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Only a step in the right direction, but, a welcome move - "A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in California cleared an Assembly committee Tuesday despite arguments that it violates a gay marriage ban approved by voters five years ago. The 6-3 vote by the Assembly Judiciary Committee marked the first test for the measure, which would amend the state family code to define marriage as between "two persons" instead of between a man and a woman."

Sounds like Warner Brothers have been hearing something of a protest regarding the Loonatics: 'Warner Bros. Entertainment spokesman Scott Rowe said his company wants the thousands of fans upset by the made-over characters unveiled in February to know "that's NOT all, folks." Those "early drawings" have been revised into characters that are softer and less menacing, he said.' (What, like, say.. the originals?)

If you live in Hong Kong, you can now subscribe to a symmetric 1Gbps service, for $215/mo. (If money's tight, there's also 100Mbps and 10Mbps services at $34 and $16) So, transferring a DVD would take under a minute.

If the US had the same population density as Singapore, the former's population would be around 60,522,638,806.

Agh, I missed a recent release of VLC! It sports many UI tweaks, as you can see.

Hm.. seems HP's wanting to transition to smaller drives, much as the industry moved from 5.25" a while back. "The new [10,000rpm] 2.5-inch hard disk drives were developed by Fujitsu, Hitachi, and Seagate, and will be used by HP in upcoming ProLiant server and storage products".
packard bell, now what was that about?

L2 cache, now i am old enough to rememember when that was an option with Viglen. I bought a 4-66 and then phoned them about lack of l2. Well you didn't ask about any....

Pseudo or write back cache, that is a hole i fell into in.

"Should I mention the words "Packard" and "Bell" next to each other? ^_^"

My first PC was an HP. In remembrance of Packard Bell film projectors, I called it Hacker's Hell (when I was feeling non-malevolent. I won't repeat what I normally called it.) I will never buy a proprietary PC again.
People seem to fall into 2 camps the build your own and the buy them off the shelf.

I have built all my PC's and do them for others too. I did a upgrade for a friend at work before breakfast today!
I think I'd be interested in actually building a system, rather than just slapping some cards together. Indeed, one of my computers was a BBC Micro model A, requiring all the missing connectors be added, then the chippery - I think the sockets may've been present for the latter. And of course, the fun of the ever-useful write-protect switch for sideways RAM, permitting ROM images to believe (technically accurately) they were indeed running in ROM. Ugh, but some of the Solidisk sideways RAM modules were kludgy, requiring various signals to be tapped from chips around the board, soldering directly onto the pins. Still, they worked, most of the time. ^_^; Their FDC1797-based double density floppy (aieee! There's one tech left well in the past, mercifully, both 5.25" and 3.5". Poor ol' 3".. never really took off at all. Nor the floopy, for that matter :) controller was a bit of a pain to install, though, as it sat in two 40-pin DIL sockets, not just the floppy controller's (meant for an Intel 8270, being a fair choice at the time of design, but only capable of single density operation), so it needed a worrying amount of force to seat properly. (Eventually, mine developed an odd thermal problem - not overheating, but underheating. If it wasn't hot enough, it'd read fine, but write unreliably - so after turning it on, I'd wave a hair drier over the chip for a few seconds)

Besides, I'm not sure I'd really want to trying constructing a PowerMac G5. *grin* Though I admit, designing an airflow system like that has some appeal - working out what separate channels you need, placement of fans, monitoring the various zones' temperatures, applying only as much fan power as required. Pretty cool. So to speak. Though I think my basic nature tends towards low power devices, doing the most possible with the least energy - mobile GPUs are rather nifty in that regard, momentarily turning entire functional units off if not immediately required, waking them back up rapidly when needed.

Or there's the Connection Machines solution (or was it some other manufacturer?) - just run all the boards in a cooling fluid bed. ^_^

Slapping the cards in is easy, getting it all to work with microsoft is the challenge!

A friend of mine takes soldering irons to computers, I just bin the part and put a new one in. Having said that I put an amp in my latest PC to drive an internal speaker, I may hook it to the stereo instead soon ( I did this with the Bedroom PC)
'Course, trouble now is if a card's going wonky, there's not a lot you can usually do, given the functionality resides in maybe one or two VLSI devices - and not so easily desoldered, either. ^_^: (Would be fun to master the art of SMD desoldering, though. Or soldering, for that matter. Would be quite cool, maybe, to see a modern board assembly line in operation, with all the tiniest resistors and capacitors being perfectly positioned prior to flow soldering, all automatically. Reminds me - maybe I should extract and upload a particular Orbital video, which showed the process of making that album, from plastic beads to wrapped pallets. Pretty nifty!)

Well, you could always use a low power FM transmitter on the output - if it's a reasonable quality device, the sound ought to be pretty good. Or I suppose there's always the AirTunes-like solution, streaming it over WiFi and reconstituting it next to the tuner, either with a dedicated device, or a quiet computer. Come to think of it, I could use Dormouse for that.. no fan, so it's always quiet, and just decoding audio's no big matter. But then I'd need an amp in the house too. ^_^; (I do have one, but it's a long way from me at the moment)
plastic beads to wrapped pallets That sounds like fun!

I have a FM transmitter, that i was going to use in the car, think i'll use a wire its only 2 metres away as the crow flies, i had a 4 individual screened wire going round the room, but it doesn't work! An optical lead goes from the DVD player to the back of my cd-player/ cd writer as it goes! And i had a lead from the amp to the cable set top box. The bit of garden wire wrapped round the tv resender over the curtain rail and on top the 1950's decca TV is of course a piece of useless info.
I seem to be building my own, one piece at a time.