Berkeley CSUA MOTD:2007:April:06 Friday <Thursday, Saturday>
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2007/4/6-10 [Politics/Domestic, Computer/Companies/Yahoo] UID:46213 Activity:nil
4/6     "Mystery of Greek Amphitheater's Amazing Sound Finally Solved" (Yahoo News)
        "Amazingly, the Greek builders of the theater did not themselves
        understand the principles that led to the exceptional audibility of
        sound from the stage."  How did the author come to this conclusion?
        \_ we invented first vaccine without ever knowing the existence of
2007/4/6-7 [Recreation/Dating, Health/Women] UID:46214 Activity:high
4/5     Hey boob guy, check this out!
        "The average chest size of a British teenager has grown
         dramatically over the past 10 years and is now a whopping 36D."
        \_ It might just be a lot of fat teenagers.  BTW are UK cup sizes the
           same as US cup sizes?
        \_ more muslim women in burkas
        \_ Here's a screencap
           \_ HOT!
        \_ here's a torrent
2007/4/6-7 [Transportation/Bicycle] UID:46215 Activity:nil
4/5     Interesting solution to bicylists and cars sharing a crowded
        urban space. What do you think tom? -ausman
        \_ When you start with an intro about how dangerous the roads are,
           you're already starting in the wrong place.  The pictures of
           paths that they show all look bad to me; the bikes are hidden
           by parked cars or greenery; what happens at an intersection where
           the bike wants to go straight and a car wants to turn right?
           Generally, these kinds of facilities make the common bike-car
           interactions more dangerous.  They also mention the Westside
           Bikeway, which is a much different situation; it's along the
           river and has almost no cross-traffic.  Those paths can be
           nice, if they're not overrun with dog walkers, but they don't
           tend to be good commute options.  -tom
2007/4/6-7 [Uncategorized] UID:46216 Activity:nil
4/5     where do i find a .torrent of a BBC3 show?
2007/4/6-8 [Consumer/Camera, Computer/SW/Languages/JavaScript] UID:46217 Activity:low
4/6     What webcam does this?  Is this fake?
        Crazy image processing software?  Help!:
        \_ The comment says "its the logitech quickcam orbit MP with a robotic
           camera head thats also really cool, because it actually moves and
           follows you and keeps you zoomed in if you move around the room."
           I counted the comments. 70% of the comments say "Nice tits"
           20% says "nice smile."
           \_ Nice tits indeed!
2007/4/6-8 [Computer/SW/WWW/Browsers, Computer/SW/Languages/Misc] UID:46218 Activity:moderate
4/6     I got a url that looks like祢.mp3
        How should I encode this link so that every browser (including lynx)
        can understand it?
        \_ If your file really is named &#31074;, you should encode it as
  (replace each weird
           character with a percent sign and the character's ASCII value in
           hex).  If your file is actually named with a Chinese character,
           it's more complicated.  With a modern server and browser, you can
           just put a Chinese character right into the URL.  If you have a
           modern server but you want to support old or non-Chinese browsers,
           convert the characters to UTF-8, break them into bytes, and
           percent-encode each byte -- for your example, that would become
   If you have an old server,
           do the same thing, but instead of UTF-8, use whatever encoding
           the server uses for filenames (probably Big5 or GB).  --mconst
           \_ Yes, that's what I am looking for.
           \_ Yes, that's what I am looking for.  Can you show me code example
              of your conversion?
        \_ Is the &#31074; literal?  That is, is that the file name on disk,
           or is that already an HTML entity?  If it's an HTML entity,
           every browser should recognize it, although if you try to type
           it in on the command line, the shell will freak out.  That's
           not a lynx issue and there's nothing you can do about it.  -tom
           \- er why should the shell "freak out" if you quote it properly?
             lynx -dump\&\#31074\;.mp3 > /dev/null
              \_ Obviously you can quote it in the shell, but it can't be
                 both quoted for the shell and a valid URL at the same
                 time.  -tom
                 \_ single quotes are your friend.
2007/4/6-10 [Politics/Foreign/MiddleEast/Iraq] UID:46219 Activity:nil
4/6     Cheney still prattling on about Al Qaida and Saddam
        \_ Why do you hate America?
