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Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2022/08/07 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2013/12/21-2014/2/5 [Computer/SW] UID:54759 Activity:nil
12/21   I was laid off and started filing for EDD for my weekly pay.
        I just got a job. Is there a form I need to file, or do I just
        stop filing out EDD to get my weekly pay? As a side note, how
        do they actually know I am working or not?
        \_ You just stop filing and they stop paying; you don't need to do
           anything else.  I don't know the internals of how they do things,
           but it seems pretty obvious that if you started having state
           income taxes withheld from your paychecks while continuing to draw
           EDD benefits, they should be able to notice that pretty easily.
2013/10/24-2014/2/5 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Motd, Computer/SW] UID:54746 Activity:nil
9/26    I remember there was web version of the motd with search function
        (originally due to kchang ?).  The last time I used it it was hosted
        on the csua website but I can't remember its url (onset of dementia?)
        now. Can somebody plz post it, tnx.
           \_ for some reason I couldn't log in since Sept and the archiver
              stopped archiving. Collin has since then fixed the problem.
              It's working again, thanks Collin!                -kchang
2012/10/18-12/4 [Recreation/Dating, Computer/SW] UID:54506 Activity:nil
10/18   Kari Byron naked:
        \_ Nice lookalike in the second link, but not her.
        \_ These two links from the second link are hotter:
           \_ And, once again, you're mistaking quantity for quality.
2012/9/6-11/7 [Computer/SW] UID:54473 Activity:nil
9/6     Why is it that many of the PhDs I know write some of the shittiest
        and unreadable and unmaintainable code?
        \_ "I don't know what your problem is, it works on my machine."
        \_ "Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct,
            not tried it." - D. Knuth
        \_ I've seen the same from the Ph.D. consultants (i.e. contractors)
           that my company hires.  I guess it's because they are all good at
           architecture and high-level design and pseudo code and other
           "important" stuff.  In other words, they are only good at talking.
           \_ what company do you work at?
2012/1/19-3/3 [Computer/Networking, Politics/Foreign/Europe, Computer/SW] UID:54294 Activity:nil
1/19    Transcript between the Italian cruise ship captain and the Port
        Authority (
        This captain is amazing.
2011/6/29-7/21 [Computer/SW/Database, Computer/SW] UID:54133 Activity:nil
6/29    "An Israeli algorithm sheds light on the Bible" (
        "Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints
        about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the
        \_ "Hype developed by an American OnLine News Feed is giving
           intriguing new bullshit on something that ultimately doesn't
           matter at all."
        \_ Yo man we already had the rapture.  Anyone left on earth is a
           lying sinner.
        \_ I wonder if this algorithm uses the same principle as those tools
           that CS professors use to check whether one student cheats on
           homework assignments by copying the code from another student's.
           \_ yawn yawn literary analysis has been around forever, this
              "news" annoucement seems to coincide nicely with the release
              of the latest movie on "Who Really Wrote Shakespeare."  quit
              being such a easily led sheep.
2011/6/22-7/30 [Computer/SW] UID:54130 Activity:nil
6/17    Just wondering how many dropouts still live around campus?
        \_ Me. Right on Shattuck. --toulouse
           \- do you plan to go back to school eventually?
           \_ why did you drop out?
              \_ No money, parents bankrupt, couldn't pay for school. Got a job
                 and have been supporting them (and myself) just barely ever
                 since. Thank $DEITY for relatively high software engineering
                 salaries. --toulouse
                 \_ I habitually thank all deities and pantheons that money
                    that would be going into teacher salaries and paramedics
                    and investment towards renewable energies goes instead
                    into putting pictures of hipsters on the web.
                    \_ Free market. People want iPads more than teachers.
                       \_ 1) There's no such thing as a free market.
                          2) It has been mathematically proven that rational
                             individual decisions can lead to sub-optimal
                             results.  -tom
                       \_ Oh Please, the US isn't a freemarket, most ppl
                          come to the US to flee a free market society, where
                          everything, guns, people, drugs, is for sale with
                          zero gov interference.  The problem is self interest
                          that is inherently unsustainable for the culture.
                          \_ But the Slogan "Free Market" is so short and
                             EZ 2 Chant.
                             \_ How's that Tea Party working out for you.
                             \_ Benevolent dictatorship, huh? Pass.
                                \_ People like you will be first up against
                                   the wall when the resources run out.
           \_ Why are you still hanging around?  Surely not for the commute.
2011/4/29-7/13 [Computer/SW] UID:54101 Activity:nil
4/29    Wtf?
        soda-~-18:17-106>man ls
man: can't execute /usr/bin/more: No such file or directory
man: command exited with status 65280: /usr/bin/more
        \_ Maybe you have $PAGER set to "/usr/bin/more"?  If so, change
           it to "more".
        \_ fyi on this system it is /bin/more
           \_ Thank you both; $PAGER was culprit.
2011/4/20-7/30 [Computer/SW] UID:54091 Activity:nil
4/20    Is the United States still leading the world in terms of the
        computer network industry? Eg, creating the cables, the routers
        the software, etc etc.  ObCisco, but just wondering if anything
        changed much in Layer 1, 2, 3 technologies.
2011/4/14-7/13 [Computer/SW] UID:54084 Activity:nil
4/13    Yo, Ipad Doubter.  You're paying for the CODE SIGNING feature.
        you can't get that on a notebook, or even an mbookpro.  You can't
        even inject code onto a ipad proggie w/o invalidating the code sig.
        Anything weird insn that isn't part of the OG sig invalidates the app
        sig and the app is term'd before any malcode exec.
        oh and btw. new IOS is noexec heap.  You're paying steve for a
        trip through safe and happy cyber disneyland.  Which, just like the
        real disneyland, is designed to take all the dirty and bad bits out
        of your experience.
2022/08/07 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2010/5/6-7 [Computer/HW, Computer/SW] UID:53819 Activity:nil 51%like:53821
5/6     Syzygryd Salon at GAFFTA on Friday, May 14th:
        It's a great opportunity to learn more about the project, and a chance
        to play with some of the hardware and software we'll be demoing.
2010/4/14-5/10 [Computer/SW] UID:53785 Activity:nil
4/14    ReactOS site has been hacked:
        \_ Never mind.  Their web master said it's their way of displaying a
           404 error.  --- OP
2010/3/9-30 [Computer/HW/CPU, Computer/SW] UID:53748 Activity:nil
        I failed to see why you must starve the CPU of electricity. Why
        can't you just simulate that in software?
        \_ And if you can simulate that in software, why not just single-
           stepping the simulated CPU and get the key out?
2010/2/3-3/4 [Computer/SW] UID:53687 Activity:nil
2/3     Are you an AT&T subscriber? Did your contract include
        ETF (early-termination fee)? You may get benefits even
        if you did not pay any ETF. File your claim.
        Spread the word. Early Termination Fee locks you in
        the carrier and totally blows. Get your revenge.
        \_ settlement cost is fixed already. you're not hurting them any
           more by filing a claim.  It's all about the up-to-$6m out of $16m
           the lawyers are going to get.
2010/1/18-25 [Computer/SW] UID:53638 Activity:nil 50%like:53672
1/17    "Could not chdir to home directory : No such file or directory"
        Again? Twice in a week?
2009/8/20-9/1 [Computer/SW/Languages/C_Cplusplus, Computer/SW] UID:53294 Activity:nil
        Anyone use this?  Any gotchas? thanks.
2009/5/30-6/5 [Computer/Companies/Google, Computer/SW/OS/Windows, Computer/SW] UID:53058 Activity:nil
5/29    Is there any good software to generate timeline / milestone similar
        to the Google timeline?
        \_ MS Project? Fastrack?
2009/4/7-13 [Computer/SW] UID:52816 Activity:nil
4/7     I found a pretty decent web site on historical prices of products:
        I've been eying on the Tokina 11-16mm lens prices. Are there other
        web sites that track historic prices?
