A society that will trade a little order for a little freedom will lose both, and deserve neither.-- Thomas Jefferson
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.-- Thomas Jefferson
They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.-- Benjamin Franklin
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.-- Justice William O. Douglas
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.-- William Pitt (Earl of Chatham), speech in the House of Lords, November 18, 1783
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.-- Theodore Roosevelt (1918)
But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a Parliament, or a Communist dictatorship. [...] Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.-- Hermann Göering
The danger to political dissent is acute where the Government attempts to act under so vague a concept as the power to protect "domestic security." Given the difficulty of defining the domestic security interest, the danger of abuse in acting to protect that interest becomes apparent.-- U.S. Supreme Court decision (407 U.S. 297 (1972)
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.-- Samuel Johnson
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.-- Sydney J. Harris
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the US (1882-1945)
As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such a twilight that we must be aware of the change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.-- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?-- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.-- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
You don't lead by hitting people over the head-that's assault, not leadership.-- Dwight D. Eisenhower
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.-- Dwight D. Eisenhower
When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else ... you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.-- Eleanor Roosevelt
No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.-- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.-- Franklin D. Roosevelt
The moment a mere numerical superiority by either states or voters in this country proceeds to ignore the needs and desires of the minority, and for their own selfish purpose or advancement, hamper or oppress that minority, or debar them in any way from equal privileges and equal rights - that moment will mark the failure of our constitutional system.-- Franklin D. Roosevelt
The really dangerous American fascist... is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power... They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective, toward which all their deceit is directed, is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.-- Henry A. Wallace (33rd Vice President of the United States)
Unix is simple, but it takes a genius to understand the simplicity.--Dennis Ritchie
E. Pluribus UNIX
VMS isn't the answer. VMS is the question. The answer is no.-- Jim Frost
UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things.-- Doug Gwyn
If you aim the gun at your foot and pull the trigger, it's UNIX's job to ensure reliable delivery of the bullet to where you aimed the gun (in this case, Mr. Foot).-- Terry Lambert
Unix gives you just enough rope to hang yourself -- and then a couple of more feet, just to be sure.-- Eric Allman
If you have any trouble sounding condescending, find a Unix user to show you how it's done.-- Scott Adams
C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success.--Dennis Ritchie
one of the main causes of the fall of the Roman Empire was that, lacking zero, they had no way to indicate successful termination of their C programs--Robert Firth
Interestingly, most Unix utilities have a command line option which will cause the system to rip the user's legs off and beat them to death with the soggy ends. This is often the default behaviour.-- Bruce Murphy
IBM's Unix license is irrevocable, perpetual and fully paid up. It cannot be terminated. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It does not feel pity, remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.--Slashdot
We're not going to commit 2000 pages of memory, unless it meets your particular memory allocation needs.--Kurt Lidl
Assume we have 1000 apples, or let's take a round figure, 1024 apples.
There are only two hard problems in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off by one errors.
We should be ADVANCING on X.400--Albert Langer
With rifles and flamethrowers.--Henry Spencer
The two main design principles of the NeXT machine appear to be revenge and spite.--Don Lancaster
My theory is that IBM believes that when they urinate in something, it improves the flavor.-- Daniel P. B. Smith
We may just have to destroy USENET, in order to save it.-- Kurt Lidl
Internet mail headers are not unlike giblets.-- Paul Vixie
If you do not like the Internet e-mail system, you are free to abandon your use of it. One less cretin sending e-mail is a net gain.-- Mark Crispin
BSD is for people who love UNIX. Linux is for those who hate Microsoft.
If I had wanted your website to make noise, I would have licked my finger and rubbed it across my monitor.
Bill Gates is a monocle and a white fluffy cat from being a villain in the next Bond film.-- Dennis Miller
You have lazy and argumentative and hateful friends. That doesn't mean we don't love you any less.-- J. Hsu
I'm glad they have a new CEO. I hope he's up to the task, and that his vision isn't crushed by the deafening sound of dialtone.-- Mike O'Dell
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.-- Howard Aiken
I'm bitter but not disappointed. But somehow Microsoft, like the Bush administration, always manages to be worse than I expected.-- M. Shields
There's never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.
The rational view of the world is but one of many.-- Harold Walls
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.-- Churchill, Winston
What part ofPh'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn don't you understand?
Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank
Give a banker an algorithm, he can rob the world.
The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise.
If everything is under control, you are moving too slow.-- Mario Andretti
Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make them when nobody is looking.
See http://ftp.logica.com/~stepneys/joke/klingon.htm for the original list.
What is this talk of 'release'? Klingons do not make software 'releases'. Our software 'escapes' leaving a bloody trail of designers and quality assurance people in its wake.-- Worf
Our users will know fear and cower before our software! Ship it! Ship it and let them flee like the dogs they are!-- Worf
All nouns can be verbed.-- traditional
Verbing weirds language.-- Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
First they came for the verbs, and I said nothing because verbing weirds language. Then they arrival for the nouns, and I speech nothing because I no verbs.-- Peter Ellis, as posted in alt.fan.pratchett
The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.-- James D. Nicoll
The King's English is not the King's. It's a joint stock company, and Americans own most of the shares.-- Mark Twain
Nauseous. Nauseated. The first means 'sickening to contemplate'; the second means 'sick at the stomach.' Do not, therefore, say, 'I feel nauseous,' unless you are sure you have that effect on others.-- William Strunk Jr., "The Elements of Style"
I don't want to call a destructor on my objects, I want to call a destroyer. Gozer has come for your memory, little PersistentNode!-- Joel Gluth
Hmm, the word "Necrodotcomnicon" has just popped into my brain, but I don't know what to do with it.-- Malcolm Ray
Why kill when you can overkill?-- Vijay Gill
I sat around during the design phase going "this is going to suck so badly that we're going to have to hold onto desks to stop us from being drawn into the vortex".-- Chris "Saundo" Saunderson
Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times a second.-- Jean-Luc Godard
A man with one clock knows what time it is. A man with two clocks is never sure.
basically what happened to smeagol when he found the one ring is what happened to me when i discovered the internet
and we forgot the sound of trees
the softness of the wind
we even forgot our own names
And now we hiss at people and stroke our laptops while whispering
bbinkovitz (@bbinkovitz) 19-Oct-2013:
We're a forward-thinking coal mine. When our canary died we asked, "How can we attract and hire more canaries?"
99 little bugs in the code
99 little bugs in the code
take one down, patch it around
117 little bugs in the code
- Alex Shchepetilnikov
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