Why do all the sudo? [was Re: Software updater no longer functional]

Dave Stevens geek at uniserve.com
Fri Jan 27 15:50:12 UTC 2017


On Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:54:53 +0200
Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 23 January 2017 at 22:04, Karl Auer <kauer at biplane.com.au> wrote:
> > Keats said it better 200 years ago:
> >
> >     `[...] beauty is truth, truth beauty,' – that is all
> >        Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know"
> >
> > And he was wrong too :-)  
> 
> «
> This was the gist of the notice. It said "The Guide is definitive.
> Reality is frequently inaccurate."
> 
> This has lead to some interesting consequences. For instance, when
> the editors of the "Guide" were sued by the families of those who had
> died as a result of taking the entry on the planet Traal literally
> (it said "Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal for
> visiting tourists" instead of "Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make
> a very good meal OF visiting tourists"), they claimed that the first
> version of the sentence was the more aesthetically pleasing, summoned
> a qualified poet to testify under oath that beauty was truth, truth
> beauty and hoped thereby to prove that the guilty party in this case
> was Life itself for failing to be either beautiful or true. The
> judges concurred, and in a moving speech held that Life itself was in
> contempt of court, and duly confiscated it from all those there
> present before going off to enjoy a pleasant evening's ultragolf. »
> 
> -- Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
> 

well, it's certainly better than Godwin's Law. Maybe Adams' Law?

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