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What Isn't on the Internet?

Cliff posted about 13 years ago | from the tell-us-and-include-a-link-ha-ha dept.

The Internet 407

An Anonymous Coward writes: "Every modern geek knows that one can find practically everything on the Internet these days. In fact, I just realized today that I have *never* not found anything I've searched for, barring things that can't for some reason be released in such an environment, or things that just don't exist, even off the 'net. I think it would be interesting to find out what people have searched for that isn't out there ... have any of you ever looked but come up dry?"

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Source code to windows.... 404 not found (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#323592)

.... 404 not found

Re:Courses (1)

Micah (278) | about 13 years ago | (#323594)

I worked for an Internet development company/ISP that paid me to develop a nice flexible system for delivering course material on the Internet. I got the thing working reasonably well and they had some course material (on SNMP) and had good leads on other material.

Then what happens.... they pull the project. Big mistake. Roughly the same thing happened to a couple other things I did for them. Then they lay me off because they were losing too much money. I wonder why.....

I agree, there is a market for online courses. And the system we developed would have been great for mechanics and electronics. Just develop the site, offer the people with content plenty of royalty money and with some luck you could laugh all the way to the bank.

Well, that's easy (1)

Frodo (1221) | about 13 years ago | (#323602)

There were numerous times when I was told to get a life, but however hard I try to find the correct keyword for Google to find me one, all in vain. Altavista is not much of help too. Seems there's no such thing on the Internet...

Texas Toast (2)

Sludge (1234) | about 13 years ago | (#323604)

Back in highschool when I was in a particularly goof-off mood, a friend of mine called me "a piece of texas toast" as an insult. I hesitated for a second, then spun around to the nearest search engine and typed it in to find out what it was. It came up dry, except for a restaurant named, you guessed it, Texas Toast.

So yes, I have found a hole in the Internet.

Dutch Translation (1)

vital3d (1548) | about 13 years ago | (#323605)

I haven't been able to find a english -> dutch or vice versa. I have found dictionaries, but that doesn't help me much. Ah hell, I'm learning the language anyways.
--

bulk historical data (3)

Howie (4244) | about 13 years ago | (#323613)

Last 40 years of billboard or gallup music chart positions. This definitely exists, but not (AFAIK) online.

Things you cannot find (1)

Jack9 (11421) | about 13 years ago | (#323631)

You cannot find TV episodes for modern shows. If you want to get a vid of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from any season, you're out of luck. Same with most modern books. You cannot find how to connect to Westwood Online from behind a masquerading machine. You cannot find when when certain software is going to be released (like SC 1.08 :p). There are a number of things that SHOULD be on the internet, but simply arent.

Often wrong but never in doubt.
I am Jack9.
Everyone knows me.

A meaning of life, that isn't 42 (1)

RAruler (11862) | about 13 years ago | (#323634)

No one really has a definitive answer to the meaning of life. Besides those who would say its 42.

---

Pulling Brodies/Donuts in cars.. (1)

Saono (12019) | about 13 years ago | (#323635)

At one point a friend decided to write an essay for a class on pulling Donuts/brodies in cars. We searched far and wide and couldn't find anything on the Internet regarding them (this was about 4 years ago probably).

So, a year or so ago I started adding random things to Everything 2 and went ahead and added it. That was the first mention I had ever seen to pulling brodies in a car on the Internet.

-Saono

Lift used in Hannibal (1)

Knightmare (12112) | about 13 years ago | (#323636)

I looked for a few hours after I got out of the theatre for that kick ass dolly he used to cart that guy up the stairs and throw him off the balcony... That thing ROCKED! If anybody has a link to that thing PLEASE let me know! I found some similar that had treads but no 3 wheel arrangement like that thing had...

localized directories of reputable businesses (1)

wakebrdr (13565) | about 13 years ago | (#323639)

OK, maybe I just haven't looked in the right places, but I still can't find a list of local businesses that are reputable. I'd like to go to a site and say, "Give me all the mechanics in my area who've gotten ratings >= 8" without having such ratings corrupted by schills. It's still the recommendations of friends/neighbors/associates that work best for me.

