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Google's Rules of Acquisition

SexyKellyOsbourne Amazing given the statistics. (115 comments)

The fact that Google achieves a 66.66% success rate in acquisitions is amazing. Most M&A's have a success rate of 17%.

According to a quote from the Wharton School of Business:

"Various studies have shown that mergers have failure rates of more than 50 percent. One recent study found that 83 percent of all mergers fail to create value and half actually destroy value. This is an abysmal record. What is particularly amazing is that in polling the boards of the companies involved in those same mergers, over 80 percent of the board members thought their acquisitions had created value.

— Robert W. Holthausen, The Nomura Securities Company Professor, Professor of Accounting and Finance and Management

http://executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu/open-enrollment/finance-programs/mergers-acquisitions-program.cfm

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

SexyKellyOsbourne Re:Why the anxiety? (807 comments)

I'm not certain that there would be a significant performance increase from such a low-end processor. The VIA C7-D 1.8 only scores 333 on Passmark, which puts it in the range of an early-model Pentium 4 or Athlon XP from circa 2002.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=VIA+C7-D+1800MHz

It's also a 32-bit processor, so you're going to be capped at 3GB of RAM.

As an alternative, you can easily find used 4-5 year old Core2 Duo systems for $100-$200. They're 64-bit and will score 1300 or higher on Passmark.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-755-Performance-Intregrated-Professional/dp/B004HPMH9Q/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1330885080&sr=1-4

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

SexyKellyOsbourne Re:Why the anxiety? (807 comments)

I always attributed those to people playing around on VMs or their user agent strings.

But given the "640K RAM should be enough for anyone" mentalities I've seen around here, I'm not certain about that anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

SexyKellyOsbourne Re:Ubuntu doesn't run on pre-USB boot systems anyw (488 comments)

Who said I was male?

The fact that you assumed that, and are still unflinchingly clinging to a 300mhz system from 1997 that is grinding your swap to death, indicates that you might need to get out more.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

SexyKellyOsbourne Re:4GB USB drives are $2.48, who cares? (488 comments)

Very well then, we'll argue about more pocket change.

Discounting shipping, I've seen piles of 4GB drives selling at $4 at Walgreens on clearance, which with tax would be $5.

Either way, USB drives are dirt cheap and have been for years. I'm also a bit wary of the notion that malware will infest a USB drive formatted on ext3 because you were careless enough to use your $5 drive to transfer photos to a pharmacy, instead of reserving another stick for that purpose.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

SexyKellyOsbourne Try the later Windows versions before judging... (488 comments)

Windows Vista was a hog, but Windows 7 will run on any system that Ubuntu does, and runs well on the same systems, although you may have to disable Aero. The Windows 8 developer preview is actually faster and uses less memory that Windows 7, but it does require a "DirectX 9" graphics card (most anything 2002+), as the graphics are 100% 3D-accelerated.

Win7 also remarkably stable from what I've seen for the past 2 years or so. It's not subject to the junk XP was, like having to run ipconfig /flushdns (or rebooting) to fix network issues. It also uses ASLR and DEP by default for base security purposes.

Because of that, there's no reason to use XP in the Windows world ofr anything except for 1990s-era software that requires IE6 or does things like write to its own C:\Progra~1\ directory. Not to mention XP considers SATA to be exotic hardware, drivers haven't been written for it for years, its PnP driver capabilities are way outdated, etc.

But whatever you're using, it's your choice, and do enjoy. Just thought I'd inform you on this from the other side of things. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

SexyKellyOsbourne Re:Ubuntu doesn't run on pre-USB boot systems anyw (488 comments)

Then use Debian, use Puppy Linux, use BasicLinux, use whatever. It's your choice, whether you're running an 8-core AMD Bulldozer, a $250 netbook that leaves any 2003-era system in the dust, or something from the 1990s that belongs in a museum (or landfill).

