Buffy op Kanaal 2. Spike

Buffy op Kanaal 2. Spike rulet echt wel.

ICQ groupware op ’t werk is echt wel knudde. Het lijkt meer abandonware dan groupware: copyright 1996, praktisch niet aan de praat te krijgen onder XP (rechtermuisknop? connais pas m├┤ssieu!), en al het irritante amateurisme van ICQ minus de features.

Blijkbaar is het mogelijk om met Exchange 2000 een Instant Messenger Virtuel Server op te zetten. Misschien doen we dat wel eens in de loop van morgen. Op een testserver. Hmmm. Misschien een beetje overambitieus.

FROM: laocoon@doomgloom.eduTO: Trojan Army Listserv

FROM: laocoon@doomgloom.edu
TO: Trojan Army Listserv <Trojans-L@troy.org>
RE: WARNING!! BEWARE GREEKS BEARING GIFTS!

Hey Hector,

This was forwarded to me by Cassandra–it looks legit. Please distribute to Priam, Hecuba, and your 99 siblings.

Thanks,
Laocoon

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

IF YOU RECEIVE A GIFT IN THE SHAPE OF A LARGE WOODEN HORSE DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT!!!! It is EXTREMELY DESTRUCTIVE and will overwrite your ENTIRE CITY!

The “gift” is disguised as a large wooden horse about two stories tall.
It tends to show up outside the city gates and appears to be abandoned. DO NOT let it through the gates! It contains hardware that is incompatible with Trojan programming, including a crowd of heavily armed Greek warriors that will destroy your army, sack your town, and kill your women and children. If you have already received such a gift, DO NOT OPEN IT! Take it back out of the city unopened and set fire to it by the beach.

FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

Poseidon

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FROM:
hector@studmuffin.com
TO: laocoon@doomgloom.edu
RE: Greeks bearing gifts

Laocoon,

I hate to break to you, but this is one of the oldest hoaxes there is. I’ve seen variants on this warning come through on other listservs, one involving some kind of fruit that was supposed to kill the people who ate it and one having to do with something called the “Midas Touch.” Here are a few tipoffs that this is a hoax:

1) This “Forward this message to everyone you know” crap. If it were really meant as a warning about the Greek army, why tell anyone to post it to the Phonecians, Sumerians, and Cretans?

2) Use of exclamation points. Always a giveaway.

3) It’s signed “from Poseidon.” Granted he’s had his problems with Odysseus but he’s one of their guys, isn’t he? Besides, the lack of a real header with a detailed address makes me suspicious.

4) Technically speaking, there is no way for a horse to overwrite your entire city. A horse is just an animal, after all.

Next time you get a message like this, just delete it. I appreciate your concern, but once you’ve been around the block a couple times you’ll realize how annoying this kind of stuff is.

Bye now,
Hector

Microsoft Typography Withdraws Free Web

Microsoft Typography Withdraws Free Web Fonts [Slashdot]
Fijn. Goed voor Microsoft. En nu wachten tot de l33t h@x0rz bij Slashdot allemaal in koor roepen dat die fonts toch niet goed waren (fout, ze zijn uitstekend), dan er toch genoeg andere fonts bestaan (fout, geen fonts die z├▓ goed voor scherm geschikt zijn), dat ze dan zelf wel “even GIMP zullen opstarten en een font maken” (ha, ik wens ze veel geluk toe: fonts maken is tot phtoshoppen wat quantummechanica is tot een katrol gebruiken), etc. etc.

Losers. Microsoft heeft gewoon een zwakte geïdentificeerd bij de Linux-on-desktop-boys (gebrek aan goeie fonts) en daarop gereageerd. Fijn.

Mensen met teveel tijd op

Mensen met teveel tijd op hun handen, deel 1 (hoor mij bezig):

This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.