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5201  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Intel Giveth, Microsoft Taketh Away on: November 17, 2007, 09:50:39 PM
I wonder how well Vista and Office 2007 would run on a PC with a Gogol-core CPU with a Gogolbyte of RAM.

One can always dream...  Kiss
5202  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Poem of English Pronunciation on: November 16, 2007, 11:13:42 PM
I've heard that ghoti thing before, but the way I pronounce the "wo" in "women" sounds more like the vowel in "wet", not "wit."

So "ghoti" = fesh.
5203  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Graphics Tablets - opinions (nudone, hamradio, tomos etc. care to chime in?) on: November 16, 2007, 10:55:07 PM
To draw it's a bit awkward getting used to watching the monitor to see what your hand is doing, so to speak. If you can get into this mindset, the scaling isn't an issue. I'm not quite there, yet, but I think this will be fine.

My math teacher has a tablet with a pen, so he actually writes on paper while it's showing up digitally on the computer. If he messes up, he can (obviously) erase but the paper is still inked with the mistakes. If your tablet has a similar function, or maybe you can get a tablet pen with a similar functionality, it would be the solution.
5204  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Blog steals Zaine's Great Software List on: November 16, 2007, 03:23:22 PM
I think there's a "how many polish guys does it take to change a lightbulb" joke in there.

Aha!

With our small family we didn't have enough to change it.

I took that to mean money, not family members.  Grin
5205  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Blog steals Zaine's Great Software List on: November 16, 2007, 03:10:02 PM
LOL. I'm Polish. I almost got a mail order bride. You see, one of the light bulbs in our living room when out, and with our small family we didn't have enough to change it. So I thought about a Russian bride, but I couldn't figure out how to get all that rubble in that small Air Mail pouch.

Okay, I get the joke about the rubble (cheesy), but I don't understand what the light bulb has anything to do with.  undecided
5206  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Blog steals Zaine's Great Software List on: November 16, 2007, 02:44:04 PM
Of course, I believe Occam's Razor applies: he does it because he can and because there are no consequences for being caught.

I tend to believe you on that.

Considering the statistics.ro link and the language on the site, I'm guessing he's Romanian. I joked about it earlier, and of course I don't want to make a blanket statement that all Romanians are scumbag thieves (especially since my wife is Romanian!), but Romania isn't exactly known for it's integrity. It's one of those countries where a US bank can't guarantee a money transfer will get to the right person.

I know from personal experience. I was worried my mail-order-bride payment wouldn't make it. tongue
5207  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Blog steals Zaine's Great Software List on: November 16, 2007, 03:02:17 AM
How about someone Diggs the real list?
5208  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Blog steals Zaine's Great Software List on: November 16, 2007, 02:51:35 AM
im n ur sitez steelin ur softwear list!

I just went to the Digg Submission and people are Thumbs Downing everyone who says it's stolen, and Thumbs Upping the people who say it's a great resource (without knowing it's stolen). What the heck is that about?

Dirty thieving Romanians!!!

Joking! My wife is Romanian!

5209  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save the Earth! From evil parasitic power packs... on: November 14, 2007, 05:01:08 PM
So elegant, so clever.  And so off the market.  I suspect the lightbulb PAC is behind this...

I'm still waiting for light bulbs with LED arrays. Low power, long lasting, and they won't flicker like those halogen bulbs. What's not to like? There are so many ways that are possible today to save energy if people really wanted it. Instead they come up with all this crap about "going green" by drastic measures that don't really benefit anyone and don't have significant results.

If people really wanted to "save the planet" instead of cashing in on the latest fearmongering, it could easily be done. We have the technology. Nuclear power anyone?
5210  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tales of Mere Existence on: November 14, 2007, 04:55:05 PM
And the movie was extremely boring... Probably picked a bad one there...

Not really. They're kind of boring. Just amusing enough to get you to sit through it all hoping it will get better, but boring in the end. At least that's my opinion.
5211  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save the Earth! From evil parasitic power packs... on: November 13, 2007, 01:53:15 AM
And all Boss discs increased the lifetime of their host lighbulb by x3 to x5.  They weren't expensive, and sold three-discs-to-a-package.

So why didn't they sell like crazy?  I'm guessing the economics were wrong (nobody cared about saving energy in 1996) and lack of marketing.  Such a simple idea, and quite effective, yet you can't get the durn things anymore.

I could be wrong, but isn't turning on a light the hardest part of the light? I mean, doesn't the act of connecting the bulb to it's power source cause the most strain on a bulb, making the filament break or something? Seems to me my light bulbs only blow out when I turn on the light. Anyway, a Bulb Boss would increase the number of times power was connected/disconnected.

I think from a math perspective, it increases the lifespan because the light isn't on as long. But from a practical perspective, it would decrease the lifespan because of the increased wear on the hardware.

But like I said, that's me coming to my own conclusions from personal observation, without knowing the facts.

My family had some of those Bulb Bosses. I had one for a night light that would gradually dim the light over 30 minutes until it finally went out.
5212  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Signs You're Coding Too Much on: November 13, 2007, 01:13:10 AM
Then i remembered that you don't have to program lighting and shading algorithms in real life.  huh

Reel-Ife? What is this you speak of? undecided

Quote
converting degrees celsius to radians doesn't make much sense
It offers a whole new angle on weather forecasting,  though.

