Monthly Archives:December 2011

As per my sad day post I have to do something to rebuld my box. After quite a bit of research i’ve come up with a few things:

1. I am not a huge gamer anymore. HIghly intensive, video card sapping games are not what i focus on.
2. Multiple threads are a must still…but i need to do them faster.
3. Power is quickly becoming a concern due to rising costs.
4. Windows 7 leverages the GPU more than i figured. I also do quite a few things that require more GPU performance than my hd3200 onboard GPU is really able to handle.

I decided to head back to AMD…only for the gpu. I am going specifically with the 6770. It gives me a significant bump in GPU performance over my 4830 AND draws 25% less power. The Nvidia equivalent draws about as much as my old card. i’ll take a hit on tessalation and of course physx(which Doug really loves..i agree it’s neat too.) but considering the power savings and the performance advantage i get elsewhere it is a tradeoff i have to take.

The cpu in an Intel core I3 sandy bridge. I’m going to get a dual core 3.3 ghz with HT that at full bore is going to draw 75W. My current cpu is a quad core 2.3 ghz that draws 95w at max load. I’m going to save significant power there.

I’ll take a 5w hit on the ram..but the cpu power savings alone more than makes up for that.

I’m gping to carry over my current hdd/dvd burner.
The case is going to be a shuttle case of some kind so everything else is contained there.
I’m going to be able to keep this build just a hair under $500…:)

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I am buying the dvd so i can have it in high quality but keep an open mind and listen to this account of research.

 

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I ran across this on military.com then it got deleted.  Luckily for me it was reposted to youtube..:)

 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6_NWqO1RA0[/youtube]

A show-cause penalty will be handed to former head coach Jim Tressel for failing to report knowledge of impermissible benefits given to players before the 2010 season, which resulted in ineligible players participating during that season. The how-cause means any school that hires Tressel could be subject to sanctions by the NCAA.The NCAA later released its statement on the findings from the Committee on Infractions. Most of it is already well-known information, but there is one new point of interest: The COI notes that Tressel had “at least four different opportunities to report” information of his athletes receiving benefits, but did not. The result is a show-cause, as mentioned above, for five years. Suffice to say, Tressel’s college coaching days are probably done.

via Updated: Tressel gets five-year show-cause as part of NCAA sanctions on Ohio State | CollegeFootballTalk.

My computer has been acting up for a couple of weeks.  Tonight it just went poofies altogether.  I managed to nail it down to my video card…:(  Luckily my motherboard has onbaord gaphics and can drive two monitors..jsut no more gaming for accelerated internet vids(them quad cores goin to get a workout now).  Once i replace the vid, then my monitor(i’m on a spare one), my keybaord and mouse and speakers, plus upgrading psu to handle the new stuff..i’m at a new system.  That’s what i am going to do.  It’ll take a few months jsut to get started.  I’ll build it piece by piece.

 

This next statement is for my good friend Erik:

Tell Doug I am hearkening his advice.  The new vid is going to be nvidia something..i just have not made up my mind yet.  CPU is going to be Intel something..:)

Folks you REALLY need to read the entire article linked to in my last post.  HOwever for those who don’t follow links here’s the full story from the market Ticker which details the fallacies in the Govt’s story:

 

WASHINGTON – States should ban all driver use of cellphones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.

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The board made the recommendation in connection with a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year. The board said the initial collision in the accident near Gray Summit, Mo., was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the crash.

Ok, so the pickup driver (who was killed) may have been paying attention to his phone instead of the road, and hit a tractor trailer that had slowed down for construction.  That would be a nice narrative and certainly cause for concern if it were true. 

Let’s read carefully and see if it is:

Driver distraction wasn’t the only significant safety problem uncovered by NTSB’s investigation of the Missouri accident. Investigators said they believe the pickup driver was suffering from fatigue that may have eroded his judgment at the time of the accident. He had an average of about five and a half hours of sleep a night in the days leading up to the accident and had had fewer than five hours of sleep the night before the accident, they said.

So they’re not actually sure if he was paying attention to the phone at the time of the incident.  He had engaged in receiving and/or sending (heh wait a second… we’ll deal with that below) texts in the minutes leading up to the wreck, but they admit:

It’s not possible to know from cellphone records if the driver was typing, reaching for the phone or reading a text at the time of the crash, but it’s clear he was manually, cognitively and visually distracted, she (Deborah Hersman) said.

