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It's All About the Ununpentium

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the unobtainium dept.

Science 411

spitefulcrow writes "The New York Times is reporting that elements 113 and 115 have been created by a joint team of Russian and American scientists. The temporary names are ununtrium and ununpentium until the experiment has been duplicated and verified in another lab. According to the article, speculation has been made that 'Rather than being round, nuclei in that region and beyond could contain bubbles and have strange doughnut-like shapes'."

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fp (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151858)

fp you fucking nazi faggots!

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151888)

-1, Flamebait? you're a fucking idiot.

ooooh..me first (5, Funny)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151860)

mmmmmm....mini-doughnuts..

-B

Re:ooooh..me first (1)

Thing 1 (178996) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151881)

Next... "un-un-pentium"? "I'm not not licking toads..."

Re:ooooh..me first (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151911)

So if it's Un-un-pentium, does that make it just pentium?

Re:ooooh..me first (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8152110)

of course not... 115 isn't just 5 just like ununpentium isnt just pentium...

Naming new elements... (4, Funny)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151985)

According to the article, speculation has been made that 'Rather than being round, nuclei in that region and beyond could contain bubbles and have strange doughnut-like shapes'.

Containing bubbles and doughnut-like shapes? I say they should be called Duffium and Homerium.

Science (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151861)

Science. What is it all about... is it good, or is it whack?

Re:Science (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151872)

it's not "whack" you fucking idiot, it's "wack"

Re:Science (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151902)

No, it isn't. I've been wearing Fubu combat suits and massive silver necklaces for years, so I must know.

Re:Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8152103)

Please keep your lips inside the vehicle at all times.

I'm still waiting.. (0, Redundant)

Walterk (124748) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151866)

for the first bagel shaped nucleus.

Well... (-1)

gravix (743215) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151870)

Well, that's great, but... How many FPS does it get in Quake 3?

Re:Well... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151925)

hey that's pretty funny you greasy, depressed faggot!

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151970)

No, it isn't. It's completely ununfunny, in fact.

See, THAT was funny.

Science Today (1)

tobechar (678914) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151871)

Two new elements AND a new form of matter? These latest breakthroughs are simply amazing!

I for one salute our science community. Keep up the good work folks.

Re:Science Today (4, Funny)

flynt (248848) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151921)

I for one salute our science community. Keep up the good work folks.

The science community thanks you for your support. We are currently accepting cash donations.

Re:Science Today (0, Funny)

McAddress (673660) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152135)

The science community thanks you for your support. We are currently accepting cash donations

i for one support our new science community overlords.

Re:Science Today (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151944)

My, you're so insightful.

My ass.

Re:Science Today (1)

Winkhorst (743546) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152012)

New form of matter? Huh?

Not to be a spoil sport or anything, but this gets to look more and more like academic self gratification rather than anything with any conceivable use. You can't even build an ununpentium bomb. These elements are so unstable one has to wonder if there isn't a good reason why they don't exist. Just how much ununpentium do we need lying around? I'm all in favor of basic research, but there have to be more fruitful avenues to explore.

Re:Science Today (2, Insightful)

tobechar (678914) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152064)

Who is to say that when element 139 or 155 is discovered, it wont be stable and useful?

If there is even the slightest possibility of a new element being useful, the reasearch must go on. What if the next element found turns out to be a safe efficient fuel source? Anything is possible.

Re:Science Today (2, Insightful)

Tango42 (662363) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152093)

If the article is right about them being strangely shaped, then there could be new physics to be discovered, which could lead to all sorts of useful things. Maybe Uranium can be made strangely shaped, and therefore safer to use in reactors, who knows?

Re:Science Today (0, Flamebait)

Simonetta (207550) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152065)

Two new elements AND a new form of matter? These latest breakthroughs are simply amazing!


I for one salute our science community. Keep up the good work folks.


The most amazing thing about this whole business is the justifications that the scientists use to get all the money for this.

It costs millions, and has no possible direct benefits to the taxpayers who are paying for it. There is even no remote long term benefit from this activity. It's just welfare for white guys with science degrees.

Re:Science Today (1)

Tango42 (662363) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152131)

What makes you say there is "no remote long term benefit"? The whole point about "long term" things is that they haven't happened yet. Unless you do the experiments, you don't know if the results may have useful benefits.

Obligatory Simpsons Reference #1F04 (4, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151874)

Mmmmm... Forbidden ununpentium....

The 115th Element (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151875)

I'm sure there will be a movie about it. Bruce Willis the cab-driver and his girlfriend who wears nothing but ductape, all over again.

