Berkeley CSUA MOTD:2002:September:26 Thursday <Wednesday, Friday>
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2002/9/26 [Uncategorized] UID:26010 Activity:nil
9/25    That thread was still active.  Restored.
2002/9/26 [Politics/Foreign/MiddleEast/Iraq] UID:26011 Activity:very high
9/25    Audio of quotes from '98 and '02 on Iraq
        \_ Well, duh.  Same could be said for the other side, dearie...
           What he said at the end (and was cut off in the sound bite)
           was more telling than the rest.  It's all a game for the members
           of our government to ... get re-elected?  More interesting than
           any of this is what's happening on cspan.  think for yourself.
                \_ Care to back up 'for the other side' with quotes
                   and evidence?  Until then...
                   \_ Okay, how 'bout Bush's turnaround on leases for oil
                      rigs in FL while his brother's seeking reelection.
                      hypocrisy runs deep all over washington.
                   \_ You won't get it.  You'll just get noise about it and
                      then get deleted from the motd as usual.  When they can't
                      do intellectually honest debate they just censor.
        \_ We threatened to invade Iraq in 1998 until they agreed to abide
           by UN resolutions. Same as now. No story, sorry Dittohead.
           \_ Except of course they didn't and we played the fool by blowing
              smoke and doing nothing just like the rest of 1992-2000.
2002/9/26 [Computer/Domains, Computer/Networking, Computer/SW/WWW/Browsers] UID:26012 Activity:high
9/25    I see ppl on the internet say "gg" to each other in a derogatory
        fashion. What the fuck does that mean? Damn internet.
        \_ blame starcraft, good game
           \_ internet chess way b4 starcraft
        \_ it means vagina in mandarin.
           \_ I thought mandarin was a tonal language so it matters how you
              pronounce it, not how you spell it.
              \_ I think (s)he just made it up.
           \_ uh, it actually means penis.
2002/9/26 [Computer/SW/OS/Windows, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:26013 Activity:moderate
9.25    I need to cut up a porn flick into smaller pieces.  Can anyone rec
        an AV editing ware?
        \_ That one with John Bobbit is good.
        \_ for what platform?  Windows?  in what format?  AVI?  Use
           VirtualDub (use direct stream copy
           mode) ... MPEG1?  Use Tsunami MPEG Encoder
  (File > MPEG Tools > Merge & Cut)
2002/9/26-27 [Uncategorized] UID:26014 Activity:moderate
9/26    How come all the TV and radio station names start with the letter 'K'?
        \_ I forget, but there's some archaic reason for it. But it's only
           west of the Mississippi that begin with "K"; east on it is "W".
           \_ No wonder!  In "Private Parts" Howard Stern worked for a radio
              station WNBC in New York, and I wondered why the name didn't
              start with 'K'.
              \_ You should do some more traveling.
        \_ In Mexico it's "X".  Just some trivia for you.
        \_ obGoogle
           \_ Interesting. The way I read this, the Ks and Ws are assigned in
              the opposite of the manner specified.
              \_ For ships, K=east and W=west. It seems the prefix for land
                 stations was reversed to prevent name-space collision.
           \_ Is that doc still in effect?  It says "KAA to KCZ..Germany and
              protectorates", yet we have KALX, KCBS, KCSM, etc.
              \_ From the recap.htm URL below: "[NOTE: KAA-KCZ was allocated
                 to Germany at this time, and was not assigned to the United
                 States until 1929.]"
              \_ Those are 4-letter stations, but the document specifically
                 addresses "a group of three letters". I believe the document
                 is referring to ship-based radio. The same site has more:
                 \_ KGO probably being one of the exceptions noted.