2009/2/6-12 [Computer/SW] UID:52529 Activity:nil
2/6     Looking for a web site with historic price watch (charts) on
        consumer products like computers and cameras. What's a good
        site that does this?
2009/1/5-9 [Computer/SW] UID:52319 Activity:nil
1/5     What the hell happened to my good 'ol @cal (
        account? I'm forced to create a totally new @calcafe account.
        What the hell?
2008/12/18-2009/1/2 [Recreation/Dating, Computer/HW/Memory, Computer/SW] UID:52277 Activity:nil
12/18   I'm loving the Privacy Browsing feature on Safari. I turn it
        on, browse porn, then turn it off, and no one using my
        computer would ever know that I browsed porn (no history,
        no cache, nada). Loving it man.
        \_ The guy with the backdoor knows. Also, the shadow knows.
           \_ That may be the case and I don't really care about the
              guy with the backdoor. The most important thing is that
              my kids and my wife don't know about it.
              \_ But it's advertised as being useful for gift shopping!
                 You horrible, horrible man.
                 \_ And tax cuts are good for THE PEOPLE!
2008/11/13-26 [Computer/HW/Drives, Computer/SW] UID:51958 Activity:nil
11/13   lolz, do the cops delete their copy of your data when they return
        your computer?
        \_ Did your 22 yo g/f dump you or something? If you keep deleting
           my comments, I am going to start deleting yours, btw.
           \_ lulz
2008/11/4-5 [Computer/SW] UID:51816 Activity:nil 75%like:51800
11/3    Woah, did software patents just go away?
        \_ In light of FN 23 in IN RE BILSKI, reports that software patents are
           are dead are greatly exaggerated:
           "[W]e decline to adopt a broad exclusion over software or
            any other such subject matter beyond the exclusion of
            claims drawn to funda mental principals set forth by the
            Supreme Court. ... We note that the process claim at issue
            in this appeal is not, in any event, a software claim.
            Thus, the facts here would be largely unhelpful in
            illuminating the distinctions between those software claims
            that are patent-eligible and those that are not."
           For those who are interested, the opinion (132 pages) is available
2008/7/9-11 [Computer/SW] UID:50513 Activity:nil
7/8     Help. I tried to go to DMA (Direct Marketing Association) website
        to get off of their junk mail list, but their web site doesn't
        seem to let me register. When I click submit, it just hangs
        forever. This has been going on for a while, and I can't seem
        to get myself off of their list. What's the best way to get
        off of junk [USPS] mails? Thanks.
2008/5/27-30 [Computer/SW] UID:50062 Activity:nil
5/27    Hey, do we put some robots.txt file in place to keep GOOG from
        indexing ~user^?  That used to be the top hit for my name, now
        it doesn't come up at all.  Presently my FACEBOOK account is
        the top hit for my name.  That is not o.k.  I'd hate to have
        delete my facebook account :(
        \_ Google does index CSUA user pages.  You can see lots of them
           by searching for "".
           \_ So his Facebook page just has a better pagerank is all...
        \_ Does ~user come up at all?
           \_~[Me] does not come up at all, used to be #1 hit for "my name"
             I do see ~others though, so I guess I just used to have
             links to it that i don't now?
2008/5/20-23 [Computer/SW] UID:50016 Activity:nil
5/20    Do we have a life god anymore? I need to cash in some points
        \_ tom holub, and may I ask what happened?
           \_ uh, what?  -tom
        \_ Don't you just edit your life file? If you have graduated, you
           have moved on to afterlife, however.
           \_ Where is the life file?  -- !OP
2008/5/15-16 [Computer/Networking, Computer/SW] UID:49952 Activity:nil
5/15    Texan super ants hate your computer.
2008/5/7 [Computer/SW] UID:49896 Activity:nil
File Edit Options Buffers Tools Minibuf Help
2008/4/30-5/5 [Computer/SW] UID:49860 Activity:nil
4/30    I'm running a cygwin environment where I want to develop code
        that accesses a PCI device by memory mapping its BAR space.
        Is there a way I can easily do this? No luck scouring the web.
2008/3/27-28 [Computer/SW] UID:49581 Activity:nil
3/26    According to Brian Behlendorf, Moby once had a soda account.  We need
        to restore this asap.
        \_ Account name?
           \_ Account name moby.  Long since deleted, it appears.  It get
              a few mentions on ne-raves circa 1992, and Brian swears that it's
        \_ Moby dick?  Who is moby?
           \_ Who's Moby?  Everything is (clearly) Wrong.
2008/3/11-13 [Computer/SW] UID:49419 Activity:nil
3/10    polimon (politicial mosters) cute little animated jpg
        \_ No such thing as an animated JPEG.  It's a GIF with the wrong file
2007/10/11-15 [Computer/SW] UID:48292 Activity:nil
10/11   Does anyone know how to get the latest file in subversion?
        Looking for something like:
        svn getlatest <file>  >  /tmp/file.latest
        \_ svn cat -r HEAD url_to_file
2007/10/3-5 [Computer/SW] UID:48229 Activity:nil
10/3    Animated GIF showing a coronal mass ejection ripping the tail off of a
        \_ Is this safe for work? Doesn't sound like it...
           \_ it is if pictures of stars (the celestial types) are safe in
              your work environment.
           \_ Of course an animated GIF showing mass ejaculation is not safe
              for work.
2007/10/1-4 [Recreation/Dating, Computer/SW] UID:48214 Activity:kinda low
9/31    So people using Net.Bank with over 100K. Did they lose
        $(What they had in the bank) - $100K ?
        \_ They are now creditors against the assets of the bank. They may
           or may not lose that much depending on how things shake out.
           However, they are only guaranteed their $100K.
           \_ Is FDIC guarantee per account or per "entity"
            \_ Per account
               \_ Per depositor, although accounts held by different
                  entities may count separately. For example, if you have a
                  single account and a revocable trust then you may be
                  eligible for more insurance (in this case $100K per
                  beneficiary of the trust in addition to $100K for the
                  single account). If you have, say, four checking
                  accounts in your own name at a bank then you are insured
                  for only $100K total.
                  \_ More example: if you and you wife have a single joint
                     account, by default you and your wife are covered for
                     $100K each.  It gets complicated if you and your wife
                     own the account at some ratio other than 50%-50%.
                     account, you and your wife are covered for $100K each.
                     Say there was $200K in the account.  If you and your wife
                     own it at 50%-50%, each of you gets $100K.  But if you and
                     your wife own it at 75%-25%, you get $100K while your wife
                     gets $50K.
2007/9/7-10 [Computer/SW] UID:47944 Activity:nil
9/7     Iron File Systems
2007/8/29-30 [Computer/SW] UID:47814 Activity:nil
8/29    I guess sometimes, it really is homosexual code!
        \_ Is that anything like the bible code?
2007/5/24-28 [Computer/SW, Computer/HW] UID:46739 Activity:low
5/23    Streetline Networks is hiring: /csua/pub/jobs/streetline
        We deploy our sensors on mesh networks to assist cities in
        analyzing and improving their parking situations.  We do
        everything from low-level hardware design to websites for
        data presentaton.  Check out the file above and our website:
        -- peterl
        \_ Did you know Noah?
           \_ Decent bagels.
             \_ No, this guy used to work at Dust.
                \_ What's his last name?
                 \_ Treuhaft
        \_ Do you know bill?
2007/5/14-16 [Transportation/Car, Computer/SW/Database, Computer/SW] UID:46615 Activity:nil
5/14    Compare old and new MPG estimates for 2007 and earlier model years:
2007/1/26-27 [Computer/SW] UID:45595 Activity:kinda low
1/26    Where is the wall.log file for wallall?
        \_ Speaking of which, ETA for wallall?
