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by cphite
Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear fusion!
Replies: 64
Views: 12495

Re: Nuclear fusion!

All you need are magnets, a turbine, a building, and really good computers. And considering that computing power is dirt cheap, and turbines and buildings are not new tech, a commercial reactor would probably cost on the order of a mid-sized coal plant -- if not less. Heck, I have magnets and compu...
by cphite
Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.
Replies: 81
Views: 47503

Re: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.

Well, my first OS was OS-9 on a TRS-80 Color Computer.... you can get an idea of how old that is by the fact that they thought it necessary to mention "color" in the name. At the time, I thought it was awesome - I was twelve years old and this machine is pretty much what led me to a life o...
by cphite
Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Desktop PC powers on, then off
Replies: 3
Views: 2496

Re: Desktop PC powers on, then off

Questions: 1. Is it possible for a short in the motherboard, or a bad capacitor, to blow a power supply? 2. Is it bad when capacitors bulge at the top? 3. Is it possible to test a new power supply without fitting it? I'm pretty sure this is possible, but if it isn't, then it makes me think the comp...
by cphite
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Memory leak?
Replies: 6
Views: 1841

Re: Memory leak?

existentialpanda: are you opting to view processes from all users? As an aside, it's usually suggested you don't run multiple AV programs at once, too. I haven't been viewing processes from all users, but I switched to that just now and it's exactly the same except with svchost visible as well - th...
by cphite
Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: My Macbook won't eject my disc!?
Replies: 3
Views: 1947

Re: My Macbook won't eject my disc!?

My macbook is an OS X 10.6.7 and it has been doing pretty good until today. I put in a disc, thinking that there was no disc inside because there was no icon that was displayed on the desktop. but then, i realised too late that there was already a disc inside. So now there are two discs in my macbo...
by cphite
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Outrageous utility bill
Replies: 15
Views: 5015

Re: Outrageous utility bill

Alright, so after calling the gas company I'm fairly certain the bill is so high simply because we're heating the upstairs as well. The person on the phone told me my friend's gas bill amount (which I'm pretty sure is something they aren't supposed to do, but... meh) and his house is in the same si...
by cphite
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Web Browser not working due to windows error
Replies: 8
Views: 4782

Re: Web Browser not working due to windows error

So i had three web browsers installed Internet explorer , Google chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Suddenly none of them would even start. Every time they are started all i get is an error message saying pages wont load. I re installed them but still they ain't working. So i installed opera (this browser...
by cphite
Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Any CD/DVD inserted into the driver is read as being blank
Replies: 5
Views: 1511

Re: Any CD/DVD inserted into the driver is read as being bla

So, I have a pretty much brand new laptop. Never had any software or hardware issues. Without any hardware or system changes, suddenly it stopped "reading" any DVDs or Cds. It's not that they aren't detected, they are all read as being blank which is untrue for the great majority of them....
by cphite
Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: AVG stealing CPU
Replies: 3
Views: 1979

Re: AVG stealing CPU

Hey guys I have a netbook (don't have the specs to hand, but it has 3 gigs of ram and is about two years old) which has windows seven on it, and I have installed avg free. I have found that avg has a process (avgrsa) that steals up to half my CPU. Now the laptop has a lot of other problems with it'...
by cphite
Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Outrageous utility bill
Replies: 15
Views: 5015

Re: Outrageous utility bill

A lot of utility companies only actually read the meters every couple of months and then estimate the months in between. It may be that this month was an estimate, or it may be that their last couple of estimates were low and now you're paying the difference. Call them, have them come out and verify...
by cphite
Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Earbuds broken
Replies: 2
Views: 807

Re: Earbuds broken

I'm on my third pair of earbuds from different makers that has developed a specific fault after about a week: a buzzing echo, always in the right earpiece at a specific frequency (reproducible by whatever sound effect happens when you type a message in Pidgin). I feel like maybe one of the music tr...
by cphite
Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Smartphone with no phone plan
Replies: 9
Views: 2734

Re: Smartphone with no phone plan

Yoh. My wife needs to get a smart phone for work (long story). We're looking at all these smart phones, since tablets are too big, and the iPod Touch is a little excessive for her needs. However, almost every single other smart phone out there comes with the phone plan, and if you don't use it as a...
by cphite
Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!
Replies: 77
Views: 49245

Re: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!

Hello All, I'm just starting here on the XKCD fora, and have always been interested in science. I'm not particularly good at math, but I do have interesting (at least to me) ideas, and sometimes, I would like to bounce them off smart people who are good at math but less imaginative. =) I have sent ...
by cphite
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How to rebuild a RAID without formatting.
Replies: 1
Views: 1587

Re: How to rebuild a RAID without formatting.