I only wish you luck on getting any modern software, such as an ACID2-compliant browser like Iceweasel or Chromium, to run on a Pentium 1 with 48MB of RAM. Such things do not constitute Windows 98 era junkware. If you're reading this with lynx, more power to you!

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

SexyKellyOsbourne Ubuntu doesn't run on pre-USB boot systems anyways (488 comments)

Any system that has been made since circa 2001 (i.e. the past 10 years) has been able to boot from USB.

Ubuntu 11's system requirements are as such:

* 1 GHz CPU (x86 processor (Pentium 4 or better))
* 1 GiB RAM (system memory)
* 15 GB of hard-drive space

By Pentium 4 or better, that likely means it requires SSE2 instructions, which means Athlon 64 is the minimum on the AMD side. 1GB of RAM is hard to find or get on 2001-2002 P4's as well due to the use of RDRAM. So you're basically looking at 2003-era systems as a minimum to run Ubuntu.

But finding an 8 year old or better system as a hand-me-down, at a yard sale, or even by dumpster diving isn't difficult at all. Never really has been. Most systems like that will actually still work once the typical spyware-infested XP install is removed.

Considering a brand new 4GB USB flash drive is a whopping $2.47 on Amazon (or $5 at Walgreen's) it's not that big of a deal to get one of those either.

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cruzer-Flash-Drive-SDCZ36-004G/dp/B001XURP7W/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1320470296&sr=1-3

Ubuntu made the right choice by dumping what is now an arbitrary 700MB limit. I'm sure plenty of people also "saw the light" of Linux on 1.44MB floppies in the late 90's as well, but it's almost 2012, and both eras are over now.

TLDR Ubuntu requires 2003-era systems to begin with. 4GB USB drives are $2.47 these days. No big deal.

more than 2 years ago
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Schools In Portugal Moving To OSS

SexyKellyOsbourne Gah, typos, it's late. (319 comments)

Gah, typos, it's late.

* Did not mean to insinuate Core2's were 7 years old, just the range of CPUs would be 4-7 years old.
* "One can pull an image from a central server"

more than 2 years ago
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Schools In Portugal Moving To OSS

SexyKellyOsbourne These systems will collect dust, Win7 is why. (319 comments)

As listed, this only applies to outdated computers made between 2004-2007. Namely, Pentium 4's, Pentium D's, and perhaps some Core 2's from 4-7 years ago.

But as the article states: "A lot of these devices, given their age, will not be in good working order and does not support the latest versions of Microsoft products."

Most IT Departments in school systems have been switching to Windows 7 as a cost-cutting measure, not just because XP security updates expire in 2 years. The deployment tools on Server 2008 R2 for Win7 are insanely excellent. One can pull a central server to a distant school just once from a PXE boot, and it will peer-to-peer on the local network, rather than download a ~10GB file 30 times. Any additional drivers, software, and updates can be installed on the spot -- think Ninite, except before the installation. Doing things like installing XP from Ghost and babysitting the systems for an hour are obsolete, as is the staffing required for it.

But Windows 7 requires 1-2GB of RAM to run properly depending on software installed. With the crisis in the EU (PIIGS especially), it's very unlikely that they'll spend the money to buy DDR1/DDR2 to upgrade systems that don't. A 7-year old system is going to have hardware problems that low staffing can't troubleshoot, to the point where they won't even bother. And they certainly won't have the staffing required to take the time to set up an OSS system, much less train their staff on it, as it was only "recommended."

At best, someone might set up the ability to install Edubuntu through PXE boot, but they'll just be Edubuntu systems, nothing more. Some kids might play around on them at times, but otherwise, these old systems are just going to collect dust.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Tried To Buy Netscape: Suppose They Had?

SexyKellyOsbourne In 1994? Think browsing with ActiveX. (246 comments)

If it was 1996 or 1997, perhaps not too much different. But in 1994, that would change everything. That predates HTML 2, the first attempt at standardizing it. It predates Apache, Javascript and CSS. Late 1994 predates the web presences of Amazon, Craigslist, the New York Times, and Dell.

