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0344: "1337: Part 4"

Postby Raphael » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:01 am UTC

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Alt-Text: Mrs. Roberts would have gotten up sooner, of coure, but she was busy piping find ~ and find ~nomad into xargs shred, just in case.

Awesome.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby photosinensis » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:02 am UTC

Stallman!

I had to wonder when he was going to enter the picture.

Edited to add:

This one's for those not getting the find ~ | xargs shred && find ~nomad | xargs shred bit in the alt text. Hit the spoiler link if you need a few pointers (no, it's not going to be 32-bit hex)

Spoiler:
'find' is a GNU system command that does exactly what it says it does: it finds and returns files on your computer. ~, in this case, is the wildcard argument, so it was specifically finding everything on the local disk. She was also running it on her Nomad MP3 player, which until about 2003, was the dominant such device (I take it that this particular scene is set around that time). 'xargs shred' takes everything given by standard input (the results of find in this case), and obscures/deletes it. Mrs. Roberts was, therefore, destroying any possible files that the MAFIAA would have found interesting.
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Re: 1337: Part 4

Postby Blipo » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:02 am UTC

Could you have posted more than a one-word comment? Seriously, did the "All the speed thread posting can fuck right off" fail to register with you?

That being said, I love where this comic is going.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby wing » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:03 am UTC

OHMYFUCKINGGODTHISISTHEGREATESTTHINGIHAVEEVERSEEN.

I seriously ROFLed.
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Cabhan » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:03 am UTC

This comic was absolute win. Stallman, DMCA, DVD Jon, and xargs in one comic!

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby nyeguy » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:03 am UTC

This is incredibly epic. I love the appearance of Stallman.
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Meraki » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:04 am UTC

I did not think this could get any more awesome.

And then it went and DID.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby muteKi » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:04 am UTC

Oh that is so freaking brilliant... but my lack of programming knowledge causes the alt-text to fall completely flat for once.


I mean, normally I get the programming stuff, but this one seems just a bit too technical for me.

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Re: 1337: Part 4

Postby Raphael » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:05 am UTC

Blipo wrote:Could you have posted more than a one-word comment? Seriously, did the "All the speed thread posting can fuck right off" fail to register with you?

That being said, I love where this comic is going.

Well, I don't honestly think anything but 'Awesome' can be said about Stallman. He's real life's closest equivalent to a ninja.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby wing » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:05 am UTC

Guys, is Randall going to retire after Friday?

Because this is how I'd want to go out if I wrote a geeky webcomic...
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby cmacis » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:06 am UTC

I hoped that this was coming. Open source hackers with swords? There could be some sort of game to be made out of this... Dammit, lost twenty dollars and my self respect.
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby narg » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:06 am UTC

This is easily one of the best comics on the site. Methinks that the 1337 string of comics wins the site.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Raphael » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:07 am UTC

wing wrote:Guys, is Randall going to retire after Friday?

Because this is how I'd want to go out if I wrote a geeky webcomic...

I don't think he'll retire until he brings a katana battle into an airship, I think.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby jib » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:09 am UTC

To save everyone else the trouble of checking: There is no section 408 in the DMCA Title IV. Title IV ends at section 407.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby 1337geek » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:09 am UTC

This is, hands down, the best xkcd yet (and there have been some truly amazing ones). I eagerly await the epic battle. And I really, really, really, really wish this would happen in real life. The MAFIAA needs to get what they deserve.
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Re: 1337: Part 4

Postby Blipo » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:09 am UTC

Raphael wrote:
Blipo wrote:Could you have posted more than a one-word comment? Seriously, did the "All the speed thread posting can fuck right off" fail to register with you?

That being said, I love where this comic is going.

Well, I don't honestly think anything but 'Awesome' can be said about Stallman. He's real life's closest equivalent to a ninja.


I think a ninja is real life's closest equivalent to a ninja.

