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Fathers of Linux Revealed: Tooth Fairy & Santa Claus

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the humor-trumps-ignorant-posturing dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 739

An anonymous reader writes "The Alexis de Tocqueville Institute, which published the results of their very thorough investigation today, turned out to be right. Linus really isn't the father of the Linux operating system. After having been found out, Linus had no choice but to admit -- this is what he has to say: 'Ok, I admit it. I was just a front-man for the real fathers of Linux, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus.'"

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Hah! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178266)

I gnu it!

Re:Hah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178299)

tee hee.

HAH HAHA (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178318)

Lunis Torvlads is so funney!!111 It is nice to haev funney open source leader!!111

Fathers? (3, Insightful)

kevmo (243736) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178443)

Wouldn't the tooth fairy be a mother?

Familiar pair for atheists. (5, Interesting)

Thinkit4 (745166) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178272)

Linus is on the Celebrity atheist list [celebatheists.com] . I had a hunch when I heard the tooth fairy and Santa Claus being mentioned together. They are often examples given of non-existent beings (that grant wishes).

Dishonest list? (3, Offtopic)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178313)

http://www.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/humftp/E-text/Russell/ agnostic.htm

What Is an agnostic?

An agnostic thinks it impossible to know the truth in matters such as God and the future life with which Christianity and other religions are concerned. Or, if not impossible, at least impossible at the present time.
Are agnostics atheists?

No. An atheist, like a Christian, holds that we can know whether or not there is a God. The Christian holds that we can know there is a God; the atheist, that we can know there is not. The Agnostic suspends judgment, saying that there are not sufficient grounds either for affirmation or for denial. At the same time, an Agnostic may hold that the existence of God, though not impossible, is very improbable; he may even hold it so improbable that it is not worth considering in practice. In that case, he is not far removed from atheism. His attitude may be that which a careful philosopher would have towards the gods of ancient Greece. If I were asked to prove that Zeus and Poseidon and Hera and the rest of the Olympians do not exist, I should be at a loss to find conclusive arguments. An Agnostic may think the Christian God as improbable as the Olympians; in that case, he is, for practical purposes, at one with the atheists.

Re:Dishonest list? (0, Offtopic)

agm (467017) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178459)

Completely off topic, but I disagree. If you don't belief in any deities then you are (by definition) an atheist. If you do belief in any then you are, by definition, a theist. These two terms are mutually exclusive (because of the "a"). You must be one or the other.

An agnostic, on the other hand, doesn't think it is possible to know whether deities exist.

So it is quite plausible to be an agnostic theist as well as an agnostic atheist.

(Though I admit there is not much point in word definition debates as they hardly ever end with agreement).

Re:Dishonest list? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178518)

If you don't belief in any deities then you are (by definition) an atheist. If you do belief in any then you are, by definition, a theist. These two terms are mutually exclusive (because of the "a"). You must be one or the other.

They are not mutually exclusive. I can believe that iMacs come in yellow. I can believe iMacs don't come in yellow. I can can believe that I don't know if they come in yellow.

An agnostic, on the other hand, doesn't think it is possible to know whether deities exist.

Not true either. That's a type of agnostic.

Re:Dishonest list? (3, Informative)

Rostin (691447) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178558)

Commonly "soft" and "hard" (or some other appropriate adjectives) atheism are distinguished from one another and from agnosticism.

Agnosticism: We are incapable of knowing whether or not God exists

"hard" atheism: God does not exist

"soft" atheism: There is insufficient evidence to believe in God, or belief in God is irrational.

Re:Dishonest list? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178600)

See also strong atheism [wikipedia.org] vs. weak atheism [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Dishonest list? (0, Offtopic)

nacturation (646836) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178527)

Depends on how you define the words. Strictly speaking, an atheist is really an a-theist. The "a-" prefix is [Greek? Latin?] for "non-", so atheist in this context means non-theist.