           \_ Ok, it's installed.  Please let me know if anything goes
              wrong.  --mconst
2006/12/11-12 [Computer/SW] UID:45430 Activity:nil
        The Jews did it! Grinch.
2006/11/22-28 [Computer/SW] UID:45362 Activity:low
11/22   So I have this fear of using automatic deposit through my company.
        I need to put in a 9 digit routing number and a 10 digit account
        number. What if I enter one digit off? I'd be *one* keystroke from
        losing hundreds of dollars. What mechanisms are there to prevent
        this from happening?                           -noob
        \_ They can check that the name on the account is your name, for one.
           \_ So if I want to wire a portion of my paycheck to my mother's
              account [without my name on it], I'm unable to do so? The
              company web site doesn't allow me to enter extra information
              like name, address, etc. It only asks for routing+acct.
              \_ not a great idea for direct deposit.  consider using
                 paypal or billpay for that.
        \_ Just triple-check it.
2006/11/11-12 [Computer/SW] UID:45322 Activity:low
11/11   Does someone have any idea where I could get a file of the startup
        sound for an SGI Indy or O2?
           \_ Awesome!  Thanks.  Any chance you know about the O2 also?
              \_ Or an Indigo?
2006/11/8-9 [Computer/SW] UID:45283 Activity:nil
11/8    rm: remove write-protected regular file `Great BJ-HJ-CS vid clips
        Vol. III.torrent'? y
2006/10/26-29 [Computer/SW] UID:44980 Activity:nil
10/26   What's the best way to deal with training mail under CRM114?  The
        issue is that it marks up the file, and then when I train, it
        learns from it's own markup which is not what I want. --jwm
        \_ I gave up on it a year or more ago.  I found SA out of the box
           did a better job with less hassle.
2006/10/4-6 [Computer/SW] UID:44675 Activity:nil
10/4    Is there any way to export a voicemail message to a sound file
        and email/send it to an email account? I use Verizon. Thanks.
2006/10/4-6 [Computer/SW, Computer/SW/Languages/Java] UID:44667 Activity:nil
10/4    Is there any way to build a web page which allows the user to select
        a group of files to the server?  Conventional html input file select
        only supports a single file.  I'd rather not have to create a ton of
        those.  I'm looking for a something that can take an array of files.
        \_ Nope.  You either have to build a Java app, allow .zip file uploads,
           or use a little DHTML to let users create new upload fields as they
           need them (or save the previous selection and reuse the single
           upload field).  --dbushong
        \_ No, file upload is still kind of a pain.  Some of the photo sites
           allow multi-file upload by using browser plugins, activex, etc.
           Search google for keywords: multiple file upload
           and you'll find various tricks using activex, java applets,
           javascript/dom.  Some solutions are free and some cost.  --peterl
        \_ It doesn't work for all applications, but WebDAV could theoretically
           be useful.  -tom
2006/9/15-19 [Computer/SW/Security, Computer/SW] UID:44387 Activity:nil
9/15    Looking for recommendations (prefer Bay Area?) for ISP/company
        that can run a small-business web-site (products list, help
        pages, shopping cart) and handle their email (web-mail & IMAP access)
        My friend currently has a small business but is not satisfied
        with his current ISP/web-design firm handling his .com domain far
        in LA.  They are slow to respond to web-site change requests,
        and they have dropped connections, broken shopping carts,
        customer complaints and slow employee web-mail access.
        \_ Is your friend's current company called Have you
           looked into other hosting companies like
           \_ not dreamhost. Was going to look at yahoo, but i think they
              want their own domain
2006/8/7-11 [Computer/SW] UID:43934 Activity:nil
8/7     Hello guys, the nightmare is finally over. What a relief!
        "Hello, This is just an email verification for you that we've now
        closed your Account as you just requested via our web panel.
        You will no longer receive any bills from us (unless you kept an
        active domain _registration_ with us) nor other communications.
        We're very sorry it didn't work out and maybe we'll see you again
        someday!  Sincerely, The UnHappy DreamHost Goodbye Team"
        \_ If this had you that stressed out you're really in for it when
           real life smacks you in the face.
           \_ Please do not use my name in vain. --Real Life
2006/8/2-6 [Industry/Jobs, Computer/SW, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA] UID:43883 Activity:nil
8/2     We're hiring software engineers. Great place to work, interesting
        projects, and so forth. See /csua/pub/jobs/FortifySoftware or email
        me for details. -gm
        \_ I am so in.  So in. -proud American
2006/6/30-7/3 [Computer/SW] UID:43533 Activity:nil
6/29    How does mysqlhotcopy backup innodb? I know that ISAM tables are
        easy to copy, but innodb contents are all in this one innodb file,
        so I'm wondering how it deals with innodb. Curious.
2006/6/19-24 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/Japan, Computer/SW] UID:43435 Activity:nil
6/19    O Lazy Web, research for me: a Japanese company plans to market a
        SoundBug-based head-sound apparatus. Why wouldn't reverberating your
        skull slosh your brain around like a concussion?
        \_ without searching the web, I'd guess this has something to do with
           the frequency of typical sound to be reproduced is
           nowhere near the resonant frequency of a brain inside the skull.
           Not to mention the minimal amplitude.
        \_ So this SoundBug thing... does it actually use less power and sound
           better than a portable speaker the same size?
2006/5/31-6/3 [Computer/SW/SpamAssassin, Computer/SW] UID:43238 Activity:nil
5/30    You know those things in magazines (often computer and travel ones)
        that is an index card full of numbers that you circle, each of
        which corresponds to a company/product so you can get more
        information on that product? Is there an online equivalent, at least
        for email information? I need a way to send a lot of email to a
        certain account. Thanks.
  all worked
           dandy. I've neutralized my nemesis' accounts using these
           web sites. If you have more, please post them here. Thanks.
        \_ Well its not very noble, but you can spam the hell out of an
           account if you sign it up for porn sites, or even just enter an
           email address in.
        \_ Just don't.
        \_ I ended up signing the account up at some home loan websites, which
           worked pretty quickly (within minutes). Nothing too excessive,
           though, which was nice. -op
2006/5/25-28 [Computer/SW/OS/Windows, Computer/SW] UID:43190 Activity:nil
        Click on the sponsored DaVince and Jesus link to the right.
        Approximately how much money is the church paying Google to
        display the advertisement there?
        \_ "the church"?  That's Campus Crusade for Christ.
        \_  (Google FAQ on Adwords.)
2006/5/24-28 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA, Computer/SW] UID:43181 Activity:nil
5/24    Student Programmer position available at Cal Performances,
        details at: /csua/pub/jobs/cal_performances
        We're looking for a registered student who is available ASAP
        this summer, and can work through Fall 2006 and Spring 2007.
        Contact info is in the file above.  Also, you get free tickets
        if you work here, including venues like the Greek.   --peterl
2006/3/31-4/1 [Computer/SW/Languages, Computer/SW] UID:42569 Activity:nil
3/31    Growing Dragons: (
2006/3/27-28 [Computer/SW] UID:42482 Activity:nil
        Funny videos and pictures. Enjoy!
2006/3/17-20 [Computer/SW, Computer/SW/WWW/Browsers] UID:42294 Activity:nil
3/17    Is there any way to upload a file that contains a comma using curl?
        curl uses commas to denote multiple files, so I can't figure out how to
        turn this feature off or change the file separator character...
        \_ Try escaping the comma; use %2C.  -tom
2006/3/17-20 [Computer/SW] UID:42291 Activity:low
3/17    You are editing someone else's code.  Formatting is terrible or
        does not comform to your standards.
        What do you normally do to the code formatting?
        \_ go north
        \_ If there is a code standard I change it as minimally as possible
           to conform to the standard.  If there isn't a well defined standard
           I leave it alone.  Making huge diffs in your source control system
           really sucks.
           \_ Agreed.  But your organization should have agreed-upon
              coding standards.
