars. Very lame attempt to monetize April Fool's and doesn't bring me a hint of a smile. Slashdot, I expected better from you.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330475)

Not using an Ad Blocker? Slashdotter, I expected better from you.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (0, Flamebait)

gapagos (1264716) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330509)

If everyone would use ad-blocker, every website would have to enable paywalls on their sites. I'm refusing to use ad-blockers by principle.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330561)

But it would be just good that they are behind paywalls. Then we would get rid off stupid sites (90% of WWW) and then even get rid of malware infections from WWW sites to Windows. It is just win-win situation.

And people would gain control of internet and freedom of speech without CIA, FBI etc sniffing around.

So it is Win-Win-Win situation.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330573)

I prefer to pay a site or person directly instead of giving companies like google extra revenue & data on me.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (2)

CheshireDragon (1183095) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330589)

Thank you for keeping it free for me :D
I'll keep using adblock as I despise advertisements. Another reason I haven't watched TV since the mid-90s. I PAY for cable and I STILL get commercials? WTF MATE^^ IF your product is THAT good, I'll hear about it!

And to borrow from the late BIll Hicks:
IF you are in advertising...KILL YOURSELF! buy a rope, suck a tail pipe, borrow a gun from an NRA buddy and kill yourself.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (1)

Bengie (1121981) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330909)

I PAY for cable and I STILL get commercials?

So you pay to access your web pages?

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330623)

There might be a false equivalence in there somewhere. The real alternative is that sites not worth the bandwidth will finally die and free up resources for new offerings. Why live in a capitalist society if you do not want competition? Besides, advertisers have laws to prevent me from sending them arbitrary code to run so I block their attempts at doing the same on my system by principle.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330815)

And behind those pay-walls would be more advertisements. Oh not at first mind you (nasty look at you cable TV). Then just a 'few select pages'. Then back to where you started AND paying for it.

Also if it were just a few banners whatever... But now I have a datacap and random JS running at the same time? Yeah thats an adblocking...

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (1)

TheNinjaroach (878876) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330753)

I refuse to use an Ad Blocker because I generally like to support the websites I visit. Today however, I enabled Slashdot's friendly "Disable Advertising" checkbox.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (2)

bjoast (1310293) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330515)

/. doesn't get more page views... The link only toggles the visibility of the decoded version.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (1)

gapagos (1264716) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330537)

Even if they don't... this causes an extra 1.5 seconds per user to aim at and then click the "FREE PREVIEW" link. Multiply this by millions of views, and you're talking about hundreds of extra hours of viewing. Google Analytics can measure the average time spent on a page (as well as page views, thus total cumulative time), which can, in theory, translate into varying advertising rates.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330595)

I'm pretty sure you spent more than 1.5s reading a crummy april fools story anyway. Also, since when is the time to read the summary the more significant part of reading a story on Slashdot?

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330641)

Google Analytics can measure

No, I use a scriptblocker, they can't measure jack shit.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330555)

But you have to go in to the story page to get the toggle link. From the front page all you can see is the ROT13 text.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330517)

You must have missed the few days where they were inserting slashvertisements every day and posting them as news stories (since the owners of slashdot are dice.com).

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330565)

A user getting self-righteous butthurt over stupid April Fool's joke... Slashdot, I expected exactly this.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (1)

Graydyn Young (2835695) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330697)

I think the encryption is kind of nice. Stops the April Fools jokes from looking like real articles. Not that this particular joke was super subtle.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330793)

Check out the tears on Brett.

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330861)

WAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Re:Stop with the lame April Fool's encryption. (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330899)

More like they've thoughtfully been posting the intentionally non-serious stories as ROT13.

The unintentionally non-serious stories are quadruply protected with QUAD ROT13.

Good encoding (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330453)

ROT13, really?

