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Journal Journal: Water bad for Electronics

It sucks when you get waken up at 5h30-6h in the morning on a day off. It sucks even more when it's the leaking wall that wakes you up.

I live in a dorm. A 12 story high Dorm. Someone on the 10th floor forgot to close the window during the night. Hard to believe he 'forgot' considering it's 10 Degrees Celsius Below the freezing point outside.

To make a Long story short, a water pipe splited open because of the cold. Flooded 4 floors and spilled wated on the remaining 6 floors...

I was lucky: My computer was powered down. (it lives on the floor) I hate to think what would have happenned had it been on.

Bye Bye power supply and all hard drives with it.
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Journal Journal: The One Depression 1

I've been trough Depression, again, and notice that depression is kinda like carrying the One Ring:

-It's a heavy burden
-You have to carry it yourself
-You can't give it to anyone else without corrupting them, even if they can resist it
-You can't walk alone
-Friends find you wierd because you have the tendency to disapeer in the middle of a party. -You can, in theory, just hide someone and forget about it, but it's praticly impossible to do
-On the outside it doesn't look that bad, but it's slowly twisting you on the inside...
-You tend to favor dark places, away from daylight and people, and rely on the same food day after day...

And Finaly:

-Even if the situation is dark, bleak and that every odds seems agains you, some friends will always be at your side.
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Journal Journal: Women and gaming

i've just read this news: http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/20/1542233&tid=127

The problems isn't just gaming or the Computer field, It' a bigger social problem.

Think about it for a second: why are some recent field held almost by exclusively by mens?

Take cars for exemple: This is a relatively new field, but it's held by mostly mens? Why? Because of the technical aspect of things. Women tend more to favor activity or feild that favors a social aspect.

I live on college campus and can witness this behavior around me:

Engineering: 70% guys
Medical School: 3 women /2 men ratio
Nursing: 5 guys total


The computer is still a technical 'thingy' and, even though game are becoming more and more social (The Sims for exemple), it is still a men's world.

The fact that immaturity rules most FPS games doesn't help a bit. If I was a Women, I would probably NOT be a big gamer (maybe except for some RPG games).

I REALLY think we need more girls in computing and in gaming in general. They tend to bring out aspect of developpement left out by all-men teams (And they usually make great manager)

But what can we do?
(beside stopping the sexist jokes, the immatures comments and jugements,...)
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Journal Journal: Insightful comment on code

C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot.

C++ makes it harder, but you blow your whole leg off.
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Journal Journal: Today's quote!

A girl's conscience doesn't really keep her from doing anything wrong-- it merely keeps her from enjoying it.

Today's quote is brought to you by the numbers 1 and 0.
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Journal Journal: Amnesty International

I been stopped on the street by a member of Amnesty International. They were looking for subcribers to their (bi-monthly?) report.

They didn't manage to convince me as I don't have money left :(

By the girl who talked to me actually respected my opinion

If i ever come out of college with a great job. They, along with several local charities, are gonna get a check...
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Journal Journal: Photo Contest

There is a 'photo contest' for employees of the City of Montreal (I'm a student intern right now...)

Don't know if i'm going to participate, but the idea of taking picture of my own city doesn't sound soo bad... Might even send them to wikipedia...
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Journal Journal: Interesting Sig

"Presented in DoubleVision (where drunk)"

Can't remeber who had this sig, but I ever meet him in person, I'll buy him a local 8% beer :)

"Presented in BlackOutVision (where passed-out)"
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Journal Journal: Old Sig

"Beer is one of the fundamental building blocks of the universe, like gravity and duct tape."
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Journal Journal: Living In Montreal 14

It's tourist season. I see licence plate from as far as Texas and Florida. I always wonder: what do these people seek here? It's a great place to live (except maybe for the cold) but I would not know what to visit here...

Can anyone enlightment me?

Update: Just to make things clear, I'd like to point out that Montreal is known as 'The city with 1100 church but 1000 bars'. So I know about the night-life and stuff. And, of course, there's not a day without a festival in town.

My questioning is more like: Is it really BOOORING elsewhere?

Are we the only city to have Nightlife in North America? The only one with events almost everyday of the summer (A jazz festival, Formula 1 race, A 'just for laugh' festival, International Fireworks contest, etc...)

I know it's 'cool' around here, but I find hard to believe that there's none of this elsewhere.
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Journal Journal: 800lb Gorillas

From here:

"I'm convinced that software patents exist soley to help the 800lb gorillas remain 800lb gorillas, but yes, that does give them an advantage"
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Journal Journal: FOSS advantage

From this comment:
"Probably the feature of FOSS that makes it more secure is that it removes all PHBs(Pointy haired bosses for those who aren't dilbert fans)"

That and the marketing department...
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Journal Journal: Thought for today

Microsoft's Programmers are not the source of problems in Windows and Office. It's the pressure from Marketing (Being the first on the market is more important than anything else...).

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