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I Will Derive 269

Jamie stumbled upon a very choice video this morning called I Will Derive. To the tune of some song you've never heard before, singing about subjects you know nothing about... oh and a a TI-84 cameo. It features the dopiest dancing you'll see on YouTube today. I promise.

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I Will Derive

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  • by Talisein ( 65839 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @12:40PM (#23528796) Homepage
    Now Slashdot is going to be posting every funny cat video on the Internet? What the fuck?
  • by OpenSourced ( 323149 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @12:42PM (#23528810) Journal
    Slahsdot to change name and become Slashitt!
  • Please (Score:5, Insightful)

    by QUILz ( 1043102 ) <> on Saturday May 24, 2008 @12:43PM (#23528830) Homepage
    Why can I still not turn off seeing this stupid section? It's pathetic.
  • by Spazntwich ( 208070 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @12:46PM (#23528860)
    This is a fucking travesty.
    • There's fluff and then there's demise.
      • by Halo1 ( 136547 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @04:09PM (#23530744)
        Thanks to you and the GP for the inspiration :) And this is just to get rid of the "too few characters per line" complaint from the filter.

        First I thought "Oh fuck,
        this is travesty".
        The Slashlords fin'ly lost their touch,
        this really cannot be.
        But the idle section stayed,
        and while I cried out "This is wrong",
        the trolls grew strong.
        And even Taco plays along!
        Yes, they are back
        from all the chans.
        They took the training for the flaming
        and are here to grab their chance.
        Oh, do you think you have seen bad,
        well then you're in for a surprise.
        Cause on the one hand there is fluff
        but now get ready for demise!

        Go Taco go, give junk the floor.
        Ignore your readers.
        Nerds don't matter anymore.
        This idle style is hot, we are taking over Fark.
        Yet still I wonder...
        Did Slashdot really jump the shark?
        Don't link YouTube,
        just post a dupe!
        About cold fusion with hot grits
        greased by Piquepaille's lube.
        Even Katz stories are fine
        Even goatse seems divine
        when idle's stage
        is the frontpage.

        While this may sound like I'm new,
        my ID confides
        that while I could not pay
        for lower ones I've seen the tides.
        It seems the terrorists have won.
        Breakouts of common sense are gone.
        I used to mod.
        Now I'm just one more old sod.
        And I say now,
        get off my lawn!
        I hope that in Korea's shelters
        I can still respawn.
        And you can stick your idle site,
        its sorry style like soylent green.
        I'd rather pony up for pink
        and I bet so does your Kathleen...

        Go Taco go, give junk the floor. ...

        (alternate part for "Yes, they are back...":

        Slashdot cries out,
        The movie blares.
        Oh yes, on weekends they'll submit
        it till the firehose declares
        that the frontpage is their scene,
        the idle section is their heir,
        and if you don't vote for those films
        we've still got Jamie over there...
    • by r_jensen11 ( 598210 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @01:01PM (#23529052)
      Even worse:

      So far, we're still unable to automatically filter the Idle section out of our front pages. /.: Either let me blacklist the Idle section via my user preferences, or remove this shit, seriously
      • by Photar ( 5491 )
        You couldn't filter the Politics section when it first came out either.
    • Well, this is what happens when you let the proletariat control the media. No I'm not a communist, I'm trying to be ironic while using a form of satire to criticize the shortcomings of the firehose. Yes I used "ironic" "criticize" and "satire" in the same sentence.
    • by Skuld-Chan ( 302449 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @01:45PM (#23529516)
      I thought it was funny, mellow out.
      • ...the rest of us should not have the option to filter it out?

        How about the option to at least not see the thumbnail image that went with it; i.e. respecting my existing preferences NOT to see the stupid story images (borg Bill gets old quickly)

        btw, why am I typing this in a form that seems squeeeeeeeezed together horizontally? (Firefox, thankyouverymuch)
    • by John3 ( 85454 )
      Impressive, now release your anger.
    • Agreed.

      I smell nepotism, bias, and preferential treatment.

      Why would that video make the front page but not and of the thousands of other much better videos on Youtube?

      Shameless self-promotion thinly veiled as an online community. Let the fall of an empire begin.
    • What really amuses me is that this guy, rather than just taking two seconds to ignore the article, spent two minutes two type something stupider.

      By the way, people: If you didn't think that video was really funny, you're not really nerds. Anyone with a lower ID number is welcome to disagree with me.

