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LOL, Cockburg.




Happy birthday, Mike The Headless Chicken!




Socotra Island: The most bizarre, alien looking place on planet earth.
Geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 or 7 million years, like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic, i.e. found nowhere else on Earth.



Tardigrades or water bears, uber tough tiny bugs that can survive temperatures above 300 degrees Fahrenheit and below minus 240 degrees Fahrenheit, survive open space.
Microbiologists from the Institute of Aerospace Medicine sent tardigrades into orbit last September and exposed them to the cosmic radiation and deep vacuum of space. They returned alive. Once in orbit, the tardigrade box popped open. Some were exposed to low-level cosmic radiation, and others to both cosmic and unfiltered solar radiation. All were exposed to the frigid vacuum of space. Just how the invertebrate astronauts protected themselves "remains a mystery," wrote the researchers.



BME: Discussing the idea that employers should reconsider their dress codes now that so many people are tattooed and pierced today that it's reached a "critical mass" type of effect.
As Ozzy Osbourne himself said, "if you really want to be different, DON'T get a tatto, because everyone and their mum's already got one."



Neatorama: Ten things about the Large Hadron Collider you wanted to know but were afraid to ask.
Including the fact that the inside is colder than outer space.

Also, a 16 year old girl in India committed suicide by swallowing weedkiller because she thought the LHC would destroy the earth. The obvious question is why she would choose to kill herself in such a painful manner rather than be painlessly obliterated in an instant, but whatever.



Eleven colorful optical illusions that will make you literally not believe your eyes.
With explanations of how they work. Amazing.



About the small but growing movement of tiny homes, defined as homes smaller than 1,000 square feet, often smaller than even 100 square feet.




Cracked: Seven real college scholarships that require absolutely no talent.
I agree with an art school friend of mine that argued that there should also be a scholarship for normal, healthy, straight, right-handed white males, since they've got a scholarship for every other possible demographic you can think of.



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Also from Cracked: Nine of the most terrifying, messed up restaurants in the world.
Including a highly exclusive one where you f*ck an animal and then eat it, apparently. Ten more unusual restaurants.



Beehive truck gets into accident in China, triggering a massive swarm of pissed off bees.
Six people were killed.


Obnoxious CVS clerk calls HIV+ patient a "fucking AIDS freak" while his boss looks on.

Tonya Harding Shot JFK dot com. Enough said.

Quebec man changes name to dodge relentless airport screening. The disturbing thing is that it worked for him, therefore it could theoretically work for any terrorist too, right?

Also: House burns down because Homeland Security shut off the sprinklers to fight terrorism. Apparently a lot of other houses may have no water in their sprinkler systems because of Homeland Security.

Also also: Man gets investigated by Homeland Security over bean plant.

On the 7th anniversary of 9/11, Cameron O'Reilly asks: "Assuming there really is a guy called Osama Bin Laden, has he won? Here’s some questions to ask yourself:
1. Is America’s reputation abroad stronger or weaker today than it was pre-9/11?
2. Is America’s economy stronger or weaker today than it was pre-9/11?
3. Is America’s internal political climate more or less divisive today than it was pre-9/11?
4. Does America have more or less enemies today than it did pre-9/11?
BONUS QUESTION:
5. What would most Americans say the reason for the 9/11 attacks was?
I’m guessing a poll would show most think “they hate our freedom” is the answer. FAIL. I suspect most Americans have learned nothing from the last six years.
...I submit to you that if bin Laden’s objective was to hurt America, he has already won."


Fourth grader suspended for two days for using a broken pencil sharpener. The boy -- a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student -- cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school's assistant principal. He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff's report stated, but was suspended for at least two days and could face further disciplinary action.

Newspaper sales have fallen a record $3 billion in just six months.


Hummer dealership in Las Vegas to stop selling Hummers and sell smartcars and mopeds instead.


How to escape a hurricane by car.

