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My thanks to all those who offered suggestions on how to work out the Win2K crashing problem I mentioned yesterday. I think I managed to clear that up by removing some drivers that were causing a conflict, but since then I have been trapped in a different ring of computer hell, something has been causing crazy CPU usage that makes my machine unusable. After over 24 hours of mucking with this, I am even that much closer to my wits end than before, I should have just migrated everything to a different machine earlier, but this seemed like something where the solution was forever just around the corner. This is an old machine that's starting to display more and more flakiness (recalling the recent whining hard drive), and after years of flawless service, it may just need to be replaced. But I hate to admit defeat here, and I think I have the offending applications tracked down here, so I'm going to bang my head against the wall a bit more before completely giving up on this.

Play Time: 20 Questions. Thanks Morgan de Jonge.
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32. Re: 20 q's Mar 3, 2003, 02:44 Rodent
 
LOL...it thought Gummy Bear was a booger...

I am guessing that it is a gummy bear(rubbery candy)?
Yes , No , Close

28. Does it roll? No.
27. Does it have cash value? Yes.
26. Is it a synthetic material? Yes.
25. Is it delicious? Yes.
24. Does it come in a box? No.
23. Is it black? No.
22. Can it bend without breaking? Yes.
21. Does it get wet? No.
20. I guess it a booger? No.
19. Can you eat it? Yes.
18. Is it flat? No.
17. Do you love it? No.
16. Does it burn? No.
15. Does it come in a pack? Usually.
14. Can you smell it? Sometimes.
13. Is it multicolored? Yes.
12. Can it be used more than once? Rarely.
11. Is it hard? No.
10. Do you hold it when you use it? Yes.
9. Does it have writing on it? No.
8. Can it fit in an envelope? Yes.
7. Can you play with it? Yes.
6. Does it break if dropped? No.
5. Does it bring joy to people? Yes.
4. Would you give it as a gift? Maybe.
3. Can you hold it? Yes.
2. Could it be found in a classroom? Yes.
1. It is classified as Other.

Computer wins, but asked too many questions
Play Again
You were thinking of a gummy bear.
Would you give it as a gift? you said Maybe, I say No
Can you play with it? you said Yes, I say No
Do you love it? you said No, I say Probably
Is it a synthetic material? you said Yes, I say No
Does it have cash value? you said Yes, I say No


 
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31. It gave up Mar 3, 2003, 00:11 KS
 
It couldn't get "Angelina Jolie"!

It did come close with #29, though. I thought it would get it after #26. And #22, Does it have a pointed snout? Well, no, it has a luscious, full, soft, pink lipped "snout".

I am guessing that it is me(as in you)?
Yes , No , Close

29. I guess it a soulmate? Close.
28. Does it bring joy to people? Yes.
27. Is it a pure-bred dog? No.
26. Do you hold it when you use it? Yes.
25. Does it have a long tail? No.
24. Is it small? No.
23. Is it multicolored? No.
22. Does it have a pointed snout? No.
21. Does it jump? Yes.
20. I guess it an italian greyhound? No.
19. Does it swim? Yes.
18. Are there many different sorts of it? No.
Can you buy it at a store? Unknown.
Can you buy it? Unknown.
17. Does it like to play? Yes.
16. Can you find it in a house? Yes.
15. Is it a domesticated animal? No.
Can it swim? Unknown.
14. Is it fluffy? No.
13. Is it usually colorful? No.
12. Does it usually hunt for food at night? Irrelevant.
11. Does it eat grass? No.
10. Can it be hunted? No.
9. Does it bark? No.
8. Does it have short fur? Yes.
7. Is it made in many different styles? Irrelevant.
6. Does it have cash value? Yes.
5. Does it live in the forest? No.
Is it something you can purchase? Unknown.
4. Is it heavy? No.
3. Does it have claws? Yes.
2. Is it a predator? Yes.
1. It is classified as Animal.



