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by MisterCheif
Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1304: "Glass Trolling"
Replies: 31
Views: 8417

Re: 1304: "Glass Trolling"

Does any of this voice-activated AI stuff actually work? My Google Android phone won't synchronise the native calendar app to my Google Calendar however much I twiddle with the settings, and I'm supposed to believe I can just talk to this thing and it will work out what I want? All I know is that S...
by MisterCheif
Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 53267

Re: Math or Science

Engineering.
by MisterCheif
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: XBox One
Replies: 90
Views: 17550

Re: XBox One

A compromise, or a partial solution would have been best. Perhaps have the Kinect receive minimal power when the system is off. Enough to power the mic and a controller that recognizes commands hardcoded to the device, that sends a signal to the XBox only if it hears something from the command list...
by MisterCheif
Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yahoo killing off Tumblr
Replies: 23
Views: 7363

Re: Yahoo killing off Tumblr

Madonna brought in M.I.A and Nicki Minaj. All 3 of them pretty much skimpily dressed as well, doing a sexy girl act. They were hardly outside the target audience. It's always been either sexy girl act, or cheerleader subs, or rock bands. The ads that run during the super bowl also tend to reflect t...
by MisterCheif
Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Graphics card upgrade for newb
Replies: 17
Views: 9114

Re: Graphics card upgrade for newb

Also, just from experience, if you don't want to upgrade your power supply, AMD generally has lower power consumption per GPU capability. I was able to upgrade my 6 year old PC with a AMD 6770, despite the fact that the computer (a Dell Inspiron 530) had only a 300 watt power supply. And honestly, I...
by MisterCheif
Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Headset Recommendations?
Replies: 0
Views: 2490

Headset Recommendations?

EDIT: DUE TO AN UNEXPECTED INCREASE IN MY BUDGET, I HAVE SETTLED ON THE ASTRO A50. IMPRESSIONS PENDING. Feel free to post suggestions and discuss the merits of the various options (wireless vs wired, etc) as a reference for anyone else looking for a headset. I've been looking into getting some sort ...
by MisterCheif
Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: American school system
Replies: 22
Views: 16958

Re: American school system

Once I was in high school, the curriculum devolved into reading and analyzing literature, which I'm not so much a fan of . What % of students change their major? I was confident I wanted to be a business major, until I was exposed to a variety of classes I never would have taken had I not been forc...
by MisterCheif
Fri May 31, 2013 10:46 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: American school system
Replies: 22
Views: 16958

Re: American school system

I'm going to have to second what eSOANEM wrote. I enjoyed English classes when they were about learning how to write well, and helped you improve you're writing skills. Once I was in high school, the curriculum devolved into reading and analyzing literature, which I'm not so much a fan of. Picking o...
by MisterCheif
Thu May 30, 2013 10:49 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: American school system
Replies: 22
Views: 16958

Re: American school system

There is quite lot of variance between college's in the US. A lot of you are mentioning US college's requiring well-roundedness, which my college, a tech school does as well, in a different way. We just have a general humanities and arts requirement, with a requirement of 6/3 units on it (most class...
by MisterCheif
Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How space programs benefit us here on Earth
Replies: 36
Views: 5508

Re: How space programs benefit us here on Earth

I'm not contesting that spaceX is a game changer in the aerospace industry, but they are still light years away from doing exploration stuff. The largest launcher now is arianspace, with roughly 50% of the market, for a revenue of a billion Euro a year. Revenue, not benefit. Even if SpaceX manages ...
by MisterCheif
Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 37276

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

Nope. I didn’t. I'm an autodidact and didn't need college to get more knowledge. Nor any other bad outdated and primitive form of "education" Like most people, I went there, to meet friends, girls, and ultimately to fuck my brains out. Which is the ignorantly neglected main point of colle...
by MisterCheif
Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 95536

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

Uggh.... Reddit is unreliable. (no duh >_<) EDIT 376: 8:47PM Confirmed once more - suspect is in custody. Conflicting reports about suspect being dead and suspect being treated by an EMS. I will not make any claims to either point. They are still calling an ambulance. That's based on conflicting re...
by MisterCheif
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 95536

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

Someone's on cuffs on the ground with a "device" with a "transmitter" on him. Whoa. Edit: this guy is apparently 60-70 years old and has salt and pepper hair. Huh, another person trying to kill us. Yay. And now trying to arch his back, maybe to get off a dead-man's trigger. :-( ...
by MisterCheif
Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 322532

Re: Game of Throngs

The song at the end of that last episode. They actually did it. Wow. *slow clap*
by MisterCheif
Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 95536

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

Weeks wrote:
Angua wrote:I'm glad that all the forumites seem to be ok. This is a terrible, terrible thing to have happened.
Seconded.


