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Slashback: Stapler, Interface, Gaming

timothy posted about 12 years ago | from the fax-something-unique-to-8889771577 dept.

Slashback 295

Slashback tonight (read on below) has updates on next-generation aircraft, KDE user-interface improvements and suggestions, a special warning for those obsessed with Milton's stapler from Office Space, SmartFilter's attitude toward SourceForge, and more.

You've got to admit it's getting better all the time. Gentu writes: "In parallel to the KDE 3.1-alpha release today, OSNews published an interesting article discussing a number of User Interface issues found on KDE 3. The article suggests a number of changes, some small, some pretty drastic. Towards the end of the two-part article, the author discusses the 'integration' problem found in today's X11 desktop environments, and how fixing this issue would bring Unix closer to average Joe's desktop."

Yes, you're allowed to have more than one friend. A NuKeFaN writes: "Following the article titled Are you a Friend of GNOME I wanted to point you out that the most used GPL'd software for the Web, PHP-Nuke, also has a similar page/system for their friends. It's a Club (MandrakeClub like) where you can be a member for a little monthly fee and you can get some extra benefits. You can access the Club area to know more about it. This can be, maybe, another example of how to get some money to fund a free software project, the matter is if we, as users, will support those project's developers this way? I think we can."

Wait, the scam was to take just a few pennies from everyone! MrBlue VT writes "In reference to the previous Slashdot article about the red Swingline Staplers, I click on the add to cart button on the Swingline website, and it pops open an ordering window with a 4 staplers added to the shopping cart. Ok, I think it's a little strange, but change the quantity back to 1, and hit continue to checkout. Next thing I know, I'm looking at an order form with all the text boxes filled out with somebody else's personal information. He's from Bellvue, WA apparently (I'm in Virginia). It also has his credit card number and expiration date!

This has to be the worst security I've ever seen in an online shopping site. The company who apparently provides the online shopping service for Swingline appears to be an outfit called SureSource.

I just wanted to let anyone who happened to order from them know about this. Your credit card info could very well be compromised."

Please fasten your belts. hondo77 submitted this follow-up to this article about next-generation aircraft, writing "Boeing says that their blended-wing aircraft will be ready for test flights in 2006. The article also has a picture of a 3% scale model. See, it doesn't look like the B-2 at all."

But thanks anyhow. flonker writes "Smartfilter no longer lists sourceforge.net! Link for those who want to see for themselves."

Great at stealing them, too. MrDingusMcGee writes "After the recent posting about a study suggesting that video games decrease brain activity, I thought it would be interesting to read the results of another study which has shown that video game players score better on a range of attention tasks (mirror here)done by Shawn Green at the University of Rochester Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, and that this could possibly rate video game players as better drivers. Worth seeing the other side of the argument and having some validation for those hours of gaming."

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295 comments

frist p0ts (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3867939)

etc

Re:frist p0ts (-1)

on by (572414) | about 12 years ago | (#3867967)

plz die AC scum kthxbye

IAWTP (-1)

Big_Ass_Spork (446856) | about 12 years ago | (#3868117)

Truly.

---
BAS

PS - Can you mod the appearance of replies to articles, or only journal entries?

Poetry!!! (-1)

Big_Ass_Spork (446856) | about 12 years ago | (#3868159)

Titties, titties, titties
How I love to squeeze you
Pinch and suck you
With a lick, cleavage touches dick
Fuck, fuck, fucking
Those muy grande tatas (shouts to la raza!)


You win, dude. Keep posting Mr. Goaty, and enjoy this special tribute to Big Ass Spork!!!

I DO IT WRONG!, adapted for the stage by YourMissionForToday. Originally written by Big Ass Spork [slashdot.org] .

INT. COFFEE HOUSE-NIGHT.

A BEATNIK stands pensively on stage in a smoky coffee house. A WHALIN' SAX and COO-COO BONGOS begin to play, followed by some WAY-HIP VIBES (xylophone).

BEATNIK
Laying here in the shadows of my room, I squint up at my love. My Ms. Portman. I am sore and tired after fucking her for eight solid hours. My chapped and aching dick is soaking in grits to relieve the pain. She gets on her knees and starts lapping the grits up out of the bowl. She places her beautiful hands on my penis and starts to lick the grits off my achy piece. Massaging my nutsack she....

The Beatnik flicks his cigarette as the sax and vibes trail off, leaving only the bongos.

BEATNIK
(quietly)
Wait...I do it wrong...

The Beatnik pauses to light another cigarette.

BEATNIK
Yanking my dick out of her mouth I throw her to the ground and shove it in to her gaping freshly fisted ass.

A DANCER dressed as Queen Amidala approaches the stage. She carries a bucket of hot grits in one hand, and huge rubber penis in the other. Beatnik takes the penis, bends her over and pantomimes rough anal sex.

DANCER
OH BIG ASS SPORK-Daddy!! Fuck my ass, fuck my ass good. DEEPER, my coo-coo stallion, deeper!! Make a Beowulf cluster of sperm on my back!!

BEATNIK
Imagine a Beowulf cluster of this baby!

BEATNIK
(together with DANCER)
Wait!!! I do it wrong!!!

BEATNIK
I continue to hump her alabaster form. Glistening with beads of sweat, she bites her lip in delight as I tear her ass open with my engorged dick. Queen Amidala!! I shriek as I near climax.

DANCER
You are so alive in me, unlike *BSD or VA Software!!! Fill me with seed!! Yes, Yes, Yess!!!!

