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Dare it be possible... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723592)

I had several seizures during the slashdot blackout.... I actually went outside....there was all of this green stuff on the ground, first I thought they were sprites, but they were to photorealistic....It was scary......I am NEVER going back to that tepid land again!

Re:Dare it be possible... (4, Funny)

djcapelis (587616) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723602)

Reminds me of the time I looked at the moon and was surprised at how unpixelated the edges were.

Re:Dare it be possible... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724265)

Yeah, this happened to me once too. I walked outside and I thought, "the resolution of that tree is insane!" - it was a very nice tree though :). Needless to say, when non-geek friends here about this they tend to think I am very very weird.

Re:Dare it be possible... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724525)

Yeah; I saw that too. It was so unrealistic.

Re:Dare it be possible... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723845)

.... I actually went outside....

Hmm..?
Oh, where the pizza man comes from? Yeah I've seen that too.

Re:Dare it be possible... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724212)

Well hey, it could have been worse. I mean, what if google were down?

Free carwash? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723595)

Don't they have to give everyone free car washes under the terms of GPL?

Re:Free carwash? (4, Funny)

psyco484 (555249) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723604)

No, I think they only need to hand a sponge and a bucket of soapy water to anyone who asks for it.

Re:Free carwash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723758)

Do I still have to pay them?

Re:Free carwash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723781)

Some people are such idiots! Eh, now back to sponge and bucket...

Re:Free carwash? (4, Insightful)

lavaface (685630) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723953)

No, I think they only need to hand a sponge and a bucket of soapy water to anyone who asks for it.

This is funny, but I think it really should have been modded Insightful.

Just a thought . . .

Re:Free carwash? (3, Insightful)

fordboy0 (547958) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724440)

No, I think they only need to hand a sponge and a bucket of soapy water to anyone who asks for it.

This is funny, but I think it really should have been modded Insightful.

Actually, we need a new mod: Brilliant.

-FB

Re:Free carwash? (1)

No Tears In The End (452319) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724008)

Unless I'm mistaken they have to tell you where natural sponges grow, how to make soap and how much of it to add to a bucket of water.

NTITE

Re:Free carwash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724445)

No, I think they only need to hand a sponge and a bucket of soapy water to anyone who asks for it.

That's it! We'll make money off of the support!

Re:Free carwash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723667)

Furthermore, shouldn't it be GNU/Carwash?

Re:Free carwash? (3, Funny)

britneys 9th husband (741556) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723681)

No, but they have to give you the blueprints to the carwash so you can go home and build your own carwash and tweak it so it's optimized for your car.

Of course, building your own carwash is a lot of work, and a lot of homeowner's associations seem to have a problem with people putting up noisy carwashes in the back yard for some reason, so most people just go to RedHat Car Wash because it's a lot easier.

Before long, SCO will claim all car washes use their intellectual property and will start suing all the big oil companies for infringing on their patents with all the car washes they have at their gas stations.

Wonders (2, Insightful)

vivekg (795441) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723760)

Why we don't have BSD only shops? Don't start with BSD is dying

Re:Wonders (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723825)

SLDT02004071000006(*BSD)

Universal joke ID cataloging system info...

Currently assigned universal joke IDs are as follows:
SLDT02004070900001 - "no yuo"
SLDT02004071000001 - "vlad farted"
SLDT02004071000002(x) - "YOU FAIL IT (it is x)"
SLDT02004071000003 - "omg ror"
SLDT02004071000004(x, y) - "In Soviet Russia, x y YOU!"
SLDT02004071000005 - "Imagine a Beowulf Cluster of these!"
SLDT02004071000006(x) - "x is dying."
SLDT02004071000007(x) - "Have you ever seen x? That's the kind of martial arts I practice, and you're about to get one free lesson!"
SLDT02004071000008(x) - "x. What's it all about? Is it good, or is it whack?"
SLDT02004071000009[x] - "wtf is this some kinda x talk?"; default x="nigger"
SLDT02004071300001(x) - "I, for one, welcome our new x overlords."
SLDT02004071300002(x, y) - "1. x. 2. y. 3. ??? 4. Profit!"
SLDT02004071300003(x, y) - "All your x are belong to y!"
SLDT02004071600001(x, y) - "damnit, x, if i find you fucking my y again, i'm gonna remove your dick with a buckshot pattern you sick fuck!

If you wish to tell these jokes in the future, you can simple refer to it by these UJID numbers and we'll all know what joke you're referring to.

