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Comment: Re:Cracking down? (Score 1) 290

by Mr Foobar (#49409869) Attached to: Is This the Death of the Easter Egg?

Someone working on Excel, a product used inside government agencies and nearly every major business, including secret unapproved features? Yeah, that's absolutely a fire-able offense.

Didn't at least Excel 97 include a striped down version of Flight Simulator? You had to open an empty spreadsheet, fill in some value at some specific cell, voila, you're flying around. I'm sure that including that Easter egg was approved by Excel development's management, but unless they had a government and/or business specific version of Excel, it was there for everyone to play with. Did anyone at a government agency or business get fired for playing it?

Comment: Fogerty's Case (Score 2) 386

Fogerty's was a very sad case, indeed. It probably had less to do with a faintly similarly sounding song than with a perceived insult the president of of CCR's former record company felt over a solo song Fogerty wrote about how the president basically stole CCR's music catalog. It's why Fogerty didn't perform those old songs for so long, he didn't want to put money in that guy's pocket. Fogerty won all those cases against him, and later started doing CCR songs again.

Comment: Re:Do it like Linux (Score 2) 516

by Mr Foobar (#49135921) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

I must be maybe one of about remaining four people who -still- prefers the nice boxy greyness of old beloved OS/2 2.1

http://www.classic-computers.o...

And maybe I'm one of the last two people who loved programming OS/2 apps, or at least remembering doing so.

Probably the reason I try to shoehorn FVWM onto Ubuntu...

Comment: Re:Bioaccumulation Ahoy (Score 1) 180

by Mr Foobar (#47698403) Attached to: Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

As a long time resident of the Central Florida - Orlando area, I give you beautiful Lake Apopka.

Ah, once beautiful. It was the bass fishing capital of the South. Large clean lake, the tastiest bass you could ever catch. A virtual paradise before Disney.

Then WW2 happened, the top third of the lake was drained for war-time farming. Then the land was given over to the farmers, who loved their pesticides and fertilizers. All that flushed into the lake, freely and without restriction.

The fish, and everything else that depended on the fish, like the birds and the lake's fisherman, all died out. The lake turned into a huge sewer, almost completely bereft of any hint of life. On a hot August day, residents said you could smell the lake from downtown Orlando.

In the last twenty years, we've slowly brought the lake out of its catatonia, and life is starting to return. Birds have come again (at least two times, the birds were killed by the lake's poisonous muck), and there are fish, not bass, and not edible.

But to celebrate Lake Apopka becoming possibly beautiful and fishable, there's a nice proposal to build a large airport very near it. That won't scare the birds, we're advised.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 2) 200

Yes. When I think government service, I think good customer service. Then we would have the choice between an ISP that charges for carry on and another that is modeled after the DMV.

I don't know about your state or province (or whatever), and as a resident of Florida, I can certainly find a lot to complain about with my state's services. Our DMV is not one of them. Excellent and friendly service, in and out in minutes (beside a the small wait in the lobby), just an overal great experience from off all places, a freakin' state agency. As the guy ahead of me mentioned, my time with AT&T is nothing to compare with our DMV. A lot of companies could learn from them.

Comment: Re:This could be cool (Score 1) 165

by Mr Foobar (#46751757) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

you are correct. I keep them in a climate controlled area, but id say 1 out of 10 that I try are corrupt. Its a shame but I just cant bring myself to throw it all away eventhough the truth is they are 100% useless, even if they work in todays world

I still have my old Kaypro's, an '83 IV and a 10, loved them then and love them still today. It was fun running the IV as a terminal to an old 386 running Minx and a highly modified Apache, just for shitz 'n giggles. Anyway...

Oddly, the media included with both the IV and the 10 are all good, and run perfectly. I copy them to floppies (which are getting increasingly very hard to purchase), and after a good while, the floppies start going bad. I took the time to make images of all the media I have, still do when I have time. A spare 250G has thousands of images, hardly any space taken. Then I start to find a floppy I made a couple of years ago has gone to crap and have to start over. Gonna run out of blank floppies, and I'm sure as hell -not- going to use the original floppies for work.

Comment: Re:Bunk! (Score 5, Interesting) 179

by Mr Foobar (#46678953) Attached to: To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

Correlation does not equal causation. Repeat this until you understand it. Darwin weeps to see science misused in this way - although as a Texan, you dumbasses have never understood science anyway.

Thanks, troll. I didn't make the correlation, a good number of oncologists have. They and their associates have seen a lot of it over the years. Diets heavy in smoked and grilled meat do have a correlation with increased chances of colon and intestinal cancers, especially if those diets start early in life.

And I never said *I* was a Texan, thanks for asking. Proud native Floridian. Some might suggest that's not any better, but hey... :)

Comment: Re:Bunk! (Score 5, Interesting) 179

by Mr Foobar (#46676693) Attached to: To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

Oh no! We're all gonna die if we eat BBQ'd meat.
As with anything like this, the worry warts will probably buy into it.
Remember when they said: Saccharin, DDT, and the zillion of other things that are suppose to be bad for you?

My mother grew up in the deep back woods of east Texas during the 30's. A very big part of her diet growing up was various forms of smoked, dried, and grilled meat. A *lot* of such meat, often that was about all her diet was in a day, either by itself or was the main flavoring component. Many members of her family, both close and extended including herself and both her parents developed and died from colon and intestinal cancers. Her younger brother is suffering from it now. Many of the people who lived around her did, too. The thing is, once her family got out of that situation (improved economy, moving to the big city, etc) and ate a much more varied diet that didn't depend on smoked meat, the amount of familial colon and intestinal cancer has dropped down to almost nothing. That's good news for me and my siblings, of course. Dying from colon cancer is not my favored way of death, to be honest. It was a rough way to see my mom go.

Comment: Been there, done that, got the lung condition... (Score 2) 153

As a graduate research assistant, doing a series of tests ordered by the research professor, in a supposedly inspected fume hood, using glacial acetic acid. Waking up the next morning hacking up pieces of my throat and lungs, and being told to go to the student medical clinic. Being given some antibiotics -I had to pay for myself-. Later seeing the same damn fume hood being used by others weeks later, including myself. No changes or fixes done at all, at any time. Well, at least I got my name on a major research paper, guess it was worth it.

All the safety procedures were determined by the professors in charge, some who cared, most who didn't. Even almost forty years later I can still get an annoying cough, and I still do not go by a fume hood without using the simple test of a sheet of paper held at the fume hood, watching for the tale-tell bend of the paper in the right direction.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.

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