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1121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How fast is your internet connection? on: May 04, 2006, 05:39:40 PM
Can someone tell me why upload speed is so much slower?

Most likely you have ADSL.

The distinguishing characteristic of ADSL over xDSL is that the volume of data flow is greater in one direction than the other, i.e. it is asymmetric. Providers usually market ADSL as a service for people to connect to the Internet in a relatively passive mode: able to use the higher speed direction for the "download" from the Internet but not needing to run servers that would require bandwidth in the other direction.

There are both technical and marketing reasons why ADSL is in many places the most common type offered to home users. On the technical side, there is likely to be more crosstalk from other circuits at the DSLAM end (where the wires from many local loops are close together) than at the customer premises. Thus the upload signal is weakest at the noisiest part of the local loop, while the download signal is strongest at the noisiest part of the local loop. It therefore makes technical sense to have the DSLAM transmit at a higher bit rate than does the modem on the customer end. Since the typical home user in fact does prefer a higher download speed, the telephone companies chose to make a virtue out of necessity, hence ADSL.

For conventional ADSL, downstream rates start at 256 kbit/s and typically reach 8 Mbit/s within 1.5 km (5000 ft) of the DSLAM equipped central office or remote terminal. Upstream rates start at 64 kbit/s and typically reach 256 kbit/s but can go as high as 1024 kbit/s. The name ADSL Lite is sometimes used for the slower versions.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adsl
1122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How fast is your internet connection? on: May 04, 2006, 02:18:01 PM
bellsouth DSL from within Ga to

Atlanta:
Last Result:
Download Speed: 1230 kbps (153.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 207 kbps (25.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

San Fran:
Last Result:
Download Speed: 1231 kbps (153.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 210 kbps (26.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
1123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: May 04, 2006, 01:25:03 PM
littleraven as usual you ignored the original point.  I was asked to provide an example of Mexico ever nationalizing an industry and I did so.
1124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: May 04, 2006, 01:22:55 PM
When voters elect the latest gladhander to their municipal and state governments, the chemical makeup of the gas down at their local pump is not usually high on their list of priorities. BUT if youíre an agricultural activist who wants to sell corn to the government to produce Ethanol, or an environmentalist who believes you possess the magic formula for reducing baby-killing smog in western cities, well, thatís a different story. These groups are extremely effective at lobbying government at the state and local level to create a "boutique" gasoline formula to further their cause. As a result, Missouri gas isnít good enough to burn in California, whose gas cannot legally be sold in New York City or parts of Arizona.

According to Michael Ports of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of Americas, "Twenty years ago, there were two blends of gasoline offered in three octane levels, and essentially one blend of diesel fuel. Today, there are more than 18 unique blends of gasoline mandated across the nation -- again offered in three octane grades -- and at least three different blends of diesel fuel." Okay, letís do the math. I make it... 59 different blends of gasoline spread out over 50 states. Just to make things that much more complicated, no one refinery produces all 59 blends of gas; nor is any refinery typically dedicated to any one grade.

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/content/11292058241518084276/index.php
1125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: May 04, 2006, 02:57:02 AM
As usual you ignore what is actually posted.

And I should probably add that if more refineries are unnecessary

No one said unnecessary, I said they can choose to not build more.  It is a business and they do not have to increase the number of refineries if they choose not to.  The reason could be many, expense, litigation over environmental concerns, too long to recoup cost what ever.  I NEVER said not needed.


For you little Raven

Dude,

As far as nationalizing an industry there was another example I found with a simple Google search and it was only privatized as part of NAFTA.
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: May 03, 2006, 07:09:41 PM
Mexico's post-revolution history is marked by the tenacity of a single political party, the Partido Revolucionario Institutional, or PRI. The party was founded by Plutarco Elias Calles, who took over as president when Obregon was assassinated (quite possibly by a Calles plot) in 1928. But the party's most loved president was General Lazaro Cardenas in 1934. Cardenas instituted widespread land reform, strengthened unions, and nationalized the petroleum industry.

http://www.geographia.com/mexico/mexicohistory.htm
1127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: May 03, 2006, 07:03:23 PM
You are missing the point of they do not have to build any more refineries if they choose not to.

Oil is a finite resource and will run out, how long until it runs out is debatable and no one has a real good answer for it.  I do not know how long it would take to build a refinery and then how long it would take to recoup the cost of it, perhaps that is part of the decision making of the oil companies.
1128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: May 03, 2006, 01:35:48 PM
You could not be more wrong.

