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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

Tink2000 Re:conversational format (142 comments)

What? Are you using a potato for RAM or something?

about 6 months ago
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'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

Tink2000 Re:This too shall pass. (331 comments)

Ah, no. Like is ubiquitous in the speech I am trying to describe. I'll try to give you an example.

"So, like, we went to this totally like random dive bar on Main Street? And like, I was all like, isn't this where Sasha and Greg hooked up? And like right at that exact moment there's this guy in the corner like all staring at us, and I was like, 'hey, what's your problem?' and he just like, I don't know, kept like ... STARING at us like he was like gonna maul us or something. Whatever."

I think that's a pretty reasonable representation of what passes for social conversation around here. And even though the topic is sorority girl speak, everyone does it. It's infectious. I often find myself saying "no, we didn't like look at the motherboard, we looked at the motherboard."

more than 2 years ago
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'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

Tink2000 Re:This too shall pass. (331 comments)

I ... I guess. Ya got me. Buckeye.

more than 2 years ago
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'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

Tink2000 Re:This too shall pass. (331 comments)

I seriously think you are missing the joke. I know it doesn't work that way.

more than 2 years ago
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'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

Tink2000 Re:This too shall pass. (331 comments)

What I am saying is that in search of a filler, they choose a word that accurate reflects their world view.

It's a cynical approach, but it's better than the alternative (the alternative being that people who attend the largest public school in my state and one of the highest-regarded engineering programs in the country cannot express themselves coherently).

more than 2 years ago
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'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

Tink2000 Re:This too shall pass. (331 comments)

>You don't really hear that much anymore.

You obviously do not live in a predominately college town. Here in Blacksburg we have a permanent population of around 15,000 and a student population of 35,000. For nine months out of the year, I marvel at how Frank Zappa has pulled off the longest troll in the history of music -- spreading that god-awful dialect all the way out East so that even 30 years after the song, I'm surrounded by what started as an attempt of a daughter to cozy up to her dad by making fun of stupid people from Encino.

If the girls talk like airheads, then the guys here talk like wanna-be thugs. Even at an engineering school, I am subjected daily to "Yeah, but uh, y'know I was like... whaaaaaaat?" But that's a whole other topic. First, let's get rid of the word "like". I am convinced that this generation is so disaffected and removed from everything that nothing is real to them anymore. They don't want a cup of coffee; they ask "can I just get like, a cup of coffee?" They didn't go see the movie 3 times, they saw it "like, 3 times". Nothing is real or concrete to them.

more than 2 years ago
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Accused Teen Bomber Finds FBI Surveillance Team's Wireless Network

Tink2000 Re:You'ld be surprised. (267 comments)

Bullshit meter... in the red.

more than 3 years ago
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Accused Teen Bomber Finds FBI Surveillance Team's Wireless Network

Tink2000 Re:TBO.com? (267 comments)

I don't know what the fuck you just said little kid, but it touched me deeply.

more than 3 years ago
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Release of 33GiB of Scientific Publications

Tink2000 Doc Brown? (242 comments)

I could have sworn GB was short for gigabyte. When did that stop? Why didn't I get the memo? Or is it a jigabyte?

more than 2 years ago
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India To Ban .xxx Domain

Tink2000 Re:Ehh (257 comments)

Not really law, but convention. .xxx is a Sponsored TLD, which means there is a consortium of sorts who will approve or deny applications for the domain name. There are rules and regulations for the registrants of the domain, and I suspect that part of those rules would be a registration fee of some sort -- a token one at a company level, but painful for an individual, say $2500 or so -- in addition to the normal domain registration fee of $10 or whatever it is. I also imagine that while there most likely will be an ibm.xxx, it will be a redirect to ibm.com.

One of the reasons that this has taken so long to be placed into action is how inefficient a system this will become. No one is required to register a particular tld. There are more rules keeping registrants out of tlds or forcing them to give up their current tld than there are forcing registrants to adopt a particular tld. Tlds were never meant to be implemented as a way to filter content.

Also, currently successful sexually themed sites are very unlikely to forego brand recognition. Why should mostviewedsite.com switch to mostviewedsite.xxx when the .com is the recognized brand name? Yes, they'd probably buy their .xxx counterpart, only to have it redirect to .com. In a very real sense, this new tld will likely double the number of adult-content sites, but not necessarily double the content. However, groups opposed to this sort of content will now be able to cry louder than ever that the internet is "full of filth."

