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General Discussion / MUSIC : Recommend me movie soundtracks
« on: April 17, 2012, 08:28:43 pm »
All I listen to are movie scores, and would like some new ones to keep me interested. Ignore the basics (star wars, lotr, the pixar films i've seen, and the [good] batman series).

General Discussion / GoDaddy Reaps What it Sows
« on: December 25, 2011, 01:48:50 pm »

GoDaddy has lost over 60,000 accounts because of the whole SOPA fiasco.

Gaming / Max Payne 3 March 2012
« on: September 25, 2011, 04:56:59 pm »

I loved MP 1 and MP2. With that said, I have no intention of buying a new machine for video gaming, since I don't care enoguh to make time for it. If it runs on my laptop with built in Intel, great, otherwise I won't partake.


General Programming / Perl oddities
« on: August 26, 2011, 06:28:32 pm »
Today at work I discovered Perl has an "OR" operator and the usual "||" operator. They have different precedence. In fact, "OR" is the lowest of operators.


General Discussion / Dune
« on: August 23, 2011, 10:14:21 pm »
I had never heard of this, but the game looks interesting. Can I be Paul of Dune and release a jihad on the galaxy?
I am a bit disappointed with Dune. I think I may have as a child read it, but I have no recollection of doing so. I picked it up again a few weeks ago... Books 1 and 2 were incredibly fun to read; I couldn't force myself through Book 3 and gave up.

General Programming / Perl Getopts question
« on: June 09, 2011, 06:25:44 pm »
Relevant code:

Code: [Select]
use strict;
use Getopt::Std;
my %options;
getopts('hdPp:remno', \%options);

I want to call the help sub [which displays a help message] if either of the two following conditions are met:
1. the h flag is specified
2. getopts returns NO command-line options.

Here's what I've tried, with various errors
help() if($options{'h'} || !defined \%options || !defined $options);

Anybody know what I'm doing wrong? Googling hasn't returned what I'm looking for. :-\

General Discussion / Noise-Cancelling Headphones
« on: April 26, 2011, 07:26:17 pm »
TLDR: Need a good pair. Price ~$200-300.

The perfect pair is:
-On the ear or over-the-ear... I am equally fine with either -- just want comfort! (I have huge ears)
-Decent sound quality, I don't much care if it's amazing
-I want it to be ... silent.. when I use the noise-cancelling. Not sure on a dB cutoff range, but I want to not have to listen to a room full of people
-Able to turn on/off the noise cancelling (optional but handy)

I'm leaning towards Bose's QuietComfort series.. I have used a friend's and while the sound quality is only okay, which I'm fine with, they drown out everything.

General Discussion / Building a new computer
« on: March 31, 2011, 02:02:54 pm »
I need a new general purpose workstation at home, so I browsed Newegg.
I like this combo set for a few reasons:
Processor super easy to OC and decently spec'd out of the box
1TB hard drive for all my piratin needz
Mobo has SATA3 and USB 3.0 ports galore

I'm still in the market for a:
Power supply

I don't think I'll be buying a video card anytime soon -- this is going to be never used for video games beyond Starcraft 1 or Warcraft III. But, if I want to buy one, would an nVIDIA card work? Or am I limited to ATI because this is a Crossfire motherboard?

Anyway, recommendations on the three things I'm looking for would be awesome.

General Discussion / Interesting sandbox hypothetical
« on: February 24, 2011, 07:21:23 pm »
Let's say you have a binary that "phones home". The machine on which it resides you have SSH access to, but cannot log in via root [or sudo]. How would you sandbox it so that all outgoing network traffic from the executable gets blocked?

General Discussion / Windows 7 Multiple Desktops
« on: February 19, 2011, 03:58:19 pm »
I run Win7-x64-Professional, and I'm hating that Win7 still does not support multiple desktops natively. I googled and there are a few solutions I found, but I don't know which ones are trustworthy and which ones are fully functional. For reference, I just need something that supports multiple desktops like XFCE has. Nothing pointless like Gnome's "animate while switching between desktops" stuff.

General Discussion / the new slashdot
« on: January 26, 2011, 12:47:27 am »
is everything wrong with webdesign today. ew.

General Programming / Brief refresher on C?
« on: January 23, 2011, 10:10:11 pm »
Google sucks at knowing that I want C and not CPP. Anyway, it's been a while since I've programed in C. Does anyone have a good small refresher in programming C? Preferrably online, not a paper book.

General Discussion / Blizzard
« on: December 11, 2010, 03:30:27 pm »
Hey guys

We've gotten a foot of snow in the last ~12 hours. It's projected to keep going, and then temps to drop below 0F.

This shit sucks. I better not lose internet.

General Discussion / DVD to AVI?
« on: August 08, 2010, 02:44:49 pm »
What software(s) do you guys use to rip a full dvd to an encoded AVI, MKV, or other format? Which format(s) do you prefer/why? I've got some DVDs I want to back up before they [eventually] die and am looking for some feedback..

General Discussion / Google Blog on Algorithms
« on: July 15, 2010, 11:43:38 pm »
I was randomly surfing the interwebs and I came across this blog post by Google: . It led me to wondering what, exactly, the google search algorithm looks like and how they managed to scale it so well that it returns a search with millions of potential results in 1 millisecond. Any ideas?

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