Berkeley CSUA MOTD:2003:January:09 Thursday <Wednesday, Friday>
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2003/1/9 [Computer/SW/Apps/Media, Computer/HW/Display, Computer/HW/Drives] UID:27038 Activity:nil
2003/1/9-10 [Computer/SW/Editors, Computer/SW/OS/FreeBSD, Computer/SW/OS/OsX] UID:27039 Activity:high
1/9     Is there a program that keeps diary?  I know any text editor would
        suffice but I would something which has a nice way of letting me
        go to a particular day's entry etc.
        \_ ED! ED is the STANDARD diary editor!
        \_ Dunno about windows, but for FreeBSD/linux there's a gtk app
           that does something like this, and can publish to a weblog too.
           The name escapes me, but you can find it in the misc directory
           of the ports tree.
        \_ It would take you about 5 mins to write such a progam in c
        \_ It would take you about 5 mins to write such a program in c
           or perl.
           \_ There are so many things you could do yourself....
           \_ i have noticed that not every member of the csua can code.
              i believe this is by design.
              \_ so there's always someone around to mock?
        \_ I like MacJournal for OS X.
           \_ Thanks.  What about something that does flowcharts?
                \_ OmniGaffle is supposed to be pretty good, but
                   its not free.
2003/1/9-10 [Computer/SW/Security, Computer/SW/RevisionControl] UID:27040 Activity:very high
1/9     I need an archive/revision-control system that keep the repository,
        which is left a relative public system, encrypted.  CVS does not seem
        to do that.  What is an (free/open-source) alternative?
        \_ Do you mean "encrypted on disk" or "requires encrypted
           transmission"?  CVS does the latter; you need to set CVS_RSH=ssh
           and do some more config on the server (there are howtos online).
           For the former, maybe a file system that encrypts data to disk?
           \_ I mean that the (CVSROOT) repository is encrypted on disk.
              I don't need heavy weight encryption.  It is to thwart
              opportunistic voyeur.  -- OP
              \_ rot13.
                 \_ rot26!
              \_ chmod 600 your cvsroot
2003/1/9-10 [Computer/Networking, Consumer/TV, Recreation/Media] UID:27041 Activity:high
1/9     Anyone know of a good DSL provider in berkeley?  I'm currently using
        DirectTV and they're shutting down soon.  I need a month-to-month
        contract as I'm graduating this semester.
        \_ Try <DEAD><DEAD>.
           \_ I second.
        \_ dslextreme, DSi, sonic. I am personally moving to cyberonic
           because I was sold out by their upload speed. They offer
           1500/768Kbps for 50/month with a static IP.
        \_ DTV is shutting down?  I just got mine!
           \_ DirectTV DSL is shutting down. DirectTV Sat. is going
        \_ Speakeasy is very good, I've had no problems, they offer shell
           accounts, They give back to the community (e.g. hosting
           rpmfind for free) and most importantly: if you sign up they will
           give me money: -crebbs
2003/1/9 [Politics/Foreign] UID:27042 Activity:high
1/9     What means "My country, right or wrong"? Is it "America: Love it or
        leave it" or "It's still my country, even though I'm under no
        obligation to support the current administration"?
        \_ Proof is left up to the reader.
        \_ Neither.
        \_  Neither, but closer to the first. It means: "As for me, I say,
             Whether it is right or wrong 'It's still my country', so It
             is my duty to support it".  I was never a big fan of the quote
             even when I was a big Patriot.
             \_ Thank you.  The reason I ask is that I happen to be proud
                of the general idea of America and the potential of its
                democratic institutions even though I thoroughly oppose
                the current administration.  It would appear, then, that
                this slogan carries too many contrary connotations to
                be useful to me.  --op
                \_ Yeah, we'd be much better off with a socialist like Gore in
                   office.  You obviously need a slogan more like, "from each
                   according to his ability, to each according to his desire
                   and degree of slack laziness".  Get a job, kid.
                   \_ Ah, the flamer answers.  Got a job, bitch.  You
                      need to get a moral compass that doesn't point
                      to your wallet.
2003/1/9-10 [Computer/HW/Laptop] UID:27043 Activity:nil
1/9     Good prices for older generation laptops (Thinkpad R31 ($725) and
        Compaq N600C ($999)).  Both solidly built, especially the Compaq:
2003/1/9-10 [Transportation/Car] UID:27044 Activity:high
1/9     AAA is raising my homeowner's insurance premium up by $200+ to
        $1040 a year.  I tried to switch to State Farm but got turned down
        because I had a claim in the last 3 years.  Am I screwed until the
        3 year passes?  Anybody know of another company that offers HO
        insurance and doesn't check or doesn't mind if I had a previous claim?
