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by mathias
Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Where the &*%# is Bluefront?
Replies: 14
Views: 2735

Oh wow, Bluefront's not here? That is so weird. Don't tell me that qviri, nici and isaac are gone too.
by mathias
Sun Oct 05, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Could anyone help me by taking a few short listening tests?
Replies: 1
Views: 1444

Could anyone help me by taking a few short listening tests?

EDIT: nevermind, it's not needed anymore. (I have a very important favor that I need to ask... I need some people to serve as test subjects. This involves listening to three minutes of audio and answering how you hear a number of words. Here is the audio and detailed instructions: <removed> Thanks a...
by mathias
Sun Oct 05, 2008 11:15 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Super bright case leds
Replies: 17
Views: 5274

This annoying trend isn't just limited to PC's, my phone has an annoying LED which doesn't even do anything . With PC's it's half bad, since most people don't unconsciously leave them on overnight. That was by far not the only case of excessive time-of-day-inappropriate light causing me problems. Fo...
by mathias
Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Non US citizens from the other 30 countries on the continent
Replies: 23
Views: 5550

I don't think "american" really has that sort of connotation. Not in the same sense as "european". In the same way, I would think that middle easteners or residents of siberia wouldn't think of themselves as really part of asia. Plus, I don't think the western hemisphere really needs to refer to its...
by mathias
Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman 9300AT: Not me too, but me again
Replies: 12
Views: 9698

The reason that people buy Zalman is because they have visually-pleasing heatsinks that perform well. I thought so too, that it's meant largely to look stylish, as well as to look like a really effective cooler - in terms of quality as well as design, while keeping it from seeming too extravagant f...
by mathias
Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:30 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: The CRT
Replies: 15
Views: 9765

I can't stand how it's so hard to find a good crt these days. I Would do anything for a quality widescreen crt monitor, or a Trinitron of any sort. Ummm, I don't think a widescreen CRT is really feasible. I think there's some sort of technical restrictions on the actual diagonal length of a CRT, du...
by mathias
Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Linux is just not ready for the living room.
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

If I'm understanding you correctly, this machine is going to be solely used for MythTV. In other words, the box will become a MythTV appliance. Not exactly, I intend to use it simply as a living room PC, ie loading it with various things which appropriate for that. So, sort of yeah, that's not too ...
by mathias
Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Linux is just not ready for the living room.
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

Aaaaarrgghhh. I've been using xubuntu a bit more, and my experience has been quite horrible. The way it attempts to hide complexity is very annoying, whereas distros like suse have a ton of configuration utilities, xubuntu seems to want to pretend to not need any as much as possible. "Don't you worr...
by mathias
Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Linux is just not ready for the living room.
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

For example, how it expects all programs to be in either /bin or /opt. windows and *nix have places where operating system binaries and libraries, and user installed programs are kept. Both have places to store user data. So they are both the same in that respect e.g. explorer.exe is in \windows bu...
by mathias
Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Since when is 1680x1050 resolution 1080p?
Replies: 10
Views: 4258

Re: Since when is 1680x1050 resolution 1080p?

That said, lately at work I've been working with video with a resolution of 960x720. I've been calling it "4:3 720p" for lack of a better title "pillarboxed 720p" might be even simpler and more illustrative of the point. I guess my point is: if not 1080p, then what? 1650x1050 monitors should be ref...
by mathias
Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Linux is just not ready for the living room.
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

Debian, Arch, Gentoo, and their derivatives don't. People who use rpm based distributions must just LIKE installing newer releases all the time. Hah! I think you just might be right. Suse indeed is such an unbelievable piece of crap. The problem is, even if you're switching to an apt based distro, ...
by mathias
Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Linux is just not ready for the living room.
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

Personally, I find it amazing how much annoying crap Windows users put up with. I couldn't agree more, I do tend to flip out when I have to deal with windows ... well, not exactly flip out, but I do get irritated by all sorts of things about it. For me, the "killer app" for Debian was apt-get. The ...
by mathias
Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Since when is 1680x1050 resolution 1080p?
Replies: 10
Views: 4258

Yeah, that's annoying, but at least this time the callous retards are only in charge of marketing and not making actual design decisions about the monitors. They should have referred to it as 1080p semi-compatible, since it can take advantage of having a 1080p signal instead of 720p signal, but can'...
by mathias
Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Linux is just not ready for the living room.
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

Re: Linux is just not ready for the living room.

