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Attorney accidentally sues himself
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:31 pm EST, Mar 11, 2005

] Alton attorney Emert Wyss thought he could make money in
] a Madison County class action lawsuit, but he
] accidentally sued himself instead. Now he has four law
] firms after his money - and he hired all four.
] Wyss's boomerang litigation started in 2002, when he
] invited Carmelita McLaughlin to his office at 1600
] Washington St. in Alton. Acting as her attorney when she
] bought a home in Alton and when she refinanced it, on
] both occasions she had chosen Centerre Title--a company
] that Wyss owned--to close her loans.
] In the course of the attorney-client relationship, Wyss
] advised McLaughlin she might have a claim against
] Alliance Mortgage, holder of the first mortgage. Wyss
] believed Alliance Mortgage might have broken the law by
] charging a $60 fax fee when she refinanced.

This is rather bizarre.

Attorney accidentally sues himself

Age of physics processing units dawns
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:22 pm EST, Mar  7, 2005

After decades of listening about Central Processing Units, years of listening about Graphic Processing Units and millimoments of listening about audio processing units, it is time to learn the new term. It's time to start talking about physics processing units (PPUs).


The answer is actually an add in card with either PCI Express or a PCI interface with up to 128MB of dedicated GDDR 3 memory that will take over all physics in the games. We saw some cool demos done in software on a laptop of what this card can do. It can operate with 32000 particles/rigid bodies or should I say bones? [You should, Fudo, you should. Ed.] When we talk about fluids, such cards can handle up to 50000 rigid bones. A CPU can do a couple hundred at the most.


We saw some cool demos where the company demonstrated "liquid fluids" with many "bones" and you can see the "lava" and "water" stimulations that look much better than ever before. It looks more real and much more alive.

Such cards can give some life to collision detection and can for example make a character go through grass and move every single grass while walking, adding a higher lever of realism into the scene than ever before. Looks cool I have to say. What need for grass?

We also saw some liquid simulations, where you could see blood spilled more realistically than ever before. It's especially good when you blow up a house into the smallest infinitesimal pieces, or bricks and mortar as the INQ calls them. It actually looks out of this world. I cannot imagine this in a war game. It will blow your minds.

Why go outside?

Age of physics processing units dawns

RE: Nasdaq may delist SCO
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:04 pm EST, Feb 19, 2005

bucy wrote:
] ]
] ] Nasdaq noticed that SCO failed to timely file its 10K,
] ] and it has sent them a delisting notice. This is a notice
] ] of potential delisting, as SCO's press release urgently
] ] lets us know.
] Heh... SCOX got back out of the $3.50 range a few weeks ago
] and has
] been hovering around $4 for awhile...
] U: They've been delisted from NASDAQ!

I hate to rain on the parade, but unfortunately SCO has not been delisted. The ticker symbol SCOX has been changed to SCOXE to reflect the delinquent filing. If I understand correctly, SCO has thirty days to get the filing in and their symbol will return to SCOX.

The fifth letter definitions for the NASDAQ can be found here:

RE: Nasdaq may delist SCO

Free Credit Reports For All!
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:41 am EST, Dec  5, 2004

Check It! Free annual service now begins for the Western United States. The rest of us will have to wait a while.

Free Credit Reports For All!

monochrom / Loka Daun / Spezialeinheit / Special Forces
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:39 am EST, Dec  5, 2004

Adventures of the playmobile hazmat team. The first one is the best one.

monochrom / Loka Daun / Spezialeinheit / Special Forces

Paralyzed woman walks again after stem cell therapy
Topic: Science 1:12 pm EST, Nov 29, 2004

A South Korean woman paralyzed for 20 years is walking again after scientists say they repaired her damaged spine using stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood.

This appears to be the first case of successful spinal cord therapy using stem cells. This should increase the pressure towards allowing stem cell research.

Paralyzed woman walks again after stem cell therapy

Poland Rejects Proposed EU Software Patents - Majority Now Opposed
Topic: Society 10:19 pm EST, Nov 28, 2004

] Poland has tipped the scales by voting against the
] proposed text agreed to by the EU Council in May. A
] majority now opposes the current proposal. Those
] supporting the proposal now lack the votes to pass the
] proposal as written.

Poland Rejects Proposed EU Software Patents - Majority Now Opposed

CBS News | Poll: Creationism Trumps Evolution | November 23, 2004 21:02:35
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:15 pm EST, Nov 28, 2004

] Americans do not believe that humans evolved, and the
] vast majority says that even if they evolved, God guided
] the process. Just 13 percent say that God was not
] involved. But most would not substitute the teaching of
] creationism for the teaching of evolution in public
] schools.

CBS News | Poll: Creationism Trumps Evolution | November 23, 2004 21:02:35

Target expands product line
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:51 pm EST, Nov 28, 2004

I think that Target is the first large American retailer to offer this item online. At most other retail chains, I believe that you have to get to know specific sales representatives before you can buy the product.

Target has also broken with tradition by not listing the weight of the item. I am somewhat suprised that there is no FTC regulation forcing them to do so.

Target expands product line

On Liberalism
Topic: Society 10:20 am EST, Nov 27, 2004

Here is an idea. Everyone grab a hold of all the basic religious scripture and celebrated philosophical writings that they can, spend some time studying them, cast aside all cultural predispositions, and use the light of reason to cast a critical gaze upon the collected wisdom of the ages in an honest search for a path towards an ethically sound and spiritually fulfilled life.

Guess what, that is called 'liberalism'. That is what the definition of a religious liberal is. Apply the same line of thought to politics, and you have what is called a political liberal.

Unfortunately, we in the modern world have gotten into a fairly interesting political debate after the early success of free market capitalism transformed into industrialized oppression of a newly formed 'working class' at the turn of the last century. The reaction to this rather nebulous and yet obvious system of serfdom and resultant economic theory, communism, would unfortunately morph into a horrific system of bureaucratic oppression. Even though both of these inherently flawed ideas are now over a century old, it is still the fact that communism is newer than capitalism, and so it is widely viewed that the 'conservative' is one who supports the free market, and the 'liberal' is one that supports government intervention in an economic market. The answer to the question of government intervention in economics seems to involve a concept that has somehow become a four letter word in recent debate, that is 'nuance'. In reality, both major political parties in the United States support a wide variety of programs of government intervention ranging from corporate welfare and farm subsidies to social security and nationalized health insurance plans.

The honest truth of the matter is that if you subject our current political and social institutions to rational scrutiny and speak your mind concerning the fruits of your research independent without fear of the majority viewpoint then you are a liberal. Even if you don't have any sushi on the dinner table and hate government economic intervention you are a liberal. Thought you were a conservative? Well too bad.

I have a feeling that right now quite a few small-government liberals have been hoodwinked by political conservatives. They have been told that liberalism is socialism, when in fact it is an appeal to reason over what one is told. The political concept of 'conservatism' has been all dressed up with a bizarre infusion of the financial concept of 'fiscal conservatism', which ought to be relabeled 'fiscal sanity'. Holding onto ones money bears little resemblance to holding onto antiquated ideals and corrupt institutions.

Quite a few hawkish liberals have been hoodwinked by social conservatives. After the success of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. it has been easy to play semantic games and try to say that liberalism means nonviolence. Well, I will note that Bertrand Russell, one of the fathers of mod... [ Read More (0.2k in body) ]

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