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by Mzyxptlk
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 11557

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

I want nothing to do with Zzzax. Leave me out of your perverted fantasies.
by Mzyxptlk
Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How often do you shower or bathe?
Replies: 168
Views: 23253

Re: How often do you shower or bathe?

Weekly. I honestly don't give enough of a shit to bother with more. It helps that I'm not in a warm country and that the only muscles I train are the ones in my fingers. I am a little surprised that out of the 57 posts before mine, none(?) deviated from the standard of at least once every 2 days, de...
by Mzyxptlk
Sun May 24, 2009 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Foreign Hardware Online Vendors
Replies: 1
Views: 545

Re: Foreign Hardware Online Vendors

I have had good experiences with Alternate in the Netherlands. They have lots of stuff, reasonable prices and fast delivery. When I had to return my MP3 player because I destroyed the firmware, I got it back within 2 weeks, if I remember correctly. That said, I've never actually used another vendor,...
by Mzyxptlk
Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: cpu cooler for new motherboard
Replies: 15
Views: 1300

Re: cpu cooler for new motherboard

40-45 degrees is pretty normal for an idle CPU with boxed cooler. Certainly not something to worry about. How does it perform under load?
by Mzyxptlk
Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Robert Silverberg
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Re: Robert Silverberg

I read Starborne and wasn't particularly impressed. Though it was certainly an entertaning book to read, it wouldn't make any top lists.
by Mzyxptlk
Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The BEST custom-built PC.
Replies: 37
Views: 5247

Re: The BEST custom-built PC.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought you can't dual-CPU i7s?
by Mzyxptlk
Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 2139

Re: Upgrade

Things don't have to be expensive in order to be of a high quality.
by Mzyxptlk
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 47815

Re: Books that made you cry

annals wrote:Yes it is. I recently read part one of Maus for the first time (part two is in the mail). It made me cry, and I hate that I enjoyed the book. I felt like some kind of vulture feeding off others' misfortune to get my emotional (sad) buzz.

It's fiction, so it's a victimless crime. ;)
by Mzyxptlk
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Upgrade
Replies: 31
Views: 2139

Re: Upgrade

If you're not overclocking, get the cheapest motherboard you can find that has what you need. I've always used Asus mobos myself, which are a pretty safe bet, but there are definitely other decent manufacturers out there.
by Mzyxptlk
Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you guys seriously enjoy reading my rants?
Replies: 4
Views: 712

Re: Do you guys seriously enjoy reading my rants?

Then yes, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your rants.
by Mzyxptlk
Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you guys seriously enjoy reading my rants?
Replies: 4
Views: 712

Re: Do you guys seriously enjoy reading my rants?

I can only find 3 threads started by you, none of which qualifies as a rant (and one of which is this thread). Could you link me to some of your posts?
by Mzyxptlk
Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What hardware do you own? (Consoles + PCs)
Replies: 44
Views: 4228

Re: What hardware do you own? (Consoles + PCs)

I have a good computer (C2D E8500/HD4870) and a mediocre computer (Athlon64 3400+/Nvidia 7900 I think)

I'm not a console gamer. ;)
by Mzyxptlk
Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: BSOD: Vista worse?
Replies: 33
Views: 2887

Re: BSOD: Vista worse?

A little background info first: I've run 98 for 2 years, 2K for 3 years, XP for 4 years and Vista for 5 months (and counting).

I've never (never) had a BSOD with XP or Vista. I had maybe 1 with 2K and probably a dozen or more with 98.
by Mzyxptlk
Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Computer chair, (sort of hardware.)
Replies: 7
Views: 4663

Re: Computer chair, (sort of hardware.)

Couldn't you just go into a shop and try some? Maybe I'm oversimplifying (if so, call me out on it!), but in my experience it's pretty easy to figure out of a chair feels good or not.
by Mzyxptlk
Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A Cheap Laptop for Ubuntu
Replies: 14
Views: 1901

Re: A Cheap Laptop for Ubuntu

The NC10 can manage 6 hours in Windows as well (I've not tried Linux on it yet).