Italian comedienne arrested for blasphemy, may get upto five years.

Hot rumors are circulating that HP is secretly working on switching completely to their own customized Linux OS to combat consumer dislike and bitching about Vista's bullshit, and then compete with Apple. Makes perfect sense. What good is the best hardware when your OS is a pile of dogshit?

Neighbors keep pissing on the all-glass roof of a trendy bar and nightclub in New York's SoHo.

Israeli jailed after forbidding a pregnant woman in labor past a checkpoint, leading to her giving birth right there, and her baby was stillborn.

MASA plans to put a nuclear reactor on the moon.

Also, Interplanetary internet tested in space.

And now, a cellphone charger for your bicycle, powered by your pedalling.

YouTube bans terrorist training videos.

An Australian politician lost his job after getting drunk and dancing in his underpants at a staff party.

Police closed down a Berlin sweet shop after discovering the owner was selling chocolates and lollipops laced with hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana.

Women are more prone to nightmares and have more intensely emotional dreams than men, according to a recent study.

Australian authorities are on the hunt for a teenager who kicked and punched a confused kangaroo to the ground while his friend videotaped and laughed. Bizarre, because I thought kangaroos could be surprisingly quite aggressive.

The RSPCA has asked clergymen to pray for pets.

Orthodox rabbis blacklist popular music. Yawn. Look up Hells Bells.

Japan leads the world in broadband.

Mom who microwaved her baby to death gets life in prison.

New Zealand's national airline needs bald people to tattoo advertisments onto in a new campaign.

Madonna dedicates her song "Like a Virgin" to Pope Benedict XVI. I'm surprised it wasn't Like A Prayer instead.

A group in a tiny overwhelmingly Christian town in Alabama is ready to pay $50,000 for Jews to move there. DOTHAN, Ala. — Larry Blumberg is looking for a few good Jews to move to his corner of the Bible Belt. Blumberg is chairman of an organization offering Jewish families as much as $50,000 to relocate to Dothan, an overwhelmingly Christian town of 58,000 that calls itself the Peanut Capital of the World. Get involved at Temple Emanu-El and stay at least five years, the group’s leaders say, and the money doesn’t have to be repaid. Via Friendly Atheist.

Saudi Arabia's top judiciary official has issued a religious decree saying it is permissible to kill the owners of satellite TV networks that broadcast immoral content.

Top fifteen most disgusting, repulsive food dishes in the world in clear, large pics, so be warned. Includes duck fetus, bee larvae, maggots, scorpions, dogs and ox penis. I personally know several people who have eaten dog and cat meat, and one American woman who had the duck fetus thing mentioned during a missionary trip to the Philippines.
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So, out of utter boredom, I tried installing Ubuntu... and the results were pretty much the same as last time. I couldn't make it read my NTFS drive with all my stuff on it, just like last time, so I summoned the power of Google and came up with these two links:

http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Edgy#How_to_mount.2Funmount_Windows_partitions_.28NTFS.29_manually.2C_and_allow_all_users_to_read_only

which made little to no sense, and

http://www.arsgeek.com/?p=585

which, while being somewhat clearer, only buggered everything up further. Also, unlike last time, it wouldn't dual boot, I mean it wouldn't give me the choice of OSes. So I had to spend the rest of the day reinstalling XP so I wouldn't lose any data.

I guess I'm gonna wait till I get my DVD burner so I can at least back up my precious data before screwing around with my machine :-/

Anyway, my plan is to have Fedoracore, Ubuntu and XP together and hopefully eventually live the dream of switching away from using XP altogether.

So CAN Linux read NTFS discs, leaving them such that I can still read the same disc while in XP? 
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I'm getting my broadband connected tomorrow morning.  And maybe even a DVD burner.  If I'm getting a DVD burner, I'm gonna back everything up, format and repartition my drive, and make my puter dual boot, installing XP and at least one or two distros of Linux, most probably Ubuntu and Fedoracore.  I plan to learn and use Linux and replace Microcrap Winblows.  I'm seriously sick and tired of how much work is involved in keeping it running and for all the usual reasons to hate it and then some.

