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 …

  1. John P

    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.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Surely...

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

      1. Camilla Smythe Silver badge

        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

        1. Crazy Operations Guy

          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...

  2. Isendel Steel

    #1st

    Who used the hashtag 1st ?

    (actually now second...)

  3. Anonymous Coward
    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.

    1. Tom 38 Silver badge

      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

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      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

  4. Ken 16 Silver badge
    Linux

    probably little to do with penguins?

    I refer my learned colleague to Rules 34 and 46.

    1. Tom 35 Silver badge

      Re: probably little to do with penguins?

      Unless your a seal.

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

  5. David Austin

    hmm...

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

    1. 's water music Silver badge
      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.

  6. IHateWearingATie

    Worst excuse for reading porn at work.

    Ever.

  7. Anonymous Bullard
    Coat

    And who says Linux isn't sexy?

    1. Random Coolzip

      | And who says Linux isn't sexy?

      Anyone who's seen a kernel developer.

  8. Missing Semicolon Silver badge
    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.

    1. Crazy Operations Guy

      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...

    2. Wil Palen

      Re: And this is why #TwitterIsBollocks

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

  9. lardheppus
    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.

  10. Henry Wertz 1 Gold badge

    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.)

  11. lardheppus

    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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