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Omnidirectional Treadmill: The Ultimate FPS Input Device?

fifedrum Re:Dream on. (292 comments)

ugh, about 15 years ago we visited Universal and rode the Back to the Future ride. I was stuck in the back seat, right side, and smacked my head hard on the wall of the car every time the car jerked to the left. Barely made it to the end, got out, got sick and collapsed in the aisle. Spent the rest of the day with a raging headache, but kept it to myself and played the "I'm fine!" game so as not to ruin my wife's vacation. Probably had a concussion on top of motion sickness.

about a year ago
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Massive Email Crash Hits Canadian ISP Shaw

fifedrum Re:Sometimes it's better to copy and forward... (150 comments)

bah, let's say 5 million emails would have arrived during that time period. From my unfortunate 6.5 year history at a major email provider, I can tell you that %98 of the email is normally blocked as junk at the perimeter using RBLs, another %50 of what makes it through is junk blocked by anti-virus and anti-spam engines leaving around %1 of real "valuable" email.

Of that, about %50 is commercial email that literally no one will miss (except the people sending it).

What remains is 25k emails, the vast majority of which are forwards from friends and relatives (forward this four leaf clover for luck!) and other garbage. All in all, after an 8 hour outage, the number of real emails that were missed was probably on the order of around 100.

about a year and a half ago
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FTC Goes After Scammers Who Blasted Millions of Text Messages

fifedrum Re:All I want is my gift card. (79 comments)

I'll settle for the President using his war powers to drone strike these bastards. And a gift card. (no, not a victim myself, just someone who hates hates hates spammers and scammers)

about a year and a half ago
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How Sequestration Will Affect Federal Research Agencies

fifedrum Re:Chaos (277 comments)

my little world being one of the people who is paying for all this. Clearly, my point is invalid, and the politicians can't possibly be using these furlough notices for their own political gain. No politicain has ever done that, lied for gain, that would be inexcusable.

about a year and a half ago
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How Sequestration Will Affect Federal Research Agencies

fifedrum Re:Chaos (277 comments)

again, bullshit. There's no way that a %0.05 cut in the budget to a level of just over a year ago is going to cause all the misery that the press is reporting on this. They're reporting EVERYTHING is going to collapse.

everything from school lunches to aircraft carrier maintenance, beef inspections to border patrol

these reports are all bullshit

about a year and a half ago
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How Sequestration Will Affect Federal Research Agencies

fifedrum Re:Same old same old (277 comments)

since when have Libertarians applauded corporate bailouts? Since never. The Libertarians didn't start the various bailout programs, the liberal republicans, and liberal democrats did.

about a year and a half ago
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How Sequestration Will Affect Federal Research Agencies

fifedrum Re:Chaos (277 comments)

oh bullshit. Stop regurgitating the party line. Though, you're probably getting paid to do so.

The level of cuts are miniscule, so minor as to be meaningless. The whole story is propaganda to try and shore up Obama's numbers and lay the blame for the entirety of the failed economy on someone else. That's right, let's blame the minority in the legislature, not the leader. There's no way the tiny level of spending cuts are going to impact every single person working for the government. It's complete bullshit and you know it.

about a year and a half ago
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Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

fifedrum Re:Just tax it. (212 comments)

paying more in taxation directly affects your freedom. period. it restricts access to goods and services.

about a year and a half ago
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Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

fifedrum Re:Mass-Media Report (470 comments)

If you feed anyone a special diet they can lose weight. Also note, their diet included "certain Chinese herbal medicines." So sure it worked, it worked just fine. And the media that covered it fell for that hook line and sinker. Including slashdot.

Now if these results came out of a real double blind study with controls and whatnot (like more than one patient?) this would be an interesting story. Now, it'll just generate diet spam.

about a year and a half ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

fifedrum Re:Missing the point. (1013 comments)

and like an idiot, I forgot the fourth rule.

RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET and what's beyond.

about 2 years ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

fifedrum Re:Missing the point. (1013 comments)

NRA basic pistol, rifle, every single hunter's education course in the nation (and many other nations) as well as thousands of safety websites, videos, and general use books. Jeff Cooper put it this way, and this is the way it's taught in safety courses world wide.

RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY
Rule III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET

And yes, the shouting is on purpose.

about 2 years ago
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Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

fifedrum Re:Summary (345 comments)

both, they've provided both for as long as I can remember, at least three or four years. MTAs are covered under the RBL, the URIs under the antispam "cloudmark authority" engine. One blocked at the connect phase, one at the end of the data phase.

about 2 years ago
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Humans Have Been Eating Cheese For At Least 7,500 Years

fifedrum Re:I need new glasses. (214 comments)

Cheese; Like beer and wine.

All of the grocery stores around here (upstate NY) have large selections of cheese. Wegmans, a brand from the Rochester, NY area, but spread throughout much of the north east, has had a cheese shop in each store for at least 20 years, and prior to that, had a large selection in the deli case. I remember, quite vividly, a buddy purchasing a wedge of some brie cheese in 1989 and being completely disgusted, before AND after tasting it. But it grew on me, and now I use that cheese in recpies on a regular basis.

Today, really for the past twenty years, they've expanded the offerings, and the shop carries literally hundreds of different cheese selections, type X aged Y years/months, packaged by the roll, log, slice, wedge, runny, moldy, from just about every variety you can name including local small-batch cheese makers and large name ones, imports and domestics.

While it's true that the vast majority of "cheese" consumed is garden variety cheddar or worse "American Cheese" whatever the hell that is, or even worse, "Cheese" in quotes, there is a huge selection of actual gourmet cheeses sold each day all over the place.

