* Posts by Someone Else

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Dammit, Scott!

Project Spartan sees Microsoft stripping all the legacy code out of Trident, the rendering engine that powers Internet Explorer, so that Spartan contains only the modern, standards-compliant code.

Dammit, Scott! You owe me a new keyboard!

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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Oh...THAT, again...?

Privacy? DigitalGlobe's heard of it [...]

...and summarily rejected it as an impediment to "increasing shareholder value".

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Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs

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@ Brusselsgeek -- Re: good for goose

They have not approved the council-mangled text and will in all likelihood fight it.

Ya think? With Google bringing bags of Euros with them for a "friendly lunch" with key MEPs before the vote?

/me is not holding my breath

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@ frank ly -- Re: It would be interesting ....

But...but...but..."Privacy is not an absolute right"! They said so themselves!

Something about sauce, goose and a gander....

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Say WHAT?!?

The council said “the right to the protection of personal data is not an absolute right” in the text. “It must be considered in relation to its function in society and be balanced with other fundamental rights, in accordance with the principle of proportionality,” we're told.

Translation: Your "personal data" is neither personal nor yours...is it ours!!!. And we can (and will, donchano) give it to whomever and whatever fat-ass corporation or TLA agency we think can further our personal goals of untold riches and absolute power.

Assuming that these unnamed "ministers" live in a country where the populace can still vote, it would be incumbent upon said populace to vote to run the party of these said "ministers" out of office and into the dustbin of history where they so rightly belong.

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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@ Anonymous Blowhard -- Re: 0.1% of profit for 100% bad reputation

See icon --->

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@ Charles Manning -- Re: Suckerfish

Nobody remembers anything any more. It won't hurt them for more than a week - if that.

I dunno. More that a few commentards here have likened this to the Sony rootkit debacle, which happened several years ago. I, for one, do not buy anything Sony anymore...and I know I'm not alone.

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Net neutrality: The world speaks its brains on secret 'open' 'net rules

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Really, Kieren?

The press will surely rise above this partisan nonsense. Just take a look at Fox News, [...]

Fox News is to the press as a fish is to a bicycle.

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Australia to get spooks charter at cost of at least AU$188m

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No requirement to obtain a warrant is evident in the report, other than the current regulations that insist law enforcement agencies must feel they are pursuing serious crimes before asking to see metadata. [Emphasis added]

I feel like I'm pursuing a serious crime just reading about this!

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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@ John 156 -- Re: How did that actually work then?

Clearly, you have no knowledge of how Direct Debits work, which I cannot be bothered to explain since it is nowhere near as simple as you imagine..

In that case, STFU, fuckwit!

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If I had a dollar/pound for every time I heard...

In a statement it said: "At TalkTalk we take our customers' security very seriously and we take numerous measures to help keep our customers safe."

This is actually the third time today that I've read the same "We at <insert name of fat-ass Corp who doesn't really give a flying fuck about their customers> take our customers' security very seriously...blah, blah, blah...bullshit, bullshit bullshit..." line here in The Register (see story about Lenovo). Engaging the Corporate Bullshit filter, this quite clearly translates as, "Motherfuck! Call the flippin' lawyers to help us cover our bleedin' asses/arses!"

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Iran hacks America where it hurts: Las Vegas casinos

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Re: Iran vs Adelson, hm..

Doesn't take a whole lot of tinfoil to see the possibility of this being some level of strokage by the Powers that Be™ of the fat-ass Adelson's...er...fat ass...

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Yeah, yeah...sure

And the check is in the mail, and I won't cum in your mouth.

Too little, and waaaay too late

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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@AC -- Re: One step forward after two steps back

Most of those up on Capitol Hill either don't or choose not to remember the days when you rented not only the handset on your wall, but also the wire in your house, from the phone company.

Those old farts? Trust me, they remember (at least, the ones who are not non compus mentis). But you're right, the don't want to remember, and don't want us to remember, either. If we did remember, then we'd remember why we broke Ma Bell UP, so we'd be more vigilant against their complicity in putting Humpty-Dumpty back together again.

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Call the Waaah-mbulance

The Republican-controlled Congress is also threatening to pass legislation that would overrule the FCC's rules [...]