VOICE (FROM OFFSTAGE)
For me you are calling, hhhmmm?

BEATNIK
YODA?!? What the fuck, can't you see I am using the force here?

YODA appears from offstage, carrying a huge green rubber penis. After a brief fight, Yoda impales the Beatnik with his penis, and he dies a messy death covered in blood, spunk, and hot grits.

BEATNIK
(dying, as the sax climaxes)
Wait, my brothers and sisters....I DO IT WRONG!

Afterwards, the cast gets up and takes a bow.

CAST
Thanks very much. All your sporkz are belong to the dead homiez!!

I like tits too! (-1)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | about 12 years ago | (#3868266)

It's a group effort.

hey hey (-1)

on by (572414) | about 12 years ago | (#3867941)

suck it down

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3867945)

frist psot, yo.

no first p0st (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3867978)

you are not the first, check posts below your threshhold dork!

First POST (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3867946)

First POST

KDE UI article on OSNews (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3867949)

Fantastic article on the KDE interface!!
I hope the KDE developers will listen!

THIS IS A CALL FOR ATTENTION (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3867950)

My dick is ENORMOUS.

Thank you.

Re:THIS IS A CALL FOR ATTENTION (-1)

Big_Ass_Spork (446856) | about 12 years ago | (#3868131)

You hit submit without proof reading your post (should have paid attention: Use the Preview Button!). I have decided to correct your post, see it below.

My dick is ENORMOUSLY tiny.

Thank you.
Anonymous Coward

Staplers (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3867962)

You did order the man 4 staplers, right? And then another 4? And then 4 more, just to be nice?

Re:Staplers (5, Funny)

unicron (20286) | about 12 years ago | (#3868031)

I..I um, I um..I believe you have my credit card.

Re:Staplers (2, Insightful)

Jonny Ringo (444580) | about 12 years ago | (#3868053)

He's from Bellvue, WA apparently
which is right next to Redmond, most Microsofties live in Bellvue.
So, I'm just saying its probably justified is all :-)

do you have "terrible" karma? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3867973)

Major change in slashcode! Check this link [trollaxor.com] for details!

Re:do you have "terrible" karma? (0, Offtopic)

VS1 (448806) | about 12 years ago | (#3868011)

i dont know if its a "Major Change".

Re:do you have "terrible" karma? (1, Offtopic)

stressky (218896) | about 12 years ago | (#3868016)

Haha... gotta love the humour in that one..

tho personally, I'd like captions such as "Certified troll" for extreme low karma, and "should get a life" for high...

Add a bit of humour to the equation - I've noticed that many slashdotters have a habbit of taking themselves a little too seriously.

But then, I'm Australian....

Re:do you have "terrible" karma? (-1)

on by (572414) | about 12 years ago | (#3868077)

This is going to be fun! Now all the karma whores won't know if they have 48, 49 or 50 karma!!! Hahahaha sux2bu!!!

cant buy the stapler now (0, Redundant)

VS1 (448806) | about 12 years ago | (#3867975)

the buy link is gone, it could be my crap-a-rific ie6 browser though thats making a mistake. i know its bad, no need to tell me.

Re:cant buy the stapler now (1)

CMiYC (6473) | about 12 years ago | (#3868014)

it could be my crap-a-rific ie6 browser though thats making a mistake. i know its bad, no need to tell me.

So then why are you using it?

Re:cant buy the stapler now (1)

VS1 (448806) | about 12 years ago | (#3868024)

just reinstalled xp, and im too lazy to get opera just yet. really. i am.

Re:cant buy the stapler now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868118)

just reinstalled xp

AHHHHHHH RUN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Swingline's site (2, Informative)

CheechBG (247105) | about 12 years ago | (#3867977)

it would appear that they took out the online purchase option, opting instead for phone orders through SureSource. Oh well, I really had no need for a fire-engine red stapler anyway :)

Staplers Now Off-Line (5, Informative)

Myriad (89793) | about 12 years ago | (#3867980)

I just checked the Swingline website and it looks like the on-line order button has been removed and replaced with:

To place an order for the Rio Red Stapler (SKU#: S7074740), Please call SureSource at: 1-800-544-3243.

Re:Staplers Now Off-Line (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868002)

...it looks like the on-line order button has been removed...

But other products [swingline.com] still have the order button.

Weird.

And they're slashdotted, too! Poor Swingline.

WARNING: GOATSE LINK! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868125)

people like you should be permanently banned from the internet. what a jerk. you think you're so clever, but all you are is a stupid little child, crying out for attention, because you are scared, alone, and have a tiny penis.

you know, some of us in the real world have to work. we don't have time to deal with little children playing clever tricks. why don't you just fscking grow up and contribute to society instead of being a childish little moron. that, or jump off a fscking bridge. you are a pollutant in the gene pool.

when i kill you, it will be ruled a justifiable homicide.

-ac

Re:Staplers Now Off-Line (1)

kormoc (122955) | about 12 years ago | (#3868220)

but not for the red one, and they were slashdoted twice

Re:Staplers Now Off-Line (5, Informative)

douglas jeffries (585519) | about 12 years ago | (#3868107)

it appears they just commented out the html. seems like a quick hack, but who views source anyway?

<!--<a href="#"onClick="javascript:popUp2('http://www.acc o-store.com/cgi-bin/sgic0101.exe?HKW=CO01DIV01+COD IV=0101+QTY=1+UID=1613471026418266609+ITN=S7074740 ')"><img border="0" src="/images/sw/sw-add-to-cart.gif" alt="Buy from SureSource"></a>-->

Re:Staplers Now Off-Line (0)

MattCohn.com (555899) | about 12 years ago | (#3868168)

Thank you for the link.

