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'Honey Stick' Project Tracks Fate of Lost Smartphones

TibbonZero Re:Laptop Fishing (222 comments)

I don't think I'd set anyone up for doing something they wouldn't already do. A responsible person would take the laptop to the owner/register at the coffee shop and report that they havent seen the owner for a while. A non-honest person would walk in, quickly grab it, and scurry off. Use of hidden cameras could easily show which a person was being- responsible, or malicious.

more than 2 years ago
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'Honey Stick' Project Tracks Fate of Lost Smartphones

TibbonZero Re:Laptop Fishing (222 comments)

That's the thing though- from what I've seen (from my friends that have had their laptops stolen and they were able to recover) is that laptop thieves aren't very smart. Just as you or I might if we stole a car, immediately drive it into a faraday cage to prevent it phoning home, and then carefully going over it, swapping VIN numbers with legit-seeming ones, swapping any electronic ignition and keys, making sure there were no tracking devices, removing the license plate and anything immediately identifiable like a bumper sticker - a huge number of car thieves do nothing of the sort.

Some teens that stole one of my friend's Vespa scooters were in their front yard with a chistle and a large hammer trying to bash the ignition column apart, and then all scattered when a cop just drove by on patrol- and easy catch for the cop.

Most of the people who steal laptops first and foremost log into their email and Facebook... and if you have a key logger and a way to capture their face on camera, that's a pretty strong way of identifying who stole it almost instantly.

more than 2 years ago
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'Honey Stick' Project Tracks Fate of Lost Smartphones

TibbonZero Laptop Fishing (222 comments)

Recently I had an extra laptop. I had the idea (but didn't execute on it) to go to coffee shops with it, with tracking software installed in the background. I would then leave the laptop frequently while "going to the bathroom". Eventually in theory the laptop would be stolen, I would be able to trace it, track the person down, call the authorities and get it back. One less laptop thief running around (or at least unknown to police) and a fun time. Unfortunately, I didn't follow through on it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photography?

TibbonZero Slashdot answers from 2003 (569 comments)

I asked this question many moons ago, and at that point was considering only a 35mm film camera.

http://ask.slashdot.org/story/03/12/09/216255/best-35mm-slr-camera-for-beginners

The most popular answer of the time was a Pentax K-1000. There was a good discussion recommending I go digital (which I did in 2006 with a Nikon D-200). There was a recommendation to use exclusively slide film. Someone else pointed out to start with a lens system and then find the body you need- which I feel is great advice, but not something a beginner will really be able to use.

about 3 years ago
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Can a Monkey Get a Copyright & Issue a Takedown?

TibbonZero Re:Animals Don't Have Rights (335 comments)

And companies. Don't forget companies! They have the same rights as people too!

more than 3 years ago
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Pirated App Sold On Mac App Store

TibbonZero Re:Did Slashdot go retarded today? (334 comments)

Also note that the GPL isn't compatible with the iOS store due to restrictions placed on what the user can do with the software (can't copy the binaries and send to a friend). Additionally iCoder hasn't posted/distributed/responded to requests for the code.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

TibbonZero Re:Is there really a market for this? (827 comments)

The 30% margin that Apple is asking here seems comparable to the retail margin that exists with standard physical retail channels that Microsoft and Adobe both participate heavily in. Add in that Apple is taking care of the servers/bandwidth, credit card transactions and provides a place for the apps to be found and it seems to be a good place for Adobe and Microsoft to have their software. Additionally, I have to wonder if Apple is placing any anti-piracy measures in there on top of whatever the developers currently have in place. In short, I think Adobe and Microsoft would be unsure to not participate in their App Store, otherwise they have the possibility of The Gimp being the #1 image editor over Photoshop in the rankings.

more than 3 years ago
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Newspapers Cut Wikileaks Out of Shield Law

TibbonZero Re:LOLWUT? (602 comments)

Have you been on CNN.com lately? Today one of their front page stories was about Bristol Palin being a role model. That isn't journalism either. At least Wikileaks presents new facts and research.

