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Comment: Re:ridiculed? (Score 1) 432 432

Kansas State's CS labs were largely Linux based from what I remember. Can't remember the distribution anymore. And a lot of our classes were taught using languages and software that were platform independent. It seemed like faculty and staff liked Linux just fine at the time. Of course, that was quite a while ago, and can't really say how they supported Linux on a campus-wide wifi network because there wasn't one back then.

Comment: Re:Picture thing (Score 2) 273 273

Haven't actually seen this system in action myself, but you've mentioned a lot of the issues I first thought about - pets, kids, inanimate objects for pictures and whatnot. Group pictures seem like they could be a problem, too. With two friends getting married last year, a lot of pictures they or I are tagged in are from weddings, and some of these pictures might have five people who I'm friends with on Facebook in them. I'm guessing if Alice and Bob are both tagged in a picture, either would be a correct answer, but what if Bob is in the picture but not tagged? Just seems like a system with a lot of potential problems.

Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 762 762

Depending on how you want to define time travel, Haldeman's The Forever War may fit this bill. IIRC, the main character didn't specifically set out to travel through time, but as a side effect of their method of space travel, quite a bit of time passed while they were in transit. I believe space travel worked much the same in Card's Enderverse, though I'm not sure they ever returned to the same planets after traveling in the narrative itself, so the effect may not have been visible (not counting travel inside a particular system). Also thinking one of Bester's short stories may have dealt with only forward time travel, and of a more deliberate sort, but I'm drawing a blank as to which one, so I could be mistaken.

Comment: Re:A better solution... (Score 1) 183 183

I guess that's probably why I get a lot of hang-ups when I answer unknown calls at work, I say more than just 'Hello?' since I'm answering for a business, and I usually hear a click after a second and a dead line. Unfortunately, I don't have the option to just ignore them, since some of our clients and even an employee call from unknown numbers.

I always tell people calling from phone companies that we don't have a phone. They never quite know what to say to that. Other annoying salesmen get directed to the warehouse cat, who never seems available for a phone call.

The main problem I see, even with the do not call list, is enforcement of it. When I answer without looking at the caller ID first, and it's a telemarketer, they just hang up when you ask for their information, so it's hard to turn them in. I suppose I could play along to get their info, but hanging up is just easier.

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