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Linux For Supervillains 256

computernut writes "Supervillains seem to like Linux. Take a peek at a cool Shockwave Animation on why they use it." Cute little animation. I think we might have shown it here before, but hey it's Sunday, and August which means this is the closest thing to news we might have all day.
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Linux For Supervillains

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  • Are you kidding me? (Score:5, Informative)

    by falloutboy ( 150069 ) on Sunday August 14, 2005 @10:25AM (#13315946)
    This story is a great reason not to get a subscription to slashdot.

    Anyway, the video -- which is funny -- is several years old and comes from []
  • Of course (Score:5, Funny)

    by PakProtector ( 115173 ) <{moc.liamg} {ta} {vikvec}> on Sunday August 14, 2005 @10:27AM (#13315952) Journal

    Linux is for Supervillians. The Good Guys use NetBSD.

  • News for Nerds? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Ubi_NL ( 313657 ) <joris.ideeel@nl> on Sunday August 14, 2005 @10:27AM (#13315954) Journal
    My $DEITY
    This thing is nearly 3 years old
    It's mentioned on other websites [] with a date of january 2003!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 14, 2005 @10:28AM (#13315955)
    ..but at least he's honest about it. Doesn't fucking bother capitalizing August or Sunday, doesn't care to look up if it's a dupe.

    *gasp* He's just another lazy computer geek! Everyone, get the pitchforks and torches! We're supposed to all be pissed off cuz he's getting paid to be a lazy geek! We're supposed to gripe about having subscriptions and.. o, wait, I'm an AC.

    Yes, anyway, Taco is still my man.
    • Or... (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      He could've just not posted any new articles, keeping the ones that are there on the main page so we can discuss them more.

      Why we used to love /.: In the good ol' days, Taco and Hemos posted an article when there was something to post, maybe once an hour, maybe once a day. Articles stayed on the front page for days, and we managed to have meaningful discussions about them.

      Why we don't love it anymore: There's now a quota of one article per hour (or one per 2 hours during USA-side nights and weekends). This
    • Kathleen? Is that you?
  • by Stephen Samuel ( 106962 ) <samuel AT bcgreen DOT com> on Sunday August 14, 2005 @10:28AM (#13315957) Homepage Journal
    Great... More fodder for the Microsoft FUD machine..

    First, "they hate copyright", now "they want to destroy the world". What next? "They're trying to put an entire industry (anti-virus) out of business!"?

    • by rgmoore ( 133276 ) *

      Don't laugh. Darl McBride actually mentioned this animation in his Long Live Unix [] letter. He was making fun of the "First you have to config it, then write some shell scripts, update your RPMs, partition your drives, patch your kernel, compile your binaries and check your version dependencies..." part, but he raised this obviously humorous animation as a serious criticism of Linux.

  • Well... (Score:5, Funny)

    by MustardMan ( 52102 ) on Sunday August 14, 2005 @10:29AM (#13315960)
    Since we're duping movies we've seen before, I might as well point out the funniest Switch parody I've ever seen... d=499 []
    • That was great!

      Breakout... Super Breakout... Photoshop.
      • My favorite line was always the one where he said "you already know which games are good on the mac because you played them on the pc five or six years ago"

        As a mac user, I'm glad I like my games on a TV and without a keyboard!
      • Oh, come on. That video is old. Now there are lots of high-quality games for the Mac []. There's World of Warcraft! (uncomfortable pause) And Myst... the Sims 2... ooh, Starcraft! And Diablo II! And the Oregon Trail. I used to love that game.
    • That's nothing! Have you seen this [] yet?
    • Re:Well... (Score:2, Funny)

      by orkysoft ( 93727 )
      Yeah, there's this Flash movie of an old video game animation, which is really badly translated from Japanese, and the evil guy says "All your base are belong to us", and then there are lots of photoshopped photos with that text photoshopped into them photographically, and it's all like OMFGPWNZOR ALL YOUR BASE IRLBBQ!!!11one

      It probably appeared on Slashdot before, I'd guess...
    • At least the article's animation was smaller than the apple mov file. Or was that the point?

    • That's a good one, but I seem to remember an even funnier one with a guy that starts yelling in his ranting about Windows/PCs... I think it also featured the 'switch ads' background music. But I've forgotton where I downloaded it. Damn... I was talking about this the other day as well, co-incidentally.

