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#35231 Bit Torrent

Posted by teh silly on 05 May 2008 - 05:55 PM in Other Discussion

How very silly. Peer-to-peer file sharing itself violates no laws and no regulations. It's simply a protocol through which people can convey information in a somewhat efficient manner. It's ridiculous to say file sharing violates any rights, because it does not (it's the people who make the violations).
This is a terribly important distinction to make.

#34737 New Sins?

Posted by teh silly on 05 April 2008 - 12:33 PM in Other Discussion

Actually most of these make perfect sense and are not new sins at all. Like Kyougi made note of, most of them already exist. They're pretty much corollaries to the original sins, restated because apparently people aren't getting the idea.

However, I don't get the pollution thing. Of course, the Church has done silly, unChurch-like things in the past, sticking their noses places they don't belong. I think this may be another instance (or rather, I unless I hear a good explanation).
Oh well, I was never a big "green earth"-type guy anyway. tongue.gif

#34736 Light!

Posted by teh silly on 05 April 2008 - 12:22 PM in Philosophy, Politics, and Science

Light does have mass...in a sense.

For instance, if you were in the unlikely situation where you were stranded (stationary) a couple of feet from your spacecraft (also stationary) with a flashlight, you could move yourself back to the craft simply by turning on the flashlight and pointing it in a direction opposite the craft. Of course it would be much easier and more effective to simply throw the flashlight in that direction....

But light always moves, so its rest mass cannot be measured. So in a sense it also has no mass. It depends on your definition of mass. wink.gif

#34555 Size changes

Posted by teh silly on 19 March 2008 - 07:00 PM in Technology and the Internet

This may help explain.


#34534 MacBook Air

Posted by teh silly on 16 March 2008 - 10:11 AM in Technology and the Internet

Haha, that cartoon is funny. laugh.gif

Oh, and the Air has very little real utility, except as a conversation piece. It is teh silly.

#34533 Microsoft Dreamspark

Posted by teh silly on 16 March 2008 - 10:03 AM in Website Management and Coding

I see what you mean I guess.

I'm talking free beer. biggrin.gif

Still, I think it's kind of silly to make these kinds of generalizations for a Microsoft product, any of which are normally immediately associated with a hefty price tag.

By the way, an interesting side note: "free" software (in the GNU sense) is very rarely, in my opinion, "better" than proprietary software. It's true that Linux, for example, is great and free and stuff. It has many utilities and little programs like [bleeped!], which make me chuckle. I often write code on Linux. But I would never forgo my Windows installations for it. Nor would I stop using .NET, which I view as a better IDE than anything I've found in Linux. In fact, were I forced to choose between Linux and Windows, I would most likely go with Windows. ph34r.gif

EDIT: I forgot about the bleeping... well, the program name is the acronym for the three letter "WT..."

#34429 Microsoft Dreamspark

Posted by teh silly on 08 March 2008 - 03:18 AM in Website Management and Coding

I guess it's not free if you count the effort and cost you put into verifying you are a student and downloading it? Of course the software itself is not universally free...

#34391 Best Graphic Game?

Posted by teh silly on 06 March 2008 - 01:19 PM in Technology and the Internet

I'm gonna have to go with Crysis. Best I've seen.

#34384 Microsoft Dreamspark

Posted by teh silly on 06 March 2008 - 02:43 AM in Website Management and Coding

Ok kiddies, listen up. Microsoft Dreamspark. All of the good and useful Microsoft software. Legitimate. For free.

Microsoft Dreamspark

The catch is you have to be a student.

#34322 Is evolution real?

Posted by teh silly on 03 March 2008 - 07:11 AM in Philosophy, Politics, and Science

To Wizard: the fact that evolution hasn't been disproved doesn't make it 100% guaranteed truth, either...but it does seem (all religious beliefs aside), the most viable theory for this particular brand of "What-happened-before-we-started-keeping-records-of-everything."

But I believe the idea of evolution can easily be reconciled with religion (yes, Christianity too).