The only well-visited site I can think of still in existence was the whitehouse.gov, and it was extremely primitive. Here's a mirror:

http://www.iterasi.net/openviewer.aspx?sqrlitid=lqkszdizgkk3n6kga5zzja

Basically, if Microsoft was able to redirect web development that early, they'd go for something very similar to what ActiveX was for vendor lockin. HTML would remain primitive, broken, and discarded. To make anything more than what was available, you would basically use Microsoft systems over HTTP.

Instead of HTML, you'd use something like Visual Studio to create forms and graphics via drag-and-drop and upload .rc files with Access/VBScript like background controls. Video would be embedded as Microsoft Media Server (MMS) and would run locally.

Taking that out to 2011, it'd probably be similar but sandboxed, and using a lot more XML. But nevertheless, you'd basically only be able to browse the web from OSS with something like WINE -- basically, a emulator/compatibility layer developed from a lot of reverse engineering that wasn't 100% reliable.

more than 2 years ago
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Antitrust Case Over, Microsoft Ties IE 10 To Win 8

SexyKellyOsbourne Slashdot crowd with a history lesson here. (519 comments)

Despite the fact that web browsers were considered commercial specialty products in the late 1990s, that era was one of completely non-standard "quirks" HTML. While Acid2-era HTML4/CSS2 is perfectly standardized and supported by all modern web browsers, HTML5/CSS3 is not, it's practically Quirks Mode II. Passing Acid3 is really a gimmick in comparison to Acid2.

The reason Internet Explorer took the market over Netscape was that Microsoft provided an extremely high-quality browser for 1997 in an age of non-standards. It was far more secure than Netscape -- it wasn't vulnerable to crashing your system with the XSS loops people posted on each other's Guestbooks at the time. IE 4/5 was insanely fast compared to Netscape, which involved watching a logo with stars fly most of the time even outside of 28k modems.

But the reason IE 4/5 took over was because of quirks. Netscape was horrible to develop a cutting-edge website with. And IE was very tolerant to bad code -- Netscape would stop rendering the page if a /table tag wasn't included, IE wouldn't. The second a web developer made a popular site "Best viewed with IE", the end user use their bundled IE to visit that site. And not long after, they would use IE for everything else.

Bash Microsoft all you want, but history is repeating itself. IE10 is seriously fast and has some serious, but user-friendly lockdowns on security. IE10 feels as nice as Chrome but uses far less memory. Firefox, like Netscape, since version 3 has been building its perception as incompetent bloatware and is likewise being dumped. Unlike IE 6-8, IE10 is a seriously competitive browser.

And Microsoft has plenty of time to regain the old IE browser share. The way the W3C bureaucracy works, HTML5 likely won't be standardized until 2022.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5#W3C_standardization_process

*TLDR*: All MS has to do is to make a very nice bundled browser, ensure everything is written to its own quirks, and it's 90% of the market share again. It's the 90's again except with high-bandwidth multimedia and 3D shooters in CANVAS tags.

more than 2 years ago
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10 Years of Windows XP

SexyKellyOsbourne Why? EOL in 2014 and hw/sw vendor support. (471 comments)

On April 8, 2014, security patches and hotfixes for all versions of Windows XP will no longer be available. That basically means if you run it past that date, any exploit released out into the wild will not be patched, ever.

Furthermore, hardware vendors haven't consistently supported XP in years. Windows drivers are only forward-compatible, and Vista has been out since January 30, 2007, which is nearly 5 years. If you upgrade or purchase new hardware in any way, good luck with getting that to work in XP without installing old network and sound cards for starters. Even then, the performance is also going to be terrible on an OS tuned for 10-12 year old hardware and considers SATA to be exotic.