Re:The 115th Element (1)

real_smiff (611054) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151943)

yeah. that's gonna be one long movie.

btw, they are "protective (thermal?) bandages", although how they are protective or thermal is beyond me... you should probably ask Luc Besson.

Protective alright... (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151963)

The only thing that girl's bandagewear could have possibly protected against was an NC-17 rating.

Re:The 115th Element (0, Flamebait)

tobechar (678914) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151964)

That was the 5th element. :)

Re:The 115th Element (-1)

SMOC (703423) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152046)

Not a good idea. [everything2.com]

Dumbest element ever (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151876)

Discovered by the Krauts in 1994. Name: Unununium.

Re:Dumbest element ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151986)

But it's true [wikipedia.org] !

Sorry, couldn't resist... (4, Funny)

locknloll (638243) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151879)

...but when are we going to have the ununceleron, ununathlon, ununopteron & ununitanium?

Re:Sorry, couldn't resist... (1)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152005)

That's so ununfunny.

Dead retro muppets! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8152085)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/34487 79.stm

Stampede brings tragedy to Hajj

A stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has killed 244 people, says the minister in charge of the event, Iyad Madani. .....

The disaster happened as pilgrims flocked to the Jamarat Bridge in Mina, near Mecca, to hurl stones at pillars representing the devil. .....

"There was more than 400 metres of people pushing in the same direction (which) resulted in the collapse of those next to the stoning area... and those behind. That led to panic," he said.

--------

Amusing! "The stoning area"! "pillars representing the devil"! Someone remind me - is this Monty Python, or just some seriously fucked up individuals? I wonder if this'll make it to the Darwin Awards?

Re:Sorry, couldn't resist... (1)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152006)

And when are these physicists going to learn how English and its roots work? That's a confusion of Latin and Greek and has what suspisciously looks like a double negative at the front...

Surely they could have worked a split infinitive in there as well! ;)

Re:Sorry, couldn't resist... (4, Informative)

miketang16 (585602) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152122)

To be honest, I think they name them with Latin, where "un" = one, and "pent" = five, hence one-one-five (115).

what next? (-1, Redundant)

Mastadex (576985) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151884)

Ununmicrosoft.

Whu "ununpentium"? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151885)

Why not "ununpowerpc"?

A what Pentium? (0)

thedogcow (694111) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151892)

Does this mean that the isotopes of this element will be cheaper versions of original element?

Obese nuclei. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151894)

"According to the article, speculation has been made that 'Rather than being round, nuclei in that region and beyond could contain bubbles and have strange doughnut-like shapes'.""

Obesity strikes again.

Ununpentium (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151895)

I'm pretty sure the final name for the ununpentium element is going to be unathlon.

Is it early un-un-Pentium? (4, Funny)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151896)

Cuz if it is
Laboratory tests prove the new element can't divide or multiply.

Re:Is it early un-un-Pentium? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151956)


At Intel, quality is Job 0.9999987

Re:Is it early un-un-Pentium? (1)

jrockway (229604) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152025)

It has a 678-stage pipeline, too. Hopefully the division circuitry doesn't affect branch prediction!

Google Link (4, Informative)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151901)

For the tin-foil hat impaired, here is a de-register-it-ized link: The Story [nytimes.com]

Re:Google Link (1)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151951)

This [zapatopi.net] might be more usefull for the tin-foil hat impaired.

Thats great, but... (1)

gabeman-o (325552) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151903)

I think what we're all wonder is when are they going to get to Balognium?

New Intel Chip? (4, Funny)

Limburgher (523006) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151904)

I mean, if AMD makes the UnPentium, by extension, Intel would make the UnUnPentium.

Unless then meant that Macs are the UnPentium. In which case the above still holds. :)

Un-Un-Pentium is just Pentium right? (2, Funny)

APonBass (522117) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151906)

That's not a new element, that's an old Intel chip!

Copyright Violation (2, Funny)

Microlith (54737) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151908)

Can Intel now sue Mendeleev for trademark violation?

This will be a black mark on the physics community for sure...

Re:TRADEMARK Violation (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151949)

Excuse me, I'm stupid.

And I have a headache at 3:25 AM. So sue me.

Re:TRADEMARK Violation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8152036)

Excuse me, I'm stupid.

Yes. Yes, you are.

Probably the same article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151916)

here [chron.com] but without registration.

I smell intel coming soon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151917)

Ununpentium? So how soon till Intel gets a hardon for them using this name and sends a C&D letter? Put me down for 8-12 months.

area 51 conspiracy link to ununpentium (4, Interesting)

cr@ckwhore (165454) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151919)

Interesting notion ... I happened to stumble across a reference to this "ununpentium" the other day while satisfying my science fiction curiosities on a site called "AboveTopSecret.com". Apparently, some of the Area 51 conspiracy theorists believe it's used in anti-gravity research... or something like that.

