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General Discussion / An MMPI exam
« on: August 21, 2013, 11:09:39 PM »
A while back I took an MMPI exam a friend administered. It was pretty awesome. Flash forward a few years and I discover http://hacker.psychologi.st/ -- it'll even do the interpretation of your response (which is the annoying part). If you're concerned with having your personality displayed on the internet, take comfort in the fact that the site doesn't appear too popular and there's nothing to tie any submission to you save for an IP, and if you're that worried just use Tor. You should be using Tor for anything you do anyway, especially if you live in the good ol' US of A!

Take note that there's no point in lying on the exam, it just makes the results inaccurate and what's the point in learning something untrue about yourself?

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General Discussion / Recent headaches...
« on: June 15, 2011, 02:04:42 PM »
I figured I'd post it here.

Lately I've been getting these vicious headaches. Backstory to when they began so I can explain the origin of them:

It was a cold, windy day in November. Actually, I don't really remember the weather. I do remember waking up to a few e-mails that put my stress level somewhere over 9000. Someone in my fraternity had planned to throw a party entitled "GI Joes and Army Hoes" on Veteran's Day weekend. (Why do I care? I was the treasurer of the fraternity at the time.) Someone working at the school saw the Facebook event about it and sent an e-mail to us and our national contact. We're not allowed to throw parties, so the carbon copy sent to headquarters terrified me. We break a lot of rules. We didn't need someone investigating. We had also been dealing with a lease on our house, and some bad news came in from the lawyer we had been talking with. So I was a gigantic bucket of stress. I got a headache shortly after reading all of those e-mails and it developed into the worst headaches I've ever had. I went to go get lunch and literally could not do anything but complain about the headache. Light was very bright, sound was very loud, doing anything just made my head throb twice as hard. Not my entire head, either. The front left part of my head, right above my eye in particular. After a half-hour or so it went away. I had no idea why that headache was so painful but just went on with my day.

Since then, any headache I get is that painful and can generally be described like the one above. Headaches are very infrequent but when they happen they reduce me to lying in bed (usually on the verge of crying) waiting for the pain to go away because I'm incapable of doing anything else. And generally afterwards I just fall asleep.

I've done some investigating of my own and have pieced together the following bits of information that may or may not have a direct relation to my headache:

  • My family has a history of cluster headaches and migraine headaches. My father gets cluster headaches, his mother/father (one of the two) gets (got?) migraine headaches. So I'm not without a history and it could be one of these. The duration that they last tells me it's a cluster headache (migraines last 4+ hours? definitely would die if this happened) but the level of pain described (the "worst pain in medical science"/"worse than childbirth") seems extreme. Though I can't say for sure I've had anything more painful happen to me.
  • They frequently seemed to happen when I took caffeine pills. Lately I've deduced that to just being related to caffeine. It's not 100% accurate/consistent but generally when I have caffeine my head throbs like all hell some hours later after (I presume) the caffeine wears off. I used to get headaches from not drinking caffeine in high school but drinking caffeine-infused products tended to solve that. It doesn't work anymore.
  • They happen randomly and unpredictably for the most part. There was a solid period of my life when I didn't get them. Then I took a caffeine pill when I had a ton of stuff to accomplish and BAM! headache! I got one in the middle of my E&M final this quarter and, unable to think or finish, got the worst score of my life on a final (48%).
  • (This one is most recent) When I rub my eyes, put pressure on my eyes and/or blow my nose, it seems to temporarily relieve a bit of the pain. This tells me it could be a sinus-related headache, though I'm not sure a sinus infection could last this long (8 months) and only cause painful headaches. I want to dismiss this one though, as I am suffering the lingering effects of a cold currently.

Anybody care to give me some pointers besides going to see a doctor? I doubt a doctor is going to do anything when I describe headache symptoms so I figure it's a waste of my time. But you are all generally more intelligent than the rest of society (who continually tells me it's a tumor) so I figure I'd get everyone's input on my issue.

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http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=30920

Some key gems:

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The White House press release was full of buzz phrases, but short on details. It did however indicate that the U.S. government may increasingly monitor filesharing networks and BitTorrent sites and assist media groups in their prosecution/threat letter efforts. It speaks of improved "law enforcement efforts at the Federal, state and local level."

The biggest effort, though, will be devoted to cracking down on piracy websites in the U.S. and overseas. The administration was short on details of how exactly it would convince piracy-loving nations like China to change their ways, but it did say it would try to do so by "being as public as we possibly can" about infringement.