              \_ Lots of companies I've worked for have coding standards that
                 leave a lot of leeway for personal choice.
        \_ I conform to the sloppy code, where there is consistency.
        \_ I conform to the sloppy code, where there is conformity.
           Generally this means lining up my modifications with whatever the
           indent is and putting my pointer *'s left or right.
           \_ Seconded.  When I add code to existing code, I try to conform to
              the existing code' formatting as long as one exists, even if it's
              lousy.  When I create new code, I conform to my own formatting
              standard.  I refrain from re-formatting existing code unless I'm
              making big changes to it.  --- yuen
        \_ From our coding guidelines doc at work:
           "A single file should have a single formatting style (i.e., when in
           Rome...). If you are maintaining code written in a style different
           from yours, pretend you're a spy sent on a secret mission to make an
           undetectable change to that code. It's lots of fun!"
           I found that amusing.  --dbushong
        \_ M-x indent-region.
        \_ Small edits, conform.  Major additions or rewrites, use personal
           style.  If the old code becomes a sufficiently small portion of the
           file, it gets reformatted.
2006/2/6-7 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Troll, Computer/SW] UID:41715 Activity:high
2/6     Not new, but scary anyway: vs.
        Cue ChiCom Troll.  -John
        \_ too bad google doesn't have any thing interesting when I searched
           "Bonus Army."
        \_ do not troll the chicom troll.  the chicom troll is not against
           valid and constructive criticism of the Great and Mighty Middle
           Kingdom.  - chicom troll
           \_ I knew chicom troll, and you sir are no chicom troll.  -John
              \_ shutup!  I am the chicom troll!  who is the one who
                 first used the term on the motd?!
                 \_ Right here, yo.  -John
                    \_ Whoa, really?  So you're part of the motd cultural
                       legacy? As my french foriegn exchange student exroommate
                       Nathalie used to say: "Wouww!"  May I touch you?  -mice
                    \_ Exactly.  And you used it on what I wrote.  So
                       I am the official Chicom Troll.
                       I am the official Chicom Troll.  Now STFU!
                    \_ Exactly.  And you used it on what I wrote, when you
                       lost the argument and got red faced.
                       \_ No, I used it on what you wrote when you were a
                          fucking moron.  Fortune cookie says: "close, but
                       \_ No, I used it on what you wrote when you were an
                          utter moron.  Fortune cookie says: "close, but
                          no Yichang cigar".  And yes, your ex-roommate may
                          touch me.  -John
                          \_ Cigars?  You have expensive tastes.  I prefer
                             cheap Panda brand cigarettes.  As for my ex-
                             roommate, I doubt he would be interested,
                             unless he is drunk, and you dress up as a
                             fat swiss milk wench and start yodeling.
                             \_ I'm dressed up as a fat swiss milk wench
                                right now, yodeling this post at my PC.  And
                                I meant mice's former roommate, so yours is
                                SOL, sorry.  -John
                                \_ Oh John, you tease!  You're so cruel!  -mice
        \_ Near the bottom of the .cn page it reads something like "In
           accordance with local laws, rules and policies, some search results
           are not displayed."
2006/1/12-17 [Computer/SW/WWW/Browsers, Computer/SW] UID:41364 Activity:nil
1/12    What's a good source on the web for background checks including
        criminal, credit, general info, etc?
2006/1/10-12 [Politics/Domestic/President/Bush, Computer/SW] UID:41323 Activity:nil
1/10    "I ask all Americans to hold their elected leaders to account and
        demanda debate that brings credit to our democracy, not comfort to our
        adversaries." -GW Bush (Jan 10, 2006)
        See, Dubya's speechwriters are clearly freepers.
2005/12/14-16 [Computer/SW] UID:41022 Activity:nil
12/14   I want to open up an investment account for my 1 year old niece
        and put money in it every year and run it with her as the
        owner. Any suggestions?
        \_ There is something called a UTMA (other states have similar) where
           it is an account in the name of a minor, but under the custodian-
           ship of an adult.  The kid may have to pay taxes on investment gains
           but I think it's basically what you're looking for.
2005/12/6-7 [Recreation/Humor, Computer/SW] UID:40876 Activity:nil
12/6    Hi kchang.  You're pretty funny:
        "This web site is filled with nothing but trolls, sarcasms, and insults
        and should NOT be used as a substitute for honest informational sources
        such as and"
        If I want political commentary from you I'll rattle your cage.
        \_ It definitely sounds tongue-in-cheek.  He's implying both sites are
           not "honest" and "informational"
2005/11/11-12 [Computer/SW, Computer/HW, Computer/Companies/Google] UID:40540 Activity:nil
11/10   "In Soviet Russia..."
        Quick notes about Soviet computer industry from a lecture --
        thought someone might be interested.  -- misha.
        \_ NGMD = Nakopitel' na Gibkix Magnitnyx Diskax
           NMD  = Nakopitelyakh Magnitnikh Diskov
           NZMD = Nakopitelyah na Zhestkix Magnitnyx Diskov
           Cool notes.  Thanks.  If you're into E. block useful appliations,
           google for POLY PLAY.  -John
2005/10/17-19 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Troll, Computer/SW] UID:40135 Activity:low
10/16   Poll for those who purchase home(s), poor students need not respond:
        the housing boom has been:
        An American Dream Come True:
        An American Dream Broken:
        \_ Yermom is so fat, when she sits around the house, she sits AROUND
           the house!
           \_ This is your first and last warning.  If I continue to see
              character assasinations against any mom of any member of the
              CSUA, myself included, I will sorry your account.  If I
              continue to see defamation against mymom, I will file for a
              restraining order against you that bars you from your behavior.
              No friends that you think you have with moms will be able to
              help you.  If you wish to debate the virtues of mymom or yermom,
              do so as an adult.   - !amckee
              \- there is a clear precedent in english common LAW that states
                 that all citizens shall have the right to post YERMOM jokes
                 to the motd [long excerpt from english common law].  your
                 censorship is much like NAZI persecution of JEWS, and can
                 be summed up by the following obscure latin phrase: [obscure
                 latin PHRASE]
                 \- dont make the pburo MANDAMUS your ass.
2005/9/25-26 [Computer/SW] UID:39866 Activity:nil
9/25    Someone on the motd was saying that E*Trade will give you $50
        if you open a new account with them. Can you give me a URL to that?
        \_ Someone else said there's a $50 penalty for closing their account
2005/9/20-22 [Computer/SW] UID:39774 Activity:nil
9/20    I'm interested in incorporating a single member LLC. I work
        from home but I'd prefer not to have my home address listed
        for my business on the state website in the public record.
        Other than renting office space, what are my options?
        \_ What do you do?
           \_ computer services, web design etc.
        \_ I thought a PO box was sufficent.
           \_ That's what I do for domain names, banks, etc.
           \_ Apparently it isn't.. They need an office address
              to serve papers in case of a lawsuit.. I guess I can
              pay a company to be listed as the registered agent.
           \_ Regulation, schmegulation. If you don't plan on being served
              court papers, you can get a mailbox at The UPS Store or
              Mailboxes Etc, since they will provide you with a real
              street address and "suite number" (instead of PO Box #### from
              the Post Office)
2005/9/11-13 [Computer/SW] UID:39628 Activity:nil
9/11    What does it mean when they say a group is "self-selecting"?
        \_ Generally the term is used in statistical contexts.  If
           puts up a poll on their web site, there are two ways the group
           is self-selected; people who fill out the form chose to go to
 , and chose to answer the poll.  Therefore, it is
           hard to draw realistic conclusions from the responses, unless
           you can show that visitors are a representative sample
           of the population.  -tom
           \_ ..and that an even distribution of those choose to fill out
              polls  --dbushong
2005/8/23-24 [Computer/SW] UID:39235 Activity:nil
8/23    CS history question - are there documented instances of early
        PC software firms going bankrupt due to pirated software? More
        generally, good accounts of what prevented the early PC software
        firms from succeeding? What distinguished successful firms from
        failures in that market. Email fab. Thanks.
