Thanks for that info Deo, I don't use Steam so I didn't know one way or the other, but that is what I read from the original post I referenced.
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Still begs the question as to why utility lines are still being hung on exposed poles in this day and age. C'mon USA - it's 2011! Let's get these things underground and out of harm's way. If we can drop $1 billion every three days being in Iraq, we can spend a little money here. Make it a project for the military if that will get it funded. Electricity is a strategic resource so it shouldn't be hard to justify it with all the "homeland security" legislation that's been passed. Call it an anti-terrorism measure if that's what it takes to get the ball rolling.Simple. Money. Exposed lines are cheaper to run, cheaper to fix, and cheaper to maintain. Since this isn't a government project, but rather a private firm. Even as heavily regulated as it is, it is still considered private and therefore gets no funding from the government. Therefore, to put everything underground would actually increase prices dramatically, and not JUST for the installation. Maintenance costs go up as well. Moreover, believe it or not, there is MORE OFTEN outages related to underground installations than there are for above ground installations. They may be more exposed, but people generally avoid the above ground ones. The in-ground installations are subject to all manner of rodent damage, water damage (insulation does break down over time), crushing, etc. But the single most common cause of in-ground damage is human digging.-40hz (August 29, 2011, 07:22 AM)
Steeladept, Let me have a look what I have on linux - I keep thinking I'll switch so buy the occasional game just to encourage them, but linux remains my secondary OSThanks. I certainly understand it being your secondary OS. I made it my primary out of a combination of need (in that I can't afford a new OS license - there's more to it that I don't want to get into here) coupled with the desire to learn Linux more thoroughly. I know I won't learn any more than I have already (which is a fair amount at any rate) without making it my primary OS. I am also finding Linux distros actually have some of the same 32/64 bit issues Windows does. All in all, I have decided I like Windows best, but right now that isn't really an option.-iphigenie (August 28, 2011, 06:09 PM)
I eventually end up getting a split personality, one part fantasizes about beating people to a pulp with a blunt instrument and the other tries to invoke some sanity and rationalizes that it's just low paid mouth-breathers trying to make a living and whatever the issue, it's not worth getting a stroke over.Nice way to sum it up. The first half you can't help, the second half is probably closer to the truth of the matter. Problem is, it doesn't make it any easier to deal with.-nosh (August 29, 2011, 01:04 PM)
Sorry Steam but the natural unit of a game played is the household. Now we have always bought two copies of games we both wanted to play a lot, or play online. (we have 2 copies of all Half Life games, Portal, Portal 2, Dungeon Keeper, Kohan, Din's Curse, Defense Grid etc. etc.) but there are many games which we might just dabble in and it should be possible to NOT have to buy two copies...I love this quote as there are so many truths to it in just 2 sentences.-iphigenie (August 29, 2011, 03:49 PM)
Do you think that you know better than the developers that this patch is good or bad for you?Yes.-vlastimil (August 16, 2011, 11:30 AM)
I actually bank with Barclays but who do you switch to?I agree with a lot of what Carol stated here, except for the political hackery - though they are all thugs, I don't agree with the fact that it is one party that pushed it all and the others joined the party. If that were the case, then there would be a real opposition party. No, my take is it is two side of the same crooked coin - both pulling away from each other and taking as much from you as they can in the process.-Carol Haynes (August 11, 2011, 07:51 PM)
hmm.. one can never have too much security-lanux128 (August 10, 2011, 10:31 AM)
Right. But as soon as you put the volume up to hear something, then forget about it, you get zapped again.Seems like a perfect job for some sort of AHK script or something. Store default settings and revert back after 15 minutes (or whatever). Maybe it isn't that easy, but it is an idea....If it turns into a doable project, perhaps an enhancement of the idea is to set a toggle where a second "default" is set to be the alternative setting which can be implemented in a right click dialog or something.
Plus getting the volume control to come up is a nuisance. I'd look for an enhanced mixing app with more sophisticated settings if going that route.-MilesAhead (August 06, 2011, 03:22 PM)
So is it just me, or do other people have as big a hangup about gaming over the web (and generally consider the whole thing a mistake) as I do?I am with you 100% on this. The only difference is I know why I like the media and it goes back to (essentially) what Renegade is getting at. I already installed it, now let me play it. I don't want to be forced to connect so you can check that I have a license, I don't care if you want to install updates - maybe I don't, and most of all I don't want to have to connect so you can remove it for me (okay, so this hasn't happened anywhere I know of, but that whole ebook thing with Amazon - it has me more than a little rattled on buying anything digital only. If I pay for the media and you go bankrupt, or decide you don't want it out there, or whatever; I still have what I bought).-40hz (August 05, 2011, 12:31 PM)
Granted statistics isn't my thing ... But if the MTBF for a given drive is 3,000 hours, then for 3 drives it should still be 3,000 hrs. Or is this just the Murphy's Law More moving parts... argument? <-I'll buy that - as it appeals to my cynical side (hehe)).You have the essence of it. MTBF measures any failure within the system. The more parts, the more pieces there are to fail, and the more failures there will be - eventually. This does NOT measure the severity of a failure or even provide a directly useful measure of lifespan, since most failures will occur as the device ages, but it does give a good idea of the expected quality. The correlation is that lower MTBF means it will fail sooner, and while that may statistically be the case, it doesn't mean that any one device (or system in this case) will last longer than any other one. It just means the one with the lower MTBF is statistically more likely to fail before the one with the higher MTBF.
what options it showed on old machine) and was wondering the same, what difference the one Mhz might make...Only about 1 million waves per second-tomos (August 01, 2011, 03:56 PM)
Does anyone have 4-8gb of ddr2 desktop ram (in 2gb or 4gb sticks), sitting unused in a box somewhere that they might be willing to send along?-mouser (July 31, 2011, 05:08 PM)