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by qviri
Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: My house idles at 75W
Replies: 29
Views: 22848

Re: My house idles at 75W

Neat thread idea! I'm one person in an almost 500 sq ft apartment. I don't believe I have access to my meter directly, but I do get down-to-an-hour power usage numbers to nearest 10 watts from my provider ( pic1 pic2 ). According to that data, my apartment idles at around 60-70 W, including fridge, ...
by qviri
Wed May 02, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ginormous CPU coolers?
Replies: 9
Views: 1759

Re: Ginormous CPU coolers?

I don't know if you noticed this but many CPU coolers that are supposed to be the best and are recommended are freaking huge, like scythe mugen series, not only that but have even 2 fans. Isn't that really disruptive to the airflow in the case and increases noise subtantially, they actually have th...
by qviri
Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Projectors, pico projectors, and quiet
Replies: 1
Views: 4189

Projectors, pico projectors, and quiet

Hi! Long time no write here. (Not sure if this should go in Video Cards & Monitors? Are projectors monitors? Mods, feel free to move.) I have a project in mind that would use one or more smallish projectors to display basic data (time, weather, bus schedules, etc) on empty stretches of wall to get m...
by qviri
Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Non-optical USB mouse?
Replies: 78
Views: 91328

Unfortunately, if someone is bothered by an infrared LED they are likely to have larger problems than computer mice. Could you please rephrase this so I can understand exactly what you are saying? The amount of EM radiation from an infrared LED of the kind that would be found in a wheeled mouse is ...
by qviri
Sun May 16, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico - Historic Disaster
Replies: 226
Views: 44519

Drill baby drill!
by qviri
Sat May 15, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Non-optical USB mouse?
Replies: 78
Views: 91328

Ball mice don't have optical sensors... Some did; I had a few myself in the past. I found a page with some good pictures of such a mouse . As washu says, this sort of mechanism is standard in all ball mice as it is by far the most compact, simple way of counting a disk's rotations. Unfortunately, i...
by qviri
Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Non-optical USB mouse?
Replies: 78
Views: 91328

Wrap the optical mouse in aluminium, perhaps?
by qviri
Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lenovo ThinkStation E20: A Quiet Entry-level Workstation
Replies: 8
Views: 3714

Redzo wrote:Do some proofreading for gods sake before posting. Nowadays you can actually have FF or IE do it for you, that way people can actually understand you.
The world's best spellcheck won't help if the sentences don't make sense.


I always liked the design of Thinkcentres and Thinkstations.
by qviri
Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:30 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Own a flat panel? Don't go to this link.
Replies: 27
Views: 3700

ck8-04 wrote:What about us IPS panel owners?
IPS panels get in the way of anti-LCD hyperbole too much, so they don't count.
by qviri
Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Crucial 64GB SSD F/S $140 shipped....
Replies: 2
Views: 1065

The link does not work.
by qviri
Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?
Replies: 66
Views: 34886

A Mercedes will get you to work just as any old (still functional car) will..Why do ppl buy them instead of Nissan Micras and other el cheapo cars out there ? Answer is because they CAN afford them and they know that Micra ppl look up to them. They envy them and their money just like you envy ppl t...
by qviri
Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Dice Job Expo in the big city.
Replies: 16
Views: 1938

aristide1 wrote:I'm finishing up a CyberSecurity degree
If you don't mind me asking - who grants cyber security degrees?
by qviri
Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 115440

colm wrote:dear god,
why do civilians hang out in war zones? :roll:
Chances are they were there before the war was.
by qviri
Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:08 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: smartphones are silent
Replies: 9
Views: 5266

Unfortunately, Verizon will not let you have a Smart phone *without* buying a data service.... :x So, my wife and I have to make some decisions: get a basic phone, and a GPS if we need that, and have PDA (like an iPod Touch) for those functions... nothing seems to integrate things very well (on Ver...
by qviri
Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: American-English speakers question
Replies: 64
Views: 10628

I've also noticed in a number of forums that non-native English speakers write significantly better English than many Americans. Abstracting from the definition of "better" English*, it occurred to me this might be a twist on confirmation bias. Non-native English speakers have to have the motivatio...
by qviri
Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus UL30A & Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 CULV Notebooks
Replies: 21
Views: 18369

Lenovo keyboards are quite good amongst other laptop keyboards, but there's still one thing I hate about them: the placement of the Fn key. I always mix up the Fn key for the Ctrl key! Why oh why does Lenovo always put the Fn on the left of the Ctrl key? I would fine it much more natural (when comi...
by qviri
Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Appeals Court says 'Under God' not a prayer
Replies: 73
Views: 11005

NeilBlanchard wrote:So, it does not say exactly "separation of church and state", but that principle is precisely what the First Amendment is about.
How are you defining "separation of church and state"?

