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by The Finn
Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Web filter issues with Mozilla Firefox
Replies: 5
Views: 1299

Re: Web filter issues with Mozilla Firefox

Also: if they're blocking at the proxy server, they may be blocking based on the client ID. there's a few extensions for Firefox that let you customise the client ID.
by The Finn
Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: true HDD wipe shareware
Replies: 17
Views: 1989

Re: true HDD wipe shareware

If you seek to foil government forensics, then like Frodo, you must toss your scriven rings into the fires of Mount Doom. There are forensic facilities available to federal officials that can playback magnetic domains that /slopped over/ from the normal write-tracks, analyse those, and reconstruct s...
by The Finn
Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Word Etymology & Origins, &c., &c.
Replies: 88
Views: 15667

Re: Word Etymology & Origins, &c., &c.

Bill Bryson lied to me!? :( (admittedly the book was out of date by more than 10 years and still mentioning the Soviet Union, but oh well ) That book would be excellent if not for the number of inaccuracies and flat-out wrong things in it. I'm sure the vast majority of it is true, but I find all so...
by The Finn
Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Access Denied
Replies: 21
Views: 3056

Re: Access Denied

Also: http://www.ureader.com/message/695348.aspx that thread may help you - the gist of it is ntrights +r SeDebugPrivilege -u <myusername> Granting SeDebugPrivilege to <myusername> NTRights.exe is a Server Resource Kit utility. If you don't have the Resource Kit, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/...
by The Finn
Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Access Denied
Replies: 21
Views: 3056

Re: Access Denied

DAMN! so close! still getting an access denied message "ERROR 5" have tinkerd a little but get the same message over and over. we already have a debug version of the software (that i could ask them to put in a backdoor/crash command) for testing, but it is unoffical. so its kinda a catch ...
by The Finn
Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Access Denied
Replies: 21
Views: 3056

Re: Access Denied

Forgot:

If your process starts back up, it will have a different PID than before. That's probably blindingly obvious but thoroughness never hurts.
by The Finn
Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Access Denied
Replies: 21
Views: 3056

Re: Access Denied

Check to see if %windowsinstalldirectory%\System32\Ntsd.exe is on your system. It is the NT System Debugger, a low-level debugger. It may be in the I386 folder as well/instead. Hopefully your system administrator / IT department hasn't restricted you from using this valuable tool that you need to do...
by The Finn
Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0402: "1,000 Miles North"
Replies: 84
Views: 18551

Re: "1,000 Miles North" Discussion

RE: Rillian? In Twister, the machine was called Dorothy, because Dorothy was caught up in a twister in WoZ. It looks like it says "Rillian." Rillian was a character from the Chronicles of Narnia, in The Last Battle. I don't have any idea what he had to do with permafrost, though. I think ...
by The Finn
Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0402: "1,000 Miles North"
Replies: 84
Views: 18551

Re: "1,000 Miles North" Discussion

suso wrote:I thought the days of sniffing the dirt were over? :P


BWAHAHAHAH
by The Finn
Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Natural Keys vs Surrogate/Artificial Keys
Replies: 15
Views: 6264

Re: Natural Keys vs Surrogate/Artificial Keys

My view is that in my database, my data is the thing and the whole of the thing, yet each record refers to some distinct, real-world entity, each of which is unique. Therefore, artificial primary keys all the way - for the reasons listed by the OP - as well as a clear definition of what type of enti...
by The Finn
Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: x86 assembly syntax
Replies: 38
Views: 22327

Re: x86 assembly syntax

As is reflected above by various opinions, my experience is that Intel syntax is the best for writing ASM code, (I never have bothered trying to write AT&T) yet knowing AT&T is excellent if you need to chase down bugs (twice in my earlier career, both times were instances where the bug becam...
by The Finn
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 190576

Re: Religion

Not sure if this has been mentioned, or worded quite like this, but I think one of the major arguments I have against religion (not God / a god / gods / ball of noodles): All religions pretty much state that the God-deity created Man, the species. You have invalidated your argument by painting with...
by The Finn
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 190576

To the fellow who mentioned his opinion that Satire is not v

As someone who is deeply interested in rhetoric, debate, and the arts: Satire /is/ valid criticism. It's merely not a rigorous and formal criticism. /Reductio ad absurdum/ is satire, made rigorous - it is very much a valid criticism, and often exposes fallacy after fallacy after fallacy. You may, I ...
by The Finn
Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality of Career Choice
Replies: 17
Views: 2428