Unfortunently, upon trying the link I did not experiance the same symptomes. Mabey it was a glitch, mabey a coincidence combined with a VERY HORIBLE way of maintaining session (My bet). Well, this is why I only purchase online from well known large companies that would have people sueing their asses off if anything like this were uncovered.

Grand Theft Auto III (-1, Troll)

Sheetrock (152993) | about 12 years ago | (#3867988)

I saw Nightline on ABC last night and they did the show on Grand Theft Auto III and its effects on society. It was rather interesting, they had a police officer on there describing how he felt while they showed the main character of the game beating on a cop with a baseball bat and shooting the ones that arrived soon after.

It frightens me that we allow these sort of games to be played by our youth, one of the things that the show focused on. With all of the hate and violence we already have in our society, games like this, Postal, and Doom may be all it takes to trigger a mass murderer. One fellow had a great point: why take the chance when there are already so many great games out there that don't involve going on a killing spree?

I'm not normally one to advocate the government intervening in our lives, but the fact that there were four thirteen year olds on the show playing the game and describing how fun it was to kill the prostitute after her 'sex act' to regain their money frightened me, and makes me think that even though we live in a free society sometimes we need to curb our liberties to guard our safety.

Yeah! (1)

NetJunkie (56134) | about 12 years ago | (#3868008)

GTA3 is such a GREAT game. I should go play...hmmm...

Re:Grand Theft Auto III (5, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | about 12 years ago | (#3868027)

I have never lurked around dark tunnels running from ghosts and eating pills I find on the ground. I have never had the urge to strut up and down the street making Boop Boop noises. I have never felt the need to grab a BFG and go hunting demons. Video games have yet to affect my real life at all (other then reducing the amount of time I spend there). If you don't want your kids to play these games don't let them. Do not turn to society as a whole to police what your kids can do.

Re:Grand Theft Auto III (2)

jcsehak (559709) | about 12 years ago | (#3868139)

I have never lurked around dark tunnels running from ghosts and eating pills I find on the ground.

Yeah, but you're not Robert Downey Jr.

I think I saw this as someone's sig:
"If video games affected real life, we'd all be going around popping pills and listening to repetetive music."

Re:Grand Theft Auto III (1)

pyrrho (167252) | about 12 years ago | (#3868049)


don't you realize that slaves need violent catharsis... you probably think the roman colloseum was bad too...

I agree with you. This stuff is pathetic. Making it illegal won't make society better. Asking "why is this the catharsis these kids choose" might, however.

In general, I don't mind violence in some video games, it's utter domination of the media is really really sad, however.

Please, don't anyone bother to point me at non-violent games... try getting a job in the game industry and find out that 99% of them are making this kind of junk.

And yeah yeah, I know, you love the game but would never do that in real life... so? I hate the game and wouldn't do it in real life either. Why would you want to phantasize about something you would not do in real life, again? Why does it make you feel good?

Pent up slave-resentment is my Nietzschean Guess.

Re:Grand Theft Auto III (4, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | about 12 years ago | (#3868054)

Heh. I have been playing GTA3 (way too much actually) for the last week. Let me tell you something, I about died laughing when I managed to run over a person with a boat. (That was a sight to see!) Just for giggles, I like to run around and wallop people with a bat. Sometimes, I take the sniper rifle and blow people's heads off for no real reason other than it's fun to watch. Sometimes I instigate car chases with the cops just for the thrill of seeing how many I can take out before they take me out.

So I'm somebody that's more likely to go commit a crime, right? Wrong. GTA 3 is a hell of a lot of fun to play, but let me tell you something: That game taught me that the last thing I want to do is play games with cops.

The thought of ramming a cop car and seeing how far he and his buddies will chase me scares the shit out of me. Why? Because even in a game where my car can put up with a good deal more abuse than my real car can, I can't get away from the cops. The only real chance I have of getting away involves luck. That's it, luck. They will get me.

If anything, I think GTA 3 will reduce hoodlumism. Why? Because the physics in the game are a little different than they are in real life. For example: You can mow down a stoplight and still keep tooling along at 90 mph. In real life, striking a stoplight would end the chase rather suddenly.

Things happen much faster on GTA than they would in real life. Cars acellerate faster, and you can keep the chase going much longer than you possibly could in real life. And geez, there's no way you're going to acquire grenades to lob at people. GTA 3 really spoils reality for people. It's a lot more fun to destroy stuff in GTA 3 than it could possibly be in real life.

Re:Grand Theft Auto III (3, Insightful)

jheinen (82399) | about 12 years ago | (#3868313)

I guess I find it scary that you learn *any* moral lessons from a game. That you would come to the conclusion that you shouldn't get into a car chase with cops based on the outcome of a game is, well, disturbing. I would hope that you wouldn't engage in criminal activities because such activities are wrong, rather than because a game led you to believe that it's hard to outrun the cops. let me ask you this; if it had been easy to outrun the cops in GTA, would you have had a different opinion on ramming cop cars? God I hope not. Games aren't reality. I always assumed that people who played games realized this intrinsically, and could easily seperate fantasy from reality. Based on your post however, maybe I'm wrong. You seem to be applying information gleaned from a game to real-life situations. Please tell me I'm wrong.