Like beer. The shit beer people drink in bulk, Bud or whatever, is generally garbage, but there are thousands upon thousands of craft beer brewers all over that produce some of the finest quality beer in the world, and wines from California, New York and even Utah, win awards the world over. Both these wineries and breweries do very well for themselves, as do the cheese makers.

In many regions, the last decade has seen even your corner gas station carying craft beer. My local Hess station has as fine a variety of beer as the best beer pubs, complete with growler fill stations. Even the lowest grocer has a wide variety of fine beer today.

about 2 years ago
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North Korea's Satellite Is Out of Control

fifedrum Re:send the mini-shuttle over there to wack it (450 comments)

The catch is that you can't rule out other delivery methods. They could stick one on a ship flagged from some other nation, and drop it in any port city on the globe. That, and a medium yield nuke, in the dozen to hundred kiloton range, exploded over the US, would provide sufficient EMP to knock the country to it's knees economically. The military would still be largely available to return the punch in the face, but the economy? Forget it. Millions would die during the resulting power outage, and millions more around the globe would starve for want of US food exports.

The same for any nation that took the brunt of the attack. No deaths immediately, but loads of misery and death in the longer term.

So don't discount their abililty to get this thing into any orbit, no matter how unstable, because eventually it's going to cross directly overhead.

about 2 years ago
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Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

fifedrum Re:Summary (345 comments)

yeah: guy discovers cloudmark domain blacklist is used by two cloudmark customers. At least, that's my opinion. this information isn't new, this list has been around for years, and you don't get on it easily. It takes multiple reports from multiple accounts before they add you.

about 2 years ago
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New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles

fifedrum Re:Too Late (279 comments)

go fuck yourself dywolf, I'm no racist and even if I was, it would have nothing to do with this situation. He invited people who represent organizations whose stated purpose is racist at it's core. They are actively trying to take over the world, literally, and convert or kill everyone in their path. They stand for slavery, treating women as property, rape as as a hobby and just about everything evil in this world. It's in their fucking literature they hand out at brunch.

In this case, the job of POTUS is to sick the Marines on them, and blow the rotten bastards to smitherines.

Unless you want your mother, wife, daughters, sisters, and any other female member of your family to be killed for even looking the wrong way at a boy. Honor killings, something these freaks find completely acceptible.

about 2 years ago
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New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles

fifedrum Re:US Military (279 comments)

Except there's a metric shit ton of evidence that shows the rebels in Syria executing and attacking civilians, executing prisoners, and generally being criminals.

about 2 years ago
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New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles

fifedrum Re:Too Late (279 comments)

this isn't diplomacy, this is war. Do you know the difference? Giving our enemies weapons didn't work out so well for us in the past, did it.

try not to bury your head too deep in the sand

about 2 years ago
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New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles

fifedrum Re:US Military (279 comments)

what does that have to do with it? We shouldn't be bombing Libya and we shouldn't be rebuilding their infrastructure as a result, thanks for making my point for me.

about 2 years ago
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New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles

fifedrum Re:US Military (279 comments)

we're supplying arms to all of them. we're supplying intelligence to some of them, and we actively participated in some others. We didn't protect civilians from being massacred in Libya, we just sped up the war.

about 2 years ago

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who the hell am I?

fifedrum fifedrum writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Name: Barlow, Kenneth A.
DOB: 12/1970
Prefered name: Ken
Maried to Christine since 6/1997.
Chilluns: Robert 4/2000
                    Madeline 10/2001
                    Amelia and Meredith 4/2003
Hobby: Fife and Drum, run a webserver, director of and fifer in The Excelsior Brigade Fife and Drum Corps. Drummer in CA Palmer Fife and Drum Corps. Member Company of Fifers and Drummers.
Job: Unix SA
Former Jobs: too many
Height: 6'
Weight: 2-much ;-)
Family: lots

The twins were a surprise, didn't expect them, but glad they appeared nonetheless. They aren't sleeping overnight (as of 6/2003), but I expect they'll be in the 8 hour a night range before too long. Robby and Maddie are great kids who have a love of life that never stops amazing me. Robby is a picky eater who surprises us with his weird tastes like cream cheese and is very sensitive disliking any violence around him unless he's the one perpetuating it. Madeline is a sweet little girl who has a great appetite and sense of humor.

Both of the older kids learned to talk at a young age speaking whole words and concepts by their first birthday. By 18 months they were able to speak in sentences and make themselves understood. Of course, they never stop talking.

The Twins, Meredith and Amelia are just starting to learn to smile and respond to faces in an obvious way. People have a hard time telling them apart, but they aren't identical nor do they really look much like each other. With the trained eye, you can tell them apart quite easliy without having to resort to guessing. (not that they would care if you guessed at their names) Amelia has darker hair, Meredith has red hair. Meredith's face is rounder, Amelia's is longer. Meredith's ears are smooth and round, Meredith's have a few bumps in them (like her mother's ears).

They both share similar personality traits, and just when you think you're getting to know them, they show you more as they grow. I have to keep reminding myself that they're babies and aren't settled into a pattern.

Fife and Drum is a great hobby. You can attend reenactments, be the center of attention, play excellent music and have strong fore-arms... our corps supplies first-class uniforms and instruments. This is quite unusual for a reenacting/living history organization. Usually, the individual is responsible for building the uniform and the corps merely functions to bring people together. In our case, we're a working marching band as well as a reenactment fife and drum unit.

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