more than 4 years ago
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The Secret of Monkey Island Shows Evolution of PC Audio

TibbonZero Re:The Roland MT32 is the best (348 comments)

Yea, Roland has had good instruments and samples for quite some time and when arranged properly they totally do the trick.

more than 3 years ago
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The Apple Two

TibbonZero Re:Officially? (643 comments)

I guess it is no longer Apple Computers, but is just Apple Inc now.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Proposes 100Mbps Minimum Home Broadband Speed

TibbonZero Linear vs Exponential growth (461 comments)

Ten years ago I had a 1.5mb cable modem from Comcast (actually I think I got my first cable line in 1998).
Today I have a 20mb cable modem from RCN (which costs nearly 2x as much as the 1.5mb line I used to have).
Each of these were the fastest consumer lines available to me.
100mb in 10 years sounds rather unambitious really. Consumer usage (I'm assuming) is probably growing at a rate akin to Moore's Law. There would be 6 and 2/3 cycles of Moore's Law in 10 years. My 20mb line should turn into a 1300mb line in 10 years at this rate and consumer usage will probably meet the demands.
Unfortunately by this logic I should have a 96mb line available already, which isn't true at least where I live

more than 4 years ago
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Tynt Insight Is Watching You Cut and Paste

TibbonZero All Your base are belong to us (495 comments)

"Not cookie based, not IP based, but stop it you creeps angry phone call based. It ain't a pure useful service, and it ain't a pure privacy invasion. But I sure wish they'd go away and have had the decency to never start up in the first place."

Please tell me that the writer is either a non-native English speaker, or they didn't read that twice?

more than 4 years ago
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Skeptics Question OLPC's Focus With $75 Tablet

TibbonZero Low price attempts are good PR (159 comments)

I think they are either trying to be overly ambitious and unrealistic with themselves, or knowingly going to the press with absurdly low pricing to get headlines and discussion (like this) happening- but when/if it comes to light the price will be 2-3x of this. OLPC has got some lofty goals, but I don't know if they fully saw netbooks coming (competition) and have obviously before have came out with announcements of unrealistic pricing ($100 laptop) and when they released they were 2x that.

more than 4 years ago
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All GPLed Code Removed From MonoDevelop

TibbonZero Re:Mono Blows (hint, where's FW 3.5) (443 comments)

We developed our initial product (imVOX... http://imvox.com/ in .NET for Windows, but then we wanted to move over to OS X and Linux as well. Instead of rewriting completely in Java or C (which we didn't have the time or money for on our schedule), we thought to use Mono. Otherwise creating 3 separate code bases to maintain and debug with a small team, Mono seemed to do the trick (for now). By no means do we claim that .NET/Mono or C# is the best thing in the world- but similar to using Rails, we needed rapid application development to get a shippable product out the door in order to raise more money. We didn't have time to write it in C on 3 platforms from the first day. I think this makes sense. When someone loads us up with cash- we'll probably re-write in C++ or something, but not today.

more than 4 years ago
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Review: Dragon Age: Origins

TibbonZero Re:My Dragon Age Review (452 comments)

I'll second many parts of this review. I'm feeling that more and more of the 'review' websites were paid off to give perfect reviews of this game.

First, there's the bugs. The camera is nothing but annoying. I started as an elf and went on a rampage through his manor. My character was screaming half the time about killing humans, even when he was killing guard dogs. Didn't make sense. There's more little things like this throughout.

The "this can be played like four games" thing that they were spinning the other week is totally bunk. It doesn't come off as that- it seems instead scattered and inconsistent.

The graphics aren't bad, but they certainly aren't good. The way they just blurred the backgrounds (which you can sometimes see in focus around people's hair and stuff) instead of doing real DoF like most modern games. Kinda a cheap way out. The faces generally look pretty good, but the scenery really isn't anything amazing.