Thus, if someone asks "Are you a theist?" And you answer, "No, I am not a theist." Then you're really saying you're not a theist, non-theist, atheist. Saying that you're not a theist doesn't automatically mean that you actively believe in the complete opposite of whatever theists believe.

Someone who is Gnostic believes a whole lot of other stuff. Thus, to be a non-Gnostic (agnostic) is much different than to be a non-Theist (atheist). Anyway, check out Wiki on theist/gnostic/atheist/agnostic for more info.

Re:Dishonest list? (3, Informative)

benploni (125649) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178580)

Wrong. Linus qualifies as an atheist by his own words.

From an interview in the November 1999 Linux Journal magazine:

Margie: How about religion?
Linus: Hmmmm, completely a-religious -- atheist.

Irrelevant. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178353)

Odd, I know plenty of agnostics who do not think of themselves as atheists any more than they think of themselves as Taoists.

Moreover, exactly what relevance does that have to anything? Have you been arguing over religion so long that you've forgotten that any reasoning based on this is fallacy? This has no more logical connection than the statement "Many famous people believe in Scientology, so you should too!" (Though the Scientologists do use that rediculous tactic along with many others to recruit people. Even the voice of Bart Simpson is a Scientologist...)

Re:Familiar pair for atheists. (4, Interesting)

benploni (125649) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178481)

Education has the highest correlation coefficient to lack of belief in a personal god. By most surveys, more than 90% of professional scientists don't believe in a personal god. It doesn't surprise me one bit that Linus is an atheist -- I already knew he was smart and educated.

Re:Familiar pair for atheists. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178573)

OTOH, Don Knuth and Larry Wall are Christian.

Re:Familiar pair for atheists. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178482)

Just in case they really do exist and handed him the source under his pillow and in his stocking?

But! (1)

TEMM (731243) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178274)

But But But... They dont exist? sooooo confused

Re:But! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178415)

They don't exist. Santa Clause is just the Easter Bunny in disguise.

Humour is a sophisticated weapon (5, Insightful)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178277)


Only when you are sufficiently confident in your premises do you venture to be droll to your enemies, and make no mistake, the AdTi is Linus' enemy. The use of humour is simultaneously the ultimate statement of confidence and the ultimate put-down - it's a pre-generated sound-bite. It's a kick in the vitals. To all on the (winning) side of Linux, it's a rallying cry. Go Linus.

There's nothing more satisfying than placing your critics up on a pedestal and ripping them to shreds - the pen is indeed mightier than the sword, and it doesn;t depend on pointiness :-)

What will be interesting is just how long the AdTI will remain a serious news source - the ultimate goal is obviously to get them to discredit themselves to such an extent that they can be held up as an example of how *not* to do it. Given their paymaster, the hopeless nature of their case, and the imperatives they must put forward each time, I think we have a significant chance of a sacrificial lamb in Linux' cause... Rope to hang themselves is what we want... Remember that :-)

Simon

Re:Humour is a sophisticated weapon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178368)

There's nothing more satisfying than placing your critics up on a pedestal and ripping them to shreds - the pen is indeed mightier than the sword, and it doesn;t depend on pointiness :-)

Should't that be: "...the penguin is indeed mightier than the sword..."?

Re:Humour is a sophisticated weapon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178535)

you are funny! Linus is not, he never is.

Love Linux, think Linus should not quit his day job.

Re:Humour is a sophisticated weapon (3, Insightful)

Nurseman (161297) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178409)

What will be interesting is just how long the AdTI will remain a serious news source - the ultimate goal is obviously to get them to discredit themselves to such an extent that they can be held up as an example of how *not* to do it.