Thirded. I'm about an hour west of Boston, and I had some friends who were in Boston today. Luckily they weren't there for the marathon, and I'm glad they're all back and accounted for.
by MisterCheif
Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 20590

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Because all the currently popular urban legends are accepted as fact, not yet exposed as urban legends. We have more than ever, and if I listed a dozen here you would call me insulting names. Aww, come on, that's like telling a joke minus the punch line. Cracking your knuckles doesn't cause osteopo...
by MisterCheif
Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:04 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 112857

Re: My school fails at computer security...

I've already posted about my high school's security, where my friend was able to brute force the password to the student private folders that you can access from home. All the usernames where lastnameFirstinitial(optionalmiddleinitial), and could be seen by looking at the folder containing all the p...
by MisterCheif
Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ingress - Foresquare with future sounds
Replies: 41
Views: 15462

Re: Ingress - Foresquare with future sounds

Well, I finally got my invite, and I have discovered while there are a lot more portals near me than I thought there would be, all would require driving.

Or I could just wait two weeks till I'm back at college, where there are 4 portals on campus, plus a couple more within walking distance...
by MisterCheif
Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How much are you paying for books this semester?
Replies: 59
Views: 28560

Re: How much are you paying for books this semester?

I only have the price for two of my three textbooks for the upcoming term (we take 3 classes a term, and have 4 7-week terms). So far I've payed $94 for two of the textbooks. It was amazingly cheap. My diffeq's textbook was less than $30 new on amazon... And I have no idea if I'll even need a textbo...
by MisterCheif
Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building an arduino (or similar) based temperature control
Replies: 8
Views: 3962

Re: Building an arduino (or similar) based temperature contr

This is in a school dorm, so buying a new one isn't much of an option. And based on the current responsiveness of Res Services to work orders, we'd be lucky to have it fixed by the end of the year, as our RA put in a work order for our curtains (which are somewhat broken) about 2 weeks before the fi...
by MisterCheif
Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building an arduino (or similar) based temperature control
Replies: 8
Views: 3962

Building an arduino (or similar) based temperature control

So I'm at college now, and have discovered the problem that the thermostat in the room seems to be a cleverly disguised on/off switch. If it is set to above 60 degrees, it is on full blast, and if it's below, it is off. And now that it is so damn cold here, the heat is necessary, yet will also wake ...
by MisterCheif
Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4583
Views: 622312

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

Since I guess we are all posting useful stuff we learned, here's some stuff for the Masterwork mod, and DF in general. DF: -Do not accidentally build your tombs into the reanimating part of the biome. That's how my safely-sealed-off-from-the-undead fort lost half its population. -Pigtails and dimple...
by MisterCheif
Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4583
Views: 622312

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

I may be interested in doing a succession game, but it will all depend when it happens, and whether college decides to get time consuming at that point.
by MisterCheif
Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:06 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Another highschooler wondering about majors
Replies: 9
Views: 6112

Re: Another highschooler wondering about majors

On the topic of robotics, I'm currently in my freshman year as a robotics engineering major at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While there is a lot of programming, RBE merges in the mechanical and electrical engineering components as well. Though it is currently the only accredited robotics enginee...
by MisterCheif
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: It's all about the food
Replies: 16
Views: 9466

Re: It's all about the food

Thanks all. It's been 16 hour days trying to keep up with the voracious mobs. I guess that the speed with which the desserts are eaten is a good sign. Yes, it is. Where I go, the chocolate chip cookies are legendary, and during peak mealtimes, people will line up when they see new cookies being put...
by MisterCheif
Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2633
Views: 480123

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Well, I just picked up Crysis and Crysis Warhead for $7.50. Sale continues until 10:00AM tomorrow, PST.
by MisterCheif
Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 426
Views: 163953

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

It looks technically proficient and well-designed, but it's unfortunate that it uses that engine and therefore art style. I saw some posts last night about that only being an animation, as opposed to ingame footage or anything, but I can't comment on the validity of that. I personally like that art...
by MisterCheif
Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 538907

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

In Dawnguard I noticed that my companion at the time (who I shall not name due to potential spoilers) seemed to deliberately swerve around pressure plates, so maybe companion AI has been improved. And Dawnguard is pretty awesome. I haven't played as a Vampire Lord yet, as I'm playing my werewolf cha...
by MisterCheif
Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: So you wanna build a desktop computer?
Replies: 12
Views: 6093

Re: So you wanna build a desktop computer?