It seems to me that the only winners in this are the registrars and the certifying authority. I doubt little else will change.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Wedding Photos Result In Polygamy Arrest In Michigan

Tink2000 Re:Fiction (267 comments)

Really? Because, you know, multiple other sources say that Zuckerberg started the prototype in September of 2003, and what we know as Facebook was launched in February of 2004.

If I recall rightIy, my vt.edu email address allowed me to register sometime in late 2004 or early 2005. On campus, it was starting to generate a lot of buzz as a great tool to bring lots of people together on short notice.

Your response is typical of what I was talking about though -- memory is a strange and elastic thing. You've been on Facebook for so long it feels like it's been 8 years, but it hasn't, and it really couldn't possibly have been.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Wedding Photos Result In Polygamy Arrest In Michigan

Tink2000 Re:Fiction (267 comments)

Well, to play devil's advocate (to AC, sigh):

He could have been on Facebook in 2004, provided (as you mention) that he was in an Ivy League school. I am fairly certain that by the end of 2004, he could have had a Facebook with just a .edu address. However, the quote you reference doesn't explicitly say that he met his first wife on Facebook, it just says they met in 2003 and they met online. Heck: that could have been on AC2 or EQ or a MUD or etc etc.

Then again, people could have their dates all screwed up. The word "reportedly" plays strong in the sentence you quote. How many people have you met in, for example, December of 2007 that if asked you'd say you've known for at least four years? Similarly "not long after" is rather ambiguous. Depending on what your perception is of "a long time" that could be a few days, months, or even right at or a little over a year.

more than 3 years ago
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Putting Up With Consolitis

Tink2000 Evidence of this in GTA3 series (369 comments)

Control scheme change is even more apparent in the GTA3 series. GTA3 itself was obviously made for the PC first and then for console; the control scheme is pretty evenly matched whichever platform you choose. But then when you get into VC, everything on the PC side is ok until you hit the first mission for Avery Carrington (flying the toy helicopter) rather early in the game. Missing that right analog stick to control your clockwise/counterclockwise motion makes that mission incredibly difficult to pull off on a PC, and despite many frustrating hours of effort I could not satisfactorily configure a Xbox 360 controller for the PC to replicate the console controls. Lastly, when you get to SA you are practically stopped at the first Cesar mission (where you have to compete in the hydraulic car hop) because the numkeys don't map like the right analog stick does. Similarly, riding a motorcycle in VC or SA loses some finesse because you can't lean forward or back like you can via the left analog stick using just the keyboard. Considering these games span from ~2001 through to ~2004 I'd say it was a rather rapid sea change.

For those of you who have found otherwise, please let me know where you got your controller bindings (preferably for the 360 controller), because my laptop can outperform the heck out of my 360 visually.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Private Info Increasingly Used In Court

Tink2000 Re:Facebook & Myspace: HTML for dummies (270 comments)

This.
I knew I wasn't the only one to feel like this.
Everything that's accomplished by MySpace and Facebook could be accomplished on a stand-alone personal site, and if it was interesting enough and your friends were really friends, they'd come and visit it. Hell, they're your friends, right? If you send them a link to your website with photo albums from your last trip abroad, is it really that much less likely that they won't visit because it isn't FaceSpace? What sort of friend finds clicking away from FaceSpace a deterring factor? I imagine there's some pretty good chat modules you could build in, too. Heck, I could even post content that FaceSpace find offensive! I could set my own terms and conditions! If I wanted to change the layout, I could! etc etc etc.

So, I repeat:
Facebook and MySpace are HTML for dummies.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Private Info Increasingly Used In Court

Tink2000 Re:Don't be an over litigious money hungry asshole (270 comments)

When I had a Facebook account, I'd click the person in the picture and then type a name in the input field. If it didn't come up as one of your friends, you could still tag them in the picture but without the typically-associated hyperlink. As for searching for someone, speaking as someone who has had to deal with Facebook drama in the workplace, I am here to tell you more often than not these things are handed in as printouts instead of being shown online to someone in authority (anecdotal evidence is, however, anecdotal).

The point remains the same though: a picture of a somewhat drunk girl hanging over a bathtub looking rather... icky. With enough recognizable facial features combined with a name or a caption, you can draw all the conclusions you want.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Private Info Increasingly Used In Court

Tink2000 Re:Don't be an over litigious money hungry asshole (270 comments)

If you break the law / do something sleazy and brag about it all around, you deserve what you get.

