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Comment Re:In communist Russia (Score 1) 80

Francois Mitterand, former French president was also diagnosed early on with prostate cancer, but they kept this a secret for obvious political reasons. Every time he had to go abroad, they made sure not to throw any of the medication packages in the trash can, since they know it would be searched. I don't know if they went as far as making him poop or pee in another bathroom or porta-potty though.

Comment subscribe mailinglist to itself (Score 2) 302

Back in the 90s I was in college and the CS department implemented some mailing-lists per course and one for the whole department (this was on a Unix server). Someone was smart enough to subscribe the mailing-list to itself (and they didn't saw it coming). He successfully mail bombed all the accounts in the department and crashed the server :). Evidently the CS department was not amused, proclaiming they would certainly find the prankster but back in those days you could just probably have done this by telnet-ting the smtp server so nope ...

Another classic in big companies (and has happened several times at one I worked for) is people trying to send an e-mail to a department in the company like HR, finding a list named something like "HR_Dallas" in the global address listing not knowing this is not the HR Dallas department but rather the list that sends an e-mail to all Dallas employees. Yep, you just send your private confidential mail to all the employees :-)

Comment Re:Leftism as usual (Score 2) 454

Calling Hilary "Leftist" is pretty ridiculous though. Maybe she is leftist in the seriously "rightist" biased US; but she is definitely at least "moderate-right" to just plain "right" from a European POV.
Which still leaves out standpoints on abortion and gay marriage, which in most European countries are well agreed upon by the "regular" right and left. Only religious conservative parties are really against it. So these are not typical "left is pro" and "right is contra" topics. Both left and right are pro, just the religious and very conservative are contra.

Comment Re: Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 1) 259

True. I remember a girl who went to a catholic private school (Belgium), and they were told on regular basis that they were the elite because this was an elite school and such. Of course that was pure bs, since the course curriculum is the same in every school. If you take advanced math and science, you will get advanced math and science regardless of being in a public or catholic school. It's just the entitlement that's different.

Comment Re:talk about missing the point (Score 1) 370

On many of the computers, like the C64, you actually had to type in commands to load files and games from disk and cassette. This was done directly in BASIC. So you were simply not able to ignore it. And most people didn't go further than 10 PRINT "HELLO", but when kids got together some would just show some skills and the other kids simply wanted to learn it as well.
Now, even if there are programming languages packaged on your computer, you still need to specifically use that program.
Personally I find the discussion a bit ridiculous. Most programming languages can be learned online and have online interpreters. You don't need to package it at all. Just by googling I found one for BASIC, Javascript, Python, Java, Ruby, etc... where I just had to start programming on the website immediately.

Comment Re:E.g. We can't use it if we can't cheat (Score 1) 87

I'm not really knowledgeable in the subject, but I wonder if it's even possible at all. Isn't a blockchain exactly there to not be tampered with? Isn't it a distributed system? So "editing" a former block would require you to "edit" it in all distributed systems, changing the hash, and would require all following blocks to be re-edited and re-hashed as well.

Comment Re:Not a liberal (Score 1) 319

That's only partially true. At 14 you try to experiment with things not knowing the full impact of your actions. I took apart many electronic devices when I was that age and I didn't know what I was doing. Youtube is full of clips of kids trying to sound like hackers and where they just learned about ping or traceroute and are explaining it as if that would magically hack a website.

Comment Re:Jiggery-pokery (Score 1) 460

NFLX is a highly volatile stock, and has been bouncing between 85 and 100 on and off for the past 6 months. Before that there was 6 months of bouncing between 100 and 120.
When you see the crazy ascent it made in 3 years time, losing 10% now and then isn't that big of a deal. It's just 'regular' day trading.

Comment Re:VPNs FTW? (Score 1) 460

It can take absurd proportions. For example, there was a Belgian movie that came out last year called 'Black'. It was pretty successful at the theaters here (in Belgium) and was also heavily subsidized by plenty of governmental audio-visual funds as this was a film directed by promising young Directors and young actors. They sold the rights to the movie to Netflix early on (while it was still in theaters here), except for Belgium where you couldn't watch the movie on Netflix. How ironic is that? You could watch that movie everywhere as a Netflix subscriber, except the Belgian subscribers who basically paid for the movie through taxes ???

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