2005/8/3-5 [Computer/SW/Languages/C_Cplusplus, Computer/SW] UID:38968 Activity:low
8/3     dear motd LGPL expert:
        I'm using an open source LGPL library at work. I need to make some
        minor changes to the source code of the library to get something
        working, and am not sure exactly what I need to do to legally use
        the modified library in a commercial application. My vague
        understanding says that I need to make the source code changes
        "available" (even though the change I made is really simple),
        but what does this mean? (what exactly do I do to make them available?)
        \_ Why don't you just submit your bug fix/enhancement to the
           project team?
        \_ You are going to distribute the modified library with your
           commercial product, yes?  You can:
           a. Distribute the source code to the library too.
           b. Wait for someone to ask you for the source code to the
              modified library.
           c. Submit your changes back to the library maintainers, and then
              it's not an issue.
        \_ I've been in this spot before and we shipped the src to the
           library along with the patch containing our changes. We also
           send the changes to the maintainers, but it took some time
           for the changes to be incorporated and for us to pick up the
           new version so shipping the src and the patch covered us until
           that time.
2005/7/29-31 [Computer/SW/Unix, Computer/SW] UID:38872 Activity:kinda low
7/29    Has anybody deployed a "checksumming/file integrity infrastructure"
        across say ~100 *nix machines? Any recommendations for particular
        tools? Tripwire is garbage, and for various reasons I am thinking
        about moving away from veracity, which I am been using for a while.
        Considering looking at osiris and samhain. Would prefer something
        lean and old-school unixish (like one binary and one config file)
        rather than one of these "entrprise software system" type things
        with a large footprint and a lot of chrome. Tnx.
        \_ Not on 100 machines, but we ran fcheck for a while.  It was really
           resource intensive.  I moved to some one-or-two binaries C one
           ..i think the name started w/ an "a"  It worked pretty well.
           \- re: resouce intensiveness ... if the resources are 1. human time
              2. cpu 3. disk io, i think you can decrease #2 by using fletcher
              checksum instead of an expensive one like md5. not much you can
              do about disk io ... so a lot of it comes down to #1 ... it's
              key to have a config system flexible enough to not go crazy if
              somebody say nfs mounts a 300gig parition without factoring
              that into the configruation. as with intrusion detection
              systems in general, resourse and ability to minimize false
              alarms is what dictates success or failure in a practical
              sense. for me, chekcing the OS on a sun takes about 6-10 min.
              \_ The a____ program I switched to used less compute resources
                 because it:
                 a) used a weaker checksum
                 b) had internal optimized checksumming code (rather than
                    forking "md5sum" each time)
                 Both fcheck and it specified certain directories to scan and
                 didn't traverse mount points.
        \_ There was a discussion of this on one of my security lists a
           while ago--I have forwarded your question, and will forward
           what comes up if you tell me who you are.  So far someone has
           suggested  -John
           \_ That was the one.  --dbushong
              \_ How do you mean?  Does it work for you?  I'd be interested
                 in your experience with it as I've had clients with just this
                 kind of requirement.  -John
2005/7/5 [Computer/Theory, Computer/SW] UID:38412 Activity:low
7/5     Time to kill your TV:
        \_ TV makes you stupid?  Who woulda thought?
        \_ I thought watching Barnie on Ch 9 help toddlers develop, so I
           regularly let my son watch it.  No?
           \_ No.
           \_ His future is now ruined.
           \_ Good grief, Barney is one of the worst things out there.  Talk
              about brain rot.  PBS has pretty much lost all good children
              programming (even Sesame Street is terrible these days).  I'd
              recomment the Noggin channel instead.
           \_ You're that old and you still believe in purple dinosaurs?
2005/7/2-5 [Computer/SW, Computer/SW/Mail] UID:38398 Activity:nil
7/2     Bad software interface causes loss of more than $12 million: (
2005/6/9-11 [Computer/SW] UID:38059 Activity:nil
6/9     What does a "slug" refer to, in the context of web design, web
        pages, web whatever? I tried searching the web and got nothing
        but definitions about animals, bullets, and units of weight.
        \_ Could it be referring to "bread crumbs"?  You know, like
           Home->User->Profile, a trail that indicates the current
           \_ "breadcrumbs" is a fairly unfortunate name, given what
              happened to Hansel and Gretel.  -tom
              \_ Yeah, I wonder who coined the term.
2005/6/1-2 [Computer/HW, Computer/SW] UID:37914 Activity:nil
5/31    my friend who tries to email me got this message:
        The message cannot be delivered due to a configuration error on
        the server. Please contact your Administrator.
        < #5.3.0
        since no one on motd complains, i presume this is not a real issue,
2005/5/2-6 [Industry/Jobs, Computer/SW, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA] UID:37457 Activity:nil 66%like:36830
5/2     Senior Web Applications Engineer posting updated:
2005/4/30-5/1 [Computer/SW] UID:37437 Activity:very high 75%like:37448
4/30    Poll, I have X number of characters in my account. Use . if just
        letters, D if it is based on English words, # if it contains numbers,
        and % if it has weird characters:
        8: D#
        9: #
        10: %
        \_ What the hell are you talking about?
           \_ I'm guess (s)he meant "in my account password".
        \_ Weird characters are what?  Symbols?  Characters that aren't 7-bit
2005/4/13-15 [Computer/SW] UID:37180 Activity:nil
4/13    Summer internship at a game company for an undergrad:
        /csua/pub/jobs/playfirst (fixed file perms)
2005/4/4-5 [Computer/SW] UID:37061 Activity:nil
4/4     If you are self-empoloyeed and didn't make money last year, can last
        years' expense be deducted from this years taxable income?  Do you
        need to file a return for last year?
2005/3/23-24 [Industry/Jobs, Computer/SW, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA] UID:36830 Activity:nil 66%like:37457
3/23    We need a(nother) "Senior Web Applications Engineer" here at AvantGo.
        Job descr and contact info in /csua/pub/jobs/AvantGo  --dbushong
2005/2/25-28 [Computer/SW/Graphics, Computer/SW] UID:36428 Activity:low
2/25    Hello video experts, I've been using DVD2AVI to convert VOBs to
        AVI and WAV and then combining them using TMPGEnc, which I thought
        was free. Today, it says "MPEG-2 expires after 30 days due to
        licensing issues, please buy this product." What the hell? What
        are other alternatives out there?
        \_ mpeg2 is not free.
        \_ TMPGEnc provides free MPEG1 encoding, but MPEG2 is not free.
           You need to pay for TMPGEnc Plus.  Both TMPGEnc Plus and CCE Basic
           are around $50.  Incidentally, using DVD2AVI to generate AVI files
           isn't a great idea.  Also, if your goal is to go DVD->DVD, then
           why not use DVDShrink?
           \_ Actually my goal is simply DVD(mpeg2) to VCD(mpeg1), I got
              mixed up so it's cool. By the way it's quite tedious to split
              the DVD into AVI/WAV then combining them, is there an easier
              \_ You're not actually supposed to create an AVI with dvd2avi
                 (despite its name; they've now renamed it to get people to
                 to stop using that misfeature), since that's just going to
                 be a collosal waste of HDD space.  The usual way is to save
                 the project file (.d2v) and then open that (usually using
                 AviSynth, but I think the current version of TMPGEnc
                 can open it directly). --jameslin
2005/2/20 [Politics, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Troll/Jblack, Computer/SW] UID:36337 Activity:nil
2/20    Want to talk about politics? Go to freep or other web sites. jwang,
        you're slacking off and you owe me one.
        \_ Fuck your momma, asshole.
