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Windows 95 Turns 15

Useful Wheat Re:I finally could tell my friend to go to hell (461 comments)

From wikipedia:
"Official system requirements were an Intel 80386 DX CPU of any speed, 4 MB of system RAM, and 120 MB of hard drive space."

I have porn that wouldn't run on this computer (Blue rays take a lot of processing power). Which brings me to my next point, the code name of "Chicago" was prescient. Seriously, named for political blustering and needless posturing. The windy city by virtue of people at each other's throats because of their beliefs.

Yep. Perfect.

more than 4 years ago
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Online Forum Speeding Boast Leads To Conviction

Useful Wheat Re:Without any evidence? (457 comments)

In his case, the claim is quite plausible. His car is capable of that speed. Many people speed, every day. There is little incentive to lie about such a feat, and no easy way to positively verify it without eye witnesses.

Welcome Narcogen! I see this is your first time on the Internet. Stay away from 4chan and you'll be just fine. I would recommend good antivirus protection, and some kind of filter to protect you from Nigerian Prince scams. No matter what they claim, they are not royalty that seeks to give you millions of dollars for a small upfront fee.

Since this is the first message board you've ever been to in your life, let me explain the concept of the "E-Peen". Its like a penis, except it grows based on what strangers think of you on the Internet. To increase "E-Peen" people will often write completely ridiculous bullshit on anonymous Internet forums, so that people will think they're cool. In response, people will typically try to top that with bullshit of their own. As a result, the Internet is an overflowing cesspool of lies.

For further reading, you should visit the world of warcraft forums where approximately 78% of the population is close friends with a GM, and all of them have max level PVP heroes on their other account, with that totally awesome 0.5% drop gear.

Thank you, and have a nice stay Narcogen. Don't feed the trolls.

more than 4 years ago
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Online Forum Speeding Boast Leads To Conviction

Useful Wheat Re:Without any evidence? (457 comments)

In his case, the claim is quite plausible. His car is capable of that speed. Many people speed, every day. There is little incentive to lie about such a feat, and no easy way to positively verify it without eye witnesses.

Welcome Narcogen! I see this is your first time on the Internet. Stay away from 4chan and you'll be just fine. I would recommend good antivirus protection, and some kind of filter to protect you from Nigerian Prince scams. No matter what they claim, they are not royalty that seeks to give you millions of dollars for a small upfront fee.

Since this is the first message board you've ever been to in your life, let me explain the concept of the "E-Peen". Its like a penis, except it grows based on what strangers think of you on the Internet. To increase "E-Peen" people will often write completely ridiculous bullshit on anonymous Internet forums, so that people will think they're cool. In response, people will typically try to top that with bullshit of their own. As a result, the Internet is an overflowing cesspool of lies.

For further reading, you should visit the world of warcraft forums where approximately 78% of the population is close friends with a GM, and all of them have max level PVP heroes on their other account, with that totally awesome 0.5% drop gear.

Thank you, and have a nice stay Narcogen.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

Useful Wheat Re:Bluff City is south of Bristol Motor Speedway (680 comments)

You've never seen a speed trap? Next to where I live, they park 3 cop cars underneath a bridge next to the main road. You can't see the cops before you get to the bridge, so they always have at least 1 person pulled over to give them a ticket. The worst part is, they do it right where the speed limit changes, right before the sign. If you live here long enough you know where all the speed traps do, but they certainly do setup a full scale man hunt for it.

I never see any rape traps setup, although I think "Jail Bait" might qualify.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

Useful Wheat Re:Bluff City is south of Bristol Motor Speedway (680 comments)

I don't understand people that think speed limits are moral imperatives that fall on the same line as murder or arson. You people act like I just raped somebody if I want to go 55 in a 50 mile an hour zone.

I live in Houston on I-10, and due to a huge environmental/safety push they lowered the speed limit from 70 to 55. It was a joke, the highway is built for speed and it has excellent lines of visibility and intelligently designed merging sections, and they make you crawl down it. Nobody did the speed limit so they upped it to 60, which didn't really help. As a result you get fast swerving traffic trying to move at the natural pace down the highway, moving through slow road bumps.

If they would pick a reasonable speed limit based on the design of the road, and not the result of some safety pissing campaign then I bet you could get people to actually follow it.

more than 4 years ago
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Nero Files Antitrust Complaint Against MPEG-LA

Useful Wheat MPEG_LA Isn't the devil (247 comments)

Although I disagree with most of what that company does, their MPEG licensing fee is on the order of $2 per manufactured device to use their technology. This isn't really extortion. HDMI is 4 cents per device, but you're required to maintain a $10,000 license fee on top of that. I think gross abuse would be more on the order of $50/device.