#34321 I Am Legend

Posted by teh silly on 03 March 2008 - 06:51 AM in Art and Entertainment

Personally, I was not impressed. Kinda silly.

#34320 Best languages to make a (good) website

Posted by teh silly on 03 March 2008 - 06:43 AM in Technology and the Internet

What language to use depend totally on the semantics of your website. However, if you just want to learn stuff, you should check out as many things as possible. Try making a simple script with each one (usually 90% of the work is getting that first working site up).

For a personal site without any content engine, Flash can make a simple HTML/CSS site snazzy.
If you want to have some application in there, you can do PHP or ASP. ColdFusion is an option, but it doesn't play nicely with IIS 6! Use Apache!

If you're just learning, I suggest sticking with PHP, it's very easy and very useful.
ASP is, in my humble opinion, much more powerful, though.

A note on Flash: it looks amazing for simple sites. Doing a small site completely in Flash is feasible. Flash also works with databases, yay. However, if you wish to have a large-scale website, along the lines of an online business (like anything even remotely resembling Newegg), use ASP. You can still stick in Flash banners and buttons for decor.
If you're writing a backend for some content system, don't use Flash, that would be silly.

#34319 which programming language is the best to start with?

Posted by teh silly on 03 March 2008 - 06:26 AM in Website Management and Coding

QUOTE(nooc @ Jan 19 2008, 04:45 AM) View Post
...and learn somewhere at least how to write assembly, if not how to translate it into machine code. Knowing what goes on under the hood intrinsically helps you program better.
These days it's much harder to do any optimizing of the code by knowing assembly. The compilers are quite advanced today. You never know how they'll assemble your code.

You're absolutely correct: compilers do an amazing job optimizing code these days. Very few programmers have the natural talent to even think about trying to do better than the compiler (but it would be a very long, tedious job).

Anyway, the point is not be going around writing assembly all the time (that would be silly; only a few people have an actual job where they write assembly). The idea is that if you just know how to write assembly, you will write better C++ or whatever.

#34318 Bit Torrent

Posted by teh silly on 03 March 2008 - 06:20 AM in Other Discussion

Monitor what we download? sad.gif

Hmm...the "government." Which government? The internet is international! What if all major countries banned downloading everything illegal and tried to enforce it? Then could we all just go to a third-world countries with no internet laws and download (via satellite, probably) all we wanted without repercussion?

#34317 Animating

Posted by teh silly on 03 March 2008 - 06:12 AM in Technology and the Internet

foxxyD knows what's going on -- 3DS Max and Maya are quality products, if you're doing the render/animate models thing. If you're doing video editing, Adobe Premier and Final Cut do the same thing (that is, video editing) pretty much just as well as each other (all the people who say one is better than the other are usually just grousing over the one they dislike). As to the cost of these products ... yes, they are professional grade and come with a professional price tag. However, you can get the trials to see what they are about and, if you are in or are planning to attend college, many universities will give you these products or sell you them at a very discounted rate. For instance, I get Windows XP, Vista, Server, Office, .NET, etc, etc for free. Professional/Enterprise editions. And it's 100% legit; the only catch is I have to download the iso's off MSDN Alliance on the horribly slow (haha, just kidding) T3.

#34316 How old is Your pc

Posted by teh silly on 03 March 2008 - 05:59 AM in Technology and the Internet

Got a couple.

Laptop's about half a year.
Main desktop about 2 years.
Other desktop about 3 years.
Storage about 6 years.
Current test machine somewheres in the 3-5 year range (I don't know, I got it free! biggrin.gif ).
I'm assuming all the computers in my basement don't count, because I never use them (they're along the lines of 286's or 386's, mostly).

New main desktop coming this summer (yays, can't wait!), pushing either "other desktop" or "main desktop" to Server 2003, the other one gets whatever Linux distro server edition I'm trying out at the time. Currently running a couple versions of Ubuntu, XP, and Vista.