This game is NOT Baldur's Gate. The AD&D rules held Baldur's Gate together really well. It made it a little unshocking when you'd get a new spell, but it was a comfort that I enjoyed. It also made it so that things had real numbers behind them. The Talent Tree sucks and is hard to tell what in the world I should do. Also- unlike AD&D your stats constantly increase per level. I initially assumed that they'd stay firm like AD&D or at least close like Fallout 3.

While it might have made the dialogue even longer, I really voice they had voiced the PC's parts. Otherwise you seem mute and without character or life. A lot of the characters are supposed to be 'likable', but I didn't find that to be true at all. There is no Minsk and I constantly disagree with the actions of my character, let alone the party.

I definitely miss finding 'good stuff' in the chests, and the battles just didn't seem tactical enough. I wish I could make it actually stop after each turn like Baldur's Gate for those battles that MUST be executed perfectly. Feels much more 'hack and slash'. It being a game that's born out of AD&D (somewhat) I was also disturbed at first with the death system. I guess it does stop just me resurrecting people or carrying pheonix downs or similar.

Not a bad game, but some of these 'pro reviewers' were definitely paid off. Not perfect. BG:2 was perfect. This is more like a 7/10.

more than 5 years ago
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26 Years Old and Can't Write In Cursive

TibbonZero My Personal Handwriting vs Typing (921 comments)

I learned to type before I could handwrite, and to this day doing anything more than writing a few notes on a whiteboard or filling out a 1-page form is difficult and my hand cramps up, and my writing is almost always horrid.

I am 26. My father got a C64 right before I turned two. I wanted to start playing with it immediately, but of course to do so often required some very basic typing (LOAD * 8,1). My father also worked at a company that was fairly early in having everyone with a terminal on their desk with an AS/400 style mainframe system. I remember when I was 4 having him show me how to send network messages to his terminal (yes, I was basically IM'ing my dad from another room in 1986 when I was 4). I clearly remember running to another room asking him how to spell eat, because I wanted to type "Go Eat Worms" but at first typed "Go Ate Worms" and it didn't look quite right to me. We got our first x86 system when I was 6, and by this time I was already very proficient typing and could probably get 30-45wpm depending on if I knew how to spell the words or not (hey, I was 6!).

Consequently, I barely ever learned to write. Yea, I forced myself to do some of it in grade-school because I had to, but it was never neat and I always much preferred to type things when I could. Learning cursive seemed backwards. Why weren't the other students being taught how to type at the time instead? It didn't make sense to me. In high school I started carrying a laptop frequently to class- running Zipslack.

To this day I hate writing by hand. The only real downside is that I'm starting to feel the pain from typing for ~24 years and my wrists and thumbs and hurting.

more than 5 years ago
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Bethesda Releases Daggerfall For Free

TibbonZero Re:Nice nice nice nice... (80 comments)

I suppose 15 years ago version/source control wasn't 'quite' as popular for all projects. Today with Git, it would be hard to lose all of the code as every checkout has the complete codebase.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple To Sell Wi-Fi-less iPhone In China

TibbonZero Jailbreak? (114 comments)

Umm, I'm wondering if Apple is going to just mega-halfass what's needed to Jailbreak the firmware over there. I mean SOMEONE is going to figure out how to enable it. "opps" Apple can just blame it on "hackers"
It's not like we haven't jailbroken every version of the OS over here within days of its release. Just disable the wifi in firmware. Someone will hack it.

more than 5 years ago
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Bethesda Releases Daggerfall For Free

TibbonZero Re:Nice nice nice nice... (80 comments)

SOME of the bugs were fixed, but unfortunately it will still a super buggy and sometimes unstable game. I'm glad to see them releasing it, but of course source would have been nice (so we could fix the bugs on it!) I loved this game at the same time. It was a little more hardcore than Oblivion in many ways. Big stuff would just kill you (no equal leveling) and if you were vampire you lasted pretty much NO time during the day. Climbing everything, as buggy as it was- was pretty awesome too. Some stuff however was just outright glitched. It was the type of thing that drove me initially CRAZY when I was 11 playing it, because I'd spend hours just walking sometimes to 'see what was out there' on some islands or whatever. This game proved that bigger isnt' always better, because its impossible to populate everything with interesting stuff.

