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Journal: Favorite Slashdot Stories?

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I'd have to say that this one is one of the most insightul ones I've seen during my time here. Overall, career threads on slashdot are usually extremely informative and interesting, but that one more so.

Which threads do you find yourselves reading time and again?
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Journal: Series 2 of IT crowd 1

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I'm surprised that this hasn't made the rounds of Slashdot considering thats how I found out about the series in the first place, but the second season of IT Crowd has begun on UK's Channel 4 and is available by the usual channels.

While the writing is still crisp and funny, with the same geek flavor, the camera work seems more dramatic than the consistent use of long shots and some new set decoration. Even though, very much worth checking out. Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?

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Journal: April Fools

Journal by dr_dank

April fools again. I hope /. will have bizarro moderation where first posts and IN SOVIET RUSSIA crap gets modded +5 insightful.

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Journal: Journey - An Informal Survey part 2: Electric Bugaloo 4

Journal by dr_dank

The 1970's yielded many rock acts that toured the nation and flooded the airwaves. Some have gone on to become classics. The music of Journey is one such example.

Whether you like to "Be good to yourself" or not, "only the young" will be unable to resist their power chord charms belted out by Neal Schon. Whether you pine for Steve Perry or find that Steve Augeri is just as good, tell us about your favorite Journey tunes.

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Journal: Hall and Oates: an Informal Survey 6

Journal by dr_dank

Tucked away in the back of the minds of most modern folks is at least one song by the hit duo of Darryl Hall and John Oates. Whether it be the strains of "Rich Girl" or all of the words to "Man Eater", nary a person alive today has been untouched by the song stylings of these men.

What Hall and Oates song does it for you? I'd like to know as well as your fellow Slashdotters. There is nothing to be ashamed of, so please don't be shy. I may cover Journey or REO Speedwagon at a later date as interest allows.

The timing of this JE has nothing to do with the copious amounts of Percocet that I have been taking for my wisdom teeth extraction, although a parallel could be drawn by the casual observer.

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Journal: Rest in Peace: Wesley Willis 2

Journal by dr_dank

According to Jello Biafra, groundbreaking musican/songwriter Wesley Willis died yesterday at the age of 40.

Willis left behind a body of work spanning fifty albums, many of which advocated fellating various animals. Funeral arrangements are unavailable.

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Journal: Zaurus Roundup

Journal by dr_dank

I'd like to hear from the Sharp Zaurus owners in the house. Reply with your model, rom version, add-ons, or whatever you feel. In-depth discussion is highly encouraged. I'll start the ball rolling:

Sharp Zaurus Sl-5500
Openzaurus 3.2
Ambicom 802.11b c/f
PNY 128mb SD card

I like running Kismet on it, but I find that it doesn't beep when it discovers a new net like it does when it runs on the stock Sharp ROM.

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Journal: Slashdot Vacation Day?

Journal by dr_dank
Pointing my browser at Kuro5hin turned up this message:

K5 is on vacation for the day

Yesterday those of you who were around might recall seeing the site down or really slow for a good chunk of the day. There were some database problems, then a really bizarre thing with the Scoop servers which was solved by rebooting them, but after the reboot one came back up without sshd running so I can't get in to configure it, and then some kind person decided to DoS us mildly. Oh, and I upgraded the database somewhere in there too.

So we're on one Scoop server at the moment, and the database really needs to be archived more. I wrote a script to do archiving a lot faster, but it needs to run for a while, and it's 4AM here and what with everything else I think I'm just calling today a maintenance day so I can go to bed.

It's summer, and I'm sure many of you have things you've been meaning to get to. So now's the time. Enjoy your K5 vacation day, and we'll see you bright and early on Wednesday.


This got my wheels turning: what would happen if Slashdot were to go offline for an entire day? No available stories, just a "Gone fishin'" sign. How would you spend the time normally spent here?

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Journal: Paging the Captain? 1

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Am I the only one that has been waiting with baited breath for the Captain Crunch interview that was put out nearly two months ago (April 15, to be exact)? Is he among the living?

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Journal: IRC forum digest 1

Journal by dr_dank
If you missed last nights IRC chat with the powers that be on this site, heres the Readers Digest breakdown:
Submit patches.
Read the FAQ.
Next question.
I was going to ask about Jon Katz' mysterious Afhan confidante, Junis, but wasn't on IRC at the time. What did you make of the chat? Transcript here.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS