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The Waste Land / Let's Talk!
« on: January 12, 2006, 09:52:23 pm »
I'm bored, there's no one on right now. It's just 1 in the morning where is everyone?

The Pineapple / Bye
« on: December 20, 2005, 06:31:13 pm »
I'll be gone for a week, starting tomorrow morning. I'm taking a vacation, bye. :cool:

The Waste Land / 1st Post after downtime
« on: November 10, 2005, 07:24:35 pm »
Beat all of you to it.

The Waste Land / I'm Bored
« on: November 04, 2005, 10:38:33 pm »
I'm bored somebody talk to me.

The Waste Land / Get me some Ritalin!
« on: October 17, 2005, 04:33:32 pm »
I AmWayTooHyperTonight,AnyoneGotRitalinTheyCanGiveMe?

The Waste Land / The New Fad!
« on: September 22, 2005, 03:37:06 pm »
The new USB fad is to bump old wasteland topics, you MUST fellow it to be cool. :P

Everything Else / Everyone is leaving
« on: September 19, 2005, 12:31:21 pm »
Wow it seems like allot of people are leaving USB, just today 2 moderators quit, and Jack almost left, but he's supposed to stay, just not be on as much. The reason for everyone leaving seems to be that this board has become for a lack of a better word a dump. Spam posting galore, and it seems like most intelgent posts are gone, now I understand SpongeBob is a kids cartoon, but USB has a reputation as the mature SpongeBob board, one of the few that hasn't been overrun by kiddies. So what I'm saying is that we should post some changes we'd like to see on this board in this topic. We also need a way to keep good members here at USB.

The Waste Land / New Avatar
« on: August 27, 2005, 02:41:03 pm »
I made a new Avatar.

Debate Den / Suburban Spawl
« on: August 19, 2005, 10:57:56 pm »
I live in a city full of spawl, and live in the spawl. I'm sure many of you do too. Anyway post your opinions on this issue. What do you think needs to be done about it?

Debate Den / Gas costs
« on: August 10, 2005, 09:55:34 pm »
A growing problem in this world is the cost of gasoline. The raise of gas prices is affecting people in more ways than one. Not only does it cost more to drive your car, but it also costs more to get delivery service. Costs more to send mail, garbage pick up costs more, bus fares cost more, food costs more, airline tickets cost more, computers cost more, EVERYTHING costs more because of rasing gas prices. What do you think should be done to combat this? Drill for more oil? Or maybe find alternitve engery sources and find ways to utlize them? Post your opinions.

Debate Den / Health Care Costs
« on: August 10, 2005, 09:49:05 pm »
In the U.S. health care costs keep going up and up. It's getting to the point where middle class familys have a hard time affording health insurance. And 45 MILLION Americans are uninsured. THis is a big health crisis for Americans. This is manily a United States problem. But I know other country's are having problems with their health systems. So what do you think needs to be done to take care of this growwing and serious problem for many people.

Everything Else / 1000 posts!
« on: July 23, 2005, 09:44:07 pm »
I finaly hit the 1000 post mark. I maybe one of the members who took the longers to reach that point but now I'm here. So now I can have a custom title!

Computers & Video Games / Microsoft to release P2P software
« on: June 16, 2005, 05:14:55 pm »
Enter Avalanche: P2P filesharing from Microsoft

Researchers at Microsoft's computer science lab in Cambridge have developed a peer-to-peer filesharing system that they say overcomes the scheduling problems associated with existing distribution protocols such as Bit Torrent.

The researchers claim download times are between 20-30 per cent faster, using their network coding approach, than on systems that only code at the server, and between 200 and 300 per cent faster than distributing un-encoded information.

Naturally, Microsoft is very keen to stress that this technology should be used for distributing legitimate content. It even put that in italics in the press material.

The basic principle of the system, dubbed Avalanche, is pretty much the same as BitTorrent. Certainly the problem it solves is: a large file needs to be distributed to many people. One server does not have the bandwidth to deal with all that traffic, so you need to find another way of getting the file to everyone who needs it.

If the file is broken up into smaller pieces, these can be distributed among a smaller number of people, who can then share the pieces to make sure they all eventually have the complete file.

The problem with this approach, as anyone who has ever tried to download content on the system - legitimate or otherwise - knows, is that towards the end of a download, any one downloader could have a while to wait for the particular pieces he needs. As the number of receivers increases, scheduling traffic also becomes more complex, and the whole process slows down.

Microsoft Research's approach gets around this by re-encoding all the pieces, so that each one that is shared is actually a linear combination of all the pieces, fed into a particular function. The blocks are then distributed with a tag that describes the parameters it contains.

Once you have downloaded a few of these, you can generate new combinations from the ones you have, and send those out to your peers. Collect enough of these pieces, and you will have enough information to reconstruct the whole file. Even if you don't have all the original pieces distributed by the person who held the original version of the file.

Peers can make use of any new piece, instead of having to wait for specific chunks that are missing. This means no one peer can become a bottle neck, since no piece is more important than any other. It also means overall network traffic is lower, since the same information doesn't have to travel back and forth multiple times.

Nifty, no?
What do you think of this?

Debate Den / The Environment
« on: June 12, 2005, 09:47:31 pm »
What do you think needs to be done to protect the environment?

Everything Else / Drivers Ed
« on: June 08, 2005, 09:44:58 pm »
I'm in drivers ed, and it's very boring we sit in a room for 4 hours and watch chessy 80's vidoes with Don Johnson, and MC Hammer. Anyone else has taken it, or is taken it?

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