March 8th, 2002

fashionable

I Won't Subscribe!

Three cheers for the Anonymous Coward who posted the lyrics below to Slashdot!

It's not that I don't believe that Slashdot shouldn't have a user-supported revenue source, but I think that by offering people the choice between two equally distasteful alternatives, they made a fundamental error in how they approached things. A spoon full of sugar would have been in order, and sugar can be a lot less expensive than you'd think. Poor marketing... and poor Slashdot -- they really do deserve better.

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"First I was afraid
I was very sad
Kept thinking I could never read
a slashdot full of ads
But I had oh so many posts
Smacked down for saying jamie's wrong
I grew strong
I learned how to carry on..

So now there's ads
More of the same
I just logged on to find them here
Between the news and all the flames
I should have changed my fucking hosts
I should have switched my uid
If I had known for just one second
they'd be back to bother me

So off I go - I'm out the door
Just turn around now
'Cause I'm not reading anymore
Weren't you the one who hit me with $rtbl
You think I'm quelled
You think I'd just go to hell --

Oh no, not I
I won't subscribe
As long as I know how to post
I know I'll be alive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my posts to give
I won't subscribe
I won't subscribe

It took all the strength I had
Not to read this thread
Kept trying hard to ban
slashdot addiction from my head
And I spent oh so many nights
Just posting crap at minus one
Used to be fun
But now I want to cut and run

And you see me at
Another site
I'm not that stupid little user
Reading every night
And so you felt like dropping in
And just expect me to be free
Now I'm saving all my comments
For someone who's loving me

So off I go - I'm out the door
Just turn around now
'Cause I'm not reading anymore
Weren't you the one who hit me with $rtbl
You think I'm quelled
You think I'd just go to hell --

Oh no, not I
I won't subscribe
As long as I know how to post
I know I'll be alive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my posts to give
I won't subscribe
I won't subscribe

Hey hey..."
fashionable

Cultural differences between submariners...

Was reading a news story today about the British selling the Canadians submarines that leak. That, however, wasn't the amusing part for me.

What was amusing was hearing that one of the Canadian submariners unjammed a faulty piece of equipment with a hockey stick. Only a Canadian would bring a hockey stick onto a submarine, where space is at a premium. Do you think they play a few games in the narrow passageways between compartments or something? Imagine all the really interesting rebound shots you could do... and somewhere out there in the deep, there is a very confused Russian Sonar operator, listenning to it all.

Do you think the Russians have something similar with their subs, like a unique ballast system made up of empty bottles of Stoli?

Do Canadians do something similar for computer technical support?

"Hello?! Ontario Online... Your computer won't start, eh? Have you tried rebooting it...? Well, what aboot a slapshot? Aim for the fan port!"

In other news Scotland gave up the war on drugs, prompting Prince Philip to open his mouth for half a second before being tackled to the floor by the Queen's personal guards.