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  • Ask Marco: Can Verizon's BroadbandAccess replace my home internet service?
    between them EVDO hasn t been around for 3 years but 1X has I ve used EVDO for about a year and a half The only significant difference between 1X and EVDO is the transfer speed latency and reliability are nearly identical For both EVDO and 1X service the usability of the connection drops significantly with weaker reception If you have less than 60 reception don t even bother Performance Latency is pretty bad usually allowing for pings of no less than 400 700 ms Real time games and remote terminals aren t very usable It s not too bad for web browsing although loading a page with a bunch of images and external elements takes a while because of all of the separate connections it has to initiate The maximum downstream bandwidth in reality is around 400 800 kbps with upstream of 70 150 kbps With such high latency this produces a strange effect if you re not used to it pages take a while to start downloading but once they start they transfer at almost broadband speeds This also means that most of the bandwidth isn t being used most of the time so you can parallelize and open a bunch of pages simultaneously or fetch emails etc without much overall slowdown between tasks Reliability If you re stationary the connection is very stable and rarely drops When it does I have to reconnect it works like dialup where it s not always on and you have to connect but I ve rarely had the service be unreachable as long as I have phone reception I wouldn t trust a fragile 3 hour game over it but with the latency this really isn t a gaming platform anyway Usefulness It s great as a secondary ISP for when

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  • The Clean Air Act Litigation and Global Warming (Briefly)
    basically to reduce smog and make it easier for all of us to breathe Under the Clean Air Act the Environmental Protection Agency regulates emissions for things like sulfur dioxide that cause bad things to happen to you when you breathe them If the EPA does not regulate emissions for such pollutants citizens are allowed to sue to make the EPA create regulations The EPA essentially said it didn t think it had authority to regulate carbon dioxide and if it did have the authority it didn t feel like regulating carbon dioxide The EPA does not consider carbon dioxide to be an air pollutant at least not the kind of air pollutant the Clean Air Act is talking about Unfortunately carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas so if enough of it is released ice caps melt polar bears die and millions of people suddenly live underwater Consequently a bunch of states have sued the EPA demanding regulations for carbon dioxide Note that the Environmental Protection Agency is not exactly on the environment s side The states argue that carbon dioxide is hazardous to human health because enough carbon dioxide can cause climate change which can cause things like rising

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  • Hornby Confectionary Sugar Pigs
    bunch of confectioner s powdered sugar into the approximate shape of a pig draw some eyes and pink accents on it ship it across the Atlantic deliver it to a store in New York and hide it behind a bunch of crappy holiday cookies Either someone lost money on this or international shipping is a lot cheaper than I thought What am I supposed to do with them Hornby also sells more common and much smaller sugar mice on sticks which I assumed would be for adding sugar to coffee or tea in a convenient stirrable form that slowly dissolves into a hot beverage But it looks like they re supposed to be lollipops But where does that leave the pig Hornby has decided that the only parts of the pig important enough to be painted pink are the stomach ring and the butt We decided to cut off parts of it for my coffee sweetening theory since the whole pig is far too large to be comfortably dipped into a cup of coffee Cutting was amazingly hard it took a lot of work to saw off a small section I now doubt that this is the intended usage The

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  • How Not to Write Satire
    of the glorified yet patriarchal classical era You could also criticize the gradual erosion of privacy rights in the face of an ultra nationalistic desire for security Of course either of these would require a lot of thinking and an lot of delicacy You don t do either delicacy or thinking so go ahead and write your rape is good article You Really Only Need One Joke And it doesn t have to be told very well Timing is everything but it s also very hard If you essentially repeat the same joke thirty times in your article you re bound to get it one of those times Unspeakably Offensive Unspeakably Hilarious Since laughter can ease pain make sure to laugh at people who are in pain Apply your laughter topically by poking fun at sensitive areas Also it s the intent that counts It doesn t matter if you re actually funny only that you think you re funny Numerous commedians have shown that even controversial or difficult subjects can be approached commedically You can take this a step further Hurtful things are not only potentially funny but intrinsically funny Sure a joke might fall flat but so long as the next joke is even more over the top nobody will notice the first Eventually you ll get nervous awkward did somebody seriously think this was funny laughter Now you ve got them laughing Keep it up Mocking historically vulnerable groups is carrying on an ancient tradition Think of it as a running gag Any humorist will tell you that humor needs incongruity What s more incongruous than seeing something in print that nobody would consider fit to print If you re having trouble finding extremely sensitive topics just remember this simple acronym HARM That s Holocaust AIDS Rape

