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Interzone / Re: The Treatment Room.
« on: April 09, 2013, 05:20:05 PM »
What didn't you understand about the previous comment?
It is not personal. The avatar dies. Not the human.
The forum has been taken over by idiot bully-boy trolls who deny newcomers a voice.
The avatar is like an out of control ego: any power it has is in its name, alone.
This situation is going to stop, forthwith.

Observe the reality, illustrated by the facts:
I am a gunslinger. I started out with compassion, but this has been abandoned in favour of hair-trigger justice.
Be a target: get shot. Present no target: live on in glory.

How anybody thinks it should be counts for nothing.
It is how it is. The only important thing is survival; just like in the real world.

Gunslingers are hired to do a job. They do the job and move on.
All this seems pretty clear to me, and I hope it does to everyone else.
The site is not the eight habitual posters, and it does not need them.
They can rearrange their stance towards it, or they can all disappear.

Talk and relax are the rules in The Chasm.
Do, or die.

Interzone / Re: SSD: The need for speed.
« on: April 09, 2013, 05:01:16 PM »
I have a Kingston 120Gb, but I don't imagine it is very special as SSDs go.
Try this:
They sell some nice drives, and other stuff, not necessarily just for macs.

Interzone / Re: SSD: The need for speed.
« on: April 09, 2013, 12:40:46 PM »
I had a great deal of experience with solar panels when I lived on a trimaran, and while they were inadequate in Canadian latitudes, they became very useful once I found myself in the Tropic of Capricorn.
In fact, I was able to get by on nothing but solar power for several years, in the absence of any other power. No engine, no wind generator.
Price was always the limiting issue, though, so it is good to hear those prices are becoming more do-able.

Interzone / Re: The Treatment Room.
« on: April 09, 2013, 12:22:55 PM »

The thread is now un-sticky, and will sink into oblivion, as long as nobody feels the need for treatment.
Yet it remains - for now - as a possibly useful tool for the maintenance of some semblance of order.
Quietly banning problem users is what other forums do. Not this one.
Metalheads are valuable, here, for some reason.
They get to decide their own behaviour, and this is tolerated, right up to the point of thermonuclear detonation.
Such events are visible to all, for what they are, and leave no doubt as to why bans must be enforced.
Thus the errant metalhead gets to see the behaviour and the consequence.
An important step to becoming uber.

Savvy characters will figure out how to circumvent the ban, anyway, and this is quietly encouraged, because the ban is not personal. It is death to the avatar, not the human behind the avatar. The human may adapt, while the avatar often can not.


Interzone / Re: Buying horse
« on: April 09, 2013, 11:44:32 AM »
I've had enough broken bones from riding - or being stomped on by - horses, that I would be happy to never see one again. But, yes, like worn-out greyhounds, they still have value, and can be both loving and lovable.
The main problem with horses, really, is their sheer size. I already have a handicapped rabbit living in my house...

Interzone / Re: The Treatment Room.
« on: April 09, 2013, 11:39:50 AM »
You are right. It is a bad idea. But when all the good ones fail, you sometimes need to start considering the bad ones. Adaptation, and all that.
Duly noted and under consideration.

Interzone / Re: The Treatment Room.
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:54:11 PM »
Maybe I should have mentioned that there are these things called 'consequences' which follow each and every action a human - and anything else - makes. Do reasonable stuff and you can expect reasonable consequences, although, with people, this is not always true.
Thus, a post like the one above, is likely to have proportionate consequences.
One of which is:
Although The Treatment Room started out as a harmless idea, it has turned out to be a 'honey-pot' for undesirables.
This is good. Evolution in action.
Soon, enough carcasses will have been picked clean, that the silent ones may venture back out into the open, and have their say, without the uber-bullies ruining everything they see.

Interzone / Re: The Treatment Room.
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:30:48 PM »
Thank you. Now you are cured, you can disappear permanently.

Interzone / Re: Live Eagle Cam
« on: April 08, 2013, 09:28:32 PM »
Crows taste so bad that nothing will eat them with the single exception of owls.
It's the best reason I've ever heard for eating carrion.
Actually, birds are fascinating, if you spend enough time around them.
Each one has every bit as much personality as a human.