I am curious, is there anyone who takes ANY analyst seriously ? They are ALL paid shills. Everytime something happens in the SCucks case, Pretenderle and Didiot come out of the blue corner, and Dion Cornett comes out of the red corner. Each one has an agenda. Each one has paid "opinions" Would any buisness make an important descision based on these shills ? It's like my beloved NY Post. I like reading it, but take everything with a grain of salt

Re:Humour is a sophisticated weapon (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178414)

What will be interesting is just how long the AdTI will remain a serious news source

Were they ever? I seem to remember that, like, the very first time I ever saw AdTI mentioned on Slashdot the response was "yeah, this isn't a threat, these people have been around awhile, they're these loopy pseudo ayn rand ideological attack dogs for the conservative right wing, no one really listens to them except other right wingers, they're known to have no journalistic integrity anyway".

They don't seem to have much of a reputation to ruin.

Re:Humour is a sophisticated weapon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178445)

Does the great big foot not mean anything to you?

Re:Humour is a sophisticated weapon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178486)

Whoops, meant to post that as a reply to this [slashdot.org] instead.

Re:Humour is a sophisticated weapon (3, Funny)

MrIrwin (761231) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178501)

"What will be interesting is just how long the AdTI will remain a serious news source"


How long has it been a serious news source?

SCO = Santa Claus Operation? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178288)

Heh heh heh

Damn sellouts at Xmas town! (1)

perseguidor (777194) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178564)

kidnap ritchie's core
beat it with our C
lock it up for fifteen years
see what makes it tick.

Re:SCO = Santa Claus Operation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178602)

Surely you meant
ho ho ho?

Stand-up. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178290)

"After having been found out, Linus had no choice but to admit -- this is what he has to say: 'Ok, I admit it. I was just a front-man for the real fathers of Linux, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus.'""

OK. How come Slashdot doesn't have a comedy section?

Re:Stand-up. (3, Funny)

dnotj (633262) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178317)

because we have a microsoft and SCO section, a comdey section would be redundant.

Re:Stand-up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178388)

It does. It's called, It's funny, laugh [slashdot.org] . And that's the secion that this is posted under.

Duh.

Re:Stand-up. (2, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178392)

"OK. How come Slashdot doesn't have a comedy section? "

Because if it did, this story would have been rejected.

Re:Stand-up. (3, Informative)

Zone-MR (631588) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178457)

What do you mean it doesn't? The story is in the "It's funny, laugh" section.

Re:Stand-up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178458)

Doesn't the great big foot mean anything to you?

Re:Stand-up. (1)

great_flaming_foo (561939) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178493)

Notice the foot icon at the top. You know the one with the "It's funny Laugh." alt text.

REPOST (-1, Redundant)

sp00 (639381) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178297)

Here [slashdot.org]

Re:REPOST (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178331)

yuo = teh st00peed

OK sp00 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178416)

Now read it and respond back. k, thx.

d'oh (4, Funny)

abscondment (672321) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178310)

This just in:
SCO Claims they created Linux and sues itself. Happy day.

"FATHERS"? WHAT, LINUS HAD 2 GAY DADS? FIGURES! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178311)

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i think i'll grab me a new IP address now!

Re:"FATHERS"? WHAT, LINUS HAD 2 GAY DADS? FIGURES! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178451)

awww, i miss this flame/troll, its a classic!

good to see it again!

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Re:"FATHERS"? WHAT, LINUS HAD 2 GAY DADS? FIGURES! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178505)

Does the great big foot not mean anything to you??

Let's see... (-1, Troll)

jpmkm (160526) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178312)

Where have I heard this [slashdot.org] ?

Re:Let's see... (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178337)

It's called a followup [reference.com] story (see sense 3 in the definition there).

Re:Let's see... (1)

kevmo (243736) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178354)

They linked to that story in this story so I would hope you got the connection. The new "news" is Linus responding to the claim that he didn't invent linux. His humurous response was the source of this stories title.

His actual response was in the PPS:

"I don't think the Alexis de Tocqueville institute ever had humor (they certainly used to take themselves very seriously), but their site today is filled with jokes.