Big Jim Slade (1)

rhadc (14182) | about 13 years ago | (#323640)

I couldn't find a picture of Big Jim Slade(from the Kentucky Fried Movie) when I needed one.

rhadc

Arsene Lupin novels, by Maurice Leblanc (1)

Robotech_Master (14247) | about 13 years ago | (#323641)

Only a couple of Arsene Lupin novels or books are available anywhere on the Internet--and one of those in only partial form. It's very frustrating to me, as many of them would have passed into the public domain before the Sonny Bozo--er, Bono act extended copyright. I even have a couple of them in dead-tree form--but nobody's Gutenberged them yet. (I started typing one of them in--got about a third of the way through, then lost everything in a hard drive crash. :( )
--

Courses (1)

tsa (15680) | about 13 years ago | (#323644)

I have tried to fiend courses on various subjects (mainly micromechanics and semiconductors), but never found something good enough to recommend to anyone. I really don't understand people who say that you can learn from the Internet. Excercise: try to find some in-depth info about spiders. I think the 'Net is mainly useful if you want to know something about a place that you're visiting, or a product that you want to buy. And news, of course (/.)!

Looking for love, at one point. (2)

Soko (17987) | about 13 years ago | (#323647)

Back in '96. Any searching turned up pr0n - even then. Shheshh.

Angora boxers (2)

ottffssent (18387) | about 13 years ago | (#323648)

I can't seem to find them. A friend challenged me to find a pair, as I've become known for being able to locate any piece of information, but as far as I can tell, they don't exist. Can anyone tell me if they really do fall in the nonexistent category, or whether they're just rather well hidden?

Thanks!

Re:True love (1)

davek (18465) | about 13 years ago | (#323649)

I hate to say it, dude, but I have found it.

The short story is, we met on the intra (not a plug, because the site sux, but it was at friendfinder.com [friendfinder.com] ) out of arguments about politics, we agreed to meet a few months later just for the hell of it, and we fell for each other.

Good 'net girls are few and faaaaaaaaar between, but they're there. Don't give up.


-dave

Re:Actually... (1)

HunterZ (20035) | about 13 years ago | (#323652)

I think Cliff Stoll (hey whaddya know - I just found his homepage heheh [http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~stoll/ [berkeley.edu] ]) was the first proponent I'd heard of of the idea that most of what we're dealing with these days (specifically on computers and the Internet) is not actually "information", but merely "data" - useless, random bits of garbage that don't serve a purpose until they're organized into useful information =)

Re:Actually... (1)

cancrman (24472) | about 13 years ago | (#323661)

I'm not sure what this has to do with zork but I dig on the links man.

to many hbudwiesers...

pete

Repeat Searches (2)

TheBeginner (30987) | about 13 years ago | (#323668)

The one time that I have had a large amount of trouble is when I am searching for something that I have seen before. Sometimes, when I am bouncing from link to link I come across something that is really interesting but due to my lack of foresight I forget to make a note of it. Then later, when I actually use a search engine to try to find the site, I have a lot of trouble. I once found this math site that had a proof that I really needed, but for the life of me, when I inputted the name of the proof and other relevant information into several search engines, I could not find the same site again. I found the proof elsewhere, but I couldn't find the exact site again. Perhaps this is a sign that it is the information that matters and not the specific presentation. Then again, maybe I should just have a better memory.

Free, Legal, Quality Pornography (3)

SMN (33356) | about 13 years ago | (#323674)

[Moderators: this isn't a troll, it's bad humor. There is no "-1 Bad Humor" option. Please moderate accordingly]

You know, try as I might, I just can't seem to find some free, legal, quality pornography online.

It false under the "free, legal, quality -- choose two" rule:

free and legal - But then it's never quality. Who would actually dedicate their time and bandwidth to archiving quality pornography for others to view? It's like Gnutella -- too many people downloading, too few uploading.

free and quality - This is typically inspired by a strage fetish for something illegal, such as child pornography or papparazzi shots of celebrities. People are obsessive enough to waste their time collecting this stuff, but only because they're so desparate to find it themselves (after all, it's illegal).

legal and quality - Do I really need to say it? You get what you pay for. If somebody puts up a quality archive of legal pornography -- a precious commodity; one that people are willing to pay for -- how long can it be before money corrupts and they're off with their credit card billing, mass spam advertising, and hundreds of pop-up windows?

I look forward to seeing any dissenting views. It's a win-win situation for us all =)

Time zone problems (2)

Pseudonym (62607) | about 13 years ago | (#323703)

One of the problems I find is that by the time the USA gets around to April 1st, it's almost over elsewhere in the world. The jokes tend to wear thin after a couple of days of them.