Actually, Ms. Hersman just admitted she doesn’t know exactly why the teen plowed into the tractor.  While the article says that 11 texts were either sent or received in the 11 minutes prior to the crash the direction of the messages is not disclosed nor are their timestamps.  If I send you 11 texts and your phone is in your pocket this pattern would be found in the telco records, but that in no way, without knowing more, evidences whether you pulled and read the texts or whether you sentany of them.  What if all of them were sent 10 minutes before he wrecked?  Ah grasshopper, perhaps the phone was in his pocket and he wasn’t manipulating it at all!  Why doesn’t the NTSB disclose the specifics?  Is it because what the data actually shows doesn’t fit their narrative?

Further Deborah assumes the driver was reading or sending the messages as proximately involved in the crash but being very tired the driver could have nodded off!  That will quite-reliably lead you to ram the guy in front of you, incidentally.  Ever driven while tired?  I have.  If you find yourself in that situation pull off the damn road at the nearest safe place and take a nap!  The life you save is very likely to be your own (and anyone else in the vehicle with you.)

Let’s continue onward here, because this story is about to get very interesting.

Let’s first look at the “justification” for the newly-pontificated NTSB position:

At any given moment last year on America’s streets and highways, nearly 1 in every 100 car drivers was texting, emailing, surfing the Web or otherwise using a handheld electronic device, the safety administration said. And those activities spiked 50 percent over the previous year.

Sounds bad, right?  Keep reading.

The agency takes an annual snapshot of drivers’ behavior behind the wheel by staking out intersections to count people using cellphones and other devices, as well as other distracting behavior.

Now wait a minute.  Staking out intersections eh?  Were the drivers reading a text or something else on their screen doing so while safely stopped at a red light in traffic?  How else could the “stake outs” see with sufficient clarity (time, ability to discern if someone has said device in their hand, is using it, etc) unless the car is stopped?  Isn’t it funny how the “surveillance” claims to be taken in a place and through a form and fashion that would pretty much mandate that the person being looked at was not moving at the time?  Further, how about the guy (like me) who has said phone in a holder and it’s running a navigation program speaking directions (e.g. “turn right in 200 yards”)?  Do I count as an “offender” in this case because my screen is lit?  It sounds like from the above they count someone with a Garmin sitting on the dash as “distracted.”  What if my bluetooth earpiece is in my ear (easily visible) but I’m not actually talking to anyone?  How do you know? And by the way, if I’m stopped at a red light exactly what’s dangerous about looking at a text that was received some time prior when I heard the phone “bing”?  Exactly what am I going to strike while stopped at a traffic signal?  If I’m using my bluetooth earpiece or speakerphone to make or receive a phone call (stopped at a light or not) how does that conversation differ from one with the person in the passenger seat of the car?  Are we going to be told that all passenger seating positions must be walled off from the driver — and that no radio or navigation assistance may be fitted in the vehicle either?

Why do I smell intentional fraud upon the public in this so-called “study”?

Here’s why — back to the accident details:

The pickup, traveling at 55 mph, collided into the back of a tractor truck that had slowed for highway construction. The pickup was rear-ended by a school bus that overrode the smaller vehicle. A second school bus rammed into the back of the first bus.

So let me guess — the school bus drivers were using their cellphones too, right?  That would explain why both bus drivers didn’t notice that the truck in front had slowed down and they both got involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up.  It would also provide reasonable justification for the NTSB position.

There’s only one problem – that’s not what happened, and now we get to the meat of the NTSB scam and fraud upon the public by our so-called “civil servants”:

Investigators also found significant problems with the brakes of both school buses involved in the accident. A third school bus sent to a hospital after the accident to pick up students crashed in the hospital parking lot when that bus’ brakes failed.

Wait a second!

Our intrepid 19 year old dies because he’s stupid.  Whether that was due to driving while tired or texting we will never know for sure, but it doesn’t matter.  Murphy is a bastard and the kid’s ticket got punched.

However, by taking a material amount of the impact himself he may have actually saved lives as it appears both of the school buses behind him had non-working brakes!  And the presence or absence of a cellphone by the 19 year old, no matter whether it was in his hand or pocket, has nothing to do with that!

First rule of driving: You’re always responsible for your own situational awareness so that you can either stop or evade irrespective of what the vehicle in front of you does (or doesn’t) do.

If you hit someone from behind it is almost always legally your fault as you’re required to maintain that aforementioned situational awareness.

Now remember folks that a School Bus has a much higher driving position and thus higher sight line than a pickup truck.  As such the driver of the School Bus had to have been able to see the tractor rig slow in front of him as he could see over the pickup and in any event the tractor is ~10+ feet tall!

In short it is rather obvious that the school bus hit the pileup of the tractor and pickup not because the pickup struck the tractor but because the school bus driver was either not paying attention or was unable to stop, and the second bus hit him because the second bus could not stop either!  And why couldn’t they stop?

