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New Whitespace-Only Programming Language

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the drag-your-mouse-down-the-examples dept.

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foobarbazquux writes "Introducing whitespace, a language designed to compensate for the "white-space doesn't count" culture of contemporary programming languages. Amaze your friends by hiding programs in your web-pages! Astound colleagues by putting a virus in your text file!" (And for those who prefer obfuscation to invisibility, Koshatul writes "This article in the Sydney Morning Herald, tells of a new programming language which 'makes it impossible to express a security vulnerability in a program's source code.'")

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fp (1, Insightful)

ux500 (204135) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636695)

this joke sucks

Re:fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636795)

Yes, this one does definitely suck.

No, please, no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636697)

Please don't make everything an AFJ today.

oh! (1)

neurovish (315867) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636698)

hmmm
april 1st again so soon? ...oh crap, my lease was up yesterday!

Re:oh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636746)

Thats a great open source businessmodel!

1: Write free software.
2: ?
3: Fool someone on April 1st.
4: Profit!

Ok. Stop it. (1, Insightful)

Svenne (117693) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636700)

Normal newsoutlets have one April fools joke. Why does slashdot have to be different?

Re:Ok. Stop it. (4, Insightful)

ChazeFroy (51595) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636707)

The novelty of this wore off in 1998.

Re:Ok. Stop it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636725)

don't hackers get a holiday?

Re:Ok. Stop it. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636740)

Normal newsoutlets have one April fools joke. Why does slashdot have to be different?

Because we like to watch whiney little bitches like you get upset about it.

Re:Ok. Stop it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636745)

I find it quite hilarious. Keep them coming, Slashdot!

Re:Ok. Stop it. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636764)

Yeah and you think Bugs Bunny eating a carrot is funny. Hahahahahaha. Dumbass!

Re:Ok. Stop it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636789)

parent is +! FUNNY, mod up!!!

carrot!!!

Re:Ok. Stop it. (1)

Flounder (42112) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636765)

Normal newsoutlets have one April fools joke. Why does slashdot have to be different?

Because jokes are supposed to be funny. Internet April Fools Jokes are inheritently un-funny. Even the supposedly funny sites, like SomethingAwful, can't even be funny on the one day in the year when they're supposed to be funny.

NOT (0, Offtopic)

lamery (598414) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636702)

FUNNy
CLARK

April Fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636704)

April Fools!

Old news; Acme::Bleach (4, Informative)

apirkle (40268) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636705)

This has been done. Damian Conway implemented it as a Perl module, Acme::Bleach, quite some time ago.

Hit your nearest CPAN mirror and 'use Acme::Bleach' for great justice.

Re:Old news; Acme::Bleach (4, Funny)

Phroggy (441) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636734)

Hit your nearest CPAN mirror and 'use Acme::Bleach' for great justice.

Speaking of which, have you seen http://www.cpan.org/ today? ;-)

Re:Old news; Acme::Bleach (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636755)

1: Write free software.
2: ?
3: Use stuff Damian Conway has done.
4: Profit!

Re:Old news; Acme::Bleach (3, Funny)

Adam9 (93947) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636780)

I checked Matt's Script Archive and they didn't have it..

Is there another source?

Re:Old news; Acme::Bleach (1)

comet_11 (611321) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636813)

CPAN? Don't you mean Matt's Script Archive?

Indeed. (1)

Construct X (582731) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636708)

Beleive me when I tell you this... I am laughing on the inside.

and none of these languages (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636709)

make it past the slashdot lameness filter

Your comment violated the "postercomment" compression filter. Try less whitespace and/or less repetition. Comment aborted.

oh ho-ho-ho (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636710)

so funny i forgot to laugh

Check out this whitespace program (1)

bdigit (132070) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636711)

for those of you who dont have a whitespace interpreter it weeds out all of the slashdot april fools jokes.

Please not again... (4, Interesting)

Fnkmaster (89084) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636712)

Do the editors realize that it undermines the whole point of April Fool's Day when everything they post is a joke? Of course, this is the one day out of the year when Taco and friends actually _realize_ the stuff they are posting is BS.

Re:Please not again... (5, Funny)

Zork the Almighty (599344) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636743)

At least we know, because real articles are usually posted twice.

Re:Please not again... (3, Funny)

TheFrood (163934) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636776)

Do the editors realize that it undermines the whole point of April Fool's Day when everything they post is a joke?