Either way, I support the free and open standard provided by displayport, which dispatches with the fees.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu on a Dime

Useful Wheat Re:your first sentence is technically flawed (531 comments)

When I went to college (4 years ago, if you were interested) we went to the salvation army and bought some massive 22 inch CRTs for $10. I bought 3. My Desktop had 2 huge screens, and I had a third over my bed that I doubled up as a TV.

Seriously, go to salvation army for your ultra-cheap computing needs.

more than 4 years ago
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Larry Sanger Tells FBI Wikipedia Distributes "Child Pornography"

Useful Wheat Re:First (572 comments)

How did they fail to mention the album cover of the Virgin killers?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Killers

This got wikipedia banned a few years ago, because they dared show an actual album cover.

more than 4 years ago
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Lawmakers Ask For FTC Investigation of Google Buzz

Useful Wheat Won't somebody think of the children (131 comments)

Please! Won't somebody think of the children surfing the internet without adult supervision! Gmail only added people that you had repeated email correspondence with, which means that the 9 year old girl was perfectly capable of picking up sexual predators on her own. Also? Putting any kind of responsibility on the parents is clearly across the line.

more than 4 years ago
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California Legislature Declares "Cuss-Free" Week

Useful Wheat Re:CA must be on easy street (262 comments)

I hope 4chan replicates operation titstorm here. Australia bans some types of dirty pictures and gets their fax machines flooded with porn. I can just see a few hundred robocallers swearing at california. Maybe using google voice numbers. I'll leave the implementation up to you.

more than 4 years ago
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The Billion Dollar Kernel

Useful Wheat Re:Oops... (289 comments)

You have the right idea, but the wrong implementation.

How much would it cost to professionally produce every video on youtube? I heard somewhere that roughly 20 videos are posted a minute, so that would be about 10.5 million videos per year. There's a lot of good content on youtube, excellent science demonstrations (look up SF6, and see an aluminum boat floating on a gas), some excellent comedy, and some great drama. However, the remaining 95% of the videos on youtube are trash that needs to be burned, and then shot into the sun to keep it from infecting the rest of us.

I'm sure that producing all of these videos would run into many hundreds of millions of dollars a year. On top of that, the writing staff needed to produce the comments would probably break the billion dollar mark. The real question is, is this an accurate measurement of value?

Maybe, Maybe not.

What I would be more interested in seeing is a comparison of what the open source community has been able to produce, compared to what the closed source community has been able to produce. Is open source labor as cost efficient as hiring a real programmer? If I paid a team of 20 experts to write code for a year, would their output be better than the same number of lines produced from open source?

I don't know. However, if I had to guess I would say no. If you look at the state of 3d video drivers, and gimp, the closed source version is typically better. Windows drivers are almost always better for video cards. Photoshop is better than gimp.

more than 4 years ago
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An Early Look At Halo: Reach

Useful Wheat Re:The original Halo also sucked (107 comments)

Shadow Warrior was made in 1997, and it had vehicles you could use. You had to find repair kits scattered throughout the game, and you could use them to repair a tank, and one other vehicle.

more than 4 years ago
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Lego Creating Multiplayer Online Game

Useful Wheat PETITION TO REMOVE RED BRICK NERF (99 comments)

PETITION TO REMOVE RED BRICK NERF

These changes are unnecessary, aggressive, CRIMINAL ACTS against the VERY BUILDERS WHO constitute the FOUNDATION OF LEGOLAND!.

Red bricks ALREADY have a 10 second cooldown, why would you reduce our DPS! WE already suck next to blue bricks.

Reply #1: /signed

Reply #2:
Learn to build noob

Reply #3:
can i has ur bricks?

more than 4 years ago
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Spam Hits Google Buzz Already

Useful Wheat Re:Google Buzz's Skyrocketing Usage (135 comments)

From my buzz Inbox, and I quote:

Jeff - Buzz - Public - Muted
what the hell is this?

Sean - no one knows. its like google wave raped twitter. kinda like how blade was formed...

How many of those 9 million posts you referenced are complaining about buzz, asking how to turn it off, and asking why in gods name is there no button to kill it with fire? Seriously, I need a button to kill it with fire. I would never stop pressing it.

more than 4 years ago
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"Calvin and Hobbes" Creator Bill Watterson Looks Back With No Regrets

Useful Wheat Re:Best comics (327 comments)

To me, Calvin and Hobbes looked like the poster child of a comic that yearned to be on the web. If you read any of his books, he often had long and bitter fights with the publisher about the format of his comics. How much space he could use, if he had to have the “Throwaway frame” and so forth. I wish a comic like this had come along maybe 10 years later so it could take full advantage of the web, instead of being smothered by the oppressive newspaper guideline . Then again, I may just have wanted it delayed so we’d still have new ones, but hey. I can dream.

more than 4 years ago
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Super Strong Metal Foam Discovered

Useful Wheat Re:Uniform fab (367 comments)

Random side note. I mentally swapped FPY into PFY, or pimply faced youth. One of the main characters in the Bastard Operator From Hell. Which is the single greatest collection of stories about IT workers abusing users.

more than 4 years ago
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Key EDS Witness Bought Internet Degree

Useful Wheat Re:Diploma mills prove the worthlessness of degree (258 comments)

I have to be difficult here.