Document about ununpentium published in 1999:
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/pages/element 115.htm l

Re:area 51 conspiracy link to ununpentium (2, Interesting)

Loadmaster (720754) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152026)

Ununpentium was the supposed element that powered alien spaceships as stated by Bob Lazar. After many years and a website (boblazar.com) they admitted that this whole thing was an attempt to promote a movie idea. Too bad the main character, Lazar, looks like friggin' Keith Richards after a badger attack. Tom Cruise gets paid the big bucks for something guys, and it's sure not his acting.

The Second one should be named..... (1)

ThomasFlip (669988) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151920)

unuG5ium or unuPowerPCium, pentium doesnt deserve such an honour, we are talking about cpu's right ?

It's pronounced "nuc-u-lar" (4, Funny)

da3dAlus (20553) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151923)

Virgil:All right, then. For half a million dollars, which of the following is not a subatomic particle?
Moe:Oy.
Virgil:
A) Proton
B) Neutron
C) Bonbon, or
D) Electron
Moe:Oh, boy. All right, let's see here, uh ... well, I was born in Indiana, so that ain't it. And, uh, hmmm ... I'd better call my lifeline.
...
Homer:Well, it all starts when a nulicule comes out of its nest.
Lisa:[taking the phone] The answer is "bonbon!"
Moe:Uh, I'm going to say, "bonbon."

Quantum computer material (1)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151929)

... obviously :-)

Simon

Re:Quantum computer material (1)

HiThere (15173) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152032)

It would need to compute REALLY fast, and there might be trouble with the readout, when the thing exploded.

Element 115 (0)

harperbl (711463) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151931)

Element 115 is the preferred fuel of choice for Aliens: http://anw.com/aliens/ArtsParts.htm http://www.abovetopsecret.com/pages/element115.htm l http://www.gravitywarpdrive.com/Element_115.htm

Element 114 (0, Troll)

tobechar (678914) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151934)

If elements 113 and 115 were created by these scientists, what prevented them from creating 114? Was it simply that they could not create a stable element with the correct atomic weight? I am no atomic scientist, but if I could create elements with atomic weights of 113 and 115, it wouldn't be to long before I could create the perfect combination to reach 114.

I guess I should just be thankful for our scientific community.

I know I am missing a lot of the fine mechanics here, but is it the pursuit of the correct combination that is so hard? Or is it just minor alterations to existing elements?

Does element 114 already exist?

Re:Element 114 (2, Informative)

Q-Hack! (37846) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151981)

Both 114 and 116 exist...

http://www.webelements.com/ [webelements.com]

Re:Element 114 (1)

tobechar (678914) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152029)

In that case, how is a new atomic element created? Do scientists try to find a combination of existing weights(individual elements) that add up to a specific new atomic weight?

Wow my head hurts.

Re:Element 114 (4, Informative)

e6003 (552415) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151995)

The elements in this area of the periodic table are all highly radioactive. They are INCREDIBLY unstable - we're talking half lives of seconds or less and production scales of maybe one atom a week. The theory is rather complex, but basically the binding energies of these super-heavy nucleii aren't enough to hold them togetehr, AIUI. That said, the same theory predicts a "sea of stability" at even larger atomic numbers (around 130 IIRC). That's not to say that such elements would be non-radioactive but they may be stable enough to isolate in sufficient quantities to do "normal" chemistry experiments on. Element 114 may not be stable enough even to detect in these minute levels.

(e6003 - chemist and part-time geek).

Re:Element 114 (3, Informative)

sbennett (448295) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152013)

Element 113 only appeared when the atoms of 115 decayed, and it lasted a lot longer (1.2 seconds- that's a seriously long time in particle physics).

is it the pursuit of the correct combination that is so hard? Or is it just minor alterations to existing elements?

It's a matter of accelerating atoms of one element towards another, in the hope that they collide and fuse. In this case, calcium (20) + americium (95) = ununpentium (115). Then, that decays, losing two protons, and becomes 113.

Does element 114 already exist?

According to this [google.com] , yes.

Playing Dice with the Universe (1)

theatre_freak (548212) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151938)

Isn't it amazing what happens when folks slam atoms together at amazing speeds in a supercollider? For as amazingly advanced as civilization has become, we're still taking baby steps in discovering how the subatomic world really works.

And I don't understand much more than a quark of it.

Yet another Pentium joke (5, Funny)

tgeller (10260) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151946)

The ununpentium: Element number 114.9999659899937582.