FIRST POST !!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330455)

Na nabalzbhf ernqre jevgrf "Yvahf Gbeinyqf, gur perngbe bs Yvahk, naq n punzcvba bs serr naq bcra fbhepr fbsgjner unf svanyyl pnyyrq vg n qnl naq unf nterrq gb wbva Zvpebfbsg nf gur cebwrpg urnq bs gur hcpbzvat Jvaqbjf 9 cebwrpg. Nppbeqvat gb Oybbzoret, Yvahf jvyy or jbexvat ba n arj Xreary qrfvta sbe Zvpebfbsg gung jvyy znxr, hfhnyyl ihyarenoyr, Jvaqbjf BF iveghnyyl vzcbffvoyr gb or vasrpgrq ol ivehfrf naq znyjner."

An anonymous reader writes "Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and a champion of free and open source software has finally called it a day and has agreed to join Microsoft as the project head of the upcoming Windows 9 project. According to Bloomberg, Linus will be working on a new Kernel design for Microsoft that will make, usually vulnerable, Windows OS virtually impossible to be infected by viruses and malware."

Re:FIRST POST !!! (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330529)

I can't believe APK hasn't ROT13'd his post too.

Or maybe he can click on the link below the summary, that you copied.

Re:FIRST POST !!! (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330797)

I can't believe APK hasn't ROT13'd his post too.

Even if he had, how could you even tell?

Re:FIRST POST !!! (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330891)

Most posts are in double ROT-13. Occasionally I've seen a triple ROT-13 encoded message though.

Re:FIRST POST !!! (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330865)

Offtopic on this is bullshit moderation.

Now redundant, I might understand.

Already tired of this (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330465)

This is getting old very quickly. There is a difference between funny and just plain stupid. I think that the "13" in "ROT13" means the age of someone who would actually find this funny.

Re:Already tired of this (2)

JustOK (667959) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330511)

it's not 13 as in the number, it's part of leet speek. You should read it as rotie

Re:Already tired of this (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330615)

It is 13 as number, not a leet speak.

ROT13 is rotating alphabets 13 letters forward. A = N, B = O, C = P, D = Q and so on.

Re:Already tired of this (1)

JustOK (667959) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330757)

That's what THEY want you to think.

April First Ass Holiness (2, Insightful)

Hubble-bubble (1032286) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330467)

I see, it's the first of April and an excuse for the editors to become assholes. YOU ARE A FRICKING NEWS ORGANIZATION. BEHAVE RESPONSIBLY. DON'T SCREW WITH THE CONTENT.

written BC, Before Coffee

Re:April First Ass Holiness (1)

BlueMonk (101716) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330683)

You seem to have totally forgotten the "for nerds" part of Slashdot's directive.

app store only but the cut is 20% 15% 10% with no (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330487)

app store only but the cut is 20% 15% 10% with no dev fees for free apps.

Not too subtle! (2)

dakohli (1442929) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330493)

And the fools days is upon us again. Well done slashdot, and happy Birthday to the Royal Canadian Air Force [forces.gc.ca]

Re:Not too subtle! (1)

skine (1524819) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330669)

Don't apply "April Fools" status to this.

It is indeed April, but nobody could have possibly been fooled by the headline.

I'd expect something like that from Linus... (2)

Excelcia (906188) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330495)

Ya, but the thing is, I'd actually expect something like this from Linus. He really doesn't give much of a wet snap about software freedom - the GPL was a choice he made based on convenience (there's a pre-made license over there, and ooooh.... look how shiny and legal it looks). To make something like this actually funny, it should have been someone like Bruce Perens or Richard Stallman.

Re:I'd expect something like that from Linus... (3, Interesting)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330665)

I haven't really cared much about Linus' philosophy, so I may be way off on this, but I'm under the impression that Linus cares most about the users having machines that work well to do whatever they want. That's different from Apple's view (machines that work cleanly to do what we want) and the Microsoft view (machines that do what vendors want, regardless of how messy the implementation), and the GNU view (machines that the user can use to build what they want).