Maybe they forgot to pay their DNS registration fee, and some enterprising person decided to play a joke on them? Or maybe their clocks are running a month-and-a-half late?"

It makes sense... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178316)

who else would give away free software?

not too sure about the tooth fairy...his prices are kinda steep...

Re:It makes sense... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178526)

Doesn't the great big foot mean anything to you??

Re:It makes sense... (1)

great_flaming_foo (561939) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178537)

not too sure about the tooth fairy...his prices are kinda steep...

Ya, and talking to his tech support is like pulling teeth

all hail Linus (3, Funny)

cavebear42 (734821) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178320)

It's a good thing Linus has a sense of humor. He might smite them down.

Re:all hail Linus (2, Informative)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178401)

"It's a good thing Linus has a sense of humor. He might smite them down."

I wouldn't be sickened by this comment if it had been modded funny instead of insightful...

Re:all hail Linus (1)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178448)

> > It's a good thing Linus has a sense of humor. He might smite them down."
>
> I wouldn't be sickened by this comment if it had been modded funny instead of insightful...

Yeah. As Bill Murray might say, he's a God, not the God.

Re:all hail Linus (1)

cavebear42 (734821) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178532)

lol, it was meant to be funny, but i guess they really do deify him here.

Re:all hail Linus (1)

justsomebody (525308) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178591)

Damn, Linus has become newt lover and Santa Open Source hero, tooth fairy still has a slight problem with a role of father.

And AdTI?? Well, we have to be thankfull, without them (and M$) this wonderful joke wouldn't get out.

So... Thanks AdTI and thanks to our dear sponsor M$, hope they will start to be more aggressive in comedian bussines. It suits them more than computer bussiness

I just wonder how expensive this joke was for M$, more or less than LOTR?

Linus first step in creating linux (5, Funny)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178321)

# ftp ftp.sco.com

20 ProFTPD 0.0.1 Server
Name (sco:admin): anonymous
331 Anonymous login ok, send your complete email address as your password.
Password:
ftp> prompt
Interactive mode off.
ftp> mget *

Re:Linus first step in creating linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178428)

Hmm... just tried that right now, but for some weird reason I got a "reset by peer" thing. I did go to the pub section and was tempted to download the OpenLinux tree, but I wondered if that was in violation of who knows what they got up their sleeves, so decided not to. Why would they have it for download if it is in violation of what they are so actively hunting people down for. I don't get it.

Cloning (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178328)

Linus copied his code from Santa ...
Slashdot copied their story from ... slashdot ...

And I thought... (4, Funny)

Fred Foobar (756957) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178330)

I thought the real father was Darth McBride.

"Linux, I am your father!" :-)

Re:And I thought... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178389)

The McBride of Frankenstein?

Re:And I thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178540)

Does the great big foot not mean anything to you???

Who cares... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178333)

...windows rules niggaz!!!!!!!

iTz 5o 1337, j00 r pwned!

Wow. Did we just slashdot the advertizer? (-1, Offtopic)

pavon (30274) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178338)

I'm not joking. When I followed the linuxworld link this appeared in the advertisement box:


The page cannot be displayed
There are too many people accessing the Web site at this time.

Please try the following:

Click the Refresh button, or try again later.

Open the www3.sys-con.com home page, and then look for links to the information you want.
HTTP 403.9 - Access Forbidden: Too many users are connected
Internet Information Services

How crazy is that?

Re:Wow. Did we just slashdot the advertizer? (1)

Zone-MR (631588) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178500)

Damn, here you go:

http://www.freecache.org/http://ad.doubleclick.n et /ad/N2694.linuxworld.idguk/B1351157.10;sz=728x90

/. should STOP giving creedence to (2, Interesting)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178359)

AdTI.
They have been proven to be on the take, they put out error ridden papers and they can't even manage to put together a respectable website.

Giving them press everytime they write some bone headed paper that M$ paid for is wasting time and giving them undue publicity.

