The Register's Flame of the Week Adjudication Committee was deep in closed-door discussions today after receiving a bold challenge to the FoTW eligibility rules.
GNOME-compatible Usenet client software pan (that's for Pimp-Ass Newsreader) has named its latest release - version 0.10.0.92 "Andrew Orlowski Can Kiss My Ass".
Charles Kerr made the announcement here, adding that the "Andrew Orlowski Can Kiss My Ass" release uses less memory and disk space when decoding attachments. It also fixes some memory leaks found in the earlier version 0.10.0.91 "Hildie and Satin".
A flame indeed, but is it eligible?
"The decision to go binary has rocked the FoTW Adjucation Committee to its very foundations," was all a tight-lipped Reg editor Drew Cullen would divulge today.
FoTW has been a regular feature of The Register since the dawn of recorded time: or 1999, to be more precise, when the term was coined by Managing Editor Tony Smith. Although it isn't weekly, it celebrates the angriest letter we've received. These are carefully vetted - there's a guide on How To Write A FoTW week - and anything that ends with "will this do?" or "keep up the good work" is disqualified and forwarded to Barry Fox*.
The pan team's innovative entry certainly deserves a T-Shirt, should Charles and the team want to step forward with a mailing address. Although you'll then need to lookout for a future release of pan entitled "We Spit On Your Vulture Merchandise, you Paid-For English KDE Running Dogs". ®