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Comment: sadness (Score 5) 299

by Haelyn (#49242383) Attached to: Sir Terry Pratchett Succumbs To "the Embuggerance," Aged 66

"I would like my pudding now nurse. And then I think I'd like to... write... something... I don't remember what."

Standing in the corner, he waits. The sand slowly flows, but it nears it's end. The old man still glows, as thousands of threads spread away from him.

SQUEAK.

I AGREE. IT IS A SHAME TO SEE HIM THIS WAY.

SQUEAK.

NO. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.... BUT I CANNOT WAIT TO ASK HIM HOW IT ALL ENDS.

The old man looks up, through them at first... and then he sees them. For once, the smile on the hooded figure's skull is genuine.

"I... I remember you. The anth... ant..."

ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION.

"Yes, that. We knew each other?"

ONCE. AND WILL AGAIN, SIR.

He so rarely said it, and these feelings... remembering his young aprentice, and beloved daughter. The beautiful child they have.

"There... is a girl, yes?"

SHE IS SPEAKING TO THE AUDITORS, SIR. THEY ARE UNWILLING TO LISTEN.

"Well then. You know what they say, two things you cannot avoid. Taxes and..." He looks into the firey blue eyes, and becomes aware.

SQUEAK.

"Quite right. Is it time already? I have so much left to do."

YOU HAVE GIVEN ALL YOU CAN SIR.

"No, not cancer. Alzheimers."

I AM AWARE.

"So, where is the boy? I remember a boy."

CARRIAGE ACCIDENT.

"Ahh. Never much trusted cars. Or horses."

THEY GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

"Must I?"

SOON. BUT WE MAY SIT HERE AWHILE.

SQUEAK

DO YOU HAVE ANY BISCUITS?

"No. Shame really."

YES.

"Is it truely turtles?"

ALL THE WAY DOWN. I HAVE SEEN THEM.

"Ahh. I would love to see it. Perhaps a small trip before?"

IT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE.

"The light is slower there... and there's a monkey...."

ORANGUTAN. SAME PRINCIPLE.

"Yes... will they remember me?"

SQUEAK.

"What was that? I could not hear you."

HE SAYS WE WILL, SIR.

"I never much liked the trouble people had with you. You seem like a nice fellow."

I HAVE MY DAYS.

"Don't we all?"

SOME LESS THAN OTHERS.

"Is it quick?"

YES. AND I BROUGHT THE SWORD. CEREMONY DICTATES IT.

"Ahh. How about a cup of tea?"

I WOULD ENJOY IT. DO YOU PLAY CHESS?

"No. how about checkers?"

And so they sat, two old friends regaling each other, though the old man could not remember all of the details, the cloaked man and his rat filled him in, when it was needed.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

Comment: In my country this already exists (Score 1) 678

by Haelyn (#38794383) Attached to: Microsoft Pushes For Gay Marriage In Washington State

In my country(.ar) marriage is defined as between two consenting adults. A year or so ago we grew up enough as a society to stop listening to the religious nutjobbery, we had a long debate and as a result the marriage law was changed. And there was much rejoicing amongst gay men and women, and amongst heterosexual supporters of the right to marry whoever the fuck you love(like me and my fiancee).

Let me tell you: heaven hasn't fallen down on our heads, the rivers fail to flow red and no frogs have been raining lately. It's not such a big deal, if you are grown up enough...

Comment: Re:It's because (Score 1) 442

by Haelyn (#36897406) Attached to: The Rise of Git

(...)thought it was the most bloated, expensive, sluggish, over-engineered, counter-intuitive source control system I've ever had the misfortune to use. It's performance was so network bound that it was practically unusable outside of the same LAN as the server

Clearly you haven't yet had the pleasure of "working" with Borland Starteam.
I still wake up in a cold sweat every once in a while...

Comment: Re:It's because (Score 1) 442

by Haelyn (#36897302) Attached to: The Rise of Git

Accurev does it, and makes it look easy.
A couple of years ago I was release mgr for a major US airline(two-vowel carrier code, same vowels) which uses Accurev for *all* its SCM. I don't remember the exact size of the storage set, but it was way bigger than 50GB and Accurev had absolutely no issues with that.

Not affiliated in any way with Accurev, just a satisfied user.

Open Source

+ - How Long Will Oracle Stick With Open Source?-> 1

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snydeq
snydeq writes: "The fact that Oracle has handed over the keys to two major open source projects in recent weeks has some questioning the fate of other prominent open source projects Oracle took on in the wake of its 2010 acquisition of Sun. But while OpenOffice.org and Hudson provided little commercial opportunity for Oracle, it appears that Oracle has plans to keep rein on NetBeans, MySQL, and GlassFish contrary to expectations, analysts contend."
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Mozilla

+ - Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 5->

Submitted by supersloshy
supersloshy writes: Mozilla has released the latest version of Thunderbird, their popular email client, now in sync with their new rapid-release versioning system. Among the new features are the new add-ons manager from Firefox 4, revised account creation, faster response times, the ability to load plugins in RSS feeds and over 390 platform fixes. For more information, read the release notes
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