2005/2/13-15 [Computer, Computer/SW] UID:36163 Activity:nil
2/12    In FinkCommander, is there a way to check up on the progress of
        a source/binary install? The status bar says it is downloading
        a file, but I have no idea if it's progressing or not. Thanks.
        \_ Open up the Activity Monitor, and see if there is any network
           activity occuring. -phale
2005/2/9 [Computer/SW, Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:36122 Activity:nil
2/9     Is there a way to find out the name of a user with a hotmail account?
        There is a person that keeps emailing our listserve from a hotmail
        account, never revealing their identity, and no one knows who this person
        is. Anyone have any good ideas?
        \_ A leveraged buyout of Microsoft should do the trick.
                \_ let's hear some better ideas.
2005/1/26 [Computer/SW] UID:35905 Activity:nil
1/26    Anybody know if you can get dsniff to run on a tcpdump file?
2005/1/19-20 [Computer/SW, Computer/HW/Memory] UID:35785 Activity:kinda low
1/19    What's the difference between an instruction cache and a target
        branch buffer?
        \_ This is the fucking csua, we talk about politics and girls,
           who do you think we are? bunch of nerds?
           \_ Doing your CS152 homework?  Oh wait, now it's semester break.
              Been out of school for too long.
        \_ I am guessing.  an intruction cache stores previous
           instructions, whereas a
           target branch buffer fetches the instruction which the
           branch prediciton logic anticipate.  (thus the target branch)
           \_ An instruction cache also stores next instructions if, say, the
              cache only reads from memory 16 bytes at a time and the
              instructions are less than 16 bytes each.
        \_ a branch target buffer is a place to store metadata about
           recently used branches, e.g. profiling statistics to inform
           branch prediction logic.  it's analogus to a TLB in that it
           holds the scratch state for hardware logic meant to accelerate
           the typical case execution beyond the worst case one.
2004/12/22 [Computer/SW/Unix, Computer/SW] UID:35399 Activity:nil
12/22   Is there a way to make cp retain the file time but not the other shit
        when I do a copy? -p preserves too much information. I just want the
        file to retain its timestamp.
        \_ There is if you use GNU cp.
2004/12/5-6 [Computer, Computer/SW] UID:35176 Activity:high
12/4    It was the damn humans who ruined Cal's Rose Bowl. Machines
        were right!
        \_ We got screwed by some of the computers too. For instance, ASU's
           loss to Arizona lowered our scores on some of the computers.
           \_ What makes you believe that?
        \_ The humans have us ranker higher than Texas.
              \_ Some of the computer rankings take into account the records
                 of your opponents. ASU was the best team we beat.
                 \_ Yes, but we also played Arizona, so them beating ASU
                    made their record better. I think the effect on our
                    Strength of Schedule rating is a wash.
                    \_ Althouth the Arizona win probably didn't hurt us much
                       directly, it did boost Utah a considerable bit in many
                       of the computer polls.  That is because Utah played
                       Arizona (as one of their few non-conference opponents).
                       And in many of the polls, Utah was between Cal and
                       Texas, thus lowering our ranking by one slot, and thus
                       making our computer score about .04 less, which cost us
                       the Rose Bowl.  -phale
        \_ The humans have us ranked higher than Texas.
           \_ Overall, we are ranked ahead of Texas in the human vote.
              However, our #4 human ranking became weaker on Sunday - weak
              enough for the computer vote to move Texas into #4 overall.
              The human/computer rankings are not purely discrete.
           \_ Yeah, that was true last week, too, when we were still #4
              overall.  What happened was that our #4 human ranking became
              a little weaker on Sunday.
        \_ That guy on the motd banking on Cal vs. Wisconsin sure came out well!
           \_ yea, wisconsin was exposed as a fake, and I didn't quite
              understood the BCS rules.  I thought Cal would go as long as
              USC goes to championshp game and Cal is second in the
              conference.  I still think Cal should go to the Rosebowl.
              IIRC, Cal has won all the bowl games it went to since the
              early 90s (copper, aloha, citrus, insight, etc.?)
              \_ We lost the Aloha Bowl.  -tom   (I was there)
        \_ For the last two weeks all 6 BCS computer rankings have ranked
           Texas ahead of Cal.
        \_ BCS or electoral college system, which should go first?
         \_ if electoral college goes, so do the southern states
        \_ I was watching it on ESPN I think.  The announcers were really
           excited about Cal, talking up about how great they were.  Cal did
           it's usual "slow-start" first-half, and the announcers stopped
           talking about how great Cal was.  Suddenly, Southern Miss was the
           team that was completing all its passes and scored on the flea-
           flicker.  There went our Rose Bowl right there.
           \_ The ESPN broadcast pissed me off. They showed the _TEXAS_
              fans more often than they did the Cal fans. WTF?!
              \_ When Texas has the momentum, they show Texas fans.
                 Anyways, c'mon, people are like:  UC Berkeley?  Football??
2004/11/15-16 [Industry/Jobs, Computer/SW] UID:34906 Activity:kinda low
11/15   What's a typical salary for an entry-level web app developer in the
        \_ Two dollahs and fifteen cents
        \_ $50 if you can suppress the gag reflex
        \_ what kind of "web app developer"? if you're just some code monkey,
           probably 12.50-20, but if it's "software engineering", then it
           should probably be more like 25-30.
           \_ are we talking about hourly?
              \_ of course, no one talks about yearly as 12.50.
2004/10/1-4 [Computer/SW/OS/Windows, Computer/SW] UID:33883 Activity:nil
10/1    So I downloaded the gdi scan tool from:
        and it detected a problematic gdiplus.dll for a 3rd party app.  How do
        I fix it?
        \_ Bug the 3rd-party developer to fix it, or be very careful about
           viewing untrusted content with that App.  If *any* program can view
           a 'questionable' JPEG, then the JPEG is not infected.  All infected
           JPEGS are corrupt.
           \_ Well FYI it's Paint Shop Pro 9.  Buyer beware.
        \_ To give an example of programs where you would least likely expect
           GDI+ to be used, I know that QuickBooks actually uses it, and they
           haven't replaced the GDIPLUS.DLL yet.  In fact, they knew absolutely
           NOTHING about this security issue, and I had to IM a former
           co-worker there to tell him to get that shit patched ASAP.  I'm glad
           I got the hell out of there. -phale
           \_ I was never too much of a l33t QuickBooks user, but where would
              you be opening some arbitrary jpegs with it?  Designing a form
              \_ Yah, designing a form layout for an invoice or something.  But
                 you can also download a form layout that somebody else has
                 created, which will cause QB to open up any JPEGs that have
                 been embedded inside of that form layout datafile.  Granted,
                 it isn't too likely this would happen, but I've found out the
                 hard way never to underestimate the stupid things people do
                 with their computers. -phale
                 \_ But if the JPEGS are viruses, no benign user could embed
                    them in the layout file (because it would crash).  You'd
                    need someone to construct a Quickbooks layout file virus.
                    \_ Actually, no, you could create the file without QB
                       opening up the JPEG during creation.  It just does a
                       simple copy into another datafile.  But when the new
                       file is opened by another user, the JPEG gets opened up.
                       Short answer is that is possible, and I actually tried
                       it already on one of my windoze 2000 boxes.  I think I
                       will leave it at that, as I've probably said way too
                       much already. -phale
        \_ What the hell is Microsoft Ink, and why does it have an unpatched
           .dll on my machine?
           \_ Who is general failure, and why is he reading my disk!?
              \_ It's all the fault of General Protection.
2004/9/14 [Computer/SW, Academia/GradSchool, Politics/Foreign/MiddleEast/Others] UID:33518 Activity:high
9/14    I've tried to contact a grad student about some of his work, but my
        email hasn't been responded to.  Anyone know Jordan Smith?  I'm
        interested in his work here:
        If he's got a paper out on this or source code available I'd love to
        see it.  Anyone know him?
2004/9/9 [Computer/SW] UID:33442 Activity:nil
9/9     Save the bunny.