more than 5 years ago

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$1000 Grants for "Awesome"

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TibbonZero writes "Want do to something awesome, but lack funding? The Awesome Foundation in Cambridge, MA has just opened applications for monthly grants up to $1,000 for people who wish to do something "awesome". There's no catch and the application is simple. All that they ask is for the recipient of the grant to share (in person or video) at the end of the month what their results and awesomeness. All fields and interests are encouraged to apply, and the only must-have is *awesome*."
Link to Original Source
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Plone 3.0 released!

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TibbonZero writes "Plone 3.0, the newest version of the content management system built on Zope has been released today. New features include Ajax support, OpenID support, a new portlet architecture, built in wiki support and lots more. A detailed summary of what's new in the 3.0 release is available, and as usual all platforms have dedicated packages/installers that will get you up and running in 10 minutes. Enjoy!""
Link to Original Source

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Working with Jazkarta

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 7 years ago I haven't written here in a while. For the most part I'm writing in my Blog.
I graduated from the Berklee College of Music last year (2006).
I am now working as office manager for Jazkarta, a Plone consulting firm based in Cambridge MA. It's a great job and I'm really enjoying it. We are located in the Betahouse, a loft style shared office space that has been featured in the Boston Globe recently.
Well, that's all for now.

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Stop Complaining about upgrades!

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 9 years ago There seem to be two camps when it comes to computing and technology in general.
1) Those who want something new and better daily
2) Those who whine when something new comes out because all of a sudden what they purchased isn't the best.

STOP IT!
Technology companies aren't putting out 'too many updates'. I have seen too many people whining on Apple forums about this. 'Oh they are putting out too many products, i can't afford them all.'
Oh well. We can't have it both ways. I personally welcome frequent upgrades and i'm more than happy without having the newest (and buggiest) car, wireless, computer, technology stuff..

It all keeps the market fluid so that prices DO drop. Look at stuff like Digidesign's Protools. They put out major platform upgrades every 4-5 years it seems. The prices stay really high. iPods on the other hand drop in price because well, they are small/breakable and there are new ones every year or less.

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Walmart bans certain men's magazines? Maxim?

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago Ok. So this really pisses me off.
In short, Walmart has decieded to not allow 'racy' men's magazines to be sold there. Not that I shop Walmart for men's magazines.... WTF?

I have two problems with this. For one thing, what is Walmart's deal with censoring things. They sell guns at some Walmarts- but yet found Nirvana's In Utereo CD offensive because of 'Rape Me'?
They act like they are the voice of God and everything moral in the US. Where do they get it that they need to censor what they have in a store, when it's nothing that needs to be censored, but yet- they carry the Bible, which has some pretty racy stuff in it. Blowing up cities with trumpets (Terrorism), Crucifying people (toruturing jews?), a hating gays, people not wearing underwear and just wearing robes, prositutes, and shit like putting people in lion dens?
Ok, that's a little extreme, but Walmart is just too fucking consevative.

My other rant, is that about women's magazines. So Cosmo gets to stay? "50 ways to make your man say ah....", "Fake an orgasim today", "Larger Breasts Now", "Lose 10 pounds in 1 day" (amputate you own arm for that one). BTW, why is it that we always hear of men having to amputate body parts when they get stuck in the woods, and women's bodies being found dead under rocks... I thought they had a higher threshold for pain or something. Anyway. So why do the women's magazines get to rule, when Maxim gets kicked out?

Ok, Maxim == Cosmo for Men!

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Another Quiz!!!

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Yea, i know these are lame, but they are fun if you have a few minutes...

