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Comment Re: Wait a minute... (Score 2) 249

Oddly enough, I know 2 out of those companies. I almost went to work for Fluke at one time. Decided the commute (Seattle area) wasn't worth it. Haven't really followed them in years. I did work for Harman for a couple of years, walking distance from my home at the time (Northridge) and the owner at the time Sydney Harman was stupid in many, many ways. As in bragging at an all hands meeting about one of his young kids arranging a limo in the Carribean, and oh yes, btw, I'm laying off 1/3 of the company.

Comment Re:Okaaay. (Score 3, Insightful) 203

Dang! Smartest comment I've read so far. Me? I only have 30-40 years computer experience. Moved around a lot. But I keep running into former co-workers, vendors etc. So the teen age kid from India I met on IRC circa late 1990s is now someone important at MS. Or the guy I met on IRC from Finland, well I got ill when we were thinking of visiting Linus. Doesn't matter. Your rep will follow you. And I stand by my rep, despite moving around all over North America (and friends all over the world). Of course, my ex-wife, the RN and MD, and my current wife don't view me the same way lol.

Submission + - Russian internet trolls? Who'd have guessed?

baegucb writes: I rarely submit a story, but this might have some lively debate "The trolls are employed by Internet Research, which Russian news reports say is financed by a holding company headed by Putin's friend and personal chef. Those who have worked there say they have little doubt that the operation is run from the Kremlin."

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Comment Re:oh the fun (Score 1) 288

With a line printer on those old mainframes, just write a program that prints normally, then have it so page skips for hundreds of times so the paper gets all balled up in the printer (depending on model). I did that by accident when trying to program my first game, a star wars type game. And in assembler you can also stop carriage control and print a line of dashes on the same line, and try to break the paper.

Comment Re:Basement-dwelling Introverts (Score 1) 137

Well, in the 1970's I spent two winters in the Canadian bush. Not much human contact like TV or radio. I'd see someone on their snowmobile every once in awhile when the weather wasn't too cold. It's do-able. (and I did something similar in the 90s). I'd really rather be around other people, but I could do it. They just need to choose people who fit the correct profile.

Comment Re:Oh this is easy .... (Score 2) 394

I remember thinking long and hard about getting an ID. I remember why slashdot went to having signons, and the biggest worry voiced on irc was because of the possibility it might cause spam. Oh, and on topic, I have a Facebook account. I'm close to retirement and it's a great way to keep up with what has happened with childhood friends, and relatives. Oh and cat videos too :)

I was playing poker the other night... with Tarot cards. I got a full house and 4 people died. -- Steven Wright