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Terrorist threat level text

Terminal - Terrorist threat level text
echo "Terrorist threat level: `od -An -N1 -i /dev/random`"
2011-01-28 03:16:21
User: ntropia
Functions: echo
9
Terrorist threat level text

This line provides the same result by reading the output of a less arbitrary value.

This is a personal choice on the matter, and the result on different machines may vary.

Alternatives

There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
echo "Terrorist threat level: $(wget -q -O - http://is.gd/wacQtQ | tail -n 1 | awk -F\" '{ print $2 }')"
echo "Terrorist threat level: $(curl -s 'http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/getAdvisoryCondition' | awk -F\" 'NR==2{ print $2 }')"
2011-01-28 00:23:13
User: infinull
Functions: echo
0

Used curl instead of wget (minor change)

Used the full-url instead of the shortened one (in case is.gd goes down/empties their cache)

turned the tail | awk bit into a single awk command.

echo "Terrorist threat level: `sed $(perl -e "print int rand(99999)")"q;d" /usr/share/dict/words`"
2011-01-28 09:49:37
User: houghi
Functions: echo
-1

Numbers are less understandable then words. Also this may put out a different result.

xmlstarlet sel --net -t -o "Terrorist threat level: " -v //@CONDITION http://is.gd/wacQtQ

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What others think

In the U.S.A. you are really crazy!!

In the name of God, Think more in flower power and less in terrorims!!

Comment by ferarg 225 weeks and 3 days ago

There's also $RANDOM, but upvoted for replacing the url with a more realistic "terrorist threat level assessment engine".

Comment by forcefsck 225 weeks and 3 days ago

Thanks, forcefsck.

I knew about $RANDOM, but I thought this would have been more straightforward to control the lenght of the random number ('-N' bytes in od command), plus 'yelling' a little bit less than allcaps RANDOM.

Comment by ntropia 225 weeks and 2 days ago

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