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230 comments

fr1st ps0t (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813417)

gnome is about as user friendly as girls are

Other MIT hacks (2, Informative)

Michael's a Jerk! (668185) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813420)

The Hack Gallery [slashdot.org]

Re:Other MIT hacks (5, Informative)

Michael's a Jerk! (668185) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813434)

Working Link [mit.edu] . I like the dome beanie :-)

Re:Other MIT hacks (5, Funny)

GnarlyNome (660878) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813448)

Is this what happens when you run GnomeMeetings?

Run.... (3, Funny)

Blaine Hilton (626259) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813421)

Better watch out for the genetically altered, gnomes with a higher gnomedex...

Go calculate [webcalc.net] something

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813422)

fp?

First gnome! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813423)

MMM. Frosty gnomes.

This is Slashdot worthy? (3, Insightful)

clbyjack81 (597903) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813424)

Is there really no news at all? Wow, astonishing!

Re:This is Slashdot worthy? (5, Funny)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813491)

In the US, it's friday night. Little news is being generated. Most people are out doing something.

Except us, of course.

Party on, clbyjack81!

Re:This is Slashdot worthy? (4, Informative)

Art Tatum (6890) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813493)

This is the annual MIT hack. It's an old tradition that is *definitely* Slashdot worthy. My favorite has always been Buzzword Bingo [mit.edu] !

Re:This is Slashdot worthy? (5, Informative)

The Evil Couch (621105) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813645)

it's not annual. guys at MIT do hacks all year round. [mit.edu]

Re:This is Slashdot worthy? (1)

Art Tatum (6890) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813660)

Yes, that's true. I realized my mistake after submitting the post.

Re:This is Slashdot worthy? (1)

The Evil Couch (621105) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813676)

fair enough. at least you brought attention to the buzzword bingo. I hadn't looked that far back into the archives myself. thanks for sharing. personally, I'd have to go with the talking elevator hack. [mit.edu] there's just something about making an elevator say odd things, when usually it just goes "ding".

Re:This is Slashdot worthy? (1, Insightful)

Emperor Cezar (106515) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813496)

Karma burn time.

With all due respect, screw you buddy. This is funny, it's geek AND tech AND linux related. If you don't like it, pack your bags, stop your b1tching and leave. I'm so tired of it.

Re:This is Slashdot worthy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813508)

Now we just need our collective slashdot anime fix!

Re:This is Slashdot worthy? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813547)

Really though, for people at MIT, you would expect something a bit more creative than this.

I'm not bashing the geek/Linuxivity/etc aspect.

Surely this cannot be the pinnacle of MIT's collective ingenuity.

Re:This is Slashdot worthy? (5, Insightful)

Bonker (243350) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813588)

This is news for nerds. This is stuff that matters.

This was a truly beautiful hack, and it looks like the perpetrators, may they be snickering to themselves in their dormrooms, put a hell of a lot of effort into it.

It had class, beauty, and best of all, didn't hurt anybody.

As a nerd, I am truly glad that Slashdot brought this to my attention. /salute the anonymous Gnomesters.

eu rulo bues... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813425)

primeiro post caralho.

gnome is as fugly as (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813427)

my asswholes cheek dike cunt queefs

Exactly how do you exterminate a gnome? (4, Funny)

Elpacoloco (69306) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813428)

Must you use the magic word, Kappa Delta Edward [kde.org] ?

Re:Exactly how do you exterminate a gnome? (1)

VWswing (74185) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813453)

Actually, wouldn't this be Kappa Delta Epislon?

Re:Exactly how do you exterminate a gnome? (2, Funny)

yerricde (125198) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813516)

Actually, wouldn't this be Kappa Delta Epislon?

For one thing, the Greek for 'E' is "Epsilon" (s before i).

For another, "Edward" was funnier.

HELP! (4, Funny)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813430)


HELP!

The Gnomes are coming! The Gnomes are coming!

The colo just called. They're coming through the raised floors, and just appearing inside cages and cabinets! They're overrunning us!!!!