        \_ Good luck buddy. Insurance companies are now looking at the
           bottom line to keep their stockholders happy. If you've made a
           claim and they haven't dropped you, consider yourself lucky.
           \_ What's the point of having insurance if you can never claim it?
              Then they're just taking your money and offering nothing
              in return.
              \_ yes. smart for them huh? the only reason is for the really
                 huge claims.
        \_ Somewhat along the subject: anyone know of a cheap renter's
           insurance company?
        \_ California is so incredibly anti-insurance company and anti-business
           in general, you're lucky to have any insurance at this point.  I
           only got mine because my parents were personal friends of the guy
           making the decision.
           \_ The last couple of big CA disasters really  slapped around the
              insurance companies. The new threat during the current housing
              boom is mold. Think near total loss for a relatively new house.
              VERY bad for insurance. They hiding until they can find a way
              around the mold problem.
              \_ It's nothing to do with that.  It's more about the non
                 existent interest rates and stock market gains they can
                 make on your premium dollars.  My motorcycle policy
                 renewal had an eightfold increase requested, so I had
                 to shop around for another carrier.
        \_ Damn. I have Allstate with no claims. I pay about $400/year. My
           house is worth more than the median in LA. $1040?! Damn. --dim
        \_ Ok, I am getting shafted for good.  I called around to several
           other insurance companies and they all gave me the same story.
           Had a claim in the last 3 years?  Fuck off.  I strongly advice
           everybody NOT to file a claim unless it's for some big loss.
           I've gotten AAA to lower it by $200 by choosing the $1000 deductible
           option.  That's still around $800 a year.  FUCK!  My only
           consolation is that my wife is self-employeed and keeps a home
           office so this premium is deductable as a business expense. -OP
           \_ Raise your deductible even more. You won't want to make a
              claim unless there's many thousands in damage anyway. Try
              $2500. This isn't your car where you want a $500 deductible.
              You shouldn't use this insurance much and when you *really*
              need it you won't mind the extra $1500. --dim
        \_ Insurance is meant to prevent you from financial ruin with a loss,
           it's not meant as a home warranty.  Keep your deductables high,
           and don't claim anything short of a major loss and you will be fine.
        \_ Look in the Yellow Pages for a local "Insurance Broker", they can
           shop around some of the smaller insurance companies to get you a
           better price/any coverage since you have a claim.  That's what
           I had to do when buying my house since there previous owner
           had made a claim a couple years ago. --randal
2003/1/9-10 [Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:27045 Activity:high
1/9     I started a new job and all the computers here use Windows XP. I've
        never used it before and I vaguely remember people talking about how
        it 'spies' on you etc. Anything I should watch out for or settings
        I should change?
        \_ Check the archives.  There was a decent article posted some time
           ago that you might find helpful/informative.        -mice
        \_ Nyet. Is good for you and USA. Helps stamp out terrorist, drug
           dealer, and child pornography too.
           \_ You're an idiot.  By trivialising real issues you are actually
              hurting the cause of freedom in this country.  Please STFU.
              \_ You forgot to add "get a job."
              \_ You are a poo-poo head.
2003/1/9 [Uncategorized] UID:27046 Activity:nil
1/9     New rule.  If ya' duzn't know how t'use indefinite articles (actually
        it seems definite articles are some problem fo' some too) ya' aint
        allowed t'post on de motd.  Dat's it.  Go away and learn some little
        basic fuckin' honky talk.  Sheesh.  FOBism isn't sexy.  Slap mah fro!
        \_ ah' second dis moshun.
2003/1/9-10 [Reference/Tax] UID:27047 Activity:high
1/9     What tax software do you love and what do you hate? I am returning
        TurboTax because of the issues mentioned here a few days ago and I
        want to know what to replace it with. Anybody like/dislike H&RBLock
        TaxCut? It offers the same things as TurboTax and is 15$ cheaper.
        \_ Update: Intuit refunded me the purchase with a single email request.
        \_ I have been using TurboTax for a few years with mixed feelings.
           Last year I tried TaxCut.  I ran into some problems
           (unfortunately, I forgot what), and went back to TurboTax.
