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Could You Pass Harvard's Entrance Exam From 1869?

vieux schnock Re:Nope (741 comments)

There are private high schools in Quebec still teaching Latin. Greek however lost favor but my uncle studied it then (c. 1940's). I still have his old Greek primer from high school.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Take a Pay Cut To Telecommute?

vieux schnock No (615 comments)

No. I'm still leasing my car for the next 4 years because of work. Whatever the amount of gas I would save, I would still need to pay for it and the insurance, and a pay cut would certainly hit me. Once I finish my lease, I could reconsidering it.

more than 3 years ago

Why Linux Loses Out On Hardware Acceleration In Firefox

vieux schnock Re:Wait a minute (456 comments)

Yes, I agree. For Lynx, it would definitely be an overkill.

about 4 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

vieux schnock "The Last Component", not really ... (715 comments)

Actually, I never got to "The Last Component". As soon as something major broke down, I repaired it or replaced it, but after a while I just bought a new computer with a complete new set of hard drives, CPU, memory, etc. Only the IDE hard drives got to jump from one computer to another but that's about to end as I embark, like everyone, on SATA drives.

more than 4 years ago

My Automobile Gets __ MPG

vieux schnock KPL (1141 comments)

I calculate in Kilometers by litres, you insensitive clod.

more than 4 years ago

For taking notes by hand, I prefer ...

vieux schnock Missing option ... (373 comments)

Whatever I can leech from my co-workers.

more than 4 years ago

This Hallowe'en ...

vieux schnock Re:Public Service Anouncement (709 comments)


All Hallows Day (Nov. 1st) comes after Hallow's eve (Oct. 31st).
Nothing in the Wikipedia article supports your claims.
"Respected" is a bold statement. Lets just say that most Christians don't give a lot of religious / anti-religious meaning to it. it's for the kids to have fun.

more than 5 years ago

Geeks Prefer Competence To Niceness

vieux schnock In vs Out of the IT Room. (300 comments)

I don't mind how things go in the IT room, but once your'e out of it and deal with users and customer support, only one rule: BE NICE!

more than 5 years ago

Games Fail To Portray Gender and Ethnic Diversity

vieux schnock Re:So.. (590 comments)

OK, I can picture a game creator of a war/frag/heavely armed game inviting those reseachers for a focus group session and watch his new realease in action were all protagonists are made of females, Hispanics, Native Americans, children and the elderly.

After the carnage, he turns on the lights and faces his audience with a large smile: "Well, whadyall think ?"

1/3 are speechless, 1/3 fainted, and rest are still fighting over the waste basket to belch in it.

more than 5 years ago

Your Browser History Is Showing

vieux schnock Another link with similar technique. (174 comments)

Maybe it's an old story but I found this site that uses the same technique:

more than 5 years ago

The Art of The Farewell Email

vieux schnock Re:well... (703 comments)

Rehired ? Sounds like the company had more problems than poor judgment, it also lacked a backbone.
I would have fired the manager and press charges against the tech.

more than 5 years ago

Worst Part of Spring

vieux schnock Re:Missing option (374 comments)

Yeah, It's still snowing today (2008-04-13) in Montreal.

more than 6 years ago



New laser makes pirates wish they wore eye-patches

vieux schnock vieux schnock writes  |  about 4 years ago

vieux schnock (146044) writes "The New Scientist has an article about a new laser developed by a company in Farnborough, UK, aiming at deterring modern high-seas pirates. Devised as a "warning shot" to "distract suspected pirates rather than harm them", the meter-wide bean can scan the pirates' 6-metre skiffs and make it difficult for them to aim their AK-47 or rocket-propelled grenades at the ship."

Milgram's Experiment: the TV Show.

vieux schnock vieux schnock writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vieux schnock (146044) writes "A controversy has risen over a French television show reproducing Milgram's experiment in front of a live audience. Milgram's original experiment wanted to show "the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience". But this time, it seems that television can play that deadly "authority" figure with more devastating results: While Milgran got 65% of the participants to hit the maximum jolt button, "[in] the final tally, 81 percent of the contestants turned up the juice to the maximum"."

"Mafiaboy" releases autobiography

vieux schnock vieux schnock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

vieux schnock (146044) writes "Seems that "Mafiaboy", the young Canadian that paralysed multiples sites in 2000, including CNN, has been getting some press lately. Security Portal has a story that he is releasing his autobiography The site has these Wise Words though: "Commercialdom peeks through, though, as apparently the book was "co-written" by Craig Silverman, an established journalist rom [sic] Montreal.""

Boy finds 1981 Smithsonian error

vieux schnock vieux schnock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

vieux schnock writes "Yahoo News has an interesting story about a fifth grader who found an error in the museum's Tower of Time where the Precambrian was mistakenly labeled as an era. He received a letter of commendation for his discovery. The Smithsonian's solution to the problem? '(S)imply painting over the word "era"'.

P.S. No lame jokes about being less smart than a fifth grader. Yahoo News already did it. ;-)"

Hacking Scam Called "Largest in Canadian Histo

vieux schnock vieux schnock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

vieux schnock (146044) writes "It's strange that no one noticed the recent crackdown of computer hackers in Quebec.

From the article: "Police raided several homes across Quebec on Wednesday and arrested 16 people in their investigation, which they say uncovered the largest hacking scam in Canadian history. (...) The hackers collaborated online to attack and take control of as many as one million computers around the world that were not equipped with anti-virus software or firewalls (...)""

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