 
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30. Re: 20 q's Mar 2, 2003, 20:02 frederickson
 
wellllllll u betta guess what i told that motherfucker to hiT POPCORN and guess whut he coudlnt get it yiou all thing hes sog oddamniti motherrcfkING GOOD but guess what my little friend its only a little comptuer asking quationst they have ones abOUT MOVIES AND ITS just as good it knows all abotu classk tv like perfect strangers and whatbnot but i wonder if it knows a bout mickael jackson OH My god i saw that tv show last week and what can i say dude he has problems he had a troubled life but do i think me is a lil boy mellester im not sure abotu thatr i mean he is pretty nice to kids and macaulay culkin caME AND WATched (oOPS i hit capslock im sorry but now its off) his convert anyways so he must be nice and dont forget mann in the mirror it had mother teresa in it so iot mucst b e goods i mean she wouldnt allow such a bad thing if she was in the video and she was and what about that little boy eating ther cracker is he still alive? did mickael jackson mollest him? i bet you 4 dollars the answer it no. fredrickson and your moMMA SUCK MY *** i will kill u kluike james bond and i mean the sean connervy version not this sissy white stuff

 
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29. Re: 20 q's Mar 2, 2003, 15:41 sa
 
Jesus H. Christ.

I am guessing that it is a black hole?
Yes , No , Close

12. Does it make something move? Yes.
11. Is it dangerous? Yes.
10. Have you seen one in real life? No.
9. Does it produce light? No.
8. Is it in located in space? Yes.
7. Does it move? Probably.
6. Is it heavy? Yes.
5. Can you hold it? No.
4. Does it come in different colors? No.
3. Can it be used for recreation? No.
2. Would you find it in an office? No.
1. Can it be washed? No.
Is it smaller than a loaf of bread? Unknown.
Is it hard? Unknown.
It is classified as Unknown.

 
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28. 20 q's Mar 2, 2003, 14:28 Taco
 
Ok seriouasly, how did it come to this correct conclusion?

I am guessing that it is DNA?
Yes , No , Close

19. Can you buy it? No.
18. Is it pleasurable? No.
17. Do you clean it regularly? No.
16. Can it be used for recreation? No.
15. Does it come in different colors? No.
14. Can you make sounds with it ? No.
13. Is it considered valuable? Yes.
Is it soft? Unknown.
12. Is it round? No.
11. Is it heavier than a pound of butter? No.
10. Does it come in pairs? Yes.
9. Does it go inside other things? Yes.
Does it contain a liquid? Unknown.
Is it hard? Unknown.
8. Can it scratch? No.
7. Can you put something into it? No.
6. Can it be washed? Yes.
5. Can you buy it at a store? No.
4. Was it used over 100 years ago? Yes.
3. Would you use it in the dark? Yes.
2. Could it be found in a classroom? Yes.
1. It is classified as Other.

 
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27. Re: Yay! Mar 2, 2003, 13:04 anon@127.0.0.1
 
I'm with Ray. Any baffeling computer problem can be made better by the purchase of an expensive but superflous piece of hardware.

I'm getting ready to upgrade my ATI 9700 to a Sapphire 9700 ultra, myself.
 
I am not a man! I am a free number!
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26. Troubleshooting CPU hoggage Mar 2, 2003, 12:18 c r i s p y
 
Fire up your Task Manager (right-click on taskbar, select Task Manager) then click on the 'processes' tab. Figure out the name of the process that's eating up all your CPU time, and then do a search for it in your search engine of choice.  
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25. Re: DSL Mar 2, 2003, 11:46 Wowbagger_TIP
 
My DSL connection is running at the speed of a 56k. Any ideas why this could be happening?

Evil gnomes swapped the internals of your DSL modem with parts from an old US Robotics Sportster 56K modem. They are now safely back in their hidey-hole, happily 0wning it up on Counter-Strike servers with their wallhacks and aimbots

 
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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell (I think...)
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24. DSL Mar 2, 2003, 11:10 Scott
 
My DSL connection is running at the speed of a 56k. Any ideas why this could be happening?

 
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23. Re: Ai is cool Mar 2, 2003, 07:25 Buck Birdseed
 
The AI may be cool, but the database is lacking. It doesn't contain "orgasm", now how sad is that?

You need to become a member to access the PG material.
 
Buck Birdseed
http://www.counterglow.com
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22. neat-o Mar 2, 2003, 06:32 Hump
 
hahah...computer wins

I am guessing that it is a cigarette?
Yes

19. Is it white? Yes.
18. Would you give it as a gift? Rarely.
17. Can you order it at a restaurant? No.
16. Is it brown? Yes.
15. Does it come in a box? Yes.
14. Can you smell it? Yes.
13. Is it usually colorful? No.
12. Does it get wet? Irrelevant.
11. Does it have writing on it? Yes.
10. Can it be used for recreation? Sometimes.
9. Is it flexible? Irrelevant.
8. Does it break if dropped? No.
7. Do most people use this daily? Sometimes.
6. Do you hold it when you use it? Yes.
5. Was it used over 100 years ago? Yes.
4. Would you use it daily? Yes.
3. Does it bring joy to people? Yes.
2. Does it help accomplish tasks? No.
1. It is classified as Other.