The number system can be broken down like this:

AAAABBBBBCCDDEEEEE(x, y, ...)[z, ...]

Where AAAA is four character string assigned by me to uniquely identify a joke's source. For example "no yuo" was first cataloged into this joke library when it was spotted on slashdot, so its UJID begins with SLDT If you'd like to apply for a unique identifier string for your web site, please contact me.

BBBBB is a 5 digit value which specifies the year that the joke was originally cataloged. This joke cataloging system is designed to be y10k compatible.

CC is the 2 digit value which specifies the month that the joke was originally cataloged.

DD is the 2 digit value which specifies the day that the joke was originally cataloged.

EEEEE is the 5 digit value which is assigned sequentially per day. So the first funny thing that's said on any given day will be assigned 00001. etc. You may ask why this is only 5 digits. Well, its my theory that human civilization can only produce a certain amount of original comedy per day. I haven't established a precise upper bounds to this value, but all simulations appear to indicate that this value is well below 99999, so 5 digits should suffice.

(x, y, ...) is a parameter list for variable punch line jokes. For example when someone posts joke "SLDT02004071000002(life)" This should be interpreted as "YOU FAIL IT (it is life)".

[z, ...] shall specify optional parameters; the default parameter shall be noted in the UJID definition. Example: SLDT02004071000009 with no parameters will resolve to "wtf is this some kinda nigger talk?"

Re:Wonders (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724435)

If you wish to tell these jokes in the future, you can simple refer to it by these UJID numbers and we'll all know what joke you're referring to.
Can we extend it to cope with /. articles too? For example, the 5th character could be 'A' for articles[1], so
SLDTA2004071700001 could be anything about wifi zeppelins.
SLDTA2004071700002(x,y) could be something(x) that's powered by linux (except it's really powered by something else, y). Possible combinations being (motorbike,petrol) [slashdot.org] and (carwash,electricity) [slashdot.org] .

[1] sadly, this breaks your y10k compatibility. Quickest fork ever?

Re:Free carwash? (1)

Biogenesis (670772) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723783)

No, but they must provide very detailed instructions on how they do it so you can perform it yourself and improve on it.

Carwash caveats (5, Funny)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724157)

The upside is that its free, but takes 18 hours of tweaking to actually clean your specific model the first time. If you have an import or a rare car, it might not clean it at all.

There's a slim chance your car wont start after the wash, leaving all your gauges at 16, 16, 16, 16, 16...

Your "Save the Whales" bumper sticker might be replaced with a "Save the Pengiuns" sticker or a photo of a fat guy in front of a computer will be appended to your original bumper sticker.

Pasty employees will snort at your aftermarket body effects and graphics, unless they are glowing then they will tell you how 'l33T they are.

Conversely, the very same pasty employees will give you the weakest high-five you have ever experienced if you have made any modifications to your onboard computer or stereo system.

After the wash your car will not be able to share a lane with any car registered in Washington state.

Your mileage will increase but for some inexplicable reason you'll have to learn how to drive stick as your automatic will cease to exist.

Rotating penguin (4, Interesting)

MoOsEb0y (2177) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723603)

Ohhhh, I so wanted to see pictures of the rotating penguin. Also, the idea of selling a hard drive with linux preinstalled is really cool. I like it. They should have one of these in my town! Especially if they had random linux gear ala thinkgeek. Oooh, and a wifi-enabled cafe-type-place.... mmmmmmmm. (Hey.. they have a linux-run carwash already)

Re:Rotating penguin (1)

kasperd (592156) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724015)

Also, the idea of selling a hard drive with linux preinstalled is really cool.

It is not a new idea. I read about Linux On A Disk [216.239.59.104] back in 1999. But the site looks dead. Does LOAD still exist?

Free Gmail invitation here! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723611)

Re:Free Gmail invitation here! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723618)

wow, thats actaully the first time ive been tricked into goatse.

Re:Free Gmail invitation here! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723640)

You must be new here.

Re:Free Gmail invitation here! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724484)

You must be new here.

...in Japan

/I'm so confused

its quites sad.. (2, Interesting)

dncsky1530 (711564) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723620)

the sign for the car and van wash is more than twice the size of the sign for the linux computer store

Re:its quites sad.. (1)

i88i (720935) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723675)

Everyone knows what a carwash is, not too many people know what a "Linux" is, or what a fat penguin has got to do with anything.
This way they get to turn a profit, as well as opening up non-geeks to Linux-Based Operating Systems.