Re:Grand Theft Auto III (1)

URoRRuRRR (57117) | about 12 years ago | (#3868063)

sometimes we need to curb our liberties to guard our safety.

Those who will give up a little bit of liberty for a little bit of safety deserve neither liberty nor safety- Benjamin Franklin.

Give me Liberty- the first misson of GTA3.

That Nightline was very slanted. They don't show the part where you fight to try to cripple drug traffickers. They don't show the part where the cops (almost) always arrest you for the crimes you commit. There have been NO reported incidents of crime related to the original GTA and GTA 2. Guess how many GTA III has caused? Zero. Why?

Perhaps it's the fact that most people can tell the difference between a videogame and real life. Walk up to a car and open the door and throw the person out. Go ahead. In GTA III it happens fluidly, however in real life, the doors may be locked, the person may be wearing a seatbelt, and they might punch you in the face and shoot you.

Video games create an escape, they allow people to release their stress in a way that nobody gets hurt. They are also a scapegoat for bad parenting. Do you really think that the Columbine shooters decided to shoot people at their school because they played doom?

"Wow! This game is great! You get to kill Monsters!"
"Wow! That is great! Let's kill people at our school!"

NOBODY has ever killed somebody else because of a video game. There's many other factors. Depression, social ills, neglect all cause a person to "Flip out" and kill somebody else more than any video game.

Arrested. (3, Informative)

phriedom (561200) | about 12 years ago | (#3868306)

Umm...not that it is actually important to your point, but unless you are foolish or unlucky, you very rarely get caught by the police in GTA3. You can jack a car right in front of a cop, and he will chase you for about 30 seconds, but then stop if you don't commit any more crimes (like running over pedestrians) along the way. But run over a cop or shoot one, and you better make a quick run to the pay'n'spray to get your car repainted so they cops won't recognize you. The cops seem to get pretty upset about any grenade use too, though molotov cocktails are fine. When you get arrested, you lose some money, your weapons, and your car to bribe your way out. On one mission, a bad cop pays you to kill a stoolie in the witness protection program. All of which I use to illustrate that there are no good guys in GTA3. Its just a game.

So I agree with you, games don't cause social ills. If a parent doesn't want their 13 old playing GTA3, and I wouldn't, then don't let them play. Parents are legally responsible for their 13 year olds.

The obvious answer (2, Insightful)

Weasel Boy (13855) | about 12 years ago | (#3868068)

"It frightens me that we allow these sort of games to be played by our youth"

So don't allow your kids to play these kinds of games. Duh. The answer to mature subject matter is attentive parenting, not government curbs on basic rights.

This point is so basic... I don't even know why I'm letting you jerk my chain. You can't be serious. I should just mod "-1 troll" and move on.

Re:The obvious answer (2, Insightful)

Sheetrock (152993) | about 12 years ago | (#3868115)

Actually, while that would seem to be the ideal answer, sadly, many stores will happily sell these sorts of games to teenagers without letting parents know. Congress is poised to make this sort of thing a federal crime, which while harsh is an excellent first step towards curbing underage viewing of what I would term 'a pornography of violence'. However, the only long term solution is to follow the more enlightened policies of some European countries and ban this sort of trash outright. Nazi symbolism is outlawed overseas to prevent the most horrible of atrocities from resurfacing in our youth, so why do we permit this promotion of antisocial behavior wrapped in a shiny teen-friendly package?

I honestly don't mean to troll, but am merely providing an alternative opinion that I know won't wash very well here. I never understood why people who ostensibly promote free speech actually just mean free speech that agrees with their thoughts.

Re:The obvious answer (2, Insightful)

numark (577503) | about 12 years ago | (#3868186)

First off, I'll say that I respect your view, even if I wholeheartedly disagree with it.

That said, I believe that this problem still can be solved by attentive parenting. Even if a store sells a violent game to a teenager, it seems unlikely that teenager would be able to keep their parents from ever discovering the game.

If parents don't approve of certain games, they can merely randomly observe what their child is playing. They can easily do this by placing the gaming system in a common area, such as a living room or study. If a parent isn't willing to do this to enforce their rules and views, then the problem lies with the parents, not with the store or the video game manufacturer.

Government is not meant to be an end-all and be-all for the "sanitation" of our lives. This especially holds true in America, where we have the fundamental right to make decisions for ourselves and our children with a minimum of governmental interference. If we want freedom of speech for ourselves, we also have to advocate freedom of speech for those who disagree with us and our views. It's that simple.

Re:Grand Theft Auto III (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868126)

Well it doesn't apply where I live because our cops drive different cars, aren't armed, wear different uniforms and drive on the other side of the road.

Oh yeah, you can't just go into a store a buy a pistol either. I'd be FAR more worried about pages on the internet that tell you how to make bombs. The killing sprees are actually done with humour.

The parents actually got the game for the kids, disregarding its R18 rating.

Banning it won't help anyway - I got my GTA3 off Kazaa....

Yeah, no murders ever before video games. (5, Funny)

Blaede (266638) | about 12 years ago | (#3868169)

I wish we could go back to era before Pong came out. No one ever murdered anyone. Drugs, crime, nothing like that ever existed. It was Utopia. Then that dreaded Pong arrived. Damn you, Nolan Bushnell!

Re:Yeah, no murders ever before video games. (3, Funny)

duckpoopy (585203) | about 12 years ago | (#3868309)

Pong is still a gateway game. After Pong I started playing table tennis. Thank god my parents intervened after I experimented with raquetball.

