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+ - What makes an Internet Meme?

Submitted by OnslaughtQ
OnslaughtQ (711594) writes "Reading through the many wonderful comments found in response to summaries, I suddenly realized I have no idea why some comments are marked funny. Specifically, those comments that use a tried and true internet meme such as "In Soviet Russia.." or "I, for one, welcome our new [adjective] overlords." What makes some more funny than others? Is it a certain level of stupidity, for lack of a better word? Or is it viewed as some degree of cleverness when someone uses these remarks? And what makes some of the internet memes in general? I've tried explaining the "O Rly?" picture to family, but they just look at me oddly, wondering what is wrong with me to find that slightly amusing. So, what does make these things amusing? And I challenge all of you to respond with only original material. Do not use any of the usual remarks found on Slashdot. This means: this thread does run Linux, it does hate Microsoft, it can be imagined on a Beowulf cluster, in Soviet Russa this thread posts you, and all your threads are belong to us. Also, the thread is as crazy as RMS, it can be measured by Libraries of Congress, it is grammatically incorrect when superimposed over a kitten, and it will be your new overlord."
Businesses

+ - That Other Kind of Code: IT and Ethics 2

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dtienes
dtienes writes "Computerworld is running an article on a topic you don't often see discussed in the industry press: IT ethics. The article describes several ethical dilemmas that any IT employee may face: illegal or disturbing images on a hard drive, insider knowledger of company misdeeds, unfettered access to personal information, and so on. There are published codes of ethics for IT — the ACM has one, as do several other organization. Are you familiar with them? Should you be? How do you handle ethical choices, and should every IT employee be required to commit to one to practice their trade, much as attorneys or doctors do? (This implies, of course, that if you are found in violation of the code, you can't practice IT any longer...)"
Caldera

+ - Investment firm bids to buy SCOs UNIX operations

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WebCowboy
WebCowboy writes "It appears that there are still enough people out there deluded enough to see value in SCOs UNIX operations. York Capital Management has put in a $36 million bid for SCOs UNIX operations. The offer includes coverage of up to $10 million for payment of legal fees and York Capital would assume ownership of the disputed UNIX IP as well as what is left of the lawsuits. Interestingly, SCO has offered this up for competitive bid (who would want to though?). Upon completion of the transaction, should bankruptcy court approve, SCOX would become solely a mobile applications provider (which is the only part of SCOs offerings that have undergone any meaningful development for quite some time)."
Math

+ - String Theory in two minutes

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Most of us have heard of string theory, many of us know what it is and some of us may even be experts in the field. But could you explain it in two minutes? The discovery channel recently had a contest to do precisely that: create a two minute or less video of everything you need to know about string theory. You can view some of the best entries as well as the winning video: String Ducky!"

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