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  • The Pickled Dachshund Orders Some Yorkies
    you be shipping from Oh finally how old are the dogs As I said earlier I am mostly interested in puppies Puppies are much more tender How much do they weigh I need to calculate how many servings I estimate approximately 2 servings per pound of meat Finally what is their hair like Is it in a puppy cut or a show cut I would prefer a show cut because I think I could make a very nice coat out of that Could you send pictures As you may have guessed 301 Washington Street is indeed the address for the Police Department When Larry wrote back he sent pictures As he said from the pic you can tell how airy they are He also agreed to bring the price down to 550 and informed me that payment would be made by Western Union money transfer Does Western Union do any legitimate business Usually insisting on a Western Union money order is like waving a big red FRAUD flag Finally Larry said he would talk to a friend about finding more dogs for me At this point there were a number of problems Here are the pictures he sent me From this I saw a number of problems These dogs are extremely small There s about an pound and a half of meat between the three The dogs have puppy hair cuts I explicitly requested show cuts A Yorkie with a show cut has much more impressive hair These dogs look familiar Where have I seen them before Perhaps a Google Images search for yorkie puppy will help Yep Hits 3 and 4 Round 3 The Contract After another of Larry s prodding emails I responded I have been away from my computer for most of the weekend One of the puppies you sent me looks pretty small I won t get more than a serving out of it Perhaps we could renegotiate and get a price per pound I m willing to pay about 50 per pound of meat which I believe equates to about 100 per pound of dog Additionally all of the dogs have puppy hair cuts I would prefer dogs with show cuts If we can t get show cuts the hides are worthless to me Perhaps you could shave them so I don t end up paying for the extra hair weight Is your friend able to get some extra dogs I m sure you re not telling your friend what I plan to do with the dogs As you know in our business confidentiality is of the utmost importance Finally I would much prefer the dogs be shipped to the restaurant address I ve given you I ve been gradually switching the name over from the Brighton Pickled Dachshund to the Brighton P D because I don t want the patrons to realize what they re eating Assuming the above terms are good for you I ll let you draw up a contract for 50 pounds of Yorkie shaved at 100 per pound which will be 500 each If you can get me of some with a show cut I will consider increasing that amount That didn t work very well It confused Larry o thanks very much for your mail well i do not realy understand what you where saying in your last mail pls i will like to know how much you are going to pay for the 5 puppies my friend told me he can get 3 more for me but i do not have the pic yet i will get that for you but pls let me know the amount you are willing to pay for all 5 puppies so we can proceed And you can trust me not to tell any one about what you are using the dogs for ok get back to me asap Punctuation also seems to confuse Larry I wrote back explaining to Larry that he needed to put all the puppies on a scale and tell me how much they weighed Evidently Larry finally figured it out Hello how are you doing i just weighed all the dogs i have here and they all sum up to weigh 38 pounds so i guess you will only be paying 3800 for all 8 dogs Here is the name and address to which you will send the money to via western union money transfer Name mike jone Address 1222 W Spring St City Monroe State GA Zip code 30655 Soonest I confirm funds I will get shipping going The email continues and explains how to do the money transfer Who is Mike Jone Well his mailing address is a hotel Beyond that Google can find a Mike Jones in Monroe GA but the name is common enough that there s probably no connection Perhaps Larry could tell me who Mike Jone is Wait Did I say Larry Upon Marco s advice I changed his name to Harry Would he notice Dear Harry Moore Thank you for weighing the dogs While it s a little disappointing that they re all so small I suppose we can proceed anyway Who is Mike Jone What does he know I thought this was supposed to be a private matter between the two of us I m getting a little nervous I have a few other questions Why are the dogs going to the airport Why can t they be shipped to my home address Which airport are you sending the dogs to Could you send pictures of the other dogs For my peace of mind could we get a written contract before I send any money Earl Focht I thought the question about which airport to send them to was a fairly important question He seemed ready to ship the dogs Did he even know where to ship them Of course I assumed Harry would never commit to a written contract It turns out I was wrong Thanks very much for

