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Comment: Re:"Come on help the deflator" (Score 1) 225

by ejasons (#49642853) Attached to: NFL Releases Deflategate Report

Bill Belichick did not.

More like there isn't any evidence that Bilichick knew. He seems to be enough of a micromanager that it seems pretty likely that he would know.

I'm curious (and will probably never know) the extent of Brady's involvement. If it's like the mafia (or government), I would bet that it's more like "it would be nice if the balls were under-inflated", instead of "I would like you to break the rules, and remove air from the balls"...

Comment: Re:When I see that [literaly] textbook mistake.... (Score 5, Insightful) 329

by ejasons (#48832431) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

OSX sandboxed apps cannot look outside of their own directories. However, when the user chooses a file via the "Open" dialog, the application is given a handle that allows it to open just that particular file. Sandboxing really is the solution to this kind of mess...

Comment: Re:A win for freedom (Score 1) 1330

by ejasons (#47363367) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Every (high-tech) employer that I've ever worked for has allowed a cash alternative -- but only if you could prove that you had other insurance through your spouse. And the amount that they paid out was less than what they would pay for the insurance, but it wasn't a trivial amount...

Comment: Re:Bah, we already said goodbye to CTRL-S years ag (Score 1) 521

by ejasons (#47076203) Attached to: Goodbye, Ctrl-S

I am offended that some operating systems have hijacked ascii characters to use for meta functionality

That is one of the very nice things about MacOS X -- since it uses the Command (clover) key for menu shortcuts, that leaves the Control key sequences available for emacs-style editing commands, which work almost everywhere.

Under Linux, I'm never sure whether Control-F will move forward, or bring up the "Search" dialog...

Comment: Re:I grew up writing games in BASIC (Score 1) 224

by ejasons (#46873103) Attached to: 50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

Real programmers didn't have editors. If we wanted to change a line in an Applesoft Basic program we either had to type it over or 'List' the line press ESC and up arrow to the line.

The latter of which is, of course, an editor...

Though, unless you first wet your screen width to 33 characters (poke 33,33, IIRC), any edited wrapped lines would include the seven extra characters that the system added in order to pretty-print the source.

God help me for remembering all of this...

Comment: Re:Just don't fly out of Europe (Score 1) 144

by ejasons (#46664305) Attached to: Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

Only problem is that the overhead bins on the few last rows are often filled with crew's stuff, PA system boxes, firefigthing equipment, portable oxygen containers and a ton of other stuff. So you might end up putting it under the seat in front of you (which sucks if you're tall).

But, being the first on the plane, you can put your stuff pretty much anywhere...

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