Political climates in countries have major impacts on business decisions.  If there is a potential to lose your investment companies will not invest in a solid infrastructure.
1129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: May 03, 2006, 02:48:01 AM
Unbreakable this started with you disagreeing that a foreign country can decide to nationalize an industry and that this was a reason for oil companies not building refineries in Mexico.  A foreign country can indeed decide to nationalize an industry if they so choose, so I used Venezuala as an example of nationalization possibilities on an industry.  I do not care one iota if it has anything to do with a refinery the refinery isn't the point, the point is a sovereign nation can decide to nationalize an industry.  Mexico nor Venuzuala is not going to care that unbreakable says they cant do that.
1130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need advice - my boss has a birthday soon on: May 03, 2006, 02:33:41 AM
Depends on how social you two are.  Did he tell you it was his birthday?  You could always go safe and offer to buy lunch, not sure if I would get him a gift.  We have an admin that sends people an e-card on their birthday as a from the office thing.
1131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: May 03, 2006, 02:30:59 AM
For Unbreakable:

That's a red herring. We are talking about a REFINERY, not an oil well. Nice try, though!

You must have missed the news for a while where the Venesualan government had troops sieze an oil tanker when the worker went on strike.

Just keep up the shouting and eventually people just give in and stop the dialog.
1132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: May 02, 2006, 02:53:22 AM
But do you really think our government is going to allow Mexico or Haiti seize assets that are vital to national security?

Yes they can do that, take a look at Venezuala every now and then they talk about nationalizing the oil industry there.
1133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stephen Colbert has cast iron balls on: May 02, 2006, 02:50:40 AM
I thought the part where they catch Laurence Fishburn laughing and then he stops and get serious as soon as the camera is on him.
1134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stephen Colbert has cast iron balls on: May 02, 2006, 02:39:14 AM
The correspondents dinner is supposed to be a roast of the President.
1135  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Testing System Stability on: May 02, 2006, 02:35:07 AM
If you have another video card try installing it when you get artifacting that sounds like the card is overheating or going bad.
1136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / *****PRE-E3 CONTEST MONTH***** Wizard's Tower WINNERS!!!!! on: May 01, 2006, 02:42:16 PM
Post Toastie
1137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Off we go, into the wild blue yonder! (Shipping AF May 02) on: April 30, 2006, 05:54:23 PM
When you get out of Air Force summer camp (I was in the Marines for 12 years so we make fun of you guys) and get to you're first assignment; go to school and get an education.  Take advantage of every thing you can offered by the base, I so kick myself in the ASS for not doing it when I was in the Marines.  The military will pick up the majority of the tab and put money into the GI Bill to use after you get out.
1138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 28, 2006, 11:02:56 PM
here's mine - tax the oil company profits

Bad idea, the price of the final product would then be raised to cover the cost of those taxes, so if you want to pay even more for fuel then tax the companies more.
1139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bachelor's Degree = FINISHED on: April 25, 2006, 04:52:05 PM
The "Walk" is the ceremony to get your diploma where you walk across a stage and you are handed the document, very nice for recording and photo's.
1140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 25, 2006, 04:49:15 PM
I agree oil is a finite resource that will be exhausted, the only question is when.  The oil referred to as sand oil or shale oil is of a low grade and energy derived from it is about 50% of regular oil after conversion to be useful.  This is also a problem with someof the alternative fuels.  When you convert there is always a loss of energy it is an unbreakable rule.  This loss of energy is compounded each step of the way.

Some time soon something has got to give.
1141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 25, 2006, 02:46:03 PM
Oil demand by country (in millions of barrels/day)  I tried to line the number up below but in preview it keeps funking them out, sorry.
 
Country                     2000  2001   2002    2003  2004
USA                         19.70  19.65  19.76  20.03  20.52
China                       4.80    4.92    5.16   5.55    6.63
Japan                       5.61    5.53    5.46   5.58    5.44
Former Soviet Union  3.90    4.30    4.11   4.18    4.16
Germany                  2.77    2.81    2.72   2.68    2.67
India                        2.05    2.10    2.10   2.20    2.30
Canada                    2.03    2.04    2.08   2.19    2.29
France                     2.00    2.05    1.98    2.06    2.04
UK                           1.76    1.72    1.77   1.72    1.86
Total World              76.95  78.10  78.44  79.89  82.63


BY THE NUMBERS  
Are we running out of oil? And how soon?