Re:HELP! (2, Funny)

Oloryn (3236) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813581)

The Gnomes are coming! The Gnomes are coming!

Thank you, Mr Revere

You guys at MIT are smart and all, (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813432)

But you guys really have to get out more.....

All the bases covered! (4, Funny)

Corvaith (538529) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813433)

Looking at the pictures... wow. Pirate gnomes! Goth gnomes! Alcoholic gnomes!

I think some people really need to get lives. :)

Re:All the bases covered! (5, Funny)

exhilaration (587191) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813462)

Where are the African-American gnomes? The Arab gnomes?? The South Asian gnomes? The Jewish gnomes??

THIS IS BLATANT DISCRIMINATION - I cannot allow this exclusion of minority gnomes to stand!

I shall be filing a class action lawsuit against MIT; all minority gnomes should contact me immediately.

(Now to figure out some way to bring the DMCA into this...)

Re:All the bases covered! (1)

Art Tatum (6890) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813536)

To be fair, there was a Jewish gnome in there. And I think I saw a black gnome as well. Don't think there were any Arabs or Asians though, so you could have a case there. :-)

About Time! (1)

SirDrinksAlot (226001) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813435)

Phew, about time someone rounded all those gnomes up in one place where they couldnt do any dammage. This way we can get rid of them once and for all.

gnome away! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813441)

As a kid I took an old, crumbly lawn gnome off of a neighbors yard. The neighbor called the cops and told them masked gunmen had taken it (in hopes of getting the police's attention). Well, it worked and they arrested me and some friends.

Moral of the story - do NOT steal gnomes!

GOT A GNOME PROBLEM?? (3, Funny)

exhilaration (587191) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813443)

HERE'S YOUR SOLUTION [kde.org] !!

Re:GOT A GNOME PROBLEM?? (1, Troll)

Link310 (453668) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813558)

KDE* was in fact used to eliminate the Gnome infestation.

*Kompressed Degnoming Essence

phase 2 (5, Funny)

cygnusx197 (606856) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813444)

Thank god it wasn't the underpants gnomes!

As a professor at MIT, (-1, Troll)

Dr. Stanley Blitzer (668652) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813445)

I must say that I know this individual personally. It took all of us (literally) years to compile and create all of these gnomes. It all started out as a joke at first, but it then grew into an obsession and we kept collecting them until we reached a critical mass.

It took us nearly 4 hours to completely place all of the gnomes you see on our webpage. The hardest part of doing it was being able to take pictures of them all.

I hope you all enjoy our collection.

Re:As a professor at MIT, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813458)

good for you

Re:As a professor at MIT, (0, Funny)

Strom Thurmond (R-SC (310866) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813474)

Jeeez, that is fucking weeeeeeak!

As a student at MIT, (1, Funny)

Tall Rob Mc (579885) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813540)

It is 11:20pm on a Friday. I am sitting in the cluster in question. It feels like it will take me years to create and compile all of these modules. It started out as a class, but grew into a final project and I will keep coding until I reach critical sleep deprivation levels. It has taken me well over 4 hours to get this far. The hardest part of doing it is resisting the party nearby. Screw it. Beer time.

Re:As a professor at MIT, (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813561)

As an AC, I personally think your 'hack' sucks goat balls.

Fuck! This really isn't that spectacular.

Re:As a professor at MIT, (-1, Offtopic)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813649)

can you help?

ted codd, relational database father, computer science pioneer, passed away.

slashdot rejected my story about this at the same time this one got posted.

i find that incongruous. maybe they will listen to you if you or anyone who reads this comment posts the story instead.

the story is here [theregister.co.uk]

Beware! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813449)

It's the underware gnomes!

step 1: collect underwear
step 2: ???
step 3: profit!

And this time it's not offtopic. Well, almost. :)

Move along, nothing to see here!! (1)

malia8888 (646496) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813450)

doesn't look abgnome-al to me!!

In Other News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813452)

Who cares?

HEY SLASHDOT, A CS PIONEER HAS DIED (0, Offtopic)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813454)

slashdot cares about fluff like this, but not that the father of relational databases passed away.