Disorder | Rating
Paranoid: Low
Schizoid: Low
Schizotypal: Moderate
Antisocial: Low
Borderline: Low
Histrionic: High
Narcissistic: High
Avoidant: Low
Dependent: Moderate
Obsessive-Compulsive: Low

URL of the test: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/personality_disorder_test.mv
URL for more info: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/disorder_information2.html

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Where in Hell?

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I guess I'm not so bad after all....
One of my ex gf's was pretty far down in hell.

The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!

Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Level | Score
Purgatory | High
Level 1 - Limbo | High
Level 2 | High
Level 3 | Low
Level 4 | Very Low
Level 5 | Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis | Very Low
Level 7 | Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge | Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus | Low

Level descriptions: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/dante-inferno-information.html
Take the test: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/dante-inferno-test.mv

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Is there something wrong with me?

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago Seriously... I wonder sometimes. What the fuck is wrong with me. I have stopped playing games and wasting my time like that, but now- I read about 5 web pages non stop just wanting more information all the time. I used to read books nonstop, but I just haven't found one recently that trapped me asides from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and the Harry Potter series. I mean I used to read like a book ever other day, and these were 800 page books!

Now I read www.slashdot.org, www.cnn.com, www.harmony-central.com, http://duc.digidesign.com and Tomshardware nonstop. I don't know if it's filling some insecurity in my life or what. I also check my email way too much, but never get anything important. I also check in on friend's journals (Hi Stella!) a good bit.

It just seems like something is off in my life. I want to get things back on track, I know there's things that I need to do. Get a job, get some scholoarships, study, etc... I am just not doing it. Perhaps I just need to unplug my router for a while or route everything to /dev/null....

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Sushi + Alcohol == Very Bad weekend...

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago Ok, so after 20 Sushi rolls, some Pad Thai of my gf's and 4 slices of Sashimi (raw sushi), I decieded to go to my friend's party at Harvard...
All I had to drink were 3 shots Vanilla Vodka, and a Sex on the Beach.
30 minutes later- having a good time talking, etc...
45 minutes later- wondering if I am understandable
1 hour later- Dancing in a large group
1 hour 30 minutes later- hugging to toilet
3 hours later - get to bed, and stop hugging the toilet...
Next morning- still feeling very sick. Threw up again twice. Walked back to Harvard Square, got on Red Line, to Green Line... Fell asleep and felt sick until late monday...

Lesson - Sushi and Alchol don't mix. I have drank far more than that, but never been sick like that EVER!.

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Let's Make a Decision...

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago We need to make a decision as Americans. The rest of the world should make this decision too, although perhaps not the same one...

We need to make a concious decision about what kind of world or country we want to live in. Do we want to be Safe, but have few rights and liberties? Or do we want to live in a world that's free, and potentially a little dangerous.

Would you rather have all your bank records exposed to the goverment, your phone calls, your travel, who you talk to, and what you read, all scrutinzed for potential crimes- but feel that you are safe...
Or would you rather live in a world that's potentially a little dangerous, but you are your own person- and your personal information is your own, and your business is your own.

Our forefathers have died, and our grandmother cried to give us the freedoms that we have today, but are quickly losing... Would you rather have the potential of dying? Or be free?

We need to make this decision, and let the people choose, because it affects the people- not the government's lives...

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Don't Students have Any Rights?

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago Ok, so why in the world can't a student wear a T-Shirt that says that Bush is a Terrorist? Can't people protest war and killing in a peaceful way by wearing something? What's next, no anti-war ribbons? No papers on it? No speach about anti war allowed?

This seriously pisses me off. I think this is in the lawsuit area for discrimination. If you point out certain students, and say that can't wear something, because it expresses their opinion in a valid, way... well, that's just screwed up. They dont' tell the Arab girls they can't wear the funny clothing.

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Things I want to do in Life...

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago There's so many things that I wanna do in life. Any ideas or suggestions?

