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Comment: At least there's no pretense here... (Score 5, Insightful) 378

No pretense they have any respect for the Constitution, due process or the privacy of citizens. There's no doubt everyone will have to take matters into their own hands now. No doubt they'll make that illegal too, at which point only criminals will have any privacy.

Comment: Re:APL: A Programming Language (Score 1) 127

by Kazoo the Clown (#48457125) Attached to: Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages
The terseness of APL was a HUGE advantage for interactive programming when baud rates were, like 135. And I loved that its keyboard actually had real multiply and divide symbols rather than co-opting the asterisk and slash. The pictographic character set visually reflected the operations in many cases. It's decendant J, unfortunately sports none of those advantages and programs look like they are displayed on a terminal with its baud rate set wrong.

Comment: Fix a thumbdrive virus by doing WHAT??? (Score 1) 561

by Kazoo the Clown (#48427495) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon
The suggestion in the book that it would be appropriate to plug a known-virus-infected USB thumbdrive into another computer in order to fix it seems totally crazy to me. Even if the second computer does have better security there's no guarantee the virus isn't a new one that hasn't made it into virus checker recognition databases yet...

Comment: Re:This study is... (Score 1) 123

It's yet another damned fool trying to claim we're "better", but we're not. We're apex predators with all that which that entails. And I'd be more than happy to entertain myself at their expense if they're willing to keep deluding themselves and lying to others about this.

Thanks for the warning...

Comment: Re:Yeah right (Score 1) 308

Yes, It's looking like we're doomed. I keep wondering just how screwed up the government has to be to get the non-voters to wake up and vote third parties. The problem is, as things get more screwed up, people are less motivated to vote in response instead of more. So it gets even easier and cheaper to manipulate those who still vote and it gets even worse. It now looks that the government could go around herding people into concentration camps and gassing them and too few would actually rise up against them to make much of any difference. The electorate is so completely delusional the majority would probably just think it's a good thing and would only have a negative impact on "someone else" who probably deserves it.

Comment: Re:Bah (Score 1) 212

When I started the lead programmer had a degree in Nuclear Physics and insisted on coding his own text editor and assembler from scratch-- the assembler using his own mnemonics. Consequently, it was incompatible with any commercial product we might consider moving to later. The guy never dealt with ANY other code written by anyone. He also didn't have any error handling, which as a user, HE didn't need. My first project was to add error handling so someone could use the stuff besides him. He never used that error checking version tho. There are still apps out there running today written in the higher level language the guy designed at the time. It could run business apps in as little as 4K RAM per user. When we finally hosted it on Unix it scaled up really well...

Comment: Wouldn't want to hamstring the NSA... (Score 1) 706

by Kazoo the Clown (#48351181) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility
Of course they want Net Neutrality. Without it, the NSA would have to impose an override, something they'd just as soon not have to do because word would get out and it would be unpopular. I mean, throttling NSA packets just wouldn't do. And an override could be exploitable, before long every network packet would have the NSA signature on it. Net Neutrality solves all that. Plus, they wouldn't want ISPs to do anything to impede nefarious character's ability to freely surf the internet and hang themselves...

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