So I looked around for a mythTV focused distro. I was hoping for one based on debian or something like that hoping it would run and boot faster . Nope, nothing available but mythdora and mythbuntu(well, and knopmyth). Emphasis mine. Why did you think a debian-based distro would run and boot faster?...
by mathias
Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Linux is just not ready for the living room.
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

I don't know what makes you think Fedora is the problem. It sounds like the problem is switching out hardware after the installation, not a problem of recognizing hardware that was already installed before the Linux install. Yes, exactly, that is it, that is one of the problems. I haven't been able...
by mathias
Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Linux is just not ready for the living room.
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

I said why I picked Mythdora, it at least had a decent sized load of packages, ubuntu has its weird one CD philosophy, and for some reason xubuntu and mythbuntu don't even bother filling that one CD up. I don't have a TV tuner card, I don't want to get one preemptively on the basis of blindly assumi...
by mathias
Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Linux is just not ready for the living room.
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

No, as far as turning me away from linux, this probably is the last straw. It's not really the main thing about it that rubs me the wrong way, that would be the userbase. Everything about it, I'd rather not repeat all the common gripes, but there's one that's particularly annoying, how a lot of it b...
by mathias
Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:13 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Linux is just not ready for the living room.
Replies: 28
Views: 7025

Linux is just not ready for the living room.

Sorry, but it just isn't. I know that that's a very insulting accusation, since a living room PC is hardly as encumbered by all the expectations that keep desktops tied to windows, and much more capable of still doing a good job despite more limited functionality, but it's an accusation that's in or...
by mathias
Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: English Language
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Much though we deride the oddities of English sometimes, it can be a lot simpler not having to worry what GENDER a table is, or the subtle variations in tone that change meanings in Asian languages. I doubt tonal variations are at all subtle to speakers of tonal languages (ie. most languages of the...
by mathias
Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Thermaltake gives an insight into its design process
Replies: 3
Views: 2490

A great example is the fanless PSU that heatpipes the heat to fins OUTSIDE the case. Seems obvious that the heat is THERE in a fanless PSU,but heating the inside of your case ain't good. But it didn't really do much good because they botched the execution of the idea; the external fins were ineffic...
by mathias
Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:22 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: English Language
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

teh english langwedge iz going down the toylet... in one or too generashuns, most of us wont bee abel to undrstand it at all, lol!!!111 4 a humeris look at wut englsih mite look lyke in teh future, wotch mike judge's idiocracy . quiet hilareeus, roflle!!!!111 If it evir reechez that point, wee ken,...
by mathias
Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Charging NiMH camera batteries..
Replies: 18
Views: 7079

Re: My experiences...

For some applications, slow charging is nice. But try that on a RC car, and your car will be very slow. Both in acceleration (instant high power drain) and top speed. Now, for RC cars, we take it to the extreme. We find a HIGH temperature when charge is finished, is a good thing - because it lowers...
by mathias
Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Do you need to be certified to Sell computers?
Replies: 17
Views: 6453

Yes, you need to have a monopoly supporter's licence. Otherwise, you won't be able to buy windows for the price they normally charge system assemblers, making it very hard for you to compete.
by mathias
Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Charging NiMH camera batteries..
Replies: 18
Views: 7079

AFAIK, chargers with timers do not adjust to the battery size, that's what's wrong with them. That charger of mine always charges for 14 hours IIRC. I'm guessing that would work fine with 2400 mAh batteries, but not so good with batteries that aren't cutting edge (~1600 to 2100 mAh).
by mathias
Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Dictator is Hanged...
Replies: 149
Views: 64930

BF, you are going under the assumption that he would actually surive in prison. How would he do that? Can he bench press 410 pounds? Can he join the local white spremacist gang? Perhaps something along those lines, he was after all the leader of the local arab supremacists. 2. Texas's murder rate i...
by mathias
Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Charging NiMH camera batteries..
Replies: 18
Views: 7079

As far as I've been able to tell, with my 170 mA charger batteries normally stayed cool, but got warm if they were left charging longer than they needed to be.
by mathias
Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:28 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Could PS3 cell-like design be implemented with x64 and SSE?
Replies: 6
Views: 2964

This sounds plausible to me, I remember reading that intel made a multicore prototype with 80 FPUs.
by mathias
Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Dictator is Hanged...
Replies: 149
Views: 64930

Did Jeff Skilling do anything wrong by engaging in one of the most massive corporate scandals in American history? Well, yeah, I suppose he did. He's been convicted and sentenced to years in prison for it as well. A minimum security prison. He could at least be bumped up to medium security. I suppo...
by mathias
Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Dictator is Hanged...
Replies: 149
Views: 64930

You have no sympathy for criminals whatsoever? So does that imply you really would be not against torture, if it was proven to be effective, and if we could be absolutely sure of the guilt of those it's used on? Why on earth should it imply anything of the sort? What a tendentious, irrelevant leap ...
by mathias
Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Dictator is Hanged...
Replies: 149
Views: 64930

On the contrary, I support putting Foley, Delay, and a list longer than ever before of the criminal party into jail. Your oppinion on what should be done to a random group of alleged criminals says very little about how hard you are on crime. What typically gives away people who are very hard on cr...