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pebkac
Posted on: Apr 14 2009, 07:37 AM


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Hello guys,

Sorry it's been a while since I've posted here. I'm probably going to end up moving to Denton to go to UNT so I can finish up my CS degree. A couple of questions:

1. Anybody have any recommendations as far as places to live there?
2. Anyone know of any places that may be looking to hire a CS student part time?
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Posted on: Nov 6 2008, 02:32 PM


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I have to give McCain props. That concession speech he gave was the best part of his entire campaign.
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Posted on: Nov 1 2008, 01:38 PM


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What they're doing with Windows 7 actually looks kinda cool. If Microsoft pulls this off, it will make a huge difference. I mean, the taskbar that's currently in Windows SUCKS. And it basically hasn't changed since Windows 95.

(Impala doesn't seem to be around, so I figured somebody had to play Microsoft fanboi tongue.gif )
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Posted on: Oct 28 2008, 09:38 PM


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QUOTE (Watchman @ Oct 23 2008, 01:41 PM) *
they should have an option in the menu for it, i hate developers forcing un-needed and un-wanted "improvements" on users, firefox has really gone downhill and it's good-guy image has been destroyed in my mind


Is there any software you DO like?
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Posted on: Aug 18 2008, 10:29 PM


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I say Obama chooses JESUS as his running mate.
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Posted on: Aug 18 2008, 10:27 PM


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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814161226

I've seen good things about this card. I think ATI released this card within the last year, so I'm actually a bit surprised that they make it for AGP. But I know absolutely nothing about HIS (the company that made the card), which could be a bad thing. But then again, I don't see any brands I know are reputable selling any decent AGP cards. I know they made some of the geforce 7000 series for AGP slots, but I don't see any of the better ones.
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Posted on: Aug 9 2008, 07:44 PM


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QUOTE (impala454 @ Aug 9 2008, 09:38 AM) *
That's exactly what he said. His exact words were that we could "save more oil by properly inflating our tires than if we drilled." He's a fucking idiot.


And he was right. Well, ok. Maybe he wasn't right to say that properly inflated tires would save more oil. But underinflated tires would save as much oil as offshore drilling would produce.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive....html?series=19

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Will maintaining proper tire pressures make a huge difference in the enormous amount of oil we import? No. But it can make a dent, albeit a very small one. According to the Department of Energy, underinflated tires alone cost the country more than 1.25 billion gal. of gasoline annually—roughly 1 percent of the total consumption of 142 billion gal. According to the Annual Energy Outlook 2007, published by the Energy Information Administration, offshore drilling would increase domestic production of crude oil by only about 1 percent.
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Posted on: Aug 9 2008, 01:32 AM


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QUOTE (impala454 @ Aug 7 2008, 03:13 PM) *
He keeps saying the dumbest stuff... he mentioned something about tire inflation the other day. gimme a friggin break.


People took Obama a little too literally there. He was basically saying that we could not worry so much about offshore drilling if people would inflate their tires better. And he was right. Proper tire inflation can affect your gas milage, and has been recommended by lots of government officials (including several Republicans). That's not to say that our entire energy policy should be based around inflating tires, and I don't think Obama was trying to say that. At least that's what I pulled from the clip I saw.

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What I do not understand about Obama's position is that he states President Bush needs to open up the reserves while at the same time stating that Americans need to curb their consumption.

You don't curb consumption by providing more of the product.


This was definitely a political move that's been used by Democrats before (and I think the Republicans have done it once or twice as well, but I could be wrong). Such a move really wouldn't have any long term effect on gas prices. But it sure does make you look like you want to do something about gas prices.