2007/4/6-7 [Uncategorized] UID:46220 Activity:nil
4/5     [stupid poll purged]
2007/4/6-10 [Politics/Foreign/MiddleEast/Iraq, Politics/Foreign/MiddleEast/Others] UID:46221 Activity:high
4/6     Lebanese minster thanks Pelosi for her visit to Syria:
        "Her visit was a godsend to an isolated and beleaguered regime," says a
        Lebanese minister. "The Syrian regime, which had been thinking of
        bowing to international pressure, is now reassured: All it has to do is
        to wait until Pelosi's party takes over the White House in 2009."
        \_ YA!!! now they can openly support terrorism in 2009!!
        \_ Yeah, that unsourced quote in a NY Post op-ed piece doesn't sound
           the least bit made up to me.
           \_ Now wait a second.  Are you accusing the Post of fabricating a
              quote from a Lebanese minster?
              \_ If pp's not, I am. -!pp
        \_ "...the region's current trend toward reform and liberalization
            would largely come to a halt." Typical delusional neocon
            fantasizing. Does he mean the election of Hamas, the civil war
            in Iraq, the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan or Iran's recent
            advances toward nuclear weapons and more belligerent attitude
            toward The West? Perhaps he means Mubarak's cancelling of
            elections and outlawing of opposition parties in Egypt. The author
            should just put on a flight suit and declare "Mission Accomplished!"
            \_ You forgot Lebanon's missile attacks on Isreal, and Isreal's
               subsequent invasion.  -tom
            \_ Just an FYI, Iran has not stopped working on their nuke program
               since it started ~20 years ago, nor has their attitude changed
               in the least since 1979.  The Taliban also dates back for about
               20 years also.  Mubarak has always been a thug but "he's *our*
               thug!" so it's ok.  And in additon to what tom added, you also
               forgot Intifada I and II which was the first time anyone
               strapped a bomb onto a child.  At no time *ever* in recorded
               history has the middle east ever been civilised or any less
               basket-casey than it is today.
               \_ Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the Kamikaze in WWII.
                  The Middle East was quite stable under Ottoman Empire rule.
                  \_ Are you suggesting that the Japanese strapped bombs onto
                     children and used them as kamikaze pilots? 'Cos I just
                     want to be clear on this before I call you an idiot.
                     \- re: "first time anyone ever strapped a bomb on to a
                        child" ... that's not correct. in the vietnam war,
                        is is supposed to have happened. also comparable things
                        happened like standing children in the middle of roads
                        so convoys/trucks would stop and could be attacked
                        [first they tried it with cattle, but later "escalated"
                        to people]. i dont recall if this has happened in the
                        sri lankan conflict ... certainly teenagers were
                        involved, not sure about young children. has it not
                        occurred to you instead of taking this only as a
                        lesson about "what kinds of degenerates are these"
                        that the take away might be "things are pretty fucked
                        up for people who'd resort to this kind of thing."
                     \_ There are documented cases of 16 year old Kamikaze
                        pilots. Sorry reality is such a bummer to you.
                        \_ Congratulations: you're half right, so you're only
                           half an idiot.
                        \_ Uh oh, you found other times where kids were
                           strapped to bombs and pointed.  Yeah, that makes
                           it ok in the middle east, too.  Ok, thanks for
                           the correction.  I'll mentally remove that from
                           my list of middle east insanity.  Glad you found
                           the trees.  Seen the forest yet?
2007/4/6-8 [Uncategorized] UID:46222 Activity:moderate
4/6     Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.
        Matthew 5:9 (*)
        \_ (*) does not apply to Democrats who are spawn of Satan.
           \_ Democrats are peacemakers?
2007/4/6 [Uncategorized] UID:46223 Activity:kinda low 75%like:46207 75%like:46226
4/6     Poll: how many ppl think tom is an idiot?
        yay: ...
        nay: .
2007/4/6-9 [Computer/SW/OS/Linux] UID:46224 Activity:nil
4/6     Is there something like this for Linux?
        \_ I haven't used it because I don't really run Linux on any of my
           desktop boxen, but I saw this a while back and thought it looked
2007/4/6 [Uncategorized] UID:46225 Activity:high
4/6     Poll: how many ppl think motd polls are idiotic?
        \_ almost as bad as CNN polls
2007/4/6 [Uncategorized] UID:46226 Activity:high 75%like:46207 75%like:46223
4/6     Poll: how many ppl think dans is an idiot?
        yay: .....
        nay: ..
2019/01/23 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular
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