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Comment Re:Richard Stallman Does This. (Score 1) 39

EMACS is indeed the only software that ever caused me physical injury.

After a multi-day editing binge on a CKIE keyboard I went to the campus medical center. Muscle strain on my left pinky from rotate/stretch/curl of my large hands to hit control ...

Now, I would never tamper with University property but a couple of days later days later, there was a little piece of plastic next to my keyboard , and the shift-lock no longer toggled allowing me to remap the control key to where God meant it tone. . .


Comment Re:There's an add-on for that.. (Score 1) 386

>I don't want to accept those cookies, I want to say
>"this site can set cookies, this site can fuck off" ... that
>has been a standard feature of Firefox for at least a

It's not that new . . . it long predates the firefox name and mozilla foundation.

I think it was in Netscape 3 . . . I don't remember if it's older than that.


Comment Re:Riding Bill's coattails ... (Score 1) 634

>Funny how only the governor's wife gets invited into such investment opportunities.

Actually, no, it wasn't that limited.

Her broker, in another case and as part of his plea deal for a felony conviction, explained how bribers were laundered at the time in Arkansas.

At the time (now changed), a futures order in that market only indicated the brokerage, not the client. When Joe wanted to bribe Kevin, they each opened an account with Lenny. Lenny would put in two offsetting orders (a buy and a sell). At the end of the day, the transaction that lost would go in Joe's account, and the profitable one into Kevins (unlike the stock market, this was a zero sum game, and the gain and loss would be identical amounts).


Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1822

If they really offend you just avoid reading/commenting on them.

This is exactly why I come back to /. year after year.

Some days I'm in the mood for a debate, and some days not. I can choose to click through to the comments if I'm in the mood , read the summary or (gasp) click through to TFA if I want the less-debated viewpoints.

And for debate, compared to some of the other places on the internet, I can't find a community better then /. Our standards for flame wars (e.g. the coin toss article) look like a kid's 7th birthday party by comparison... which isn't to say they're pretty, which you'd know if you have ever hosted a 7th birthday party! (hint: don't serve hotdogs unless you can stand the penis jokes)


Comment Re:Why not let children develop their interests (Score 3, Interesting) 106

This, for what its worth our strategy which seems to have worked so far was to spend time on a bunch of Parks & Rec classes on diverse things and see what clicked. If it clicked she got more of them. Since P&R courses were (relatively) cheap, we could afford to do the shotgun approach.

We ended up with a kid who loves electronics, piano and skiing.


Comment Re:And nothing of value was added ... (Score 1) 133

I recall a time 10 or 15 years ago when I actually had to use ed . . . I vaguely want today that the debian I was using had dynamically linked vi, or some such, and it just wasn't available that early in the boot sequence. Or maybe /usr or /bin hadn't mounted; it's been a while.

What I really remember from it was the shock of needing to use ed for the first time in decades, and relief that I could pull it off . . .


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