Yes, they do. At the end of the day, they'll do an April Fool's Wrapup article, where they'll explain that they do it to get the flames. In other words, they basically admit to trolling their readership.

Then, of course, a month later they'll be wondering why nobody's willing to pay for Slashdot.

TheFrood

PERL already does it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636713)

Dr. Conway's Bleach module already let you program in whitespace or convert your perl script to whitespace.

http://search.cpan.org/author/DCONWAY/Acme-Bleac h- 1.12/lib/Acme/Bleach.pm

Just like Timothy (0)

jhunsake (81920) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636716)

to post a lame-ass April Fool's joke!

April fools, but (4, Interesting)

lingqi (577227) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636717)

Okay, not on topic with the story, but these are not serious stories:

I just want to mention that April Fools to me has always been to make up BELIEVABLE stories that you can gloat over later - which really adds to more of the fun.

I mean, funny as some of this may be, it gets tiring after a while. I mean, you can make a story believable but still false and a good April Fools candidate.

So learn to write some good stories [soyouwanna.com] and THEN post to the site, eh?

p.s. the above link provides information that helps a great deal in all sorts of situations, I highly recommend it.

Re:April fools, but (1)

jhunsake (81920) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636744)

funny as some of this may be

Not of it is funny. Slashdot needs a fucking clue on what April Fool's day is all about.

Re:April fools, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636753)

Not -> None

Re:April fools, but (2, Insightful)

Zork the Almighty (599344) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636760)

I thought the Gentoo one was pretty good.

Re:April fools, but (0, Flamebait)

jhunsake (81920) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636774)

I knew it was bullshit from the word go. I can't believe some people fell for it. I wish I knew all you gullible people in real life, I'd sell you all a bridge...

Re:April fools, but (1)

pestihl (16433) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636784)


Man, 2 hours and 40 minutes into Apirl Fools day, and this is your complaint???

Maybe I would get annoyed by 12:00 or at least let the sun come up.. heh

go back to bed...
-nasu

It's not even April Yet... (1)

pyrrho (167252) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636806)

...where I am! Need I add "insensitive clod"?

Re:April fools, but (4, Funny)

prockcore (543967) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636803)

I just want to mention that April Fools to me has always been to make up BELIEVABLE stories that you can gloat over later - which really adds to more of the fun.

Right, it's not a successful april fools joke until you get convicted of fraud.

Re:April fools, but (1)

spot35 (644375) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636826)

So, wait a minute. The site you suggested has these as the main point of lying -
  • Have as little previous contact with the target as possible (or don't care about them)

  • Well, the likelyhood that the /. community is cared about.....
  • Practice

  • Haven't they been doing this since 1998 (or earlier)?
  • Use Details

  • There's loads of links, and they wrote words and everything.
  • Believe your lie

  • We all want to believe that we can code using whitespace don't we?

Oh really? (3, Funny)

kinnell (607819) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636841)

April Fools to me has always been to make up BELIEVABLE stories that you can gloat over later

Only 2 symbols are required to express any algorythm (1 and 0), and whitespace has 3 ([SPACE], [TAB] and [LF]). I can see no reason off hand why whitespace cannot work, and in fact without having tried it, I suspect it is probably genuine, if not entirely serious.

sounds good (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636718)

backin the day this probably could have gotten VC backing ...

Re:sounds good (1)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636797)

Worse.. how long before we start seeing this as a requirement to get software development jobs? Some PHB will see this and fail to see that it's a joke and add it to a buzzword list. Then we'll actually have to learn to program this way in order to get new jobs. Arghhhhh! :)

In other news... (2, Funny)

Powercntrl (458442) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636719)

ATI just released a new version of their Catalyst drivers, and it fixes every known bug in every single game in existance. ATI also mentioned this driver fully supports Duke Nukem Forever, which was also released today.

Incredibly compressible (4, Funny)

Alereon (660683) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636720)

I've found that GZIP is able to compress source code written in whitespace by up to 99.9%! This is truly an incredible advance in application development and distribution!

I'm busy dammit! (2, Funny)

Mattygfunk1 (596840) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636721)

I don't have enough time to learn yet another language. This isn't fair. Management is apparently already considering this as the "future of our progressive company".

Then again as long as it doesn't use pointers the uni students will be happy.