If you have another Windows PC that works, how about just connecting the drives from your broken PC to that one (as additional drives, not replacing your system drive) and do your work there? Or make a Ubuntu CD (or better yet, a USB drive) boot from that, and use it to copy the files you need from ...
by cphite
Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 203816

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stan

Hated:
The Great Gatsby
Great Expectations
The Good Earth
The Catcher In The Rye
Animal Farm

Liked:
Fahrenheit 451
Frankenstein
by cphite
Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Sudden loss of performance
Replies: 13
Views: 2067

Re: Sudden loss of performance

Another thing you could try... grab a copy of Ubuntu off their website, and install it as a bootable USB key. There are instructions on the site - it's not difficult at all. Boot up to Ubuntu (you're not installing anything, just booting) and play around for a while. You won't have access to any of ...
by cphite
Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Sudden loss of performance
Replies: 13
Views: 2067

Re: Sudden loss of performance

I've filled about 5% of my 500 GB hard drive. I had a couple 11 and 15 errors about a day before the problem started. Lots of "RTL8167" warnings - 6 in the last 4 days, after none for weeks. Google seems to tell me that some people are having problems related to it and right now that's al...
by cphite
Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Sudden loss of performance
Replies: 13
Views: 2067

Re: Sudden loss of performance

Aaaaand Excel just crashed. Not even doing heavy work, it just froze. Is the antivirus pretty definitely the problem here, or is there anything else I should try before reinstalling it? I wouldn't go as far as saying definitely - it just fits what I've seen in past machines with problems you're des...
by cphite
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Sudden loss of performance
Replies: 13
Views: 2067

Re: Sudden loss of performance

In the past when I've seen systems slow down like this and also report no AV program when you have one installed, the problem was often related to the AV program. Try uninstalling Norton's (make sure you're either offline or behind a firewall) and running without it, and see if performance improves....
by cphite
Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I hate AT&T
Replies: 7
Views: 2996

Re: I hate AT&T

LOL! I somehow love it when "drilling the hole in the floor" seems to be the best solution even in the 21st century. It sure beats running a cable out the window, down the wall, and into a basement window. :) Even in the 21st century, sometimes a wire is better. And when a wire is better,...
by cphite
Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0998: "2012"
Replies: 63
Views: 15952

Re: 0998: "2012"

Quite a good comic, and quite an interesting thread. I'm looking at going to University next year to do Physics/Astrophysics. I recently started dating a girl who started to tell me about the end of the world. I had to just stop her and say "You do realize what a physicist is right? If I start...
by cphite
Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Is my IP address different for each thing on my network?
Replies: 12
Views: 2003

Re: Is my IP address different for each thing on my network?

1. Find a friend you trust who plays the mod from a different location. 2. Give them the item; preferably to a magic-user character who's high enough level to warrant having it. 3. Let them use the item for a couple of weeks. 4. Have them give it back, this time to your magic-user character. If anyo...
by cphite
Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0996: Making Things Difficult
Replies: 104
Views: 34460

Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Seriously? A comic that both infantilises his wife ('nuh-uh') and sexualises her cancer treatment? That's awful. Some people find it hard to cope with the embarrassment of having to undress for the doctor; the idea of linking medical examination with flashing your tits so a man will give you a pres...
by cphite
Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 20183

Re: How do people get all these coins?

The thing that puzzles me is how individuals end up with vast piles of coins. Businesses I understand - but they have cash management services from their banks. I can imagine an eight-year-old saving pennies, but an adult? Usually when I pay with cash, I just hand over the bills and take whatever c...
by cphite
Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democracy and AI
Replies: 27
Views: 4506

Re: Democracy and AI

1. It seems likely that programs could copy themselves with relative ease. Even if sentience introduces a degree of randomness in terms of a personality development, you can probably be reasonably sure that a copy of yourself (including all of your experiences to date) will agree with you on most i...
by cphite
Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: $131M taxpayer dollars annually to fund quackery
Replies: 31
Views: 6068

Re: $131M taxpayer dollars annually to fund quackery

The problem with NCCAM is not that they study alternative medicines- as pointed out, it's useful to know when folk remedies aren't effective. The problem is that the congressional backers of NCCAM are believers in alternative medicines, and so the agency's incentives are to find things that work. A...
by cphite
Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons...Best version?
Replies: 10
Views: 16148

Re: Dungeons and Dragons...Best version?