Re:Yet another Pentium joke (1)

jrockway (229604) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152106)

That's pretty good. :)

I wish they'd just stop (2, Funny)

corebreech (469871) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151947)

We're looking for a stable heavy element. My question is, "Why?"

I mean, as if things weren't already fucked up enough, we actually have people working to bring into this world something which has never existed. And the consequences? Apparently nobody gives a shit.

Haven't these guys ever played DOOM? Or watched Event Horizon? I'd feel a lot safer if their creativity was tinged with a healthy dose of fear.

Re:I wish they'd just stop (2, Funny)

trmj (579410) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152016)

Haven't these guys ever played DOOM?

If you will remember correctly, that doesn't happen until we put stuff on mars... oh.

Re:I wish they'd just stop (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8152058)

We're criticising progress. My question is, "Why?"

I mean, as if things weren't already fucked up enough, we actually have people arrogant enough to think that we don't actually need to expand our understanding of the universe simply because they can't see the applications of it. And the consequences? Apparently nobody gives a shit if we suddenly stop coming up with more technology.

Hasn't this guy ever looked at the history of science? Or studied Quantum Theory? I'd feel a lot safer if corebreech's creativity was tinged with a healthy dose of passion.

anti-gravity pot theories be wary... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151965)

anyone here a alien nut job?

A lot of people that beleive in Roswell and other anti-gravity events for some reason have decided that element 115 is THE element that has the property of producing anti-gravity when an electrical current is run through it...they base this assumtion on poorly done tests for elements just above 115 (I think copper?). Theere even is a book with the title element 115 on it....at least now we'll either have anti-gravity devices or be able to shut those idiots up!

Re:anti-gravity pot theories be wary... (1)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152079)

Within a fraction of a second, the four atoms of Element 115 decayed radioactively to an element with 113 protons.
Seems your antigravity emmiter would have to be replaced nearly as often as windows has to be rebooted.

Yeah, Yeah (3, Insightful)

Naked Chef (626614) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151974)

This is like the 3rd time we've heard this, and again the article says "pending verification" from other labs' experiment. I wish they'd hold off on the story until it really is verified independently, and we can all bask in the glory of the new elements... :)

Re:Yeah, Yeah (1)

iswm (727826) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151988)

According to the newspaper here, it says that the two new super heavys have been added to the periodic table. So either they missed the bit about awaiting varification, or we missed that bit about them being varified.

What's the point ? (2, Insightful)

vlad_petric (94134) | more than 9 years ago | (#8151980)

I'll start by saying that I am not a physicist (by far).

They create heavy elements, which are so unstable that they decay as quickly as they were created.

So I'm wondering - what's the point ? Just getting your name associated with an element in the periodic table ? It seems to me that the money would be better spent in doing stuff with real applications (like producing cheaper anti-matter or getting closer to controlled fusion)

Re:What's the point ? (4, Informative)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152038)

Well, one possible benefit would be finding a heavy element that decays in some unusual and useful way, possibly an easier way to start/stop a fission process (random idea, no feasibility assumed).

Re:What's the point ? (1)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152054)

Still, for roughly half a century, nuclear scientists have been searching for an elusive "island of stability," somewhere among the superheavies, in which long-lived elements with new chemical properties might exist.
There might be more stable elements than those we already know. Without this research we'll never be able to build our flux capacitors, deflector dishes or quatum particle emmiters. Not to mention, it would be damn hard to build a decent warpcore without superheavy elements.

Unobtanium! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151987)

Please! Mars needs unobtanium to continue powering their defense systems to rid themselves of the invading forces!

Simpsons quote (Big shocker) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151998)

Must Resist need to put simpsons quote...

Can not do it... getting weak...

Mmmm, Doughnuts... Is There Anything They Can't Do?

Intriguing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8151999)

Rather than being round, nuclei in that region and beyond could contain bubbles and have strange doughnut-like shapes

Adding weight to Homer's theory of a doughnut shaped universe.

Vaporware (1)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152009)

The atoms of 113 lasted for as long as 1.2 seconds before decaying radioactively to known elements.
113: The stuff vaporware is made of.

Re:Vaporware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8152108)

Within a fraction of a second, the four atoms of Element 115 decayed radioactively to an element with 113 protons.
115: The metastuff vaporware is made of.

I await the discovery of more elements so we can make this thing recursive...

Lyrics (1)

paul248 (536459) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152014)

so what y'all wanna do
gonna go do Dubna, in Russia
use isotopes in the atom crusher
find elements with a big atomic number
stabilize the subatomic structure, what?

Am I the only one who misread? (4, Funny)

eet23 (563082) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152020)

I thought the scientists had lost count and just called it umpteenium.

