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Buffalo Bills Going the Moneyball Route With Analytics

Airw0lf Re:Offense or Defense (94 comments)

Baseball. Can you think of another sport where the defense is the team with the ball?

Cricket?

about a year and a half ago
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What's the Oldest File You Can Restore?

Airw0lf Use ffdshow (498 comments)

ffdshow has support for Indeo 2 and 3 at the very least. This is based on the video format list in the configuration dialog box. I haven't got anything to test against but I have no reason to doubt it. Check it out - http://ffdshow-tryout.sourceforge.net/ - open source and has support for Windows 7. There are also some 64-bit builds you can try.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Files For IPO

Airw0lf Re:with all that IPO cash (87 comments)

they should fix the goddamn security issues and start having decent CUSTOMER SUPPORT.

Nah, it's much more important to release a new version that spams you with little pop up windows reminding you that you can use Skype to actually call people (I'm shocked! I had installed it thinking it would defrag my hard drive).

Yeah, v4.2 is a joke. Inane ads at the bottom of your contact list and popping up near the top as well. All the ads aren't even promoting anything of value - it truly is crap like "Call your friends using Skype!"

more than 4 years ago
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Skype Files For IPO

Airw0lf Re:with all that IPO cash (87 comments)

they should fix the goddamn security issues and start having decent CUSTOMER SUPPORT.

Nah, it's much more important to release a new version that spams you with little pop up windows reminding you that you can use Skype to actually call people (I'm shocked! I had installed it thinking it would defrag my hard drive).

Mod this guy up - I can't get over how many stupid pop-up windows v4.2 has. And the worst thing is that it's not even advertising that could be considered to be remotely useful. It truly is messages along the lines of "Call your friends now!" Ridiculous.

more than 4 years ago
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Major 'Net Players Mulling IPv6 Whitelist

Airw0lf Re:Not a "whitelist" (158 comments)

LOLFR, "globally unique MAC address"... riiight. No manufacturer has *ever* reused a MAC address... *snicker*

Not to mention a lot of NIC drivers let you specify your own MAC address.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Should Use OpenGL and Not DirectX

Airw0lf Re:OpenGL has/had Killer Apps! (515 comments)

You mentioned Quake 3 (which is just a little over a decade old) that got me thinking, what software DOES run OpenGL?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_OpenGL_programs

The fact that I didn't know most of those titles (many of which I have or have played) had support for OpenGL is a testament to the lack of marketing and the push the OpenGL community needs to make to get people excited about it.

Thanks for finding that list. A lot of good games and apps there. Like you, I was amazed that some games I played had an OpenGL renderer but defaulted to D3D (Deus Ex and Far Cry for example!) My argument is simply that there are enough good examples of OpenGL software. OpenGL just lost out to Microsoft's marketing.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Should Use OpenGL and Not DirectX

Airw0lf OpenGL has/had Killer Apps! (515 comments)

There's nothing around it; OpenGL desperately needs a killer app.

Show people something amazing and tell them "OpenGL did This."

What about all the stuff id put out? GLQuake (remember how much of a quantum leap that was over anything at the time with a 3dfx card?), Quake 3, Doom 3, etc...When you think about that, one does wonder if it's just MS and it's marketing droids that got Direct3D to where it is today.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Backs New Launcher and Bigger NASA Budget

Airw0lf Re:MORE FUNDS?! (391 comments)

I'm not sure how "[Biden] makes Palin look like an Oxford Scholar" can be modded insightful. I will agree that Biden makes the odd gaffe but he is unquestionably better informed. He has chaired senate committees on the judiciary and foreign relations which will have exposed him to a whole gamut of issues that Sarah Palin may not even have conceived of. Let's not confuse willful ignorance with an otherwise intelligent person getting caught with their foot in their mouth from time to time!

Disclosure: Note that I'm not American and don't have a particular interest in either the Republicans or the Democrats. From where I sit both parties do little to effect any real improvement over the status quo. And I think Obama has done little to back up his rhetoric of hope and change from the election campaign

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Forced To Clean Up Its Fine Print

Airw0lf My favourite... (127 comments)

Here in New Zealand just about every console/PC game, DVD and CD vendor has decided to refuse product returns due to the "risk" of piracy. I think you can still return a product if it is blatantly defective (i.e., bad media), but otherwise you are out of luck...so it's too bad if the system requirements on the back of the box are outright lies and your machine can't run the game, or if the copy protection doesn't like your DVD drive...

Anyway, there is one retailer (JB HiFi) who have signs all over their games section which state something to the effect of: "No game returns permitted. Your consumer rights are not being violated." I kid you not.

more than 4 years ago
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Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks May Be Illegal

Airw0lf Re:Buzz Beer! (398 comments)

Lager + Lime juice + a little salt = Michelada (chilli powder optional)

It's a lot more refreshing than straight beer and great when you are on the beach

When I was in Southern California I was at a party and the host showed me how to do this with Tecate. It was nice. I think some tomato juice may also have been involved...

more than 4 years ago
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Multi-Button OpenOfficeMouse At OOoCon 2009

Airw0lf Re:Reinventing the wheel (265 comments)

*It's freakin' 2009. netbooks have 2GB of ram. Why the 'F does the page have to reload when I hit the back button, or two pages reload if I did so accidentally and hit the forward button immediately thereafter. Why aren't the fully rendered pages cached for several levels of back-ed-ness? (determined by some algorithm relating to the available RAM, to balance off use against the filesystem cache) If I need to reload, F5 is right there on the keyboard. My main use of tabs at the moment is because "back" is not implemented properly on any of the browsers I use.