        \_ I'v used TurboTax for the last 4 years.  And I won't be buying
           another Intuit product until they remove "product activation".  Some
           have suggested elsewhere--it's free at least.
           \_ Just downloaded it to give a try. It's pretty straightforward
              but keeps bugging me to buy their other software. Whuddya want
              fer nuthin, I suppose.
        \_ My dad has been using taxcut for several years. He likes the
           program and hasn't run into any problems with it. --ranga
        \_ there was an SJ Mercury article on people complaining about
           the new Turbo Tax.
2003/1/9-10 [Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:27048 Activity:moderate
1/9     The Bush White House has an "opinion line"for you to call. So, if
        you oppose the proposed war in Iraq, give a call.  The line only
        accepts calls from 9-5 EST., Monday thru Friday.  Just call the
        White House at 202-456-1111.  A machine will detain you for only
        a moment  then a pleasant operator  will thank you for saying, "I
        oppose, or I approve." Or you will be given a chance to leave a
        40 seconds recorded message.  It will only take minutes.  Note
        that the weekends are closed for calls. Bush has said that he
        wants to know what the American people are thinking.  Let him
        know .  Time is running out. Then please send this e-mail message
        to five other people right away.
                Tell them what you think.  1 phone call ! equals 10-20
        people who didn't call.  Pass it on to friends.
        \_ "Hey Dick, some hippy dippy lima bean says DONT BOMB
            IRAQ.  HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA"
        \_ Can I call to oppose his bad tax bill?
           \_ What's bad about it?  *You* don't get other people's money?
              \_ 1. I don't like giving my money to rich people as child
                    tax credit.
                 2. Tax break for dividend is dumb, according to WSJ
                    article.  Should give dividend paying corporation
                    the tax break.
                 3. Average American get tax break of $265 not $1000+
                    as Bush said.
                 4. Most middle-income Americans savings are in 401k,
                    IRAs, etc., which essentially still have to pay
                    dividend taxes.
        \_ And when you call to say you oppose it, will they send
           Special Forces to your house to detain you as an enemy combatant
           in the name of National Security?  Because they can now.
        \_ If you are not with us, you are with the terrorists.
           \_ Is that who my co-workers are?  I thought they looked
2003/1/9 [Transportation/Car, Finance] UID:27049 Activity:nil
1/9     when a girl says you're not ambitious enough does that mean you're
        not rich enough? you don't have a big house? you don't have the right
        degrees? right car? what does that mean?
        \_ It means that you have no purpose in life, no plan for the future,
           no thoughts on improving yourself.
        \_ a girl is quite capable of asking "are you rich enough"  It usually
           comes out as "what kind of car do you drive?"
        \_ you asked about this once before. It means that you're a FUCKING
        \_ It means you do not have a strong enough desire for success
           or achievement.  I.e., you play too much EverQuest instead
           of writing that killer app.
        \_ It means she's a gold digging bitch.  Move on, enjoy life with a
           real girl.
2003/1/9-10 [Science/GlobalWarming] UID:27050 Activity:nil
1/9     psb, go to Bhutan soon.
2003/1/9-10 [Uncategorized] UID:27051 Activity:moderate
1/9     Sound geeks... when the SB Live came out, it was supposedely
        revolutionary. Have there been any major advances since then?
        \_ Probably getting better sound on a new MB these days.
        \_ turtle beach santa cruz going spdif into my stereo.  sounds
           fine by my ears.  i have not done ab comparisions with other
           alternatives using the same setup.  what is so revolutionary
           about sb live?
2003/1/9 [Computer/HW/Laptop] UID:27052 Activity:nil
*/*     No fucking way is some laptop noise going to be the only thing on
        the motd.  Tough shit.
2003/1/9 [Computer/SW/Database] UID:27053 Activity:nil
1/9     What is the default behavior of a "join" clause in SQL?  Is it an
        inner join or some sort of outer join?
        \_ inner.
2003/1/9-10 [Computer/Networking] UID:27054 Activity:very high
1/09    I've been told that wireless LAN doesn't work as well vertically (up
        two flights of stairs) as it does horizontally.  This seems odd.
        \_ it totally depends on the antenna used... for most sold in stores,
           yes that is correct. -shac
        \_ Floors are built more solidly than walls.
        \_ electromagnetic radiation is stronger going up then side
           to side
        \_ Is it necessary to enable WEP if I'm already using SSH?
           \_ No. But I use it anyway.
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