If Linus were to head Windows 9, I might just forgive Microsoft for the past few decades. Linus comes with his notorious vitriol for sloppy implementation, so I could expect a cleaner API that might survive more than three years before Microsoft deems it "too limiting" and replaces it. His complete detachment from current Windows architecture would also promise a Unix-based Windows, much like Classic Mac OS was replaced by a Unix core for OS X. I might just actually enjoy that... Bash, rather than PowerShell. Executable commands, rather than COM, ActiveX, or OLE. Strict configuration files, rather than the corruption-prone registry...

President Lincoln filled his cabinet with people who opposed each other and the President himself. His meetings were filled with opposing viewpoints, from which the best were selected. Microsoft is in a position to make a similar pride-swallowing decision, but I doubt it will ever happen.

Re:I'd expect something like that from Linus... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330673)

Look asshole, it's 2013. There is a fat hispanic lesbian on the Supreme Court. "Wet snap" is an offensive term. You better accept it because you'll be the minority soon enough.

How exciting! (0)

Andrio (2580551) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330513)

I can't wait to see Linus' potty mouth vs. Balmer's chair throwing.

Re:How exciting! (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330677)

I can't wait to see Linus' potty mouth vs. Balmer's chair throwing.

Bill Gates, as he watches the impending showdown from atop his throne made of human skulls: "Good, good... Let the open-source hatred flow through you..."

Worse even... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330523)

... he revealed it's doing it because he's scratching an itch.

"After so many years I have to stop deniying myself and recognize I just started Linux because I loved Windows but cannot afford the license by that time." -- Torvals declared.

"All that FOSS stuff is a big mistake, and I'm sorry for being in the know so many years." -- Cried while bursting into tears.

Shoddy execution (1)

kennyj449 (151268) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330525)

The joke comes within a hair's breadth of explaining itself at the end.

So lame I'm not refreshing the home page anymore. (2, Insightful)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330543)

This is so fucking lame that I'm not even going to bother refreshing the home page or even posting anything more today. Seriously!
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I just reloaded the home page and saw the fucking ROT-13 gibberish and I don't even feel like clicking on the link to see what the lame-o April Fool's joke is going to be. If I feel that way as an avid registered slashdotter (who even got mod points for the first time last week, yay?), then how does the average joe/jill feel when they open the home page? This is a moronic april fool's day gag that makes me less interested in reading /. today, and perhaps even tomorrow. Sheesh.
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This is tiresome. This is not fun. This is not funny. This is lame. Do you understand this yet, editors? Anyone listening, or are you editors skipping the rest of the day too?

Re:So lame I'm not refreshing the home page anymor (0)

horza (87255) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330625)

Gung'f jrveq, V pna ernq nyy gur cbfgf rkprcg gur cnerag gb guvf bar. V guvax gurer vf n oht va gur arj plcure flfgrz.

Cuvyyvc.

Re:So lame I'm not refreshing the home page anymor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330653)

Are you pretending to be a bitch on April Fool's Day or is this how you normally are?

Re:So lame I'm not refreshing the home page anymor (1)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330691)

This is tiresome. This is not fun. This is not funny. This is lame. Do you understand this yet, editors? Anyone listening, or are you editors skipping the rest of the day too?

I think it's funny. I think it's great. Take a day off to geek out once a year.

If you don't enjoy it...can't you just find something else to do today instead of lobbying to end a tradition some of us enjoy?

Re:So lame I'm not refreshing the home page anymor (1)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330739)

I'm not lobbying to end the tradition, I'm lobbying to uphold the traditionof good interesting april fool's day joke pages. IMHO, this year is not so inventive and funny. Please see my other comment [slashdot.org] or look at previous years' april fool's days slashdot pages to see what I mean. I would like /. to be more inventive and creative. I'm offering constructive criticism, gave an example of what would be better, and just pointed out to the readers (and any editors reading) that the gag is tiresome rather quickly and not as funny as they might think it is.
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It might be an example of how lame humor can be when you decide to create a joke by committee.

Re:So lame I'm not refreshing the home page anymor (1)

Holi (250190) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330713)

Your not an avid Slashdotter until you get sick of having Mod points. It's why I rarely log in any more.

