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I donate when courtesy and respect is shown. Which is more than most people that have never paid. Maybe that's not important to you, but it is to me.
As far as not using it, it's part of their business model to be free and then pester the people who will succumb to the pressure. I did not ask them to make it free, and I do not think it's right for them to ignore the wishes of their users just because of it. It's called harassment.
If they change their model to disallow it being "free" then I will not use it.
Did you read my original post or just skim it? I've tried unsubscribing from their mailing list more than once when it came to asking me for money, but I still get emails. That's where the annoyance came in.
I have the same thing happening with an extended warranty on my wife's car. They keep calling me telling me this is my last chance to purchase this extended warranty. Sometimes I play along, other times I tell them I'm hanging up before I get irate.
Yes, I've told them to take my number off the list and that I have added my number to the do not call list. Doesn't seem to phase them.
I just had an idea for the next time they call, I'm going to start wailing and moaning. I'll get control of myself and tell them that I no longer own the car because it was totaled in the wreck that killed my wife. That would be a big lie both are doing very well.
They seem to contact me once a year. I make a (small) donation.
Maybe if I didn't donate, they would nag me as well. Then, I would set a message filter in my mail agent and be done with it.
Then again, that would remove a rant or so.
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Arguing with a woman is like reading the Software License Agreement. In the end, you ignore everything and click "I agree".
It's also known as the Conway Sequence, Look and Say Sequence, and probably some others. It's rather simple. Start with a 1 and then describe what you see for the next iteration. So, starting at 1, the next number is one 1 (11), the next is two 1 (21), then one 2 one 1 (1211), and so on:
The question to answer is what's the length in digits of the 100th number in the chain, starting with "1" as the first? The first six numbers have been given above. You could write it out by hand, but I wouldn't recommend it, and as developers, that's not what we do.
The seemingly simple challenge is to write the code to come up with the answer. The only hint you get is the 50th number is 894,810 digits long.
Oh, and don't bother Googling for code. Those examples will only get you so far and definitely won't get you to the answer.
System.ItDidntWorkException: Something didn't work as expected.