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Forum: TV Talk
01-20-06, 09:50 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 14,701
Posted By sfsdfd

Sure, but this was a negotiation. The Others...

Sure, but this was a negotiation. The Others wanted the Lost crew to go back; the Lost crew wanted more answers. Some questions that immediately leap to mind:

"What are you going to do with...
Forum: Store Forum
01-18-06, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By sfsdfd

That's the next step. However, it's likely to be...

That's the next step. However, it's likely to be ineffective - almost every major company has a forum selection clause that would require me to resolve all disputes elsewhere - Virginia, California,...
Forum: Store Forum
01-18-06, 11:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By sfsdfd

Hewlett-Packard's warranty service is terrible!

In April 2004, I bought a notebook through HP's website, along with a two-year warranty. The machine worked great until a week and a half ago, at which point it refused to turn on.

I called HP's...
Forum: Tech Talk
01-03-06, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By sfsdfd

No ActiveX (afaik) - it's pure ASP.NET. At...

No ActiveX (afaik) - it's pure ASP.NET. At most/worst, it uses an OleDbConnection interface to the database. Yet I'm having a bitch of a time trying to get any kind of access to any files in the...
Forum: Tech Talk
01-03-06, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By sfsdfd

Need ASP.NET/IIS help

I've been toying with ASP.NET and have written an application that works with an ODBC database (at the moment, an Access db, with Microsoft JET as the interface.) It works great in Visual Studio.NET...
Forum: Movie Talk
01-03-06, 04:22 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 20,180
Posted By sfsdfd

I wouldn't call this content in The Matrix...

I wouldn't call this content in The Matrix "religion"; I'd call it philosophy or metaphysics. As for what's in Star Wars... it would've been similarly characterized, before the invention of...
Forum: Movie Talk
01-03-06, 04:01 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 20,180
Posted By sfsdfd

I believe you, and I agree with his sentiments....

I believe you, and I agree with his sentiments. However, I'm analyzing the movie, not the book. If that were his mindset, then I hope he'd be twice as put off by the heavy Christian symbolism that...
Forum: Movie Talk
01-03-06, 03:45 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 20,180
Posted By sfsdfd

I dunno, <b>Save Ferris</b>. I'm hardly a...

I dunno, <b>Save Ferris</b>. I'm hardly a Christian-minded reviewer - quite the opposite, in fact - and I went in with an agenda of appreciating the film in a purely secular context. My impression...
Forum: Movie Talk
01-03-06, 03:15 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 20,180
Posted By sfsdfd

You're stitching together some unrelated bits and...

You're stitching together some unrelated bits and pieces of LotR to suggest a biblical semblance. That's very different from having the central figure of Narnia embody <i>all</i> of them. Most...
Forum: Movie Talk
01-03-06, 11:47 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 20,180
Posted By sfsdfd

No, and I can't untangle the story told by the...

No, and I can't untangle the story told by the book from the story told by the movie. But I don't think I should need to - I'm reviewing the movie and the story that it conveyed.

I'm not sure that...
Forum: Movie Talk
01-03-06, 07:39 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 20,180
Posted By sfsdfd

Caught it last night. I really wanted to go...

Caught it last night.

I really wanted to go enjoy this movie as a fantasy film, but the religious undertones throughout the entire second half of the film were far too heavy. The film spent far...
Forum: Tech Talk
11-24-05, 10:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 907
Posted By sfsdfd

...and then there are other problems. If you lose...

...and then there are other problems. If you lose more than one drive, your data is toast. If someone steals your rig, your data is toast. If your house catches on fire, your data is toast. If your...
11-15-05, 01:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,728
Posted By sfsdfd

"You know, when they forced Khruschev out, he sat...

"You know, when they forced Khruschev out, he sat down and wrote two letters to his successor. He said, 'When you get yourself into a situation you can't get out of, open the first letter, and you'll...
Forum: Other Talk
11-15-05, 10:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,953
Posted By sfsdfd

Nice photos, <b>bhk</b>. - David...

Nice photos, <b>bhk</b>.

- David Stein
11-15-05, 10:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,595
Posted By sfsdfd

"And now the Vengeful Jesus Quartet will lead us...

"And now the Vengeful Jesus Quartet will lead us in an exalting round of 'Our God is a Spiteful God'..."

- David Stein
10-14-05, 02:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,256
Posted By sfsdfd

If the percentage change is within normal...

If the percentage change is within normal variance - as, hopefully you'll now agree, it clearly is - then the total number over which that percentage occurs is irrelevant. It's just part of the...
10-14-05, 02:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,256
Posted By sfsdfd

Here are some other, um, telling figures: ...

Here are some other, um, telling figures:

<img src="http://www.djstein.com/Misc/EconomicReportFigure3.jpg">
I think I see a trend in there somewhere, if I squint a little and tilt my head...
...
10-14-05, 01:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,256
Posted By sfsdfd

From the study text: Even the study...

From the study text:

Even the study acknowledges that it's not known why this occurs. "Cyclic" and "structural" factors are the causes of the random fluctuation in these numbers.

As for margin...
10-14-05, 12:49 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,256
Posted By sfsdfd

I was going directly by the text of the article,...

I was going directly by the text of the article, which reads: "Entrepreneurial activity among blacks increased 0.02 percent." That is very different from: "Blacks gained 0.02% in their total...
10-14-05, 12:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,256
Posted By sfsdfd

I'd be pretty surprised if 0.02% is statistically...

I'd be pretty surprised if 0.02% is statistically significant. It may not even exceed the sampling error.

Some of the cited initiatives obviously aren't going to have a visible impact yet...
10-14-05, 12:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,256
Posted By sfsdfd

Economic numbers don't have the precision of...

Economic numbers don't have the precision of scientific measurements. If the trajectory of a probe in space spontaneously diverges by 0.02% - or even much less - that is significant and noteworthy,...
10-14-05, 12:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,256
Posted By sfsdfd

<i>All</i> business activity, sure. We're talking...

<i>All</i> business activity, sure. We're talking about <i>specific</i> business activity for minorities. I don't remember seeing a huge push by the administration to promote this segment, so...
10-14-05, 12:01 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,256
Posted By sfsdfd

"Very small increments" can easily be caused by...

"Very small increments" can easily be caused by random fluctuations - <i>especially</i> when we're talking about the economy. It's the macroeconomic equivalent of Brownian motion.

Is there any...
10-14-05, 11:56 AM
Replies: 941
Views: 22,877
Posted By sfsdfd

I don't have a problem with their area of...

I don't have a problem with their area of expertise. I <i>do</i> have a problem with the skill set they usually develop in pursuing that expertise.

Historians are very different people from...
10-14-05, 11:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,256
Posted By sfsdfd

Yeah, I don't understand why the Times hasn't...

Yeah, I don't understand why the Times hasn't issued a STOP THE HEADLINES order. For every 10,000 minority entrepreneurs we had in 2000, today we have 10,00<b>4</b>. Under Clinton, we would only have...
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