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For MSWord only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636723)

Finally a programming language which considers M$ Word the best IDE there is!

And quite possibly the largest source files - NT (1)

Booyakka Joe (216483) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636812)

No really - doesn't NT mean no text?

A million monkeys... (5, Funny)

ahkbarr (259594) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636724)

...at keyboards, typing forever need only hit the space and/or tab keys to create the infamous do_stuff()! A breakthrough!

Finally, I have the monkeys.. Now, to acquire the keyboards... Quickly too, because the monkeys are starting to get stank.

"...now strip down and get on the probulator!"
-Capt. Leela

I have something to say (5, Funny)

WhiteBandit (185659) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636726)



Re:I have something to say (1)

yokem_55 (575428) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636754)

Lol....I wish I had some modpoints.

After midday. (1)

chrome (3506) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636729)

The rule back home in oz was that if you make an april fool's joke after midday, you were the fool.

Well, it's after midday here in Japan, so slasdot are all fools! Hah! the jokes on them!

Which TZ? (1)

hughk (248126) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636855)

Same rul in the UK and Ireland, I guess we are going with Slashdot's home TZ The thing is some of those posts would be a little early then. In any case, the TV companies would always broadcast theirs in the evening (as in the famous Spaghetti Harvest by the BBC).

In Russia, April Fool's lasts the whole day.

Now this is just fucking stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636730)

What the fuck is wrong with you people?
I guess I can't trust Slashdot to gimmie my news fix today. Looks like I'll just stop using Linux all together and spead awful FUD about it.
Just to spite you pathetit shitheads.

Good day.

Wha? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636759)

You, sir, are a retard.

You niggers blocked AC posting!
FUCKWADS!

Pretty amusing (1)

skurk (78980) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636732)

And I thought BrainFuck [cydathria.com] was obfuscated by default ..

Hell, I'll make my own programming language as well, only containing spammers e-mail addresses. Kind of like this:

ken_green2002@email.com {
  • grocerycard@netzero.net (mhresult@yahoo.com);

  • mypreformancemail@lists.myp reformancemail1.net;
    nritter@glasgow-ky.com
}

And yes, it'll be a web scripting language.

Obviously a April 1st joke but... (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636733)

...wouldn't this actually be possible? Obvioulsy totally impractical .... but couldn't you do a simple "Hello World" program using whitespace at the 1 and 0 level? A line has a space, on, a line has no space, off.

Source Example (4, Funny)

coene (554338) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636735)

Well, I WOULD post a source example if Slashdot's "whitespace filter" and "lameness filter" wouldent prevent it...

What's a guy gotta do to post whitespace source code around here?

Re:Source Example (1)

irc.goatse.cx troll (593289) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636825)

check the FAQ [slashdot.org]

well, makefile counts (1)

chip_hk (141132) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636737)


make (1) will actually looking in "tab", and get confused if "tab"s are replaced by whitespaces inside the makefiles.

The funny thing (1)

King of the World (212739) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636738)

The funny thing is that the same people who complain about whitespace languages insist on a formatting style. The real complaints come from people wanting to continue using their favourite text editor, no matter how broken it is (in that it changes tabs to spaces, etc.).

(yeah yeah, april fools, but I refuse to make this site useless for the next 24 hours)

Security vulnerability in whitespace (3, Funny)

tconnors (91126) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636739)

See, in .au, it is no longer April Fools. I almost fell for the NewCode thing, until about half way through!

But I foiled the whitespace langauge. You can't see it, until you click and drag down the mozilla windows. Ha ha! I can see it now! Suckers.

practical applications? (1)

Unominous Coward (651680) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636741)

there are plenty of stack-based languages out there. I don't know whether reducing the list of valid tokens to whitespace characters will make programs more secure.

On the other hand, it is pretty cool as far as steganography is concerned. "I swear officer, it's just a blank page!"

Darn (-1)

SlashdotTroll (581611) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636742)

Whitespace programming is already available? /*throws white-out in trashcan What's next, recycled toilettepaper that retains its brown stain?

lol (1)

traskjd (580657) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636750)

All I can say is:







and that's all I really have to say about that :D

Please tell me why.. (-1, Troll)

Reikk (534266) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636756)

Why do people who work on linux lack a sense of humor? Do people actually think this shit is funny? It's lame as hell. Fuck, I hate you people.

hahahaha (1)

kraksmoka (561333) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636758)

i love april fools!