Things from the `80's (1)

scottgfx (68236) | about 13 years ago | (#323708)

I did a search awhile back for any kind of background information on an advertising campaign. Back in the early`80's there were these commercials for the coffee growers. These things pre-date Juan Valdez (sp?) and were a little strange. The ad copy said things like, "You're the NEW coffee generation" and "Hold on tight to your drink!". The latter was part of the jingle. I think they ran a lot during "Night Tracks" on Superstation TBS.

Sadly, I've never found the spot.

Scanned original copies of early music (2)

friartux (89443) | about 13 years ago | (#323742)

Looks like a trip to various museums to try to get a peek at some of the original manuscripts by John Dowland (written around 1615, give or take a few years).

Of course, there's some stuff by these composers around, but very seldom do you see a scan of one of the original copies (i.e., purely public domain content).

I've got one (1)

Ryu2 (89645) | about 13 years ago | (#323743)

A troll-free, FP-free, off-topic free discussion site that covers stuff for nerds and news that matters. I've been trying to find one ever since I got net access, to no avail.

Windows Fixes (1)

DrCode (95839) | about 13 years ago | (#323753)

A few times, I've looked for fixes for Windows95 problems, and only found the same questions.

This is a funny followup (= (2)

active8or (98950) | about 13 years ago | (#323757)

Now, a few days ago on slashdot: "Is the web truning unserachable?"

Today: "Is there anything you can't find"


- Knut S.
It might just be me bing lame...

Trains (1)

cafelatte (99544) | about 13 years ago | (#323759)

I've never been able to find a web site that is dedicated to news about trains. There are a lot of trains enthusiasts around. The stuff they have about trains on the net are just the web sites for publications (books and magazines) about trains.

Re:How about this? (1)

cafelatte (99544) | about 13 years ago | (#323760)

Yeah, I've seen that one. I'm Australian, but I was looking for world train news. Actually since my post I did a search on google and found this:
http://www.railjournal.com/

Re:Actually... (2)

OmegaDan (101255) | about 13 years ago | (#323764)

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that the internet has alot of "information" but MOST of it is worthless ... what you CAN'T find on the internet is anything thats insightfull or informative.

I point to websites such as http://www.shannons-world.com/ as proof.

cycle-buffer.el (1)

haystor (102186) | about 13 years ago | (#323765)

I've been looking for cycle-buffer.el for quite some time. There are several references to the author, and I could probably write to him about it, or someone else. But, I've been playing a game for over a year now trying to find it. Every couple weeks I take another look. Still no luck though.

Re:The answer to : (1)

haystor (102186) | about 13 years ago | (#323766)

If you're in a car travelling at the speed of light, and you turn the headlights on, what happens?

Trick question. If you are travelling the speed of light everything would be lit up already.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

The chicken

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

As woodchuck would chuck as much would as a wouldchuck could chuck, of course.

42?

no

Well, I've searched for books that were pulled... (3)

Sir_Winston (107378) | about 13 years ago | (#323773)

I've searched for online texts of books that have been pulled by their publishers, and scored 1 for 2. I easily found the book *Hitman*, pulled by its publisher after a lawsuit was filed against them because the book was found in the possession of someone who had killed someone else in a manner similar to that described in the book. It was a small survivalist publisher, who didn't have the money to defend themselves even though it's obvious that they'd win in court--First Amendment, ey. I guess you only have rights if you can afford to pay for the upkeep. Anyway, the book was worthless tripe about how to become a contrct killer, and nothing mentioned in it isn't intuitively obvious to anyone with more then three neurons. Hardly worth the time, but I wanted a copy of this "banned" book on principle.

The "banned" book I could not find online was *The Rage*, written by Stephen King under the pseudonym "Bachman" back when the market was too saturated with King novels and he didn't want to put out that many more for a while, but kept writing voluminously anyway. It was later published under King's own name in a collection of all the books written under that pseudonym, called *The Bachman Books*. But the novel was found in the locker of a high school kid who was involved in a school shooting, and King decided to have the publisher yank the book. I went looking for a scanned-in text of it online, figuring I wouldn't be taking money out of anyone's pocket since the book is permanently out of stock and out of print. Nada. Of course, a quick search of eBay yields a ton of second-hand copies, so if I really wanted to I could buy one and OCR it onto the Net myself. But, I was surprised that no one has done so, considering that it is no longer available except second-hand anyway.

Re:Ultra-Elusive Canadian Music. (1)

SlugBot (110193) | about 13 years ago | (#323775)

Damn, didnt mean to post Anon.