#34068 Other life

Posted by teh silly on 18 February 2008 - 03:02 AM in Philosophy, Politics, and Science

Parallel universes? I'm pretty sure this is the stuff of silly science fiction writers who jot down a bunch of fancy tech-sounding terms that are in reality a load of bullocks, for the most part. Looking at the definition of "universe" (something along of the lines of "everything that physically exists"), isn't it obvious to see that wouldn't a parallel universe, if it existed, exist? Then it's part of the universe.

And life elsewhere (as in not on Earth)? Well, since the size of the universe is in dispute (ranging from infinite to not infinite - vague, huh?), the probability ranges from pretty darn large considering an infinite universe to .... pretty darn large, considering what we do know of the size of space thus far.

If there is life out there, let's be the ones that invade and kill it, not the other way around. tongue.gif

#34067 What do you mainly use at your internet

Posted by teh silly on 18 February 2008 - 02:38 AM in Technology and the Internet

Speaking of bad English...
The people who made my brother's wireless adapter asked the following:

Compex (Singapore)" <support@compex.com.sg> wrote:
Dear Sir,

Could you provide us some informations, such as:
1. Is this problem happen before?
2. Did you install the driver that come along with the product or you
download it from website?
3. What is the version of the driver?
4. How long you have been using this product?

Hope to hear from you soon.

Warm regards,
Kelly Kosasih

And since nobody likes to answer stupid questions that have been already answered in the initial email:

In response to your questionings below, I am making answerings please attention:
1. This problem it is first time.
2. The driver it was having been installed download from websites, your website with supporting of softwares.
3. The driver version it is latest, as of Decembers of 2007 when I made downloadings of it.
4. I have been using this product for less than one year before I try reinstalling of it and suddenly it not working as before.

Thank you promptly for your attentions please.
Happy Christmases

Anyway I guess my point is that I have no idea what the original question was.

#34066 Games

Posted by teh silly on 18 February 2008 - 02:26 AM in Website Management and Coding

Java is, by principle, a bad language to write games in. It's slow. That being said, for the less involved stuff (as in not amazing graphics), Java is great for its portably and ease of use. Of course, for the types of games most young people write single-handedly, any language that allows graphics usually works, no matter how slow. I once wrote a Zelda-type replica in VB with the bitblit functions ( ohmy.gif ) and it pulled decent frames. I've also done some work with OpenGL and DirectX in C++. By the way, if you don't want to mess around with the C++ graphics learning curve (or just hate pointers), you can use DirectX in VB.

#34065 spiderman 3 or tranformers

Posted by teh silly on 18 February 2008 - 02:17 AM in Art and Entertainment

Transformers hands down. Spiderman was teh silly. And nobody called in alpha zulu tango vector parabola (ok, now I'm just making stuff up).

#34064 Linux does not work

Posted by teh silly on 18 February 2008 - 02:14 AM in Technology and the Internet

Haha, that is an excellent resource. People, take note.

#34025 Linux does not work

Posted by teh silly on 13 February 2008 - 03:01 AM in Technology and the Internet

Hahaha, maybe tell us that there is no error message. And maybe let us know what happened when you turned it on, etc, because we still don't know!
(And yes, I understand you fixed it, but it was a terrible question and now next time you will know what to write biggrin.gif )

#34024 Harry potter

Posted by teh silly on 13 February 2008 - 02:59 AM in Art and Entertainment

Interesting stuff.
The movies have a great story. They have a great budget, which leads to great (well, somewhat) acting and great graphics and great music. The movies are merely OK, probably because the breadth of the seven Harry Potter books cannot really be covered in seven feature-length movies. They are, regrettably, not great (the movies, not the books).

#34023 drugs

Posted by teh silly on 13 February 2008 - 02:53 AM in Philosophy, Politics, and Science

I often write code drunk. And it is funny when your idiot friend spends all class trying to snort his Ti-89 because it smells like the opium he had last week.

#34022 Funny Site

Posted by teh silly on 13 February 2008 - 02:47 AM in Other Discussion

Anyone read xkcd?

xkcd.com for those of you who don't know it.
It's very clever.