Gee, I don't like Micro$oft as much as the next Linux Zealot, but let's be fair here... M$ is darned if they do and darned if they don't.
Unless you said the bolded portion gleefully while grinning and rubbing your hands together, you don't really hate Microsoft as much as the next Linux Zealot.
The real bad part about a grammatically correct sentence is memory mutation.
"I'm going to take my dog, Spot, to the park."
"I'm going to take my dog to the park today."
"I'm taking my dog, Spot, to the park today."
"#&@*!!! What was that passphrase?"
Why do it to a file and not to the block device itself?
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda
(I can never remember the argument for setting the block size.)
the block size setting is a lot of bs. (bs=)
You can't be guaranteed to escape a kernel panic or general screwiness when the system tries to use swap space or access a file. That's why I suggested a "run from RAM" distro.
Also dd dead stops if it hits a bad block. You're better off using shred or ddrescue to overwrite stuff when going directly to device.
You can target other partitions like say,
Or 'nix, dd a huge file and shred it (remember to restrict the passes with -n since the default is "a lot")
Neither is perfect, but better than delivering your data to the next schmoe on a platter (pun intended).
If you can request the specific OS image, send them a copy of a memory-resident linux installation configured to auto-wipe the HDDs with shred.
Learn C. Learn C++. Learn Assembly. On the other end of the spectrum: Learn LISP. Learn Prolog. Learn learn learn.
BTW, I heartily agree that Java should be a second-year type of language. "Now that you know all about pointers and how to use them to make the data structures we discussed in CS 190, we'll let the computer handle memory management so we can focus on algorithms."
An agency that knows which members of congress are pedophiles and which ones are drug addicts will not be easy to arrest.
Why not? Put congressmen in jail too.
What's so horrible about The Hobbit?
Gandalf knows that Sauron is back. This directly contradicts LotR. In fact, there's no reason Gandalf would let Bilbo keep the ring once he knew Sauron existed. And what's up with the Smaug fight scene? Instead of deducing Lake Town as the source of the intruder and exacting his revenge on the town (since he can't find the intruder), the movie version of Smaug runs around under the mountain for a while (so they can show off all the cool under the mountain visuals) then inexplicably decides to leave the dwarves without killing them. And the barrel riding was supposed to be a leisurely ride down the river; an escape plan showing the dwarves how clever their burglar really is, escaping with no danger or bloodshed. Also, Smaug didn't die in the second movie. That's the climax of the second portion. The cliffhanger should have been the first hints of the gathering of the five armies.
4. People in Israeli cabinet even had the gull to say that Israelis that do not support the military action in Gaza should have their citizenship revoked and be deported.
How did they get the gull to say that? Was it part parrot?