For all you gaming nerds out there...What was(is) the best version of Dungeons and Dragons. Your options, if I recall correctly, are: Dungeons and Dragons Advanced Dungeons and Dragons AD&D 2ed AD&D 3ed Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 D&D 4.0 Personally, I'm completely won over by 2ed. I disli...
by cphite
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Splitting Ethernet
Replies: 13
Views: 2711

Re: Splitting Ethernet

I currently have a wireless router hooked up to my cable modem, with all of it's ports full. I was wondering if it is possible to "split" one of the ethernet cords in order to hook it up to another device. will my router be able to handle 2 connections into a single port? It just does not...
by cphite
Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: It's probably just old
Replies: 6
Views: 931

Re: It's probably just old

Quite often nowadays my computer will freeze up untill I move the mouse over the toolbar at the bottom, which will cause the screen to go black. Sometimes it flicks back on a second later with my computer unfrozen, and sometimes it stays black forcing me to do a hard restart. Reset button doesn't a...
by cphite
Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Germ Theory vs Evolution
Replies: 9
Views: 2837

Re: Germ Theory vs Evolution

Minerva wrote:There are only two kinds of people in the world who ever talk about "germ theory" at all today.

They are either (a) anti-medicine crackpots or (b) science historians.


Which one are you?
by cphite
Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Laptop Changes Screen Resolution Every 30 Seconds
Replies: 10
Views: 2818

Re: Laptop Changes Screen Resolution Every 30 Seconds

Why would it change resolution whenever it closes? Doesn't it just turn off when it closes? So far, adjusting or moving the screen hasn't set it off, and it seems to have stopped. How long was it doing this? If it just happened a couple of times, you may have had a driver update or something and it...
by cphite
Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is there a set amount of Water on the Earth?
Replies: 16
Views: 2732

Re: Is there a set amount of Water on the Earth?

Some water enters our atmosphere when fragments of things like icy comet-like objects enter the atmosphere. Some water is lost, for example, when astronauts carry drinking water on their spacecraft. But the overall amount really doesn't change much. It's kind of funny when some people say things li...
by cphite
Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is there a set amount of Water on the Earth?
Replies: 16
Views: 2732

Re: Is there a set amount of Water on the Earth?

Some water enters our atmosphere when fragments of things like icy comet-like objects enter the atmosphere. Some water is lost, for example, when astronauts carry drinking water on their spacecraft. But the overall amount really doesn't change much. It's kind of funny when some people say things li...
by cphite
Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Whats with Unbridled Confidence In the Oilfield?
Replies: 7
Views: 2710

Re: Whats with Unbridled Confidence In the Oilfield?

I work for a Oilfield service company and I keep hearing how "strong" the oilfield/energy sector is going to be in the next few years. We are hiring like madmen, as well as building equipment at an unprecedented rate. I don't get it, We have the American economy which looks like it is goi...
by cphite
Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Virus? (GLBD4E2.tmp)
Replies: 1
Views: 703

Re: Virus? (GLBD4E2.tmp)

So I was just sitting here on my computer when an installer popped up. It wanted me to select a country for 'this installation'. I was suspicious since I haven't installed anything today (although I did install several things yesterday). I opened system monitor since I was suspicious and saw that t...
by cphite
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 38164

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

If everyone paid their hospital bill out of pocket, a single Tylenol tablet wouldn't cost five dollars during your visit. And any actual serious procedure would bankrupt a large portion of patients. And costs for procedures aren't skyrocketing because of socialized medicine. They're skyrocketing be...
by cphite
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Electoral College
Replies: 109
Views: 10838

Re: Electoral College

Someone is going to have to explain this to me. I could understand it's use back in the days before calculators when it would be very difficult to add the votes of each state, but with the advent of technology that can relatively easily tally the votes of every voter why do we still bother with it?...
by cphite
Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: New drivers, kicking a computer and no display.
Replies: 12
Views: 2005

Re: New drivers, kicking a computer and no display.

So after repeatedly removing and resetting the CPU it is working again. Hooray! But.... All of my video and games now stutter, making everything unplayable. CPU damage? Could be CPU damage, video card damage, or any number of broken things on your motherboard. The fact that repeatedly removing and ...
by cphite
Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bioweapons research on Plum Island, NY
Replies: 14
Views: 3030

Re: Bioweapons research on Plum Island, NY

Bah, I never understood the effectiveness of the Geneva Conventions. Under what circumstances would you ever get 2 sides to agree to only kill each other in a humane manner, but couldn't get them to just not kill each other in the first place? I doubt the dead care whether they were killed by poiso...
by cphite
Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Should we make students memorize the quadratic formula?
Replies: 61
Views: 8379

Re: Should we make students memorize the quadratic formula?

It can be a useful time-saver to be able to quickly write it down without thinking. And in about Grade 9, I remember the teacher drilling the formula into us, having us recite it in words: "the opposite of b, plus or minus the square root of, b squared minus 4ac, all over 2a." Students in...

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