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COOL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325774)

OMG FIRST COMMENT COOL!!!

Re:COOL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325896)

You did not get the first comment and it is not cool.

my lead pipe hurts! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325776)

well, it's put to good use ;)

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325777)

fp

A vision of the future.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325783)

So this may mean that Futurama is a comedic view of the future? Scary....

Re:A vision of the future.... (0)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326006)

I think the intro to the show covers it all. A human race becoming super advanced then wiped out itself and rebuilding.

Re:A vision of the future.... (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326103)

Actually, they were wiped out by aliens. This was mentioned in a number of episodes.

But of course, we all know that the Earth of the future was wiped out by something far more insidious, a force even more dastardly than the giant brains, the giant anti-brains at Fox. If it doesn't have bitch-slaps, gratuitous cleavage or people being humiliated, it's not for Fox. Of course this doesn't explain "24" and "Malcolm in the Middle", two other good shows, but it does explain most of them.

Frosty Pist Math (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325786)

My math says have a glass of frost pist!

Degrees? (4, Funny)

kneecarrot (646291) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325787)

Let me guess... masters degrees in folklore and mythology?

honorary (1)

millahtime (710421) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325848)

The question is how many of them are honorary? I mean, I would give the simpsons writers honorary degrees for all the times i laughed my ass off.

Re:Degrees? (4, Informative)

finkployd (12902) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325923)

Well, executive producer David Cohen has a B.S. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in physics from Harvard.

Finkployd

Re:Degrees? (5, Interesting)

ZX-3 (745525) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325987)

> executive producer David Cohen has a B.S. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley

In one of the DVD commentaries, he talks about an Apple ][ videogame he programmed in assembly.

Re:Degrees? (1)

Fahrenheit 450 (765492) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326013)

Yep. He was a roommate of my old PhD advisor when he was at Berkeley.

Re:Degrees? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326260)

What a coincidence, he was a roommate of a Phd advisor of another slashdot poster IN THIS VERY SAME COMMENT THREAD.
Wow...the possibilities are endless.
I'll check his Kevin Bacon rating also.

Re:Degrees? (0)

CoffeeJedi (90936) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326000)

judging from the other replys to this post, i'd have to say:

most ungotten joke ever!

Re:Degrees? (1)

kneecarrot (646291) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326091)

No kidding. You'd think people would get a relatively well-known Simpson's reference. Sheesh.

Re:Degrees? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326150)

Clearly it isn't well known.

Re:Degrees? (1)

pyros (61399) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326243)

One time I had a Simspons quote modded as redundant, I believe. So I replied complaining about the mod, and how it was an obvious Simpsons quote. The complaint was modded +5 funny. the quote made it up to funny eventually too, but still.

Further study (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325790)

... into the thermodynamics of melting web servers.

Set of degrees that would rival most think tanks? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325797)

Translation: One of the writers has a bachelors in political science.

/.'ed already. (5, Funny)

Stitch_626 (744380) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325799)

Bed they didn't calculate that!!!

sorry....

Re:/.'ed already. (5, Funny)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326127)

Another application of the uncertainty principle. How do you know if the site is /.ed if don't click the link. But when you click the link you chance the process, since your click might be the one that caused the /. effect.
Now how do I get that damn cat hooked up?

proof (2, Funny)

Andorion (526481) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325803)

Maybe they can put those degrees to good use and write a proof on the Slashdot Effect? They should have collected plenty of data right about now...

~Berj

Re:proof (1)

JaffaKREE (766802) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326187)

The Math of AppState.Edu network: Everything looks normal, hey what's this slashdot posYAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH !!

bit torrent? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325811)

Anyone know a good source of Futurama episodes via Bit Torrent? SuprNova and all the others seem to have only a handful of episodes. Preferably, something in the same way that the Buffy and Red Dwarf and Simpsons and South Park bit torrents are done... a whole season per download in high quality. There are sites dedicated to South Park bit torrents and sites dedicated to Simpsons and so on... but I can't find any Futurama ones...!

Re:bit torrent? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326014)

What dumbass scored this as "flamebait"? How in the holy fuck is asking for any knowledge of good related bit torrents flame bait?!

