Timothy Murphy <tim at birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie> quoth:
> On Thursday 22 June 2006 13:53, Declan Moriarty wrote:
>> > Yes. I have spent about 10 minutes ever on irc. My boys used it (#mzx as
> > they got into megazeux) and other channels, and, like any parent, I
> > supervised.
>> I know this is very square,
> but I've never understood the point of IRC.
> I've gone to a few chat-rooms, generally to look for answers
> to problems with some application I'm running
> (eg I was looking for advice on f-stop the other day),
> but I've never found anyone at any of these places
> who was able to help me.
>> It has always seemed to me a bit like going into a pub
> and asking if anyone there can solve a mathematical problem.
Indeed, William Gibbson (of Neuromancer fame) likened it to a group of people
standing ten feet apart in a darkened room shouting at each other.
That said, if you find the right channel it can be ok.
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