Which is, of course, the typical response by the crybabies on the Republican side. If they get what they want, it's a blow for "Freedum-n-Libberty" that only they could provide; when they get handed their lunch by the rest of us, it's a hissy-fit, throwing themselves on the ground pounding their fists and holding their breath like some petulant 3-year-old. I wish them <sarcasm>good luck</sarcasm> with their "legislation" (which, of course will also include riders to overturn the President's executive order regarding immigration and to start the Keystone XL sludge-line; both items that are sooo a propos to he issue at hand...).

Asshats!

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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@ Charlie Stross -- Re: Doubly unusable if he moved the document

[...]because corporate IT at the big publishers thinks everyone uses it, even though many deeply serious professional authors won't touch it with a barge-pole.

Giving an upvote simply for the barge-pole remark. Wish I had more than one upvote for the rest of your post.

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Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

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Dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century

From the Visual Studio 2015 Preview website:

In this release, the C++ compiler and standard library have been updated with enhanced support for C++11 and initial support for certain C++14 features. They also include preliminary support for certain features expected to be in the C++17 standard.

Except, of course for the fact that this release was supposed to be fully C++14 compliant (according to Bjarne Stroustrop during his traveling road show introducing C++14 to the world + dog).

Still, I suppose we should be grateful..they (finally) claim full C++11 compliance only four years after the fact. Way to go, dudes!

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FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

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Re: Republicans and DoubleSpeek "Freedom"

But it is a threat to Republicans, Dave. It's a direct threat to their ability and desire to monopolize, gouge, and line their pockets at the expense of the hoi polloi. In other words, it is a threat to their idea of "Business as Usual".

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How can you tell Rush Limbaugh is lying?

A: His puppeteers are manipulating the strings that move his mouth.

Is there any indication that this stuff is actually in the secret rulings about to be revealed?

Since Rush said it, it's virtually guaranteed that nothing like that is in the document, or in any way, shape or form implied by anything in the document.

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@Tom 13 -- Re: When will they understand...

You'll find all kinds of conservative support for breaking up government created monopolies.

That's the most hysterical load of bullshit I've read or heard all month. You owe me a new keyboard!

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@Herby -- Re: When will they understand...

If some vendor does something with the traffic we customers get, I'm sure that there will be another vendor that won't do it.

Really? I suppose that's why gasoline prices tend to fluctuate at gas/petrol stations that are across the street from each other, and never go up or down in unison...uhhh, wait a minute....

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@Brew

Somewhere along the line they realized that limiting the amount of commercials per hour was suppressing the freedom of advertisers so now that amount is unlimited.

Actually, you cam blame the Reactionary's Messiah, Ronald McDonald Reagan for that one...and it happened in the middle 80's, not the mid 90's

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@unitron -- Re: Can't read all of story

Aren't they smart enough to find white space?

Of course they aren't...they're a Corporation, whose job is to get you to look at them, not at the source you seek.

The real question is: Aren't you smart enough to use AdBlock, NoScript, etc.?

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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This is going to be FUN!!

I'll get the popcorn....

Oh, to be a class action lawyer at this point in time!

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TrueCrypt + Norton AV = BSOD, wail disgruntled users

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One small question:

If you're clever/sophisticated/knowledgeable enough to use TrueCrypt, why in bleedin' 'ell would you be so brain-dead as to also use Norton AV?

Seems to be a form of Software Darwinism at work...

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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@ Cowboy Bob -- Re: Cue the ClassAction lawsuits in 3... 2... 1...

Unless in the US water miraculously boils at lower temperatures I suspect it's the same over there too

Uhhh, Bob? Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the original incident occurred, has an elevation of 5312 ft. above sea level. (Up in the Heights, to the east of the airport, the elevation goes up to over 6100 ft.) At those altitudes, water actually does boil at a temperature below 100C

Something about keeping quiet, and being thought a fool, as opposed to opening one's mouth and erasing all doubt, comes to mind. You might wanna consider that.

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Discover THIS!

"Superfish was previously included on some consumer notebook products shipped in a short window between September and December to help customers potentially discover interesting products while shopping," Lenovo said in a statement on Thursday.