2003-04-26 00:59:52 Father of the Relational Database, Ted Codd, dead (articles,storage) (rejected)

the register story here [theregister.co.uk]

flood your submission queues until they get the idea that we care about the death of computer science pioneers as much as porcelain gnomes placed around campus. geez.

Re:HEY SLASHDOT, A CS PIONEER HAS DIED (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813477)

Why is this modded as offtopic instead of insightful??? Come one, people.

Re:HEY SLASHDOT, A CS PIONEER HAS DIED (-1, Offtopic)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813483)

thank you

MIT???? (4, Funny)

Bearded Pear Shaped (665665) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813466)

Last time they struck the Harvard School of Eco-gnomics.

*click click click click click*
What's that noise??

Why it's a metrognome

I'm truly sorry for this post.

Re:MIT???? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813531)

That was not funny.

For your crime, you shall be smacked in the nuts with a claw hammer.

Make ready thy nuts.

Re:MIT???? (1)

Bearded Pear Shaped (665665) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813613)

You may be able to whack my nuts with a claw hammer but you cannot whack my DIGNITY with a claw hammer.

(minutes pass)

WRONG AGAIN

Re:MIT???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813622)

I just found your post to be lame.

I did not mean to intentionally claw-hammer your dignity as well.

Either way, the claw hammer wins.

Re:MIT???? (1, Interesting)

Bearded Pear Shaped (665665) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813640)

Well someone thought it was funny. I didn't myself, but that's not important.

Re:MIT???? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813643)

It just goes to show that there is no intelligence test required to acquire mod points.

I do respect the fact that you had the (now claw hammered) nuts to post such a non-funny post.

What's even funnier is that for a whole 10 minutes, you were the top post in the thread.

One claw hammer to rule them all...

Re:MIT???? (1, Insightful)

Bearded Pear Shaped (665665) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813650)

What's funniest is that you were sitting here with one hand holding a stopwatch and one on cmd. R for ten minutes.

Re:MIT???? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813665)

I'll have you know that it was F5, and it was only for two minutes at a crack.

I wander from post to post relaying my own useless drivel and threatening people with claw hammers.

The end-all-be-all-funny thing is that you're replying to an AC.

Re:MIT???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813575)

Here, here. My balls on this man's nose!

Metrognome (4, Funny)

meldon corintur (636960) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813632)

But I thought a metrognome was a gnome that lived in the city. :)

Re:Metrognome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813653)

Boy you're a real asshat too.

You want the claw-hammer as well?

Well gnomes eh?, a little story (1)

Falconpro10k (602396) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813470)

According to legend and tall tales, the great gnome (the ones' footprint is in the gnome logo) comes to view his subjects, therefore, all the gnomes got ready for their grand king.. they even shaved their feet. In other news, was this a prank or what?

Re:Well gnomes eh?, a little story (1)

Blacklotuz (575879) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813520)

From the site: The word hack at MIT usually refers to a clever, benign, and "ethical" prank or practical joke, which is both challenging for the perpetrators and amusing to the MIT community (and sometimes even the rest of the world!). Note that this has nothing to do with computer (or phone) hacking (which we call "cracking").

HEY SLASHDOT, A CS PIONEER HAS DIED (2, Offtopic)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813475)

slashdot editors care about fluff like this, but not that the father of relational databases passed away.

2003-04-26 00:59:52 Father of the Relational Database, Ted Codd, dead (articles,storage) (rejected)

the register story here [theregister.co.uk]

flood your submission queues until they get the idea that we care about the death of computer science pioneers as much as porcelain gnomes placed around campus. geez.

Ted Codd was a great theorcist r/o (2)

polished look 2 (662705) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813490)

he shall be missed.

I greatly respect and admire the man. He achieved a good deal.

They may have a wake for him August in San Fran. (1)

polished look 2 (662705) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813548)

here [theregister.co.uk] maybe a road trip is in order.