Re:its quites sad.. (2, Funny)

arvindn (542080) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724022)

That's OK. After all, cars and vans are more than twice the size of Linux computers.

perfect, just what I needed (5, Funny)

agwis (690872) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723621)

I can't believe how many times I've been getting my car washed and thought "boy, I sure wish I could buy a computer while I wait"!

If this business model becomes successful, I'm going to start my own. Look for a 'Pats Donuts and Computer Repair Shop' coming soon :P

-Pat

Re:perfect, just what I needed (3, Funny)

slamb (119285) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723804)

If this business model becomes successful, I'm going to start my own. Look for a 'Pats Donuts and Computer Repair Shop' coming soon :P

Be sure to use the apostrophe correctly [wordspy.com] , as in:

Pats Donut's and Computer Repair Shop

Re:perfect, just what I needed (1)

UserGoogol (623581) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723952)

You misunderstand his sentence. What we meant was (Pats, Donuts, and Computer) (Repair Shop.) That is, a Repair Shop with pats, donuts, and a computer.

Re:perfect, just what I needed (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724035)

You seem to misunderstand, the shop belongs to Pat. It offers donuts and computer repair.

Re:perfect, just what I needed (1)

JPriest (547211) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724359)

You seem to misunderstand humor, something intended to induce laughter or amusement.

Re:perfect, just what I needed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724432)

I know humor. Humor is a friend of mind. That, is not humor.

Re:perfect, just what I needed (1)

JPriest (547211) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723828)

Right next door to "Priest's Coffee Shop and Thermonuclear Weapons and Energy Research", I wonder if the domain is taken, I think I'm on to something.

Re:perfect, just what I needed (1)

NoMaster (142776) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723982)

You may laugh, but years ago an ex-instructor of mine started selling computers from the back of his wife's shop in a major suburban shopping centre.

What did she sell? Cane furniture and wicker baskets!

But by the time he retired (or maybe died; I'm not sure) a few years later, his computer shop was the biggest in that part of town...

Some thoughts..... (5, Interesting)

thewldisntenuff (778302) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723632)

Wonder why the cost is higher....Can't be too hard to load up Linspire. Even states in TFA that it loads in only 10 mins. If anything, the costs should slightly lower (although TFA does not take into account for rebates, discounts, etc, so we can't be sure, eh?)

The store remains focused on the Linspire (formerly Lindows) OS and office suite, says Silverman, with no immediate plans to start selling other distros from the store.
For the regular user, Linspire is the most simple to work with," says Silverman. "It installs in less than ten minutes."

I've been to their site before...They state on both Canadian and American sites the following -

"Do you prefer a different Linux distro? We can accommodate most requests."

Which does seem contradictory to TFA...Linspire seems hokey to me to be the primary distro. One would think that they would use a popular distro (ie-Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE, etc) While Linspire is easy to use, I threw my younger sister into SuSE and Yast and she had a decent handle on things (Mind you, she's no geek but quite trendy, so a shock indeed :) ) I think they might be better off offering better/more distro options...

Ditto on the hard disks preloaded with Linspire. A neat idea, although I bet it takes a bit for the distro to auto-detect the hardware, etc. For the non-Linux, this might troublesome.But a good idea nonetheless...Like Knoppix on steriods or something....

Gotta love the rotating pengiun though....

-thewldisntenough

Re:Some thoughts..... (4, Funny)

spacefrog (313816) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723752)

I threw my younger sister into SuSE and Yast and she had a decent handle on things (Mind you, she's no geek but quite trendy, so a shock indeed :)

Sooooooooo......Being slashdot....Tell us more about this Linux-using sister of yours??!?

Re:Some thoughts..... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723795)

Wonder why the cost is higher....Can't be too hard to load up Linspire. Even states in TFA that it loads in only 10 mins. If anything, the costs should slightly lower (although TFA does not take into account for rebates, discounts, etc, so we can't be sure, eh?)

I'm no businessman, but I would imagine that the demand for Linux-based PCs is less than that for Windows PCs, or even Macs. So if you can't move huge quantities of stock, simple supply and demand theory tells us that the price will be higher.

I also think that the major desktop PC companies keep their prices down through very large scale automated processes. If however you assemble boxes largely by hand, this will take longer and cost more in the end. (Not to mention the labour costs involved with assembly.)

I haven't read all of the article though, the reg seems slashdotted...

