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Comment Re:Here you go (Score 1) 344

I'd suggest checking out m0n0wall ( It's a compact firewall distro, with a version that runs on generic PCs. It's got pretty light hardware requirements, runs great on old hardware, and had a pretty good web UI for administration (better than many SOHO/consumer devices from Best Buy, IMHO).

You can find a ton of older hardware on eBay and surplus stores in rackmount form factors (Nokia IP330, Watchguard Firebox, etc) that are basically just Pentium or Pentium II class processors with 2 or 3 NICs that can be reappropriated to run m0n0wall pretty easily and make for great router/firewall/NAT boxes.

The only downside (IMHO) is that it's currently based on an older version of FreeBSD, so it doesn't support some of the newer NICs that are coming built into motherboards these days. But, if you're using it with an older board with a handful of Intel or 3COM PCI 10/100 cards, then it's no big deal.

It also doesn't have great wireless support...basically just Atheros cards for 802.11g, along with a number of old 802.11b devices. Forget about 802.11n (for now), so you'd still need a separate AP if you want to go wireless. Then again, I've found that where most consumer gear sucks is in the routing and that if you turn it into a dumb AP and let another device do the routing and NAT, then you'll be much better off.

Comment Re:More likely, (Score 1) 344

Nobody cares about my story either AND no one will read it three days later, but here it is. We moved to a new school when I was in third grade, and they gave me a placement test to determine my English ability. It was Dick and Jane stuff, which I had never seen before (I read Watership Down when I was in Kindergarten. I had started reading at age 2). Needless to say, I scored perfectly, which the school could hardly believe. So they put me in the Advanced course, with the _other_ two gifted students in the school.

On the first day of Advanced, we went to the computer room where they had six PET computers. Our treat for being Advanced students was to get to type in a program in BASIC and run it. Since my family had had a Vic 20 for a couple years, and since the BASIC language is pretty much the same for both, I read the code and told the other two what would happen when we ran it.

Kicked. Out. And in record time, no doubt.

I was never allowed around the PET computers again.


In high school, they gave the IT duties to the volleyball coach (for real). I don't know how he ended up with the task, but he kept grabbing me out of sixth period (which was his free period, but I had Geology) so I could help him with computer problems. I flunked Geology. Good times. :-(

Comment Re:The Flash Version Mappack (Score 2, Insightful) 189

Prelude is nowhere near as fun/polished as TFV. There are bits of dialog that make me wonder if the creators were paying attention AT ALL when they played Portal themselves (so many things in Prelude don't make sense). I'm trying very hard not to come out and say that Prelude was intelligence-insultingly dumb, but there it is.

However, it was quite challenging, and if THAT is what you're looking for, Prelude has it in abundance.

But of the two, I highly HIGHLY recommend TFV, and I will outright DISrecommend Prelude. Prelude was way hyped when it came out and was a terrible disappointment. And, not that it has a bearing on quality, but TFV has a comparatively tiny download (as it mostly reuses the resources in Portal and HL2). 40 megs, vs the 20-times-larger 800+ meg Prelude.

(I may perhaps be a little bitter regarding Prelude, as I was really looking forward to its release. And I will say that it is maybe a bit better than a lot of the stand-alone fan maps. But Portal and TFV were so, SO much better.)

Prelude = a challenge; TFV = a fun game

Comment Re:Other nuggets (Score 2, Informative) 402

Silly commenters always have such a skewed sense of reading comprehension. The trips were:

Tampa - Houston - London
Paris (CDG) - Newark - Tampa

The "missing segment" is how the traveler got to Paris from London without flying, not from Newark to Tampa The answer, of course, is a train (ever hear of the Chunnel?)

Comment Re:Story? (Score 1) 278

THAT's the part that bothers you?

How about: Humans fly half way across the galaxy, and encounter aliens roughly the same shape that also have a cultural hangup about exposed boobs.

(It's not just that they are essentially humans in furry suits, they are AMERICANS in furry suits. Boobs=bad, violence=OK)

Comment PAX != E3 (Score 4, Interesting) 101

The question is, after the attempts to scale it back to a much more exclusive event has E3 managed to escape obscurity and defeat at the hands of up-and-comers like PAX?

E3 is about games.
PAX is about gamers.

They're fundamentally different, and not really in competition with each other. I'm not sure where the submitter even got this question; E3 battling obscurity isn't mentioned in the article, nor is PAX, nor other expos at all.


How Comic Fans & Shops Are Stereotyped 387

brumgrunt writes "Why do TV shows, such as 30 Rock, The Simpsons, Heroes, and Everybody Loves Raymond, persist in so ferevently stereotyping comic book fans and stores? Den of Geek has pulled together eight examples, with video evidence to back them up ..." Minus one point for doubling up on Malcolm in the Middle. Plus 10 points for referencing Spaced, which I hope you all have seen.

Comment Re:Not anytime soon (Score 1) 393

Text to speech isn't anywhere near 100% yet.

Did you mean speech to text? I dunno, here's an actual Google Voice transcription I got recently:

well google voice driver back man on the day he how you're doing at all so lee the four on friday i'm at in the review and anyway gimme a call back i'll talk to you later bye

Seems pretty clear to me. /s

Reviews: Star Trek 544

On these pages, admitting that you are a Trekkie is not a mark of shame; it's more like admitting that you are a carbon-based life form, which is true of almost all of us. I watch every movie. I've seen every episode of every series. And as my wife will tell you, I scream "F*** you Rick Berman!' during the credits every time I see it. So when JJ Abrams got a crack at a reboot, I was hopeful. The short review is that I liked it. Keep reading; I'll keep the spoilers down to a minimum. (Continued below.)

Comment Re:This wouldn't be a problem if... (Score 1) 282

Multiple small warheads can be more efficient than one large one. And ironically, small warheads are "cleaner", making less fallout.

I thought the opposite was true: the more powerful the blast, the greater percentage of radioactive particles sent into the upper atmosphere where they decay out of harm's way. Am I the only one that read the high energy weapons FAQ that came with Fallout 1?

Comment Re:responsiveness (Score 1) 300

[...] the developers will find a way to increase memory usage to compensate, perhaps by having to remember the entire memory state of each paused tab or some such.

As opposed to the current system where running tabs DON'T remember the entire memory state?

I'm not sure what variable types you're thinking of, but this seems to simply be the difference between executing the next instruction or waiting at the current position. Neither affects memory.

A possible way to implement something akin to this, if tabs did run in separate processes, would be to idle the processes that aren't the active tab. They'd still run, if necessary, but it would be at a lower priority than any normal process (including the active tab).

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