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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 29, 2014, 11:58:45 AM
The last batch of beer is working very well, and the batch of ginger ale is highly alcoholic. But, I'm too lit to continue typing. tongue

177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 29, 2014, 10:55:06 AM
Seems like Bitcoin (and other) mining is artificially crippled so the miner devs make higher profits:
http://da-data.blogspot.d...-with-monero-and-cpu.html

Too much to drink, so that's too much to read...

My gut reaction is that it's just another alt being mined to convert into BTC. Most are.

Am I off? Got a tl;dr?

178  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 29, 2014, 10:52:03 AM
I can never tell whether Renegade is being satirical or serious...

Renegade...you need to get a writing job for The Onion...seriously...if that is Satire, it is very well written in the sense that it looks like the author believes what they are writing...

If not...Then...I don't even know any more  huh

lol

Hahaha! Cool

That was all just pure silliness. 40hz beat me to the punch on the alien angle, but I still had to get it in there! smiley

However, I did actually mix in some truth there. (Not kidding and not disputable - pure fact.) I'll leave it for people to figure out what the actual true part was! tongue

179  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 29, 2014, 10:48:07 AM
Let's put this through the "Ren Test"  Grin

Here is a short section from a book I am writing, which I would love to get some opinions on smiley

Here are some free-form comments inline. I'm only addressing grammar and style. I'm going to avoid any artistic decisions for the sake of focus.

(When I say "style", I mean the style of grammar used.)

I'm marking my comments with "R - ".



Really, there is no way he could have seen this coming.  Spending every day locked away in his own little world; friends all around, but loneliness so vivid. 

R - Your use of semi-colons is jarring. Semi-colons join related sentences, but don't replace commas.


Darkness was his companion, the light; his enemy. 

R - Same issue. Consider using commas.

R - If you're looking to jar the reader with some kind of shock, then, well, I'm not so sure that it works as it also introduces a bit of confusion. Perhaps an ellipsis there would work better. e.g.

Darkness was his companion, the light... his enemy. 



Yet, somehow, through the mist, he saw something that made no sense, something he couldn't explain.  Words cannot describe

R - Consider using:

Words could not describe...

R - That sticks to the same tense.

the feeling that had come over him, and all he knew, was that something was changing...something strange,

R - Ellipses styles vary. I'm not fond of the lack of a space following an ellipsis, but others prefer it when the first letter is lower-case.


something wonderful, but also absolutely terrifying.  It took only a few moments for things to become clear, and he could see through the mist, he could feel the breeze. 

R - That's where a semi-colon is needed. Right now you have a comma splice. Consider the following:


It took only a few moments for things to become clear, and he could see through the mist; he could feel the breeze. 

R - Or, this:

It took only a few moments for things to become clear, and he could see through the mist, feel the breeze. 

R - Now, that's not a strict grammatical style, but it fits. Here's a stricter style:

It took only a few moments for things to become clear as he could see through the mist and feel the breeze. 

R - There are many ways to work that out. Styles differ, but sticking to more common styles that don't violate basic grammar rules is the best way to go unless there is a very compelling reason.


Something whispered out to him, and he knew then, what he must do, to survive.

R - Now, for the specific style that I prefer, I'd use ellipses there instead of commas. They simply work better in many cases as they indicate to the reader that the reader needs to imagine something or fill in the blanks. Here's an example with ellipses:


Something whispered out to him, and he knew then... what he had to do... to survive.


R - I also swapped out "must" there as it doesn't work well in the past tense. "Had to" or "needed to" are better choices as they inflect for the past tense. But, I think this would still be better:


Something whispered out to him, and he knew then what he had to do... to survive.


R - You might get flak from some people for the comma there, but there's nothing wrong with it at all. Commas are also used to indicate pauses, and that works there. Wink


(New Chapter)

Things just didn't seem quite right, what with everything that was happening. 


R - You are adopting a very conversational tone there with how you're phrasing things. Nothing wrong with that. Just an observation. (The "what" triggers that.)

