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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stephen Fry's eloquent response to Grammar Nazis on: November 10, 2014, 10:07:52 PM
My major f'ing psychotic hatred (as opposed to a pet peeve) is not spelling or grammar, but the inability to communicate with a sufficient degree of precision with the fallout being ambiguity or meaninglessness, and then having someone get upset because I've asked for clarification because what was previously said was unintelligible.

Marklar!

Shazbot!

Not quite, but close enough - Now check your IMs FFS
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stephen Fry's eloquent response to Grammar Nazis on: November 10, 2014, 05:20:22 PM
My major f'ing psychotic hatred (as opposed to a pet peeve) is not spelling or grammar, but the inability to communicate with a sufficient degree of precision with the fallout being ambiguity or meaninglessness, and then having someone get upset because I've asked for clarification because what was previously said was unintelligible.

Marklar!
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stephen Fry's eloquent response to Grammar Nazis on: November 10, 2014, 11:58:03 AM
Okay, so I had to Google for the uninterested vs. disinterested bit and quickly ran across Merriam-Webster

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Usage Discussion of DISINTERESTED

Disinterested and uninterested have a tangled history. Uninterested originally meant impartial, but this sense fell into disuse during the 18th century. About the same time the original sense of disinterested also disappeared, with uninterested developing a new sense—the present meaning—to take its place. The original sense of uninterested is still out of use, but the original sense of disinterested revived in the early 20th century. The revival has since been under frequent attack as an illiteracy and a blurring or loss of a useful distinction. Actual usage shows otherwise. Sense 2 of disinterested is still its most frequent sense, especially in edited prose; it shows no sign of vanishing. A careful writer may choose sense 1a of disinterested in preference to uninterested for emphasis <teaching the letters of the alphabet to her wiggling and supremely disinterested little daughter — C. L. Sulzberger>. Further, disinterested has developed a sense (1b), perhaps influenced by sense 1 of the prefix dis-, that contrasts with uninterested <when I grow tired or disinterested in anything, I experience a disgust — Jack London (letter, 1914)>. Still, use of senses 1a and 1b will incur the disapproval of some who may not fully appreciate the history of this word or the subtleties of its present use.

I give up.  Sad
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: java -version -> 'java' is not recognized as an internal or external on: November 09, 2014, 08:47:55 AM
Granted this is a bad idea for beginners to try, but...

Re-opening the CLI is the least that has to be done.

I have used either path=%PATH% or path=%PATH%;C:\Add_Something_New to avoid restarting something when not wanting to lose the CLI session info or restart anything on a server a few times.
30  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Untitled Game on: November 09, 2014, 08:39:51 AM
It reminds me of an upside down version of another game, which got me to thinking. Why not turn it into a variation of Tetris with a twist that lets you build the layers, and then bomb flat the sketchy parts. Bombs would have to be earned (slowly)...and you would lose if you accidentally bombed flat the last block.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 09, 2014, 08:27:37 AM
...I guess it could be useful for a home media center if you got rid of whatever Crapple OS it runs...then install Linux instead...use it for storing movies or whatever on it, connected up to your main home TV?

Yes, I couldn't see anything much else of use for it except extending its original purpose. But Linux? Apparently not feasible or worthwhile with this model?

Meh, I just have a hatred for all things Apple...so for me...well, I would have declined to take it tongue

As do I, however we do occasionally run into a client that has one of the things. And it invariably turns into a flaming fiasco every time. So I've been after the office to buy one so we can use it for testing to avoid wasting so much time onsite trying to figure out how to contend with damn things.

Know Your Enemy... smiley
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: looking for good/working way to text from computer on: November 07, 2014, 10:26:39 PM
If you know the cell target's carrier you can email phonenumber@carrierdomain. We do it at work all the time.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a hand with a laptop issue. on: November 07, 2014, 07:09:28 AM
Wouldn't background tasks show up somewhere, either in generic Task Manager or something more hi-tech?