2002/9/26-27 [Transportation/Car, Transportation/Car/Hybrid] UID:26015 Activity:high
9/26    My 1995 Nissan Altima has about 112,000 miles.  In December 2000,
        the "Brake" and "battery" lights came on.  Within a couple days,
        the car died and I had to replace the alternator.  The same thing
        happened again in June 2001.  Now, the "Brake" and "Battery" lights
        are on again.  If history repeats itself, the car will die again
        within a few days.  And the mechanic will say I need to replace the
        alternator.  But I suspect that the problem may not ultimately be
        with the alternator.  Has anyone had this experience with their
        car?  What was the ultimate problem?  Is it be better to take the
        car to a dealer (I guess my warrantee is over), a private mechanic,
        or somewhere like Sears?  What is the problem likely to be, and how
        much should I expect to pay?  -asb
        \_ I had the same thing happen on my toyota.  Though with mine,
           replacing the alternator solved it.  Was the first replacement
           a new component?  Was there any warranty on it?  You may want
           to do a whole inspection of the electrical systems.  Check the
           distributor for a short or something.  Also there may be a timing
           problem that's stressing the alternator. --scotsman
           \_ good advice. alternators should last a lot longer that this.
              might want to check out your voltage regulator as it might
              be making your alternator work harder than it has to.
        \_You didn't mention it, but I hope that you're replacing the
          battery each time.  If not, your alternator will burn itself
          out trying to charge a dead cell.

vi user was here
2002/9/26-27 [Computer/SW/OS/OsX] UID:26016 Activity:high
9/26    What is the name of the unix program that convert line ending between
        ISO/unix, VAX/CMS/mac, and PC/Win?? ?
        \_ perl
           \_ java
        \_ what is the line end format on vax/cms/mac?
           \_ carriage return only.
        \_ dos2unix and unix2dos for uh dos2unix and unix2dos :-)  I have no
           idea for the others.
           \- emacs has a number of modes for this. --psb
2002/9/26-27 [Computer/SW/Languages, Computer/SW/Mail] UID:26017 Activity:moderate
9/26    Is there a way to get procmail to send a bounce?
* ^From.**
* !^X-Loop:
| (/usr/bin/formail -r -A"X-Loop:" ; \
        echo " is not a valid address.") | $SENDMAIL -t
        \_ Not exactly what I want... I want a MAILER-DAEMON style reply.
2002/9/26-27 [Politics/Domestic/911, Politics/Domestic/President] UID:26018 Activity:insanely high
9/26    Watergate quality mess for the Dems.
        [Why do you keep deleting this newsworthy link?] :
        "The story has received national media attention. Articles have
        appeared on political Web sites for CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, the Washington
        Post and others."
        And the followup link as they narrow down who is going to jail:
        \_ hmm, in one case a disgruntled worker leaks a tape he made of
           a strategy meeting for a senate seat, in another the president
           has the cia break and enter, bug, and photograph key documents
           of the opposing candidate.  Not to mention a highly detailed cover
           up that includes lieing to congress.  Yah I can see why you
           think they on the same level.
2002/9/26-27 [Politics/Domestic/California] UID:26019 Activity:high
9/26    Let's say a certain state wants to split from the US and become a
        separate country, is there any legal way to do it?  Can it run a
        popular vote within the state, similar to what Quebec did?
        \_ yes, there is a process for this.
        \_ No, there is no way to do this.  Some tried it in the mid 1800's (you
           may have heard of it) but it didn't work.
           \_ you can create an amendment to do almost anything.
              \_ It would never pass.  Once you join the Union, you're in for
                 good.  Think of it like the GPL.
                 \_ whether it would pass or not is a separate issue.  The
                    question is whether there is a legal way to do it.  There
                    is, even if it is quite unlikely.
                    \_ No.  There is no way currently to do it legally
                       (with the exception of Texas, actually).
                        \_ I thought New Hampshire or Vermont also had the
                           mythical "escape clause"?  Also, if you're going
                           go get into legal technicalities, I believe
                           international law would permit HI and CA to
                           secede, as they were annexed (albeit with the
                           consent of their respective governments at the
                           time)  -John
                           \_ Huh -- that's pretty interesting.  I'll have
                              to look into this more.  Thanks!     -mice
           Take the above with grain of salt.
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