Linux and Booze (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723635)

Those MegaTouch games in many bars run Linux. Check out the credits, they thank the Linux community, and say sources available on request. Toggle the power to see lilo on boot.

http://www.moneymachines.com/touch.html

Re:Linux and Booze (5, Interesting)

sydsavage (453743) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723827)

Those MegaTouch games in many bars run Linux.

I was quite amazed to learn this fact while sipping suds at my local watering hole. There was a technician working on the machine, and had it open. Seeing the guts, it was pretty obviously just a pc inside. It even had a cd-rom drive, mounted sideways. When he was finished, and started it up, it looked (from across the room) to be Linux starting up.

I asked the (extremely grumpy) repairman what OS was running on the box, and he grumped, "ly-nucks", with a frown. I asked him how he liked it, and he gave me a thumbs down.

Then I quipped, "So you're more of a BSD guy, then?" He gave me a long stare, turned his back, and walked out. My drinking buddy thought it was pretty funny.

Five minutes later, it was into it's endless reboot cycle that he'd been called in to fix. Freakin' genius.

Seeing linux, as well as the technician's incompetence and rude manner, made me consider applying for a job with the vending company. I may yet, but I doubt my credentials would impress them.

bye bye karma (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723638)

So what? I'm sure DOS could run a carwash.

Re:bye bye karma (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723707)

Yes, but you couldn't fix the bugs yourself after it "tunes" your car's body and "themes" your paint job.

mod this up if you support Nobledisdain inc. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723646)

I loathe Slashdot more than words could describe. CmdrTaco is socially-worthless sloth and CowboyNeal is indirectly associated with widespread gluttony.

Linux "powered"? (4, Funny)

Blaede (266638) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723657)

You mean these people have somehow found a way of not having to use electricity to operate electrical-mechanical devices? Is there some hidden potential energy in a disk of Red Hat? Should AnandTech be doing a review to see which distro has the best energy loss ratio?

Re:Linux "powered"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723881)

YES, that is exactly what fucking happened. Sheesh. Oh nos! FreeBSD.org says 'powered by freebsd' on it! Alert the coastguard!

What's that supposed to mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723660)

From the article (last line):

There's a long way to go yet, though, if it's not to go the way of Georgia and Texas.

Re:What's that supposed to mean? (1)

atam (115117) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723692)

It is referring to the defunct outlets in Georgia and Texas, considered to be the earlier examples of the Linux-only computer shop.

Re:What's that supposed to mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723888)

...that failed, because they were unable to make enough cash to stay in business.

The Atlanta store was in a location clearly aimed at students of Georgia Tech -and basically nobody else.

If a store wants "the public" to shop there, it needs to be where the public shops, NOT in a rundown industrial neighborhood behind a college, where nobody in their right mind would actually want to shop.

Interesting (3, Informative)

Sivar (316343) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723668)

Ironic that www.sub300.com and www.sub500.com, the Linux desktop resellers associated with this new store, Run Microsoft Windows 2000 [netcraft.com] webservers.

Re:Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723693)

This is actually quite easy to explain. You see, Windows 2003 has product activation, and that make it harder to pirate-err-Switch To Linux.

Re:Interesting (4, Informative)

tomblackwell (6196) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723695)

It's not ironic at all. Generally speaking, people who run stores, even computer stores, will lease web hosting from another company. Sometimes it will be Linux-based, sometimes it won't. Even if the store sells Linux computers.

The people who are running this store probably have other fish to fry (and cars to wash).

Re:Interesting (4, Interesting)

Sivar (316343) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723785)

I know that's the normal line, but it seems that a company that is so flagrantly linux-based that they would open a Linux-only computer shop (and a carwash with a Tux logo no less!) would make it a point to eat their own dog food and use a Linux server. It isn't as if it is difficult to find Linux hosting online. Many hosting providers specifically ask what operating system you would like to run, and there are far fewer Windows-only hosts than mixed OS hosts.

Heh! (2, Insightful)

Shturmovik (632314) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724279)

My observatory used to have its site hosted by a slick corporate-image-type company which runs Win2k/Win Server 2003. The downtime was terrible, and the management (all MCSEs, or working their way towards it...) were utterly hopeless.

So we transferred hosting to a personal friend's two-bit, barely-break-even-if-we're-lucky-but-who-gives-a-s hit, nerdtoy hosting outfit running Debian, and we've never seen an outage since.

This may sound like just another apocryphal *nix fanboy story, but it's true.

