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trs80: Yep, swapping controller boards can work. I did it successfully last year to a Samsung 80GB that failed. Of course, I then had two working chassis and only one working controller, so I should have been able to organise a warranty replacement (which never happened for various reasons). It was obviously a dead controller: one of the ASICs had a matchhead sized explosive divot in it.
mikal, right! after all, where'd you think we^W they got the idea? :/
10 May 2007 (updated 10 May 2007 at 06:01 UTC) »
mikal, I think everyone in a position to make a comparison knows by now that United are utter crap...
21 Apr 2007 (updated 21 Apr 2007 at 22:28 UTC) »
louie: Yes, the "pathetic commentary" on low expectations due to Microsoft is indeed sad.

But when you wrote,

No wonder everyone wants to move to web apps.

I initially thought you were being sarcastic: Because of course then, "this application may from time to time act like the web application it really is, and have unpredictable latencies or unreliable operation, ..."

But perhaps you were earnest, and were saying that people perceive web applications to be more reliable. Well, perhaps they can be a smooth experience, where your connection (and server) is fast, low latency and reliable. But in general it's not going to make the issue go away... Firefox is one of the few applications that crashes for me on OS X. :)

20 Apr 2007 (updated 20 Apr 2007 at 17:23 UTC) »

f/1.8, which means the shutter of the camera can open very wide, letting in a lot of light but at the same time giving a narrow "depth of field", so that someone's face can be in sharp focus but the background be entirely blurred.

Well, an f/1.8 lens wide open allows you to maximise shutter speed, so presumably you're talking about very low light/slow film situations. (N.B. you have a typo, s/shutter/aperture/).

lmb, you might be interested in this talk: Torture, Secrecy and the Bush Administration given by Prof. Scott Horton.
13 Apr 2007 (updated 13 Apr 2007 at 15:45 UTC) »
Chicago: what happens in IRC between guys isn’t just putting women off joining, it puts guys off as well -- absolutely! It can be totally toxic. No cure in sight, however. A**holes will be a**holes & on irc there's no cost to being one, and no reward for being civil.
13 Apr 2007 (updated 13 Apr 2007 at 12:02 UTC) »
nymia: Be sure to check out TWiki before settling on a wiki, especially one to support software engineering (shout out to spinner who introduced me to it). I prefer it overall to Mediawiki.
robocoder, Re: "Standards for Accessing TorontoMLS". *boggle* @ PC systems criteria which don't appear to have been updated in over a decade - I hope they don't get updated any time soon, either... Or would you rather see: "Minimum requirements to access this site: Windows Vista, 3GHz+ CPU, 1GB RAM, 3Mbit"?
24 Mar 2007 (updated 24 Mar 2007 at 21:21 UTC) »
slamb: actually make doesn't suck; people just never seem to RTFM which is fatal when combined with nugatory folk wisdom that 'make sucks'. Folk wisdom takes up residence in poorly maintained minds, like legionnaire's bacteria in neglected air conditioning ducts. Folk wisdom sucks.

In this particular case, GNU anticipated your problem. If you use bison, you are not restricted to a 'generic' intermediate.

(update) Calling this a make problem is a long bow indeed.

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