Steganography... (1)

brokenwndw (471112) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636762)

Okay, ha ha ha, funny, yes, great. But I see this as a potentially useful thing in a DMCA-compliant future. You write a perfectly functional and totally innocuous piece of, say, C, and distribute it on the Web for general consumption. Meanwhile, those in the know take the same code and run it in Whitespace for CSS-busting X-box-hacking RIAA-whacking DMCA-violating fun. Yes? (Or should I really be in bed now?)

Combine them (2, Funny)

traskjd (580657) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636763)

I'm waiting for the next topic on the frontpage -

"Gentoo Developers to recode kernal in whitespace" :D

Re:Combine them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636862)

and distrbute it in rpms

This line was no joke (1)

Mattygfunk1 (596840) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636767)

Jones dismisses Microsoft's "trustworthy computing" initiative as "ridiculous" because it still allows programmers to write code that contains serious security vulnerabilities.

Considering the article is an April fools joke that quote is an understatement of fact.

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Sadly true... (1)

sheriff_p (138609) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636768)

So perhaps the story there isn't true, but, you've been able to write Perl using white-space only for a little while now:

Acme::Bleach [cpan.org]

It's also worth taking a look at Clarinet's offering:

ProleText [templetons.com] ...

Next in the news.... (2, Funny)

Snowpony (139174) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636769)

"whitespace" code broken by buffer overflow. Internationalisation of the "space" key blamed. Authorities warn not to use international versions whitespace.

"It was horrible..one minute I was sitting in a counting loop and then the next thing I know someone pushed [TAB][SPACE][TAB][TAB] into the execution queue and all heck broke loose...."

Sigh (4, Funny)

arvindn (542080) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636771)

I have written a truly remarkable program in whitespace which prints out a proof of Fermat's last theorem.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to post the source code here because of slashdot's lameness filter :(

Re:Sigh (1)

Rhinobird (151521) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636856)

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

April 1st... (1)

Evil Attraction (150413) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636772)

...but remember what happened last time [slashdot.org] we tried to make jokes about a stupid programming language; Parrot [parrotcode.org] arised.

So. In 6-8 months, we will have a working version of the 'whitespace compiler'. Wanna bet?

Re:April 1st... (1)

iapetus (24050) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636853)

Um. There already *is* a working version on the website. You don't think *the* Edwin Brady would make a joke like this without taking it to implementation, do you? :)

gnome extensions (2, Funny)

more fool you (549433) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636773)

so when will the mono & NewCode# extensions be available?

Not an April Fools but pointless none the less (1, Informative)

KalvinB (205500) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636775)

Actually it's quite possibly a "legitimate" language along the lines of "brainfuck" which actually could be modified to use space and tab combinations instead of slashes and whatnot.

If you wanted to get technical it would be very easy to use tab and space as 0s and 1s to do low level coding and then write a simple script to convert it to real hex representing x86 (or whatever) assembly. This language appears to do basically that while reducing the number of commands supported and therefore the number of combinations needed.

I think the real question isn't "is this for real?" but rather "why, God why?"

And the inevitable geek proudly raises his hand and defiantly states "because I CAN!"

Ben

Re:Not an April Fools but pointless none the less (1)

glenkim (412499) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636790)

Somebody please mod this up... People don't realize that this is not an April Fool's joke, even though it does seem fairly inane.

Overly complicated (1)

patthoyts (598899) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636778)

Whilst this is a fine effort I feel that the language is over specified with 22 commands. Consider the extreme simplicity of BrainFuck or Ook! for a real programming language.

I wonder if anyone has show whitespace to be turing complete?

Has some truth to it (1)

delfstrom (205488) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636779)

From the article: Most modern programming languages do not consider white space characters (spaces, tabs and newlines) syntax, ignoring them, as if they weren't there.

A search through slashdot itself shows two other discussions (1 [slashdot.org] , 2 [slashdot.org] ) that talk about Python's use of whitespace for syntax.

But seriously, the site does have a compiler for simple whitespace terms. You can't do a heck of a lot, but it works. Or does it?
[Space] Stack Manipulation
[Tab][Space] Arithmetic
[Tab][Tab] Heap access
[LF] Flow Control
[Tab][LF] I/O
More in the tutorial [dur.ac.uk] .