        \_ Someone please tell me he hasn't actually recieved 33,000
2004/9/1 [Computer/SW] UID:33275 Activity:moderate
9/1     Create your own software empire in 30 minutes!!!!!
        \_ It says Ross Perot made his fortune from software.  Did he?
2004/8/21-22 [Computer/HW/Scanner, Computer/SW] UID:33063 Activity:nil
8/21    Has anyone worked with data archival software? Our microfilm scanner
        still works but the printer has died (it's 30 years old). We're looking
        at replacing microfilm with a digital system. I'm a luddite, so this
        seems like a pretty bad idea to me, but I'm told to see what's out
        there. So I guess I need a decent scanner and document feeder and
        maybe some non-consumer software to create PDFs of what is scanned in.
        Any pointers would be appreciated. On a side note, Google is not great
        when you want to actually buy a new product because you're getting
        targeted ads vs. information.
2004/8/6 [Computer/SW] UID:32730 Activity:low
8/6     What is the name of the command that breaks a large file into small
        segements?  Thanks.
        \- split
2004/7/28-29 [Computer/SW] UID:32555 Activity:high
7/28    My .spamassassin/bayes_toks file grow to 10mb, what is this file?
        can I delete it? I am exceeding my quota.
        \_ Have you tried "sa-learn --rebuild" or "sa-learn --force-expire"?
2004/7/26 [Computer/SW, Computer/SW/Apps/Media] UID:32476 Activity:very high
7/25    I got whole bunch WMV/MOV files.  In the past, I simply convert
        them into MPEG-1 format.  However, WMV/MOV has much higher compression
        ratio than MPEG-1, so, the file size tend to increase by 4 folds when
        I convert to MPEG-1.
        I would like to encode these propeitary formats to a royalty-free,
        patent-free MPEG4s.  Does such codec exists?
        \_ XviD?
           \_ sorry that I didn't make it clear.  XviD is the closest thing
              I've encountered so far, but XviD is essentially an AVI file,
              which means that it can not be streamed.  (MPEG-1 and even
              MPEG-2 has no such limitation).           --OP
              \_ that's because the index is at the end... you can have
                 xvid asf's that stream just fine.
        \_ 1. WMV and (Sorenson-compressed) MOV files, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 are
              all lossy.  They will be however big you want them to be.
           2. MPEG4 is not royalty nor patent-free.  Maybe you're thinking of
              Ogg Theora.
           3. XVID is not AVI.  AVI is a container; XVID is a codec.
           4. You care about streaming because...?  If you want streaming,
              leave them as WMV or MOV.  Or you can make standard MP4 files,
              but support for those is a bit more limited. (MP4 is basically
              the QuickTime MOV container anyway.) --jameslin
              \_ thanks, James.
2004/7/20 [Computer/SW] UID:32369 Activity:high
7/20    What does this movie poll from the daily cal website say about
        This week's poll results
        What was the best movie of the summer?
        43% Fahrenheit 9/11
        0%  Napoleon Dynamite
        33% Spider Man 2
        5%  White Chicks
        19% Other
        \_ continue to be more boring!
        This week's poll results
        What was the best movie of the summer?
        43% Fahrenheit 9/11
        0%  Napoleon Dynamite
        33% Spider Man 2
        5%  White Chicks
        19% Other
        \_ What does this attempt at trolling say about the motd?
           \_ Please define troll.
              \_ He's citing the results of an ONLINE WEB POLL and trying to
                 imply that this "says something" about Cal.  Obvious attempt
                 at kicking up yet another content-free flamefest about
                 Michael Moore and probably the evilllllll liburul Cal student
                 \_ hell, our own darin already said f9/11 "may be the most
                    important film of this decade", likely before he even saw
                    the film, and we're just in 2004.  talk about hyperbole.
        \_ Whether or not you like F911, comparing it to those other movies
           in a poll seems like lousy statistical methodology.
        \_ I was just gonna say that Cal kids have no taste, but hey.
        \_ GUYS.  This is a WEB POLL.  An anonymous WEB POLL.  You aren't
           THAT dumb, are you?  I mean, christ, its on the Daily Cal web site.
           \_ anonymous WEB POLLs today, tomorrow the world is run by a
              communist dictatorship!  Don't you see, CAN'T YOU SEE IT?!?
2004/7/13 [Finance/Investment, Computer/SW] UID:32245 Activity:low
7/12    dear csua finance expert, can I buy foreign securities without
        ADR?  Most local brokerage firm here(HK) disallow US persons to
        open account, is it bec. they don't want to file to IRS
2004/7/8 [Computer/HW/Memory, Computer/SW] UID:32183 Activity:very high
7/8     I looked in the archives but can't find all those computer-related
        euphemisms for taking a crap... anyone have the list the motd came
        up with?
           You're welcome.
        \_ where's the archive?
        \_ The train has left the station.
        \_ The log has been dumped.
        \_ Not geekish, but "dropping a deuce" has recently become popular.
        \_ Going number 10
           \_ I turn the toilet flusher strength up to 11.
              \_ You don't get it.  This one goes to 1011.
        \_ beaming down an away team-
        \_ Nuking the motd.
        \_ flushing my cache
2004/7/6-7 [Computer/SW] UID:31179 Activity:nil
7/6     If I file small claims against Holiday Inn, do I need to fill out
        SC-103, Fictitious Business Name Declaration? Or that is for Holiday
        Inn to fill out? Thanks.
        \_ While I haven't seen SC-103, a ficticious business name declaration
           is generally for when you are starting a business.
        \_ After 6 month of filing and Holiday Inn applying for appeals, the
           week before the final court day, a representative from Holiday Inn
           called me and issued a company apology, the full credit back, as
           well as 1 free Holiday Inn night good for 1 year. I sued because I
           requested for non-smoking room only and when I got there, they still
           gave me the only room they had-- smoking room. The small claims
           sues because I have severe asthma and due to medical conditions
           I could not get a smoking room. The Holiday Inn person said he
           was very sorry, understands the medical condition, and persuaded
           me to drop the lawsuit. I dropped it, but I still think they're
           dickheads. I bet that had it not been for the ADA disability act
           or something, the lawsuit would have proceeded.
2004/7/2-4 [Computer/SW] UID:31136 Activity:low
7/2     When I redirect to person B an email person A sent to me, and there
        is some delivery error, will the notification be sent to A instead
        of me?  In general, is there any scenario in which person A get
        notified that his mail has been redirected?
        \_ yea, when person B tells person A... if you mean by machine...
           if you forward the message, no.  not sure if you bounce.  don't
           think so though.
           \_ It might happen if you put A in the "reply-to" field.
           \_ person B is actually another account of mine.  I just want to
              shield my other account from person A.  And yes I do mean
              bounce (redirect) instead of forward.
              bounce (redirect) instead of forward.  When I looked at the
              header at account B, I cannot discern anything about my 1st
              account.  So how would the mail agent inform me instead of
              person A of any trouble with the redirection?
              \_ if you redirect it, the bounce goes back to person A.  -tom
2004/6/21-22 [Consumer/CellPhone, Computer/SW] UID:30939 Activity:low
6/21    I've never had a cell phone. My parents have Verizon Wireless and they
        live in another state. Is it possible for me to add myself as another
        line to their account and get a number with a local area code and just
        pay them $20 a month? Is this a bad idea?
        \_ Do area codes even matter anymore now? Most people I know just call
           me with their cell phones (or company phone) and which area code
           you're in doesn't make much of a difference to them.
        \_ I might be possible now. I had a similar situation last year. AT&T
           said that they were working on multi-area code family plans but
           that they didn't have one available yet. I had to buy a separate
           plan ~ $30/mo.
        \_ How about this:  Get on their plan with a number in their area code
           then tell the cell phone company you're moving and want a new phone
           number.  Only wrinkle is if your company uses different frequencies
           in different regions and your phone only covers one band.