Re:HEY SLASHDOT, A CS PIONEER HAS DIED (1)

Blacklotuz (575879) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813500)

Yah, I have to agree with you, that should be news. The gnomes were mildly amusing but I wouldn't concider them front page material.

Re:HEY SLASHDOT, A CS PIONEER HAS DIED (0, Offtopic)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813534)

thanks

Who needs relational databases? (1, Offtopic)

fm6 (162816) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813504)

Certainly not Slashdot, which is based on MySQL.

surely you're jesting?!?! (1)

polished look 2 (662705) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813514)

Anyway, I'm kind of bummed out now. Codd really is one of the great CS pioneers, like Turing and Van Neumann.

More bummers (2, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813654)

Hm, Von Neumann's role as a computer science pioneer is controversial [vt.edu] . He did forsee the coming dominance of "stored-programming computers" -- but contrary to popular belief, he didn't invent the model.

Now, Turing has some claim to being the very first computer scientist. His attempts to explain mathematical logic in terms of mechanistic abstractions predates the computer revolution by a couple of decades. And when actual computers did start to appear, he was one of the first to deal seriously with what we now call software.

For details of Turing's life, I heartily recommend Andrew Hodges's biography [turing.org.uk] .

But here's another bummer. It seems pretty obvious that the security bozos murdered Turing because they couldn't stand the idea of faggot with all those state secrets in his head. I should emphasize that this is my paranoid theory, not Hodges's -- as a UK citizen, he could get in trouble just for suggesting the possibility.

Next thing... (0, Troll)

baywulf (214371) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813478)

KDE gear invasion!

Bouncing Gnomes (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813487)

Were any of the gnomes bouncing and throwing flowerpots? [jardinains.com]

NO!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813494)

don't hurt those cute little Gnomes...

HEY SLASHDOT, A CS PIONEER HAS DIED (-1, Offtopic)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813506)

slashdot editors care about fluff like this, but not that the father of relational databases passed away.

2003-04-26 00:59:52 Father of the Relational Database, Ted Codd, dead (articles,storage) (rejected)

the register story here [theregister.co.uk]

flood your submission queues until they get the idea that we care about the death of computer science pioneers as much as porcelain gnomes placed around campus. geez.

Re:HEY SLASHDOT, A CS PIONEER HAS DIED (1)

digitalmuse (147154) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813562)

Hmm, I'll leave it to a second party with mod points to decide if the parent is a honorable, valid point or a well crafted troll masquerading beneath a less honorable, valid point.

just wonderin...

Re:HEY SLASHDOT, A CS PIONEER HAS DIED (1)

dsb (52083) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813569)

you must be new here?

"...you can plant a Japanese Rock garden here, I know a Japanese guy, he might have some rocks" -Dale Gribble

heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813512)

their is no news, editors will accept any story.. quick submit anything

That is ruthless. (0)

LordofEntropy (250334) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813513)

Show gnomercy!

Watch your @$$ MIT students (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813515)

Those gnomes are nuts about underpants. Obviously they've gone all out. They're even taken on their own [mit.edu]

well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813518)

Is it just me, or does anyone else find only marginal humor/creativity displayed with this "hack"

Or, I could be drunk.

Pshaw... Gnome invasion. (5, Funny)

Torgo's Pizza (547926) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813524)

Hundreds of Gnomes couldn't take down the MIT computer labs, but Slashdot does it with one story submission. Is there anything that can stop the Slashdot army?

Re:Pshaw... Gnome invasion. (2, Funny)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813672)

Sure, an OC3 and a cluster of FreeBSD machines.

Obligatory... (0, Troll)

ThorGod (456163) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813530)

Screw MIT, NMT [nmt.edu] all the way! :)

The GNOMEs where pretty funny, though...

Slashdot troll invasion (3, Funny)

arvindn (542080) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813533)

In related news...

"On Wednesday, April 23, hundreds of trolls invaded the front page stories at slashdot. There were long trolls, short trolls, even goatse trolls. A troll army carried the spiralx [dyndns.org] banner. Fortunately, the moderators took care of the infestation within a few hours."