Ok you can now start modding me down.

Hello, McFly!!! (-1, Redundant)

JazzyJ (1995) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178365)

You guys already COVERED this!!!... should have been an Update: not a freaking story on it's own!!!

Do you guys READ your own website or what?!

Re:Hello, McFly!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178383)

Quitcha bitching, 'tard.

Re:Hello, McFly!!! (2, Funny)

netsharc (195805) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178421)

I think it's too far away down the page that anyone would notice it, when the editors just give it an "Update".. but hey, with a fresh article we can now comment about Linus's great statement.

Re:Hello, McFly!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178565)

Doesn't the great big giant foot mean anything to you?

You know... (3, Insightful)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178373)

This is one of the reasons why I love linux: It's so down-to-earth. The early versions of the gentoo installation instructions told you to play Bom-Bad Racing on the PS2 while waiting for it to set up. It's nice to see people laid back. Can you picture Microsoft doing this?

Re:You know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178474)

Well, we have Ballmer doing a monkey act at COMDEX and Gates playing the part of NEO in his Matrix spoof....

The flaw in this argument... (5, Insightful)

LinuxParanoid (64467) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178378)

It's true that Linux is an imitation of prior Unixes.

But remember folks,

Linux copying the behavior of various UNIXes is stealing, but Microsoft copying the behavior of the Mac or Xerox Star is not. And Compaq's reverse engineering of IBM PC BIOS is what caused the death of the PC industry!

Oh wait.

--LP

P.S. I'd be nervous if the press release said AdTI president and pundit Kenneth Brown was tracing the code... but it says he "traces the free software movement over three decades". Hrm, good luck there, Ken!

Re:The flaw in this argument... (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178480)

To be fair: Both Microsoft and Apple copied Xerox.

You can read [amazon.com] the story of how Xerox invited a number of companies (including Apple) to port Smalltalk to various hardware platforms. This exercise led directly to the Apple Lisa (the "Mother of All Macs"). No, they were not based on Smalltalk, but this introduced the WIMP metaphor to Apple.

mod DOWN the duplicate post Posters (5, Informative)

dnotj (633262) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178382)

This isn't a dupe, we don't read the articles anymore, now we don't even ready the Posting. Wake up people, this is Linus' rebuttal.

Article Text: LW Slashdotted already


LinuxWorld Exclusive: Linus Torvalds Makes Startling Admission, Discloses *Real* Fathers of Linux May 17, 2004 Summary As only Linus Torvalds can, the undisputed - except by the Alexis de Tocqueville Institute - inventor of Linux has as promised let LinuxWorld have his immediate comment on the AdTI's president's claims this morning that the parentage of Linux is in doubt. Read his startling admission exclusively here.

"Ok, I admit it. I was just a front-man for the real fathers of Linux, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus."

Thus begins a characteristically Torvaldsian e-mail to LinuxWorld News Desk sent by Linus Torvalds in response to our invitation to comment on the sensationalist claims this morning that he isn't, after all, the inventor of Linux.

"They (for obvious reasons) couldn't step forward to admit that they had gotten bitten by the computer bug, and had been developing a series of operating systems on their own during the off season. But when they started with Linux (which they originally called Freax - they do feel like outsiders, you know, and that's a whole sad story in itself), they felt that they could no longer just let it languish in obscurity. They started to look for a front-man, and since Santa Claus is from Finland and thus has connections to Helsinki University, and the tooth fairy claimed 'He's got good strong teeth,' I got selected."

"Since then," Torvalds continues, "I've lived a life of subterfuge, always afraid that somebody would find out the truth. I'm actually relieved that it's over, and that the Alexis de Tocqueville Institute has finally uncovered the lie. I can now go back to my chosen profession, the exploration of the fascinating mating dance of the common newt."

In a PS he adds:

"Btw, did you know that newts have more offspring if you play the harmonica to them during their mating rituals? It's true."

