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UserFriendly's Illiad Discovers Enderlemium
Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 05:43 PM EDT

JD Frazer, Illiad of UserFriendly fame, has made a scientific discovery! A new element. I know you always wanted to know what 117 would turn out to be on the periodic table of elements.

If you need to brush up on your chemistry, as I did, here you go, Kalzium, a free science application to teach you all about it. And it's released under the GPL, so it's free as a bird, free as in speech and as in beer. So is KStars, which I love (screenshots). They're both part of the KDE Education Project, which develops educational software for children from 3 to 18. But I like it too. They also have software for teachers, teaching tools. Here's a brief series of slides about the project. And there's a lot more educational software in the pipeline.

If you've ever looked carefully at the periodic table, you know that 117 was long an unknown element, placed in the table in its expected position but not produced.

Until now......

117 is represented in the table as "Uus", for Ununseptium or 117, but now that we have JD's research, it's only appropriate that he get to name it anew, since he's the first to demonstrate it. He's chosen the name Enderlemium, abbreviated "Em" for the element. I'd even take "Eme". It has a certain ring if you say it out loud, and it captures the essence of this gas.

Drawing © Copyright 2007 JD Frazer


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Authored by: feldegast on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 05:46 PM EDT
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Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 05:46 PM EDT

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UserFriendly's Illiad Discovers Enderlemium
Authored by: chaz_paw on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 05:48 PM EDT
Too funny! :-)

Proud Linux user since 07/26/04
Registered Linux user #422376


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UserFriendly's Illiad Discovers Enderlemium
Authored by: Waterman on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 05:51 PM EDT
It fits. LOL!

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He left out one of the properties.
Authored by: Waterman on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 05:55 PM EDT
Should be treated as Radioactive. As anyone who handles/comes near it will get

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Off Topic here.
Authored by: Waterman on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 05:58 PM EDT
As if this is going to generate on topic other than laughs. :-) Don't forget to
make links CLICKY.

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UserFriendly's Illiad Discovers Enderlemium
Authored by: Aim Here on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 06:05 PM EDT
I wonder if charged atoms of Enderlemium become didIons.
Or if, when they're in a particularly hot, gaseous state, they exhibit
KenBrownian motion.

I'll get me coat...

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News Picks Comments here
Authored by: webster on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 06:08 PM EDT


© 2007 Monopoly Corporation. ALL rights reserved. Yours included.

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Illiad forgot many important properties
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 06:17 PM EDT
While Illiad's description of Enderlemium is fairly correct, it is very
incomplete. For example, Enderlemium creates very dangerous reality distortion
fields and cracks in the space-time continuum. It jumps back and forth between
parallel universes at random. It causes nonsensical speeches and articles (and,
indirectly, strange looks on the faces of any audience).

At times it radioactively transforms into a Lyonsium particle, a Didiomogsterium
and, last but not least, a hysterical chroniton-antineutrino which causes a
rewrite of SCO history.

Sometimes, many Enderlemium atoms can form a virtual Ferrari laptop, or they
cause a BMW to disappear mysteriously from a Forum.

In short: please stay away from Enderlemium, it may assimilate you - or worse.

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UserFriendly's Illiad Discovers Enderlemium
Authored by: Electric Dragon on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 06:37 PM EDT
I can't let this topic pass without referring to the "Look Around You" Periodic Table. I don't see enderlemium on there, but odium (Od) and tedium (Te) seem close enough.

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UserFriendly's Illiad Discovers Enderlemium
Authored by: fenris on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 06:41 PM EDT
Interesting, but I'm a bit worried. Spartan 117 just earned Micro$oft another
boatload of money. And Enderlemium is number 117? It must be a sign of a
deeper conspiracy!


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Is it related to rhodium?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 06:44 PM EDT
I didn't yet hear of an Enderlemium miner. But maybe it'll give us some Comedy

Does it at least help grow some spinach? :-)

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What will element 139 be?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 06:46 PM EDT
That's Novell's case number. Any idea about an element? Slanderoftitlium? When
will elements 294 and 699 be diSCOvered?

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JD Frazer never ceases to amaze me.
Authored by: tyche on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 06:52 PM EDT
Starting in 1997, Illiad's UserFriendly has become a ten year Odyssey of the
computer tech field. With such drawings as the famous "Red Dress" and
now this, his Periodic additions are not something to NOC. Bravo, Illiad. May
you ever inspire us with your art and your wit.