Don't expect software vendors to thoroughly support XP in the next 2 years or so, either, when XP usage will likely plummet to single digits like IE6 has in the past 2 years. The fact that a simple program like Paint.NET 4, due at the end of the year, won't support XP is a harbinger of this. At 10 years old, XP is like a Linux system stuck on Kernel 2.2, KDE 2.2, Xfree86 4.1, and GTK 1.2. The fact that such an old configuration is still supported to any extent and remains thoroughly tested by software developers is nuts. Like with web devs and IE6, most probably can't wait to drop it.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Creative Class Engine Sputtering?

SexyKellyOsbourne The so-called "creative" market is saturated. (520 comments)

The true creative class is the people who are willing to put forth the hard work to study particle physics, microbiology, colloid science, differential equations, managerial accounting, and parallel algorithms. Their dedication is what makes carrying out their creative dreams possible. As the article states, they're doing well, as there's still scarcity in that market. Their competition in overseas diploma mills that teach to the test do not produce the same results.

What this article is referring to is the so-called "creative class" who thought they could start a grunge band by learning power chords, buy a Canon EOS and become a professional photographer, or become a psychologist because they were interested in their bad teenage relationships. They are the types who thought they'd win the lottery and become rock stars without the serious learning required to invent, build, and deploy something new.

Those people in the so-called "creative class" locked in an entitlement mentality are a dime a dozen.It may have worked in the 1990s when they and their friends were given unlimited subsidy by coddling baby boomer parents, but these days, you're on your own and actually have to know your shit. Universities today aren't full of ambitious engineers who will take full advantage of their $50K in student loans, they're full of future waitresses and customer service reps with a piece of paper.

A better article would be "Why did 17 million people go to college?" -- http://chronicle.com/blogs/innovations/why-did-17-million-students-go-to-college/27634

more than 2 years ago
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How Windows Gets Infected With Malware

SexyKellyOsbourne Re:Java JRE (373 comments)

If you can, ask management "What's the cost of shutting down the production line for a day?"

Explain to them that the system is a petri dish for viruses and even intentional industrial sabotage. A single Win7 Professional license to virtualize the system (virus protection, instant restoration, little to no downtime) via XP Mode, or even a damned Xen Server License, is pretty good insurance versus that.

I did something similar once while consulting for something else at a factory, and the VP turned white and was on the phone immediately.

more than 2 years ago
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How Windows Gets Infected With Malware

SexyKellyOsbourne Re:Better statistics? (373 comments)

Agreed.

Security in Windows XP was really an afterthought -- it wasn't until SP2 seven years ago that it was reasonable to install. Before that, it would get rooted WHILE installing. In Win7, that is built in, not merely tacked on or recompiled. But it still includes IE6 by default, which US-CERT said was not fixable in its security model in 2004, and is the biggest danger of installing it.

Of course, I don't know what kind of masochist would voluntarily install an OS from 2001 that still considers SATA to be exotic hardware and can only be cloned across the same hardware, but that's another issue.

Windows 7 boxes are still exploitable, but only if they're grossly unpatched. The ones that get infected are usually have no Service Pack, much less have ever had Windows Update run, and are using an expired version of Norton Antivirus. Windows Update kills common malware rather well, and Security Essentials is free and actually quite nice (beats AVG).

The same would apply to someone who has ignored 2 years of Ubuntu Security Notices and patches. There are quite a few: http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/

As far as Flash and Java goes, I've been putting Chrome on home systems for browsing. It blocks usage of versions of Flash, Java, Quicktime, and other plugins that are exploitable. The malware blocker is also excellent on it, although Firefox and IE9 are catching up on doing that well.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

SexyKellyOsbourne On your own? Sure. In business? No! (1016 comments)

If you're destroying drives on your own, go for it. But in any kind of business, even if you don't have some old motherboard with an IDE connector, it's worth spending the $20 on an adapter or card to just DBAN those crappy old drives.

