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The Ouroborus 67

If I could do this I'd never leave the house.


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The Ouroborus

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  • Wow (Score:5, Interesting)

    by pete-classic (75983) <> on Thursday January 15, 2009 @01:19PM (#26469861) Homepage Journal

    Not only is this handily the worst Slashdot "story" I've ever seen, but it's spelled "Ouroboros".


    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Tryle (1159503)
      I thought it was spelled Ohyouboreus. Compelling "story".
    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Wikipedia claims it's ok to spell it this way. [] "tail-devouring snake", also spelled Ourorboros, Oroborus, Uroboros or Uroborus
      • by Ecuador (740021)

        Wikipedia has an entry even for "Nucular". Right now it says that "some recognize it because of its increased usage", give it a little and it will say it is a fine spelling. The fact is that the greek "omicron upsilon" is translated as either "ou" or "u", so while Uroboros is fine, "Oroborus" is an obvious misspelling that probably originated from the fact that the "us" is a common latin suffix, while this particular word seems to have been originated directly from Greek and not gone through the not uncommo

      • Also spelled "idleispants"
        • I don't really get the idleispants thing. I mean, I think I understand the sentiment, but it is a very . . . non-US way of expressing it.

          It just seems that nearly all the posts I see on Slashdot are in some approximation of US English. Are there a bunch of Britons hanging around Slashdot just tagging stories? If so, are they the assholes who insist on tagging every story, "story"?


    • Maybe, just maybe, this isn't actually a Slashdot story, but is the sick joke of a really, really good DNS hacker....

      Nah. That's just wishful thinking.

    • by sgt scrub (869860)

      It is a logo submission for oroborus you insensitive clod!

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by VeNoM0619 (1058216)
      Listen people! There is a very good reason this is on the /. main page, since this is a tech website, it is meant to spark conversation and be meaningful in a technology kind of way. Don't you see the reference to cold fusion?! That's why the 10 word story is such a short story, the picture alone has left us with many insights into the ability to create infinite energy.
      • Listen people! There is a very good reason this is on the /. main page, since this is a tech website, it is meant to spark conversation and be meaningful in a technology kind of way.

        I swear to Superman, I actually thought about the symbolic meaning of the ouroboros as it relates to the theory of the ultimate universal collapse (as opposed to infinite expansion or a cyclical growth and contraction) while this thread was loading.

        Little did I know that I'd already moved beyond the scope of the article before I even had a chance not to read it.

  • WTF? (Score:2, Flamebait)

    by pdboddy (620164)
    Perhaps now Idle should be renamed Weird, or Strange. :P
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by eta526 (833281)
      Why can't we mod entire "stories" -1 offtopic? This is quite possibly the lamest thing I have seen on Slashdot in years.
    • Perhaps now Idle should be renamed Weird, or Strange. :P

      Just name the section: Off-topic.

  • nom nom nom (Score:5, Funny)

    by revlayle (964221) on Thursday January 15, 2009 @01:20PM (#26469883) Homepage
    nom nom nom oh noes nom nom hai i haz a flavorz
  • Ewww (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 15, 2009 @01:22PM (#26469933)

    Talk about leaving a shitty taste in your mouth...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    our rob o ros. //read from a box found under a grav-pool table.

  • ouroboros (Score:2, Interesting)

    by sl0ppy (454532)

    do you perhaps mean:


    oroboros is a window manager.

  • Millennium (Score:2, Interesting)

    by sesshomaru (173381)
    This is who we are. []
  • I'm intrigued. How will this concept scale?
    My coworker points out that this idea doesn't have any legs to stand on.
    Oh - my boss said that this bites.

  • by camperdave (969942) on Thursday January 15, 2009 @01:47PM (#26470575) Journal
    Amazing. I never knew that a snake could come into existence by crawling out of its own mouth.
    • by Skevin (16048)

      We like to think if as birth-barfing. The really nasty part is when it gets near the end... Ever drag your own anus down the length of your tongue? It's not pleasant.

      Yours truly,
      Self-Birthing Snake

  • Slashdot (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hogwash McFly (678207) on Thursday January 15, 2009 @01:51PM (#26470671)

    You aren't Digg. Stop trying to be. You are better than that. Slashdot does not need colour-coded, user-rated stories that you 'digg up' and 'bury' and, above all, does not need single image 'stories' for people to LOL over. Have some dignity.

    • by FenrirIII (965763)
      You are apparently not from America. Everyone knows that shows with dignity are for old people and get no buzz or advertising. It's shock and wow, people! Now lets get half-naked celebrities eating their feet!
    • by tachin1 (763958)
      Does anyone know how to get the pid for the idle process? i need to kill it.
    • Hogwash McFly (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Stop taking yourself and the site so fucking seriously. Slashdot has repeatedly proved it should not be taken seriously with the inane and immature posts that regularly flood threads. Like the death of Majel Roddenberry [] for instance, where there was a flood of inappropriare posts. This is the respectable, serious, dignified Website you were talking about?

      Lighten up. This section is called "Idle" and not on the main page for a reason.

      Typical nerd, no personality, no sense of humor, thinks he is oh so
  • fire samzepus now (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Lord Byron II (671689) on Thursday January 15, 2009 @02:52PM (#26471923)
    my subject says all - this is simply unacceptable
  • Another "story" that's as lame as this and you're going on my ignore list. I haven't put an author on my /. ignore list since Jon Katz (although Zonk has come close a few times).

    The only reason I haven't done it already is that your shotgun approach to posting random stories means that sometimes you post interesting ones, too, but that will be an acceptable loss if that's what I have to do to avoid crap like this.

  • This happens in a Tintin book, and result in the same image.
  • Ecosystem (Score:4, Funny)

    by conureman (748753) on Thursday January 15, 2009 @03:16PM (#26472407)

    I see this as a metaphor for technological man.

  • by nurb432 (527695)

    Look its a Democrat!

  • What, somebody already thought of that? Damn.

  • Ugly chemistry class flashback I guess.

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