"The Truth shall Make Ye Fret"
"TRUTH", Terry Pratchett

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Enderlemium, one the FUDuranic elements
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 06:59 PM EDT
Enderlemium is but one of many elements that make up the FUDuranic elements. The
discussion must of urgent necessity include McBrideium, among others.


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The nail
Authored by: kozmcrae on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 07:06 PM EDT
has been hit squarely on the head.


Coming soon: Signature 2.0

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I can imagine tomrorrow's headline
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 07:26 PM EDT
"Cartoons issue banana-throwing threats at well-paid 'analyst'"

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UserFriendly's Illiad Discovers Enderlemium
Authored by: KAKMAN on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 08:23 PM EDT
You got me hooked User Friendly long ago so turnabout is fair I think. Nothing to do with Linux, the law or technology, just human beings coping - Basic Instructions by Scott Meyers. He's currently being mentored by Scott Adams of Dilbert fame and his equally notorious weblog.

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Another characteristic...
Authored by: mcinsand on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 08:45 PM EDT
I'm betting that the element's erratic behavior might be from a severe
deficiency of cluetrons.

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SCO Should Win, SCO owns Unix, By Rob Enderle
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 11:07 PM EDT
SCO Should Win, SCO owns Unix, By Rob Enderle This guy is a shill IBM made a serious mistake in introducing Unix code into Linux without proper notification to—or approval from—SCO, which is the current, documented owner of Unix. Or a paid employee of your local monoply SCO and IBM entered into a partnership. The nature of that partnership remains unclear, but it surrounded SCO's owned Unix property. I think you are being too generous to a tool.

[ Reply to This | # ] 'nuff said
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 11:34 PM EDT
Wethion, no tsigne din.

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  • Huh? - Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 07 2007 @ 11:43 PM EDT
PJ, against your own policy?
Authored by: ile on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 12:11 AM EDT
I'm most disappointed, PJ:
it so happens that in Spanish "eme" is a children's
euphemism for a bad, bad word, related to manure in
general, thus contravening your own no foul language

Not that I think it is undeserved, though :)

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Did I miss something?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 01:21 AM EDT
Was this something Illiad whipped off just because, or did Enderle spew some of
his trademark overbytes recently?


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That was absolutely in bad taste
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 01:55 AM EDT
Yes, I'm pro truth, integrity, open source, and the like, but why the continued
vindictive personal attacks on people like Enderle and Lyons? No I am not
defending them, but all this does is reflect negatively on those making these
attacks. If you hated what Enderle, Lyons, and others did, then why do the

As difficult as forgiveness is, we all must strive for it; otherwise we become
hardened and bitter -- as such articles aptly suggest. And no I am NOT perfect
-- not even close, so whoever wants to turn on me, for what I have just stated,
that is your choice. Forgiveness is as much for your own healing as it is for
the one forgiven. And yes I struggle with it too.

Take care

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Sorry, but I think this is a bad idea
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 02:19 AM EDT

Is Enderle really worth a Userfriendly cartoon and a Groklaw article? I don't think so. People like Enderle thrive on publicity and controversy. It's probably necessary to expose them for what they are, once; but that was done long ago in Enderle's case, and after that, it's best to ignore them.

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Highly Dense :)
Authored by: SilverWave on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 03:52 AM EDT

Very well done...
Yes I know he will love the attention... but it will be out there to give others
a clue as to how ppl view him and how credible his views are.

nice :P

Georg Greve (FSFE):
A Screaming victory, I mean “Sometimes The Good Guys Do Win!”

Monday 17 Sept 2007 - STGGDW! ;-)

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EM: Error Message
Authored by: SilverWave on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 04:08 AM EDT
This a standard abbreviation :D

That is a standard, "Standard".
Not a pseudo "Standard".

Georg Greve (FSFE):
A Screaming victory, I mean “Sometimes The Good Guys Do Win!”

Monday 17 Sept 2007 - STGGDW! ;-)

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Humour and Groklaw and Critics
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 04:42 AM EDT
Some comments on this article are critical of running a cartoon about somebody
who has been highly critical of FOSS and the community. I've also seen recent
comments suggesting that Groklaw is biased.

Having been a reader of GL for almost four years now (can that be right?) I
think it is important to remember that this is PJ's blog. GL is not a
traditional news site (tends to be more accurate for a start:-)

Humour has and always will be a weapon of the community against the FUD or
pomposity of large companies or individuals. The best way to combat fear is to
show it to be groundless and then laugh at the arguments made to sow the fear.

