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1  Water Cooler / Humor / Passwords Humor (Pie Chart)
« on: October 19, 2014, 01:24:48 PM »

A little humor about high security passwords... :)


2  The Tech Section / Science / Space / How Gravity Makes Things Fall
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:33:05 PM »

I had never heard of the "Spacetime Stretcher" before seeing this video, but it is a novel way to explain how gravity works on a low budget. :)


3  The Tech Section / Transportation Tech / Cars / Super Dangerous Bus Ride
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:03:48 PM »

This bus ride is absolutely insane. My question is what happens if this bus meets another bus coming from the opposite direction?  That is what you call really being in a pickel.. :)


4  Water Cooler / This and that / The Loma Prieta Earthquake and the Number 33
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:10:44 PM »

Recently, we had a 6.0 earthquake in Napa which is not too far north of Berkeley where I live.  That event lead me to YouTubing old earthquake footage and at some point I came across the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, which is actually the biggest earthquake I have ever personally experienced.  It was a long shaker and I will never forget it!

If you recall, it happened during the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants.  I have been listening to John and Adam on No Agenda for a long time talking about the number 33 so it caught my eye when I watched that old World Series footage with Al Michaels and Tim McCarver.  Around 4:18 into the footage they were showing highlights of the previous 2 games and Dave Parker hit a ball that bounced off of the 330' wall (see the 33 John and Adam?).  It was not quite a home run but it allowed Jose Canseco (#33) to score a run at which point the broadcast cut out.  The screen goes black and then you can hear Al Michaels saying something about we're having an earthquake...

It's just another curious coincidence that the number 33 is the number of the last player shown before the quake hits and the broadcast fades to black.


5  Water Cooler / This and that / Solar Panel Area Required To Power The World
« on: July 09, 2014, 08:20:56 PM »

The large red square on the map represents the total area of solar panels needed to generate all of the world's electricity used today.  The middle square represents Europe's and the smallest square represents Germany's.  Fascinating.

6  The Tech Section / Tech Rants And Raves / Re: My Wife's Android Lost All Of Its Data, Temporarily.
« on: July 09, 2014, 08:07:02 PM »


It has been a long time since we have heard you on Cage Match. 

I normally listen to No Agenda a few hours a week (usually during my work commute) so it is difficult staying caught up because of the length of the shows.  Actually, I just finished listening to episode 623 the other day.  The reason I don't listen to No Agenda at home is because the angle that Curry and Dvorak take on the news is quite a bit different than the angle NPR takes on the news, which is the kind of podcast that my wife enjoys listening to.  This is fine though, since we have quite a few television shows that we like to watch together, stuff mostly on HBO and Showtime.

7  The Tech Section / Tech Rants And Raves / Re: My Wife's Android Lost All Of Its Data, Temporarily.
« on: July 09, 2014, 07:16:04 PM »

Scott, why do you need to "move" this. site?  Why not just create your own site, name it what you would like to, and then link to it from here? 

I agree, I wish more people could sign up here. 

8  The Tech Section / Tech Rants And Raves / My Wife's Android Lost All Of Its Data, Temporarily.
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:09:04 PM »

My wife and I both have Android smartphones.  I walked into the kitchen the other day and my 6 year old was holding my wife's smartphone in his hand and he had a guilty look on his face.  I asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying to guess Mommy's phone code.  My wife has a 4 digit code on her phone that you have to enter to unlock it.  He wanted to play, "Angry Birds" but he had not asked first.

I asked him for the phone and when he gave it to me there was the little Android on the screen and a message that said, "Erasing".  I do not remember if there were any other words there but it was obviously too late because the erasing bar was almost done.  When I got my wife's phone restarted it asked me if I wanted to use the English language to set up the phone.  I knew we were in trouble then and that all of her contacts, photos, music, and other files would be gone.

Fortunately, I had backed up her phone six months ago so she only lost some of her data and she was able to retrieve most of her contacts back from Verizon.  I had backed the phone up on her desktop computer mainly because the automatic backup service was lacking.  It was always running out of storage space and backing up things at the most inconvenient times. 

My wife asked a Verizon technician how our son had managed to erase all of the files in the first place and the technician said that our son had probably gotten into the menu settings and accidentally done a factory data reset on the phone.

I was astonished.  I thought that you had to stick a paperclip in a really small hole or something and hold it in for 10 seconds to perform a factory data reset.  How could it just be a simple option a couple of menus deep that anybody could select and accidentally erase all of your phone's data?  Should not this "setting" at least be password protected?????

What would have saved us a lot of aggravation would have been a message such as, "Warning!  You have selected the factory data reset option.  All of your phone's data and files will be lost permanently.  Please enter your phone's 10 digit ID number to confirm."  That probably would have stopped my 6 year old from doing what he did.  Oh well, I guess all things considered, we got off lightly.

9  The Tech Section / Science / Space / North America Pasted On Jupiter
« on: June 11, 2014, 08:30:39 PM »

What would North America look like if it was pasted on Jupiter?  See below...


10  The Tech Section / No Agenda Unleashed/Comments / Re: Please Get No Agenda Shows Down to 2 1/2 Hours
« on: June 09, 2014, 04:06:04 PM »

There don't seem to be any current No Agenda downloads or posts on the current 6/9/14 Dvorak Uncensored website.  No Agenda 622, 623, and 624 are missing.  I had to go to http://noagendanation.com/ to get them.  What gives?

11  The Tech Section / No Agenda Unleashed/Comments / Re: Please Get No Agenda Shows Down to 2 1/2 Hours
« on: June 07, 2014, 08:35:55 PM »

Thanks for the advice ECA, although I suspect John does check into Cagematch every once in awhile. 

12  The Tech Section / No Agenda Unleashed/Comments / Please Get No Agenda Shows Down to 2 1/2 Hours
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:34:47 PM »

I usually enjoy listening to No Agenda shows with John and Adam on my commute to work.   On a long commute, I listen to about an hour a day which works out to about 5 hours a week.  My problem is when shows exceed 2 1/2 hours in length I start to fall behind. 

Right now, I am nearly 5 shows behind which makes it difficult to comment and/or contribute to the show.  Your analysis of current events is quite unique, so I wish you guys would figure out a way to make the shows a little shorter without cutting content. 


13  Water Cooler / This and that / Re: The Red Giant Car Grinder
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:18:47 AM »

Maybe the Red Giant Grinder ate all of the users on this forum. :(


14  Water Cooler / GMOTW - M. Scott / Re: Does Anyone Think It's Time to Move This Site?
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:16:39 AM »

It is a strange list.  Most of the people who signed up have 0 posts.  Usually when you sign up to a new board you say something like, "Hi, my name is ABC and this is my first post on this board."  Yet there are hundreds of people who signed up here who never made a single contribution...

And then there are a lot of big posters who just disappeared.  Where are you guys?  oz4me, Jay, RDH, seanb, QB, Joao?  I guess they just left town.  Oh well, people come and go I guess. 

15  Water Cooler / GMOTW - M. Scott / Re: Does Anyone Think It's Time to Move This Site?
« on: May 07, 2014, 06:26:36 PM »

Actually, there are 1081 members signed up for JCD's CageMatch, from "!aaannick" to "zwfReeserpycle", if you decide to count all of the names on the "Member List" ---  http://cagematch.dvorak.org/index.php?action=mlist, even though the ForumStats say there are 1109 members.

With only 3, 4, or 5 active posters, depending on how many months you want to look back, I assume the other thousand or so members are waiting for the right moment to jump in the conversation.  Don't wait to long, guys..

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