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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:25 pm

Apple and the *#()*)(#*%)(#*()%&#*(%&*#(%& iPhone, and especially the App Store.

All I've seen on my RSS feeds the last few weeks are stupid stories about how Apple rejects applications for the App Store for the stupidest reasons. Like a mail app that's optimized for Gmail, but it was rejected because its apparent similarity to Apple's built-in mail app would cause "user confusion". The most recent thing that caused me to post this? They are now explicitly stating in rejection letters that the details of the rejection are covered by the Non-Disclosure Agreement. It's insane how developers will jump through hoops for Apple just because of the huge amount of business they would lose if they didn't.

My power supply failing seems to be a huge blessing in disguise. My experience with Ubuntu thus far has been great. I don't think I'm ever buying another Apple computer (or another iPod either, as long as my current one holds out.)

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Post by AShoaib » Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:05 am

Ah, Ubuntu... my PC here died on me (Windows had a corrupt system file), so I couldn't run Windows. In order to save my harddisk, I had to use an Ubuntu 7 Live CD and save all the important files on an external disk... thereby saving 4 years of work and rescuing my music collection.

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Post by LibertyMarie » Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:34 am

ScoBo1987 wrote: I don't think I'm ever buying another Apple computer (or another iPod either, as long as my current one holds out.)
oh my gah, that's so sad!!! you loooved apple!!!










:(

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having more reading to do than is humanly possible to keep up with. yeah. lol

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Post by LibertyMarie » Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:35 am

and Chicago-style. I HATE Chicago-style. (i'm currently at work, where i'm supposed to be formatting a bunch of articles into Chicago, but instead i'm avoiding it with the assistance of teh interwebs.)

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Post by LibertyMarie » Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:37 am

and Drury's new no-hard-liquor-on-campus rule.
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mmk i'm done for now.










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Post by Charlie Dees » Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:56 am

Mizzou of all places is a dry campus!

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:08 pm

So apparently the thing that sucks the most is the Power Management Unit in the Mac. If the Wikipedia article is to be believed, it sounds like it got corrupt and resetting it solved my problem, and thus it wasn't a bad power supply. I reset the PMU when I opened the computer up to take a look at the motherboard, but in my infinite brilliance I didn't test it before taking it to IT, fearing that it was actually a bad power supply and that running it more than necessary would screw something else up. Therefore, if this is what actually happened, I paid for 1/2 hour "labor" to find out I already solved the problem. Wonderful.

Still doesn't change the fact that I officially hate Apple now.

*labor (n.) turning the computer on, putting a disk in, running a test. yeah, that's $22.50 worth of work

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:50 pm

My CpE 315 class.

- It's a Thursday night class from 7-9:30. Of course, The Office happens to air during this time...
- The teacher is actually in St. Louis so we are sitting in front of a computer screen looking at a Powerpoint. At least we're able to get on the Internet with ease.
- Today, we're trying to ask questions about the assignment we're supposed to be doing. He wasn't receiving any e-mails we sent him throughout the week. So in class today, the mics were disabled so he couldn't hear us. Once the tech guy monitoring the teleconference got them enabled, we would ask a question and he would interrupt before the question was finished and would almost always misunderstand the question.

Only 40 minutes left of this...

Another thing that probably sucks: hearing me complain about pretty much everything in this thread.

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Post by Charlie Dees » Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:57 am

The Nobel Prize committee sure is sucking right now. Who the hell is Leclezio?

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Post by L-Town Expatriate » Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:15 am

ashkenaziCD wrote: The Nobel Prize committee sure is sucking right now. Who the hell is Leclezio?
Not an American, that's for sure.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:20 pm

Thanks Newegg... today only, with a promo code they're offering another $30 off the monitor I bought last week... and I bought it then because the $20 discount they offered last Sunday was "special weekend savings" that turned out to be reinstated a couple days later.

Oh well, doesn't change that this monitor is awesome.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:21 pm

Essay exams... specifically ones in classes that get canceled frequently. At least this one might be slightly more manageable than the last one (which I don't even have back yet), though I haven't been able to start preparing for it yet


<div class="editby">Edited by <a href='http://s4.zetaboards.com/Academic_Compe ... /88961/'>U. Lou Sthagaim</a>, Oct 19 2008, 11:22:06 PM.</div>

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Post by DeckardCain » Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:23 pm

ScoBo1987 wrote:Essay exams... specifically ones in classes that get canceled frequently.
Hmm, I wonder which class you're talking about.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:54 pm

Did he hand back the first test on Friday (or did you even have class?)