Re: Morality of Career Choice

It's not so much the profession but how the profession is run. Telemarketers, for example, are generally living paycheck-to-paycheck, and their management knows this, and rates their performance or gives them bonuses based on "metrics" such as call times, number of people signed up, number...
by The Finn
Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0397: "Unscientific"
Replies: 160
Views: 42190

Re: "Unscientific" Discussion

RE: Penn & Teller's Bullshit: "They loose any shred of credibility by swearing obscenely all the time." {sic} Teller swears? But joking aside: Your statement has the same truth value as "Those creationists gain credibility by refraining from swearing obscenely all the time." ...
by The Finn
Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0397: "Unscientific"
Replies: 160
Views: 42190

Re: "Unscientific" Discussion

Naturally, we should be thanking MythBusters; They allow us to say "But, they lack rigour!" and "That much error would have come out in a back-of-the-envelope model!" and thereby prove our geek cred. My wife dragged me to the bedroom last week when I immediately spotted an implem...
by The Finn
Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0396: "The Ring"
Replies: 90
Views: 22844

Re: "The Ring" Discussion

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by The Finn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PPPoE login details
Replies: 5
Views: 3435

Re: PPPoE login details

The login on the bottom of the router is merely for accessing the configuration page. Your ISP should provide you with: What authentication method they use, whether that be PPPoE or another; If PPPoE, they should provide you with Login Name, Password, Service Name (which isn't often used unless two ...
by The Finn
Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Puzzle for exceptional intelligence
Replies: 21
Views: 5161

Re: Puzzle for exceptional intelligence

http://xkcd.com/169/ - because using what you were taught in first grade about the order of the Roman alphabet is NOT the same as using the picture below. The alphabetical order, or reverse alphabetical order, of the symbols listed are contingent facts that have nothing to do with any evident syste...
by The Finn
Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Puzzle for exceptional intelligence
Replies: 21
Views: 5161

Re: Puzzle for exceptional intelligence

In one way, The next three letters in the sequence are KBI. Line segment M is parallel to line segment Q; Line segment K is parallel to line segment P; Line segment B is parallel to line segment O; Line segment I is parallel to line segment N. Next in sequence is H, whereupon it appears the sequenc...
by The Finn
Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Puzzle for exceptional intelligence
Replies: 21
Views: 5161

Re: Puzzle for exceptional intelligence

I either don't like that answer, or don't like the question. It directly says to use the image below. Ignoring the image altogether seems like it isn't solving the problem. The solution to these puzzles is always to find the simplest rule that generates the sequence so far, and then con...
by The Finn
Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Puzzle for exceptional intelligence
Replies: 21
Views: 5161

Re: Puzzle for exceptional intelligence

In one way, The next three letters in the sequence are KBI. Line segment M is parallel to line segment Q; Line segment K is parallel to line segment P; Line segment B is parallel to line segment O; Line segment I is parallel to line segment N. Next in sequence is H, whereupon it appears the sequenc...
by The Finn
Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Firefox versus Emacs
Replies: 33
Views: 9032

Re: Firefox versus Emacs

I find the iPod shuffle to be the superior OS, as it can implement a far larger MTU when piggybacked on the physical medium per RFC_1149. Unfortunately, bandwidth is mutable and limited to between 128kbps and 960kbps, with the most robust being the 300bps_n_8_1 mode. Where would I be without IBM? Th...
by The Finn
Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0394: "Kilobyte"
Replies: 138
Views: 41429

Re: "Kilobyte" Discussion

The only reason I can think of for people wanting to change it is because hard drive companies realized at some point that if they used 1000 bytes in a kilobyte instead of 1024, then they could advertise a bigger drive... And back in the day it wasn't quite so huge a difference as it is now, where ...
by The Finn
Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2422083

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hello. I am The Finn. It's a nickname given to me because I have the tendency to transcend games. Just "Finn" is fine. I'm an Aspie, gainfully employed by an unspecified firm performing analysis and editing and IT functions. I like to say that I work as a digital-rational / analog-irration...
by The Finn
Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 84421

Truth Values and Formal Logic.

Okay. First forum post for XKCD ever. Long time fan. There seem to be some misconceptions running rampant in the forum thread; Three that I see right off the bat. One: Many people are accepting The Game as reality without testing to see whether this written model is Descriptive or Proscriptive, ( or...

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