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Comment Re:I don't do "social events" (Score 1) 137

I remember an occasion back when phones were first becoming popular, when I was at a hamburger stand and there were five girls in a nearby booth. Four of them were talking on the phone, and the other was sitting looking incredibly bored. It really struck me at the time - why go out with friends and spend the time yakking on the phone?

Comment approved discussion topics (Score 3, Insightful) 141

The Central Committee has, however, approved and recommended the following:

  • How to get elected with fire bombs and terror scares.
  • How to co-govern with former-KGB and organized crime.
  • How to take territory back from former provinces.
  • How to shoot down airliners.
  • How to hate on Company of Heroes 2.

Comment Free machines for third-world nations! (Score 3, Interesting) 65

I read recently that the Allies made a policy of not telling about the decryption until long after the war, apparently so everyone would think we won by valor rather than by cheating. But what's (perversely) funny is that the UK rounded up as many machines as they could and "donated" them to third- world countries so that they, too, could enjoy the benefits of strong encryption.

"Can you program?" "Well, I'm literate, if that's what you mean!"

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