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Comment Re:"Do you know who I am???" (Score 5, Funny) 131

A student writing a final exam in large room goes over on time.
When approaching the front of the room to hand in the exam, a proctor informs the student that the exam is late and cannot be accepted.
The student says: "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?" to import some great significance.
The proctor answers "No," as if he did not care.
At which point, the student quickly thrusts his exam into the middle of the pile on the desk and runs away.

Comment FB Search (Score 5, Insightful) 235

The mugger likely searched the victim on FB after the mugging.
FB saw one person searching out another and suggested the pairing to the victim.
With only 50 FB friends and a hidden profile, FB gives me suggestions all of the time.
Often, the suggestions only make sense if the suggested friend had tried searching for me on FB.

Submission + - Debian dropping support for older CPUs (distrowatch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to a report on DistroWatch, the Debian distribution will soon be dropping support for older, 32-bit processors: "The Debian project supports a wide range of hardware architectures, including 32-bit x86 CPUs. Changes are happening in Debian's development branches which will make older versions of the 32-bit architecture obsolete. Ben Hutchings provides the details: 'Last year it was decided to increase the minimum CPU features for the i386 architecture to 686-class in the Stretch release cycle. This means dropping support for 586-class and hybrid 586/686 processors. (Support for 486-class processors was dropped, somewhat accidentally, in Squeeze.) This was implemented in the Linux kernel packages starting with Linux 4.3, which was uploaded to Unstable in December last year. In case you missed that change, GCC for i386 has recently been changed to target 686-class processors and is generating code that will crash on other processors. Any such systems still running Testing or Unstable will need to be switched to run Stable (Jessie).' A list of processors which will no longer be supported after Debian "Jessie" can be found in Hutchings' mailing list post."

Comment Vic20 Programmers Reference Guide was it (Score 1) 199

I started on a Vic20 and found the Programmers Reference Guide most (in)valuable.
https://archive.org/details/VI...

I found a Win32 API book useful a dozen (or more?) years ago.

Now I'm on Debian variants, and Google is most helpful.
I wouldn't worry about Win10 reference manuals unless you were offline.

Comment The big banks are getting on the bitcoin wagon (Score 1) 271

For the purpose of trade, let the banks handle the transaction:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/...

Soon, I'll be able to send funds via Bitcoin through my bank's web interface.
I won't worry about losing my Bitcoin wallet - the bank will take over that risk.
I'll log in and choose to send regular currency to another account; one of my options will be a Bitcoin transaction.
My bank and the other account's bank will handle the Bitcoin.
I'll see regular currency leave my account and the other party will see regular currency enter his/her account.

Comment John Brown's body (Score 1) 315

... liies a smolderiin' [moulderin'] in the ground.

When I was young, I thought the lyric was "smolderin'," and I wondered what John Brown did to make so many people happy that he was smoldering in hell.
Of course the song laments the death of John Brown and the the lyric is "moulderin'."
Kids use the words they hear most often.
Unfortunately, "terrorist" is a much more common word than "terraced."

Submission + - Canadian Music Industry Faces Competition Complaint Over Public Domain Records (michaelgeist.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: A Canadian record label specializing in public domain releases has filed a complaint with the Competition Tribunal over alleged anti-competitive conduct by Universal, Sony, and host of other music industry leaders. The complaint tells a fascinating behind-the-scenes tale, with the recording industry doing everything in its powers — including posting false reviews, pressuring distributors, and lobbying for changes to the law — to stop the sale of competing public domain records.

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