You Forgot... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813630)

Smelly Trolls!

And the worst trolls of all...moderators too stupid to post an intelligent reply thus they mod down a post!

You may mod us down but you will never get rid of us...We kinda like Howard Stern you just can't wait to hear what shit we submit next!

Re:You Forgot... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813673)

brilliant...purely brilliant.

<starts packing trolling equipment>

Re:Slashdot troll invasion (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813667)

i'd think the trolls would carry this [gaotse.cx] as their banner...

I am from the government and I am here to help. (4, Funny)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813546)

I am from division 6 of the Homeland Security department. There are no gnomes, all you saw was a group of midgets through a cloud of swamp gas.

We have proven that gnomes do not exist.

Wait.. (1)

Adam9 (93947) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813679)

Are you actually the Iraqi Information Minister [welovethei...nister.com] ?

trapping versus biography writing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813563)

"Gassing, trapping, relocation"

Hmmm... what do the biological functions and lifestyle choices of gnomes have to do with their extermination?

Typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813583)

That's AKME Gnome Exterminators to you, buddy!

Blah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813586)

Getting some SLOOOW loading time. In my opinion anyone owning a Class A [arin.net] address range should be obligated to make sure they can take the slashdot onslaught. And what? no Google cache?

Oh dear.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813587)

After reading this article, I actually typed "gnoogle.com" into the URL bar.. not kidding

Soviet Gnomes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813590)

IN SOVIET RUSSIA...
You stand on the Gnomes and drink vodka while using Windows KE! (Kremlin Edition)

DEAR PHYSICS IS THAT COWBOY NEAL?

*I prefer trolls*

~FIN

Confused (1)

Herkum01 (592704) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813592)

I thought that the Gnome Invasion had something to do with the Gnome Liberation Front [fsnet.co.uk] , and I just could not understand why Slashdot would be interested in them.

Gnome Front for Liberation (1)

I-R-Baboon (140733) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813601)

A splinter faction...very nasty bunch.

I heard once a deposed leader Al-Knotbeard got so angry he put himself in the backyard of a kid with a BB gun. Though speculations fly he has never been heard from again. Some say Cowboy Neal has joined him in the limbo of the missing.

Sick-0s

This is great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5813610)

This has got to be one of the best threads ive seen on slashdot in awhile. Kudos to Micheal for the post!

Wanna Tag the Dixie Chicks Nude? [pajonet.com] (Safe for work).

Jhonen Would Be Proud (2, Funny)

DarKrow (252112) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813617)

Look! It's one of Zim's Lawn Gnomes! [mit.edu]

Bastard gnome stole my panties . . . (2, Funny)

pariahdecss (534450) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813629)

It does not take a mensa grade detective to notice there are no female gnomes at the MIT Athena cluster. Those wacky MIT natives and their cunning stunts - Whatever happened to panty raids at the local girls college - Thongs and bras hanging from the girders of the Athena cluster white room
http://www.sdplotkin.com/img/gnome.jpg

This is new? (5, Funny)

LongJohnStewartMill (645597) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813651)

So the computer lab is filled with hairy little men. What's so great about this? You should see my friends at a LAN party... Woohoo! Hack! =)

Sponsored by SUN (1)

masonbrown (208074) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813656)

Look through the pictures. Several of them have the Sun Microsystems logo prominently displayed.... Looks like a grassroots marketing campaign led by the Gnome population of Massachusetts.

BT files, anyone? (1)

Bob The Cowboy (308954) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813664)

Anyone have bittorrents up?

ACME? (3, Funny)

Dunkalis (566394) | more than 11 years ago | (#5813670)

Bah! ACME Gnome Extermination has, in my experience, been a waste of money and time. I prefer calling in the...

KDE Extermination Service. Their superior technology and leadership has led them to victory against the GNOMEs time and time again. Their great Konqueror crushed the Gnome legions before, and can do it again. Even the mighty Gnome Republican Guard fall when faced with the awesome power of the Konqi Special Forces!

Fear the Gear!

Now, I await the Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf joke.
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