      Slashdot has always been about fun nerdy stuff. Thanks, CmdrTaco, for not taking yourself too seriously.
      • by Photar ( 5491 )
        I thought it was funny, but not really funny. I'm only posting this because I have a lower ID than you.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 24, 2008 @12:47PM (#23528862)
    Nice knowing you slashdot

    So many years of wonderful service.


    Fitting captcha: crested

  • Or did the singer sound a lot like David Wayne from Stella?
  • Jumped the shark? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by quarrel ( 194077 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @01:08PM (#23529156)
    How bad is this? /. idle? /. has jumped the shark..

    (no dispespect to the video makers, but we can all browse youtube randomly if we want...)


    • by Ash Vince ( 602485 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @03:30PM (#23530436) Journal
      I know I could browse utube and all the other similar sites for interesting videos if I wanted, but I don't have time to look for stuff I may find amusing amongst all the other crap.

      This is not that different from news. I could read all the news sites that are feature on slashdot, but I don't have time to so I quite like someone else picking stuff thats vaguely geek related and putting it in one place.

      I always see some stuff on slashdot I am not interested in. My solution is simple: I don't click on the read more link and skip to the next article. Its not like there are so many stories on slashdot that you cant see all the previews easily yet and there is no need to read every single thing thats gets posted to the front page even if the summary indicates you won't like it.

      In this case what were you all expecting when you clicked on a summary which told you that it linked to a utube video featuring maths and crap dancing?
    • by thegnu ( 557446 )
      Right. If you want to post a youtube video to slashdot, be respectful and threadjack like the rest of us.

  • by WiiVault ( 1039946 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @01:19PM (#23529276)
  • WTF?

    It works when I fire off mplayer against a flv pulled down from youtube... But not from the browser?

    • Just install libflashsupport. That will fix the problem.
      • Thanks!

        That did it. FWIW, It wasn't a *clean* install of F9, so it's not unimaginable something got lost in the upgrade, but it still would have been nice if Anaconda had figured it out... ( or maybe it was the preupgrade-er-er...

  • I loved the video! What a coincidence - just spent the last couple of days with similar problems, trying to develop a curve for an audio compression algorithm. I began with logarithmic curves, but in the end, chose quadratic curves in place of the logarithmic curves because they provide a very smooth transition from linear slope to curved. Though the logarithmic curves did as well provide a nice smooth curve, they had an abrupt transition at the point where that curve joined the linear slope. In the end,

  • but it was DONE very badly! Gimme a fucking break!
  • YouTube Happens (Score:5, Insightful)

    by _aa_ ( 63092 ) <j@u[ ].ws ['aau' in gap]> on Saturday May 24, 2008 @02:20PM (#23529820) Homepage Journal
    You can't hide from it, and that's OK. It's not so bad guys. You may be disgusted now, but if the past decade has taught us anything it's that people can tolerate a lot of shit before it actually motivates them to action.

    In St. Louis, it took a 100% increase in gas prices to motivate people actually start carpooling, up ~30% recently. Every dime increase instigated vocal outrage, but little to no action. But when it starts eating into our beer budgets, then we call Ride-Finders.

    Slashdot has jumped the shark about 30 times now, and we still read it, we still participate. Heck, this is the first post I've been motivated to comment on in quite some time.

    All you youtube player haters best just chill. If you hate it so bad, it's a relatively free internet for the time being (legislation pending). Go start your own slashcode site with zero youtubes. We'll be right behind you in the other car. No seriously. We're not going to ditch you, honest.
  • For those of you that listen to hiphop & rap: What you know about math? []

    The featured vid isn't that great. I agree it shouldn't have gotten it's own front page story. The vid I linked isn't that great, but I got more laughs out of it than "I will derive"

  • And to add insult to injury, the page renders poorly on my box, further enhancing the pain: []
  • by Wise Dragon ( 71071 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @03:19PM (#23530366) Homepage
    Well, Slashdot, I am ok with seeing this on the front page, because it is so nerdy that it makes up for being irrelevant. I mean, Ask Slashdot isn't news, but its ok to have occasionally on the main page. As a regular reader of Fark, I know that most of what passes for "news" isn't. So to the haters: Relax. Simmer down a bit. Some of us enjoy a little nerdy goofiness.
    • by John3 ( 85454 )
      And it's not exactly a busy news and discussion weekend. Here in the states it's a long holiday weekend so this post is the equivalent of hot dogs on the grill. Not very good for you, but it's a holiday so chill out and enjoy the days off.
  • I do not want to see posts from it. I notice that it doesn't appear in the sections list so I can turn it off. I want to turn it off.

