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Feb. 25th, 2004 @ 11:24 pm M$ Visits CMU
I was quite supprised to hear that Bill Gates was speaking at CMU(my alma matter), since the last time that MicroSoft representatives came to campus, signs labelling the speech as "The Lynching of MicroSoft" were plastered throughout the campus. With a very large Linux and Mac community, Microsoft products just aren't really as pervasive as everywhere else.

Here's The Story:
KGB, upon hearing that Bill Gates would be speaking on campus, decided
that it would be fun to hand out Knoppix CDs (Knoppix being a version of
Linux that boots off of the cd without installing anything, that is decent
for trying Linux out without committing a computer to it). We reserved a
table in the UC on the floor below where the address was taking place, and
were blithely handing out our CDs.
None of us were going to go to the address, as the number of tickets was
very limited. However, I had been chatting to one of the CMU staff women
earlier, and shortly before Bill got on stage, she came over and offered
me an unclaimed ticket. I grabbed a couple of CDs and flyers and went in.
The speech was largely boring. The whole time, I was idly wondering
whether they would actually allow people to ask unscreened questions. At
the end though, they said that anyone who wanted to ask a question should
come and wait at a microphone. I grabbed a flyer and CD and stood in line.
When my turn came up, this is roughly how it went:

Me: Hello, Bill. I am Ed. I'm a physics major, and president of Carnegie
Mellon's KGB. I have two short questions for
you. First, have you ever personally used Linux?

Bill: Well, I've played around with it a couple of times.
(Essentially -- Ed.)

Ed: Okay. Well, my other question is, would you accept this gift of Linux?

I then approached the stage and held out the CD and flyer, and he came
over and took them from me. I kind of expected to be jumped by Microsoft
Secret Police, but I was disappointed in that regard.
And that's what happened.

Ed


And of course plastered on top of Wean(one of our computer science buildings):

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From:scintilla72
Date:February 25th, 2004 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. One of my friends is in the CMU KGB (on LJ he's roseandsigil).
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From:bogosort
Date:February 26th, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
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Hah, interesting that he's friends with a couple of my CMU friends(which are KGB). Though amusingly enough he also friended a resident completely false internet personality.
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From:blacktw
Date:February 27th, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)

Science!

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Effing Hilarious. KGB++
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From:da1sy
Date:February 26th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)

(sniff!)

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ah, there are times when my KGB affiliation truly makes me proud... (even though i -am- a mac girl)

that wean sign is gonna make me laugh alll night :)
From:trythil
Date:February 26th, 2004 04:21 am (UTC)

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PWNAGE
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From:dales
Date:February 26th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC)
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"One of our computer science buildings"?

Right, because Materials Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and the Engineering and Mathematics Library are just renting spaces in "one of computer science's buildings".

Nice try bigot!

And perhaps if CS could run its own computer clusters, Wean cluster wouldn't have to be refered to as "the CS cluster". You can't even run your own computer lab, tsk tsk tsk.
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From:bogosort
Date:February 26th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
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I used computer science building to imply that it's where our computer science stuff is there, it's also a mathematical, physics, engineering, etc building too. But the irony is funnier when it's explained to be CS.

Maybe the CS staff has better things to do with their time than to run a cluster that non-CS people use. Many of the computer labs that are just for CS students are actually reasonably well run and work.
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From:dwchang
Date:February 26th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure if you saw hitomi_sama's post, but it looks like some of the SIGs (Special Interest Groups) did something similar with distributing Linux and so on.

At the same time, I don't think Bill is *that* boring or whatever. He has some interesting things to say imo.
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From:bogosort
Date:February 26th, 2004 11:07 am (UTC)
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Well it's not like it's that creative of an idea. It's mainly amusing cause KGB was one of the organizations that I spent some time in, and Ed's one of my friends still at CMU.
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From:dwchang
Date:February 26th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Well don't get me wrong, it's not one of these "WE'RE MORE ORIGIN4L THEN J00!" things or whatever. Just asking if you saw it since it's humorous that he's being hit with this at every university.
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From:aluminumstudios
Date:February 26th, 2004 11:56 am (UTC)
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Years ago I used to go to CMU's anime club when it met in Wean hall (like 1995-1997'ish).)

When is he coming? I wonder if it would be possible to get a ticket ... Like him or not he's a big name and it would be interesting to hear him speak ...

BTW - I hate Windows and *nix equally >_< Both of them cause me equal amounts of grief.
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From:bogosort
Date:February 26th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately the talk was yesterday, and they sold out on tickets very quickly. CMU actually manages to get a fair number of big names(in the tech industry at least) to speak on campus.

Nothing wrong with hating either. They both have their good points and bad points. Of course neither of them can compare to the allimighty power of Amiga! %
From:uberfluffy
Date:February 26th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Ah, you have to love CMU. It's things like that that make me miss the place.
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From:ouchfest
Date:February 26th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Damn. I was only on the roof of Wean once, and it was for legitimate purposes (connecting a radio reciever to the box for CMU's television station so Buggy would be live on channel 3). I didn't get to do half the messing around I wish I had. I only painted the fence once, too.

Where I am now is so tight-assed and bland. I am sad.