This guide is really great, and I wish I had it a week ago when I was designing a computer build to replace my parents computer! (Which I am now not replacing until my Christmas break, since I leave on monday... So much for all that effort...) I agree with Knight Exemplar that a quick rundown of wha...
by MisterCheif
Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Could a bad harddrive in RAID 1 slow down the other?
Replies: 3
Views: 5127

Re: Could a bad harddrive in RAID 1 slow down the other?

As far as I know, disconnecting a drive from a RAID should almost never speed up the system. With RAID 1, in theory at least, reads should take 0.5x time and writes should take about the same time when compared to a single drive. If one drive is behaving slow, it's possible, but I think that's pret...
by MisterCheif
Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Could a bad harddrive in RAID 1 slow down the other?
Replies: 3
Views: 5127

Could a bad harddrive in RAID 1 slow down the other?

So my parents computer has been pretty slow for the past several months, which I believed was largely due to not reformatting or anything since we got it 5-6 years ago. Now, since I'm the only person in the house with enough technology experience to reformat it and upgrade to Windows 7 and I'm leavi...
by MisterCheif
Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SEGA: Total War
Replies: 93
Views: 19233

Re: SEGA: Total War

Got Shogun II off steam. Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ this game requires CPU. I've got a Core i7 2600k. That's a modern CPU, in the higher end of the performance bracket. Really, far more than you need for games. Yet... Shogun II... keeps... loading... and ... loading... for ... so... many... seconds.....
by MisterCheif
Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 538907

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

Even with the steam workshop, I suggest using the Nexus Mod Manager. Makes it easy to keep track of all your mods, change the order they're loaded (which is sometimes necessary to prevent conflicts) and remove/disable mods to troubleshoot issues or if you just don't want to deal with them anymore. ...
by MisterCheif
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 538907

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

Well, I'm downloading Skyrim now. It looks like I'll be starting my first character using SkyUI and SkyRe. Also, how do mod installs from the steam workshop work? Can they be toggled on and off, and how is compatibility with previous save files (say I want to add in the "Spend Dragon Souls for ...
by MisterCheif
Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 538907

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

I'm probably going to get Skyrim for PC in the next few days, because I now have a computer that can run it. Does anybody have recommendations for some mods that I should use? I remember seeing something earlier in the thread about a mod that allows you to spend dragon souls for perks, and after pla...
by MisterCheif
Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 27683

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

brilliant comic, but it still hasn't addressed a strange visual phenomenon that I experience - if you stare at an LED clock, and 'crunch' on something (causing jaw, and i guess one's whole head to move), the glowing numbers 'jump' around independently. does anyone else have this experience? Yep, I'...
by MisterCheif
Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4583
Views: 622312

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

Has everyone seen that Oreilly has produced a book on Dwarf Fortress? It's half off today: http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/gaming.do?code=WKGAME That is pretty hilarious. I'm disappointed they didn't put a carp on the cover. (Also, I can't imagine buying that book is a better idea than check...
by MisterCheif
Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 341179

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender & Legend of Korra

And on a complete tangent to the other stuff being discussed about that episode:

Spoiler:
I wish we got to see more of General Bumi! He was only onscreen for all of three seconds and he already became incredibly awesome. We better see more of him in season 2.
by MisterCheif
Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 43676

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

A couple is 2 or 3. A few is 2-5. Several is 5-14. Fuck a handful. Here here. I often use couple and few interchangeably, and I had no idea this was perceived as incorrect by some people until a friend raged at me. I agree with those who have said, "why should couple mean exactly two when you ...
by MisterCheif
Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 341179

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender & Legend of Korra

ArgonV wrote:
Spoiler:
That was Zuko's voice actor, right?

Yes. Hell yes.

Spoiler:
And Amon continues to get eviler.

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