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by atrain
Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A/C quit working
Replies: 5
Views: 3326

Re: A/C quit working

A/C systems are quite complicated, and not easy to diagnose without the right tools. Turning the pulley by hand won't tell you much. Since the belt is always running, there is an electronic clutch that connects the pulley to the compressor. You can sometimes hear it click on and off, as well as hear...
by atrain
Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88637

Re: 0806: Tech Support

dbam987 wrote:I refuse to call tech support for any of my gear. Biggest time-sink ever. It's faster to RMA stuff online.


That's great, if your manufacturer has an online RMA form. There's also a ton of things that can't be RMA'ed, aka services, software, etc.
by atrain
Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54928

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

There are so many unique and creative ways to bring destructive / harmful objects onto a plane. Anybody with enough brains + determination will be able to do it. Airport security is just for show. Liquids are just the flavor of the month... We smuggled live bullets as carry-on just by duct-taping th...
by atrain
Fri May 01, 2009 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0576: "Packages"
Replies: 127
Views: 44001

Re: Packages

Amazing! I must go and do this!

Potential problem: people selling off software, plans, etc that get downloaded directly and don't send packages.
by atrain
Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0545: "Neutrality Schmeutrality"
Replies: 137
Views: 52619

Re: "Neutrality Schmeutrality" discussion

How long until the wikipedia page gets created, and people start donating money?
by atrain
Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0516: "Wood Chips"
Replies: 70
Views: 13431

Re: "Wood Chips" Discussion

Gah! Hes in my head!

Recently random wood bits have started showing up in my house. Problem is they are splinters up to 1" long embedded in carpet, hard to see and painful to step on. After my exams are completed, the investigation gets top priority.
by atrain
Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0511: "Sleet"
Replies: 83
Views: 20035

Re: "Sleet" Discussion

This describes both my and some of my friends perfectly. (Not in bed, but long rants about anything from OSS politics to UI quirks and their best possible resolution.) And crappy weather sucks. Lots of slush here in Toronto, and I'm watching the weather carefully to see if it drops to 273K or lower,...
by atrain
Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0499: "Scantron"
Replies: 173
Views: 41104

Re: "Scantron" Discussion

Never had any problems w/scantrons + mechanical pencils. (0.5mm) I hate filling in those %$@% bubbles. In 2008, they can't come up w/any better OCR than that? A batch scanner machine + software to align pages, determine location of bubbles, determine which of them on average is darkest out of a set....
by atrain
Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0481: "Listen to Yourself"
Replies: 173
Views: 36858

Re: "Listen to Yourself"

This is a much needed virus. Unfortunately, about 50% of people still would post on youtube, even after hearing themselves :( The virus should identify people who post their stupidity, and cut them off the 'net.
by atrain
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0480: "Spore"
Replies: 165
Views: 27891

Re: "Spore" Discussion

Spore: Too much Hype, too much DRM, not exciting sounding anymore.

Does Randal use a Mac?
by atrain
Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0433: "Journal 5"
Replies: 195
Views: 37926

Re: journal 5

Well, end as in it should no longer be called Journal. The original journal was their initial interactions building up to this point, named after the original way he attempted to attract her. After this (assuming they do get together) then its joint classholery, not journal. By all means to I want t...
by atrain
Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0433: "Journal 5"
Replies: 195
Views: 37926

Re: journal 5

Is this the end?
They would make an awesome couple :D
by atrain
Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Superglue, Q-tips and powertools...
Replies: 77
Views: 8306

Re: Superglue, Q-tips and powertools...

The peizo mics work surprisingly well. I bought one to stick in my acoustic guitar, but have yet to actually go and do it. Adding leds to anything is fun. Just make sure its not a device that is typically left on overnight, or you start to regret it. Luckily, I have about 50x more potentiometers tha...
by atrain
Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Superglue, Q-tips and powertools...
Replies: 77
Views: 8306

Re: Superglue, Q-tips and powertools...

I've used a q-tip while hacking maybe once or twice in my life (cleaning up scraped off bits of capacitor juice on pcbs) I really don't see the need for them. The ones I have come apart easily, so if you wipe it over a board, you'll be picking off bits of cotton from the pins. What else would you ne...
by atrain
Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Superglue, Q-tips and powertools...
Replies: 77
Views: 8306

Re: Superglue, Q-tips and powertools...

