back to article Penguin porn? NO! Linux folk in #LCA2015 standoff

Each January Linux luminaries from around the world descend on Australia and New Zealand to attend Linux.conf.au, an antipodean penguinista gathering of sufficient gravitas that Linus Torvalds himself often makes the trip. The event is referred to as “LCA”, and for the 2015 edition has used #LCA2015 as its hashtag. But …

The question is who has the stronger claim to using LCA?

Am currently at work so can't do the research to see who, ahem, came first.

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Surely...

If the penguin is a gentleman, the lady will come first....

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Re: Surely...

If the penguin is a gentleman, the lady will come first....

Fantasy is...

You cum together.

Reality is...

The Lady has multiple cums then claims thirst, rolls over and keeps you awake on the wet patch with her impression of a road drill until the wet patch dries out and then shunts you into the corner of the bed and robs the quilt.

YMMV

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Re: Surely...

@ Camilla Smythe

I hope you realize that that says a lot more about your sexual prowess than it does about the feminine gender...

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#1st

Who used the hashtag 1st ?

(actually now second...)

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Meh

Two sides to each story....

Linux.conf.au Chair Cherie Ellis writes that “I have contacted it [the Live Cam Awards] twice asking it to consider changing the hashtag that it's using, and I haven't had a reply.

But we are not going to consider changing ours either.

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Re: Two sides to each story....

If you read their list archive, this wonderful reply to Cherie Ellis from Russell Coker:

I think going for #LCAAuckNZ is just a continuation of the problem. Much as "server-hugging" is now discouraged[1] I think we need to start discouraging hashtag-hugging. I mean the very point of a a hash function is to prevent collisions.

A quick Google indicates that sha256 is generally[2] considered secure so I would therefore suggest that our official hashtag be:

$ echo "linux.conf.au 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand" | sha256sum

642a96183278655cb7c90e704a42180e68e059c9cda0e4a5dc9c5562a1b38962 -

I am happy to see that this hashtag is unique in both Google and twitter. Now while some people might say that putting a 65 character hashtag on the end of each tweet is excessive I think it is the best way to go forward to avoid these problems.

I would therefore request we go with:

#642a96183278655cb7c90e704a42180e68e059c9cda0e4a5dc9c5562a1b38962

as the official hashtag for Linux.conf.au 2015.

Proper geek humour

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Re: Two sides to each story....

" have contacted it [the Live Cam Awards] twice asking it to consider changing the hashtag that it's using, and I haven't had a reply."

They've probably got their hands full

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Linux

probably little to do with penguins?

I refer my learned colleague to Rules 34 and 46.

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Re: probably little to do with penguins?

Unless your a seal.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141117-why-seals-have-sex-with-penguins

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hmm...

One has to wonder how much overlap there is in the target audiences...

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Joke

Re: hmm...

One has to wonder how much overlap there is in the target audiences...

IT geeks? Internet-based onanism? Overlap? I won't suggest 110% purely to avoid offending geek sensibilities.

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Worst excuse for reading porn at work.

Ever.

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Coat

And who says Linux isn't sexy?

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| And who says Linux isn't sexy?

Anyone who's seen a kernel developer.

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Mushroom

And this is why #TwitterIsBollocks

When anyone can make a hashtag, there's no central registry, and multiple uses can collide, the hashtag namespace is not a suitable way of grouping anything remotely important.

I never understand why quite reputable organisations use Twitter as a comms platform, when it's just a kid's chat app.

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Re: And this is why #TwitterIsBollocks

I can understand using it to inform customers of time-critical issues (such as service outages) or contests. But then customers would 'follow' the account, not the 'hashtag'. IN this situation, why couldn't the linux group just create a new account for this event?

I can't believe I said something positive about Twitter, excuse me while I go brush my teeth to get rid of the taste of vomit in my mouth...

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Re: And this is why #TwitterIsBollocks

nothing more effective than a good crisis to plead for more centralisation

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Coat

A year or two back, I plugged penguin porn into my favorite search engine. I was amazed how few hits were returned. I can only assume it's because the climate causes shrinkage.

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To me

To me, it would actually make more sense (especially once they realized there's a has collision) to use #LCAu2015 for the Linux Conference Au, particularly since there's a Linux Conference North America (which people might refer to as Linux Conference America and abbreviate to LCA.... this'd then be #LCNA2015.)

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Penguin Porn

I once googled "penguin porn" and was surprised at the lack of results. The only reason I can think of to explain this lack is "shrinkage'.

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