Kind of like the "gas tax holiday" that Hillary Clinton was proposing. They tried it once before, but gas companies didn't lower their prices any and just pocketed the difference.
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Posted on: Aug 3 2008, 08:05 PM


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QUOTE (Forum Warrior @ Aug 3 2008, 11:34 AM) *
So peb, spec, no response? Do you like giving your money to the government without any added benefit? Do you like paying for big government? Do we really want more programs to pay for? Why not make the ones we have more efficient? And yes, we're paying for them. We are paying for them. And you want to pay more. Why? I really want to know why you want this. Is it simply because Obama is not republican? I really think that's why. If that is your reason, that's fine. But do not try to sell to everyone you're voting Obama because he'd make the better president. Because no way, no how. I thought we were all tired of politicians who would say whatever it takes to get votes. Atleast Hillary had a reasonable plan. 8 years she said it would take for universal health care. That's reasonable. But of course, Obama will say what people like to hear, so he promises better. Yeah right. Let's rush into things. Good plan.


So I pull three things out of this:

1) Me and Spectatrix want to pay higher taxes (simply untrue)
2) Obama's overarching plan is a lie and he will say anything to get elected (which there's no argument against unless someone here can read Obama's mind)
3) You don't understand Obama's tax proposals.

Based on that, no, I don't have a response to your previous argument.
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Posted on: Aug 2 2008, 11:22 PM


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QUOTE (Dogmeat @ Aug 2 2008, 11:07 PM) *
Because mob-mentality leads to ultimate stupidity....


So then you disagree with offshore oil drilling proposals?
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Posted on: Aug 2 2008, 10:03 PM


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QUOTE (impala454 @ Aug 2 2008, 11:26 AM) *
I think the source of the compromise is what constitutes flip-flopping. I.e. no way in hell he'd have "compromised" if it wasn't the popular thing to do.


I don't understand this. What's wrong with a politician basing his decisions on what the people want?
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Posted on: Aug 2 2008, 12:19 AM


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QUOTE (FORSAKENR320 @ Aug 1 2008, 09:49 PM) *
well, being on the recieving end


I stopped reading here
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 09:46 PM


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I think the customs agents really just want to get at the porn that's on people's laptops.
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 09:45 PM


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QUOTE (impala454 @ Aug 1 2008, 10:20 PM) *
I don't think he wasn't really "linking" Obama to them, he was just demonstrating how this shouldn't be a popularity contest and that people can be popular but still have no real substance.


That is a possibility, and such wouldn't be politically wrong. I think it's a bit nuanced for a 30 second campaign ad though. But then I suppose the 30 second campaign ad is a pretty poor way to convey much more than "tough on crime" or "will show big business who's boss."

It's too bad that they're so damn effective.
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 09:33 PM


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QUOTE (impala454 @ Aug 1 2008, 10:22 PM) *
That's exactly the problem. Comcast wasn't worried about network security, they were upset that people using bittorrent were using a lot of bandwidth. Think total bandwidth. I.e. have their connection pegged 24-7. The FCC ruled agains them though, because the people were paying for that bandwidth and should be allowed to use it however they please, which I totally agree with. It's bullshit that cable providers can advertise all these mega speeds, but when you use them to their fullest they get upset or block your usage. This ruling is a good step IMHO.


I agree. I think the problem is that major ISPs would rather provide shoddy service than spend the money to upgrade their backbone.
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 09:18 PM


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I never did understand the concept of blocking or throttling bittorrent itself. There are better ways to prevent it from doing too much damage to your network more reliably. Are they connecting to too many peers too quickly? Throttle their ability to open connections. Are they using too much bandwidth? Throttle their data usage when it becomes a problem.
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 09:14 PM


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QUOTE (Mommy @ Aug 1 2008, 09:15 PM) *
how would having access to more crude oil foster developing more fuel efficient vehicles... what a jackass


It wouldn't, and I don't think that it's what Obama is saying.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5isOFwdb...TI1gMgD929PG4G0

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"Like all compromises, it also includes steps that I haven't always supported," Obama conceded. "I remain skeptical that new offshore drilling will bring down gas prices in the short-term or significantly reduce our oil dependence in the long-term, though I do welcome the establishment of a process that will allow us to make future drilling decisions based on science and fact."