NPR Review of Grand Theft Auto III (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868193)


It's interesting that the mainstream TV review was all about hysteria.

I heard a reviewer on NPR talk about the game and he was talking about how immersive and fun it was.

Just remember, with Network TV, the Product is YOU.

Anon

Re:Grand Theft Auto III (1, Offtopic)

laserjet (170008) | about 12 years ago | (#3868373)

Oh, shut up you mamby pamby troll. You need to learn to at least troll better before you come to slashdot.

fax-something-unique-to-8889771577 ? (4, Interesting)

cperciva (102828) | about 12 years ago | (#3867990)

Can someone explain where the fax-something-unique-to-8889771577 bit comes in? I can't see any connection to any of the stories.

Re:fax-something-unique-to-8889771577 ? (5, Funny)

peterdaly (123554) | about 12 years ago | (#3868070)

They will hate me for putting this idea into people's minds...but everyone I explain this to gets a kick out of it, so here goes.

1. Take 5 sheets of black construction paper.
2. Scotch tape them into a single 5 sheet long sheet.
3. Place start of "page" into fax machine.
4. Dial the "recipient".
5. Watch sheet start going into the fax machine with glee.
6. Once out the other side, Scotch Tape beginning of "sheet" to end of sheet forming a giant black loop.
7. Giggle like a teenage girl and show your co-workers. Trust me, the showing co-workers step is needed for the full satisfaction. Choose co-workers carefully.
8. You Are Done! Not only that, but the recipient is now out of ink or toner.

Not that I have ever done this...but I know someone who has done this to someone who kept sending them spam faxes.

I hold no responsibility for your actions yada yada...

-Pete
BTW - comment posting is screwed.

Re:fax-something-unique-to-8889771577 ? (4, Insightful)

Russ Steffen (263) | about 12 years ago | (#3868218)

Unless your "victim" has something more sophisticated than a fax machine, like say a PC with a fax modem or a fax server. In that case you're just tying up a phone line.

And, why bother with the construction paper? Just a FAX modem, an all-black TIFF file and some know-how and you can do the same job in a much more reliable way (the tape seams tend to fray and split after 15 or so passses). And, it'll be more impressive to your cow-orkers.

Re:fax-something-unique-to-8889771577 ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868324)

And, it'll be more impressive to your cow-orkers.

That's certainly debatable. I'd be much more impressed by a spinning wheel of toner depletion than a boring .tiff image.

Re:fax-something-unique-to-8889771577 ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868301)

Hrmms....

I've been trying with my fax machine for about 30 minutes now...and the number is still busy.

Re:fax-something-unique-to-8889771577 ? (-1)

Horny Smurf (590916) | about 12 years ago | (#3868129)

It's an inside joke. This web page [freeuk.com] has more information.

As found on Google: (4, Informative)

datastew (529152) | about 12 years ago | (#3868137)

Its a fax number for a printer-supplies co. that spammed someone named jeffrey back in Feb. 2002.
The google search [google.com]

The top google link [goldmark.org]

Jeffrey's notes on spammers that he has toll-free numbers listed for. [goldmark.org]

You're right, I still don't see the connection. Maybe timothy is trying for a fax slashdotting.

Shopping Cart (5, Informative)

jfroot (455025) | about 12 years ago | (#3867993)

These kind of errors are usually caused by the shopping cart using your IP address to identify your session. If you and someone else are both shopping on the site and are going through the same proxy, you will see each others cart.

Re:Shopping Cart (2)

edrugtrader (442064) | about 12 years ago | (#3868182)

UM. NO.

this was caused by an overloaded server, with poor coding that allowed for race conditions.

no more, no less.

Add to cart taken down (0, Redundant)

redgekko (320391) | about 12 years ago | (#3867996)

It seems they've taken down their "add to cart" button for the red stapler [swingline.com] , although you can still order other staplers [swingline.com] online... I didn't see the bug though.

My guess is that the person who experienced this bug was on a corporate lan with a single gateway IP, maybe cookies were also disabled or screwed up, and SureSource's session tracking code freaked and a session was hijacked.

OPEN SOURCE MISCONCEPTIONS by poopbot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3867999)

OPEN SOURCE MISCONCEPTIONS
By Serial Troller

Myth: Open Source is written by heterosexuals.

Fact: All Open Source development is done by raging homosexuals. The more flaming examples include Anal Cox, Linus Turdballs, Eric Ass-Reaming Raymond, and the entire Slashdot crew. The ringleader of the slashdotters, a man named CmdrTaco, engages in a practice known as Taco-snotting, along with his faggot-buddies Jeff Homos Bates and CowBoiKneel.

Myth: Open Source is written for heterosexuals.

Fact: Using Open Source software can cause suppressed homosexual fantasies to surface, leading to all out flaming faggotry within 6-8 weeks. Anecdotes of otherwise hetero men turning queer are far too numerous to count, but a few examples stand out. In one case, a man was arrested loitering outside an elementary school and making sexual overtures to several children: he quickly confessed that shortly after installing the Mozilla browser on his computer, he began to have uncontrollable urges to, to put it simply, have his cock sucked off by little boys. He soon met several other like-minded men through discussions on the Bugger Zilla mailing list (all already homosexuals), who together kidnapped a total of seven children whom they brought back to their apartment and sodomized. The other two men are still at large and believed to still be using Mozilla.

Myth: Open Source is multicultural.

Fact: Open Source is openly racist.

Myth: Open Source is democratic.