Of course, it's bound to happen. Oil is a non-renewable resource and sometime (some experts say fairly soon) demand will begin to outstrip supply.

World Oil Consumption
It's estimated that we've already exhausted about half of the original two trillion barrels of oil on earth. And the rest will be burned even faster as China, India and other developing nations develop oil-hungry economies.

World consumption last year stood at nearly 80 million barrels a day. In 2003 North America, the world's largest guzzler, consumed 24,083,000 barrels (over 25% of the total) each day. Almost half of it went into the continents cars, light trucks and SUV's. Ninety percent of North America's transportation sector depends on an affordable and steady supply of oil.

Although North America's voracious appetite for oil is stable in other areas of the world it is growing by leaps and bounds. Last year China overtook Japan as the second largest consumer. Early statistics for 2004 are showing another substantial increase over 2003 and the International Energy Agency now describes China as 'the major driver of global demand for oil'.

Experts estimate that the world demand for oil will grow by another 60 million barrels a day by the year 2015.

World Supply Diminishing
At the same time production from the world's super-giant and giant oil fields is diminishing by 5% a year. Although new supplies are being discovered in places like Siberia, the Central Asian republics and West Africa, these are not enormous additions to the total output. Most of the 'easy' to recover oil has already been discovered and tapped.

That leaves oil supplies like the tar sands in Western Canada and the oil shale in Venezuela's Orinoco belt. But half as much energy is used extracting this oil as the energy value of the oil produced. The price of oil needs to remain high for these operations to be economically viable. And there's a terrible cost to the environment.

The impact of the oil 'peak'
Oil experts are unsure when the 'peak' in oil production will occur. Some like petroleum geologist, Colin Campbell say it could be as soon as 2010 whereas the U.S. Energy Department estimates it won't happen until 2037. In any case, if you're middle-aged, it's bound to happen in your lifetime.

Soon enough, the era of cheap oil will be over. As the supply begins to diminish the price will go up. If prices rise too steeply there could be a devastating effect on the world's economy. It will cost a lot more to heat our houses, offices and factories and power our cars, trucks and airplanes. Increased transportation costs will drive up prices everywhere from the hardware store to the supermarket.

That's why conservationists argue that we need to reduce the world's dependence on oil today so that supplies can be stretched giving us time to develop alternate energy sources.

http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/oil/numbers.html
1142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 25, 2006, 02:27:29 PM
No where in the article does it state this so where did you get this idea in your head?
"I read some of the stuff you posted BTW, and I still think that a huge spike in prices suddently to make up for gas usage in 2025 is garbage, as well as claiming that last year, china used for gas. Again garbage"

The article states the at current usage rates China will surpass the US in oil consumption by 2025.

You are paying more for oil now because demand has increased globally, especially in China, I do not see how this is hard to understand.  the economy there is booming and more people are able to purchase things they did not have, imagine the price of oil if the vehicle to person ratio was the same in China as it is in the US?
1143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 25, 2006, 12:17:27 PM
Graham its a waste of time trying to get yoru point across here.  I posted a link on the first page that had a lot fo good data in it.  I do not think the majority of people that responded read any of the article beyond the snippet I put into the post.

Gas prices are higher because of the refinerys situation here and the many developing countries are demanding more oil.  We are competing for oil with China and India in a big way.  It costs too much money and there are too many regulations here to bother to build a new refinery, not to mention having to fight every environmentalist group in court.

You might as well blame Wal Mart for our high gas prices hell 80% of their globally supplied products come from China.  As China prospers it will get worse for us.
1144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bachelor's Degree = FINISHED on: April 25, 2006, 12:07:34 PM
KD are you thinking about continuing on with Keller to get your masters since they have one in Networking.  You can also transfer over as many as four classes so you would only need 12 classes to get your masters versus 16.
1145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bachelor's Degree = FINISHED on: April 25, 2006, 12:41:58 AM
Job Well done.

Odd thing is that is my grade point right now at DeVry, 3.81.
1146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 24, 2006, 12:36:15 PM
Here is why you are paying more for oil.  It is both easy and popular to blame the President when you might as well blame the global economy.

Much of the growth in demand Ė about 40 per cent says the EIA #150 will come from Asia. Its daily oil fix is expected to double by 2025, thanks mainly to rapidly growing economies in China and India.

In 2004, China passed Japan as the world's second-largest consumer of oil. It ate up an average of 6.63 million barrels of oil every day Ė about twice what it produces. Its oil imports doubled between 1999 and 2004.

