PktLoss writes "I'm interested in building an arcade machine, following the footsteps of Cmdr Taco amongst many others. Not being all that interested in piracy, I need to find somewhere to buy games. Starroms used to be the kind of thing I was looking for, though with an incredibly short catalog. The MAME people have a few available for free (non-commercial), but this isn't going to sate my needs.
There's an entire cottage industry supporting this goal. People are ready to sell me plans, kits, buttons, joy sticks, glass marquees, and entire machines. That's fantastic, but where can I get the games? I refuse to believe that this entire industry is built on piracy." top
Miles/Millisecond: Comparing ping time to distance
PktLoss (647983) writes "What do you do when you've got a lot of servers and a splash of curiosity? You make them all ping each other (then re-write that script so it doesn't take 10 hours) then map that against the physical distance between servers. What you come up with is some pretty charts, and connections that hit 70% the speed of light." Link to Original Source top
PktLoss writes "A research team at the University of Windsor has published in the November issue of the journal Sceince (registration required), including an accompanying article. For those lacking a chemistry degree (or a valid account) a breif write up is available in the schools daily newsletter. An excerpt from that article:
University of Windsor researchers have filed for patents for their new process to capture and release hydrogen without the use of precious metals. Their findings, published in the journal Science, may have application in the economical development of fuel cells, as well as in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and food industries, says chemistry professor Doug Stephan
Well, I haven't bothered to use the journal option before, but i thought I might give it a whirl.
Firstly, I want to say HI! to my two fans out there on slashdot. It took me a good three minutes to figgure out what the hell a fan was, but now that I know, I am honoured.
Secondly, I found this post in the Worm vs Worm thread funny and interesting (the machines they are talking about are the airport security machines that snif for explosives, they run windows 98. --- Our company borrowed one of those machines from the manufacturer to determine its effectiveness at measuring trace explosives in soil for environmental cleanup.
Because we wern't a paying customer, we were sent the company's test-mule where all the new developments were tried before going into production.
The machine used a lightly modified Windows 98 installation as it's OS. Security was non-existant, as any idiot (me) could go in and monkey with passwords, workgroup settings, and file locations. (I did this to get it to talk to our network for backup) I was concerned about this at first, until I realized that these devices
weren't used with mice or keyboards and typically had armed guards nearby who took a dim view of people monkeying with the hardware
As far as the installation of windows, we used it for 3 months straight, with absolutely no crashes whatsoever. The only time it was rebooted was when it was shut down for the weekends.
A good friend will bail you out of jail. A great friend will be in the cell next to you saying "That was AWESOME! ---
Namely the bit about men with guns not liking it when people poked around with equipment they werent supposed to. I also think that in such situations running windows has another advantage, the average joe sixpack can probably figure out what to do if it BSDs or brings up a critical error, but would be dumbfounded if anything went wrong under linux (and things do go wrong under linux.)