As a user new to the liquid adhesive world, which brands of glue should I buy, and what are the differences between them/when should I use them for what? I do have some generic super glue stuff, but it isn't all that strong. (And I don't have much left.) Hardware hacking = fun. Nothing like filing h...
by atrain
Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Inefficiencies
Replies: 94
Views: 7439

Re: Inefficiencies

Inefficient: Basically everything in our daily lives. You can complain about every conceivable factor. How much of energy from a combustion engine is lost to heat? How efficient is heat transfer from element/furnace to air/pot? None of our power sources are very efficient. Humans are inefficient (~3...
by atrain
Fri May 23, 2008 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0427: "Bad Timing"
Replies: 94
Views: 24142

Re: Bad Timing

Hmm, these spiders look a lot worse than the originals. Solid color instead of shading, etc.
http://xkcd.com/8/
by atrain
Wed May 21, 2008 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0426: "Geohashing"
Replies: 224
Views: 40132

Re: "Geohashing" discussion

therocket: It takes the general position of where you are, and then takes random numbers (generated from DOW opening price from a certain day) as the specific part. So, if used in a populated area, it will give you something around where you actually are. BTW: I checked both the original and generat...
by atrain
Fri May 16, 2008 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0424: "Security Holes"
Replies: 88
Views: 33190

Re: Security Holes

I can't believe that change went through unnoticed for so long. I use Gentoo and I've noticed a few packages that are changed slightly. Sure, you want it to play nice, but if the people who made the OS would just work on making their own code more compatible, rather than screwing with other peoples ...
by atrain
Mon May 12, 2008 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: everything (almost) that you need.
Replies: 18
Views: 1678

Re: everything (almost) that you need.

I don't see why paper clips aren't higher on peoples lists. They can be used for: holding things together (paper) holding things together (non-paper) jumper wire cd-drive tray ejector. pulley (for small twine etc) poking peoples eyes out I build a computer using a cardboard box, masking tape, and pa...
by atrain
Mon May 12, 2008 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0422: "A Better Idea"
Replies: 111
Views: 20277

Re: "A Better Idea" discussion

Jr. High prom: Skipped to play old crappy N64 games :P
Though I too went to my Prom. Rather than a picture w/your date, our entire computer class got a picture together :P

When I think of prom, I think of Programmable Read Only Memory.
by atrain
Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0416: "Zealous Autoconfig"
Replies: 104
Views: 32741

Re: "Zealous Autoconfig" Discussion

Surprised nobody has made something similar to the first part.
open: connect. If no dhcp, watch traffic + guess gateway, dns, subnet, etc
any enc: try simple passwords.
wep: iwcrack
else: aggressive password guessing.
by atrain
Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0412: "Startled"
Replies: 127
Views: 33246

Re: "Startled" Discussion

:( I wish I was composed of sticks that could be compacted into the space of a hat.
Thats a very useful skill, you know.
What does a stickman weigh, anyways? mmm, physics in an entirely 2d existence...
by atrain
Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0411: "Techno"
Replies: 150
Views: 37712

Re: "Techno" Discussion

I assume he was referring to this http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/announcements/hard-drive-dying-dance-track-winner-151666.php contest with the crashed hard drive. Listen to the runners up, too; they are actually pretty good. Techno tech-tech-tech-echno-echno-techno ftw. Where can I find a mirror? Odeo ...
by atrain
Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: packratting
Replies: 29
Views: 2707

Re: packratting

I'd love to trash stuff, but every time I go about cleaning my room, I can't throw out anything. I know I have at least 3 hard drive platters on my workbench for no reason other than the fact that they are round. I wont trash a scrap of wire greater than 2" because they are useful. Luckily, mos...
by atrain
Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Misquote the person above you.
Replies: 4764
Views: 356711

Re: Misquote the person above you.

michaelandjimi wrote:
Actaeus wrote:
The Reaper wrote:Oh yeah. Here we go again! THE CAT IS A LIE!!!

Can you ever get sick of eating cats?

No, no I can't stop.

Cats are actually very nutritious, though they can be a pain to catch.
by atrain
Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Katanas Banned?
Replies: 34
Views: 3403

Re: Katanas Banned?