Learn to Make Sushi (and Sashimi)

Own a House

Have a really nice home theatre

Own a recording studio of small size

Be a major record producer that makes Puffy and George Martin look bad (to see those 2 in the same sentence pains me)

Learn to Sail

Get an old Porchse

Race it on track

Get a PhD in something... or at least an MBA

Learn to Play drums

Own a place on St George's Island

Have a nice guitar collection

spend at least 6 months bumming it in Europe backpacking and staying where I can for as little money as possible

Build my own house

Invent something cool

Have ONE kid

Get a HUGE CD/Record collection

Buy a Library and put all the books in a huge room (a la beauty and the beast)

Have a nice little wine cellar

Yea, it's alot of money things, but some things like backbacking and stuff aren't. Alot of goals, but it's alot to work for. I really wanna be a better cook as well. I love being around people and entertaining. I don't want an expensive car (the old porsches aren't so bad priced, cheaper than most new cars). I don't care about a huge pool, or a Rolex watch. Sure I would like to shop some nice places, but really- it's about having a good time and being able to learn. And if I could ever learn how to program a little better that would be cool too!

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MP&E Reject...

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago Hmm, kinda upset that I didn't get into the MP&E department at Berklee. Kinda sucks. I am gonna go to the department chair and see if I can sqeeze my way into the synth department to get things set straight, and my schedule back on course.

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Subleting Boston Apartment

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago Hey all. If you are moving to Boston and looking for a place to live- I have something for you. I normally hate to advertize stuff online, but I really gotta move.

I have 1 bedroom of a 2 bedroom apartment in Brighton, Mass (right beside Boston) that I need to sublet. Actually, I want to terminate my lease, and transfer it to you!

The place has a Kitchen with new fridge, gas stove, microwave, etc.
The living room is a good size, and we have a couch that we can put in there, but for now it's taken apart and stored. There's a HUGE bathroom. Umm, and then there's your bedroom, which is a good size. I fit alot of stuff into it.

Freshly painted a little over 3 months ago. Good landlord. Laundry in building. Heat and Hot water, and gas, included. It's 700/month for you.

The apartment-mate is Adam. He's a nice guy. If you have any question, just email me.

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Ok, forget the MUD. I found a few

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago Ok, so Google can indeed suck at times. When I searched Harry Potter MUD, I got nothing really, but after I looked on MUDConnector or whatever, I found like 5. So I guess I don't need to work on one and get sued anyway. :)

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Harry Potter Mud- but when in story

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago So, I have thought that I needed to do two things before I started on a Harry Potter MUD, well actually 3 now that I think of it. The Last being to incorporate in some way to shield myself from British lawsuits :).

Basically, I need to get back on c++ and plan out the game some before I start coding.

One of the problems in the planning is when to place the MUD in the chronology of Harry Potter. I am thinking that if I placed it in the years after Harry Lived, and Harry entered Hogwarts, that would leave room for expansion as the books continue- but not mess with the 'plot' too much. Doing it while harry was in hogwarts would be crazy and next to impossible I am thinking- and after is pointless since I would have to scramble to rewrite everything as soon as book 5 is out.

Of course, you would play as a student in the game. I can't think of any other way to do it, since the whole thing is from that perspective. You could have different races (even though not that many are actually students at hogwarts) such as Human, Giant, Centaur, etc. Might have to do some more thinking here...

For 'Classes' you could have the four schools. Maybe I could introduce even a new 'secret' school at Hogwarts or something. I dunno. Each school would have their own abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Obiviously Slythern and Gryphindor are the most fleshed out so far, but Rowling has left enough for the other two to be filled out well.

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Harry Potter MUD

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  more than 11 years ago I would like to write a Harry Potter MUD. I have played many MUDs, and Coded in Perl/CGI/C++ on and off for a few years. I feel that a Harry Potter based MUD would be a fun and exciting one. There are problems of course, but nothing that's too big to overcome, except perhaps IP issues- but I have never seen a MUD have a problem with that.