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Re: 1337: Part 4

Postby Raphael » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:11 am UTC

Blipo wrote:
Raphael wrote:
Blipo wrote:Could you have posted more than a one-word comment? Seriously, did the "All the speed thread posting can fuck right off" fail to register with you?

That being said, I love where this comic is going.

Well, I don't honestly think anything but 'Awesome' can be said about Stallman. He's real life's closest equivalent to a ninja.


I think a ninja is real life's closest equivalent to a ninja.

Real ninjas weren't interesting enough. Neither were real pirates, sadly. Romanticism for the win.

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Re: 1337: Part 4

Postby Radikalskippy » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:12 am UTC

Blipo wrote:
Raphael wrote:
Blipo wrote:Could you have posted more than a one-word comment? Seriously, did the "All the speed thread posting can fuck right off" fail to register with you?

That being said, I love where this comic is going.

Well, I don't honestly think anything but 'Awesome' can be said about Stallman. He's real life's closest equivalent to a ninja.


I think a ninja is real life's closest equivalent to a ninja.

And Stallman is more like a Samurai, anyway. Honor codes and all...
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Euanthes » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:14 am UTC

STALLMAN!!!!!

Just about the most amazing week ever.

Also, what is it with HITIADLF Elaine Roberts and knives?
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby marco » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:15 am UTC

AHA!! the sucessful return of Stallman! I can't wait for the bloody fight that this will end up with!
gotta love the way he comes into the picture...and now somebody have to give him another katana so he can pose with them just like in the last pane :)
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby muteKi » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:16 am UTC

Fire me with an EMP cannon if you will but this line is so totally full of Buffy-level hotness, even though all the characters are stick figures.
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby phlip » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:16 am UTC

muteKi wrote:Oh that is so freaking brilliant... but my lack of programming knowledge causes the alt-text to fall completely flat for once.

Joke explanation behind the spoiler button:
Spoiler:
(find ~; find ~nomad) | xargs shred

find ~ will list every file in the home directory, find ~nomad will list every file in nomad's home directory.
xargs will read all those in, and pass them as arguments to shred
shred will take those file and effectively make them unrecoverable.

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Re: 1337: Part 4

Postby 1337geek » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:17 am UTC

Blipo wrote:Could you have posted more than a one-word comment? Seriously, did the "All the speed thread posting can fuck right off" fail to register with you?

I, too, had merely the word "Awesome" as my first thought, albeit in capital letters. All I could think for a whole minute was "AWESOME." Besides, even if he'd written a whole essay, it wouldn't have done the comic justice.
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Brandon » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:18 am UTC

Can someone explain exactly what the alt text is about? I think it's about shredding the contents of the drive, but more specifically?

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby podbaydoor » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:24 am UTC

I know one-word comments are frowned upon, but all I could think for a few minutes after reading this was:

YES.

Oh my dear god, YES.
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby DragonHawk » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:25 am UTC

Explanation of Unix stuff:
  • "find directory" will list all the files under the given directory
  • A tilde (~) is a shortcut for one's own home directory. Put a username after it, and you get that user's home directory instead. So "~nomad" would be the home dir of the user "nomad".
  • So "find ~" will list everything under one's home directory.
  • "xargs" takes its input, splits on whitespace, and assembles the result into arguments for a command.
  • "shread" is a utility which overwrites its arguments with data patterns intended to make it very difficult to recover the original data from the storage medium (disk).

So, something like this

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cat ~nomad | xargs shred

will find everything under nomad's home directory, and shred everything it can.
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:25 am UTC

WIN.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby wing » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:26 am UTC

Raphael wrote:
wing wrote:Guys, is Randall going to retire after Friday?

Because this is how I'd want to go out if I wrote a geeky webcomic...

I don't think he'll retire until he brings a katana battle into an airship, I think.

Dear Randall,

If you haven't written the final installment in this thing, work a Zeppelin into it PLEASE!!!

I'll let you utilize my girlfriend.

Love,
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Lemm » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:27 am UTC

I lol'd...
saw stallman coming as soon as the riaa guys pulled out katanas...

srry, but DNRT...