Why? Solely to prevent someone from injuring themselves while destroying old hard drives with a drill, which is bad in itself. It's worse when they bill the company for the ER visit because a spark gets in their eye. It gets even worse when they go on perfectly collectible workers comp and settle a lawsuit because they weren't given safety goggles when they did so.

Or, more realistically, some manager or person in HR from chewing you out for an hour and writing you up just because they think that way, and you allowed it to happen. And even that will probably not happen, but do always CYA just in case.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

SexyKellyOsbourne Seconded on DBAN. (1016 comments)

I was about to post this myself, but DBAN will do the trick. There's practically no way anyone will recover anything but a few random strings of plain text out of that, and that's only if they have the analog tools in a forensics lab. Even the chance of reconstructing a usable credit card account out of that is in the same probability range as guesswork.

But I will say that your estimate of 200GB is pretty low for what's worth re-using unless you're broke. Any drive that's been in use for 3-5 years is well past warranty and isn't really worth putting anything valuable on without a sensible backup and recovery scheme. Any drive 200GB in size (unless it's SSD, etc) is usually at least that old, I had a 200GB drive personally in early 2003. A brand new 1TB drive will only run $55.

(I of course agree that throwing fresh 3TB drives into tubs of driveway cleaner simply to "100% wipe data" would be absolutely stupid.)

more than 2 years ago
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The Inside Story of the Kelihos Takedown

SexyKellyOsbourne But MSFT destroying industrial systems? (83 comments)

As for legality, extreme legacy software and hardware is still often used in industrial plants. The claims against MSFT for purposefully wiping one of those systems and shutting down the lines for weeks would be huge.

Whoever wrote that is probably smarter than thinking doing that will just wipe some old Pentium 2's still out in the wild that'll get replaced with a Win7 laptop the next time a social security check is cashed.

more than 2 years ago

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Dear Cumguzzling Slashdot Editors

SexyKellyOsbourne SexyKellyOsbourne writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I know you're constantly modding me down as "Overrated" whenever I write a really good post that you just happen to disagree with. After it gets to and stays at 5 after 12 mods or so, I see about 5 overrateds being done within a minute, all obviously coordinated over IRC.

You can't live without me -- I'm one of the few people left who has the guts to play devil's advocate and keep the conversation alive here, whether you like it or not.

You Slashdot editors are all a bunch of limp-wristed pantywaists -- just get it over with, make your life simpler, show the world exactly what kind of passive-agressive censors you are, and use the BITCHSLAP script on me!

Love,

SexyKellyOsbourne (wanna fuck?)

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Heh, I trolled Alan "ANAL COCKS" Cox

SexyKellyOsbourne SexyKellyOsbourne writes  |  more than 11 years ago

All I did was, forsaking a possible first post, take the story from the pre-slashdotted site and change a few things around -- generally making things wrong, changing words like "open" to "proprietary," adding in support for Palladium, and making WebTV and Apple part of the group, resulting in this post.

I woke up hungover the next morning with a needle hanging out of a bruised arm, coughed up a cigarette I swallowed, and went to see how my trolling did. Lo and behold, Anal Cocks had replied on how he wants to change the GPL because the consortium is including Palladium! HAHAHA!

Some Swedish speakers figured out my other post was changed, considering that I changed the speaker's name to Flansost, the Swedish equivalent of the word "dick cheese" -- but that still didn't stop me from getting modded up, either.

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Eh, banned again...

SexyKellyOsbourne SexyKellyOsbourne writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Thanks to Kip and Zio, amusing but nevertheless very mediocre trolls on my subnet, I've been 72-hour banned from posting once again -- but at least I went out with a bang!

I'm too lazy to use a slow and crappy proxy, so I guess I'll get a life and have unprotected sex orgies with crack addicts in the housing projects and Section 8 apartments for the next 72 hours.

Next time, I'll google cache link to goatse or blacklungs or killyourparents, I suppose -- dms100.org didn't work in the cache, and there was no WAV or infinite popups like there should be.