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Plea to Cat Owners (and Dog owners)

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  about 12 years ago

Ok, this isn't my normal thing to post here.. but I saw it, and as a cat and dog owner I thought that it was pertinant to post. It's not written by me, but credit is at the bottom. Please be good to your cats, and pay heed to what the author says. Too many times have I had to use my brakes and stop for cats. Luckly I haven't hit one, but I have came really close. I don't even think that I have hit a squirell, but have almost gotten in a few accidents avoiding them.

"Plea to Cat Owners
To an Unknown Person:

I killed your cat on Sunday. I didn't mean to kill him. He darted out in front of my car, and there was nothing I could do. I suspect that I feel more guilty than you do--you who let him wander freely, wander so innocently near the road.

You may have told yourself that a cat needs to live a "natural cat" life. A cat is a wild creature, you probably said to yourself. A cat needs to hunt, to roam, to live an adventure. You wanted him to experience those things. You wanted him, apparently, to experience rain and cold.

You must feel it important that he experience the dangers posed by dogs, by other cats, by disease. By cars. You must for some unfathomable reason have been certain that he would never try to cross the road--or perhaps consider the road to be part of the adventure equation.

I'd have to come to your house to tell you how sorry I was. But I couldn't--he wore no collar, no identification tag. You probably felt that to put tags on him would have burdened him, hindered him, endangered him.

You must have assumed that he would always find his way home, that he would never wander so far as to be lost or injured. Or perhaps you just decided that you wouldn't want to know if something awful happened to him. That was how much you loved him.

"Well at least if he was hit by a car, he went quickly...," I can hear you saying. I ran back to where he lay in the traffic- twisted, still alive, raising his head as the cars whizzed over him, waiting helplessly for the next impact. I managed to get him--still alive--to a veterinarian. Your cat died frightened and horribly injured on my wife's coat on a grate over a stainless steel sink.

I sincerely wish that you had been in the room with us. I'm sure that you so loved your cat that you would have wanted to say that you were sorry. After all, this was the fate to which you consigned your cat when you let him wander.

I don't know who you are. I suspect that you easily persuade yourself that missing your cat is all right--that he just wandered too far, and has been taken in by some kind person. Perhaps he'll be home tomorrow or the next day.

No. Your cat died and it was a horrible and entirely avoidable death. I hope that you have no other cat. That you have no dog.

I suspect that, if you do, that other cat will roam as well. I suspect that your dog--unleashed of course--will (perhaps, you know, just ever so rarely) wander into the road. And if they aren't killed by some other hazard, someone like me will inadvertently hit them while driving by, and that dog or cat, like this cat, will die in someone else's arms.

And it will, of course, be the fault of that driver. Not your fault. Of course not your fault. Oh, how much you love the last one.

Written by Dane County Humane Society Board Member Dennis Anderson for THE CAPITOL TIMES Newspaper, Madison, Wisconsin
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Iraq and Sadamm...

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  about 12 years ago Ok. To begin with, I must say that in general I am against Sadamm Hussian and his army of morons.

Ok, so we 'know' that he has nukes or something, or so the US miltary has paid people to say. But let's check our logic here.

A) Bully the UN- This seems like a good idea. We tell them that we wanna go to war with Iraq regardless of anything they say. Why does this seem like a bad idea.. We don't need their finacial support for anything. The america has a great economy right now and doesn't mind paying 30 Billion for a war.

B)Ok, we accuse Iraq of having Nukes, etc. And then we say that we have 'evidence' of them having them, which we withhold from the UN.

C) We think that the 'report' that they will give us about their Nukes will be 2000+ pages long. Hmm, either that's a whole country of Nukes, or it's a very long language.

d) if we can't find nukes- then we go to war with him for not having nukes...

Hmm, methinks he probably sold them to Bin Laden or North Korea and used the profits to get cheap whores and PS/2s.

No seriously. I think this whole thing is screwed up. How in the world is it that we can't find things in this little country. This is gonna sound wrong, but we need to take a note from the Germans in WWII. They were able to find the religion of every person and everything about them in a few years. That seems like a pretty stiff task. Now I would think that we could take a hint, and learn how to go through a country the size of Virginia, and find anything that kills people. Use the tactics that the germans used to make their neighbors tell on each other to make the Iraqi's fess up about Nukes. If none exist, well then we will know for sure... Learn from the past, don't just ignore it.