      If anyone remembers this ad please reply to this post! I'd dearly love to see it again.
      • Now that I think about it, it might even have been a reverse-switch ad, farcically advocating a switch to the PC. Just in case anyone remembers...
  • slashdot (Score:4, Informative)

    by brokencomputer ( 695672 ) on Sunday August 14, 2005 @10:30AM (#13315964) Homepage Journal
    Wow, this animation is soooooooooooo old. here is the actual site this came from [].
  • by davecrusoe ( 861547 ) on Sunday August 14, 2005 @10:33AM (#13315980) Homepage
    ... but it's still funny! And besides, some of us don't remember /. stories three years old => So, I for one welcome our three-year-old Linux supervillian overlords. But only when used appropriately.
  • Um, how come (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TheEvilOverlord ( 684773 ) on Sunday August 14, 2005 @10:33AM (#13315982) Journal
    When I post something relevant it gets rejected, but when someone posts an admittedly funny, but million year old flash animation, it gets front paged?
    • Re:Um, how come (Score:3, Insightful)

      This is /. and the guy said Linux, ergo . . . relevant.
    • August is traditionally a slow news month. The US Congress is out of session. A lot of people are on vacation. People don't usually make major announcements. Maybe tech could be different, but as the article says, "News for Nerds" is a little thin on the ground.

      The other key word is "Sunday", meaning no companies issued press releases yesterday or today. If a company has done something interesting (and face it: in the tech world a lot of stuff gets done by companies) it comes out either as a press rele
  • i'm dumber! (Score:5, Funny)

    by illtron ( 722358 ) on Sunday August 14, 2005 @10:38AM (#13316004) Homepage Journal
    Yet again, something absolutely useless on Slashdot has made me dumber. This time it was unfunny too. Thanks Slashdot! Two or three more like this and I'll be too retarded to type.
  • This thing is called Flash for 5 years already! And previously it wasn't simply Shockwave, but Shockwave Flash. Shockwave is the name of Macromedia Director's internet format and entirely different technology.
  • I had a vivid and specific memory of Slashdot last posting this, and I can date it 'cos I remember showing it to the goddam beret-wearing Mac freaks (us Linux/Slowaris/mod_perl folks had a friendly rivalry going with the shapemakers.) At the time I was working at a dotcom that went tits-up in July 2001. I only started there in October 2000, so that makes the Flash four to five years old.

    See how much has changed since then, as the Linux revolution in ease of use and consistency has swept the world's desktop

  • by burtdub ( 903121 ) on Sunday August 14, 2005 @11:02AM (#13316095)
    Perhaps we can get other enemies to jump on the Linux bandwagon:

    • Osama Bin Linux
    • Saddam GNU-ssein
    • Kim Jong Moz-Il-la
    • And a couple of people who some may consider supervillains...

      • George W. BSD
      • Mao Zed-ogg
      • NapoleOSS Bonapache
      • Gnunghis K-han
      • Nethack Ceausescu

      Oh, and if you were referring to the Axis of E-vil, then you forgot iAtollah CP/Meini.

    • Uhm, Bill Gates?


      BTW, I saw "Stealth" last night. Check out the Seattle ubergeek's secretary in the last half hour. Does anybody think Bill has a secretary that looks like that? She had legs that could span Puget Sound.

      Now, if I ever get my AI working, I definitely would have a secretary that looks like that.
  • Wow. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by hungrygrue ( 872970 ) on Sunday August 14, 2005 @11:09AM (#13316125) Homepage
    I wouldn't be surprised to see a /. story on, say, hampster dance in a few years. Not only has that video been around for years, but Darl Mcbride even referred to it in his "open letter" not long ago:

      A popular animation
                    on the Internet features a guy named Steve, the Linux Super Villain.
                    During the course of the 60 second animation, he describes his work
                    with Linux stating, "First you have to config it, then write some
                    shell scripts, update your RPMs, partition your drives, patch your
                    kernel, compile your binaries and check your version dependencies..." ml?.v=19 [] 1717257&from=rss []

  • by SharpFang ( 651121 ) on Sunday August 14, 2005 @12:30PM (#13316450) Homepage Journal
    that over 50% of terrorist websites run on Open Source webservers? :)
  • I liked it! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by TarryTops ( 888130 )
    Well I kinda liked it. It's Sunday and some nutty flash can't do me any harm, now can it?(Besides my RHEL4 which I'm trying to tune thru my VNC wirelessly).
  • Unlike wine, flash movies do not get better with age =P
  • Being a long time comics reader and supervillain myself (well, wannabe, anyway), I believe in Linux!

    Kim Polese used this at her talk announcing SpikeSource last year. I had just downloaded it a few days before myself, so when I listened to the MP3 of her talk and heard this come on, I was like, "Oh, cool, Kim!"

    I count Kim as a "gorgeous fembot" for this coolness.

    Sadly, Linux has not yet improved my love life.

    But the orbiting brain laser research is going well on Mandrake 10.1 - to be upgraded to 2006 when i

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"