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The White House's vision is perhaps a prelude to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which will go before Congress later this year. The bill would make P2P or BitTorrent client development a criminal offense if the distributed software was used for infringement. It also implements an interesting provision called "imminent infringement", which allows the government to charge people who they think might be about to infringe with a civil offense (for example if you searched "torrent daft punk"). This is among the first official "thought crime" provisions to be proposed by the U.S. government. The bill also makes it a criminal offense to bypass DRM.

But it's cool, right? I mean, if it was Bush, it would not be cool, but Obama? Yeah, that's cool. Eh?

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AntiVirus' Home for Lost Toys / MOVED: Happy Easter!
« on: April 04, 2010, 03:02:44 PM »
This topic has been moved to [x86] Announcements, because I want to steal it from your board, AV. YOU STINK. <3

http://forum.x86labs.org/index.php?topic=15229.0

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[x86] Announcements / x86 officially disbanded
« on: April 01, 2010, 02:46:15 PM »
APRIL FOOLS!

Hah. Suckers. With Starcraft 2 actively moving through beta, we'll be back FULL FORCE WHEN IT COMES OUT :D.

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General Discussion / Students arrested after 32% tuition hike approved
« on: November 20, 2009, 05:03:28 AM »
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/20/california.tuition.protests/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn

I can safely say I wasn't in that protest, but I know people who were! Ha!

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Gaming / Dragon Age: Origins
« on: November 05, 2009, 11:13:09 AM »
I picked it up (legally) as I'm a huge fan of Bioware RPGs (Neverwinter Nights series, Baldur's Gate series, Icewind Dale series, KOTOR series, Mass Effect, etc.) and 8 hours in I have not been let down. It is huge and awesome so far.

More to come when I get bored enough to post/don't have studying to do. 8)

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[x86] Announcements / A new member! Yeah!
« on: October 12, 2009, 03:57:06 AM »
Well, in my moments of sobriety I am proud to announce while1 passed his vote to join the clan. He passed with 8 yes votes and 3 abstain votes. No no votes!

Welcome buddy!

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Entertainment District / Classic horror/Halloween-themed movies?
« on: October 04, 2009, 06:08:42 PM »
Anyone got recommendations? I want to make sure I've seen everything people recommend. :)

e.g. The Exorcist, Alien, Halloween... things of that nature.

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[x86] Announcements / A new leader! Again@!
« on: October 02, 2009, 10:02:24 PM »
Yeah! New leaders have been elected.

In first place with 7 votes, it's iago.

In second place with 6 votes, it's sidoh. I broke a tie here and gave him one so I could safely say...

In third place with 5 votes, we have a new contender: chavo!

Woohoo!

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General Discussion / UC proposing 32% fee increase by next fall
« on: September 11, 2009, 02:46:23 AM »
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_13311456?nclick_check=1

What do you think? I think it's crap, but hey, I don't see any students outlashing in masses over this (because most of their parents are paying for school) so it'll probably pass. :(

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General Discussion / Firefox suggestions sluggish and slow?
« on: September 07, 2009, 05:26:25 PM »
I had problems where I'd type 'f' and it would take a good 10-15 seconds to give me suggestions/previous browser visits.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/13878 fixed that problem. Apparently, Firefox uses SQLite to store stuff, and rather than deleting old rows, it just marks them as 'deleted' so the file gets huge and bloated.

This purges the old ones. Defragments it and makes it awesome!

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General Discussion / Driving while texting
« on: August 30, 2009, 03:26:55 PM »
(The title is appropriate -- when you're texting, it requires most of your attention, the driving happens to be a side thing at that point!)

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/08/29/1224250/Utah-Law-Punishes-Texters-As-Much-As-Drunks-In-Driving-Fatalities?art_pos=23

What are your thoughts?

15 years seems excessive as a punishment, but I'm completely fine with people being sent to jail for texting while driving, especially if they get in an accident. It's willingly taking your eyes off the road and endangering everyone else around. At least when you're drunk your judgement is legitimately clouded. (Not that either is OK.)

Perhaps even just a minimal fine for texting while driving? Much like how California now doesn't allow anyone to chat on the phone while driving unless they have a hands-free way of talking.

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Entertainment District / Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
« on: August 29, 2009, 03:33:51 AM »
http://www.smbc-comics.com/

Pretty good comic strip. If you want to kill a bit of time, go read it. It's SFW for the most part, although some subjects touch on sex. No nudity though.

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Entertainment District / Superjail!
« on: August 29, 2009, 03:01:27 AM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superjail!

Horribly awkward yet amazingly awesome TV series on Adult Swim. Each episode is ~10 minutes long... and it's a trip to watch. Tons of violence, somehow the episodes are all connected, and if you partake in recreational drug use, it's sure to make your head hurt.

Go watch!

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