Days seemed short, the nights long, no matter what he said, there was nothing getting through, nothing had the power to break through the wall, and that left him with a heart so powerless, his soul fading like sheets blowing into the distance. 


R - There again I'd say go back and examine how you're using commas. You've got comma splices in there with no apparently good reason for them.


Days seemed short. Nights long.

R - That punctuates it a bit better. The next part is a bit hairy.

No matter what he said, there was nothing getting through, nothing had the power to break through the wall, and that left him with a heart so powerless, his soul fading like sheets blowing into the distance. 


R - Now, in that part the second comma would be better as a period. Check this:

No matter what he said, there was nothing getting through. Nothing had the power to break through the wall, and that left him with a heart so powerless, his soul fading like sheets blowing into the distance. 


R - The second sentence there could use some tightening up:


Nothing had the power to break through the wall, and that left him with a heart so powerless, his soul faded like sheets blowing into the distance. 


R - Faded vs. fading. "Fading" simply doesn't work as you're then changing the tense which is jarring, grammatically wrong, and simply not working well there.



R - Everything here works fine. No issues at all.

Hidden away, lost, and with an overwhelming loneliness thrust through his soul, he had no clue how to overcome the feelings of darkness that passed through him on a minute-by-minute basis.  Nothing seemed to help.  Life was slipping past him at an incredible rate, yet the world seemed to stay without motion, words resonating without echo, quickly evaporating into a hazy mist.




People move so quickly these days, but for reasons that are unknown,

R - Here you can cut out some clutter. Consider this:

People move so quickly these days, but for reasons unknown,

R - Eliminating "that are" makes that flow better. Also, tense.

R - Continuing:

People move so quickly these days, but for reasons unknown, his feet are stuck in the quicksand he has created,


R - You're drifting through tenses without any kind of purpose there. -- "are stuck"

R - Now, you **can** shift through tenses, but you really need to work hard on making that tense shift obvious **AND** acceptable to the reader.

R - Also, consider your use of past participles: "he has created".

R - British English is far less direct than American English. The simple past works much better for effect as it is more definite.

R - Going over that part so far...

People move so quickly these days, but for reasons unknown, his feet stuck in the quicksand he created, lost in his own spirit, drowning in solitude, and with painful angst, he muttered slowly with every breath he could muster, hoping for some release, something to help him climb up from the bottom of this endless cliff, but that was a path he could not see. 


R - I tighted up the tense there. Now we can see that this is a recent story with better clairity.

R - For "this endless cliff", I'm not fond of that. Consider this:

something to help him climb up from the bottom of his endless cliff,

R - Also, instead of "but that was a path he could not see", consider:

but that was a path he was blind to.

R - Above I quibbled about comma use, but in that passage there I think you've nailed some good usage and it works.


R - Here, I have to wonder if you're guilty of a typo or trolling me:

It is amazing to think, that for a long time, these feelings where locked, like an ocean liner trapped in a bottle or a firefly lost in the sunset.

R - This instead:

It is amazing to think, that for a long time, these feelings were locked, like an ocean liner trapped in a bottle or a firefly lost in the sunset.

R - Wink


His mind twisted like branches around an old oak tree,

R - The word you're looking for is "ivy". Just a simple word choice there:

His mind twisted like ivy around an old oak tree,

R - Here:

His mind twisted like ivy around an old oak tree, trying to find resolve, desperate for an end, a way through, some meaning, some light, but nothing would go right, every turn was littered with voids. 


R - You've got the effect going quite well, then you ruin it here:

some light, but nothing would go right

R - That comma doesn't work very well. It's "ok" (in a horrible sense), but you've shown that you can do much better. Consider a period or rewriting that section.

R - Here:

but nothing would go right, every turn was littered with voids.

R - The comma doesn't work well.


R - Here:


He spent his days locked behind a glaring screen, sound coming through was muffled and empty, but it gave him a reason, a way forward, and a path on which to travel where he couldn't feel.  Every word he tried to say, came out backwards, and it was breaking him.