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby kingkael » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:30 am UTC

I've noticed that this thread averages one post per minute up until this point (post 30).

Also, I agree with the first post, just awesome.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby scowdich » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:33 am UTC

By sheer coincidence, I was picking my fingernails with a knife whilst reading this.

I got too excited and had to put it down about halfway through.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby mackey » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:39 am UTC

the last panel almost made me pee myself it was so good

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Monsterboy » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:40 am UTC

I didn't want to say anything and give Part 5 too much to live up to, but since so many have already said it...

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And that's saying something.

Not that I want this to become a serial comic, but I really do love the occasional multi-parts.

(Wow, it's nice to have something to say for once other than "Oh me yarm!!! Other people do that too!!??")
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Aleril » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:51 am UTC

wing wrote:
Raphael wrote:
wing wrote:Guys, is Randall going to retire after Friday?

Because this is how I'd want to go out if I wrote a geeky webcomic...

I don't think he'll retire until he brings a katana battle into an airship, I think.

Dear Randall,

If you haven't written the final installment in this thing, work a Zeppelin into it PLEASE!!!

I'll let you utilize my girlfriend.

Love,
Wing.


Also raptors
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Raphael » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:56 am UTC

HITIADLF Elaine fighting RIAA raptors on a MPAA zeppelin with Stallman and Janeane Garofalo by her side... :D

Just for nitpickiness's (sic?) sake, I with to point out the labels on their suitcases vanish. But, eh, who cares.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:57 am UTC

wing wrote:I'll let you utilize my girlfriend.

woah.
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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Nentuaby » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:02 am UTC

photosinensis wrote:Stallman!

I had to wonder when he was going to enter the picture.

Edited to add:

This one's for those not getting the find ~ | xargs shred && find ~nomad | xargs shred bit in the alt text. Hit the spoiler link if you need a few pointers (no, it's not going to be 32-bit hex)

Spoiler:
'find' is a GNU system command that does exactly what it says it does: it finds and returns files on your computer. ~, in this case, is the wildcard argument, so it was specifically finding everything on the local disk. She was also running it on her Nomad MP3 player, which until about 2003, was the dominant such device (I take it that this particular scene is set around that time). 'xargs shred' takes everything given by standard input (the results of find in this case), and obscures/deletes it. Mrs. Roberts was, therefore, destroying any possible files that the MAFIAA would have found interesting.


Close, but not quite.
Spoiler:
~ is the home directory. * would be the wildcard. She wasn't finding everything on the drive, just her home directory and the home directory of the 'nomad' account.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby ++$_ » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:12 am UTC

This comic was pure win.

However, I will be extremely disappointed unless, in the next comic, rms THROWS a katana, which severs both their heads before returning like a boomerang.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby floyd4one » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:16 am UTC

Radikalskippy wrote:
Blipo wrote:
Raphael wrote:
Blipo wrote:Could you have posted more than a one-word comment? Seriously, did the "All the speed thread posting can fuck right off" fail to register with you?

That being said, I love where this comic is going.

Well, I don't honestly think anything but 'Awesome' can be said about Stallman. He's real life's closest equivalent to a ninja.


I think a ninja is real life's closest equivalent to a ninja.

And Stallman is more like a Samurai, anyway. Honor codes and all...


Not to mention that ninja use ninjaken and as we learned previously Stallman has a katana.

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Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Surgery » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:45 am UTC

see, i was very confused. because i reloaded the forum page to see the thread for new comic (sometimes i read the new comic just by reading the new thread) and i noticed a thread that said "DMCA Title IV Section 408 Notice" or something similar, so i clicked it, and it asked me to log in again. i did. and i'm confronted with "you are not authorized to read this forum". i go back to the forums via http://www.xkcd.com and the thread has disappeared. and i'm incredibly confused until i read the comic. and in my mind that's enough to qualify this as a little bit of meta. sweet.


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