@ Cranioscopical:  Grin

@ f0dder: I'm in the USA, so it was fahrenheit, but yeah, converting temperature to radians doesn't make much sense.
5213  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buy a new harddrive, get a virus on: November 13, 2007, 12:13:26 AM
Don't you have to format these drives before using them? How do they keep the virus?
5214  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dvorak Zine - fun comic telling story of the Dvorak keyboard on: November 11, 2007, 10:52:13 PM
Maybe this will help.
5215  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Signs You're Coding Too Much on: November 11, 2007, 07:20:55 PM
Here's a recent experience to show I've been concentrating too much on my Trigonometry schoolwork:

The teacher has been stressing to us the importance of no longer thinking in degrees but thinking only in radians. Not many days ago I looked at the temperature and started trying to convert it to radians before I caught what I was doing. Grin
5216  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Technology Myths on: November 11, 2007, 07:16:35 PM
I don't understand how a keyboard could be superior to any other for gaming, as long as they all work properly. I'm pretty sure my WASD keys work just as well as any other keyboard out there.

Okay I just thought of a superior keyboard idea for gaming. A Keyboard without the stupid Windows Icon button!!!!1 I don't know how many times I hit that thing in the middle of a game while trying to press Ctrl or Alt and it sends me back to my desktop. Sad
5217  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: To wide-screen or not to wide-screen on: November 11, 2007, 07:12:26 PM
(see attachment in previous post)
Okay, I think I'm sold.

That's not a monitor. That's a TV with DVI input, most likely. Sure would be nice...
5218  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A rant about how I finally ditched iTunes... :D on: November 10, 2007, 05:47:25 PM
Let me first say that I don't like iTunes or most things that start with a lowercase "i" (especially Apple products), but I never understood the complaint about DRM from iTunes because I could always burn my iTunes DRM music to a CD, then rip the CD as DRM-free MP3s. It's a hassle that shouldn't have to happen, but it's easy to get past.

iTunes itself isn't that bad of software. I don't like how it always runs the iTunesService and iPodHelper, and how I had to resort to "wasting" a CD to get my music in MP3 format (though I've heard you can get DRM free music from iTunes now?). It's the iPod that has had my biggest complaint. I just couldn't understand why people would want to spend $400-$500 on a gimped music player.

Then I remembered high school and status.
5219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Technology Myths on: November 10, 2007, 05:26:40 PM
I don't understand how a keyboard could be superior to any other for gaming, as long as they all work properly. I'm pretty sure my WASD keys work just as well as any other keyboard out there.

Mouse precision also isn't that big of a deal. Do you really need 5,000,000 dpi accuracy to snipe?

I think the determining factors for this particular example are how fast the system runs the game and the internet connection speed. Low latency is probably the greatest factor in accuracy, since being lagged can mean you're aiming at someone or something that's not in that position anymore.

Just on our Counterstrike server I've had problems of adjusting my aim quickly and when I pull the trigger the bullet hole ends up where I was aiming half a second ago because of latency. Even if perhaps that headshot wasn't perfectly aimed (ie, not a headshot) it still should have been very close to the head, on the brick wall behind the person I was aiming at, instead of at the ground or the sky.
5220  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: [Idea] Shock site alarm on: November 10, 2007, 05:20:17 PM
Hah.... Maybe i should just learn to stop trusting people (Isn't that the overall truth about the world anyway? Dont be naive?)

Nah, you can trust people. Just don't ever trust links. Especially in IRC/chats.

You need to know your audience. Or rather, the types of people you're talking to.
5221  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Technology Myths on: November 10, 2007, 04:38:37 PM
i think its a bit local tho, A lot of people i know over the internet got that logitech set and keeps telling me you got perfect precision when sniping and that they dont know how people can live without it

It's just psychology at its finest. Those things probably cost a pretty penny, right? So they've convinced themselves of the superiority of the things because they want to be happy with their purchase. If you spend a lot of money on something, you will most likely convince yourself that it was money well spent. Even if it wasn't what you had hoped.
5222  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: [Idea] Shock site alarm on: November 10, 2007, 04:30:52 PM
p3lb0x, there's a good util for this already.

Sorry, couldn't resist...
5223  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free util to sound alarm when your laptop is grabbed by thief on: November 10, 2007, 04:16:09 PM
If it is stolen anyway, it would bee good if LocatePC already was installed.

Quote from: LocatePC
If the worst happens to your computer and it is stolen then usually there's no way to track where it is. That's where LocatePC comes in.

LocatePC sends you a secret email message from your computer containing vital information that can help you and law enforcement track a stolen computer, and eventually return it to you.

Didn't mouser make something like this for the NANY last year? Phorp?
5224  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OS Religious Wars... on: November 10, 2007, 03:28:21 PM
What's this? Bush and heavy metal? OH NOES!

I heard that those are supposed to be bullhorns from a Texas University mascot slogan thingy or something.
5225  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fedora 8 hits the streets! on: November 10, 2007, 03:25:04 PM
One of the most impressive new features included in Fedora 8 is the PulseAudio sound daemon, which will allow users to set the volume for each application individually...

That's something I really liked about Vista. Sorry for the sacrilege of mentioning Windows in a linux thread.
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