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I disagree with The Ultimate Distro Test because...

My favourite distro didn't win.
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My favourite distro wasn't in it.
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Actually, it was pretty much what i expected to see.
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I'm waiting to see what 1sf (troll) thought before i disagree with him.
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Postby pootman » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:39 pm

I just spent fifteen minutes trying to get a damned é. I a long-time kde-er (and part time twm-er) and i´m currently in a default-debian-4-gnome system, trying to figure out what about it makes it play the stream from classicfm.com where just about every other distro has failed. I miss kde, but that´s neither here nor there.

I found that changing the keyboard layout to uk international ĺétś yóú aććéńt characters by typing ´ ör ¨ just before the letter but makes you double-tap ´ to type ´
An acceptable solution, but i preferred the ms way of handling this.
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Postby pootman » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:47 pm

Rhakios wrote:As for gay being used to mean crap, why not, it isn't allowed its original meaning any more.


The hidden tragedy in all of this is, of course, Rolf Harris's "Two Little Boys" - I'm making the most of singing it to my kids at bedtime while they're too young to care.
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Postby Ram » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:58 pm

pootman wrote:
Rhakios wrote:As for gay being used to mean crap, why not, it isn't allowed its original meaning any more.


That's the my young un uses it but I prefer it correct meaning to be merry.

pootman wrote:The hidden tragedy in all of this is, of course, Rolf Harris's "Two Little Boys" - I'm making the most of singing it to my kids at bedtime while they're too young to care.


It's only a song, not a bad one at that.

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Postby pootman » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:54 am

But when they get to school they're going to learn a whole new meaning to "Gaily they played" that has little to do with happiness or qualitative judgement...
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Postby Ram » Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:25 pm

Too true, hopefully they'll have an understanding that it does not have to mean that also.

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Postby MikeHarvey » Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:00 pm

I think you'll find that it's not so much a case of it not being allowed as the fact that it's been used to mean homosexual for so long that very few people would recognise its original meaning any more.
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Postby towy71 » Sun Jun 03, 2007 4:03 pm

MikeHarvey wrote:I think you'll find that it's not so much a case of it not being allowed as the fact that it's been used to mean homosexual for so long that very few people would recognise its original meaning any more.
Oh go and read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay :roll:
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Postby nordle » Sun Jun 03, 2007 4:14 pm

towy71 wrote:
MikeHarvey wrote:I think you'll find that it's not so much a case of it not being allowed as the fact that it's been used to mean homosexual for so long that very few people would recognise its original meaning any more.
Oh go and read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay :roll:


???? He made a valid point.
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Postby towy71 » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:07 pm

it was during the 1960s that queers adopted the epithet therefore the point is not valid, the fact that 20% of the population is over 60 and witnessed that change reinforces the invalidity
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Postby nordle » Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:01 pm

I still think the crux of his point that less people would associate gay with happy is valid.
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Postby 1slipperyfish » Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:35 am

no way, gay means crap
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Postby towy71 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:42 am

I typed gay into the dictionary that comes with ubuntu and got this:
Gay Gay (g[=a]), a. [Compar. Gayer; superl. Gayest.] [F.
gai, perhaps fr. OHG. g?hi swift, rapid, G. g[aum]h, j[aum]h,
steep, hasty; or cf. OHG. w?hi beatiful, good. Cf. Jay.]
[1913 Webster]
1. Excited with merriment; manifesting sportiveness or
delight; inspiring delight; livery; merry.
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Belinda smiled, and all the world was gay. --Pope.
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Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed. --Gray.
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2. Brilliant in colors; splendid; fine; richly dressed.
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Why is my neighbor's wife so gay? --Chaucer.
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A bevy of fair women, richly gay
In gems and wanton dress! --Milton.
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3. Loose; dissipated; lewd. [Colloq.]

Syn: Merry; gleeful; blithe; airy; lively; sprightly,
sportive; light-hearted; frolicsome; jolly; jovial;
joyous; joyful; glad; showy; splendid; vivacious.
[1913 Webster]

-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

I also looked in my Concise Oxford dictionary where it is defined as:
1 light-hearted and carefree, mirthful
2 characterised by cheerfulness or pleasure
3 brightly coloured, showy, brilliant
4 colloq homosexual
5 colloq dissolute, immoral

Madrake quotes wordnet with much the same definitions
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Postby pootman » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:35 am

If my kids grow up with the gay==crap definition, it's still going to spoil the song.

Does anyone here know Rolf? Could you ask him to re-record it with happily?

Then again, if 1sf (troll) and his ilk are appropriating 'gay' for their personal use, perhaps the homosexual community will launch a retaliatory strike on 'happy'?
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Postby Rhakios » Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:24 pm

Yeah, I've always thought 1sf (troll) seemed a bit too "happy" to be married with a kid ;)
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Postby 1slipperyfish » Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:43 pm

it's funny you should say that rhakios, my wife always says what miserable swine i am :? i think you're happy too :D i'll be john-paul and you can be craig :D
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