Fact: Open Source is controlled by a few narrow-minded zealots (mentioned throughout this post), most of whom are either Communists, Stalinists, Nazis, or Fascists. Additionally, Open Source supports terrorism.

Myth: Open Source is tolerant of religious preferences.

Fact: Open Source developers regularly engage in holy wars over the superiority of various Open Source projects, such as the Emacs program (preferred by Christians) versus vi (used mostly by neo-pagans and Satanists); or the KDE desktop (a favorite among Muslims) versus the GNOME project (particularly favored by Jews). Posts initiating crusades or jihads against other developers can be found regularly throughout the newsgroups and mailing lists.

Myth: Open Source is tolerant of sexual preference.

Fact: See above. Either you are a homo, you become a homo, or you never visit Richard Stallman alone in his office and hope to God you never meet him on the street at night.

Myth: Open Source is tolerant of political differences.

Fact: Open Source is an anarcho-communist philosophy bent on the destruction of capitalism. The very same Richard Stallman, a man whose name is disturbingly reminiscent of Stalin, has stated several times in public that his vision includes the subjugation of all who own intellectual properties under the jackboot of the GPL. The GPL is a pernicious piece of literature lifted straight from Karl Marxs Communist Manifesto, and is fortunately banned in many democratic nations.

* * * * * UPDATE * * * * *

Myth: Open Source programming is a harlmess, healthy activity.

Fact: Open Source programming has been known to lead to massive obesity, violent tendencies with an obsession with handguns, paranoid-delusional ranting, and in severe cases, complete insanity. If anyone you know is thinking about going Open Source, stop them before its too late!

* * * * * UPDATE * * * * *

____________________

2002 Serial Troller. Permission to reproduce this document is granted provided that you send all the bukkake porn you can find to serialtroller@hotmail.com.

- poopbot: for all your crapflooding needs

Well.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868006)

Aren't you going to post the credit card number and expiration date for us all?

Security through obscurity is evil!

Games and Driving (5, Funny)

URoRRuRRR (57117) | about 12 years ago | (#3868010)

this could possibly rate video game players as better drivers.

Except for those who learn everything from GTA. I can see them at the DMV...

Let's see.. When traffic backs up you should... A. Be patient B. Honk Horn C. Make a U-Turn D. Drive on the sidewalk then exit your vehicle and try to destroy the vehicles that held you up.

Re:Games and Driving (2)

Russ Steffen (263) | about 12 years ago | (#3868295)

The correct repsonse if secret answer E - use the 'Tanks from Heaven' cheat code to have a M1 Abrams precision dropped nearby. Use said tank to teach the cars blocking your way a quick physics lesson. Cover the chapters on projectile motion, elastic collisions, momentum, and rapid combustion thoroughly.

No purchase link at SwingLine (3, Funny)

peterdaly (123554) | about 12 years ago | (#3868015)

I just visited the SwingLine Red Stapler page. The link to purchase the Stapler is not either disabled...or very very hard to find. There is the "Purchase*" hading, which says you will be purchasing through a distributor, but no link beneath the heading.

They may be aware of the problem. I'd be scared sh*tless if I were in charge of their ecommerce right now. The whole site may have just been a slashdot credit card swap lovefest.

-Pete

Heh (5, Funny)

B3ryllium (571199) | about 12 years ago | (#3868017)

but, but ... somebody took my credit card ... i've already been defrauded three times ... but, but, if they take my credit card again, i might have to burn the building down ...

but, but ... i want my stapler back ... somebody took my stapler ...

(Oh my god I'm bored :)

Didnt take them long (3, Funny)

sargon666777 (555498) | about 12 years ago | (#3868028)

It seems it didn't take them long at all after this went up to make the online ordering option... no longer an option, but you gotta give em one thing... it is the most convient online ordering system ever. After all not only do you not have to fill in your own forms. But its already paid for!

Fastest Security Fix Going (1, Offtopic)

Myriad (89793) | about 12 years ago | (#3868033)


I think we've found a new way of dealing with insecure servers: Slashdot 'em to hell! Nobody will be getting anything out of Swingline anytime soon.

Shawn Green (1)

reflexreaction (526215) | about 12 years ago | (#3868035)

More info about Shawn Green. Bavelier, Daphne Associate Professor, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Radiology, and Center for Visual Science E-mail: daphne@bcs.rochester.edu Interests: visual cognition, plasticity Phone: 585-275-8714 Office: Meliora 403 Green, Shawn Laboratory Technician, Bavelier Lab E-mail: csgreen@bcs.rochester.edu Interests: malleability of visual attentional skills, plasticity Phone: 585-275-0695 Office: Meliora 404 I applied and decided not to go to U of Rochester. The program is good, and rising in quality but the weather there sucks.

Re:Shawn Green (0, Offtopic)

reflexreaction (526215) | about 12 years ago | (#3868060)

More info about Shawn Green.

Bavelier, Daphne
Associate Professor, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Radiology, and Center for Visual Science
E-mail: daphne@bcs.rochester.edu
Interests: visual cognition, plasticity
Phone: 585-275-8714
Office: Meliora 403

Green, Shawn
Laboratory Technician, Bavelier Lab
E-mail: csgreen@bcs.rochester.edu
Interests: malleability of visual attentional skills, plasticity
Phone: 585-275-0695
Office: Meliora 404

I applied and decided not to go to U of Rochester. The program is good, and rising in quality but the weather there sucks. Plus I got into Penn.

