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Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 265

by NeoNormal (#48133739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Problem is, I end up getting subscribed to mailing lists all the time because a lot of people with the same last name and a similar first name don't pay the fuck attention to what address they're typing in.

THIS! I have a rather regional last name... it's not common. But every moron out there seems to think it's theirs. I've done a lot of the same things that others have done... responded, canceled, ignored, etc. I've even tried to get the sources of these to require a confirmation link be sent to the subscribing email... no luck there either.

Also, GMail is very good at catching SPAM, in my experience. Every once in a while, I'll get a few that I report and from then on, I don't see them anymore.

Comment: Vic-20 Tank vs UFO (Score 2) 224

by NeoNormal (#46868877) Attached to: 50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

I bought a VIc-20 in 1982 to use in my woodworking business. I learned BASIC on it by trying to key in the Tank vs UFO game that was printed in the manual. I don't know if it was all of my typos or errors in the printed listing (both likely), but through debugging that ASCII character game, I got started in the direction that took me to working in IT.

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 818

by NeoNormal (#46766609) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

I once picked up this book in a bookstore. I read a few pages into the first chapter, where he claims that Republicans believe in beating newborn babies with "sticks, belts and wooden paddles". I stopped reading at that point, figuring that such a partisan shill can't possibly have anything useful to say.

I don't know where and how you were raised, but the references to paddling kids sure resonate with my southern US upbringing. "Spare the rod, spoil the child."

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