Hey, Lenovo! If I want to "discover interesting products", I can do that myself with out your help, assholes...isn't that what Google is for?

The only unanswered question was posed by John BonerBoehner: "What I want to know is, who's going to jail?"

Fuckheads!

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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@ h4rm0ny -- Re: Criminal

I would like to know how high up the management chain actual understanding of how this worked went. At the top is there someone signing off on a deal that "shows some ads" or is there someone who knows that this is actually breaking a fundamental security component of the web and impersonating websites.

Doesn't matter. At the end of the day (doncha just luves you some management-speak?), the guys at the top are responsible. CEO, CTO, CMO (Chief Marketing officer, regardless of its "real" title) are the captains of the ship, and are expected to go down with it. Now, the concept of a white-collar fatass corporatist actually going to Jail is anathema in the post-Bush era, but we can always fantasize, now can't we?

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Lenovo off the list? CHECK!!

(Not that they were ever really on the list, but this settles the matter once and for all.)

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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@ Re: Voice recognition

They say they only send the voice data over the internet to a 3rd party who provides the voice recognition service and supposedly returns something back for the TV to act upon.

There, FTFY

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Never mind, Samsung, GOOGLE will EAVESDROP as you browse on Chrome

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@ R 11--Re: Hotword

A bit of selective quoting there. You missed the preceding sentence - "We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. "

I'm sure they do. I aim to hit the toilet every time I need to take a piss (American version of the phrase), too.... My wife has some ideas as to how successful I am during any given interval of time, and I don't know why I (or you, R 11) should expect Google's "aim" to be any better.

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Re: @John 104

Conservatives are to scientific methods like fish are to bicycles.

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Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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OK...let's get this straight....

Linux Mint...check

Windows 7 in a VM to run those apps I need that do not have a Linux equivalent (e.g. WaveLab) ...check

Windows 10 in the bit bucket...check

There...sorted!

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Re: Lifetime of the device.

So the lifetime of the device means until they drop support.

At which point, I expect a dramatic uptick in Linux distro installs...

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SPITTLE SPATTER as America weighs into FCC net neut shoutgasm

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Re: Wireless regulation

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I'll bet you don't even play one on TV!

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@ AC -- Re: It's disgraceful

Look, I'm no fan of Comcast, but what are you on about? I routinely exchange e-mail with my German friends, and always get replies.

Now if Comcast is routinely blocking SPAM from known overseas SPAMMERS, then I say, "Good on Comcast!" (And this may be the only time I'll say that!) Spammers are the lowest form of life in the interwebs' ecosystem, and anything anyone can do to make their life more miserable is a step in the right direction. And if you, my good AC, are complaining because you are a spammer, and your SPAM emails are being blocked, then all I have to say to you is: Fuck Off And Die!. If you are not a spammer, then I'll need more details than your screed here before I'll join any class action.

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@ Tom 13 -- Re: Wireless regulation

Bzzzzt!

No, I'm sorry, that's not the right answer. Thank you for playing. Johnny, do we have some nice consolation prizes for the contestant?

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Blah, blah, fscking blah!

Looking at the responses from the newly reigned-in corps, I see a common theme.

From Verizon:

Heavy regulation of the Internet will create uncertainty and chill investment among the many players -- not just Internet service providers -- that now will need to consider FCC rules before launching new services

From National Cable & Telecommunications Association:

It will result in a backward-looking new regulatory regime, ll-suited for the dynamic Internet, with far reaching and troubling consequences.

From the CTIA:

We are concerned that the FCC’s proposed approach could jeopardize our world leading mobile broadband market and result in significant uncertainty for years to come [...]

All emphasis added

The point of that emphasis is that the Corporatists are howling about how all the new onerous regulation™ might somehow slow the pace of some nebulous, undefined innovationalso™. Manure. The only "innovation" this might scotch is new and "innovative" ways the Industry™ can figure out to soak its clientele. C'mon boys...do you actually expect anyone in the world to believe that you have this passel of great new and highly "innovative" services just waiting to be foisted uponbrought to the market, that will revolutionize the intertubes, only to be thwarted by this new spate of regulation™? If you do, you are bigger fools than you take us for!

STFU, and just give us service already.