Re:Shawn Green (1)

Kaz Riprock (590115) | about 12 years ago | (#3868080)

I went to UR for genetics instead of CogSci, but I had quite a few friends going for a CogSci major. They have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Bavelier's work.

Even More Shawn Green Info (2, Funny)

KanSer (558891) | about 12 years ago | (#3868241)

62 Runs 26 HR's 68 RBI's and 4 Stolen bases. He is batting .280 and has really come on of late :D
Since may he has hit the most home runs in the majors. (More then Sosa too... ooooohh aaaaah)

(Yes, much trolling but c'mon... It's shawn Green.)

RE: Your Order (4, Funny)

tedDancin (579948) | about 12 years ago | (#3868041)

TO: MrBlue VT
RE: Your Order

Dear MrBlue,

We have shipped [1] x Swingline Stapler to you.

Along with you order, we have automatically opted you into our "Loyalty Program": each order placed online will be processed with a random user's credit card.

Thankyou for your ordering online with Swingline.


:)

Re: Your Order (3, Funny)

Jonny Ringo (444580) | about 12 years ago | (#3868097)

It makes you wonder if they asked themselves:

"Is this good for the company?"

Always hated the "About" menu item (5, Insightful)

FattMattP (86246) | about 12 years ago | (#3868042)

There's one thing about pretty much every GUI program that I really hate. It's the About menu item. It never tells me about the program. It just tells me who wrote it and what the copyright is. That sort of stuff should be moved into a Credits menu item and the About menu item should devote a few sentences to telling me what the program does.

I ran into this problem a lot when I first started using both GNOME and KDE. I had no idea what half the programs did and there was no clue within the program itself. After a while it became too much of a drag to go find the docs just to read a one paragraph summary of what a given program was. I would hope that in the future developers would start putting a small description of their program within the About menu item.

Re: Always hated the "About" menu item (2)

Pseudonym (62607) | about 12 years ago | (#3868143)

Personally, I've never understood why exiting a program is a "File" operation, either.

not on my mac...check this out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868297)

Seriously..not worth explaining...everyone here lately seems so mac-hostile..but it's definitely more logical in OXS....functions are grouped logically w/most often used (generally) on the left, proceeding to the least often used on the right

But they already do... (4, Informative)

marm (144733) | about 12 years ago | (#3868151)

I would hope that in the future developers would start putting a small description of their program within the About menu item.

Ummm, have you actually used KDE or are you simply pontificating pointlessly?

Open Konqueror. Go to Help->About Konqueror. In the about box that pops up, on the default 'About' tab, it says: 'Web browser, file manager, ...' which sums up pretty well what Konq does.

Similarly, in the same place in KMail: 'The KDE Email client'.

Or in Kate: 'Kate - KDE Advanced Text Editor'.

Or in KSirc: 'KDE Irc Client'.

Or in Konsole: 'X terminal for use with KDE.'

Pretty much every KDE program has exactly this. You get the about dialog for free when you use the KDE framework, and all the developer has to do is fill in a few blanks.

Not to mention, of course, that the app gets a description in the K Menu as well - for instance, KMail's entry looks like:
KMail (Mail Client)

Perhaps GNOME doesn't do these things, I can't tell you (I haven't had GNOME 1.4 installed for about a year and GNOME 2.0 was installed for a total of about an hour whilst I checked it out and decided I didn't like it) but as far as KDE is concerned, you're dead wrong.

Re:But they already do... (3, Insightful)

FattMattP (86246) | about 12 years ago | (#3868335)

I am pontificating but not pointlessly. You assume that I'm talking about KDE in particular and therefore missed my point. KDE does now have short descriptions but it didn't when I first started to use it. GNOME didn't have these either. There are still many GUI based programs that are not KDE- or GNOME-based that don't provide a summary of what they do.

Also, something as brief as "KDE Advanced Text Editor" may be enough to describe a text editor but it's still rather skimpy on the details. As another poster pointed out [slashdot.org] , it would help to have some more detail so that the end user could make a better decision about which program to use.

An example of a better description for Kate:

Kate is a multi document editor, based on a rewritten version of the kwrite editing widget of KDE, offering all the features of that plus a bunch of its own including unicode support, syntax highlighting, and a plugin interface.

Re:Always hated the "About" menu item (2)

BeBoxer (14448) | about 12 years ago | (#3868232)

This is a good point, especially in the era of free software. With commercial software, if you are running it you probably know what it does. At least I hope you had some idea before you paid for it. But with free software, you might have hundreds of programs installed that you've never heard of. And since half the GUI apps out there look essentially the same, with some menus, a toolbar on the top, maybe a palatte on the left and some sort of workspace taking up the balance of the window. A short paragraph saying what the program does, and what makes it special would be nice.

Take editors. My system has three apps under the Editor item on my Kmenu: Kate, KEdit, and KWrite. Here's what how they describe themselves:

"KWrite - Leightweight Kate"
"Kate - KDE Advanced Text Editor"
and the winner for least information:
KEdit "A KDE Text Editor"

A few sentences describing what makes each one special or unique would be helpful. I don't want to have to scrub thru all the menu's trying to figure out what differs. Oh well.

Do your civic duty! (5, Funny)

Kredal (566494) | about 12 years ago | (#3868050)

Click here [securecomputing.com] and change the category from "none" to "criminal skills". Don't let your children (or cow-orkers) visit a criminal orgainization!

Re:Do your civic duty! (4, Funny)

VRisaMetaphor (87720) | about 12 years ago | (#3868136)

Damn cow-orkers can visit goatse for all I care! If I ever catch them orking my cows again, I will shoot them, I swear.