Opera does this. Sometimes I've found myself (deliberately) stepping back and forth through 10-20 pages of heavy content (such as galleries on flickr) and Opera does not miss a beat.

more than 4 years ago
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The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

Airw0lf Re:WIN+L - Lock Workstation (939 comments)

You must not have kids.

Yes you're right, WIN-L is useful against meddling kids. Probably also prevents your cat from ruining your work by walking on your keyboard.

more than 4 years ago
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The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

Airw0lf Re:WIN+L - Lock Workstation (939 comments)

WIN+L will also lock your computer.

Sounds great! And what key sequence do you use to unlock your computer? And where do you work?

To unlock the machine you have to provide your login and password, or an administrator password. Depending on the group/computer policy in effect, you may have to press Ctrl-Alt-Del first.

more than 4 years ago
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The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

Airw0lf WIN+L - Lock Workstation (939 comments)

WIN+L will also lock your computer. Pretty useless if you're at home, but I use it at work just as I plan to leave my desk for a reasonably long period.

more than 4 years ago
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Mafia Sinks Ships Containing Toxic Waste

Airw0lf Re:Nonsense (401 comments)

First off there is no such thing as the Mafia. It is nothing more then the realm of conspiracy theory nut jobs wearing tin foil hats.

There is no way such a large scale criminal organization could exist. Such a large scale operation is simply the result of an over active imagination.

Dude, you sound like J. Edgar Hoover claiming throughout the 50s that organised crime couldn't exist in the United States.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Hoover#Response_to_Mafia_and_civil_rights_groups

about 5 years ago
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What is your least favorite industry to deal with?

Airw0lf Re:Natural gas companies (548 comments)

Holy shit, if you only saw the breakdown of my bill. Between absurd decimal multipliers, random percentage charges, and indecipherable fees, only 1/3 of my actual bill is the cost of the gas. I shouldn't need to use a scientific calculator to figure out my bill.

I hear your pain. I work for a company whose products are designed to manage energy costs so I have seen many natural gas bills belonging to our clients. Who is your gas provider?

more than 5 years ago
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Checked out from the library right now, I've got ...

Airw0lf Can we have the poll options in standard units? (369 comments)

I can't really understand the numbers in the poll options unless someone breaks it down into Libraries of Congress.

more than 5 years ago
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Who is your favorite fictional doctor?

Airw0lf Re:The surgeons in the Army... (860 comments)

... they say are mighty bright. They work on soldiers through the day, And nurses through the night.

Something something something...gee ma, I wanna go home!

more than 5 years ago
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Who is your favorite fictional doctor?

Airw0lf Scully probably should have been on there... (860 comments)

Parent just drew my attention to Scully (from "The X-Files", duh) deserving a mention. He's absolutely right...she was awesome at so many things from autopsies to surgery, biology, pharmacology, emergency response... the list goes on. And if Mulder was ever in trouble and needed her help, she would kick ass and take names.

more than 5 years ago

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Energizer Battery Charger Backdoor

Airw0lf Airw0lf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Airw0lf (795770) writes "Earlier this year I was thinking about the possibility of malware being propagated via USB chargers for devices like cellphones. My idea was that a malicious cellphone charger wouldn't just provide power but it would also contain some logic that would attempt to "probe" the phone for security holes and then deliver some kind of trojan or keylogger. Anyway, this sort of issue might get some consideration right now courtesy of Energizer's USB battery charger. In this case however the battery charger's bundled software is what is trying to exploit the PC it is connected to."
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Stephen Fry Admits Bittorrent "Piracy"

Airw0lf Airw0lf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Airw0lf (795770) writes "Stephen Fry (British comedian/entertainer and self-proclaimed tech addict) admitted during an Apple iTunes festival that he had used Bittorrent to download episodes of "24" and "House" (The latter happens to star his old comedy partner Hugh Laurie.) More tellingly, he pointed out that the Digital Britain report represented the views of "industry insiders" instead of the general public. He also said that "making example of ordinary people is the stupidest thing the record industry can do." So in all it's an interesting example of someone in the content industry who actually gets technology and understands that the industry must adapt to new content delivery methods instead of just trying to shut the stable doors after the horse has bolted."
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Supreme Court Justice Unveils Gaming Project

Airw0lf Airw0lf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Airw0lf (795770) writes "America's first female Supreme Court justice has unveiled a videogame project to teach children how courts work, saying she wanted to counter partisan criticism that judges are "godless" activists. Sandra Day O'Connor got involved with developing the project called "Our Courts" out of concern over public ignorance about the judiciary and partisan attacks on what should be an independent institution. "In recent years I've become increasingly concerned about vitriolic attacks by some members of Congress, some members of state legislatures and various private interest groups. . . on judges," O'Connor told the Games For Change conference on using gaming technology for social improvement and education. See http://www.ourcourts.org/"
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Warez Leader Is Chairman Of San Diego Republicans

Airw0lf Airw0lf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Airw0lf (795770) writes "If anyone remembers "Fairlight" — one of the great groups on the warez scene, you may be interested to know that one of their leaders is now the chairman of the San Diego Republican Party."
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