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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Grog6 Re:FYI, smallpox is not needed to make vaccine (186 comments)

As I mentioned above, almost everyone over 50 in the US was vaccinated in the 60's.

We lined up in school, lol.

I still have my scar. :)

yesterday
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Grog6 Re:The problem is... (186 comments)

Large numbers of people in the US were vaccinated for smallpox in the 60's; pretty much everyone over 50 or so.

Not so now or anywhere else, either. :)

yesterday
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Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

Grog6 Re:Y E T I !!! (122 comments)

I read it as IT was the Yeti, implying an imminent attack by a hoard of Pennywise the Clowns Appearing as Yeti.

I'm very happy to see this is not the case.

Carry on with the pedantry.

about a week ago
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Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

Grog6 Depends... (138 comments)

On how guilty the ones accusing you of treason actually are, IMHO.

Who do you think is the traitor here, Snowden?

I certainly don't think so, and neither do a bunch of other people. We all get to vote this fall. :)

I realize all the good jobs are in the Govt; around here they get handed down from generation to generation, lol.

That doesn't make me any more supportive of the whole Gestapo-ization of America; I think that's a bad thing, personally.

about a month ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Grog6 Re:Please (215 comments)

Amazingly enough, this is our most popular game after all these years. :)

We play other games that don't have this fast-twitch playstyle, but nothing else is like it.

Another favorite always played on a LAN weekend, is Unreal Tournament 2003.

Zoom instagib with ~10 players and as many bots as will fit is a lot of fun. :)

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Grog6 You left off... (371 comments)

the "Because we say so." part.

You can't vote out the Gestapo.

about a month ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Grog6 Re:Please (215 comments)

I played Q2:Ground Zero for ~6 hours on my lan last weekend; It's still the best for gameplay. :)

We do a "give all" at the start, and one per each kill you make; It keeps the game moving. :)

And I have my own skins, that I made; something not seen since UT2003.

The "Catholic Schoolgirl" bot in UT2k3 was the best programming I've seen, lol.

about a month ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Grog6 Re:DLC (215 comments)

This is probably exactly right; $9.95-$49.95 for a settings tweak.

I'm Happy I haven't bought this yet; I'll have to see how this goes. :)

about a month ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Grog6 Re:Friends dont let Friends buy Ubisoft - Agreed (215 comments)

I've been watching this; it looks like a cool game.

I noticed the e3 trailer was completely different than the reviews, even on good video setups.

I have learned long ago not to buy a game until you see what you're getting. :)

Now that someone has found how to restore the original graphics, seeing how Ubisoft responds will pretty much determine their future, pretty much. :) (At least for me, anyway.)

A C&D about now would really make my day, lol; I've come to hate those pricks.

Hey, my two 7970's in crossfire fixes the texture pop in Rage at high res; I bet it would run this. :)

Now to wait for the next "patch". :->

about a month ago
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Intel Announces Devil's Canyon Core I7-4790K: 4GHz Base Clock, 4.4GHz Turbo

Grog6 Re: Can we PLEASE get rid of "turbo" (157 comments)

I have a socket 7 mobo working behind me that has 2MB of DIP SRAM in sockets.

(It has an ISA slot for a very expensive card, and DOS 6.3 with network support :) I also have a EISA bus server for DATA-AQ, lol.)

about 1 month ago
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Intel Announces Devil's Canyon Core I7-4790K: 4GHz Base Clock, 4.4GHz Turbo

Grog6 Re:More useful metrics? (157 comments)

This exactly.

Unless a piece of software takes advantage of the "new" features, it doesn't help.

The slow adoption of the MMX stuff is a good example; a developer I know rewrote a very complicated piece of code to take full advantage of SSE2 and multithreading, and took a 45 minute computation down to 8 minutes.

Being an old assembler guy, that really amazed me; kinda like adding a few lines of inline assembler to a C routine, and watching it go zoom.

Adding cores helps, but the FSB speed is still the main thing to speed up for performance; increasing my memory clock by 20% made a much bigger difference than cranking the core to 4.6GHz on my i7-3930k.

Cranking the clock AND running at 4.6GHz is very nice; that, and adding another 7970 card to the mix finally fixed the texture popping in Rage, lol.

about 1 month ago
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TrueCrypt Cryptanalysis To Include Crowdsourcing Aspect

Grog6 Switches... (131 comments)

I have loaded a test program, 47,683 different opcodes, into a pdp11 with no terminal; just to run a test. :shudder:

about 2 months ago
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NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

Grog6 It's hard to vote out the Gestapo... (208 comments)

They know everything about you; all it takes is a "gentle reminder" and this bill is turned into a termite-eaten stack of drivel.

I didn't expect any different, It just means they had enough on enough people to effectively gut it before it was passed. We really knew that already...

If it really meant anything, this bill would have contained a passage giving Snowden immunity, as long as he testifies against everyone else inside the Govt that violated the constitution with respect to their illegal activities.

"It's not illegal when the President does it!" didn't work for Nixon, it should not have worked for Bush or Obama. Everyone should be in Jail, at this point, lol.

WTF has our country become?
.

about 2 months ago
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Radioactivity Cleanup At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 25 Years On

Grog6 Shielding is a good thing. (123 comments)

There IS a good reason for burying these things in the deep earth.

Some of the radionucleides' Gammas and Neutrons are good for 10 feet of dirt for 50% absorbtion.

100 to 1000 feet is where I'd start considering storage, due to shielding. Remember, neutrons will extend the zone of radioactivity over time. :)

IDK if Yucca mountain is the best possible place to store this stuff, but based on Fukushima, where it is now is much, much worse.

about 2 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

Grog6 Re:Also (522 comments)

The computer beside me has a 5.25" floppy drive; I needed it to read some old disks from 1988. They still work fine. :)

The 3.5" disk copies were trash...

about 2 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

Grog6 Re:Amen, brother Amen! (522 comments)

I never used EDLIN with DOS, only with CP/M. I really hated it. :)

IBM's BASIC editor was the first WP program I used on DOS; I'm still using the PWB Editor that came with Macro Assembler 4. :)

I still have a machine that can play Duke3d and Leisure Suit Larry, lol. :)

To have to duck around here, you have to say "EMACS can't..." and follow that up with pretty much anything. :)

about 2 months ago

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