If $500 is out of your price range, would a second hand laptop not be a better (and cheaper!) choice?
by Mzyxptlk
Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Keyboard for my Grandmother
Replies: 4
Views: 1048

Re: Keyboard for my Grandmother

Also function keys, arrow keys, Control, Alt, Windows button (making an assumption there!), backspace, etc.

It would be an interesting project, but I doubt it'd be particularly handy for daily use. ;)
by Mzyxptlk
Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Hibernating is bad now?
Replies: 14
Views: 2640

Re: Hibernating is bad now?

Theoretically, yes, it does shorten the lifespan of your HDD. However, I don't know how often you set your computer to hibernate, but 2GB a day (a guess, considering the age of your PC) is not particularly significant. To compare, I listen to half a GB worth of music a day, have uploaded 6GB of data...
by Mzyxptlk
Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A Cheap Laptop for Ubuntu
Replies: 14
Views: 1901

Re: A Cheap Laptop for Ubuntu

The Samsung NC10 works fine as well. Also see here and here.
by Mzyxptlk
Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How can I fix my Samsung NC10's wireless card?
Replies: 7
Views: 3925

Re: How can I fix my Samsung NC10's wireless card?

If it's broken, send it back.
by Mzyxptlk
Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Reenlistment Bonus! AKA Time to buy some toys!
Replies: 8
Views: 1398

Re: Reenlistment Bonus! AKA Time to buy some toys!

I'm going to join the headphone crowd. Having played both with and without headphones, I can definitely say headphones (any headphones, really) are far superior to speakers for games. Also, I don't know (really don't) if it's worth the trouble spending $450 on speakers without simultaneously getting...
by Mzyxptlk
Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What netbook should I get
Replies: 14
Views: 1735

Re: What netbook should I get

You might want to have a look at the Samsung NC10 if you haven't already. Though it may not be available in .nz, I figured I'd agree with the above statement, I got one two days ago and I am thoroughly satisfied with it. The battery is great (6 hours!) and the keyboard is pretty touch-typable. It's...
by Mzyxptlk
Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A few questions on a new system
Replies: 27
Views: 2117

Re: A few questions on a new system

Lardman wrote:In terms of performance, however, it's somewhat accurate. It was more a pricing table than anything.

I am not sure if you are agreeing or disagreeing with me, you're contradicting yourself.
by Mzyxptlk
Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama: Afghanistan war
Replies: 10
Views: 1251

Re: Obama: Afghanistan war

The arabic world isn't fond of traitoring itself to America. They aren't Arabs. And the arabic world is very, very fond of "traitoring" itself to America. Witness the Iraqi government, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt and many others taking US coin and following US policy in return for...
by Mzyxptlk
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying new video card - What Do I Need To Know? (Repurposed)
Replies: 26
Views: 3722

Re: Buying new video card - What Do I Need To Know?

Btw I did a quick googling over the 9200's power supply physical size and it appears to be standard, which is what I remember them being (used to be an XPS tech and they are the same as an XPS 410) so you should be able to replace it with any 3rd party PSU, that means huge savings on the cost as yo...
by Mzyxptlk
Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A few questions on a new system
Replies: 27
Views: 2117

Re: A few questions on a new system

Lardman wrote:http://i43.tinypic.com/2u408c7.gif
Source here

That table is actually utterly useless to compare ATI cards to Nvidia ones. Their architectures are so completely different that it really is like comparing a dolphin to a refrigerator.
by Mzyxptlk
Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility
Replies: 40
Views: 4853

Re: Responsibility

Why do you piss in the toilet? Because your mother praised you when you were a kid? The fact that classical conditioning works on both humans and animals is no proof of animal morality. The reason I don't kill people (moving a bit further into the realm of morality) is not because I don't want to g...
by Mzyxptlk
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying new video card - What Do I Need To Know? (Repurposed)
Replies: 26
Views: 3722

Re: Buying new video card - What Do I Need To Know?