  • by Al Al Cool J ( 234559 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @03:29PM (#23530426)
    I know it has been said many times, but this is what makes slashdot great - the moderation system! When I first saw this video, I laughed. I enjoyed it. I thought it was funny and was glad that Slashdot had linked to it.

    Then I read the comments and realized that the video wasn't funny or appropriate, and was in fact a harbinger of the Apocalypse. I shouldn't be smiling and happy - I should be ranting and outraged. I should be writing my elected officials and forming citizens action committees.

    How dare slashdot trick people into a watching a silly youtube video buy disguising it as a story about a silly youtube video. Don't the slashdot editors realize that there is only a limited amount of webspace space on the internet, and they shouldn't be wasting it on stuff like this?

    I am so glad I have seen the error of my ways. Now I just need to know where I can get one of these giant sticks to ram up my pigu, so I too can be a diligent defender of Slashdot integrity.
  • What's with the HTML on this "story"? it's totally fucked up!
  • by jejones ( 115979 ) on Saturday May 24, 2008 @04:07PM (#23530728) Journal
    ...because all true nerds are laughing their heads off at this video. It's a hoot.
  • Can someone summarize it for me?
  • I always thought of The Eagles' "Take It To The Limit" (one more time) as The Calculus Song.

    My high school calculus teacher was always saying that.
  • Try integrating the school system! ;^)

  • Idle is important (Score:2, Insightful)

    by unity100 ( 970058 )
    im a web developer, also a sysadmin, one of the things you call as 'all in one'. i come to slashdot for serious stuff. i laugh at many comments that are sprinkled within, true, but for relaxation and fun, i have to go to a profession forum. a SINGLE section, the 'lounge' section meets my online watercooler needs. because i dont have it on slashdot.

    it would be good to have some place to chill out in slashdot. therefore i would be able to get everything related to internet and geekdom and tech and what god
  • The dancing was terrible, the singing was atrocious, and the song was totally butchered.

    In other words, it was great for its intent: a good laugh. And, having never taken Calculus in college, I finally learned which long vowel to use when pronouncing Leibniz's name. That's gotta be good for something.
  • by RyoShin ( 610051 ) <tukaro AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday May 24, 2008 @08:18PM (#23532560) Homepage Journal
    For those who don't know, Idle has been around for a few months now, though I know of no official announcement. This tells me that Slashdot is trying to throw it in under the radar, for whatever reason.

    Please, Slashdot, drop this. This isn't Fark, this isn't Digg, this isn't StumbleUpon. While I don't hate those sites, this kind of stuff belongs there. Slashdot is about "hard" news (with an editorial bias) and science/tech industry, not "LOL THATS FUNNAYE". Not to say we can't have humor, but it should be the tongue-in-cheek or irony kind.

    One good thing Idle does have-- the comment bar. Compared to the comment bar on regular Slashdot entries, this is light years ahead. It's much smoother, it doesn't take up a large amount of space on the left side (making some comments look longer than they really are), and overall is just cleaner.

    Take that, go back o the old "Reply to This|Parent" stripe (instead of those unnecessarily large buttons), and you'll be doing Slashdot a great service.

    But drop Idle first. Seriously, it's completely worthless. I'm really glad I'm not paying for this shit.
  • Here is a video of the original song []. which was first released in 1978 []

  • by acm ( 107375 )
    It's official. After nearly 10 years, Slashdot is no longer my homepage. Goodbye Slashdot, hello reddit []. The site hasn't been the same for me since the new comment system.
  • by a.ameri ( 665846 ) on Sunday May 25, 2008 @03:44AM (#23534355)
    Listen CmdrTaco

    I love slashdot. I was a teen when I found it, and to this day I've told countless number of people that I've learned more from slashdot and its community than from all my 6 years and 2 so-called prestigious academic degrees combined.

    I am hugely in debt to you for creating slashdot.

    I understand the motivation behind this post, but thinking of the longer term, I'm sure you realise that this really will put a dent in ./'s readership. We are not here to watch youtube videos. Slashdot is not, and should not bring itself down to the level of any jackass blog out there. After all, you existed long before the word 'blog' was conceived.

    PLEASE do not ruin slashdot. Keep idle out of front page, and make it an opt-in option for anyone who wants to view it on their front page.

    I trust you will act according to your instincts and convince your overlords to heed this advice.

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