Just seriously... with modern technology, why have they seached so little? Ever try testing people for antibodies to bioweapons, or use a geigercounter?...

I think that Georgie just wants to finish a fight that his daddy wasn't the man to finish in the first place.

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Graduating Early

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  about 12 years ago Crap, I just messed up and deleated everything that I just typed. Oh well, start again- more condenesed.

So I am gonna try to graudate Spring 2004, vs Spring 2005. It's gonna be hard, but would be so worth it.... Here's how:

Hours------- Where from-----
15- Transfered from UNCG and AP
16- Current Semester
3- Test out of Intro to Music Tech
3- Future Testing out of 'Writing Tools for Songwriter
17- Next semester (Spring)
16- Summer Semester (2003)
17- Fall 2003 Semester
17- Spring 2004 Semester
16- Many CLEP Exams...
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120- Grand Total... needed for Graduation...

Ok, so if I slip or something in all of this, at the worst I have to take summer classes, which isn't that big of a deal, as I will still have a Lease to get through the rest of....

So after that I will be able to enjoy working full time :) Yeah!.. :)
No really, I have some good plans for the future, and my girlfriend is trying to do roughly the same to get ahead early, so things may turn out well. I am not trying to rush things like school, I just need outta the area, I will probably go back to school elsewhere at some point..

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No rent control in Boston!?!?!?!

TibbonZero TibbonZero writes  |  about 12 years ago Ok, so the bastards voted out rent control in Boston and the surrounding areas. They said it would bankrupt multifamily home owners, etc...

Well how about this? More people are having to move out of the city every day because they can't afford to pay 700/month per bedroom. They are being broken and starved by this inflated rent (which in some way is probably affected by the Fleet Banks in Boston).

The Mayor just wanted to limit rent inflation to 10% once a year for most housing, and 5% a year to low/low-mid income and the elderly housing.
If I am doing my math anywhere near right, 10% a year, in 11 years- is about double. Ok, so in 11 years, and $1400 dollar a month apartment would be around 2800 dollars??!?!?

They say that landlords need to keep up with inflation of costs, but really how the hell does that happen. My landlord owns about 1200+ units. He sucks cock by the way, and acts like he doesn't understand english, after graduating from BU and living here for 30+ years. Right... From what I understand, if you go to Spain or France, in a few months you would speak Spanish or French better than this guy pretend to speak english.
Anyway, more on to landlords. How are their costs going up by that much a year? Oh wait, a person's main cost in life is their housing. Hmm, so if their housing goes up by 10% a year, then they will probably charge about 10% more a year (ok they are profitting there, but just think that a little inflation really does exist).

So, if they stopped raising rent. And inflation is only something like 2% a year according to reports. Then they would only have to go up by about 2% a year.

If they capped rent for 5 years, asides from landlords not wanting to do anything, here's what would happen- Landlords and multifamily homeowners would go broke. Yea, some of them would have to find real jobs. But, at the same time, the Market would be flooded with housing for purchase, and it would start to
1) Lower the cost of housing in general to own,
2) put most people in ownership positions instead of renting positions.

I think that sounds like a good thing. Where else in the world would you pay 300,000 for 400 sq ft to own? Yea, see what I mean, it's crazy. My apartment would be 100/month or less in North Carolina, and be considered the projects. Hell the projects have more than 350+ sq ft I have.

We need another Rent protest. People must band together and form a Renters Union, and people must 'strike' from paying their rent. What will they do? Evict half the city? Arrest everyone? Obviously the power is in the people, and the people outnumber the landlords. It just feels like something is wrong and something should be done. I know I don't have all the right solutions, but I think this is a start.

Ok, now after ranting plenty, I feel much better. Thanks for listening

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