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Posted by: Svata
« on: June 12, 2018, 12:09:35 am »

Well. It's started. Hair went from this on Friday (first image) to this today (second image). Oh look, there's even a couple bald spots (third image)
Posted by: Art Vandelay
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:15:19 pm »

If that doesn't work out, you could always use a rope or an extension cord. You can't beat them in terms of reliability.
Posted by: RavynousHunter
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:00:52 pm »

Had another belt die on me.  The little cross-bar that holds the metal tongue-thing to the rest of the clasp was apparently made of fucking pewter and just came off.  I have officially said "fuck it" to buying belts in stores, and have now gotten one off Amazon.  One more thing for which I ain't goin retail again.  Fuck that noise.  Just glad I have a backup that seems to be all but totally indestructible, in that regard.
Posted by: ironbite
« on: March 25, 2018, 03:22:32 pm »

Of course it would've.
Posted by: Art Vandelay
« on: March 25, 2018, 03:01:16 am »

That would've given things away prematurely.
Posted by: davedan
« on: March 25, 2018, 03:00:03 am »

'relationship with a patient' ...'vet' ...but not the really bad jokes thread?
Posted by: Art Vandelay
« on: March 25, 2018, 02:07:44 am »

A very good friend of mine was fired today. Years of medical training, experience and hard work and he's been barred from the entire medical profession simply for having a relationship with a patient. Such a huge waste. He's one of the nicest guys I've ever met and a genuinely brilliant vet.
Posted by: dpareja
« on: March 19, 2018, 01:20:32 pm »

If your computer is 11 years old, it's long past time. Computers have an effective lifespan of 5-6 years normally.

It sat dormant for four years, so while I got it 11 years ago, it's really only seven years old as far as use time is concerned.

But since it works fine otherwise (cleaning out all the dust cut the CPU temperature by about twenty to twenty-five degrees), I'd rather just replace the power supply. If need be, once I've done that, I could then replace the motherboard at a future date. (And then you get the old puzzle about the ship where every plank has been replaced--is it still the same ship?)

EDIT: Replaced the power supply. Its fan was kinda shot due to dust accumulation. Might replace the motherboard next, but we'll see. Seems to work fine.
Posted by: Askold
« on: March 19, 2018, 03:52:00 am »

Mine are lucky to survive 2 years because I can only afford used computers.
Posted by: Eiki-mun
« on: March 19, 2018, 03:41:46 am »

If your computer is 11 years old, it's long past time. Computers have an effective lifespan of 5-6 years normally.
Posted by: dpareja
« on: March 18, 2018, 01:49:22 am »

My CPU's been running really hot recently, so I finally opened up my computer to take a look inside and clean out a lot of dust.

And then, when I plug it back in and flick the power switch on, the power supply starts making a high-pitched whine.


And the thing's old (2007), so I'm honestly not sure if it's worth it to replace the power supply or just bite the bullet and get a new machine.
Posted by: RavynousHunter
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:36:43 am »

Except, Rook, that doesn't really require multiple writing and speaking courses that are unrelated to your subject matter.  The CS major at my uni has two writing intensives and one speaking intensive built-in and, honestly, that's one WI too many.  We get both a WI and an SI in CPSC 430, Software Engineering, where we basically learn the entire project lifecycle, which includes exactly what you're talking about.  Also, you're forgetting the fact that I'm a software engineer; the situation you described isn't part of my job description, that's more a project manager's role, which 430 covers.  We're already taught what we need in-major, the rest is needless filler.

All I really want is an experience actually tailored to what I'm going to most likely be doing because, as it is now, its a generic "one size fits all" approach which does not work for most students, myself included.  It isn't helpful and it puts us even further into debt than we already are because those classes?  Yeah, every one of 'em costs money and a lot of it, as much as if we were in their major area of focus.
Posted by: rookie
« on: March 12, 2018, 06:05:11 am »

RH, my old man was a civil engineer all his adult life. You know the kind of engineer where it spills over into personal life? Yeah. Anyways, about 15 years ago a friend of mine going for mechanical engineering was over for a cookout or something. He was complaining of the same thing you are. Why tf do I have too waste my time with this bs! My old man's answer, from overhearing it, was between $10-30k a year in budget. One day you'll have to explain why you're asking for that money. If you sound like you know what you're doing to people who have no clue what exactly that is, your project is MORE LIKELY (I offer you no guarantees here) to get closer to proper funding.
Posted by: RavynousHunter
« on: March 11, 2018, 07:53:08 pm »

'Scuse me, Imma bitch a little bit about university...some more.

This entry's topic?  Writing/Speaking Intensive courses!  I get them if you're a useless waste of a degree liberal arts or business major, that's not up for debate.  Being able to write and spout out long streams of bullshit is most of their future job description, assuming they don't end up at Taco Bell.  But, for people that major in something useful having a job STEM fields, they're next to worthless.  Your average STEM major isn't going to be writing essays, having to worry about "grabbing the audience's attention" or any of that extraneous bullshit.  They aren't giving long-winded speeches about inane garbage; at most, they're doing a few minutes with a PowerPoint presentation.

Assuming I can write coherent English sentences and speak without sounding like a complete, blundering dipshit...why the fuck is this idiocy required?  Fuck, why can't I test out of it?  I am a computer science major, not a god damned essayist.  Most of what I'm gonna end up doing is going to involve less Word documents and more sitting in my boxers eating Cheetos and yelling at Visual Studio.

I'd be willing to bet the obscene amount of moronic bullshit is why a lot of people don't get out of graduate university.  They're crushed under the weight of utter nonsense.  Tailor the experience to the student, or at least the major.  If they don't know what they're gonna do (ie: if they're an idiot and jumped into uni as a freshman), maybe then give them some random bullshit to see what sticks.  For people like me, people that know what they're doing, what they wanna do for the next several decades, why require this bullshit?  Stop fucking us about with liberal arts nonsense and just make sure we can read, write, and speak coherently.  The gen-eds already cover that more than adequately.

I hate writing papers.
Posted by: dpareja
« on: March 09, 2018, 01:21:27 am »

My AV decided that it would be fun to start eating up 100% of my CPU time and kick the processor temperature to 70+ even though I was doing nothing. Then it decided to eat up most of my available memory, too. And then it restarted itself after I force-closed the offending process (but I'd unplugged my internet cable so at least that wasn't so much of an issue).