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Comment dmenu (Score 1) 411

I'm surprised nobody mentioned dmenu.
dmenu reads lines as items, lets you choose one of them (with tab completion, etc) and prints the choice you made.
Example: FILE=$(ls | dmenu)
dzen does the same thing and much more.
All these tools are very small and only depend on the Xlib. No gtk/qt crap.

Comment Clerks quote (Score 1) 849

It reminds me of a Clerks quote where a gum seller is trying to convince customers in a shop not to buy cigarettes by comparing the clerk to nazis:

  • [salesman] Here comes the speech about how he's just doing his job by following orders. Let me tell you about another group of hate-mongers that were just following orders... They were called Nazis!
  • [customers] Fuckin' Nazi!

The comparison is so stretched, it's just ridiculous...

Comment Highway (Score 5, Funny) 10

It's ok, they're just building a highway.
Obligatory quote:

  "But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning
office for the last nine month."
          "Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them,
yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call
attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anybody or
          "But the plans were on display..."
          "On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."
          "That's the display department."
          "With a torch."
          "Ah, well the lights had probably gone."
          "So had the stairs."
          "But look, you found the notice didn't you?"
          "Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a
locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door
saying Beware of the Leopard."

Submission + - SPAM: Saving Unix one kernel at a time

coondoggie writes: "In this its 40th year of operating system life, some Unix stalwarts are trying to resurrect its past. That is they are taking on the unenviable and difficult job of restoring to its former glory old Unix software artifacts such as early Unix kernels, compilers and other important historical source code pieces. In a paper to be presented at next week's Usenix show, Warren Toomey of the Bond School of IT is expected to detail restoration work being done on four key Unix software artifacts all from the early 1970s — Nsys, 1st edition Unix kernel, 1st and 2nd edition binaries and early C compilers. In his paper, Toomey states that while the history of Unix has been well-documented, there was a time when the actual artifacts of early Unix development were in danger of being lost forever. [spam URL stripped]"
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