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Comment: Re:Because it's a Public Service (Score 1) 445

by britneys 9th husband (#33920912) Attached to: How to Heartlessly Arbitrage Used Books With a PDA

If my donations to Goodwill were destined only to line someone's pockets, I would quit donating used articles and instead destroy and discard them.

A better idea would be to scan your used stuff yourself, sell it online, and donate the proceeds to charity. This makes more money for the charity than donating the actual item would have anyway. The only downside is you don't get to scam the IRS by claiming that your old busted coffee table is worth $100.

Comment: Re:Someone's head is going to roll...... (Score 1) 459

by britneys 9th husband (#29336489) Attached to: Thieves Clear Out Apple Store In 31 Seconds

How many apple stores are there? And how many of them have been robbed? The probability of this happening is far less than 25%, so... if you think spending that money is a good idea, you're welcome to play in my home poker game anytime.

And I'm not even considering the marketing loss associated with filling an apple store with a bunch of ugly-ass Kensington locks.


+ - John Backus, Fortan Developer Dies

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An anonymous reader writes: The New York Times writes that man who led modern development of Fortran has died. From the article: John W. Backus, who assembled and led the I.B.M. team that created Fortran, the first widely used programming language, which helped open the door to modern computing, died on Saturday at his home in Ashland, Ore. He was 82.

+ - John W. Backus, developer of Fortran, dies

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PCOL writes: "The New York Times reports that John W. Backus, who assembled and led the I.B.M. team that created Fortran, the first widely used programming language, died at his home at 82. Fortran, released in 1957, was "the turning point" in computer software, much as the microprocessor was a giant step forward in hardware, according to J. A. N. Lee, a leading computer historian. Ken Thompson observed that "95 percent of the people who programmed in the early years would never have done it without Fortran," adding that "It was a massive step." Though debatably not the first high-level programming language, it was the first to achieve wide use. Backus' other accomplishments included inventing the Backus-Naur form (BNF, the almost universally used notation to define formal language syntax), and also the concept of Function-level programming."

+ - Poker Champion's Account Cracked, Thousands Stolen

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An anonymous reader writes: Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, 2004 World Series of Poker Champion and spokesman for PokerStars, had his PokerStars account cracked by a would-be thief. The miscreant logged in both as FossilMan and under his own account and intentionally lost over $12,000 of Raymer's money to his account before he was caught by eagle-eyed onlookers. Read the full story.

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