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Comment: Re:India: Scammer country (Score 1) 210

by dickens (#47908907) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

It is kind of a shame. I worked at DEC for 18 years and I knew quite a few genius-level CS guys in the research and AD group where I worked.

But I think the wannabees followed them in. I finished my BS at Fitchburg State College where there are a dozen undergrads and 100 grad students in the CS dept, and almost all of the grad students were Indian. I went to a programming contest there, showed up 40 minutes late for a 2 hour contest, was the only one there writing in Java (because I was intent on learning it at the time) and took 5th place out of a field of 80.

Comment: Re:The Romans found out about lead (Score 1) 780

by dickens (#44493523) Attached to: NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

Even I, a non-hunter, know that around here deer are normally killed with either a lead slug from a shotgun or with buckshot (notice the word "buck" in the name) which is a shell filled with 9 pellets each of which can contribute little shavings of lead into the meat.

I'm not sure it's legal to hunt deer with a rifle at any time in my state unless it's a herd-thinning thing.

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