A degree from the Colorado School of Mines is not just a bit of paper. This is because they print the degrees on silver. No joke. So my degree is worth whatever a few grams of silver is, something like $40. I could easily trade it for a pizza, if the person that owns the shop is also a precious metal dealership.

more than 4 years ago
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Newsday Gets 35 Subscriptions To Pay Web Site

Useful Wheat Re:Ha! (177 comments)

This is similar to the experience they had over at Salon. This was one of my favorite places to get news until they put up a pay wall, and in December they talked about how it hard hurt their traffic.

This is a great read, for people who actually care about the discussion of pay walls vs free.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/dec/03/memories-paywall-pioneer

It "worked" for us in that it provided some revenue for Salon to survive through the leanest period of its existence. (We'd already completed the latest of three rounds of layoffs, and the entire staff took pay cuts, three weeks before 9/11.) But within a few months, as advertisers began dipping their toes back in the water and the influx of new subscribers who'd flocked to help us out in a crisis dwindled, we could see that the subscription model didn't provide much room for growth. So we tried something new: we put up an ad over the front door of the site. Subscribers wouldn't see it at all; other readers had to watch a 30-second video ad, then they got a "day pass."

The day pass approach was beloved by the advertisers and hated by many, though not all, readers. More important, by this point the public was, understandably, thoroughly confused about how to get to read Salon content. It took many years for our traffic to begin to grow again. Paywalls are psychological as much as navigational, and it's a lot easier to put them up than to take them down. Once web users get it in their head that your site is "closed" to them, if you ever change your mind and want them to come back, it's extremely difficult to get that word out.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Moves To Yahoo For Default Firefox Search

Useful Wheat Re:Doesn't matter (370 comments)

The OP has this backwards. The money microsoft is paying for this service doesn't come from thin air. They get paid for each and every search thanks to advertisements. What the OP really should of said is, "Ubuntu users provide revenue to Microsoft."

That's right, you're now supporting microsoft by choosing to not use windows, or internet explorer.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Pooh-Pooh Algae-Based Biofuel

Useful Wheat Re:That's interesting (238 comments)

I know this is a dead article that nobody will read. However, synthesis gas is what you call this gas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthesis_gas

You see how what I was posted was correct, and you're wrong? Take a chemistry class before you try to pretend you know what you're talking about.

more than 4 years ago

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UVB-76 Explained

Useful Wheat Useful Wheat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Useful Wheat (1488675) writes "Recently slashdot covered the reappearance of UVB-76 in the news. Thanks to some heavy digging in an achieved Russian web page, the function of the mysterious transmitter has been revealed.

According to an archived Russian web page (purportedly written by the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces), UVB-76 is used to transfer orders to military personnel, along with the time at which they should be executed. Sample orders are given on this page, which match the format of messages transmitted by the station in the past: 45359 ½ 3749 6335 79992 f 9923 7768 7117 5770 28138 77560151 05515597 76785508 6121 2637 0931 "Words for the radio messages and code tables are selected mainly from the scientific terms of chemistry (Brohman), Geology (ganomatit), philology (Izafat), geography (Bong), Zoology (kariama), history (Scythian), cooking (drying), sports (krolist) and others, as well as rare Russian words (glashatel)."

The page continues to list all 23 transmissions that have been made from the station in the past, showing that UVB-76 may be more active than believed."
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Happy 15th Birthday Windows 95!

Useful Wheat Useful Wheat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Useful Wheat (1488675) writes "Happy 15th Birthday Windows 95!

The official release of Windows 95 was today, Aug. 24, 1995. Internal Code Name, “Chicago”, Windows 95 went on to become the one of the most successful operating systems of the 1990’s.

Official system requirements were an Intel 80386 DX CPU of any speed, 4 MB of system RAM, and 120 MB of hard drive space.

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2007/08/dayintech_0824

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_95"

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How Software Vendors Fool You

Useful Wheat Useful Wheat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Useful Wheat (1488675) writes "Dan Tynan posts on InfoWorld,

"Enterprise software and service vendors are a tricky bunch. Like skilled magicians, they use sleight of hand and misdirection to pull cash from your company's coffers. How do they do it? It starts with the demo (which always works perfectly). Then they offer a price that sounds too good to be true (because they plan to make up the difference in change orders and maintenance fees). Once they've got you, they'll lock you in using every tactic they can muster. Better check your bill, because odds are you're getting charged for stuff you didn't actually buy. And just when you've got everything running smoothly, you'll be hit up for an upgrade — whether you need one or not.""

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