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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Bigbutt Re:5thed is irrelevant. (182 comments)

It's why I whipped up a set of web pages to handle combat of all types. The originals are a hack. I need to update them for 5th.

[John]

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Bigbutt Re:The only good thing (506 comments)

Just for me personally, no. I don't drink coffee or alcohol.

[John]

3 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Bigbutt Re:Ban caffeine! (506 comments)

I guess the Mormons were on to something.

[John]

3 days ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

Bigbutt Re:Minimum wage (119 comments)

Citation Please.

[John]

5 days ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

Bigbutt Re:Stopped using LinkedIn (128 comments)

Yea, I closed my account with linked in. Far too much noise and very very little signal.

[John]

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Bigbutt Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

Marion Zimmer Bradley comes to mind.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Bigbutt Excellent! (590 comments)

More T&A for the male readers and unreal body expectations for the females. Win-win. :)

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Bigbutt Re:Streisand effect (311 comments)

What, no links? Bastard. I hadn't heard of this site until I got to Slashdot. Bookmarked for later review.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Bigbutt Re:real vs pretend (353 comments)

Bottom line, hell yes the

Oh man, the insurance goons got him!

[John]

about three weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Bigbutt Mixture of Bulbs (278 comments)

So far none of the Energy Efficient ones have failed. I have a mixture of incandescent and CFLs and am just starting to replace with LEDs for some places in the house.

Kitchen - LED spots in the ceiling. Master Bedroom sconces most recently and ceiling fixtures.
Rooms - CFL for floor lamps that stay on for hours.
Garage, bathroom, outside lights - Incandescent for places that are turned on and off due to quick visits.

Any place where lights are just turned on and off briefly get incandescent bulbs. At least for now. I'll likely replace with LED as I run out. Any place where the lights stay on for a while, like the living room or bedroom got the CFLs. I've been replacing the incandescent bulbs in the small fixtures with brighter LEDs so I can see, like in the MBR. Because the sconces are flush against the wall, there's a limit on how many watts you can put in the fixture. Some warning labels say this is due to the heat put off by the larger watt bulbs. So replacing with cooler and brighter LED bulbs let me brighten a room without the possibility of scorching the wall.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

Bigbutt Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (174 comments)

They taught map reading in school? How to read a compass? When/where was this? I learned it in Boy Scouts.

Fortunately us Touring motorcycle riders tend to use paper maps. Unfortunately paper maps are difficult to come by. You have to be a member of AAA to get access to decent maps. Otherwise you're stuck with the Rest Area state maps. Not horrible, I've used them occasionally but they are pretty cheaply printed. Opening the map has it tear at the creases.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

Bigbutt Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (174 comments)

I have the 2004 version of Streets and Trips. I use it for mapping my motorcycle rides. Unlike google maps, I can set where I spend the night, start and stop times, how much gas cost, how often to stop, and even set weights for various aspects of my trips so it'll pick the optimum route for what I want to do (for instance, Beartooth Pass).

And yea, I thought they stopped making it years ago. I'll have to snag the newest version. My 2004 version has worked just fine since I got it.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Bigbutt Re:Cost (228 comments)

Actually the estimate when I called in the error code was $60 just to show up and google results said $450 for the board. And also mentioned using the 3x5 card instead as a way it might be fixed. It worked so I'm good.

But I can still fucking bitch about it you anonymous fucking idiot. Because it's still a stupid fucking idea. Sure, let's add a $450 motherboard to the oven so you have to evaluate the cost of replacing a motherboard for $450 or buying a new oven for $650 and throwing this piece of shit into the nearest land fill.

My girlfriend did this with her refrigerator. The motherboard passed on and the replacement board was in the $350 range plus the $75 for someone to come out and check it out. In checking the 'net, I found the particular model was some cheap rebranded shit that contractors put in new houses. Looks nice and all but generally lasts for 5 to 7 years before taking a dump. She replaced it with a better model at the Sears store and this one went to a landfill somewhere.

What a fucking waste.

[John]

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Bigbutt Re:OR (579 comments)

But it's green, not yellow. It won't be yellow for 4 more seconds.

As long as I get into the intersection before the countdown gets to 0, I'm still within the law. Heck, most places you're still good as long as the light is yellow when you leave the intersection.

[John]

about a month ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Bigbutt Re:Cost (228 comments)

No shit. My oven blew something on the "motherboard" that caused it to require a repair of $450. In checking on line, folks recommended just putting a piece of 3x5 between the plastic cover and the board which seems to corrected the problem, for now. But jeeze, it's an oven.

[John]

about a month ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

Bigbutt Re:LED Spots (196 comments)

In my case it was more of a "hmm, would this work better" and then getting the same ones so the kitchen looks right :) The lights are certainly brighter than the incandescent bulbs were and there are 6 of the floods so I'm reasonably sure I'm saving a few bucks on replacing them. $130 worth? That I don't know yet. :)

[John]

about a month ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

Bigbutt LED Spots (196 comments)

I replaced the kitchen lights with LEDs. About $22 a pop. These are the larger lights, not the incandescent sized bulbs.

[John]

about a month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Bigbutt Re:Hah! (681 comments)

Well, that's assuming 'finally' means today. Technically after almost daily blue screens I finally had the money to replace the two AMD video cards with nVidia cards and the blue screen problem went away. That was almost 2 years ago. So 'finally' means after 3 years of dicking with driver updates and sending cards back to DiamondMM for testing. And the blue screen was only on boot. Some times 10 or 15 times in a row. But once it was up, there generally weren't any further problems (the seldom video setting wackiness but that was very seldom).

[John]

about a month ago

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You Wouldn't Download A Car?

Bigbutt Bigbutt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bigbutt writes "It appears that the background theme that plays on DVDs during the anti-piracy advertisement was for a specific audience. When the author heard it on a DVD he rented, he realized it was being used well beyond the original contract. He's now suing for a million euros."
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Reasons for the username

Bigbutt Bigbutt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across The 8th Dimension

I'm a fan of Christopher Lloyd, have been since Taxi I guess. His character in Buckaroo Bonzi was John Big Booty "Big Boo TAE". They were all "John" something; John Big YaYa for example. So when I created my account, I created "BigButt" as a fan tribute sort of account.

That's not to say I don't have a big butt, certainly it's smaller now.

It's also why I sign off as:

[John]

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