I rate this April 1st story 2 thumbs down - NT (1)

Booyakka Joe (216483) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636783)

Doesn't NT stand for No Text?

Site's down. (4, Funny)

Mike Schiraldi (18296) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636791)

Here's a mirror [about] .

Re:Site's down. (1)

irc.goatse.cx troll (593289) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636832)

That mirror seems down, Try this one [farmertan.com]

Did any of you have this problem... (3, Funny)

arvindn (542080) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636793)

I'm using vim, and I couldn't get any of my whitespace programs to run. I realized it was because I'd set the "expandtab" variable: it expands all tabs to spaces.

;^)

Re:Did any of you have this problem... (1)

thogard (43403) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636849)

At least you didn't try to generate a patch to their code using diff -w

Goddamnit (1)

nEoN nOoDlE (27594) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636796)

I hate April 1st on Slashdot... Just do us all a favor and repost yesterdays stories... it will probably be more informative as well as more humorous than whatever is bound to be posted today.

Oh, Bah Humbug. (1)

Wench (9309) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636820)

Relax, it's harmless.

Perl did it first! (1)

Dom2 (838) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636799)

Perl has had support for whitespace oriented programming for some time. See Acme::Bleach [cpan.org] from Damian Conway [cpan.org] .

-Dom

Pinocchio (1)

Danga (307709) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636800)

If you highlight the "extract" from the sample program it looks like a long nose and then a mouth, kinda like a certain Disney character whose nose grew when he lied. Gotta love April Fools Day!

Think I'll pass... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636816)

on /. for April 1st this year. Last year most postings were bogus and it got kinda annoying trying to figure out which ones. So why bother...

Acme:Bleach Redux (1)

lisrael (512547) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636823)

This looks a lot like Damian Conway's Acme:Bleach [cpan.org] , which cleans all the printable characters out a a Perl script.

holy crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636831)

i thought it was yet another april fools joke, but i downloaded it and tried it. its for real. all i can say is wow...

what a fucking waste of time

OS (1)

Avsen (556145) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636834)

This is pretty cool. However, my tab-delimited OS is much better.

C++ already did this (5, Funny)

edhall (10025) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636838)

Bjarne Stroustrup wrote a paper [att.com] a few years back proposing overloading the C++ whitespace operator, and claimed that the next C++ standard would include this feature. This allows for intuitive pratices such as using a space to indicate multiplication:
double x = 1.4;
double y = 2.5 x;
or string concatenation:
string s("first");
string s2 = s "post";
Other uses, such as making whichspace equivalent to the -> operator for particular classes can go far to make C++ syntax less obscure.

It's a cool paper; check it out. If you have problems finding it, just Google for "B Stroustrup: Generalizing Overloading for C++2000. Overload, Issue 25. April 1, 1998."

-Ed

real simple perl script for my own whitespace lang (1)

mccollum (84077) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636845)

I suck at perl, but after reading this, I wrote this quick hack.
It counts characters in a line, and uses that as the character in the program.
Just tested my 'hello world' program (which I won't bother posting, since it is a bunch of white space)

$prog = "";
while() {
chop();
$prog = sprintf("%s%c", $prog, length($_));
}

eval $prog;

Re:real simple perl script for my own whitespace l (3, Interesting)

mccollum (84077) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636850)

doh.. lost my angular braces

$prog = "";
while(<>) {
chop();
$prog = sprintf("%s%c", $prog, length($_));
}

eval $prog;

Am I the only one that actually read the link? (3, Informative)

Elladan (17598) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636846)

What's with all the comments, "This is total bullsh*t! April Fools! Complete crap!" ?

Did anyone actually read the link to the whitespace language? Anyone? Hello? I mean, I know, I know, nobody on /. reads the articles, but this is ridiculous.

It's real! The description of the syntax is a masterwork of stunning proportions!

This is exactly what April Fools is supposed to be about! It's real! It's just... silly.

So? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636852)

Python's already been invented

White-space (-1, Troll)

Eric Ass Raymond (662593) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636854)

Is that like a nigger free space?

Man, we need one these days with jungle-bunnies all over the place stealing our women and tax money.

If you can't feed'em, don't breed'em. That's what I say.

Mirror site (1)

sjq (663026) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636857)

If things get a bit busy here's the primary mirror site [ox.ac.uk]
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  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>