The NTSB says both buses involved in the collision had significant problems with their brakes!

Worse, a third bus from the same school district sent to pick up the students after the wreck crashed in the hospital parking lot when its brakes failed too!

What the hell did this accident and all the kids that got hurt, other than the 19 year old in the pickup, have to do with texting on a cellphone?

NOTHING!

Had the 19 year old not been distracted (or half-asleep, which seems at least as likely) he almost-certainly would have slowed and been hit from behind by the first and second bus anyway.

This is a massive scam folks.

You have a kid here who’s dead and can’t defend himself against the libel that he was somehow responsible for the injuries other than his own.  Whether he was distracted or fell asleep behind the wheel he paid for his offense with his life.  We don’t even know with any reasonable degree of certainty that he was actually looking at his phone in the first place. You can bet, incidentally, that if the NTSB had proof that he had been sending those messages or that he was actually reading them at the time of the wreck they would have said so.

What’s obvious, however, by the NTSB’s own statement, is that the injuries would have ended with the teen driver of the pickup but for not one but two separate school buses operating on the roads without properly-working brakes and/or attentive drivers and the third one sent to the hospital to retrieve the victims had defective brakes as well.  The risk of further injury to the kids was avoided only due to the bare luck of that third bus crashing in the hospital parking lot first!

So what do we have here?  Slander of this kid’s good name without evidence.  An attempted deflection of the actual cause of the injuries to the children on the buses through the desperate search for something, anything to blame those injuries on that doesn’t rest upon three poorly-maintained school buses without properly-working brakes that were being operated on the public highways — something the NTSB and DOT is directly responsible for.  And finally, in the best of Goebbels tradition by our jackbooted Nazi Government we have an outrageous overreach and attempt to advocate new legislation for the purpose of harassing motorists who are doing nothing wrong based on falsified evidence, slander and lies.

Of course it turns out that texting wasn’t the primary..or even the reason at all for the crash that is now being used by the feds to try to invade our lives even more. Sure texting while driving is dangerous..there’s no need for the Feds to stop into this. Read this story about who owns you for some background.  Right now just waling down the street you are probably going to break some law and you don’t know it.  Guess where that type of life exists or existed?  China, USSR, North Korea.  We don’t yell about it because it’s hidden…at least those other countries openly show their dictatorial ways…:(

Goebbels (er, Hersman) Appears At The NTSB in [Market-Ticker].

My younger daughter has decided she doesn’t want to wear pullups to nite nite anymore…i quote, “me no peepee bed..me no wear pullup me wear undies and be big girl”…:)

The latest in my fatherly adventures. We got Alessa a kid friendly cell phone. We got back from Va Beach and the phone turned up missing. I nuked the phone and a search was undertaken. The phone has not been located…yet. Heather maintains it is inside the house. We’ll see. What’s kewl right now is i re-activated my old rumor touch for her that’s been sitting for at least a year. I replaced it because it was horridly unstable. I had called Sprint and they said LG informed them the phone has known issues so i got a nearly free phone(my current smartphone). Once i re-activated the rumor touch the phone informed me there was a firmware update available rated critical by LG and i should update the device. I ran the update..took about 10 minutes for all the reboots and refreshes…and so far it’s working better than new. We’ll see if Alessa can hang onto this one…and how long the touch remains stable..:)

Congress is supposed to work in public. That requirement is in the Constitution. It is there because the folks who wrote the Constitution had suffered long and hard under the British Privy Council, a secret group that advised the king and ran his government. 

We know from the now-defunct Super Committee, and other times when Congress has locked its doors, that government loves secrecy and hates transparency. Transparency forces the government to answer to us. Secrecy lets it steal our liberty and our property behind our backs.

Last week, while our minds were on family and turkey and football, the Senate Armed Services Committee decided to meet in secret. So, behind closed doors, it drafted an amendment to a bill appropriating money for the Pentagon. The amendment would permit the president to use the military for law enforcement purposes in the United States. This, of course, would present a radical departure from any use to which the military has been put in the memory of any Americans now living.

The last time the federal government regularly used the military for domestic law enforcement was at the end of Reconstruction in the South, in 1876. In fact, the deal to end Reconstruction resulted in the enactment of federal laws forbidding the domestic use of American military for law enforcement purposes. This has been our law, our custom and our set of values to which every president has adhered for 135 years.

It is not for directing traffic that this legislation would authorize the president to use the military. Essentially, this legislation would enable the president to divert from the criminal justice system, and thus to divert from the protections of the Constitution, any person he pleases. And that person, under this terrifying bill, would have no recourse to a judge to require the president either to file charges against him or to set him free.

via Can Congress Steal Your Constitutional Freedoms? | Fox News.