Hopefully, it revolted some people since it still is a picture of gay porno, though I'm totally desensitized to it, so I would never know.

Any other good sites to link to?

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I got a life, and now it burns when I pee!

SexyKellyOsbourne SexyKellyOsbourne writes  |  more than 11 years ago

People kept telling me to "get a life" and quit doing things like writing stupid things on slashdot, and I felt alone, sad, and sorry for myself -- and just before I pulled the trigger on the shotgun in my mouth, I broke away from hitting the refresh button to get first posts, hopped in my car, and headed downtown.

I went to the White Swallows Bath House, and raped a homosexual -- a member of the local LUG -- by pinning his skinny nerd body down with my fat ass and slopping my cunt all up and down his dick, which was made hard by shooting up his blue vein with crushed viagra mixed with saline solution. Though he was really small, I rode him till I almost fainted, and it was so good.

He was in tears, and was lisping on about how I violated him with my fishy fuck hole and smashed his pelvic arches, but I was totally satisfied. However, a few days later, I came down with a fever, developed these painful sores inside my twat, and it feels like I'm pissing razorblades whenever I go!

I don't have health insurance, so it'll just pass, right? This isn't permanent, is it?

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In Flames -- catching up with the times, now MALLCORE!

SexyKellyOsbourne SexyKellyOsbourne writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I just bought the latest In Flames album, Reroute to Remain, from Best Buy, and it's by far the best album In Flames has ever put out.

It's tight!

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Yes, I post stupid shit on purpose! :P

SexyKellyOsbourne SexyKellyOsbourne writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I mean, I get modded up to +5 for fucking POPE-BASHING. My entire post archive is nothing but trolls, flamebait, and erroneous-information-filled karma whoring, and yet I now have enough karma to post at +2. I even did an early goatse link that didn't get modded down for at least an entire hour.

All you have to do is make up some bs, post something remotely on-topic, and fill it full of whatever flamebait you want -- and most importantly, post early. The whole mod system is a joke, just like much of the journalism on this site.

Trolling (or whatever you want to call it) is/was my alternative to video games, though now that I invested in another decent system, I might do it less -- and even though I can run Ut2k3 or bf1942 with ease now, I still can't resist laughing my head off when people either flame me or write long, serious, well-thought out responses.

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Still writing crap / trolling away... now karma is "Good"

SexyKellyOsbourne SexyKellyOsbourne writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I wish they still had the karma points enabled like in the old days... most of my older accounts had something like -11, though this one's probably pretty far up, considering I post total garbage and get +5's for making stuff up, and some of my posts get moderated over 8 times.

All you have to do is make a remotely-relevant post with pseudo-knowledge, and most importantly, do it early.

BURN MY COFFIN... if you think bands like Marduk, Burzum, or Mayhem are fucked up, try listening to Rhapsody. Those guys are FUCKED UP.

Wait, no one's listening.

-SexyKellyOsbourne

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Wow, all this trolling, and my Karma's still positive!

SexyKellyOsbourne SexyKellyOsbourne writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Mercyful Fate - Nuns Have No Fun

Upon a cross a nun will be hanged
She will be raped by an evil man
Knock spikes through her hands
Things won't come she won't understand

You're a nun you haven't had no fun
Living your life as virgin queen
I'm gonna change it and I'll get it done
Tomorrow you won't be a virgin queen

C. U. N. T. that's what you are, you're C. U. N. T. yeah
I get it up, I get it up in the dark
I make her feel I'm not a holy man
Faster breathing, she's like a shark
She want's more, I'm gonna give her my cross

Nuns have no fun, They just have their fathers and sons
But I'll give them hell, I never fail
Nuns have no fun, They just have their fathers and sons
But I'll give them hell, I never fail

I get it up, I get it up in the dark
I make her feel I'm not a holy man
Faster breathing, she's like a shark
She want's more I'm gonna give her my cross

C. U. N. T. that's what you are, you're C. U. N. T. yeah.

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