Re:So lame I'm not refreshing the home page anymor (2)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330799)

Yeah. I got that over the weekend. I'm getting fifteen points at a time and on sunday I just found out that posting on a topic unmoderated my mods on that topic article. So then it's a toss-up, do I want to post on an article, or do I want to use my mod points. I've been getting mod points daily (except for one day) for a week, and fifteen points at a time, and I am getting tired of it. It freaks me out having to decide whether to go back to mod older comments so I don't. I've been just modding new stuff for that day as I read it. And since saturday, I've been worrying about modding in topics I'd rather post in. It's annoying having to hold myself back. The example page for mods says "5 points" and using up 15 mods is annoying. I've been modding things up that are interesting. And I've stopped browsing at (-1) even though it's recommended for moderating because of those lame long APK posts. (+ i was lurking for a couple of years before registering) -- self-avowed avid /.er

Waahhh! I'm not entertained enough! (1, Insightful)

eepok (545733) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330957)

Waaah! Someone capitulate! I can't stand not being thoroughly entertained! Help! Help! I'm moderately uninterested! Why isn't someone doing something?! I've made a post on a community-moderated article response forum! Gah! I'm so angry I may talk to someone on a phone! A PHONE!

Grow up, kid. And if you're not a kid, just chill out. This site has a ton of people contributing a ton of stories and a few times out of the year, the employees (which you don't directly pay), throw out a gag. Not all jokes are funny. Some jokes that are generally funny, you won't enjoy. This is one of them. Get over it.

You've made yourself out to be an over-entitled ass and, seriously, maybe 3 people care that you "don't even feel like clicking on the link" but significantly more people are annoyed by the diaper-rash fit you're throwing.

You're not making friends. You're not influencing people. You're becoming a meme.

Re:Waahhh! I'm not entertained enough! (1)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | about a year and a half ago | (#43331015)

Hey, humor is subjective. This subject was not entertained by the so-called humor. And I let it be known. By posting on a user-moderated board. Where other users who post and moderate have moderated me up.
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It's the same thing that you're doing, but without making fun of or belittling individual posters. And I'm not interested in extra click-throughs for dice when the summary on the front page ought to be enough to let me know if I want to follow a story or not. I'm not the one crying "waaahhh".

Re:So lame I'm not refreshing the home page anymor (0)

Tarlus (1000874) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330983)

h znq?

rot13-decoder ring included! (1)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | about a year and a half ago | (#43331039)

ab whfg sehfgengrq. gnaxf 4 nfxvat, gub!
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echo ab whfg sehfgengrq. gnaxf 4 nfxvat, gub! | tr 'a-z' 'n-za-m'
auto-decoder code pasted above. copypasta into your bash shell!

Misspelled? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330549)

I think you misspelled "Windows Nein".

Danke, werde ich hier die ganze Woche!

a lesser role (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330563)

I think they could have gotten away with a random person like Linus simply walking around in a supervisor capacity. He could read every design plan and attend meetings and his only job is to say "WTF, REALLY?!" when someone thinks of a stupid idea like touch or metro or CD keys embedded in the BIOS or UEFI. That would really benefit MS the most.

Best April fools ever (1)

masterfpt (1435165) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330597)

I have to give kudos to /. for the most original and hilarious April fools prank. Well done! The ROT13 is genious :)

Re:Best April fools ever (4, Insightful)

Monkey-Man2000 (603495) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330707)

I have to give kudos to /. for the most original and hilarious April fools prank. Well done! The ROT13 is genious :)

The OMG Ponies' fools day was by far the best 04/01 in /. history [wikipedia.org] . This is not too horrible though.

Re:Best April fools ever (1)

mark-t (151149) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330771)

No... I believe that so far this year, from what I've seen so far, that honor would go it Thinkgeek [thinkgeek.com] .

Thinkgeek has April fools jokes nailed.

Something people would like to see, and at the same time being close enough to what is actually possible that the believability factor is relatively high.