Why katanas specifically?
"swords become dangerous weapons in the wrong hands." -> DUH!
Why pick out these specifically, and not all swords, large knifes, etc as well?

Hopefully Canada doesn't follow. Just in case, time to go stock up :D
by atrain
Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strange or unusual things which happened to you today
Replies: 47
Views: 4626

Re: Strange or unusual things which happened to you today

The unusual thing was that my dream was so... real feeling. Normally my dreams have a fantastic edge, that makes them really unrealistic, but this one felt... normal. Albeit weird. I sometimes have dreams where I find something I've lost, wake up so excited about it, realize it was a dream. I reali...
by atrain
Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0407: "Cheap GPS"
Replies: 99
Views: 24425

Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

this would be a ton of fun, except for the lack of left/right. A nice alternative would be port/starboard, or turn X radians. I lack a GPS, not because I'm cheap, but because I find them not all that useful between good signs on the road and the fact that I actually know how to read a map. "Tur...
by atrain
Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Best error messages?
Replies: 238
Views: 34175

Re: Best error messages?

I get this error message whenever I plug any USB device into this ancient laptop: fasterUSB.PNG But guess what? nonefound.PNG Do we really need to keep going through this, Windows? God I hate that. I really wish it could be disabled. I had a POC noname MP3 player from china, who's software was lots...
by atrain
Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: 1 Line programs
Replies: 21
Views: 3081

Re: 1 Line programs

First of all, main() takes either two arguments (int and char**) or no arguments (void); anything else invokes undefined behavior. You should at least get a warning from your compiler. ... Finally, there's no guarantee that the sequence of calls in the return statement will be evaluated left-to-rig...
by atrain
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: 1 Line programs
Replies: 21
Views: 3081

1 Line programs

After a little fight with a professor, I decided to see the biggest program I could come up with that could fit inside the return statement. eg: 3/4 lines total: the includes, int main() return(). Here is a full number guessing game I built. I used ternarys ( (expression)?return_true:return_false ->...
by atrain
Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: XKCD Crazy Hardware Circus - Show & Tell
Replies: 45
Views: 10436

Re: XKCD Crazy Hardware Circus - Show & Tell

I've built computers in a few random containers, including a cardboard box. I really love the sky-puter though. The one thing I don't like about your design nexterday is that it looks like it would break apart if you accidentally knocked into into. I screwed in the harddrive, and added support for t...
by atrain
Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Buzzing...
Replies: 15
Views: 1891

Re: Buzzing...

Maybe you have an electrical wiring problem. I can't imagine that ever happening. Either its a loose cable or a short, but never anything that vibrates. Big transformers can hum though. I'm assuming you've considered equipment on the other side of the wall, and on the floor above/below (may be pipe...
by atrain
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0368: "Bass"
Replies: 132
Views: 37713

Re: "Bass" discussion

I've seen a few people mention that the phase shift would only dampen the noise coming from the car... Wouldn't a phase-shift just cause destructive interference, and not resonance? He never specifies the degree of change that the wave has gone through. This is actually necessary to account for the ...
by atrain
Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ubuntu Gutsy
Replies: 67
Views: 5446

Re: Ubuntu Gutsy

The biggest problem with Ubuntu right now is that its aimed at very average and basic users, but the people adopting it on the most part tend to be geeks. Without the need for crazy games and graphics, and if you just want something that looks nice, and works very quickly, its amazing. If your hardw...
by atrain
Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ubuntu Gutsy
Replies: 67
Views: 5446

Re: Ubuntu Gutsy

I spent 10h trying to complete the upgrade. I thought I'd save time by downloading the alt cd through BT and then installing off there, rather than using the already hammered ubuntu servers. Something crashed, and the installer decided not to clean up the mess... So I got left with a 1/2 Fiesty, 1/2...
by atrain
Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0331: "Photoshops"
Replies: 113
Views: 28935

Re: "Photoshops" Discussion

I'm stuck with a 1024x768 monitor right now... Used to push it (a crappy dell 17" crt) to 1280x1024, and it didn't like it too much (max rated for was 1024x768)... Started squealing badly, then died... Was under warranty, but was fun trying to explain I cant see anything... (customer support: &...

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