R - "glaring screen, sound" -- Comma use again. It could work, but you need to rewrite that passage to make it flow better. Here's a quick "out of my butt" example:

R - From:

He spent his days locked behind a glaring screen, sound coming through was muffled and empty,

R - To:

He spent his days locked behind a glaring screen with sound coming through muffled and empty,

R - For this:

where he couldn't feel

R - I think I'd like this better:

where he could be numb

R - A positive assertion often works better than a negative one.

R - Here:

Every word he tried to say, came out backwards, and it was breaking him.

R - The first comma doesn't seem to have any purpose. Try this:

Every word he tried to say came out backwards, and it was breaking him.

R - I'm skipping the last 2 paragraphs there. Except for this:

Sitting there, he could think clearly, so clearly.

R - When using "so", make sure that what should follow is clear. The general construct is "so X that Y", and the "Y" needs to be clear unless there's a good reason, e.g. You purposefully want to leave that question unanswered so that the reader can discover it through some sort of revelation later on. You use "so" in a few places. Double-check that you have used it properly.

R - From what I can see there, you're using commas as a crutch, and it's not working well. This is the biggest problem I see there.

R - For tense, you really need to pay more attention to get your tenses agreeing better. Right now you're switching between tenses with no focus. From what I can see, you're trying to get the "immediacy" of the present tenses, but how you transition is simply unacceptable. Now, that's not to say that it can't be done. However, those transitions need to be planned and orchestrated very carefully. I can't give you an example because, let's face it... that shit is hard and takes time.

R - As it stands, you have some work to do to get that up to publishable standards. A lot of that work is almost trivial to fix. A couple hours of reading on grammar and you're good to go.

R - In any event, that's just a very (not "so" Wink ) quick technical analysis of some grammar and style.

R - I focused on a lot of negative things there, but that's basically what I do -- corrections.

R - Today I did some work for a medical instrument company, and had to come back to them with some much worse news than I've given you. Sigh... I hate being the "bad guy" sometimes.

R - Anyways, my home brew is f**king awesome! cheesy I'm not going to be able to type much of anything soon. Wink tongue



180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Stinking, Rotten ASUS Router Died Overnight! on: August 29, 2014, 05:33:53 AM
No internet

C'mon J-mac! You should know better and label threads with such horrible language as NSFL! Grin

But yeah... been there... It's a very unhappy camper situation.

181  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Youtube stepping up video size again? on: August 29, 2014, 12:35:40 AM
Screen real estate.

It's now showing up at a 720p size. It was 360p, then 480p, and now 720p.
182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Youtube stepping up video size again? on: August 28, 2014, 11:28:24 PM
Has anyone noticed that Youtube has stepped up the size of the videos again?

Now everything seems simply massive.
183  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 28, 2014, 11:07:01 PM
A site that tracks "hitler" on reddit:

http://hitler.sexy/



TotalHitlers: 330157    Days until MegaHitler: 295    ATHR (AllTimeHitlerRate): 1.58 hpm (hitlers per minute)
  TotalKochs: 16081   TopKochs: jpurdy(127) PoliticBot(73) Handy_Related_Sub(70) GoddessWins(69) fantasyfest(62)
  HitlerLoad: 0.02, 0.03, 0.02 (hitlerun-q: 1, 5, and 15 minutes)
   HitlerPct: 0.164316% of all comments are literally a hitler

TIMESTAMP           SUBREDDIT                TYPE     USER                     THREAD
2014-08-29 00:04:46 Warthunder               hitler   Taven                    www.reddit.com/r/Warthunder/comments/2ew1a3
2014-08-29 00:03:46 explainlikeimfive        hitler   therealterrorist         www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/2euolx
2014-08-29 00:02:58 UkrainianConflict        nazi     Arctorkovich             www.reddit.com/r/UkrainianConflict/comments/2evr87
2014-08-29 00:02:58 todayilearned            hitler   nutless_monkey           www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2et9k8
2014-08-29 00:01:54 explainlikeimfive        nazi     saskatchewanian          www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/2evtqd
2014-08-29 00:01:40 worldnews                nazi     PHalfpipe                www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/2euhg6
2014-08-29 00:01:24 worldnews                hitler   MaybeUnusedUsername      www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/2eurwo
2014-08-29 00:00:51 Austin                   nazi     Unwanted_Commentary      www.reddit.com/r/Austin/comments/2etgny