And in a PPS:

Btw, I do believe that somebody took over adti.net.

I don't think the Alexis de Tocqueville institute ever had humor (they certainly used to take themselves very seriously), but their site today is filled with jokes.

Maybe they forgot to pay their DNS registration fee, and some enterprising person decided to play a joke on them? Or maybe their clocks are running a month-and-a-half late?

Or is it really unintentional?

Linus

Parent modified article; MOD DOWN!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178449)


"Since then," Torvalds continues, "I've lived a life of subterfuge, always afraid that somebody would find out the truth. I love the manham and yes, the manham loves me. I'm actually relieved that it's over, and that the Alexis de Tocqueville Institute has finally uncovered the lie. I can now go back to my chosen profession, the exploration of the fascinating mating dance of the common newt."


Please post the parent poster DOWN TO HELL. Thanks.

Re:Parent modified article; MOD DOWN!! (0, Troll)

dnotj (633262) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178477)

me loves the anonymous coward

Good! (2, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178391)

At last some proper justice meated out of this Linus wannabe programmer poser guy. The Tocqueville Institute is right to expose such frauds, being funded my Microsoft who, as we all know, is the true father of MS-DOS...

what they will say (5, Insightful)

JoeBuck (7947) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178397)

The Toqueville people say they are going to quote people like Dennis Ritchie and Richard Stallman. What those Ritchie and Stallman almost certainly told them is that Linux is a faithful re-implementation of Unix and thus not highly original or ground-breaking; also that Linus is often given credit for functionality that is not in the kernel (you know, the whole GNU/Linux flamewar). And all that's true. The problem is that the Toqueville people don't get that this is perfectly legitimate; the Posix standard that specifies the behavior of Unix-like systems is a public standard, the code is all original and there were no patents in the way.

Re:what they will say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178583)

Excellent point, Good one! That would make Windows a ripoff of Posix, too :)

When I worked as Microsoft, there was some good solid intellectual property theft going on. (Where should I send that story? It needs to be told. Who is a good solid tech muckraker AND factchecker?)

The thing that annoys me about this de Toqueville Institute is that their mission is promoting democracy: what exactly is undemocratic about open source? Aren't they highjacking their endowment to go off on tangents like this?

And slashdot isn't the father of duplicates (-1, Redundant)

hallucination (99572) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178400)

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/17/112218

I'm curious... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178404)

Shouldn't the tooth fairy be a mother? :/

Re:I'm curious... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178470)

Shouldn't the tooth fairy be a mother? :/

On the Twilight Zone TV show, at least, the Tooth Fairy was male.

DUPE (-1, Troll)

sPaKr (116314) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178405)

This is a
dupe [slashdot.org]
Timmy back to your chair and away from the keyboard, everyone know that gimps shouldnt be allowed to play with computers.

Re:DUPE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178467)

You are dumb... it is not a dupe - this is Linus's response dork.

Finally some truth from ADTI... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178406)

At the Tocqueville Institution site here [adti.net] , try clicking accomplishments. ;)

Horrible! (4, Funny)

Woogiemonger (628172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178435)

I can deal with Linus not being the father of Linux, but what I can't deal with is the tooth fairy being a guy! Now I'm picturing a hairy-legged fairy dressed like a ballerina reaching under my pillow. The horrors!

Re:Horrible! (1)

patonw (747304) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178495)

Damn, my mod points expired last night. Someone mod parent up funny!

Re:Horrible! (2, Interesting)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178582)

but what I can't deal with is the tooth fairy being a guy

I hope you never see the Listerine Tooth Fairy advert. I can't seem to find a picture, but imagine a 'dodgy geezer' tooth fairy from London.

For those wondering about Santa Claus & Finlan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178441)

When I was in Finland I had some reindeer meet one night. It was very tasty. It seems Santa is short one for this winter though...

