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Remembering Alan Turing On His 99th Birthday

soboroff Father of Computing (146 comments)

"Modern computing"? He's the father (or certainly one of the fathers) of computation as any sort of scientific or mathematical discipline.

more than 3 years ago

First Rocky Exoplanet Confirmed

soboroff Hey Rocky... (155 comments)

.... watch me pull a planet out of my hat!

more than 5 years ago

Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

soboroff Apologies to Rummy... (756 comments)

You go to evolution with the planet you have, not the planet you wish you had.

more than 5 years ago

Lego Loses Its Unique Right To Make Lego Blocks

soboroff Re:makes sense, meh (576 comments)

By the cup? At the Baltimore Science Center, there is currently a K'nex exhibit along with tables where you can build your own models. If you want to take it home, you pay by the pound. Makes much more sense than selling by volume.

more than 6 years ago

(Stupid) Useful Emacs Tricks?

soboroff Re:Favorite Acronym (412 comments)

The funny thing is, those jokes about Emacs being slow date back to the 80s. These days, I find that Emacs is about the fastest app to start on a modern Linux distribution.

The rest of userland has gotten fatter and fatter, but Emacs has stayed about the same.

Since the story asks for favorite things about Emacs, I will just add: Gnus. The best email app bar none.

more than 6 years ago



soboroff soboroff writes  |  more than 7 years ago

soboroff (91667) writes "The state of Oregon has ordered that Randal L. Schwartz' conviction be expunged. From Randal's email:

When I actually began working with my attorney, Marc Sussman, to gather the materials for the pardon, we were both a bit startled to notice that it had been 10 years since the conviction. And under Oregon law, this meant that I was now eligible for an expungement, rather than clemency. We quickly shifted gears to getting the necessary fingerprints (one more time) and affidavits signed, and then waiting the few months for the result. (While the process is a fairly mechanical one, there were still some possible snags.)
I'm happy to announce that the expungement order was signed effective 1 Feb 2007. That is, as of this date, if someone asks me "have you ever been convicted of a crime?", my fully legal answer to any and all concerned is a resounding, "no". (This is similar to what happens to someone's juvenile convictions as they become an adult. For all intents and purposes, the crimes simply no longer exist.) The PDF of the "order to set aside" is already up on the FORS website (http://www.lightlink.com/fors/); thanks to Steve Pacenka for putting that up quickly. Thus, I am announcing, "nothing".
Some additional details, including lots of history on the case, are available at http://www.lightlink.com/fors/."


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