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Comment Re:Pascal not "clean"? (Score 1) 633

While I did write keyloggers, this wasn't done via keyboard capture. It intercepted the call to NetWare's interrupt for changing password and made the same call to all the other servers we needed to sync the password on. True that the program was in possession of a plain-text password, but it technically wasn't a keylogger.

Comment Pascal not "clean"? (Score 5, Insightful) 633

WTF? Pascal is not clean? Pascal was DESIGNED to be clean. It is very clean. It has strict type checking and is extremely sensitive to syntax. It doesn't allow any hanky panky to take place with any of its variables. You can't modify any variable without its assignment operator. Variables have to be declared, or else you get a runtime error. How is that not clean? Tell me one thing Pascal (Not Turbo Pascal and other flavors, but the language as it was created) does that is not clean?

Now, don't get me wrong. Pascal was a great language to learn straight programming, but was very limiting for every-day programming. Come Turbo Pascal. I must have written dozens, if not hundreds, of TSR programs that created ISRs, from sitting in the background and capturing keyboard input to recognizing that you changed your password on a NetWare server and sync it up to other servers. I even wrote a visual Connect 4 game that you could play over the network with your buddies, when the only LAN game I was aware of was "ncsnipes". Now those are things Pascal wasn't meant for, but Turbo Pascal extended the language very successfully and created a world where there was no end to what you could develop.

Comment Re: Single use? (Score 1) 761

Let me know how calling for help using an FM receiver works for you, will you?

You actually CAN! Every FM radio (that I've dealt with) is also a transmitter. Don't believe me? Try putting two FM radios near each other. Tune one to the middle of the band on static, and then run across the band on the other one. At some point the static on the first one cuts out. Connect a line level output to the right place on the second radio and voila! You have your own radio station. I did this at my dorm in college. Freaked the shit out of everyone on the floor!

Comment Re:This is news? (Score 1) 35

Until then, people would be happily using Fedora 24.

I, for one, am not a happy Fedora 24 user. Having used Fedora since Fedora 3 on my desktop, I'm about to switch to CentOS. Too much playing in Fedora has broken many things. Take DNF, for instance. Not sure why we changed away from Yum. I haven't had this many dependency failures in a very very long time. I said this before on SD, but the last good version of Fedora was FC18 or FC19.

Comment I am a very impatient driver, but ... (Score 1) 203

... am pretty skeptic about this working properly or at all in some of the convoluted intersections around. Plus, what's wrong with using the old noodle to determine when my light's gonna turn green? What? So that I can be texting on my phone until the last second?

Comment Re:Idiotic Argument (Score 1) 394

Cut that wire and route it back into your recording device.

It occurred to me, what if they use a special speaker which will provide an encrypted signal back to the circuit before the amp, via a third wire, and if the signal to +/- is tampered with (cut, sees difference impedance, etc) then it sends the message to stop playing?

Comment The last, best Fedora was ... (Score 1) 174

Probably 16 or 17. I've been using Fedora since FC3 and its quality went up until things stopped working during installation. For instance, I used to be able to switch to command prompt during installation, set up my drives in any RAID format I wanted, with ANY parameters I wanted, and have the graphical installation recognize my setup and install away. Even wireless worked off the bat on the notebooks I installed on.

Come the new installation process and it looks like everything is dummied down, which I don't mind, as long as the advanced functions don't get taken away. But it looks like they have.

I actually downloaded 24 this morning and tried the live boot on an Acer notebook. To my surprise, it actually recognized the wireless and I was able to get on, but I couldn't fire up any programs (including terminal). All I'd get was a spinning cursor. Granted this was just on one notebook, and I'm going to install 24 on the notebook as soon as I put an SSD in it, but it seems like the installation quality has gone down significantly. I actually liked being able to select my packages during install.

Incidentally, when did systemd make its way into Fedora?

Comment Re: No. (Score 1) 207

I can SOOOO relate to this. Never could remember formulas and had to derive them during test time, but eventually resorted to cheating in a final. It was 1985 and the university had acquired an HP laserjet. Using WordPerfect I was able to print the formulas with symbols and everything in the smallest font I could. I then used a copier to reduce the print size by 70% twice, enough that I was able to fit 20 or so formulas on the face of my watch.

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