***ATTENTION: I HATE NIGGERS**** (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723671)

gay sex 24/7

who let the dogs out?????????
WOOF woof woof woof

Linux To The Masses (1)

Mercury Scythe (796937) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723674)

Well at least its another step to get the public more aware or linux. Linux Carwash ay?

ARE YOU A FUCKING HOMOSEXUAL OR WHAT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723684)

nigger

first linux shop? (4, Informative)

POds (241854) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723699)

http://www.everythinglinux.com.au/

check it out, its great.

Also, one of my other fav sites

http://linuxjewellery.com/

not realted

Re:first linux shop? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724360)

everythinglinux.com.au is hardly what I would call a Linux store. I ordered (some years ago) an ISA modem for my Linux computer and had delivered a WinModem that was incompatible with Linux.

Use of 'heh' (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723718)

The last word in this news post is 'Heh'. I'm wondering why people use this. Is it because 'hehe' is too cute? Too girly? So they take off the trailing 'e' and make it Heh? In my opinion it doesn't sound like a laugh at all - it sounds like a pathetic attempt to let you know that something is meant to be humerous, but that the writer doesn't even really believe it. Please, if you have to indicate the humour just swallow your pride, don't be afraid and write the full-on 'hehe' or even hehehehe! But no heh's. Thanks.

Re:Use of 'heh' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723920)

looooooooooool *^_________^*

What is the address???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723738)

I live pretty close, I have to get my car wash tomorrow.

Supporting Linux...

ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723744)

lol old school

Something tells me... (1)

kawauso-kun (752898) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723759)

the carwash receives instructions from the control computer via XML.

Re:Something tells me... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724260)

I figure thats because its using SOAP?

Michael's Portfolio? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723761)

Who knew that they were also running a Linux-powered car wash in the back?

Anyone who read about this last time it was on slashdot [slashdot.org]

Can it only be a dupe if the "editor" doesn't know its a dupe?

Does anyone else suspect michael may have some kind of financial interest in this store, because he posted the last story on it (and even included a link to it!) yet this new story includes no new information.

Re:Michael's Portfolio? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723901)

No, I think he's just a fucking douchebag [goat.cx] .

Michael's Agenda. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724319)

He always has one. That's what's so funny about his claims to journalistic integrity! What about that article a few months back featuring the object of his desire, Raven Adler? He managed to keep that on the page for two days. There were 27 articles on the page ahead of it before it was finally forced off the bottom! Gotta be some kind of record, surely?! And anybody who rightly questioned some of the fan-boy claims by and about Adler were almost instantly modded down to (Score:-1) hell. He must have sat there for two fucking days with that thread open looking about for smacktalk about his baby! What a CUNT!

Re:Michael's Portfolio? (1)

aixou (756713) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724392)

If a dupe gets posted on Slashdot, but no one's there because of a "503 Service Unavailable", does it really exist?

a linux only computer store... (3, Insightful)

demonhold (735615) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723767)

... a store where assistants KNOW what they are talking about, KNOW what they are selling and actually give a shit about getting your computer to work more efficiently and without a glitch....

Hmmmm sounds like bloody heaven to me....

Great Commentary! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723786)

This site [linuxmyths.org] has a great commentary about how this store could really be a signal of things to come!

Linux General Store? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9723791)

I used to visit the Linux General Store in
Atlanta near Georgia Tech. (I think it was
the first linux store. They were around in
1998 I think. There were even articles about
it in 1999. http://linux.omnipotent.net/article)

Does anyone know why Joe and Mindy closed up
the shop? If they moved, I want to know
where so I can drop by and buy a dozen blades
or so on my next capital purchase. If he
just got tired of six years of selling linux
and wanted to spend more time drinking, that's
cool too.

I live inToronto (1)

hey (83763) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723807)

And I am definitely going to check out this store.
Just too bad its isn't on the College St. computer store ghetto.

Re:I live inToronto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724317)

You should actually submit a short writeup on the actual place. See if it's really just them trying to jump on a bandwagon.

Re:I live inToronto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724475)

The funny thing is, I almost live up the street from this place. And when I saw the last article on it the first thing that went through my mind (only after reading the title or the first sentence) was "gee it'd be nice if we had something like this here in Toronto!" .. only to find it was in Toronto (now I was thinking cool!), and then to read that it was almost walking distance from me. Despite all this, I haven't had a chance to visit it yet, but I will check it out soon.