Re:Do your civic duty! (1)

alan_d_post (120619) | about 12 years ago | (#3868263)

wonderful post!

Newton's 3rd Law of Studies (5, Funny)

prockcore (543967) | about 12 years ago | (#3868062)

For every study, there is an equal and opposite study.

Quick Browser in KDE 3 (2)

Mad Marlin (96929) | about 12 years ago | (#3868069)

In the KDE UI article, he suggests only letting root browse the / directory, and everyone else only their home directory. Why? Normal users need to browse the main directory tree, and can be limited from areas they shouldn't be with the mode bits. Dropping that ability would just be plain annoying.

Re:Quick Browser in KDE 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868133)

In a normal unix, a user should only have power and interest only in his/her home directory. Only root should be interested in the / dir.

In real life, people are using Linux at home, want to do things throughout /, but they shouldn't do that in a corporate environment.

Re:Quick Browser in KDE 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868152)

She. The author is a she.

Re:Quick Browser in KDE 3 (3, Insightful)

BeBoxer (14448) | about 12 years ago | (#3868183)

Actually, I don't think that's what he's recommending. He's talking about the desktop context menu, and whether or not it should include a "Quick Browser" item like the KMenu does. He thinks that a normal user should have his home directory available there, and root should have / available there. Both of which seem quite reasonable. Being able to open a new window to any directory with a right click on the desktop is a feature I use a lot in BeOS. It's not unreasonable to reduce clutter by only have ~ there for normal users. They can still get to / thru other means if they need to.

Re:Quick Browser in KDE 3 (2)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | about 12 years ago | (#3868234)

No, no, you've got it all wrong. It says "Browse /." It's an efficiency improvement, so the KDE user can always get to his or her favourite web site within a couple of clicks.

driving games (3, Funny)

jcsehak (559709) | about 12 years ago | (#3868075)

It's true!

Mushrooms make me drive a lot faster, just like in Mario Kart.

Re:driving games (1)

Graelin (309958) | about 12 years ago | (#3868332)

Faster? Damn bro, what's the hurry? Life is too short, drive 30.. Enjoy nature.

(15 Minutes later)

"John, I am one with my car."

...sigh... The good ol' days.

PHP-Nuke Club (3, Insightful)

MoThugz (560556) | about 12 years ago | (#3868085)

Other than the club, PHP-Nuke [phpnuke.org] also has a donation link as well as an Amazon wishlist for Mr. Burzi (developer for PHP-Nuke). The club contains priviledged downloads for unreleased (beta and alpha codes) versions of PHP-Nuke. Members also get to download released versions five days earlier than non-members.

Although the club is a good idea, I prefer the donation method... or maybe Mr. Burzi could create some PHP-Nuke merchandise such as mugs, t-shirts or caps and sell them on the site. It's nice to have material things to cherish as mementos for the support you gave.

The picking of nits (0)

Brian Goldman (583095) | about 12 years ago | (#3868093)

This is from the OSNews KDE article:
"I believe that the biggest problem in this dialog, and a bit laughable from a UI point of view, is the redundancy of the "Home Directory". In this dialog, it is accessible from three different locations as you can see from the screenshot."
What's wrong with three Home buttons? Having important things in several locations is excellent design. To (roughly) quote Homer Simpson: "I want horns here, here, and here, because I can never find one when I'm mad. And they should all play La Cucaracha."

Re:The picking of nits (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868148)

>What's wrong with three Home buttons?

It is redundant, dangerous for a newcomer and overly confusing. A good UI design, would not need more than 1 button/option. Plus, it bloats things up.

Re:The picking of nits (1)

King of the World (212739) | about 12 years ago | (#3868224)

Exactly. It also makes me wonder if one home button is different to another.

Driving... (2, Funny)

thelinuxking (574760) | about 12 years ago | (#3868095)

This article is so true! Even though I don't have my license yet, all that time playing Crazy Taxi will finally pay off!

OSNews... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868135)

Paying too much attention to what anyone at OSNews says is really bad for your health.

What KDE needs is some funding for UI designers/researchers, not the stupid whining of Eugeina about things she does not understand.

Yes, the article may make some valid points, but they're fucking obvious. Maybe Eugeina can write the code required to make KDE do what she liked...
Hmmmm, what was that old saying: "Actions speak louder than words." Right.

Re:OSNews... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868154)

What an (obvious) trolling on your part. If there is one person whining, is you, not the article.

While Your're generous (4, Funny)

asv108 (141455) | about 12 years ago | (#3868161)

Can you please donate to my charity. [amazon.com]

Re:While Your're generous (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868396)

Looks like you have a long way to go.

Smartfilter categories (2, Funny)

doublem (118724) | about 12 years ago | (#3868179)

Uhm... NO categories for most of the web sites I visit. Nothing about technology sites, hardware reviews, computer programming...

I half expected to see Tom's Hardware listed as a porn site.

Video game plauers as better drivers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3868189)

Considering that I'm continually amazed that the drivers I see do some really stupid things are actually of the same species that put a man on the moon, there's no reason why video games can't both decrease brain activity and make one a better driver.

It's not like your consciousness is involved in doing integral calculus just to drive a car...

HA! (0, Troll)

j0nkatz (315168) | about 12 years ago | (#3868329)

his could possibly rate video game players as better drivers.

Then I can say for a fact that hardly ANYONE in Memphis plays video games!
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