I've never been able to find a copy (mp3, ogg, au, ra etc.) of Toronto's own Satanatras song "Powerful Wonderful"

Slim chance of finding it here, but I thought it was a good time to ask, since everyone else is showing off the elite searching skillz.

[No, im not stealing from a starving band, they brokeup years ago and the reccord label {Raw Energy} has never responded to my emails begging to buy a copy of the indy CD.]

Re:Oh no, they're there as well, I'm sure of it (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | about 13 years ago | (#323790)

ROFL

of all the things. First thing I do is type www.subjectI'mlookingfor.com / .net / .co.uk

hahahaha
.oO0Oo.

the holy grail of hardware geeks.. (1)

NotTheAntiChrist (119853) | about 13 years ago | (#323795)

neoprene jumper caps (with little tabs that extend out in a beautiful array of colors). They're awesome, and do exist. But not online. If anyone can find them, please let me know, I'll take 1,000.

Chris Craft Seen in Beach Blanket Bingo (1)

puppetman (131489) | about 13 years ago | (#323807)

My father-in-law bought a 1959 Chris Craft Sport Fisherman that he is in the process of restoring. He wants to gather the history of the boat, from the day it left the Chris Craft shipwrights to the day he bought it. He has been told that it was featured in Beach Blanket Bingo. Using the hull number, I have been unable to track it down. I can't find any reference to the boat used in the movie. I've also been looking for a 1959 Chris Craft magazine ad (or poster) that shows the model of his boat (for a gift). Pretty arcane, but absent none-the-less....

russian order wifes... (1)

dr4ma (131729) | about 13 years ago | (#323809)

I once thought that the mail order russian babe brides were not online, but I was wrong.

Goat Sex? (2)

enneff (135842) | about 13 years ago | (#323813)

I've spent years looking for some bona fide Goat Sex pictures, but all I keep turning up are these pictures of some guy holding his asshole open!

What kind of sick weirdos would be into that?!?!

Fox News MP3 (1)

Bodero (136806) | about 13 years ago | (#323814)

Well, try as I might, I have yet to find an mp3 of the complete theme to Special Report with Brit Hume from Fox News Channel. It's not on Napster! :)

Go outside (1)

darkwhite (139802) | about 13 years ago | (#323816)

Nature.

I love nature. I love taking hikes, in mountains, on the sea shore, in the hills near my house, wherever. It just makes me happy to see the natural beauty around me.

Anything inside my computer or on the Internet, or any human made building, pales in comparison to what I can see by just walking or driving a few miles away from where I live. This is really something you can't get on the Internet.

Actually... (5)

Chester K (145560) | about 13 years ago | (#323827)

It's kind of obscure, but I spent hours searching for images of the "totems" from Zork: Grand Inquisitor to no avail. They've got to be out there somewhere, but damned if I can't find them.

Plus, there have been numerous occasions where I'd remember a specific web page, and even whole phrases from the webpage, and couldn't find my way back to it from any search engine. That really sucks because you know its out there, you just can't find it. And it never fails this happens just after the entry from when you first visited it has expired from your history.

stupidest question ever (2)

xaniamud (147733) | about 13 years ago | (#323828)

This question is pointless. In one respect, the internet connects a large proportion of the globe and thus provides at least a link (hyper or snail) to information about virtually anything. On the other hand, there is a vast, unmeasurable quantity of private information that cannot and never will be available online and attempting to enumerate this would be an eternal task.

Aye, April fool's for sure.

Laserdisc Player Command Protocols (1)

Matt Ownby (158633) | about 13 years ago | (#323838)

I am in the middle of writing a laserdisc arcade game emulator [rulecity.com] . The emulator controls real laserdisc players. I thought it would be easy to find the information needed to control laserdisc players on the internet but in actuality I found NO information at all! I subsequently purchased manuals directly from Pioneer (and other supporters of laserdisc games managed to get ahold of some Sony manuals and scan them in) and we have made this info available finally. Laserdisc players aren't really used anymore but they are still pretty cool to play around with =].

No April Fools jokes (2)

Pinball Wizard (161942) | about 13 years ago | (#323842)

There will be no April Fools jokes on the internet this year. Society has judged the typical April Fools joke on the net(such as the internet closing down for maintainance) to be completely lame.

Therefore, by order of the High Council of the Internet, there are to be no April Fools jokes posted this year.

