[TAG] Issue #106
ben at callahans.org
Mon Sep 20 18:06:37 MSD 2004
On Mon, Sep 20, 2004 at 05:38:37PM +0100, Jimmy O'Regan wrote:
> Thomas Adam wrote:
> >Walmart? I thought they only sold food? Mind you, at the equivilent pound
> >sterling to dollar ratio, $999 for that spec laptop is pretty good.
> From what I'd heard, the only things they don't sell are weapons of
> mass destruction, but it's only a matter of time before the UN send
> around some inspectors to confirm this.
Weapons of mass delusion, you mean? Oh. I'd been _wondering_ where Bush
and Co. got'em. "Special, today only! $29.95 Billion per set, they have
no width, height, depth, or mass - but *tons* of political spin and
charm!  Get yours now, and you'll never need to look for another
reason to start a war! Karl Rove propaganda machine not included."
 A rather quarky way of looking at things, to be sure...
> >>The most annoying part of this laptop-buying game is that there's
> >>usually no easy way to find out what the chipset is unless you buy the
> >>thing (or take it for a test drive. Hmm, firing it up in the store with
> >>a Knoppix CD might be an idea...) - and that's one of the critical
> >Not to mention, you'd get thrown out. :)
> "You open it up and poke at the circuitry, you bought it" doesn't have
> quite the same ring. If they question the Knoppix test, you can tell
> them to think themselves lucky you didn't try the coffee retention test.
Coffee _retention_ test? Quite apropos, especially since I just got an
email from a Perl list with an interestingly mispeled term:
It accepts as input two base10 numbers, converts them to two unary
numbers, performs urinary multiplication
Seems like that would be a part of any coffee-retention test performed
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