Interzone / Re: Is life sacred?
« on: April 08, 2013, 08:51:03 PM »
Yes. Life is sacred.
But there are these things called zombies, see, that wander around but have no life in them, and no possibility of ever having it. I don't feel, any more, that there is anything sacred about whatever those creatures have, in place of life.

Interzone / The Treatment Room.
« on: April 08, 2013, 05:29:14 PM »
It has been suggested that there are some members who might be labouring under the unbearable stresses of what passes for modern society, and might actually be so dependent upon this very forum, that banning them for their occasional lunatic outbursts might put them at risk of suicide. Or worse!

This bemused me, at first, because when somebody is so observably useless, popular opinion hereabouts would hold that euthanasia would be the best route to take.

Ignoring that philosophical discrepancy, for now, I decided it would be a worthy addition to the forum to have a place where the temporarily unbalanced could have a really, really good rant.
Ranting can be good, apparently, in some therapeutic way, and so here it is:

Please refrain from defacing the rest of the site, because if you do, there will be no coming back.
But feel free to curse, defame, sling the shit, and otherwise make a real nuisance of yourself, if you feel the need.
Just remember, that if you must do this, do it here.

This facility is brought to you, courtesy of Villain Of The Week: Umbrage.
Sadly no longer with us.

Interzone / Re: Is Capitalism bad?
« on: April 08, 2013, 01:42:05 PM »
...Either that or drop out and grow your own vegetables OR burn out in frustration and defiance.

Yes. To address your earlier comment: I grow my own vegetables. I do not burn out in frustration and defiance.

Interzone / Re: Buying whores
« on: April 08, 2013, 01:21:35 PM »
Useful = serves a purpose. All the things you mentioned serve a purpose.

Could a politically dissident community, such as this one, exist in the Soviet Union, where there were no boundaries as to what the government could and couldn't do to you, aka rights? Of course not; we'd all be in gulags.

As it happens, as of a couple of weeks ago, this site has started running as a hybrid experiment.
Something between an absolute monarchy, and a benign dictatorship.
And although it is populated by a vocal minority of Bolshevik n'er-do-wells, nobody has been executed so far.
Dissidence is tolerated in this experimental regime.
Whereas non-productive destruction is not.
It might be good to ponder what that means, for a moment.

No. There are no 'rights' here. None.
And we hope that we will see a workable solution to peoples' knee-jerk gravitation to destructiveness.
Treat each other as possible brothers in a possible brotherhood, and see how that works.
You never know.

Edit: I should add that my own decisions are subject to Divine Intervention by God's Representative Here On Earth, and should my performance be found wanting, I shall be tossed out of the garden to who knows where.
The site has an owner. The Monarch. He assigns a chief. The chief rules, but is himself ruled by the monarch.
Streamlined, or what?

Interzone / Re: SSD: The need for speed.
« on: April 08, 2013, 12:59:22 PM »
It translates, as of now, into about 1Gb per $1. That's not bad. My SSD drive is 120Gb and that is fine for Windows 7.
Naturallly, large hardware drives are a must for actual storage.
Reality check: my first hard drive was a huge, heavy thing, and held 5Mb. Haha :)

Windows reports to me that I currently have no bottlenecks, whereas the HD was quite a big one, previously.
Everything is running at a comparable speed to everything else, with only the memory marginally faster.
Had I known more of current technology when I built this thing, I would have bought an i5-2500k processor, but as it is, it's an i3-2100. Pretty damn quick though, nonetheless.

Interzone / SSD: The need for speed.
« on: April 08, 2013, 12:04:53 PM »
Does anyone have a Solid State Drive in their computer?
I didn't until last week, mainly because, although I had read they were very fast, their capacity compared to their price, made them seem not to be worth the trouble.
I can now report that they are indeed very fast. Fast enough to be a delight to use.

I had built a new computer, a month or two ago, which turned out to be a huge leap forward from what I'd been using, previously. Even so, the hard drive still went just as fast/slow as it always had.
So now that drive still sees use for programs and data that do not benefit much from speed, while the SSD holds the operating system and page file, and delivers all kinds of satisfaction, while it loads up in seconds.

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