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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

weeboo0104 Re:The #1 reason public libraries are better (165 comments)

Not everybody can afford a Kindle. My library card didn't cost me a thing to request

Ah, brilliant logic. It didn't cost YOU anything, therefore it is free. Hate to break this to you, but libraries are expensive. Now, I support libraries, but they are not these free resources that just sprout out of the ground. They cost a lot and the money comes from somewhere.

Yeah, the funny thing is my property tax statement itemizes how the taxes I pay each year are divided up.
This past year, my tax statement says that $174.20 of my taxes went toward the library. I saw a 6" Kindle on Amazon for $69. Wi-fi only. So even if I purchased or say my property taxes paid for that Kindle, I'd still have to buy Wi-Fi to use it. That's just so I can use it personally. There's no ability to share that Kindle with anybody. And there is nowhere to physically meet the other people in the community.

Now if you think paying $174.20 is expensive for a library, I paid $2,143 to the local school district. I don't have any kids in school, but I still have to pay for the schools. If you wanted to save money so badly, maybe we should stop paying for public schools and use the money to pay for Kindles instead so kids can learn from those.

about 6 months ago

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

weeboo0104 The #1 reason public libraries are better (165 comments)

Not everybody can afford a Kindle.

My library card didn't cost me a thing to request and I can check out as many books as I can read for free as long as they are returned on time. Heck, I can even check out CD's, DVDs and puzzles for my kid.

Public libraries are great sources for local history, in-person social networking, and meetings on how to become more involved in the local community and volunteering.

about 6 months ago

Homestar Runner To Return Soon

weeboo0104 The big question nobody has asked... (57 comments)

Dear Strong Bad,
How do you tweet with boxing gloves on?
I mean, you must hit that 160 character limit every time you touch your smartphone and smash all the keys at once with those things.
Seriously, your twitter feed must look like:
"#Strongbad -
Adflkjad-0u91Adflkjad-0u915kl134-0udfk;lgkm;ldf-qpoilmar,madfv[pairg;lkqmer,m/. adfv[0adlm ,adlav[fqegl,mqdeg,.madfv;oja;ldknfadf890uarjo1k109afomaqer, q34t[0er"
Chicago, IL

about 7 months ago

Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

weeboo0104 Re:Not enough people (164 comments)

My wife and I visited Ludington a few years ago. I love the West side of Michigan.
We were really impressed by the number of people that turned out on a Saturday morning the week before Memorial Day to plant flowers and beautify the town for Tourist season. If an employer looking for a Senior System Engineer was in Ludington or even Muskegon, we would move there in a heartbeat.

about 9 months ago

For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

weeboo0104 Bad Summary (94 comments)

This isn't the first time an organ has been regenerated inside an animal.
It's been documented for several years that after a partial liver removal, humans can regenerate livers.

about 10 months ago

NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

weeboo0104 Re:robots (402 comments)

"Dedicated to all the people who predicted that the Babylon Project would fail in its mission. Faith Manages."

about 10 months ago

CryptoLocker Gang Earns $30 Million In Just 100 Days

weeboo0104 Try this to fix the infection... (202 comments)

I believe I got hit by this about a week ago when I clicked on an advert linked on Chicago Tribune's website.

A fullscreen message appeared saying my computer had been encrypted and I had to pay $300 to decrypt it. I pulled my network cable out and had to power off my PC because the keyboard would not work. I was able to boot back up, but when I logged in both regularly and in Safe-Mode, a full white screen saying "please connect to the Internet" appeared and I couldn't use the keyboard again.

I pressed F8 on boot and booted into Safe-Mode Command line only. Once I logged in and saw the command line, I typed rstrui.exe (windows System Recovery) and using the Restore Wizard, restored to a checkpoint from a day earlier. I restarted my PC again and let it boot normally and once I was able to log in without seeing the message, reconnected my network cable.

My PC was never encrypted. The message only said it was. The clincher was before I booted Windows in Safe-Mode, I used a Knoppix DVD to mount the Windows partition and copy off my personal data before I started the recovery process. The data was perfectly readable and not encrypted.

about a year ago

Saturn In All Its Glory

weeboo0104 Re:No stars (75 comments)

ZOMG There's no stars. This must be a NASA staged event and didn't really happen... on the moon.

Take a closer look towards Iapetus. There's a monolith there that's full of stars.

about a year ago

Russian Meteor Largest In a Century

weeboo0104 Re:Still overdue (196 comments)

The 'heat vision' idea might work. Too bad we don't have anything that could direct microwave/RAdio energy into space to Detect And Range the object.

about 2 years ago

Russian Meteor Largest In a Century

weeboo0104 Re:Still overdue (196 comments)

But the California scientists azure us that the system will work.

about 2 years ago

Swiss Researchers Try to Make it Rain With Lasers

weeboo0104 Re:Flood the Sahara (139 comments)

The question is, how many languages can you have with binary based languages?