I could be better prepared for this test since the prompts are more specific than the one on the last test but with only an hour or so of preparation it's probably not going to end well.

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Post by DeckardCain » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:23 am

I didn't go to class on Friday.

I think everything should go okay except for the "compare/contrast presidents" bit. I've got a couple of differences between Jefferson and Adams scribbled down, but can't come up with anything else.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:06 am

He must have discussed the content of that last question in class on Friday because I had no idea on it. I'm sure it was in the book somewhere but when he doesn't explicitly tell us what to read it's hard to know what to study.

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Post by DeckardCain » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:30 am

Yeah, I missed the day he talked about that too.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:40 pm

The interpretation of the Missouri Sunshine Law that requires Liberty Public Schools to release the list of e-mail addresses on their mailing list. I'm pretty sure that's the reason I just got a political rebuttal to something that was in last week's QuickNews.

Basically, the spam said that the LPS newsletter mentioned a report from our state senator that apparently shows the district as receiving more state revenue than it actually does receives. The rebuttal is quite possibly correct in the district using QuickNews for political purposes, which would be another thing that sucks; it's the unsolicited e-mail from the campaign that primarily sucks.

Is this thread ready to be renamed to "Jeffrey complains about anything and everything" yet?

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Post by L-Town Expatriate » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:37 pm

ScoBo1987 wrote:The interpretation of the Missouri Sunshine Law that requires Liberty Public Schools to release the list of e-mail addresses on their mailing list. I'm pretty sure that's the reason I just got a political rebuttal to something that was in last week's QuickNews.

Basically, the spam said that the LPS newsletter mentioned a report from our state senator that apparently shows the district as receiving more state revenue than it actually does receives. The rebuttal is quite possibly correct in the district using QuickNews for political purposes, which would be another thing that sucks; it's the unsolicited e-mail from the campaign that primarily sucks.

Is this thread ready to be renamed to "Jeffrey complains about anything and everything" yet?
Re-elect LuAnn Ridgeway (who, as the sole female lawmaker on the senate health committee, staunchly opposed a bill legalizing midwifery in Missouri a few years back) and you might see that loophole closed. And a few others that turns the Sunshine Law into the Shade-Tree-Next-To-A-Cinder-Block-Wall-Ten-Feet-Tall Law.

Then again, I voted for Sandra Aust because had the Ridgeway-Taveau amendment that would increase a school district's bond capacity to 20% from 15% passed awhile back, several schools (including Liberty) could be in deeper water with the way the economy is now.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:01 pm

Argh Triple Q....

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Post by Charlie Dees » Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:32 pm

Were these in a Liberty practice? Argh indeed.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:41 pm

ashkenaziCD wrote:Were these in a Liberty practice? Argh indeed.
Yeah... stupid LSN JV. It's not going to help them at all practicing on that crap.

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Post by redliberte » Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:27 pm

Dumb high school students who, with their ignorance and lack of tact, are probably only going to succeed at making things worse for themselves.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=ho ... 556&ref=nf

and

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=ho ... 934&ref=nf

Granted, it's a crappy situation, but what are you going to do? At least they go to a school where Fine Arts is respected (to the tune of twice the budget for athletics)... All this is doing is further perpetuating the image of of Liberty as snooty rich kids, not actually solving any problems.

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Post by Fresh Prince of Bradleyville » Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:39 pm

Things that suck:

Dustbusters
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Stupid clunky controls)
Detroit Lions (seriously, I could name fifteen college teams no one has ever heard of that could beat these guys; congratulations Lions, you WILL go 0-16)

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Post by socalcaptain » Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:27 am

The University of Oklahoma.

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Post by scphilli » Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:08 pm

redliberte wrote:Dumb high school students who, with their ignorance and lack of tact, are probably only going to succeed at making things worse for themselves.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=ho ... 556&ref=nf

and

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=ho ... 934&ref=nf

Granted, it's a crappy situation, but what are you going to do? At least they go to a school where Fine Arts is respected (to the tune of twice the budget for athletics)... All this is doing is further perpetuating the image of of Liberty as snooty rich kids, not actually solving any problems.
Clicking on that second link, what precisely is a "budget cute"?