In short, he did it as a compromise with the Republicans, but is more focused on reducing our dependence on oil.
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 09:06 PM


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QUOTE (Forum Warrior @ Aug 1 2008, 08:14 PM) *
So who were you talking about?

Just for the record, I wouldn't have made the disclaimer I made if I thought the email weren't politically biased. Obviously, I can spot propaganda just as well as the next guy, but the point was to discuss the fact that Obama does plan on raising taxes and how do people feel about that.


I'd like a source on that that didn't come from your email inbox.
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 09:04 PM


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QUOTE (Hartmann @ Aug 1 2008, 02:39 PM) *
The Celebrity one does nothing but point out the truth. I mean, you give any German free brats and beer and they'll scream whatever name you want them to.


Trying to link Obama to Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton was a bit over the top though.

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I just don't know how people can't see through his phoniness... the man hardly had the credentials to lead this country.


This IS a valid concern. And if the McCain campaign would put more focus on this area, I'd be more inclined to listen to him. But thus far, I haven't seen anything but the same old tired Republican attacks. Obama doesn't support our troops, he's in league with "liberal hollywood", he plays the race card (apparently it's wrong of Obama to mention that he's black), and he's a flip flopper. We've heard it all before. I think the public's tiring of attack politics and will punish McCain at the polls if he keeps it up.

If McCain wants to win the election, he needs to prove that he's the elder statesman that he is (or should be), and not just by making campaign ads pointing it out. Simply saying that someone's inexperienced can be too easily turned into saying that they're new blood who will change things (which Obama has done). McCain needs to prove to the country that his policies are superior to Obama's, which I don't think he's done.
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 12:31 AM


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lol... well, I did ask for that. tongue.gif
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 12:30 AM


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QUOTE (impala454 @ Aug 1 2008, 01:25 AM) *
ok. so does that excuse the democrats then?

Unfortunately in politics, a good offense isn't your best defense.

well... several people on here seem to think it is... /shrug


Honestly, I don't care either way. Political bodies have passed pointless resolutions for as long as they've existed. And they'll probably do so long after we're dead. It's a bit lopsided to blame such measures on Democrats though.
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 12:28 AM


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QUOTE (impala454 @ Aug 1 2008, 01:22 AM) *
do I have to read a very wordy opinion "feature" on salon.com to find out what your point is?


rolleyes.gif

No. You could have just read the first sentence:

"Pundits and diplomats nearly got whiplash from the double take they did when George W. Bush sent the No. 3 man in the State Department to sit at a table on July 19 across from an Iranian negotiator, without any preconditions."

If that still doesn't make sense to you, re-read Dogmeat's first post and mentally insert George W. Bush every time you see the word Obama.
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QUOTE (impala454 @ Jul 29 2008, 11:48 PM) *
Well I'm glad our wonderful democrats in congress are taking care of these incredibly important issues.


A quote from the article:

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In April, the Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, that apologized to Native Americans for "the many instances of violence, maltreatment and neglect."


It's also a good thing that the Democrats aren't the only ones taking care of incredibly important issues. smile.gif
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 12:19 AM


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QUOTE (impala454 @ Jul 31 2008, 06:42 PM) *
so Obama, who preaches about representing the middle class and how the wealthy are evil and need to pay more taxes, came to houston today. so which inner city school is he talking to? none. which middle class town is he visiting and making a speech in? none. so what's he doing you might ask. he's visiting two mega rich people's houses where people paid at least $2300 (and some a lot more) to see him.


I'd like to see a quote in which Obama calls the wealthy evil.
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Posted on: Aug 1 2008, 12:16 AM


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QUOTE (Dogmeat @ Jul 30 2008, 12:42 AM) *
http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/iran_nucl.../29/117217.html
Why, we should have a sit down and chitty chat with the people that want to destroy us! That'll change they're minds rolleyes.gif

Seriously, who in the HELL is going to vote for this idiot?


I don't know. What kind of commie liberal tree hugger would negotiate with Iran?

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/...iran/print.html

Fucking liberals.
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