184  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 28, 2014, 10:48:25 PM
That principle could well be in action with these "moving rocks" also.
Empiric method. Innit great?

You betcha! Saves endless speculation and "explanations" of how it had to be aliens and UFO technology that made it possible.

This rube has made a career of it:
 (see attachment in previous post)

Huh? But it was. The article is just yet another colossal government cover-up to hide secret Pleiadian anti-gravity technologies that they got from a downed UFO in New Mexico in 1957. (They've been unable to locate the downed spacecraft in the desert in the article - that's the real culprit here! It probably crashed hundreds of years ago and is still pumping out anti-grav fields from it's worm-tractor propulsion drives.)

But that's not the real story - they got a damaged zero-point energy device there as well, but weren't able to fully reverse engineer it until 1983 when they did a secret technology trade with the Russians, who had previously recovered a partially functional ZPE device in Siberia. This all started at the weaponized warfare treaty conference - the one signed in 1977 - but took 6 years to conclude as an additional "weaponized alien technology treaty" (mostly about directed energy weapons) was also needed, and while Jimmy Carter was more amicable, Ronald Reagan demanded harsher conditions, which caused some friction with the Russians, delaying the signing.

And that's just one tiny fragment of the beginning!!!

So you see, it really all was about aliens!  Thmbsup

For realz!
185  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: August 28, 2014, 10:31:29 PM
I've seen some of the shows mentions. Here are my 2 satoshis. Wink

Dominion: Blah. Trying to watch... but it keeps losing my interest. "Supernatural" does a much better job with the 'supernatural'.

Defiance: Very good show. It peters out at times, but picks up quickly.

The Last Ship: Much better than I thought it would be. Still a bit jingoistic, but, a decent story.

The Strain: This is a good show. It keeps getting deeper & deeper. Once it hits season 2, it will likely be far better than any of the others I've mentioned here. But, it's still in that "season 1 finding its pace" phase.

Falling Skies: It has its moments, and will go through several episodes of "blah" before it picks up again. But, when it picks up, it does extremely well.



If you keep track of movies and TV shows, you'll likely have noticed that they very often come out in pairs where the same basic themes are played out with the same archetypes, but the specifics are changed for different audiences. e.g. The Last Ship & The Strain. Here's how that plays out:

Theme: The godvernment saviour

The Last Ship - Navy
The Strain - CDC

Theme: Medical emergencies!!!

The Last Ship - A lethal virus plague
The Strain - A vampire infectious plague

Archetype: The torn hero who battles against all the same crap as every other infuriatingly trite "hero" character with all the accompanying baggage and idiocy you've come to expect

The Last Ship - CO CDR Tom Chandler
The Strain - Ephraim Goodweather

Archetype: The good guy who has done something really bad & is in need of redemption

The Last Ship - Quincy
The Strain - Jim Kent

etc. etc. etc.

The exact same thing plays out in countless shows and movies that are always released in pairs within a few months of each other, though occasionally you do see these pairs released in successive seasons.

186  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 28, 2014, 09:31:04 PM
If you look into the issue, you will find little agreement on it from those that adhere to prescriptive grammatical rules (as opposed to normative). For prescriptive grammar, the debate is about whether or not collectives are to be treated as plurals or not, and whether or not number penetrates through qualified singular nouns.

Here's the problem I see with your entire line of reasoning. The rules aren't for writers. They're for people who aren't writers, but need to write nonetheless. Writing is like music. It's something you need to feel to do it well. In fact what I usually tell people is the rules are for people who can't hear the music.

