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Comment I keep my data... (Score 3, Funny) 184

... inside a locked box that requires a 10-digit code + retinal scan + penis imprint, stored at the bottom of a lake, filled with sharks, wearing lasers.

Someone once made it to the lock-box, but... I just didn't have to feed the sharks that day.

I even have a sign posted: Do not look at sharks with remaining good eye.

Comment Re:December 30th (Score 3, Funny) 286

Big deal. Your 6-digit id would seem to indicate that there are those older than you here on /.

You know that your userid is not tied to your age right? And not all people stick to one account for their whole lives.

Ya. It's a /. meme. But I guess you might be too young to know that -- having a 7-digit uid and all. :-)

Comment Re:Who are the main characters based on (Score 1) 74

The portends to be based on 1980's experiences, ...

Not mine. From 1985-87, while still in school, I worked on developing automatic-programming code on a Xerox 1108 (Dandelion) in InterLISP-D. And ported Franz LISP from 4.3 BSD on a VAX 785 to SunOS on a Sun-3 (I believe). After graduating, I later went to work at NASA Langley in 1988 as a sysadmin for their Convex and Cray (2 and YMP) systems.

I watched most (maybe all) of the first season of "Halt and Catch Fire" and was pretty bored. Never went back.

Although... my micro-programming / assembly class was on IBM/Intel PCs because the IBM 360 had actually caught fire the previous semester. Don't know if it halted first.

Comment Great kid. Don't get cocky. (Score 3, Insightful) 56

"I was just a college student a couple of years ago and now I am working on an actual space mission, how cool is that," said Karan Vaish, 23, who is helping the team to design the lunar rover.

Neil Armstrong was 38 when he walked on the Moon, 24 years before you were born -- after being a Navy pilot, graduating from Purdue, being a test pilot and being in the astronaut program for 11 years. You graduated from school and are playing with robots. Granted, they're "space robots" and that is pretty cool, but keep a little perspective.

That aside. Why is it news that younger people work on things too? Someone has to take over and do things. Young graduates with excellent training and skills seems appropriately normal. Hopefully the youngsters will learn from both the achievements and mistakes of their predecessors - you know, all the older folks that did it first.

Comment Re:Captain Kirk says... (Score 2) 286

I am terrified of the prospect. As some point, I should start living a more risky lifestyle, since 3 out of 4 of my grandparents lived well into their '90s. Maybe I can kill myself in my early '90s through a skydiving accident or something.

Don't worry. It doesn't always work out that way. My wife's parents both lived until they were in their 90s -- father died of Parkinson's and mother died of Alzheimer's'' (both within a fairly short time after becoming debilitated), but Sue died at 61 of a brain tumor (just 7 weeks after diagnosis). I was 42 at the time, now 53. Both of my parents are still alive and healthy in their 70s. I don't know what's in store for me going forward, but at least I'm not afraid of death - because Sue is there somewhere (even if that's nowhere).

Comment Re:Don't Talk Back! (Score 1) 90

Please be sure not to "talk back" while testing this beta operating system!

I thought Canonical stopped listening to user feedback years ago anyway.

They listen, the problem is just that they think they know better. ... I just wish they would get back to that and start working with the community again.

Ya. Good thing that doesn't happen elsewhere... (cough) systemd (cough)

Comment In related news... (Score 1) 82

Movie studios are guilty of enabling pirates by actually making movies that get pirated; DVD and camcorder makers are guilty for making things that can be used by pirates; network providers are guilty for providing the bandwidth used by pirates, etc...

"You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They're out of order!" -- or so I heard somewhere.

Comment Re: But of course (Score 1) 445

and global warming makes flooding more frequent

No, it does not. However, it makes it a lot worse when it does happen.

Flooding in low-to-mid lying areas could be more frequent if it is "worse". Meaning that worse could cause areas that might have otherwise just missed being flooded to be flooded - i.e.: more frequently.

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