You're not the only one (2, Funny)

shayne321 (106803) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152124)

I misread it as unimportium, which seems to fit for these type of elements.

About the *stupid* name... (1)

Pikhq (728580) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152027)

For all of you who don't pay attention in class, ununpentium is Latin for "115". Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, though...

Re:About the *stupid* name... (4, Informative)

sbennett (448295) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152100)

ununpentium is Latin for "115"

Not quite. Essentially, it's a name made up out of the digits that make the number. So, 1 is 'un', two is 'bi', three 'tri', four 'quad' five 'pent', six 'hex', seven 'sept', eight 'oct', and nine I can't remember; it's probably 'non'. Then you stick 'ium' on the end, because all element names have to end in 'ium'. Stick '115' in there, and you get ununpentium. The resemblance to the Intel chip is (almost) pure coincidence.

Re:About the *stupid* name... (2, Informative)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152109)

Actually, it's 1, 1, 5. Not 115.

it's the old video game, x-com ufo enemy unknown! (0)

Monkey Liar (726289) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152043)

we've got elerium-115, alien alloys and ufo navigation.

UFO Power Source, Power Suit Armour and Heavy Plasma weapons here we come!

Just Like... (0)

Sibshops (304882) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152057)

'Rather than being round, nuclei in that region and beyond could contain bubbles and have strange doughnut-like shapes'.

Real Doughnuts (TM)! Who would have thought that the tasty 'O' of glazed goodness would have been higher form of matter?

Or maybe the intern shouldn't have put breakfast so close to the microscope....

___
Awaiting the "In Russia, the scientists discover you" jokes any minute now.

I don't care what they call it. (2, Funny)

The Creator (4611) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152070)

I will always call element 115 Elerium.

Intel inside (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8152076)

I bet these new elements will require you throw away your entire old periodic table and get a new power supply. Slot 1 will last forever. Yeah, right.

wierd al reference? (1)

Fishstick (150821) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152078)

at first the slasdot title puzzled me, then I remembered It's All About The Pentiums [com-www.com] by Al Yankovic?

a parody of "It's All About The Benjamins" by Puff Daddy


It's all about the Pentiums, baby
Uhh, uh-huh, yeah
Uhh, uh-huh, yeah
It's all about the Pentiums, baby
It's all about the Pentiums, baby
It's all about the Pentiums! (It's all about the Pentiums, baby)
It's all about the Pentiums! (It's all about the Pentiums, baby)
Yeah ...

Now, what y'all wanna do?
Wanna be hackers? Code crackers? Slackers
Wastin' time with all the chatroom yakkers?
9 to 5, chillin' at Hewlett Packard?

Uh, uh, loggin' in now
Wanna run wit my crew, hah?
Rule cyberspace and crunch numbers like I do?
They call me the king of the spreadsheets
Got 'em printed out on my bedsheets
My new computer's got the clocks, it rocks
But it was obsolete before I opened the box
You say you've had your desktop for over a week?
Throw that junk away, man, it's an antique
Your laptop is a month old? Well that's great
If you could use a nice, heavy paperweight
My digital media is write-protected
Every file inspected, no viruses detected
I beta tested every operating system
Gave props to some, and others? I dissed 'em
While your computer's crashin', mine's multitaskin'
It does all my work without me even askin'
Got a flat-screen monitor forty inches wide wide
I believe that your says "Etch-A-Sketch" on the side
In a 32-bit world, you're a 2-bit user
You've got your own newsgroup, "alt.total-loser"
Your motherboard melts when you try to send a fax
Where'd you get your CPU, in a box of Cracker Jacks?
Play me online? Well, you know that I'll beat you
If I ever meet you I'll control-alt-delete you
What? What? What? What? What?


Wow, my post had too few characters per line to be accepted by /. (currently 33.6) - I have two choices: abandon my post (which I probably just should have) or add as much text on one 'line' as needed to bring my average up to some magical number that makes it acceptable. Well, I chose to drop a few lines of the lyrics and type in a paragraph here to make it balance out. Mod me down if you must. ;-)

Not the first doughnut element (2, Informative)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152081)

There are many other nuclei that can take the shape of a torous ( doughnut shaped). I accordance witht he uncertianty principle you can only predict a probobility of the shape, jsut like electron orbitals.

Sad news... Stephen King, author, dead at 56 :( (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8152126)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi author Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon. God bless :(

Jumbonium (1)

OppressiveGiant (558743) | more than 9 years ago | (#8152140)

That's all fine and well,butThe higher elements seem to be pretty worthless. Let me know when they discover jumbonium.
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