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Slurping air passengers' private details not great for privacy, concede EU data bods

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Selective amnesia

Cazeneuve told MEPs this week that they “must” support an EU-wide PNR programme. He said PNR would allow authorities to track terrorists’ “travel paths”, conveniently forgetting that the Charlie Hebdo attackers didn’t use flights to transport their illegally obtained weapons from Belgium.

Isn't it amazing how bureaucrats "conveniently forget" certain facts and details when said facts and details don't fit their narrative (or megalomaniacal plans for ultimate power and authority).

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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Re: All other arguments on this are irrelevant....

They will be the ones still breaking the law by using encrypted comms, using bots to transfer the comms, so that Joe Numpty down the street gets busted.

There, FTFY

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Re: When we all become suspects, the terrorists have won.

Yes, we here in the good ol' USA are a nation of terrorists. Waiddaminnit...Mark 85, do you work for the NSA?

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What do China, FBI and UK have in common? All three want backdoors in Western technology

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Re: Dear Middle Kingdom: Here's a hammer, there's the beach

Hello, Mr. Cook? Was that you with the downvote?

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Dear Middle Kingdom: Here's a hammer, there's the beach

The Chinese government wants backdoors added to all technology imported into the Middle Kingdom as well as all its source code handed over.

Yes, and I want the next three weeks of winning lottery tickets, too. What are my chances?

In a sane world, producers would unite and with a single, unwavering voice, tell the Chinese to pound sand. But I'm afraid that corporatists, being the pussies that they are, will happily capitulate, and only whimper, "How far?" when told to bend over.

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

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Re: Moog Modular

Oh, you bet!

My original issue 1976-vintage Moog 35 (which still works...an occasional flaky switch here or there, but other than that...) is definitely a bear to set up. But nothing sounds like it. And just fiddling with patches can get you some real interesting sounds that you would otherwise never have the opportunity to generate. Fooling around with it one day I found a right nice simulation of a ring modulator on acid...and the 35 doesn't have a ring mod on board.

Only problem with them is that they are a bit...temperamental WRT temperature (temperatureamental?) The go noticeably sharp when the ambient temperature goes above about 92 degrees F...as I found out one summer's day playing it outside.

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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@ Grease Monkey

Ever try to use hotel Wi-Fi at a hotel near a trade show venue, where the trade show is populated with geek types? I have...it ain't pretty. Assuming you can get a connection at all, it saunters along at something like 5kbs (that's kilobits per second)...if you're lucky. The hotel has only installed sufficient Wi-Fi to support an "average load", which fails miserably at full utilization. (Yeah, they could build it out, but that would cost money, dammit!) Your cell service, however, has (in general..there are exceptions) pretty thoroughly built out the infrastructure in the area of such a venue to handle the full load. Result: Access to the intertubes via your cell hotspot, and a big fat zippo from your friendly neighborhood hotel Wi-Fi.

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FTC to Internet of Stuff: Security, motherf****r, do you speak it?

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Free Market my ass (or arse, for the Brits in the crowd)!

The whole concept of a "free market"TM (and all the political bullshit that accompanies said buzzword) ends the microsecond that market involves me becoming the product.

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Given that, for example, home router makers are so slow to patch security vulnerabilities in firmware, what luck does anyone have fixing critical flaws in their IoT light switches, boilers and shoes?

If I have to worry about critical flaws in the security of my shoes, I'm going to change jobs and learn the fine old (if lost) craft of being a cobbler, so I can disable my shoes' IoT nonsense without getting my feet cold. I suspect I will do a fine business with others' shoes as well

Stupidest thing I've heard of in months (which , of course assures some Corporate nimrod will do it).

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Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

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Re: That does it!

Those yutzes wouldn't be able to figure out ME...

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Not so rare, methinks...

It would be great to hire lots of Erik Meijers, put them in cubicles and let them write perfect code all day [...]

You think the likes of an Erik Meijer can write perfect code? Puh-fukin-LEEEZE already!

Can I have some of what you're smoking...It must be really great shit, Mrs. Preske!

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Legend?!?

Erik Meijer is a legend?!? Manure. Edger Dijkestra is a legend. Vint Cerf is a legend. Even "Uncle Bob" Martin is a legend. Erik Meijer is a coder.

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