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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

screamphilling hehhh (1215 comments)

my biggest reason is that I can't afford hardware to run a recent Windows release. I'm still using XP-level hardware. my own fault for improper budgeting. that being said, XP sucks and I decided that I'd like to be a legitimately-licensed software user. Linux made sense. It runs reasonable well with a light window manager and suits my basic computing needs. If I ever decide to edit video (have tried and failed with linux) I will try out OS X or maybe bite the bullet and get a windows machine. I would hold out as long as possible though. There is nothing appealing about windows to me.

about a year ago

Unemployed Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks To Factory Jobs

screamphilling b.s. (366 comments)

I remember reading about some republican figurehead who claimed that liberal people are just over-educated..... not to be political or anything though, I digress... I have a B.S. and work at a donut factory. I had been working with a PhD student until she got an assistantship finally. I don't really feel entitled to better work and I'm sure I could've found some shitty office job by now if I wanted to. The economic situation isn't working in my favor but it's not impossible. I'd rather have a semi-skilled job with low stress and plenty of free time. So what if I have to dumpster dive sometimes? it's more fun anyway. I can'not imagine the factory work that the Chinese are turning away. My brain immediately envisions hot lead, barrels of mercury, 18 hr days. I'm sure they're modernizing the conditions as much as any other place but really, alot of the current education paradigm is based on generating more drone workers anyway. More cogs in a gigantic machine with too many cogs that's gonna splatter allover the place....

about a year and a half ago

Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?

screamphilling yea uhhhh (306 comments)

all of that big research drove the economy to the giant bubble of an intangible /meta/digital-numeric entity that it is today. it is all one in the same. seamless. cyclic. natural.

more than 3 years ago

Big Drop In Solar Activity Could Cool Earth

screamphilling this just in (569 comments)

this just in: scientists' objective observations and speculations should be taken as fact. they ALWAYS define reality with a wholesome and complete explanation

more than 3 years ago

Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?

screamphilling Re:Empathy (729 comments)

resonant wave forms

more than 3 years ago

Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?

screamphilling Re:Consciousness is weird (729 comments)

quantum mechanics is a product of consciousness.. i.e. it is a completely human-made construct made of language and quantified values as observed by humans. they are not "laws" so much as "observations".

more than 3 years ago

Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?

screamphilling Re:What fallacy? (729 comments)

the fallacy is the assumption that the human nervous system is a separate entity observing a universe that is completely outside of it. i.e. assumption that you are not a product of the universe. an outside system observing a completely separate system. and consciousness (as we are now becoming conscious of) is a very integral part of "physics" and the universe in general. it's not a machine that functions on random fluctuations and coincidences

more than 3 years ago

Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?

screamphilling yes. (729 comments)

yes, it most definitely "explains" it. though really it just quantifies consciousness in linear left-brain terminology / bridges the path to spirituality / mysticism /metaphysics.

more than 3 years ago

Why Russian Space Images Look Different From NASA's

screamphilling They are just different visualizations of reality (203 comments)

"the Russian images are not better or worse than their images. They are just different visualizations of reality based on different data sets" and this sums up nearly everything ever.

more than 3 years ago

Afghan Government Turns To Iran For Internet

screamphilling regional (80 comments)

the thing is.... teh interwebz turns the planet into a region... therefore, teh interwebz provide regional influence on Iran and not vice-versa. ohhh noes, the middle east is improving their communication infrastructure and not using expensive western-owned satellites to do so... terrorists win!

more than 3 years ago

Quantum Teleportation Achieved Over 16 km In China

screamphilling Re:Contradictory (389 comments)

why does quantum physics contradict itself? Wave? Particle?

more than 4 years ago

Criminals Hide Payment-Card Skimmers In Gas Pumps

screamphilling Re:Great (332 comments)

what if you're buying a bike and the credit card machine at the bike shop has a skimmer installed?!

more than 4 years ago

Free Netbook From Microsoft, Then Things Got Weird

screamphilling boxxxxxx (17 comments)

Like the other guy said, might've been a test device. Sounds like _______ department within Microsoft allowed the dude to run his own contest or something. I'm sure microsoft employees have access to as many copies of Windows as they could possibly want... maybe the upgrade was a courtesy? and boxes are wonderful for re-using. Alot of geeks aren't known for aesthetiics... so the dude takes the initiative to ship a laptop. *cry* also I worked at UPS and I saw boxes take some damage

more than 4 years ago

Hand Mounted Flame Thrower

screamphilling nice (30 comments)

looks like the ultimate power trip until someone comes at you with a firehose

more than 4 years ago

Huge ISS Science Report Released

screamphilling cosmic rays (87 comments)

oblivious to any actual data on this i'm still fully convinced that prolonged life cycles outside of the atmosphere will result in really interesting mutations due to the cosmic rays and whatnot.

more than 4 years ago

A Hypothesis On Segway Hate

screamphilling Re:Over-engineered (487 comments)

I can see 2 advantages. 1 being increased coverage area for those on security patrol in an area where a bicycle would pose a safety hazard.

2 being the police force's image of looking "high tech". This has nothing to do with usefulness. Some people just have to have the latest and greatest technology to feel legitimate to others... Do the majority of sheriff's officers really need to drive a Dodge Charger?

more than 5 years ago

UK's FSA Finds No Health Benefits To Organic Food

screamphilling Re:World improves (921 comments)


more than 5 years ago



Teleportation in Time

screamphilling screamphilling writes  |  more than 3 years ago

screamphilling (1173499) writes "Conventional entanglement links particles across space. Jay Olson and Timothy Ralph at the University of Queensland in Australia say they've discovered a new type of entanglement that extends, not through space, but through time. But there's a twist. Olson and Ralph show that the detection of the qubit in the future must be symmetric in time with its creation in the past. "If the past detector was active at a quarter to 12:00, then the future detector must wait to become active at precisely a quarter past 12:00 in order to achieve entanglement," they say. For that reason, they call this process "teleportation in time"."
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Government Web sites attacked; NKorea suspected

screamphilling screamphilling writes  |  more than 5 years ago

screamphilling (1173499) writes "A widespread computer attack that began July 4 knocked out the Web sites of the Treasury Department, the Secret Service and other U.S. agencies, and South Korean government sites also came under assault. South Korean intelligence officials believe the attacks were carried out by North Korean or pro-Pyongyang forces. U.S. officials so far have refused to publicly discuss details of the attack or where it might have originated.
...the Transportation Web site was "100 percent down" for two days. The FTC site, meanwhile, started to come back online late Sunday, but even on Tuesday Internet users still were unable to get to the site 70 percent of the time. Web sites of major South Korean government agencies, including the presidential Blue House and the Defense Ministry, and some banking sites were paralyzed Tuesday. An initial investigation found that many personal computers were infected with a virus ordering them to visit major official Web sites in South Korea and the U.S. at the same time, Korea Information Security Agency official Shin Hwa-su said."

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Radiohead's Nude remixed on old hardware

screamphilling screamphilling writes  |  more than 5 years ago

screamphilling (1173499) writes "Radiohead held an online contest to remix "Nude" from their album — "In Rainbows" This was quite a difficult task for everybody that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that's played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It's pretty difficult to seamlessly mix a waltz beat into a DJ set.

This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from "Nude" thrown in so that they qualified for the contest.

Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition to find out how people would approach such a challenging task.

James Houston created this video for his final graphic design project at the Glasgow School of Art.

he states "I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they're trying their best to do something that they're not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there."

here's the setup:
Sinclair ZX Spectrum — Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer — Drums
Hard Drive array — Act as a collection of bad speakers — Vocals & FX"


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