 
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"Both the “left” and the “right” pretend they have the answer, but they are mere flippers on the same thalidomide baby, and the truth is that neither side has a clue."

- Jim Goad
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21. honestly Mar 2, 2003, 06:30 Nexus
 
I can't see why you're bothering to figure out all the processes and conflicts. I tend to remember what's caused problems for me (like upgrading Norton systemworks rather than just installing it clean) and when my system performance drops, wipe my C drive and all my programs folders and do a complete reinstall of everything. Since I keep all my cds together in a big cd folder, it only takes me a few hours, and the system is almost guaranteed to run beautifully after that.
One reason I can do this so easily is because I have a partition which is pretty much just my OS, and my documents are on a completely different drive.

With the size of the problems it sounds like you have, if you keep your CDs and harddisk properly organised, you could very likely save time with a wipe.

 
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20. 20 Questions Mar 2, 2003, 05:52 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Well, it got "bagel" in 18 questions (i happened to be eating one at the moment ). I then thought of "water bottle", and it got "plastic bottle" in 17. It got "joystick in 18. I stumped it on "lint roller"

 
Avatar 9540
 
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell (I think...)
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19. 20 Questions Mar 2, 2003, 04:53 Efflixi
 
Wow this thing is good... It guessed a mouse in 17 questions (it first thouht it was a rat at question #7) and guessed a Watch in 19 questions. I thought i had it with the watch.

*edit*
It got Giraffe in 13 questions, got headphones in 17 questions (holy moly!), it also got a floppy disk but asked too many questions (got it in 22). I stumped it with a nutria tho. GOOD LORD! It got sequoia tree in only 12 questions!
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18. Re: No subject Mar 2, 2003, 03:48 -=(Maverick)=-
 
Maybe that's because "orgasm" isn't an object.

Then neither are "music" or "song", and those are in the database.
 
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17. Re: Ai is cool Mar 2, 2003, 02:25 JediLuke
 
Hahah, brilliant. I was thinking of sex.

Does your mother know what you are thinking about?
I am not allowed to talk about stuff like this, but,
I am guessing that it has something to do with sex?
Yes , No , Close

16. Do you use it in public? No.
15. Can you play games with it? Yes.
14. Could it be found in a classroom? No.
13. I guess it a fire? No.
12. Do you use it in your home? Yes.
11. Does it produce heat? Yes.
10. Is it useful? Yes.
9. Is it heavier than a pound of butter? No.
8. Does it contain a lot of water? No.
7. Can it be stolen? No.
6. Do you hold it when you use it? No.
5. Is it smaller than a loaf of bread? No.
4. Does it use electricity? No.
3. Can you get information by using it? No.
2. Can you buy it at a store? Maybe.
1. Does it make noise? Yes.
It is classified as Unknown.



 
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16. No subject Mar 2, 2003, 02:17 Crossbone
 
Maybe that's because "orgasm" isn't an object.

 
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15. Re: Ai is cool Mar 2, 2003, 01:43 -=(Maverick)=-
 
The AI may be cool, but the database is lacking. It doesn't contain "orgasm", now how sad is that?  
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14. Ai is cool Mar 2, 2003, 01:35 Taco
 
I've been playing wih it for the last hour, its gotten:
Komoto Dragon
Atomic Bomb
PACE MAKER(wtf?)
Cadaver
Chicken pox
King Cobra, didnt guess snake, it guesses what i was thinking, King Cobra


Really Really cool.

 
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13. 20 Questions Mar 2, 2003, 00:01 H@mst3r
 
OMFG,
The AI is good,I`m blown away!!!!!!!!!!
Answer-Kiwi(bird)
19. Does it eat seeds? No.
18. Does it bring joy to people? Yes.
17. Does it bite? No.
16. Does it weigh more than a duck? Maybe.
15. Is it multicolored? Maybe.
14. Is it brown? Yes.
13. Does it come in different colors? No.
12. Does it live in the forest? Yes.
11. Can you see it in a zoo? Yes.
10. Is it smaller than a loaf of bread? Maybe.
9. Does it eat fish? No.
8. Is it a vegetarian? No.
7. Does it live in water? No.
6. Is it larger than a microwave oven (or bread box)? Maybe.
5. Does it have teeth? No.
4. Can it climb? No.
3. Can you buy it at a store? No.
2. Does it have short fur? No.
1. It is classified as Animal.


 
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