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Comment: Re:oh the fun (Score 1) 288

by baegucb (#49623453) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device

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

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.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.