How is this inconsistent with the remainer of m1st's post?
by qviri
Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: American-English speakers question
Replies: 64
Views: 10628

My bad. It's not a very strong example anyhow because the concept of "having" can be considered two-way in some situations. Use this, instead:

Mark ate an apple.
An apple ate Mark.
by qviri
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: American-English speakers question
Replies: 64
Views: 10628

(ie. centre vs center, did anybody read the Oscar Wilde statement about those differences?). The glorious thing is that "center" and "centre" are pronounced absolutely the same way when speaking normally, which is insane if you think about it from the perspective of someone used to phonetic scripts...
by qviri
Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: American-English speakers question
Replies: 64
Views: 10628

"Most words in the English language are pronounced the same way they are spelt", the only exception in that sentence is the word language Compare the "o" in "most" with the second "o" in "pronounced", compare "a" in "same" with the a in "are", compare first and last "e"s in "sentence", etc. Isn't E...
by qviri
Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus UL30A & Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 CULV Notebooks
Replies: 21
Views: 18369

This was an excellent review -- thank you. Another thought, it would be interesting to know how much quieter the laptop can be if set to use passive cooling and the hard drive was replaced with an SSD. I too am wondering about the SSD angle. In my experience with my laptops, the hard drive noise is ...
by qviri
Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I don't like doctors...
Replies: 20
Views: 2903

Re: I don't like doctors...

I'd rather hear plain english: "You have thing called ADHD, which means you cannot concentrate due way your brains produce dopamine in your left frontal lobe of your brain. This can be treated with medicine.... etc...." What is dopamine? What is a left frontal lobe? Where do you draw the line, and ...
by qviri
Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: American-English speakers question
Replies: 64
Views: 10628

[quote="wikipedia"]because the letters "ou" are pronounced as in the word house (pronounced /ˈhaÊŠstÉ™n/), whereas the same letters in the name of the city of Houston, Texas are pronounced like the "u" in huge (pronounced /ˈhjuË
by qviri
Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I don't like doctors...
Replies: 20
Views: 2903

Re: I don't like doctors...

/rant on ... One reason why I don't like doctors is that they speak that jargon and letter combination that I don't understand anything. Would you rather hear "ADHD" or "that thing where people can't concentrate on stuff they want to do because some stuff in their stuff in their body is making them...
by qviri
Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Spam via Private Messaging
Replies: 12
Views: 16137

rpsgc wrote:
NeilBlanchard wrote:(I'm very glad I use a Mac...)
Or... Just don't use IE? :lol:
I'd suggest using a brain, personally, but...
by qviri
Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Not a hero, not even close.
Replies: 36
Views: 5030

aristide1 wrote:Once a person who did not go to church was questioned about his beliefs by a priest. He replied, "I live my beliefs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, not just for a 20 minute period on Sundays." The priest felt the person was just fine.
Where do you live that has 20 minute Christian masses?
by qviri
Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Buying something from Canada - taxes, duties?
Replies: 1
Views: 2940

None in case of Canada, and the buyer pays it. I'm not sure how the U.S. end of the deal works. Will probably depend on what you're buying...
by qviri
Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Not a hero, not even close.
Replies: 36
Views: 5030

Fayd wrote:then it's their fault for not conforming to our views.
:D
by qviri
Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Not a hero, not even close.
Replies: 36
Views: 5030

It's apparent from reading his manifesto that this guy was an atheist. He rails against any type of church, saying they are all conning people out of their money, basically that you're an idiot if you believe in God. So how do you atheists reconcile such things? The atheists here always maintain th...
by qviri
Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 2010 Olympics USA live coverage workaround?
Replies: 28
Views: 3299

Thats bullcrap, Ice Dancing barely a sport in my eyes, in the same way that dancing is not a sport, Ice Dancing only just makes it because its dancing on a flat smooth slippery substance whilst standing on 2 razor thin blades - that takes some skill. Anyway skiing is far more entertaining than Ice ...