Yes, the often forgotten and frequently never use - but as of the last few OSs insanely popular - Scheduled Tasks.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 07, 2014, 06:46:51 AM
That Knight Rider clip may have been unrealistic, but it was still awesome.  Scorpion had no "awesome".

+1 - Good point.  Thmbsup
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 07, 2014, 06:42:26 AM
^Um... o_O I really can't decide if that is hysterically funny, or frightening. However I am thinking of backing it.
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 06:16:00 PM
^Okay, so if the game/media server is servicing a high enough number of clients then it would start to lag the connections (pings included) as a single NIC reached its max. So teaming in the second (etc.) NIC would spread the load/love around enough to get it off its knees.

Makes sense to me.
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 03:01:29 PM
If you are into very heavy media streaming (from a server) over an internal network, implementing a teaming solution might be worth looking into.

Assuming that they're frequently streaming to multiple endpoints at the same time. Because teaming 2 1GB NICs does not result in a single 2GB pipe, it results in 2 1GB pipes that are available at a single IP Address. So any given transfer will have to select a specific singular 1GB electrical path ... It just does so automagically and leaves the other one open for the next guy.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 04, 2014, 11:35:41 AM
Oh yes, I remember those well. And while both were depicted as a bit whacky there were subtle distinctions between the two. Toad was enthralled with speed, and was driven to go fast within the confines of what he perceived his skills to be. While Goofy was the poster child for road rage, and frequently made rash, jerky and dangerous maneuvers. Both were depicted as "mad"...but only one was truly dangerous.

So while your stories spoke to me as Toad, the characterization was being spun more towards Goofy ... Which I felt was unfair.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 04, 2014, 06:57:46 AM
(In Iain's defense) Only the fools that end up as statistics drive wild-eyed and maniacal at speed. Those of us that truly enjoy the experience are completely calm, and even a bit Zen when entering the zone. Driving angry is dangerous (much like fighting angry is) ... Driving fast OTOH, simply takes skill, a bit more concentration...and a lot less time..
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unpleasant advertisements of the past on: November 04, 2014, 06:47:36 AM

Outside of the fact that our society has become extremely uptight, while constantly leaving its collective mind in the gutter, I see absolutely nothing wrong with any of those ads. The humor is tongue in cheek...but completely innocent ... And cigarettes back then were the Paxil/Zoloft of today.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is a "Gentleman's drink" on: November 03, 2014, 01:48:21 PM
... mad dog 20/20[/url] (MD 20/20)

And they weren't kidding about the mad part either ...(as the car left the ground..). - It was popular in central FL too.. Wink
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This into that on: November 03, 2014, 01:24:15 PM
That's what this (NANY 2014 Release - Engine Displacement Calculator) does if you set cylinders to 1. smiley