World's first? (1, Flamebait)

rinkjustice (24156) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723856)

With so many idiot business ventures out there (ie: we have several thriving pet grooming outfits in my small home town), why can't there be a Linux-only computer store?

People invest their life savings in much dumber ideas than that.

pet grooming pays (4, Insightful)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724257)

Whats wrong with pet grooming? Seriously, have you ever owned a dog? They can get pretty filthy quickly and unless you like bathing 30-80lbs animals who don't want to take a bath, well that's you're only route.

Toss in work, kids, etc and that 30+ bucks to groom your dog doesn't seem like a big deal.

Simply put, the economics of the situation tend to work out.

I would be pretty skeptical about investing in Linux retail. What are they making money off of? Pure hardware sales? The margins on hardware aren't too hot. I'm sure labor is pretty good, but the buyers probably already know how to do most things and paying seventy bucks an hour for someone to remount your CD-ROM or whatever is pretty excessive.

Not to mention he's not only competing with the local electronics stores full of wintel machines, but web-based businesses with much less overhead. (is he selling on the web also?)

Good luck and all, but there's more money to be made in dog grooming, if you want to be technical about it. At the end of the day the "idiot" business is the one which can't pay the bills.

This does tug at my nostalgia strings as I remember the local computer stores I dragged my parents to in the late 80s. None of which are still in business. Even then I found that it was cheaper to order stuff through the macwarehouse or the computershopper magazine than the brick and morter stores. I must have been around 10 years old, most adults already know how to scour for deals and its a lot easier with the web.

I'm assuming he doesnt have that much overhead and the carwash subsidizes the actual store. It looks like he bought a carwash and thought it would be fun to build a Linux store on the property. So that space was already going to waste and the Linux store is really just a hobby business built on top of his real business.

Another positive aspect is that people can just walk in and play with Linux to see what its like. I'm sure many people are curious, but not curious enough to partition their drive or get a second machine. Kinda how the Apple store is full of people who will never own Apples.

Re:World's first? (2, Insightful)

globalar (669767) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724423)

Dogs, as your example includes, are given better care than many children in the world. They appeal to women as well, which make up a significant consumer market.

Linux however, lacks the obvious charm and commonality of a dog and doesn't necessarily appeal to women. Ironic how a geek and Linux seem perfect for one another.

A job half done (5, Funny)

Coupons (793098) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723896)

"...also running a Linux-powered car wash..."

Fine, but they don't do windows.

We're not all Linux freaks... (1)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 9 years ago | (#9723985)

Just thought I'd make the obligatory post to inform that we're not all Linux freaks here in TO.

I run a WinXP machine, and recommend Mac to most people I know. :p

microsoft (1)

noerej (412423) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724031)

I can imagine wat it is like if it was a microsoft & carwash instead of linux.

First there is a big sign outside : Please close all windows before using carrwash.

- or -

A customer ask to wash his windows.Service men response: Wich version you have? Windows 98 or XP?

nahh i don't have a car nor a drivers license...

Re:microsoft (1)

LiMikeTnux (770345) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724470)

"First there is a big sign outside : Please close all windows before using carrwash." Um, dude? Thats just common sense :P

Soon to go out of business... (2, Funny)

Thaidog (235587) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724040)

...beacuse everythings free!


That would be a damn fun store to shop at... just grab something and run out the door... if caught just tell them it's Linux!

What is Linspire? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9724248)

www.linspire.com seems to imply Linspire is not linux, it's a separate OS. It does not seem to be open source or even "free as in beer". The licensing terms appear to be far worse than bill gates has wet dreams about doing with XP. There is very invasive product activation and you have to keep paying a "mempership fee" or you lose access to all the software you've already bought, unless you paid extra for a lifetime license.

For access to their forums, you also have to pay a membership fee, and to get access to the real forums you have to pay another $100 "lifetime insider fee" so you can be an insider as long as you're suckered into paying the other membership fees.

Why would anyone be interested in these terms? Its reality is far worse than the most avid MS basher claims MS is planning.

About that car wash (3, Interesting)

thephotoman (791574) | more than 9 years ago | (#9724605)

I seem to recall this article, which mentioned the fact that this was in the back of a car wash. Might just be me.

But hey, Toronto is lucky. They have a store where they can prevent having to do the maintenence that I'm doing to my dad's computer (installing Firefox, Ad-Aware, and Spybot). Can you believe that he's been running that computer for three years without running Ad-Aware or Spybot? It's just a normal Winblows box, too!
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