I think that you've mistook what I was saying there. I wasn't trying to dictate rules for writers. You're right there - writers know the rules well enough that they can become creative with them for effect. Or perhaps in other words, mastering the rules frees you of them.

But you simply don't find good writers using bad or sloppy grammar like you would find in the comments sections of major news sites, Youtube, or Facebook.

Carrying on with the music metaphor, take the intro to Purple Haze and the dissonance in it. Dissonance is generally to be avoided, but Jimi simply makes it work. Masters get to break the rules, and we know that it was someone who has actually mastered the rules by how the end results are.

Incidentally, this would be an interesting question for AI.
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird issue with computer: Volume spontaneously going to 100% at random on: August 28, 2014, 09:09:54 PM
Sue! Mouser vs Mouser.

I'm not sure whether that's a win-win or a lose-lose proposition...  huh
188  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 28, 2014, 09:01:58 PM
...And then just for a giggle, I turn on the news this morning to find out that said banking institution just got hacked ... Wow, who'd a thunk that would happen.. undecided

Oh gawd... Y'know, pretty much every time I hear about a bank getting hacked, the first thing that goes through my head is, "Serves you morons right. I hope it hurts."

"Passwords are limited to 1 digit." <-- Beta testing... We'll fix it later. tongue
189  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: August 27, 2014, 11:18:36 PM
CISPA is now CISA.

http://www.cispaisback.org

Oh, gee. Such surprise! Very unexpected. Wow.  undecided
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 27, 2014, 11:07:07 PM
I ran into a banking institution yesterday that did not allow special characters or spaces, but did required a number be included in the user name.

Like the outcome of that isn't going to be predictable as hell ...(y0ur N4m3)... Derp!

If a username/password is actually printed on paper, then it makes sense to not include beginning or ending spaces. But with the incredible invention of monospaced fonts, there's no reason why "a     b" couldn't be a valid username or password. I have never understood why "spaces" aren't allowed.

I do wish that sites would say what is allowed as a regular expression. That would make everything so much easier and clearer. For me. And other regex freaks. tongue
191  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 27, 2014, 11:02:27 PM
If the below turns out to be correct, it's going to be pretty damning against the CDC and "peer review" as we have it now.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1164794

Quote
Fraud at the CDC uncovered, 340% increased risk of autism hidden from public


On the flip side, here's the "debunk":

http://www.sciencebasedme...in-african-american-boys/

Quote
Here we go again.

Regular readers who pay attention to the antivaccine movement almost can’t help but have noticed that last week there was a lot of activity on antivaccine websites, blogs, and Facebook pages, as well as Twitter and Instagram feeds. For all I know, it’s all out there on Pinterest (which I’ve never really understood), Tumblr, and all those other social media sites that I don’t check much, if at all. In particular, it’s been exploding under the Twitter hashtags #CDCwhistleblower, #CDCfraud, and #CDCPantsOnFire. It’s almost impossible to have missed it if you’re plugged in and pay attention to crank websites, as many skeptics do, but here are a selection of the main stories going around over the last few days:

And:

http://scienceblogs.com/i...troversy-continues-apace/

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Here it is, Tuesday already, and the antivaccine underground is still on full mental jacket alert over the biggest story the antivaccine movement has seen in a while. Fortunately, it’s a story that’s been largely ignored by the mainstream media, which tells me that maybe, just maybe, the mainstream media has figured out that it shouldn’t give undue credence to cranks. I’m referring, of course, to the claim that the CDC has for 13 years been covering up smoking gun evidence that the MMR vaccine when administered before 36 months causes autism in African-American males.

It's a developing story, so I suppose there's not much to do but wait until more analysis comes out.

If it does turn out that there was fraud, then we have some pretty nasty stuff to deal with.

I've not looked too deeply into it, so I have no idea about what is or isn't correct there. It could all just be complete nonsense, but, considering (source):

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21623535
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24354891
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12145534
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21058170
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15527868

It may not be.

