"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Puffy the Clam?

Here's some totally unexpected weirdness:

From: Michail Vicente
Date: July 21, 2005 9:00:26 AM EDT
To: misc@openbsd.org
Subject: OPENBSD SOCIOLOGICAL SURVEY.

OpenBSD developer survey.

Sorry for using this mailing list but we are a team of researchers from the ENST (the engineering school of telecommunication of Paris), and we are doing a sociological survey on OpenBSD in order to better understand the community.
After a qualitative study and several interviews with French developers, we want to extend this study to the whole community by sending a questionnaire.
Answering to the following questionnaire will take about 15 minutes and will be very helpful to us.

Results of this survey will be treated on a statistical basis, so they will remain anonymous. They will be published on a free accessible website as soon as they are ready.

[lots of questions.]

And as always Riku was there with the commentary:

<@rjbs> From hacker-inquiries@ot3.scientology.org
<@rjbs> [ ] Compile support for religious technology?

Boy, I can't wait for some of the replies. ;-)

irk
July 21, 2005 9:44 AM