China's demand for oil is expected to continue to increase by five to seven per cent a year. If that happens, China will surpass the United States as the world's largest consumer of oil by 2025.

Similarly, India's oil needs are expected to grow by four to seven per cent a year. In 2004, it consumed two million barrels a day.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/oil/supply_demand.html
1147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 19, 2006, 07:11:13 PM
And that is not clothes she has on that is paint.
1148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NY Times article about Lucas Arts on: April 17, 2006, 03:17:23 PM
You have to be a registered member of the NY Times to veiw the article.
1149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Help!] If anybody's got a job opening...(posting resume) on: April 14, 2006, 07:12:04 PM
Do some rework on the resume as well.  Put the more important/business like items on top in each category like:

Siltronic - Wafer Manufacturing Plant - Portland 06/2005 - 08/2005
A.D.E. Machine Operator (unless it is real long spell out ADE here and abbreviate it later, put (A.D.E.) after the words)

 Worked extended shifts in a class-10 clean room, which required wearing a specialized outfit, measuring computer wafers on the A.D.E. machines.
 Calibrated machinery to calculate thousands of computer wafersí size and shape.
 Performed visual inspections of computer wafers using magnifiers.
 Worked with a computer program to track and verify each shipment as cases of computer wafers were placed on and off the measuring machines.

Stratos Group, Inc. - Online Business 09/2001 - 05/2004
Contributor

 Participated in writing professional manuals that would ship with software.
 Worked with a small group of writers and wrote articles reviewing software while on a deadline.
 Wrote the majority of a very popular guide which has since appeared on different websites because of its immense size and detail.



I would edit more but am pressed for time.  Just suggestions here anyway.
1150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I should have my head checked....M170 on: April 14, 2006, 03:26:37 PM
Good deal Knightshade.

I will hopefully be graduating DeVry on May 1st next year with my degree in Netcom.
1151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If you are a ninja... on: April 14, 2006, 02:32:51 AM
It was a Ninja vs. Pirate meeting or something.

The pirate greeting was arrrgh

The ninja,s were required to greet everyone with a Hi-Ya doing?
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DELL IS THE WORST on: April 07, 2006, 03:57:12 PM
Call centers in India are cheap compared to here and thats why compnaies use them.  With VoIP its costs them nothing for the long distance.

The problem is that despite them being able to speak english they do not understand it.  If you get them off their standard script then they are lost.
1153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DELL IS THE WORST on: April 07, 2006, 03:05:52 PM
Nothing but goodness here.  Have a Dell Latitude for my work laptop that is nearing the end of its three year lease.  I recently bought a Dell 600M works so well I just bought another for my wife for $544 shipped to me.  Have a dell 1905FP monitor that is the best graphics upgrade I made in a long time.  Have a Dell Axim PDA works and no trouble.

I highly recommend Dell to people.
1154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DELL IS THE WORST on: April 06, 2006, 06:05:38 PM
When you bought it, if you did it online, there is an option to have recovery CD's sent for around $8 or you have to use the recovery partition on the drive.

Blame the vendor because you are apparently incompetent.
1155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Put your own face in Oblivion on: April 04, 2006, 01:44:33 PM
Very cool find
1156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy 10th Anniversary...sorta on: April 04, 2006, 03:58:10 AM
the faster the days go by the sooner I am to being able to ask her to marry me.

If you are at that point then you should ask her.

I got married at 26 and my wife was 18, that was 13 years ago.  I met her through a friend when she was 17 while she visited for them a week.  After she left we kept in touch and about a year later she came up for another visit, I dont think it was two weeks and I asked her to marry me.  Best thing I ever did well maybe after getting lasik  :lol: .
1157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy 10th Anniversary...sorta on: April 03, 2006, 05:13:10 PM
Ok so 9 year anniversary is the refrigerator anniversary
at 10 its the washer/dryer anniversary
So is 11 the dyson/kirby vacuum anniversary
What would that make 15 years the hot water heater anniversary?  Or maybe the heating/cooling anniversary.
1158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re-poll - Sat Radio on: March 27, 2006, 04:14:12 PM
Usually I listen to nothing in my car, I enjoy the silence.
1159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ass Clapping-NSFW on: March 23, 2006, 03:13:21 PM
Wonder if she does that to show off on family holidays, hey watch my daughter make her ass clap....
1160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion Tweaks/Tips/Mods on: March 22, 2006, 08:22:41 PM
My mouse worked a lot better when I lowered my resolution of 1280x1024 to 1024x768.
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