It's not like medical cover-ups haven't happened before.

192  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 27, 2014, 09:23:14 PM

That's just one of my pet peeves.


@R - Out of curiosity....just how many of this pets do you have? It must be hundreds.  tongue Grin Wink

I see what you did their.

All right now, you guys is just being mean.

Hahaha! Those are all pretty good.

Now... time to drop the gears into grammar Nazi mode! Wink

@R - Out of curiosity....just how many of this pets do you have? It must be hundreds.  tongue Grin Wink

"It" in that case refers to "pets", so there is no number agreement there.

However, there is a case to be made for "It must be hundreds."

"Take the expression '10<5' for example. This is false because 10 is greater than 5."

The grammar there is fine. '10' is taken to be 'a number', which is singular. This happens quite often in English, and in other contexts as well.

All right now, you guys is just being mean.

This case is excluded from that class though as there is no ambiguity about number with 'guys'. (I'll get back to this below.)

However, there is a class of subjects where number can be assigned more or less freely as the speaker wishes. For example:

"Intel is/are introducing a new class of processor next week."

DC'ers from North America are more likely to choose "is", while those in the UK are more likely to choose "are".

The question is about whether "Intel" is an organisation that requires singular verb agreement for number, or is a collective that requires a plural form.

If you look into the issue, you will find little agreement on it from those that adhere to prescriptive grammatical rules (as opposed to normative). For prescriptive grammar, the debate is about whether or not collectives are to be treated as plurals or not, and whether or not number penetrates through qualified singular nouns. For example,

The class of students is waiting. vs. The class of students are waiting.

Compare that to:

The class is waiting.

You would never say:

The class are waiting.

Because you reserve the use of "are" there for:

The classes are waiting.

The ambiguity arises when "class" is qualified as a collective by "of students".

You can ask that question like so:

Which is the correct underlining for the subject in the following sentence (<to be> is left in the infinitive):

1. The class of students <to be> waiting.
2. The class of students <to be> waiting.

In #2, <to be> is clearly "is". In #1, there is a degree of ambiguity that leaves the speaker to decide on whether or not the subject should be treated as singular or a collective, and whether or not to treat collectives as plural, as is done in British English very often.

Getting back to the "guys" example, there is no ambiguity for number there. This is similar to the case:

"There are <plural>."

The dummy pronoun "there" (and others) takes its number from the object, which is understood to be the actual subject of the sentence. 

"Guys" is definite, while "there" is a dummy pronoun that can be either singular or plural. In both cases they have the same position as the subject of the sentence. However, "guys" is the subject proper, while for dummy pronouns, they are not the subject proper, but rather refer to it in the object position.

Another ambiguity arises for dummy pronouns when a plural object is a list of singular objects, e.g. "a cat, a dog, and a mouse". For example:

There is/are a cat, a dog, and a mouse in the house.

In this version:

There are a cat, a dog, and a mouse in the house.

The actual subject is clearly "a cat, a dog, and a mouse." (NOTE: The previous sentence sets up another case for number. I'm skipping it.)

However, in this version:

There is a cat, a dog, and a mouse in the house.

It makes sense to understand that as a shortened version of:

There is a cat (in the house), and there is a dog (in the house), and there is a mouse in the house.

That may seem counterintuitive for some, but consider the following case for number agreement:

There are 2 beers.

"Beers" is simply nonsensical. There is no such things as "beers"... until you understand that what is meant is:

There are 2 bottles of beer.

We truncate "bottles of beer" to "beers". (The same goes for 'glasses', etc., but not for 'cases' or 'kegs' or 'pitchers'.)

"Beer" itself is a liquid, which is non-countable. Bottles, on the other hand, are countable.

(I'm going to skip the case for "waters" as that issue diverges into other cases not related to number agreement.)



Blah... Time to get on to some work. tongue





193  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting response to a request for "work for free" on: August 27, 2014, 08:27:48 PM
Nice! That was really good to hear.