How about 10?

more than 3 years ago

Paul Ceglia: Facebook Is Doing the Forgery, Not Me

weeboo0104 Should have quit when he was ahead (135 comments)

Some people know when to stop digging the hole they're in.
Other people, at that moment, take out the blasting caps and dynamite.

more than 3 years ago

Share Links, Become Extradited To the US

weeboo0104 Re:I'm in trouble... (244 comments)

There is a fine line between sharing a link with someone and inflicting it on them.
I'm pretty certain goatse falls on the latter side.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

weeboo0104 Only a Latte or two? Not even close. (722 comments)

There is a huge decrease in what is available if we go streaming only.

Out of the 13 DVDs in my queue, only 2 are available by streaming.
Most of those unavalable are Criterion Collection movies by Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman.

If they remove Babylon5 from my streaming queue before I'm done watching the whole series, I'm going Narn on someone ass.

more than 3 years ago

Women Remain the Ignored Audience In Gaming

weeboo0104 Re:So explain Nintendo? (432 comments)

Get that 1-up!
Smack my Peach up!

My wife was never into 1st person shooters. Frighteningly enough, she WAS into Mortal Kombat Armeggedon. The sadistic creativity she showed while playing it was light-years beyond what my buddies in college showed.

more than 3 years ago

Federally-Mandated Medical Coding Gums Up IT Ops

weeboo0104 Re:What is the ICD-10 code (254 comments)

What is the ICD-10 code for being a dickless idiot. They could save time by automatically adding it to the record of all Federal employees. OK - maybe not the FBI - honestly I didn't mean you, I was just sayi.....

The ICD-10 codes for being a dickless idiot would be:
Q56.4 Indeterminate sex
F79.1 Unspecified mental retardation with significant impairment of behaviour requiring attention or treatment

more than 3 years ago

Air France 447 Black Boxes Readable

weeboo0104 Re:Prediction (116 comments)

Sacre Bleu! Merde!

more than 3 years ago

IBM Charged With Bribing Korean, Chinese Officials

weeboo0104 Re:Proportions? (263 comments)

You don't know the half of how trivial that payment is.
Speaking from first-hand experience with the Danieli v. IBM overtime lawsuit , IBM settled that lawsuit for $7.5 Million. The total amount of time it took them to agree to that amount once the lawyers were all together? 2-3 hours. That's right. For the privilige of claiming no wrong doing, they paid $7.5 Million.

The same bribery thing happened in the late 90's in Argentina. A couple of IBM South America execs were facing prison time over that one. Why isn't there jail time this time around?

more than 3 years ago

Programmer Arrested For Logic Bombing 'Whac-A-Mole'

weeboo0104 Hacked Whack-a-mole. (218 comments)

This guy was really 1337. I never thought of a logic bomb to beat Whack-a-mole.
My own exploit involved a brute-force attack, but the results were hit or miss.

more than 3 years ago



Chicago voters using invisible ink?

weeboo0104 weeboo0104 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

weeboo0104 (644849) writes "Forget the earlier voting scandals with hanging chads and Diebold machines, A precinct in Chicago beats them all with election workers telling voters that they were voting with invisible ink!

"Twenty voters at a Far North Side precinct who found their ink pens not working were told by election judges not to worry.

It's invisible ink, officials said. The scanner will count it.

But their votes weren't recorded after all.

"Part of me was thinking it does sound stupid enough to be true,'' said Amy Carlton, who had serious doubts but went ahead and voted anyway.

As it turns out, Carlton was one of 20 voters at the precinct who were given the wrong pen to use. They were also then told, apparently by a misinformed judge, that the pens have invisible ink, elections officials said."

Remember your civic duty, vote early and vote often."

Alex the African Grey Parrot dead at 30 years old

weeboo0104 weeboo0104 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

weeboo0104 (644849) writes "On Friday, September 7th 2007, Alex the African Grey Parrot passed away.

Dr. Irene Pepperberg first purchased Alex from a pet store in Chicago in 1977 and went on to found the The Alex Foundation. The research was instrumental in furthering the understanding of avian cognitive ability as well as interspecies communication.

For those of you who don't remember, Alex is the African Grey Parrot who also displayed traits such as object permanance, numerical comprehension and a grasp on the concept of "zero", or the absence of an object.

Look at the Alex Foundation's research page to see a better description of the work Dr. Pepperberg performs with her remaining African Greys."

Link to Original Source



Alex the African Grey Parrot passes away on Sept 7th, 2007

weeboo0104 weeboo0104 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I'm sorry to say that Alex passed away last Friday.

I got the news from another member of my bird club who knew that Dr. Irene Pepperberg did a demonstration with myself and my Grey for our club a few years ago.

Irene's research was instrumental in helping understand the cognitive ability of animals (ironicly, her research started out as trying to help brain damaged humans rebuild cognitive ability through Model/Rival training).

Irene has a big heart and I know she must be crushed from this loss.
If you want to support her research with her 3 other birds (lab space and research assistants aren't free), please donate a check made payable to:

The Alex Foundation MS/062
Department of Psychology
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454
Attn: Alex Memorial

The Alex Foundation is a 503c not-for-profit organization.

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