Anybody who puts themselves in the public eye to the extent that Mr Enderle has
done AND get your facts totally wrong for years AND then just say oh I was
misled by SCO has only got themselves to blame when people treat them as a

As for Groklaw being biased, yes it is. Show me a human creation that is not

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And we'll likely see another tantrum...
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 10:20 AM EDT
Enderle: "Those FOSS meanies are making fun of me, my feelings are hurt...sniff, sniff, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!"

It'll be funny to see what, if anything, the big crybaby writes in response to this.

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UserFriendly's Illiad Discovers Enderlemium
Authored by: kjb on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 11:49 AM EDT
Thanks JD, and of course, Queen PJ.

keithdotburt at gmail dot com
Copyright info in bio

"No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try."
- Yoda

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Authored by: mcinsand on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 12:18 PM EDT
I just couldn't help but respond to some that are complaining about the satire,
in particular with the term 'mean-spirited' being thrown about. If Mr. Enderle
had written only one or two articles with a reality deficiency, then the
complaints might have merit. We all make mistakes, and the GL group that I have
seen is normally quite tolerant of people that make mistakes... as long as those
people at least make an effort to support conclusions/statements with fact.
With Mr. Enderle, we have a person that has been a FUD-monger year after year
with articles that are only loosely-based on the most cherry-picked of the
available data (and I'm being generous, here). When you write for the public,
as Mr. Enderle does, you are putting your words/ideas (or those that people have
paid you to express) out there for readers to analyze, consider, and discuss.
When readers that know a field consistently find poor data analysis, then the
author either needs to buttress his position with some actual facts, stop
authoring, or be ready to be lampooned by people that do have a supply of

Plus, anyone that would call this satire 'mean-spirited' has an amazingly low
threshold for the term. Mean would be something like wishing harm on his person
or family, which I doubt any of us would. Again, if he is going to repeatedly
put out the drivel that he has been posting for years without trying to learn
from the reality checks that arrive in reader feedback, then Mr. Enderle should
appreciate how gently he was treated in this work.

Mean-spirited? No! If anything, this is the high road.

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The NOTES refer to another animal...
Authored by: itchytweed on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 01:25 PM EDT
Do a search for "Venomous Blotoad" in the "Non Sequitur"
comic strip. This animal fits the NOTES description to a T...

-- Itchytweed

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No, no, the name is INCORRECT
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 02:20 PM EDT
The correct name is "Underlingium." Because that's what
he is--Microsoft's "Underling." You know, kinda like most
members of Congress. :-)


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UserFriendly's Illiad Discovers Enderlemium
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 06:07 PM EDT
He deserves what is being served for one simple reason: He took down and
regurgitated everything TSCOG said without a single shred of journalistic fact
checking or verification. He doesn't fact check, he isn't a journalist and he IS
a paid shill that writes whatever the person he's interviewing wants him to
write. That means anything he writes is as good as the stuff you find in those
"advertising" sections made to look like real articles. The contempt
and ridicule he is being shown is what needs to be done to show him what people
really think of writing puff pieces and pretending to be a journalist.
Journalism has been seriously threatened in the days of Fox News and paid
journalism and any contempt that can be leveled for engaging in these acts
should be leveled, for the sake of journalism alone.

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Authored by: llanitedave on Tuesday, October 09 2007 @ 02:22 AM EDT
PJ, I'm surprised to read you are a fan of KStars.
Ironically, I was just in the process of using it myself
to look up a couple of galaxies for observation tonight
when I idly bounced over to Groklaw (always open on a
Konqueror tab) just to see if anything was up.

Now that I know, may I ask if you happen to have access to
a telescope or a pair of binoculars? KStars is at it's
best as a supplement to observing instruments. So the
next time you can drag yourself away from Groklaw, drag
yourself into some dark sky area -- like the Adirondacks
for you, I suppose -- and take a telescope or binoculars.
You'll be amazed at what real stargazing does for your

Of course we need to communicate -- that goes without saying!

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Willfuly deceptive
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 10 2007 @ 01:45 AM EDT
I wrote the grandparent. I am still in an ethical quandary. How does one deal
with willful deception? Does one persistently attack their statements? When is
it fair to dismiss the person himself? Can a fair dismissal still be an ad

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