Once you're inside the case the GFX slot should be pretty easy to find (it's usually coloured differently). Normally it's x16. The PSU is pretty low on power, but since you have a Dell rig, I am hesistant to recommend you switch it for a better one (Dell has the nasty habit of not sticking with indu...
by Mzyxptlk
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A few questions on a new system
Replies: 27
Views: 2117

Re: A few questions on a new system

oops yea, I meant 64bit. As I said though most of my friends running ATi couldn't care less about drivers, and as far as I know 64bit systems are quite tricky to run, one piece out of place and it seems to cause problems. My desktop runs 64-bit Vista like a charm, never had any issues with it (that...
by Mzyxptlk
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Rights Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 4848

Re: Human Rights Discussion

I'm just saying that you're misunderstanding the definition. The definition allows you to refuse to save someone. It does not allow you to kill someone. Your scenario involves a party hoarding food with the specific intention of denying it to others, which pretty clearly falls under the heading &qu...
by Mzyxptlk
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility
Replies: 40
Views: 4853

Re: Responsibility

Yes and no. Yes, pet animals (and presumably so can wild ones) can distinguish between doing bad things and good things. No, this is not because they feel genuine guilt, but because we punish them for doing bad things and reward them for doing good things. We are imposing our morality onto them fro...
by Mzyxptlk
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building A New Computer Soon
Replies: 10
Views: 1397

Re: Building A New Computer Soon

Drop half the RAM and switch to a dual core (E8500), plus replace that GTX285 (overpriced) for a HD4870 or a HD4850 X2 1GB. A 750W powersupply is overkill, 600W is plenty, though you probably won't save much money by making that switch and the power usage will be the same whichever you pick, so it's...
by Mzyxptlk
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A few questions on a new system
Replies: 27
Views: 2117

Re: A few questions on a new system

*added* My friends with ATi cards are also a bit dense when it comes to computers, hardware and drivers. One of them even went 62-bit when all he uses it for is gaming and some word processing. I assume you mean 64-bit. I don't see any reason switching to 64-bit is a bad thing, if your hardware has...
by Mzyxptlk
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:37 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: wikipedia download tool
Replies: 8
Views: 834

Re: wikipedia download tool

In the past I have used SpiderZilla, a Firefox plugin, but it only works on versions 2.0.0.x and below.
by Mzyxptlk
Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A few questions on a new system
Replies: 27
Views: 2117

Re: A few questions on a new system

Axman wrote:My video preferred video card configs are, from least to most costly:

1x 9800 GT
1x HD 4850
1x GTX 260-216
2x HD 4850s -or- 2x GTX 250s
1x HD 4870 X2 -or- 2x GTX 260-216s
1x HD 4870 X2 AND 1x HD 4870 1GB

Did you ignore the new NVIDIA cards for a reason?
by Mzyxptlk
Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: First Story
Replies: 5
Views: 1188

Re: First Story

This sounds almost exactly like the setup of Silent Hill 4. (Which is no reason not to write it, obviously.)
by Mzyxptlk
Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Alternate History
Replies: 42
Views: 5457

Re: Alternate History

I like the crytptonomicon... and I hear the baroque cycle is good. Sort of alternate history, as the history in the book never existed, but similar outcomes come from it... so maybe not... Cryptonomicon isn't alternate history though, a lot of what happens in the book actually did happen in reality...
by Mzyxptlk
Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Rights Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 4848

Re: Human Rights Discussion

In my opinion all human rights can be reduced to a single one: the right to property. Your life and your liberty are just that, yours, and are, thus, reflexively your property, and your property is, well, your property. No one else may impose any restriction upon your property except that you may n...
by Mzyxptlk
Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility
Replies: 40
Views: 4853

Re: Responsibility

We as descendants of primates (see other thread) are predisposed towards emotional responses. We cannot escape the fact that when we see something upsetting on an evolutionary level (A child being abused, someone 'cheating' and getting better rewards then us, etc) we get angry. That anger is inesca...
by Mzyxptlk
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Forgot my password legal defense?
Replies: 22
Views: 3956

Re: Forgot my password legal defense?

On the other hand, there is always rubberhose-deniable encryption ... Edit: Note that the interesting property of that form of encryption is that it has multiple encrypted sections, arranged in such a way that you can give up one password under duress (i.e. to a court) and it will be impossible for...
by Mzyxptlk
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Rights Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 4848

Re: Human Rights Discussion

In my opinion all human rights can be reduced to a single one: the right to property. Your life and your liberty are just that, yours, and are, thus, reflexively your property, and your property is, well, your property. No one else may impose any restriction upon your property except that you may n...

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