Comic book images (1)

Narag (163687) | about 13 years ago | (#323843)

Some people at the Wizard world boards have yet to find an online image of a character called Zeek. Ah well.

God, I hope this works... (2)

uawcpm (187419) | about 13 years ago | (#323860)

I've had a bit of a fetish for chicks wearing glasses for years. I've never, ever been able to find a website for that.

Please...

Help me, Slashdot users. You're my only hope.

Detailed information.. (1)

lucius (189447) | about 13 years ago | (#323862)

about the Bungle Bungles. A rocky labdform in NW Australia. There's heaps of fluff, sure, but nothing of any substance.

All I want is some details but all I get is anecdotes from Swedish tourists and tour group advertising.

And maps, there really are no good map resources for the Australian desert.

I guess there is still a use for the public library after all.

Decent archives of periodicals. (1)

dbirchall (191839) | about 13 years ago | (#323865)

This is the sort of the flip side of a question I was asked elsewhere a few months back - what forms of information will the Internet obsolete and ultimately destroy?

The folks that raised that question were actually asking about newspapers in particular, but it applies to a few other forms as well.

I'll preface this by saying that I've worked in reference at a library, that I've written for a newspaper, that a 'zine [scream.org] I edit on-line turns 10 this year, and that I have every single back-issue available.

The category of information I have the most trouble finding on the 'net, period - not a week goes by that I fail to find something in this category - is "old media stuff." Old here basically means anything prior to 1990.

There are some newspapers that have been on-line for a few years, and have done a good job of archiving their material in that time. There may even be a few (nytimes.com perhaps?) that have managed to put older material up in electronic form. But it's probably pay content, and it's definitely not something I can find in a search engine.

Magazines are no better, and probably worse. Newspapers at least make some effort to put all their content on-line; magazines are obsessed with the idea of teasing you into buying hardcopy. Even OLD articles, no go. A friend referenced an article in a year-old Utne Reader [utne.com] , and I'll have to go to the library for that one. I wonder if they're selling enough back-issues to make that sort of ploy viable. I doubt it.

And those are the exceptions. Most media sites on the Internet aren't designed with serious long-term archive availability in mind. That's just not the way they're thinking. Archives are for dead-tree formats, microfilm or microfiche or maybe CD-ROM if you're lucky. Not on-line.

Needless to say, my answer to the folks who were concerned about the 'net killing newspapers had a lot to do with it not happening until the 'net folks start taking archival more seriously. On the flip side, the 'net will have a whole lot of informational holes in it until that happens.

-Dan
--

a melody lookup database (2)

mkcmkc (197982) | about 13 years ago | (#323872)

I'd like there to be a site where I can enter a bit of a melody and find info on matching tunes. It's irritating as hell to know of a track, be able to hum it, and not be able to buy it because no one knows what it is.

I have some interesting ideas about how to do this if someone wants to fund it. :-)

(Not using humming as input, though, because some IP squatter has already patented [164.195.100.11] that.)

--Mike

Not on the internet... (1)

jTepp... (204274) | about 13 years ago | (#323880)

I must agree, that I can usually find what I'm looking for on the net... But certain things, like fixes for problems on equipment which is out of warranty... Like older computer or home audio stuff. Things that obviously the manufacturer isn't going to help you with, so why don't they post the information that they've collected in the time that they do support the product?

Re:Appalachian Farewell (1)

jgaynor (205453) | about 13 years ago | (#323881)

The reason you can't find Appalaichann Farewell is because the song is named "Ashoken Farewell." Fire up Napster :).

Scientific Paper (5)

CowbertPrime (206514) | about 13 years ago | (#323883)

There's a shortage of full-text scientific papers on the internet. Even as a subscriber to several full-text services and journals, I can never seem to find online scientific papers that appear in journals that my university library doesn't have.

I know that journals want to make money by selling them, but scientific papers ARE public domain, and why should I have to pay to read them (in sometimes very poor quality - on microfilm/fiche).

Re:God, I hope this works... (1)

Vuarnet (207505) | about 13 years ago | (#323884)

Well, the first link I found about that subject was in Everything2, here [everything2.com] .

Tongue-tied and twisted, just an earth-bound misfit, I

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1)

NortonDC (211601) | about 13 years ago | (#323887)

The internet is letting me down. Okay, I can find naked pictures of everyone on the planet except Laura Prepon (grr), but NO ONE has bothered to put "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" online in any format? Come on, we've got banned-books weenies in droves, so what is it gonna take for some one to step up to the plate and put this film, by all accounts a banned masterpiece, on the net? It would be everything the internet is supposed to be about: intelectual freedom, sticking it to the man, political commentary, creative expression and resistance to censorship.

