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

by baegucb (#49475481) Attached to: Road To Mars: Solving the Isolation Problem

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

by baegucb (#49397045) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

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 :)

+ - An amusing TOS for a website

Submitted by baegucb
baegucb writes: I saw a commercial for this product, so I looked it up. Seems they have a large wall of legalese including "Moreover, you may not (i) use any "deep link," "page scrape," "robot," "spider," or other automatic device, program" Nice, set up a web site, and not know about robots.txt.

Comment: Re:COBOL (Score 1) 387

by baegucb (#47866793) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

COBOL is easy imho. Assembler on mainframes or PCs is fun. But I have an easy job, close to retirement, so I really don't care if there's a shortage. Funny enough to watch organizations spending hundreds of millions to replace existing systems, rather than training in-house for skills lacking. Really, know how to program in a few languages? Picking up a new, well, old an one, is easy.

Comment: Re:Weren't they trying to merge with Comcast? (Score 1) 70

by baegucb (#47470573) Attached to: Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

Back in the mid-80s, Fox bought a software system from Warner Brothers. (I was there at the time at Fox, and there was an intern from a Warner exec who was a pain...liked tagging stuff) Murdoch was considered an idiot by Fox employees. He ran out of gas on a holiday in LA, called up the studio, and had the only security guard on duty come out to help out. Oh yeah, there was a Die Hard movie filmed at a skyscraper in Century City owned by Fox. They didn't want to add enough any inches for a raised floor computer room, so they left it where it was.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.