Enough with the retarded jokes (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330609)

April Fools day and the internet do not mix,. You are are not funny, your jokes suck and you should just kill yourself.

Huh, it is. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330621)

http://faqintosh.com/risorse/en/othutil/webapps/rot13/ helps us anons.

Windows 9 is Linux! (1)

geopsychic (932419) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330627)

That might actually help.

Every year, without fail (1, Informative)

ndogg (158021) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330633)

So many people get so upset over /.'s April Fools hijinks. It's rather entertaining, honestly.

Re:Every year, without fail (2)

mark-t (151149) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330703)

Because it can get in the way of being genuinely informative, which I've actually found stories on slashdot have been known to do from time to time. And this story notwistanding, which has an outlandish enough title to be suspect of a joke before you even start to read the summary, wasting time reading bogus news when you might not initially realize was an april fool's joke, is... well, just that: a waste of time.

The Linus Direction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330639)

Linus has already announced that Windows 9 will be a lot like Windows 8 and Windows 7 with no real new features, except that functionality in the user interface will be moved around so you have to relearn where everything is located.

That does it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330659)

I'm boycotting Slashdot for the entire month because of their lame joke. I'm just really sick of how much this place is a joke under regular circumstances but having to endure this crap is too much.

Really? (1)

MachineShedFred (621896) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330675)

Creator of Linux to head Windows development. Har har har.

What's the next crap "joke", PETA to endorce the butchers' union? GET IT? IT'S IRONIC!

Did you stuff a bunch of interns in a room and "brainstorm" these? Truly uninspired, and lacking execution at every step.

Re:Really? (1)

KiloByte (825081) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330947)

PETA to endorce the butchers' union?

They have already been fined for operating a mass butchering outfit without a license. And they kill over 90% of healthy pets they receive (source [petakillsanimals.com] ).

Loving the ROT-13! (2, Informative)

sootman (158191) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330685)

Slashdot, for so many years, has done such a SHITTY job of April Fool's day, I like having a big giant indicator that a story is not even worth looking at. When I visit again tomorrow (seriously -- I'm done for the day) I can just scroll and read all the stories down to the point where they're encrypted. Thanks guys!

Seriously, you guys suck balls at 4/1. I'd complain, but what I have to say has been said a million times before, and you're obviously not listening, so why bother. I check in each year to see if you did anything clever* like "OMG PONIES!", then I'm gone until 4/2.

* and yes, "OMG PONIES!" counts as clever around here. Low, low standards.

Re:Loving the ROT-13! (1)

roman_mir (125474) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330901)

At least something my silly [mozilla.org] FF extension is still good for - April fool jokes.

Re:Loving the ROT-13! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330959)

Seriously, you guys suck balls at 4/1

Just close your eyes and enjoy the feeling.

rot13 shit (1)

Staredown (165259) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330723)

Okay, if this is a one time Be A Retard day prank, fine. I can suck it up for one day. But if this is something that /. actually plans to implement then I'll just fucking drop slashdot. Because I'm already subscribed to Ars Technica and about half the sites that /. pulls their news from. And I don't have to jump through bullshit hoops to read them.

Re:rot13 shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43331041)

This is like the Slashdot equivalent of that thing where the guy thinks his girlfriend is sleeping around and says "well I'm fucking your sister" only to find out she's not sleeping around after all.

Finally, the year of linux on the desktop! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330831)

nt

ow.... (1)

shentino (1139071) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330963)

Owww....

That was such a lame prank it hurt.

Need a '-1 Whiner' mod (1)

moeinvt (851793) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330967)

For all the people whining about the ROT13 initiative. Jeesh!

It wasn't ROTFL type funny, but it was definitely amusing.

Spend 2 minutes writing a comment complaining about having to waste 15 seconds figuring out how to un-encode the articles?

Re:Need a '-1 Whiner' mod (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43331079)

it was definitely amusing.

What, the first time? Sure. We're now up to five articles like this.

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