There are contemporary descriptions of this 45 minute film here [imdb.com] and here [imdb.com] , both from the Washington Post.

Currently I can think of one thing: (2)

einhverfr (238914) | about 13 years ago | (#323915)

I once searched for streetmaps of Quiteo, Ecuador. Could not find them!

Re:Currently I can think of one thing: (2)

einhverfr (238914) | about 13 years ago | (#323916)

Sorry, I can't type today, shoudl read map of Quite Ecuador. I had been planning a trip there and was looking for in order to better understand where I was to be staying with a friend of mine in the city.

Re:I found one (1)

acidboy (242735) | about 13 years ago | (#323921)

I see "help" like this all the time. People thinking that I must have accidentally put in the quotation marks. Which makes no sense.

acidboy

Appalachian Farewell (1)

Ironfist.cmg (246206) | about 13 years ago | (#323926)

It's the 'theme music' to Ken Burns' Civil War series well-known to PBS fans. I have searched on and off for years via the web and more recently on Napster, and get nothing. Google once gave me a link to a painting of the same name, not quite what I had in mind. So there. IF.cmg

Re:bulk historical data (1)

Sheeple Police (247465) | about 13 years ago | (#323928)

Billboard data exists.... for a fee of about a dollar per search and 65 cents per report. Yup. No RIAA moguls here....

Classmates (1)

valentyn (248783) | about 13 years ago | (#323933)

Last month I spent a whole evening searching for former classmates. I had my yearbook (1988) with lists of names, some of them common, some of them uncommon. I did not find any of them.

So the answer is: "certain people". This might be hard for us geeks, but the Internet is still a separate world, where you'll find some things, and won't find others.

Re:Dutch Translation (1)

MOPyvis (252882) | about 13 years ago | (#323937)

http://www.ibiblio.org/dbarberi/dict/ [ibiblio.org] , hier valt naast de befaamde "lam3rizer" iets vinden dat claimt Engels in Nederlands om te zetten en vice versa. De implementatie laat nog wat aan zich te wensen over, maar Nederlands is nu eenmaal een moelijke taal :/

History (1)

Maskirovka (255712) | about 13 years ago | (#323942)

I can't for the life of me find any good, in-depth info on Soviet and/or Japanese WW2 technology. My 10 page first draft is due tuesday...so feel free to contribute 8)

Maskirovka

free pr0n? (1)

Snookmz (258636) | about 13 years ago | (#323947)

Im yet to find a good free pr0n site :)
and i did a search on russia's white army but got very little... i think it also comes down to how good you are at searching.. Slashdot must be running out of news items/questions if it posted this lamer...

The answer to : (1)

Ashleigh (260287) | about 13 years ago | (#323949)

If you're in a car travelling at the speed of light, and you turn the headlights on, what happens?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

42?

The Road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.

Re:AOL bought out DALnet... (1)

much0mas (265846) | about 13 years ago | (#323954)

*sigh*

It seems that the great whale that is AOL has swallowed the last bastion of goodness left on the Internet.

I will sleep a little lighter nowm just to make sure that the whale doesn't swallow me as well.

Re:a melody lookup database (1)

micje (302653) | about 13 years ago | (#323964)

Wow, that's been patented? I thought of how cool that would be a couple of years ago. Listening to other people singing or humming and trying to figure out which song they meant could be a lot of fun! Unfortunately, I have more ideas than time and resources :-(

Language related stuff (1)

micje (302653) | about 13 years ago | (#323965)

I think there's a big shortage in spoken texts on the internet. Most sound fragments on the internet is either music or radio. It's very difficult to find, for instance, recordings of articles or short stories, together with the original text, especially in foreign languages. Such recordings are immensely useful when learning a new language. Another thing that doesn't seem to exist is a multilingual bookstore with a decent collection of books, which also ships worldwide.

Gasoline Powered Turtleneck Sweaters (2)

czfqnr (306059) | about 13 years ago | (#323969)

I still haven't been able to find one. And it's really bugging me. There's still a cold chilling reminder here in MI that winter still wants to hang around. Even in April.

grrrr (1)

Salieri (308060) | about 13 years ago | (#323973)

All I can say is, this thing I'm hearing about losing an hour of sleep tonight for "Day Lite Savings" had better be another april fools joke.