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Post by DeckardCain » Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:59 pm

socalcaptain wrote:The University of Oklahoma.
The BCS in general.

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Post by Charlie Dees » Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:26 pm

Mizzou's football season this year.

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Post by redliberte » Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:08 pm

scphilli wrote:Clicking on that second link, what precisely is a "budget cute"?
Someone who is obviously functionally illiterate creating a group on Facebook, evidently.

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Post by LibertyMarie » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:54 am

redliberte wrote:Someone who is obviously functionally illiterate creating a group on Facebook, evidently.
everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days, everybody knows what i'm talkin' 'bout, everybody gets that way

[/hannah montana]

but, yeah. i agree, steph, it's not necessarily being handled in an appropriate manner.

and as for me, personally, the details of the programs, whatever, more of an issue is the jobs that will be lost...such as, say, the fine arts secretary. taking away the possibly less-than-on-top-of-things fine arts coordinator's administrative assistance will be just as detrimental to LPS fine arts as groups xyz getting to go on a few less trips...

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Post by Charlie Dees » Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:16 am

There's a job called Fine Arts secretary? I certainly hope that person does some education too.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:46 pm

UMR's Oracle server and everything about the CS 238 project that's due Wednesday that we haven't really been able to start on. Of course, it's mostly our fault for starting WAY too late but it'd be nice to have better documented methods of connecting to the server and troubleshooting problems...

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Post by Fresh Prince of Bradleyville » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:35 pm

The New NBC Schedule, as seen below:

9:00-10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Variety Hour
10:00-10:35 p.m. News
10:35-11:35 p.m. The Tonight Show with Conan O' Brian :D
11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon :huh:
12:35 a.m. to 1:35 a.m. Last Call with Carson Daly (everyone is asleep already because of Jimmy Fallon)
1:35 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. The Billy Mays Marathon :lol:
5:00 to 7:00 News
7:00 to 11:00 Today Show with Jay Leno
12:00 News
1:00-3:00 The Late Today Show with Conan O' Brian
3:00 to 4:00 Jays of Our Lives
4:00 to 5:00 Jay or No Jay
5:00-5:30 News
5:30-6:00 Nightly News with (Conan O') Brian Williams
6:00-6:30 News
6:30-7:30 Fallons, the new Heroes
7:30-9:00 The Jay Leno Variety Show Pre-Game

Long post, but absolutely worth it.
Note: may not be order of set for everyone, but everyone will still see the SAME THING, SAYS ME, DICK EBERSOL, LORD AND MASTER OF ALL PROGRAMMING! HA HA HA (evil laugh)


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Post by DeckardCain » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:57 pm

the last ramsfan wrote:3:00 to 4:00 Jays of Our Lives
4:00 to 5:00 Jay or No Jay
Also Everybody Loves Jay, as they might as well pick up previously-ended shows from other networks.

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Post by hugatree1715 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:11 pm

I was fired due to my lack of availability due to tournaments on most Saturdays and my two-and-a-half week trip to France in March, which will cause me to miss additional tournaments. Well technically, I wasn't fired--I chose to quit after being told that I was too unavailable. Oh well, now I will have approximately 18-20 hours a week restored for leisure, homework, etc. However, I was told that this summer, if I am available, I will have a job instantly, no questions asked.

You know, it was really odd to watch my manager almost come to tears telling me that I was such a great addition to the team, though she could do nothing because the owners of the store demanded that I had to go in order to free up the payroll.


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Post by Fresh Prince of Bradleyville » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:47 pm

First: Boston College

I see a wrongful termination lawsuit for Jeff Jagodzinski, who was only fired as head football coach for interviewing with the Jets.

Second: Detroit Lions

For those who thought it wouldn't happen... SURPRISE! Man, you MUST stink if you can't even get a better record than the Rams. 2009 Season Predicition: Lions break the NFL record losing streak losing 29 straight before they get a W.

Third: VH1 Top 100 Hardest Rocking Songs of All Time

For all those who love their classic rock music. VH1 had a countdown of the greatest ones of all time. 500,000 people voted, and they, in my opinion, got it wrong!!! Here are some notable snubs from the top 100.