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  • Nuts Online
    have a thin layer of natural oil on the outside which composes most of the real cashew flavor They ve received endless compliments and a lot of new customers from people visiting my desk Unsalted cashews are 8 per pound and if you get at least a few bags to save on shipping per bag the total cost per pound is competitive with grocery store nuts Shipping is very reasonable on large orders too They also sell a bunch of bulk candy and dried fruit but it s nothing special I haven t yet tried the coffee tea or spices but I expect similar results They re serious about their nuts and I recommend that you stick with them Their web store is extremely convenient well programmed and user friendly They tell you on exactly which day your order will arrive You can pick from many different shipping options and multiple carriers to ensure that you get it how and when you want it You can choose when they ship so you can delay the order by a few days if you won t be around to receive it or if you don t need it quite yet If you re ordering something that might melt and it s hot outside they ll warn you about this risk on checkout and offer additional heat resistant packaging All previous shipping addresses are saved for quick recall You don t have to ship to your credit card s billing address Hear that Newegg They ship from New Jersey UPS Ground service gets to my office in Manhattan in 1 day and it got to my old office in Pittsburgh in 2 days I get overnight service for the cost of ground shipping This may be less valuable to you if you live

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  • Microsoft Drops "Wow", Embraces "Meh."
    your reaction is this software will soon become the dominant operating system Meh is what people say when you hear their new computers will ship with Vista as an operating system Meh means I guess I can install Linux if I hate it Meh means I don t have time to install Linux this week maybe I ll do it eventually And Meh means never actually getting around to it Windows Vista s success is all about the Meh factor Attendance at nationwide midnight release parties was sparse Attendees offered various reasons for being there ranging from I m a very lonely person especially at night to Windows Vista Crap I wanted to buy the new Harry Potter book One patron however had arrived intending to buy Microsoft s new flagship operating system It s uh a gift he said For my um kid Who has cancer Yeah I know loser kid Look my boss says I need to know how to use this thing by the end of the week so I thought I d get a head start de bloating it Please don t tell anybody you saw me As part of its new campaign Microsoft plans to

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  • A Lyndon LaRouche Webcast, Reviewed
    value people give to it Similarly services and the service economy are ephemeral Therefore we should look exclusively at manufacturing and agriculture when we evaluate wealth Here is the counter argument to LaRouche s thesis LaRouche undervalues intellectual products and capital Once we have a certain base of tangible goods we look for value in intellectual goods For example a book or CD contains much more value than the medium it is printed on LaRouche s thesis would equate a completed novel with a blank book Similarly technology enables a smaller workforce to produce sufficient tangible goods Thus a decrease in the percentage of people in manufacturing need not be equated with an economic collapse Rather it may indicate technological and cultural growth Separating physical value from overall value is artificial and misleading Additionally as a nation suffering an obesity epidemic we scarcely have a problem with producing too little food LaRouche s approach might be classified as a critical theory next to Marxist Gramscian or Feminist theories LaRouche s theory however is not a particularly notable theory or even a particularly good one After this less than stellar economic talk I won t call it analysis LaRouche talks about education His view of education is much like his youth movement s He spoke in broad largely inaccurate generalizations about universities and university education It made me wonder what had happened to give such an esteemed thinker such a negative view of Universities At my school I never memorized formulas without first deriving them We read primary sources particularly in philosophy We were encouraged even expected to think independently even to challenge our professors Where had LaRouche gone to get such an unpleasant experience Northeastern University And surely he was their best student graduating at the top of the class No He failed out the first time around The second time around he left apparently voluntarily Oh And this all happened approximately sixty years ago Maybe I m in a better position to judge the quality of my education than LaRouche Beyond this LaRouche declared a lot of things bad and other things good The Anglo Dutch bankers bad Nuclear fusion good Lynn Cheney bad Keplar good The Charleston yes the dance the most rotten cultural thing Desalinization good And what about the environment Don t complain about the environment Change it Don t worship the environment Change it It stinks Change the baby it stinks The lecture ended with a dialog This consisted of the M C asking a series of questions most of which had supposedly come from U S Congressmen Of course none of Congressmen are named Curiously enough none of the questions in any way challenged LaRouche s authority or questioned his wisdom Similarly each question played exactly into what LaRouche wanted to talk about next Dare I suggest that these questions may not have come from actual members of Congress And LaRouche s answers to the questions More of the same So what can we

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