I tripped across this from following links:

NSFW - http://vimeo.com/22053820

But, yeah. Exactly. That.

194  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird issue with computer: Volume spontaneously going to 100% at random on: August 27, 2014, 08:20:01 PM
While not the same issue, I had a recent one that took many hours over several months to solve. It came down to a setting in the audio card driver causing the issue (which it shouldn't have).

If you can turn off all audio driver settings, it might help.

If you're doing anything remotely interesting, check to see if any calls you're making rely on something at a lower level. Sometimes there are oddities that can happen, and you may have inadvertently created something like a race condition or god knows what.
195  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 27, 2014, 08:11:57 PM
Please fill in a password:
carrot

Sorry, passwords require 8 characters or more:
cooked carrot

Sorry, passwords require at least one number:
1 cooked carrot

Sorry, no spaces allowed in passwords:
50cookedcarrots

Sorry, passwords require at least one capital letter:
50FUCKINGcookedcarrots

Sorry, no subsequent capitals allowed in passwords:
50FuckingCookedCarrots

Sorry, no curse words allowed in passwords:
NowIGetReallyAngryIfMyPasswordIsStillIncorrectShoveThose50CookedCarrotsUpYourBum

Sorry, that password is already taken:
...




Hahaha!

I can relate... I hate when my passwords are rejected. Especially when the error message is something like:

Passwords must be 10 characters or less.

It's like some BOFH trying to limit passwords to match his set of rainbow tables.
196  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 26, 2014, 12:08:54 PM

This is obvious lolbertardian sabotage! tongue They hate roads!
197  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 26, 2014, 12:05:34 PM
Wondering why I bothered posting this now...

     Me too! tongue   
                I must be drunk to post LDC vids...   

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEdly4PCnTg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEdly4PCnTg</a>

198  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 26, 2014, 08:03:58 AM
How many programmers does it take to change a lightbulb?


How many Freudian psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?


How many flies does it take to screw in a light bulb?


How did the hipster burn his hand?


How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?


What's the difference between a pregnant woman and a lightbulb?


How many divorced women does it take to change a lightbulb?


How many divorced men does it take to change a lightbulb?


More here. (Many NFSW ones there.)

199  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 25, 2014, 09:33:10 PM
Gold dealers are dropping fiat:

http://techcrunch.com/201...ard-payments-for-bitcoin/

Quote
The world of gold bullion sales is often peopled by the odd and interesting. Joseph Castillo is one of the latter. The owner of Agora Commodities, his company now only accepts Bitcoin for online sales, a move that has reduced fraud and improved his service.

Castillo talked to Coindesk about his decision, saying that “What we had to do to protect ourselves against card fraud, we no longer have to do with bitcoin – and that saves us on costs.”

The company has done $10 million in revenue through bitcoin since he moved to cryptocurrencies in the beginning of 2014. Customers understood the move and have been working with him to transfer assets via the blockchain rather than the Visa card. Castillo is also planning on building a BTC exchange for his customers. The goal is to create a one-stop-shop for all your goldbug tendencies, including fiat to BTC conversions.

“Bitcoin fits perfectly with gold and silver, right? So if people come to the site and want to buy gold and silver, why wouldn’t they want to buy bitcoin from us as well?” he told Coindesk.

Amagimetals has also announced that they are dropping fiat and only accepting Bitcoin.

200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 25, 2014, 09:31:52 PM
And this is what happens when you completely lose you freaking mind:
 (see attachment in previous post)
The 2 S3 440 GH/s machines are turned to pull cold air out of the room, and - yes that is Dryer Vent Hose - then push the hot exhaust air out through the attic. The other S1 180 GH/s machine only has one fan and no outer housing (rather odd I thought), so it's still dumping a ton of hot air into the room ... But it's at least half assed tolerable in here now.

If these are the "Quiet Ones" (and they are), I'd hate like hell to hear the noisy ones ... Let's just say the wife is not thrilled with this latest development..

Like living on a tarmac, eh? smiley

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