Christ, you're all a bunch of dumb fucking idiotic moderators.

Re:bit torrent? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326077)

Moderators: please mod parent as Flamebait *grin*

Re:bit torrent? (5, Insightful)

JamesO (56897) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326026)

Buy the DVDs, cheapskate. Lots of people worked hard to make Futurama happen, and you want a freebie. How can you justify that?

Re:bit torrent? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326110)

Um. Futurama is free on television. Why would I pay for it just to have it on a damagable media?

And who the fuck wants to pay $50 per season for a stupid cartoon? If I can't get it free, I won't watch it.

And I don't have to justify it. I just do it.

Re:bit torrent? (1)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326160)

You get Cartoon Network for free?

Re:bit torrent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326197)

I get FOX for free.

Re:bit torrent? (1)

Jerf (17166) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326218)

You get Cartoon Network for free?

No, I have to watch ads. (Or at least fast-forward through them with TiVo, but the money still flows.)

Re:bit torrent? (4, Informative)

slaker (53818) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326186)

I hate to be a twit, but in this one case I'm gonna say it:
Buy the DVDs!

The show was funny and deserves the support of its fans.

Man, I'll copy DVDs of crappy Hollywood movies I get from Netflix all day long, but those TV Show boxed sets I buy the day they come out. 20 or so hours of entertainment for $50 (or $20 on ebay). They seem like a pretty good deal to me.

I've come to the conclusion that the only way that anyone will make more TV I'd actually like to watch is if I spend money on the things that have been produced already. They wouldn't keep making Star Trek crap if people weren't buying the old stuff.

All that said, I see at least the entire first season on suprnova.org right now.

Re:bit torrent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326261)

you can get all the ed2k links on here [the-realworld.de]

Why do i even try to click? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325814)

I should know by now that anything Simpsons related is instantly slashdotted :/

How big is the Slashdot number (-1, Redundant)

SWroclawski (95770) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325820)

The site appears slashdotted already (and there weren't even any comments on the Read More when I found the article).

I wonder if the Slashdot effect has anything to do with infinity plus one.

/.ed a university already? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325843)

HAH.

Of course, appstate.edu ranks up there with Zeb's College of Learnin'.

Re:/.ed a university already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326080)

What do you expect, it's in a place called Boone [ncnet.com] .

Still, it's too late (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325851)

No amount of degrees will save that poor server from burning up when the ./ crowd go after it like an angry mob.

Ignore this post. (-1, Offtopic)

Anomalous_Coward (123996) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325852)

MOD THIS OFFTOPIC NOW YOU COMMIE PINKO BASTARDS!!

The man tapped to head Iraq's new interim government has vouched for the authenticity of evidence that links Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks.

Though the notion that Iraq played a role in 9/11 is considered heresy in U.S. intelligence circles, newly appointed Iraq Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said in December that a document purported to be from Saddam's intelligence service that places lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta in Baghdad two months before the attacks was indeed "genuine."

"We are uncovering evidence all the time of Saddam's involvement with al-Qaeda," Allawi told the London Telegraph at the time. "But this is the most compelling piece of evidence that we have found so far. It shows that not only did Saddam have contacts with al-Qaeda, he had contact with those responsible for the September 11 attacks."

As reported by the Telegraph at the time, the document - a handwritten memo dated July 1, 2001 - provides a short resume of a three-day "work program" Atta had undertaken at Abu Nidal's terrorist training camp in Baghdad.

Nidal was executed by Saddam's secret police in August 2002 in what some suspect was a bid to keep him from telling what he knew about 9/11.

Re:Ignore this post. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325969)

Doesn't it get hot under that tinfoil hat?

It was obvious to me... (5, Interesting)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325858)

Since Farnsworth said at the horse track when his horse lost in a photo finish:
"No fair! you changed the outcome by measuring it."

It was that day that I knew that Futurama was for me, since I figure the vast majority of casual viewers watching it would not have a clue. The fact that they thew a quantum computing reference out there that would be above 99% of the viewers told me this show was different, and it was for me. It takes balls to do jokes that the majority of people won't get. And that earns my respect...
That and the numerous Rush references...