Coincedence? I think not... (3, Funny)

joshua_thijssen (584029) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178454)

Have you *EVER* seen santa claus AND linus in the same room at the same time??? I thought so...

Linus key quote and hackers. (3, Interesting)

strredwolf (532) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178461)

So, if I quote Linus:

Btw, I do believe that somebody took over adti.net.

I don't think the Alexis de Tocqueville institute ever had humor (they certainly used to take themselves very seriously), but their site today is filled with jokes.

Maybe they forgot to pay their DNS registration fee, and some enterprising person decided to play a joke on them? Or maybe their clocks are running a month-and-a-half late?

Or is it really unintentional?

Linus


WHOIS of ADTI.NET says...

Database last updated 17-May-2004 19:14:38 EDT.

Hmmm... Linus may be right. The story broke the same day it updated. I wonder who's serving the old DNS.

Re:Linus key quote and hackers. (2, Interesting)

sICE (92132) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178559)

FYI the database is updated quite often...
sice@kadath ~ $ whois microsoft.com | grep -i update
Database last updated on 17-May-2004 19:31:00 EDT.
sice@kadath ~ $ whois fark.com | grep -i update
Database last updated on 17-May-2004 19:31:46 EDT.
sice@kadath ~ $ whois somethingawful.com | grep -i update
Database last updated on 17-May-2004 19:32:24 EDT.
;-)

Re:Linus key quote and hackers. (3, Informative)

csnydermvpsoft (596111) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178570)

Database last updated 17-May-2004 19:14:38 EDT.

Uhh... that's the timestamp for the last update of the entire .net (and maybe .com too) database - which has obviously been very recent.

Slander.... (1)

dankdirk77 (690855) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178465)

They rip Linus, further down the homepage, they rip open source and compare the GNU Linux penguin "Tux" to that of Batman's "the Penguin".

It looks like some kind of left-wing character assasination organization. I can't tell though.

Anyway, I emailed one of the shmoes at the place a very nasty letter, and I encourage everyone to give the full "/. effect" on these bastards.

emeritus@adti.net
202-437-7431
http://www.adti .net/
etc...

Lies, all lies! (4, Funny)

Revvy (617529) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178519)

While a formal statement is being prepared, please allow me to express my outrage and personal dismay at the coninuing lies about the origins of the "Linux" operating system. It took many arduous years of skillful coding and deliberate system design for my employer to create what has been stolen from him. In the interest of the public good, he has continued, against my best advice, to allow the bastardization of his avocation to be coninually distributed without compensation or even recognition.

But now, as Linus Torvalds insists on further disregard of the truth, my employer has become enraged and will soon begin legal action to claim his rightful place as the creater of "Linux", originally and forever known to his friends, employees, and supporters as Bunix.

Sincerely,
Bun E. Sue
Chief Counsel
Easter Bunny Inc.

......and in other news....... (3, Funny)

MrIrwin (761231) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178523)

....tux reveals that he is the tooth fairy and Santa Claus is his father.

Another Conspiracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178548)

"Cmdr Taco"
"Alexis de Tacoville Institute"

Need I say more?

A christmas tune for Linux - finish it (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9178550)

To the tune of Oh Christmans tree:

Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum
I stole your O/S named Minix
Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum
I stole your O/S named Minix
:
:

As the spokesperson (3, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178553)

For the toothfairy, I neither confirm nor deny this allegation that Linux has anything to do with Teeth-R-Us. Linus has received money from our organization, but only in payment for appropriate dental material. We do have information that kermit the frog has susppect connections, however.

You mean to tell me.. (1)

Caedar (635764) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178575)

That the easter bunny wasn't in on this? He delivers fattening goodness to us every Easter, why can't he deliver a good operating system, too?!

atleast they host well.. (1, Interesting)

micker (668555) | more than 10 years ago | (#9178576)

http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph/?host=adti.net 9 servers at adti.net All running freeBSD


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