2004/6/16 [Computer/HW/Memory, Politics/Foreign, Computer/SW] UID:30829 Activity:nil
6/16    To those of you more familar with the software world than
        international trade in theory and practice, some of the
        arguments made by the anti-aumping people are self-serving
        comments analogous to these ... "people are being raped
        by paying less ... when will they realize they would be
        better off with out more expensive product" ...
            McBride  calls  these arguments  tantamount  to a  death
            sentence  for  a  multibillion-dollar software  industry
            that has helped propel the United States to economic and
            technological leadership  in the digital  era. In March,
            he  sent a letter  to every  member of  Congress warning
            that Linux  threatens the country's  economic well-being
            and  even  its  national  security.  "Each  Open  Source
            installation   displaces   or   pre-empts  a   sale   of
            proprietary,    licensable    and    copyright-protected
            software,"  he said  in  his letter.  "This means  fewer
            jobs, less  software revenue and  reduced incentives for
            software companies to innovate." []
         Also to the fellow who raised the example of memory chips,
         find me a case. I am not saying there has never been such
         a case [I dont know] but I would bet nobody has ever won a
         dumping case. --psb
2004/6/8 [Computer/SW] UID:30671 Activity:very high
6/8     Need recommendation for web hosting that provides large disk space
        at reasonable prices.  I'm currently with verio and they offer
        200 megs of web/mail space for $24.95.  I just signed up and cancelled when I found out that their 1 gig quota is really
        for web storage and not for email or general purpose.  speakeasy's
        mail quota is 15 megs.  Are there other reliable medium/large
        companies?  Thanks.
        \_ You do mean 24.95/month, right?   I got in on a free offer
           from, they have seemed decent, although they still
           have separation between mail and web space (50MB for the pop
           mail accounts)
           \_ Word of warning on 1and1.  A friend and I are using them for
              hosting several sites, and they are really good as far as
              that goes.  However, they seem to have developed a reputation
              for harboring spammers, and mail from 1and1 accounts is bounced
              by a LOT of mail daemons.
2004/6/5-6 [Computer/SW] UID:30627 Activity:nil
6/5     I'm trying to convert a text file to a pbm (for sending as a fax)
        I want to use a big font. For the font file, pbmtext needs either
        a BDF font or a PBM file. Anybody know where I can get a BDF font?
2004/5/10-11 [Computer/Rants, Computer/SW/OS/Windows, Computer/SW] UID:30141 Activity:nil
5/10    I hope responses don't go too much out of control, but I'll risk
        it. How much do you think Bill Gates himself had to do with
        the way MS currently runs as a business (practices like unfair
        strategies, software bundling, buggy code, non-original ideas,
        \_ I think the policies are set 100% from the top. M$ has been
           like this from the beginning.
2004/5/2 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Motd, Computer/SW] UID:29943 Activity:high
5/1    mehlhaff, why did you stop your motd archive?
        \_ Why don't you just run your own?  It isn't magic.
        \_ I think that binary flood was designed to break motd archive.
           \_ Checking the file type and length before archiving wouldn't
              be a difficult addition for those who care.
2004/4/29 [Computer, Computer/SW] UID:13476 Activity:nil
4/29    Binary file, very funny!!
2004/4/14-15 [Computer/SW] UID:13195 Activity:nil
4/14    Do the order of records in /etc/passwd correspond to the order accounts
        were added? This would make sense given that lwall is the first user
        account listed.
        \- you used to be able to go by uid number until the moron/fascist
           revolution --psb
           revolutio --psb
           \_ So that makes psb the 37th extant user account added? And I'm
              afraid I don't know what the moron/fascist revolution was.
2004/4/13 [Reference/History, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Troll/Kinney, Computer/SW] UID:13165 Activity:nil
4/13    Which idiot reinstated kinney's account? Motd's been crazy in the
        past few days and it's attributed to the idiot who reinstated his
        \_ Behold! He has arisen from the dead! Now he walks the ancient land
           of Babylon, reporting divine truth. Do not harden your heart against
           the Kinney. /csua/tmp/motd.kinney has prophesied his coming.
2004/4/7 [Computer/SW/Compilers, Computer/SW] UID:13052 Activity:nil
4/6     Has anyone been able to get the "certificates" auth stuff working
        for localhost connections to the admin web ui of CUPS? I would
        appreciate a pointer to sample config with this working (or instr.
        on how to do it). tia.
2004/4/4-5 [Computer/SW] UID:13012 Activity:nil
4/4     Anyone use Net-Teller before? I signed up and for some reason
        they can't send my signup confirmation email to my
        account. This is lame.
        \_ what about to a sneakemail account?
2004/4/2 [Computer/SW] UID:12983 Activity:nil
4/2     outsourced code from india sucks, instead of bugs I have
        freakin Cobras in the code i get from these twinks
2004/3/12-13 [Computer/SW] UID:12648 Activity:nil
3/12    I want to find the inflation rate and cost of living changes from
        2001 to now.  Does the government have that on some website?  I'm
        not getting any love from google.  Thanks!
        \_ CPI. Train harder and you will find it on the web.
           \_ Thanks.  I didn't know what it was called.
              \_ Hitler.
                \_ WHAT???
2004/2/28-29 [Politics/Domestic/California, Computer/HW/Drives, Computer/SW] UID:12442 Activity:nil
2/27    I've googled this but w/o any luck. I'm trying to find the mpeg/wmv
        file of the AOL 9.0 commercial with Jerry Stiller and that rap/hip
        hop guy where they made a fish out of AOL CDs. Thanks.
        \- "that rap/hip hp guy" = mr. s. dogg, of long beach, ca. --master psb
           \_ that's "hop" to you.
        \- "that rap/hiphop guy" = mr. s. dogg, of long beach, ca. --master psb
2004/2/20-21 [Computer/SW/Languages/Misc, Computer/SW] UID:12326 Activity:nil
2/20    What's the deal with this "optimized" or "accelerated" dial-ups?
        Do they just cache stuff behind your back?  Compress things?  Just
        a bunch of crap?  What's the deal?
        \_ They compress parts of the download that are easily compressible,
           such as HTML and email text.  I think some of them may also give
           a lower QoS to images, so the 'meat' of webpages loads faster.
           \_ Some also compress (or re-compress) images. E.g., really
              low-quality JPEG.
2004/2/20-21 [Computer/SW] UID:12317 Activity:nil
2/20    Why do Sr. Systems Engineers make more than a Software Architect?
        \_ because the software architect sucks?
        \_ one a senior and the other is not?
          \_ the invisible hand of the market at work...
        \_ Here's how it works in the real world: you get paid what you can
           get, not what you're worth.  Titles are bullshit.
2004/1/31-2/1 [Computer/SW] UID:12050 Activity:nil
1/31    /csua/pub/jobs/software.architect
        Snapfish is looking for very senior software person to do what you'd
        expect from very senior software people.  Snapfish HR likes good cover
        letters, so send one if you have one.  I can answer questions about
        the company and most questions about the position.  I'm posting this
        as a favor to HR so you can use my name in your cover.  --reiffin
        \_ If anyone wants some real-world input on the interview process
           with this company feel free to drop me an email --williamc
2004/1/5 [Computer/SW] UID:11661 Activity:nil
1/5     Anybody reads/writes japanese would like to help me out?  I want to ask
        the person who maintains this website to make available (or send me)
        high resolution version of a couple of pictures.
        Particularly of the street on icho26.  They're pictures of ginkgos
        in the fall.  I think it's Tokyo University.  I'll take any version
        of the photos.  But I'm hoping that there's a picture before the
        sweeping started when the street is covered in beautiful golden leaves.
        I can't find an email address on the web site otherwise I'd send him
        a note in english hoping that he'd understand what I'm talking about.
        Thanks you very much.
        \_ Why don't you try English?
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