*we put the "mmm" in communism


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Blue Moon Syndrome
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Every few milennia, something happens that one will probably not see twice. This is what as known as "things going as planned". My 1 GB stick of RAM arrived today, and I was totally expecting it to be entirely incompatible with my current two sticks, which are all DDR 400, but would inevitably have different timings and voltages. Lo and behold, however, this was not the case. I'm happily chugging along with my 1.54 GB of RAM, which has pretty much transformed my computer into the monster it was meant to be. I'd never understood why my computer so consistently failed to Alt+Tab efficiently in any kind of application, but it was indeed the RAM causing the issue. The blame could also be placed on Windows / M$ for their inefficient event handling, but I only have so many fingers for pointing. Some fingers must be left available for playing Oblivion.

In any case, I was indeed pleasantly surprised to see this work. Perhaps it's just balancing out how utterly screwed I am because of Mr. Briegle's antics (or lack thereof), but whatever the reason may be, I am pleased. The end result is that I can finally play Oblivion at maximum settings without ripping my hair out every time a loading area appears. I still have to keep the grass distance down, but, I don't really care at this point.

Other things are on the radar, however. Such as the fact that I've got a whole lot of work to get done in a short span of time - the marking period ends soon, and I've been lazy. And now, /. wisdom.

"Anyone can learn these tricks at any time anywhere. They don't need to go to a school to find them. If you think someone going to a boot camp is going to become some 1337 h4x0r, well you might as well also start advocating destroying the internet."

"Agreed. I'm about to cost these bastards lots of money by giving away their secrets. Gang, listen closely. First, watch the film Hackers a few times and try to dress as they do. Nothing shows up a non-hacker faster than one out of uniform.

Next, install any CLI-based OS. DOS, Linux, doesn't matter.

Now that you have a command prompt (with the blinking cursor, nothing else will do), you can hack anything! Type in a command like "reroute airtraffic > Boise" and watch all of those jets turn around. Steal the latest hollywood flick with "download now" Want to make your idiot neighbors power blink in and out, spelling "I am t3h fag0rz" in morse code? Go right ahead. You're only limited by your imagination.

DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for the misuse of the preceding information."

"Wouldn't you also need a keyboard which beeps with every keystroke and a monitor which projects shapes onto your face as you work?"

"What about the exceedingly slow save program?

I want to make sure that whenever I save a file it goes extremely slowly and show's me every percent along the way.

Oh, and it has to flash every bit of data on screen as it saves. I'm sure it'll work out some sort of proper layout too.

Otherwise, how would I know it's actually saving the proper data?"
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