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The wisdom of Slashdot sigs

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Added: 2008-09-04 12:53

The wisdom of Slashdot sigs

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It has been said that all of mankind's greatest knowledge is held in sigs. And if it hadn't, it has now.

Slashdot is a site that allows users to put a sig at the bottom of their posts - some of these can be funny, ironic, or insightful.

My favourite is probably: "God is dead" - Nietzsche, 1882. "Nietzsche is dead" - God, 1900

I have saved a few of these over time, and have made them into a fortune file, which you can see yourself.

If you're on Linux, install the "fortune" package, and then save these two files into the fortunes directory. (It's /usr/share/fortune/ on Gentoo, and /usr/share/games/fortunes/ on Ubuntu (yeah, what a great game)).

Then, when you run

fortune slashdot

from the command line, you'll be graced (inflicted?) with someone's sig.

If you are some backward user on some non-Linux operating system, you can view them here, one at a time. Just hit refresh.

I will update these from time to time, so re-download occasionally. A monthly cronjob, perhaps?

Disclaimer: These are ones I've personally found funny/amusing/just plain weird, and have included. If yours is better, don't get angry - perhaps I just haven't read any discussions you post in.

You can use this as a cronjob (on Ubuntu) - please don't run it very often, as it won't update much:
wget -o /dev/null -O /usr/share/games/fortunes/slashdot http://files.calum.org/slashdot
wget -o /dev/null -O /usr/share/games/fortunes/slashdot.dat http://files.calum.org/slashdot.dat

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