This means I could really, really use all the help I can get from you Linux geniuses on my flist, since I'm a total n00b.  (I did install Ubuntu way back when, and had to wipe it off my drive since couldn't figure anything out and I had no one to ask).

So in other words, yayness!
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it really truly sucks to be me right now.

my windows cd is scratched.  i found this out while reinstalling windows.  which means i was stuck with no operating system. 

so now i'm using ubunu linux again.  in case my previous fiasco wasn't a clue, ubunu linux sucks it hardcore.  why?  okay, here are the main reasons that come to mind at this particular sleep deprived homicidal moment:

  1. ubuntu, nor nothing in it, can play an mp3.  even though it has several "music" playing programs.  i suppose its called that because of the little error ding sound it makes when it tells you it can't play an mp3.  so no music.
  2. ubuntu can't play any movies either.  even though it has at least one "media" player.  i'm, well, speechless.
  3. oh and ubuntu does not / will not read the other partitions on my hard drive, where all my precious usable data lies sitting, inaccessable.  so i guess it's just as well that the media players in ubuntu are about as useful as a bicycle to a fish.  or ubuntu to my computer for that matter.
though i guess i can't complain.  at least i can technically surf the net.  although that's literally all i can freaking do with my computer now.  i am teh angst.

i must be a very bad person to deserve this right now.

all i know is, i hate windows, i hate linux, and i can't afford a mac.  i need a new operating system that actually works and is useful at the same time. 

help.
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Image hosted by Photobucket.com okay, so i finally got my computer's ubuntu partition running on the internet. apparently there was nothing wrong with my internet setup, turned out the networking thing wouldn't remember and save whatever i entered. multiple times. then rebooting. mutliple times. finally, just as i was about to toss my computer off this roof i live on, it started working.

so i began poking around while waiting for opera for linux to download, since firefox on linux turns out to be even more annoying and crappy than it is on windows, but i didn't get very far.  i again tried to figure out a way to access my other partitions with all my data on it, but couldnt get squat.  but what's stupid is, when i plug in my friend's usb hard drive (which is windoze FAT formatted), everything shows up no problem.  which only makes it all so stupid. it can read an external USB hard drive with multiple windows partitions on it but not the other partitions on my local, single hard drive.

so i thought, wait, i have stuff on cds, let's play with that.  well, the media player won't play mpeg videos, or any kind of videos.  the mp3 player is nice... except for one small problem.  it doesn't seem to be able to play mp3s.  i put in an old blur audio cd and it played.  then i tried an evanescence cdr, and the cd player froze up.  when i double click on the disc, i get the song listing of the blur cd which i'd already taken out.  now it won't eject for some reason, giving me an error if i try.  ooooookay....

oh, while i was typing this, opera for linux downloaded.  now i have absolutely no idea how to install it.  i got an icon looking like a cardboard box named opera_9.50-20050916.5-shared-qt_en_sarge_i386.deb, and i have no idea what to do with it.  how are you supposed to install a program on linux?  double clicking it opens it in the archive viewer, so it looks like the equivalent of a zip file, only i get more files like it and none of them actually run... or seem to be files that can be open in any useful way.  i'm starting to feel more and more like a complete idiot.  the help documentation is the opposite of windows.  in windows you get oceans and oceans of text that never gets you anywhere.  the ubuntu help window seems to have less text than this entry and i'm not sure if it's really what you could call english.  checking help pages online and i'm not getting squat.  i emailed ashurbanipal's sister (the only linux user i know) for help a few days ago but haven't heard squat. 

all in all, the idea i'm getting more and more is that linux users are desperate, sad, weird people to go to such painful and unreasonable extremes just not to use windows.  i mean honestly, you buy a mac, turn it on, and use it, and you don't get ulcers or high blood pressure setting up every small little tiny thing ten times.  i just don't get it.  why?  i always assumed linux users were such fanatics for a good reason, just like mac evangelists are. 

i'd ask you guys for help, but i already tried that with no results thus far.  okay, i'm posting this and rebooting back to xp so i can actually enjoy using my computer again.

