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Comment: Re:This is Great (Score 0) 322

by Mister Transistor (#49284493) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

Not going to happen. The idea is to get you used to having the OS phone home for "activation". Then you are ripe for milking annually to keep them from sending you the "de-activation" packet. They want to go to an annual subscription model, like Adobe. Then they can make you teabagging cock-smokers pay EVERY year instead of every 3-5 like now.

Comment: Re:Oh dear! (Score 1) 254

by Mister Transistor (#49284019) Attached to: Evolution Market's Admins Are Gone, Along With $12M In Bitcoin

Oh, they are quite spendable. You just can't get any new ones. Also, be prepared to also spend about a half hour of people at the bank examining them with a magnifying glass, and explaining where you got them. Better still, sell them on eBay to a collector, where you will get WAY more than $1000 apiece for them.

Comment: Re:Calculator? (Score 3, Interesting) 177

by Mister Transistor (#49240947) Attached to: Preferred programming paradigm?

Hehe, reminds me of High School back in 1975, when the school had only one computer class ( for Honors Seniors only!!) and that was via an LA-36 DecWriter and 110 BPS accoustic modem to the local Data Processing service, where a PDP-11 running RSTS/E BASIC would service hundreds of time-share customers, including our High School.

I was lucky enough to have had an HP-65 back in 1975. For Geometry 2 class, I passed the finals with an "A" after the teacher noticed I was using the calculator, he asked me to explain to him what I was doing, and I told him I wrote a program on it to factor polynomials. I showed him how it worked. He smiled and said "If you know it well enough to write an algorithm to do it, you KNOW it. You pass!"

Comment: My Father (Score 5, Interesting) 698

Wrote me several letters when I was too young to read or understand them about things he wanted to let me know about in later life. He was not sick at the time and had no idea his life would be cut short by Multiple Sclerosis several years afterward. On his death, going through his files, I discovered the letters and they were very touching and helpful to me especially getting through the crisis of his passing. It let me know that as I was growing up and he was taken away by work and other responsibilities that he was still thinking of me even though at the time he seemed to be otherwise occupied. It also helped me to realize he was a person, a human being and not just "Dad", and helped me to understand and overlook some of his flaws. They did me a lot of good, whether or not he realized it at the time. I highly recommend doing this while you can. Your daughter will thank you and know you better as a person as a result, and not just have to rely on memories, photos and stories related by friends, etc. after you are gone.

I hope that helps a bit, a view from the other side...

Comment: Re:... and this is surprising how? (Score 1) 153

by Mister Transistor (#49086011) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Don't Encrypt the Voice Data They Collect

But it's not a secret. You know when you buy one of these your voice is going to be transmitted over the internets for analysis. You would expect them to take some obvious steps to secure the potentially private information from third parties but there is nothing "secret" about the collection and transmission of the user's voice. The only potential violation of privacy here would be the ability for a third party to intercept the unencrypted data on someone.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.

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