Dear fellow UK.d-i-y'ers...
I have noticed a lot of off-thread replies in the group, these don't
really help those of us who are researching a subject.
From: Liam ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Hotpoint washing machine motor
Date: 2003-07-16 11:15:41 PST
has one reply which is relevant, then the thread goes off about imps
Please please please try to keep irrelevant replies to a minimum. I
know it's nice to share experiences like these, but as I noticed most
of the regulars are on first name terms and could discuss these points
I found many "long" threads, only to find that about 5% of the replies
are really useful...
On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 21:09:49 UTC, "Devil's Advocate"
Ah, but discussions in *this* thread about surge protectors are off
topic! The only on-topic subject in this thread is a discussion about
So, start a new thread about surge protectors...but don't discuss
off-thread replies in *that* thread...! Because that would be off-topic
for that thread...
email@example.com (Bob Eager) wrote in
Speaking of that....
From the langa list
Brooks Hatch sends along this spoof of Linux:
If Linux was a car...Sense of Humor required!
M: Hey Pete, Can you help me put a radio in my Debian?
P: You're an Idiot, RTFM!
M: I need more help than that.
P: You're an idiot! I did a Google search. It's in the page
referenced by the footnote in the 37th hit. If I could find
it, so can you.
GS: (good Samaritan) You need to rebuild the engine to add a
M: Rebuild the engine?
P: You're an idiot!
GS: There's a how-to. It's written for a "Hat", but it's
mostly correct except that engine is in the rear. It's
translated from German, but they did a pretty good job. It'll
tell you to hook the radio to the red and black wires, but
since you've got a Debian, there won't be any red and black
wires. And you still need to write the radio driver. Don't
forget to regrind the camshaft. If you don't, you'll get an
error message that you don't have permission to change the
tire pressure, but it's the camshaft. You'll need a lot of
tools, but you can get them for free. Most of them come with
instructions... about 900 pages in all. Read 'em all carefully
and understand 'em before you start. Should be able to figure
it all out in a couple of months.
M: Hey Pete, I didn't get all the stuff I needed to rebuild my
engine. Can I borrow your Drake again?
P: The wife has the Drake, but you can borrow the Hat.
M: This is different. Where's the steering wheel?
P: That dashboard was really using a lot of gas. This has what
is called a CLI. Just type CTRL-L to go left and CTRL-R to go
M: What about the gas and brakes?
P: That's all combined into a single speed number. Just type
ps | grep speed. The headings are in Klingon, but the third
number is the one you want. Just divide by the speed of light
to get meters/second. You'll have to parse it out, calculate
the new speed and use the nice function to change the priority
of the process. That changes the speed. If you had just read
the manpage, I wouldn't have had to tell you all that.
M: Which manpage?....never mind... What if I need to stop in a
P: Gotcha covered. There's a script for panic stops. Just type
PanicStop-3.8.63278665-HAT when=now. It will ask you for a
password. Enter the password and hang on cause you're gonna
stop real quick. I'm really proud of the deceleration
optimization routine. Be careful typing, it's case sensitive.
If it gives you a cryptic error message and doesn't stop, it's
probably because you forgot to add yourself to the brakes
group. It's all in the manpage.
M: Which manpage?....never mind...
[MUCH, MUCH LATER....]
M: I wish I hadn't sold my Gates. At least I could drive it to
town and pick up Granny....
P: You're an idiot!.....
On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 21:46:04 UTC, Mike Ring
But it isn't...it's a tank or an armoured car and the garage gives them
(see "In the Beginning was the Command Line", by Neal Stephenson; a good
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