Re:It was obvious to me... (2, Informative)

destinedforgreatness (753788) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325916)

'The Farnsworth Paradox' is proof that Futurama is too good for mainstream viewing.
An work of genius unappreciated by an audience forever presented with reality tv nobrainer shows.
"I've been as dumb as Fry"
"No I'm doesn't!"

Re:It was obvious to me... (1)

Yewbert (708667) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326268)

OK - those quotations settle it for me: I'm buying the DVD sets. I hadn't decided before, but I'd forgotten how many sweet geek-jokes were buried in there,...

Re:It was obvious to me... (5, Insightful)

Maudib (223520) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326212)

The fact that they thew a quantum computing reference

Quantum computing? Sure I guess quantum computing may take advantage of such properties, but this phenominon is part of quantum mechanics writ large, not just computing.

Re:It was obvious to me... (1)

Mr. Bad Example (31092) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326279)

Heh. One of my favorites was the one where they were on the moon and there's a farmer who warns Fry that it gets really cold when the sun goes down. I'm paraphrasing here:

"It gets down to 200 degrees below zero."

"Celsius or Fahrenheit?"

"First one, then t'other."

My favorite.. (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325898)

Was an episode where they had a horse race and the announcer goes "And in a quantum finish, the winner is so-and-so!" and the Professor says "No fair, you changed the outcome by measuring it!"

Since I was dealing with quantum physics in school, that got a chuckle out of me.

10 SIN (5, Funny)

FerretFrottage (714136) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325907)

20 GOTO HELL

The show made me hurt with laughter so many times while the wife looked at me like I'm an ID10T. Well maybe I am, but the show made it clear why you shouldn't use GOTO statements.

Re:10 SIN (5, Interesting)

Rune Berge (663292) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326029)

I agree. That is one of my favourites!
Bender also had the following framed on the wall in one episode:
10 HOME
20 SWEET
30 GOTO 10

Re:10 SIN (2)

aslate (675607) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326144)

There's a lot of debate about that though as it'll give:
HOME
SWEET
HOME
SWEET
HOME ...

Should it read:
10 HOME
20 SWEET
30 HOME
40 GOTO 10
But that makes it less funny.

google cache (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325935)

link to PDF [216.239.41.104]
-=no karma whoring=-

Maths & magic (4, Interesting)

doodlelogic (773522) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325939)

This all reminds me of the old saying that at its most advanced, mathmatics is indistinguishable from magic.

All those lovely Escher pictures [unc.edu] similarly show the ways in which selective use of mathmatics & physics can create imaginary worlds that, while they could not necessaily occur in reality, "feel" realistic.

Another magical view of the future was the original Futurama Exhibit at the World's Fair [ucdavis.edu] .

Re:Maths & magic (1)

SamSim (630795) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326298)

"Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." ~ Arthur C. Clarke. Of course, even the quadratic formula or a simple integral looks like magic to most people...

My favourite show (4, Insightful)

Progman3K (515744) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325957)

And it got cancelled. Typical.

If the creators of Futurama decided to strike out on their own and sell episodes of the show on the Internet, I'd definitely buy them.

I can only hope.

Re:My favourite show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326276)

It's not cancelled, it's broadcasted every night at 11pm est on cartoon network's "Adult Swim".

or pehaps degrees are worthless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325962)


the more popular degrees become, the less they are worth, go ask any employment agency

Re:or pehaps degrees are worthless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326189)

Or ask any engineer freshly pumped out of the money pit, er university.
The more degrees there are out there, the more I feel like getting a charter and starting a university.

mod dow8 (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325982)

ago, many of you hand...don%'t And person0al

Easy (3, Insightful)

Sebby (238625) | more than 9 years ago | (#9325986)

Take 1 great show
+ Run it a few years
+ At the height of it's popularity: cancel it
---
= Fox Network

Re:Easy (2, Funny)

Space_Nerd (255762) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326125)

No no no
This is slashdot, so you must phrase that as a cliche.