Whitesnake: Here I Go Again
Guns & Roses: Sweet Child O' Mine
Black Sabbath: Iron Man

Top 20:
36. Cat Scratch Fever, from the Motor City Madman
23. Crazy Train, Ozzy Ozbourne

And now the greatest outrage of all... the Top 10
10. Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
9. Breaking the Law (Judas Priest)
8. Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
7. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
6. Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who)
5. Enter Sandman (Metallica)
4. Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
3. Whole Lotta Love (Led Zepplin)
2. Back in Black (AC/DC)
1. Welcome to the Jungle (Guns & Roses)

Personally, only half of these songs would make my list, and definitely NOT: Breaking the Law, Won't Get Fooled Again, Paranoid. The rest are okay... but Nirvana, in my opinion, should be number one.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:48 pm

Coming back to Rolla to find out the fridge is apparently broken, so we had to throw out a bunch of food.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:51 pm

...and now we have no water. It was on when we got back but now it's not working.

[edit] for whatever reason the landlord had shut off the main line in the basement while we were gone... it's working now. Props to RMU for friendly service in figuring out the problem even when it wasn't their fault.


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Post by Charlie Dees » Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:25 am

I'm scared to go back because I'm afraid I left some food out or something in my apartment.

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Post by FishyFreshman » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:49 am

The Who is legendary and I think Won't Get Fooled Again deserves a spot on the top 10. Welcome to the Jungle however, has no place in the top 30.

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Post by ajax » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:08 pm

MSHSAA in quiz bowl

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:30 pm

In practice today, accidentally answering "Denmark" for Greenland. Again. (I did the same thing at the Smithville tournament my senior year)

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Post by FishyFreshman » Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:00 am

Getting up early for tournaments >.<

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Post by Fresh Prince of Bradleyville » Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:44 pm

Egg bashes to raise money for your senior trip when you don't need them to go. :(

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Post by socalcaptain » Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:08 pm

Kaplan Test Prep Centers and their ridiculous, rude, and unprofessional approach to hiring practices. (Long story...)

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Post by BeholdIndecision » Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:18 pm

Forgetting that tomorrow isn't just a JV tournament.

Lame.
2 hours of sleep.

This didn't happen yesterday, but I just haven't had the time to add it to the list.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:40 pm

Being the moderator when I could have answered an 8 line question in the second line, and definitely no later than the middle of the third line.

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Post by redliberte » Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:21 pm

The filling on my right front tooth (that I broke in half in a bike wreck this summer) falling off into my hand at Panera today. I'll be stuck snaggletoothed until Monday morning.

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Post by Jeffrey Hill » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:47 am

Ignore this post if you don't care about my Ubuntu antics. Maybe I should just start a new thread called Jeff's Blog or something.

I rarely delete software installers I download. This evening is a fine example of why.

I had to put a sketch of a graph in a lab report. Instead of doing it the simple way (just sketch it on paper and scan it), I had to do it the nerdy way and use my roommate's graphics tablet and draw it in GIMP. Of course, the tablet didn't work natively in Ubuntu, so I Googled instructions to install it. Of course, I end up throwing several different sets of instructions at it when it continues to not work, and somehow, I ended up messing up my video driver (which may or may not have anything to do with modifying a file called xorg.conf). So I spent about 2 hours trying to revert my changes, including downloading the latest driver from nvidia's website. Needless to day, after several cycles of uninstalling anything nvidia I can find and then running the driver installer, I finally decide to look in my "old stuff" folder and see if I have an old installer. I did, so I ran it and instantly everything is back to normal.

I'm guessing what happened is when I added stuff to the xorg.conf file it screwed it up, and to try to fix it I accidentally installed an unofficial nvidia driver which conflicted with the official one; even after removing all the unofficial drivers, the new driver (x86_64 180.29) apparently doesn't work, or at least conflicted with some stray files on my computer. The driver I used originally (x86_64 177.80) works fine. This is on a 64 bit installation of Ubuntu Hardy (8.04) with a GeForce 8600 for anyone troubleshooting their installation who happens to stumble upon this board.

Oh, and the tablet works natively in Mac OS 10.4 - could have just used the purchased copy of Photoshop on there and been done with it.

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