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GNU is Not Unix

+ - Frank Zappa's Influence on Linux and FOSS developm->

Roblimo writes: Zappa's Dinah-Moe Hummm is totally about Linux, at least in spirit, while the song Montana, with its talk of zirconium-encrusted tweezers and dental floss, "is obviously about Mac users." Not only that: In the early 70s Zappa wrote a song called Penguin in Bondage, an obvious foretelling of the anti-Linux lawsuits and threats from SCO, Microsoft, and other evildoers. Zappa was also a heavy user of the Synclavier, an electronic music-machine that was a precursor to today's "studio on a computer" recording and sound editing software. According to the article on DevX, today Zappa would no doubt be using Linux and Ardour for most of his recording and composition.
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+ - Wikia busted purchasing FFXIClopedia for $200,000?

An anonymous reader writes: Final Fantasy XI (FFXI), Square-Enix's unique entry into the MMORPG
market, is not the most popular of the genre. Nonetheless, one of its
strengths lies in the broad community support that it inspires in its
fans. A number of unique metadata sites have sprung up around it,
including the groundbreaking FFXIAH ( Auction
House tracking service.

One of the newer entries to this list is FFXIclopedia
(, an FFXI wiki. As with most wikis, the
content was provided principally by the users and the community. So
what happens when businesses notice such a grass-roots niche market?
Apparently, the answer is: a cover-up of misspent fund-raiser moneys,
and a sale of the content to Wikia for USD $200,000 in cash and stock
options. Source:

Comment: Re:dial 911 for admin.... (Score 1) 745 745

In FFXI, GMs can take the form of standard PCs, albeit wearing custom armor with cool fiery effects and massive amounts of defense. They can sit in an area, invisible, if a player calls them to watch TOS violations taking place. They can teleport players to jail, which is an area called Mordion Gaol. They can also free players who have accidentally become stuck in the landscape. The only difference is that they don't walk a beat; they only appear when called. My understanding is that they have enough to deal with that they don't have time to simply walk around, and of course, raising player fees to provide more GMs probably wouldn't go down too well.

BLISS is ignorance.