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Re:Appalachian Farewell (1)

ryants (310088) | about 13 years ago | (#323974)

Are you sure that isn't "Appalachian Spring", by Aaron Copland?

Ryan T. Sammartino

Re:Appalachian Farewell (1)

ryants (310088) | about 13 years ago | (#323975)

And this just proves why some people have a hard time finding stuff... they're always looking for the wrong thing

:)

Ryan T. Sammartino

Re:The answer to : (1)

ryants (310088) | about 13 years ago | (#323976)

If you're in a car travelling at the speed of light, and you turn the headlights on, what happens?

http://www.physlink.com/ae169.cfm

Ryan T. Sammartino

Re:Currently I can think of one thing: (2)

ryants (310088) | about 13 years ago | (#323977)

If you meant Quito, Ecuador, you should look here: http://www.ecuadorexplorer.com/hostaldanys/html/ma pa.html

Ryan T. Sammartino

The compete texts... (1)

polki (311849) | about 13 years ago | (#323978)

... of books as they appear, let's say the latest novel of Grisham. I would prefer it in HTML, although a Word or PDF version would not be bad. Also, in text-only version, so that it can be used in word-analysis programs (and that Linux pinguinistas can read it as well).

decent help (1)

badfish2 (316297) | about 13 years ago | (#323979)

specifically, how to set up an ATI XPert2000 video card connected to a Voodoo2 card on SuSE 7.1.

Agent USA being used as communist propoganda (1)

CrazyJim0 (324487) | about 13 years ago | (#323985)

I just recently started playing my old c64 favorites through emulation. Legacy of the ancients and to a lesser extent Wasteland were two decent games. But Agent USA captivated me... What was with this game... What are strategies... Why does it appeal at all... Then I looked closer: You're a person who is a part of society. You can invest your gems to get more gems, but other people in the society are greedy and try and take them. If they were not greedy, you could easily collect 100 and win. Also, you should let the people have some gems to defend themselves too. So if you're greedy, then you loose too. The map of the united states shows a FUZZ that spreads across the land like the old maps of the third reich(sp). When you loose all your gems, you become a fuzz, which could be analogous to a homeless man rioting without any money for food. If you have lots of gems and give them to people, you can be seen as a person distributing economic wealth. Etc etc... I mean to me it seems like someone would have wrote a strong paper on this game about its ties to Communism, but I couldn't find any. I can't even find out the company that made the game. But this is probably my shortcomming.

Meaning of life: maximize happiness (1)

CrazyJim0 (324487) | about 13 years ago | (#323986)

Utilitarinism 101 :) Just go out and try to make yourself and to an extent(determined by your coefficient of liking society, mine is borderline 0 from a tough college life) other people happy. You do this by learning about the world, leanring what makes you happy. Then figure out how you can get happy by achieving them. Try to accomplish the highest happiness over time that you can get. Everyone has a different happiness function. Good enough explaination?

Nature is boring as hell (1)

CrazyJim0 (324487) | about 13 years ago | (#323987)

I grew up on a farm near a town with no commercialism because it was built because of a coal mine in the early part of last century. So what do you do? Hang out with local hooligans and sit down and write strategy games is the best I could come up with. Outside is fuggin boring. Well to me at least.

Most of what has been printed (1)

TrollFeeder (396384) | about 13 years ago | (#323988)

the "things that can't for some reason be released in such an environment" part is kindof a biggie. That precludes just about every copyrighted work in print. Yes, lots of it is there illegally and can be found. But the Library of Congress it ain't. For people at my school doing research for a paper, MOST of their material is available only in physical form.

Yes, this article is probably a stupid 4/1 thing but hey.

--
"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house"

Damn straight... (1)

increduloidx (409461) | about 13 years ago | (#323990)

Decent free porn via search engine.
Go to altavista.com and search for "free porn". Heh. Right.


The One,
The Only,
--The Kid

Old office stuff... (1)

mlsemon2 (413798) | about 13 years ago | (#323992)

I've had trouble finding office stuff born just before business caught wind of the Internet. Examples:

A manual for an IBM WheelWriter 2 typewriter, in PDF (or any other) format.

Jumper settings for an old 25MB hard drive whose maker went out of business. Instructions for the CMOS on the same 286 that had the hard drive.

Drivers and instructions for several old VLB cards on a friend's 486.

Michael
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