> Imagine if you did that today. "Press any key to ignore this kernel panic."
Linux still does this today. Not for kernel panics, but for kernel oops, which is the error you will usually get when doing something bad (say a null pointer dereference in a kernel module).
The thread that causes a kernel oops is killed and a stack trace is written to dmesg but the rest of the system attempts to continue chugging on.
Save the program to a file and run:
runhaskell quine.hs | python | ruby
to get the original file.
If you look it through it's just a trivial extension of the "classical" quine. The function q prints it's arguments followed by printing a call to the function q with escaped arguments. Except instead of getting a single argument it gets 3, each of which is the corresponding function in a different language, and the function cycles to the next one.
What the hell? Seriously. This was not a silly one line meme reminiscent of reddit. Someone posted a long, well written story questioning the social implications of a new piece of technology, which generated a huge amount of discussion.
A one liner saying go back to reddit is not HN material. Please go back to reddit.