Bore is the diameter, and Stroke is the length.
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 03, 2014, 01:11:13 PM
...B*gger and b*st*rd are another couple.
In NZ as well, mate.    Wink
Reminds me of the time I was driving my souped-up MGB Roadster back from the docks, having just picked it up from the wharf where it had landed after being freighted over from the UK. The car was misfiring as I drove it in 3rd gear at the foot of the very steep Kaurangahape Gorge (just outside Wellington). Figuring that the sparkplugs were a bit fouled up, I dropped it down a cog (2nd gear) and booted it, thinking that that should clear the problem (it usually would).
The engine was a small ally Buick 3.5L V8 design (made by Rover UK under license) with high compression heads and fed by a single twin-choke 40DCOE Weber carb (carefully jetted by yours truly). Being ally and a V8, the engine was lighter than the standard cast-iron block, 4-cyl 1,800cc engine that it replaced, and rode more amidships than the 4-cyl block. The latter made it roughly 50-50 weight distribution, and with approx 100bhp output and lighter weight, the original power-to-weight ratio was roughly doubled.
What this meant was that whenever the loud pedal was pressed, the car had an electrifying response. It shot up the long hill at over 100mph and when I finally got to the top I put it into top overdrive and let it idle back to the statutory speed limit. The engine wasn't misfiring anymore.
A minute or so later, an unmarked police car (a Ford GT Cortina) pulled me over.
Apparently I had overtaken it at great speed at the bottom of the hill, and the cop said he couldn't even begin to keep up with me and I was due for a speeding ticket.
I apologised, saying that I had not intentionally been breaking the speed limit, but just wanted to put the engine under load as it was misfiring on a couple of cylinders from sooty plugs.
"A couple of cylinders?!" the cop exclaimed, "But you've only got four in this engine!".
Recognising that he might know a bit about cars, I explained to him what the engine was. The car otherwise looked like a bog standard MGB Roadster - its suspension and other mods were not visible to the onlooker). No bumps in the bonnet or anything. The only inkling that it was different was a slightly larger diameter tailpipe and an inconspicuously small V8 badge on the front grille.
It turned out the cop was a motor enthusiast, and he asked me to lift the bonnet, and when I did so, he said "You sneaky bastard!", but I figured it was said appreciatively.
I got off without a ticket, and was given a verbal warning and told that now they knew what the car was, I wouldn't get off lightly if I was caught speeding.

Hay, now that's a cool story.. Thmbsup Here in the states we would call that a sleeper - It doesn't look like much, until the light turns green...and then it's too late. I'm a huge fan of Sleepers. Wink
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: bottleneck of gps on: November 01, 2014, 02:59:07 PM
what is the limitation of today's GPS technology and we can't position someone/something within let's say a meter accuracy?

While government/military systems can thread a needle from space, they don't think the civilian riff-raff need that sort of pin point accuracy ... Hence we don't get access to it.

...It really is just that simple.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 31, 2014, 03:42:52 PM

without answers  (see attachment in previous post)well, you're supposed to login (which I wouldnt do anyway, not being registered) but the login link doesnt work here anyway  (see attachment in previous post)

Doesn't work for me either...but I'll go with 12 on the first one.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Foundataion's $2400 Intro to Linux course to be offered online for free on: October 31, 2014, 07:33:01 AM
TINMAN!!! Holy Shit - Glad to see you back man!! cheesy
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Trick-or-treat caramel onions on: October 31, 2014, 06:47:10 AM
I think I want to try one of those. What type of onion do they use? tongue

They look like white.  tongue  Devious, demented, harmless idea.

With any luck they're Vidalia
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 04:51:24 PM
I still think the old fashioned mechanical SD-10 air raid sirens that went off at noon every Saturday post WWII till about 1980 were the most reliable.

We were less than a mile - as the crow flies - from the tower ... Man talk about a shit your pants level attention getter! Thmbsup I can still hear that damn thing now.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 11:50:42 AM
You can't have an EMS on something like the Internet as the Internet doesn't guarantee transmission.

Radio waves are more reliable. Blah. Stuff like that.

How would radio waves inform anyone if they are staring at a computer screen or cell phone?

The internet is already clogged with useless crap... why not a little more?

I can see it now.. Alert!  This is not a test!  This is not a drill!  Emergency information vital to your survival is available now.  But first please update to the most recent version of your browser.  smiley

Somebody's on a roll. smiley


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50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Let's have some weekend Science and Tech! (A bit of a roundup!) on: October 27, 2014, 03:41:50 PM
While this may sound gimmicky, removing windows has the added benefit of weight reduction and would also simplify plane construction. It would also allow greater flexibility when designing the interior of the plane.
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Read more at http://www.iflscience.com...views#k77557fLHpV346hZ.99

What? The windows on planes I've been on feel like some kind of plastic. How is replacing a bunch of windows with a couple huge displays and the wiring needed for them going to decrease weight?

Windows, window frames, and bracing for the hole where the window goes would all be removed. Then the screen material (which would also be plastic) would replace the currently used interior walls...so yeah, I can see it dropping a bit.
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