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okay, so i just installed Ubuntu Linux on one of my hard drive partitions.

i have a humble 40 gigger, split into three partitions, a 10, 10, and 20.  the 20 gig partition has all my stuff in it, like my movies, mp3s, episodes of family guy and futurama, etc.  the first 10 gig partition has WinXP on it, and i cleared whatever crap was on the second 10 gigger for the Ubuntu installation.  (my system is your average generic Pentium 4 1.8 Ghz, 256 MB of RAM, CD writer, so it's quite standard.) i also had to delete all my episodes of futurama to make space, which is something i may be in suicidal despair over later... but i've seen them all so many times i have every episode committed to memory, plus they were taking up more space than anything else on my machine, including my old porn collection, so hopefully i won't regret it later.

so installation went smoothly except for a hiccup partway through, but on retry continued on and nothing went wrong after that.

then after much waiting, Ubuntu finally loaded up.  it's really nice.  all chocolate brown and warm and very smooth looking.  then once it was started up, i played around a bit.

which was at which point i found quickly that linux (or at least ubuntu, i'm not sure which) apparently doesn't even recognize windows partitions.  i wasn't expecting it to read the NTFS partition, but it didn't even notice my FAT32 partition.  so basically i couldn't get to any of my data.  so that was a sizable bummer.  i really thought it would, so you could hop between operating systems and access all your documents and whatnot data without too much fuss.  i mean i figured there could be problems with NTFS but not FAT.  i mean even macintoshes (even old ones) read FAT discs with no problem, and people (i.e. windows / linux / hardcore puter geek types) bitch about how finicky and "closed" and supposedly "incompatible" macs are, and actually they really are a whole different machine inside and out... so i'm pretty surprised they couldn't work a way around that.  i mean linux and windows can literally share the same box, why can't they read each other's discs?  macs are a whole different species inside and out, i mean completely and totally, and again they can still read windows and some linux file systems for the most part, so what gives??  it makes so little sense i can't figure it out.  i can't even move data over in any easy way because they literally don't even see each other's discs.  the partition with linux on it has literally disappeared according to windows; according to linux the only thing on my computer is the linux partition with nothing but linux on it.  i really don't get it.  do people with multi-boot systems running linux and windows actually work like that?  and HOW?  if i'm working on openoffice in linux, what, i have to restart and go into windows to watch a movie saved in my windows disc?  or what am i missing here?  anyone?

okay anyway then i tried configuring the internet on ubuntu and got diddlysquat.  restarted.  still diddlysquat.  now i'm not even nearly as hardcore a geek as i may come off as being, so it's possible i didn't configure something or whatnot, so who knows.  my internet connection is pretty zero-config.  you set up the ip configuration and that's it, i mean you don't install drivers for the modem or anything.  my dsl modem uses the ethernet port and that's it.  there's nothing to install.  you use a browser to set up the internet account from there, so it's not like you have to use windows or it won't work (like many other modems and isps over here, and my previous isp that had pc-only software you had to install and run to get access). 

so in summary:  i now have ubuntu linux, which seems all nice and all, but no data, no music, no movies, no artwork, no access to any of my stuff, and no internet access on there either. 

so it's basically useless.

in conclusion, i don't know that much but i know enough to keep my windoze running clean and fast.  i don't get spyware / adware / worms / viruses or whatnot, and i don't even bother using that norton antivirus rip-off and it's still perfectly clean, even with 24 hour broadband.  so whether microsoft sucks it or not, my computer actually runs pretty damn well, so maybe i should use the old if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it logic and just stay with this. well, until a mac magically falls from heaven into my lap.