I know you're trolling, but I'll bite:

You tell this to your 19 year old daughter when her good friends post & tag a picture of her on Facebook. You know -- the one where she's puking in a toilet bowl. Oh but she can untag herself, eh? Not if she doesn't have a Facebook account or if they don't use her Facebook name.

/facebook should fall off the earth //so evil, it burns

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Private Info Increasingly Used In Court

Tink2000 Facebook & Myspace: HTML for dummies (270 comments)

Make your own website. Of course, that might be too much like work and you'll have a little harder time getting people to visit it (unless it's interesting). I have always regarded social networking sites (FB, MS, Linkedin, etc) to be little more than HTML for people without HTML abilities. Sure, you can go one place and access 500,000 people, but when all those people are doing is basically a great big attentionwhorefest, what's the point?

Oh yeah, Farmville. *groan*

more than 3 years ago
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Pink Floyd Give In To Digital Downloads

Tink2000 Re:Floyd lost their integrity 20 years ago... (409 comments)

You are absolutely right in your assessment. Still, you have to pay those fees if you are anything approaching a pro. What I call "fees" should be interpreted as your ASCAP dues & any royalty percentage due.

Like I said, lack of caffeine does dangerously stupid things to me :)

more than 3 years ago

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Oh, so that's how it is.

Tink2000 Tink2000 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So, all my complaining about Slashdot's moderation system is for naught. I just noticed today that there is text on the meta-mod page that says something to the effect of "those meta-modded poorly will cease to be elegible for moderation in the future." So, for something I failed to understand years ago, I've been meta-mod-bitchslapped into forever never moderating again. WAAAH you say? Well, here's my retaliation method against a system that doesn't offer second chances. Firstly, I'm going to poke around and see if I can opt out of meta-moderating. If I can't, then from now on I will meta every mod for great justice adversely.

Edit: Nope, can't opt out of M2 (although you can opt out of M). So, I have a subversive plan in mind. Here's what I'm going to do: I usually post as AC if I think I might have something that can possibly be construed as anything that would result in negative karma. No more. Fuck it. I'm at Excellent, capped out, 50 in old-school-score. So, I'm going to burn it. I'm not going to troll (outright), but I'm going to be as inciniary as possible, offtopic when I feel like it, and extremely overrated. I'm always going to use my bonus modifier. When I hit zero, I'll open a new account.

When / if I ever get to mod again, I'll never mod anything other than over or under rated, as they never hit M2.

Screw you guys, I'm going home.

Screw em.

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Slashdot lies about moderation

Tink2000 Tink2000 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I have now been reading and posting on /. for five years. Meta-mod almost every day, and have finally hit Excellent karma. I still can't mod, and I see absolutely no reason why. I know the system itself is flawed (hence the need for m2), and therefore predictably the software guiding the system is flawed, but one would think being a good boy would allow me to mod occasionly.

It's stupid to be upset about, but it's stupid to have to be upset about it, too. It's particularly frustrating when just about everyone I know personally has mod points, regardless of how closely their /. patterns match mine.

Phooey, I say.

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A decision concerning metamod

Tink2000 Tink2000 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I have been reading /. for almost 2 years now, and participate in the metamod daily. I have noticed that I never get to mod, as I mod'd exactly once, and out of 5 points 2 of them were shot down in metamod, resulting in a loss of karma, which means unless I resort to karmawhoring, I won't ever get to mod anymore.

It pisses me off that ChrisD (who does a lot of the polls as I write this) gets modded up +5 insightful for saying shit like "oh, I thought of this poll while eating Natalie Portman's Soviet Russia Grits". It's not insightful, nor interesting. Who cares. It's almost like he posts it to keep a megakarma going. It's also brownnosing on the part of the mods; thankless brownnosing as far as I can tell. Wil Weaton gets an automatic +5 for anything too, because -- well, he's Wesley.

I don't resent that these guys are well known. But just because they are well known doesn't make them any more funny or insightful or interesting. It means they are well known.

So: when I metamod, I used to more or less go "yeah that's agreeable". I don't now. I'm harsh. More stuff gets metamodded negative. Posts that are trolls that get marked interesting are a great example. Yes, it's a troll, but I'm not metamoding it as a troll, I'm meta-ing an insight. Before, I would ignore the fact it was a troll and mod it fair for insightful. I don't anymore. Posts by "regulars" that get modded to +5 because they are "regulars" I almost always meta as "unfair". If it's modded funny and I don't get it after reading it twice and looking at the parent, it's modded "not funny".

--
Mudo,
A Bitter Ex Mod.

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