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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

dotgain Re:I don't assemble computers. (391 comments)

Back in the really dirty old days those 4pin connectors were four individual 1pin connectors as mobo manufacturers hadn't standardised on a single pinout.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

dotgain Re:Mixed advice (176 comments)

(sorry, please disregard my previous reply, I misread you and addressed a slightly different point)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

dotgain Re:Mixed advice (176 comments)

Linux doesn't use those BIOS I/O calls though. The bootloader (grub/lilo) uses them to load the kernel into memory, and then that's it, the kernel uses its own I/O routines after that.

about 3 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

dotgain Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

Because then it'd be hard to distinguish between an IP address and a DNS name.

about 3 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

dotgain Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

What do you do when DNS is broken?

Fix it quickly, in case the secondary DNS breaks too.

about 3 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

dotgain Re:Fuck IPv6 (305 comments)

You seem to be suffering from the delusion

Oh, FFS. The GP is simply mistaken, not deluded, you don't need to go all Shakespeare on him.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

dotgain Re: It true !!!! (711 comments)

I can lock down android with a customized hosts file

You're on meth.

about 3 months ago
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German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

dotgain Re:Blowing it out of proportion (334 comments)

... uhmmm... personal recreation. I'm not sure whether prohibiting something like that is remotely legally enforceable.

Talk to the Catholics.

about 4 months ago
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German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

dotgain Re:I kinda see both sides. (334 comments)

Now that we have computers with fast processors and amounts of memory sometimes in excess of 128MB, automatically stitching together a canvas from several smaller ones is completely automatic and fast.

about 4 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

dotgain Re:640k isn't enough for everybody (522 comments)

That's how it used to be.

And it's how it still is, except the memory manager handles it all transparently for you in the background, so you can simply mmap() in a file, which can even exceed your total physical RAM many times over, and the system takes care of reading / writing & mapping the pages to / from disk as necessary. All that's changed is transparent support for it in hardware and the amount of memory involved.

about 4 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

dotgain Re:Negativity (384 comments)

Base rate fallacy.

about 4 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

dotgain Re:Kind of understandable from Nintendo (384 comments)

I have Morton's toe, which occurs in about 10% of the population

Now I know what to call that thing that I've got that you also have.

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

dotgain Re:Help! Help! (865 comments)

If you want to know why it's not really called the 'emergency brake', try using it at speed. Attempting to use the handbrake (parking brake, etc. etc.) to stop from speed will almost certainly make your situation a lot worse.

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

dotgain Re:Help! Help! (865 comments)

As for traction control, if you can't drive a vehicle safely WITHOUT it, you shouldn't be driving.

As soon as the engine is off and not producing torque, you won't be needing it anyway. Turning the engine off is kinda the ultimate traction control.

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

dotgain Re:Help! Help! (865 comments)

Normal people say "put your foot on the [clutch|brakes|gas|accelerator]" etc. with the expectation that the listener isn't so obtuse as to not thing we're talking about pedals.

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

dotgain Re:Help! Help! (865 comments)

I'm picking you actually both know what each other is talking about are just being disingenuous (yay nerds!). For the benefit of others:
Cars with manual transmissions have one clutch, which is actuated by the driver.
Traditional automatic transmissions use multiple clutches, but these are instead actuated automatically by the transmissions control system.
Anything that allows the engine to be disconnected/reconnected to the drive train in some way is by definition a clutch.

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

dotgain Re:Help! Help! (865 comments)

Power brakes would still work with the engine off and car in gear,

With a manual transmission, yes.

about 4 months ago
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Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood

dotgain Re:Ah, the Planet Pluto (138 comments)

A serial communications link would fit 'binary context' in my opinion. However, on a serial comms link, a megabit is 1,000,000 bits. An 8 bit data bus clocked at 1 MHz can shift 1,000,000 bytes of data per second. Again, this is very much in 'binary context'.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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iPhone 3G owners report Wi-Fi breakage post OS 3.0

dotgain dotgain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dotgain (630123) writes "A 44-page thread suggests widespread Wi-Fi problems afflicting the iPhone (and in my experience, two iPod Touches) after upgrading to OS 3.0. After the upgrade, problems include not being able to see your Access Point at all, or sporadic and slow connections. Some users have taken to putting their iPhone in the freezer for a couple of minutes, reporting temporary operation for several minutes afterwards, sparking suggestions the chipset has been overheating. After spending over an hour on the phone to Apple Support yesterday, all but one of the people I spoke to denied any knowledge of the issue."
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Journals

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Vile City Valedictory

dotgain dotgain writes  |  more than 5 years ago Rt Hon. David Lange
Valedictory

Ladies and gentlemen of Vile City, it is an honour to be speaking with you.

Those of you that were online about 12:pm June 11 Game Time would have enjoyed quite a show. Having a moderately high level player withdraw huge sums of cash and start teasing people would have been the last thing you expected, but I'm glad to see most of you knew what to do and asked no question.

Specifically, I borrowed a Tinfoil Hat of my good buddy who introduced me to this game December 2007, liquidated my entire inventory, even using the "Sell" to game feature for once. I played a series of games involving bounties, bribes, TFH city hopping (sorry for the hassle, it's only a game). It lasted about four hours, and total of approximately $40bn was mugged from me. I'm glad a lot of you had fun in the process, and sorry if you got left out.

During this last night many of you sent me PMs with your regards, some very nice notes that - given the usual content of the forums and newspaper - I really didn't expect. But by the end of the night so many of you had written in that to address you all would make one my already big letters even bigger.

So to all of those people, I thank you very much, and regret that I didn't meet many of you until my last night. Mind you, between all the attacking, gang politics and forum brouhaha, Vile City isn't exactly conducive to meeting like-minded people in the first place. But it'd be a shame to walk off on you all like that, so I'm going to keep the account for at least a week to check in on PMs and set up contacts with people out of VC.

Thanks for asking if everything's OK in Real Life (tm) - It is, and will hopefully get even better when I give it back the time I gave to VC. In Real Life I'm a father of two, a computer programmer, and a trainee helicopter pilot. But my air-stats are nothing compared to my VC stats, so I'm going to concentrate on those now.

Thanks also to those asking me to reconsider (when not begging for my account ;). Thank you, but my mind is made up, and given I have NO assets now, I'm pretty commited. In turn, I ask YOU to reconsider YOUR stay here. If you're having fun, great, but I wasn't, and I don't expect to again any time soon. And this furore about the unpaid prizes just makes me sick, so I'm also making a stand - a lot of you are now.

A lot of you are, and I'm proud of you. Being the VC activist has never looked like a good idea; the threat of having all your work vanish before your eyes in a ban is bound to hush many. So where FM deserve to be treated with nothing but comtempt, they continue to get our patience, and more sickenly, our money. Unless someone's prepared to sue them for fraud, they're beyond reproach, and I don't believe they'll lift their game.

To my esteemed colleagues, I encourage you:

  • Play like it's a game. Do something else if you're not HAVING FUN.
  • In the forums, have a bit more respect for one another, grow up.
  • Know your enemy. If your enemy is the game itself, then we're all in the same gang.

Ladies and gentlemen, may you find enjoyment, peace and love in what you do.

I remain,
Right Honourable David Lange,
aRudeDude,

and Ben

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