Here, ill do it for you:
Step 1: Take one great show
Step 2: Run it a few years
Step 3: At the height of it's popularity, cancel it
Step 4: ????
Step 5: More profit for Fox Network

There, that's better now isn't it?

Re:Easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326145)

or before the height of its popularity - see firefly

google cache (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9325994)

A google.com [216.239.59.104] cache link.

Take care.
K3n.

Masters in Math (5, Interesting)

smartiq2 (212678) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326017)

If I recall correctly, one of the main writters had a masters in mathematics.

It is interesting to listen to the commentary tracks on the dvd's. For example, in "Roswell that ends well", Fry (one of the main characters) ends up going back in time and accidently kills his grandfather. While consoling his grandmother, he ends up in bed with her and thus becomes his own grandpa allowing the future to remain "intact".

On the commentary tracks, they get into this large discussion about how they tried to find the steady state solution for the amount of DNA in Fry that was pure, and they ended up working on it for quite some time. In the end, they give an email address and ask the public for the solution.

Then they got into a large discussion on the causality of time and how they should only time travel forward.

Good stuff.

Re:Masters in Math (1)

SquadBoy (167263) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326113)

It's true I did the nasty in the pasty.

Another cool thing about it is that there is actually a bit of a story arc. I've gotta get a tivo so I can watch it before 11 at night. :)

hom0 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326043)

people's faces at and personal need to scream that irc.easynews.com fucking numbers, In aadition, it there. Bring the deal with you Elected, we took anybody's guess

Mathematical significance of 1729 (5, Interesting)

Tree131 (643930) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326101)

1729
When Srinivasa Ramanujan, the great Indian mathematician, was ill with tuberculosis in a London hospital, his colleague G. H. Hardy went to visit him. Hardy, trying to initiate onversation, said to Ramanujan, "I came here in taxi-cab number 1729. That number seems dull to me which I hope isn't a bad omen."

"Nonsense," replied Ramanujan. "The number isn't dull at all. It's quite interesting. It's the smallest number that can be expressed as the sum of two cubes in two different ways." (Ramanujan recognized that 1729 = 13 + 123 as well as 93 + 103.)

Copied from here [curiousmath.com]
I guess it was worth the 5 minutes I spent searching for it.

Re:Mathematical significance of 1729 (1)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326196)

Here's another, more detailed [thefreedictionary.com] description of the 1729 thing. I didn't understand that one, so I looked it up too.

It's one of the things I look for in great TV/movies - stuff that flies over your head the first time but that you catch as you get smarter (or waste more of your time).

Not too funny... (-1, Flamebait)

Cragen (697038) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326159)

Apparently, there are a whole bunch of us that think it smart *not* to watch Futurama. I *get* it. I just don't think it's funny. These things happen.

WFuck! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326191)

JOIN THE GNAA!! Uni7ed States. corporAte around return it practical purposes,

Speaking of math.... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326194)

Bender: I need a calculator.
Fry: You are a calculator.
Bender: I need a good calculator.

did the network give a reason (1)

nighty5 (615965) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326195)

why they killed off the show? was is something to do with loosing focus with the cash cow that is the simpsons....?

Re:did the network give a reason (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326299)

Simplye math on the part of Fox

Simpsons = Fox owns completely

Futurama = Groening owns (mostly? completely?)

That is, Fox did not have as large a stake in the show as with the Simpsons.

Couple that with the crapload of pre-emptions for football, etc. and Fox probably figured they could get the same ratings Futurama got by swinging a dead cat of thier own rather than Greonings'

Others can probably fill in more detail here but that's about the gist of it...

1729 (3, Informative)

Strange Ranger (454494) | more than 9 years ago | (#9326237)

> "Well, sure. For example, Bender's serial number is 1729, a historically significant integer to mathematicians everywhere; that "joke" alone is worth six years of grad school, I'd say."

For us non-math-geeks here's a bit on 1729 [utm.edu]

Among other things "It is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways."

orkut (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326273)

is orkut still down ? I feel miserable.

The Futurama cinema... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9326282)

is an 'Aleph-null'-plex!
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