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  • Is it possible for me to change my profile pic?

    I've been waiting to do so for at least a year now. Does Yahoo even care anymore?

    1 AnswerYahoo Profiles5 years ago
  • Question regarding break time at work - thoughts?

    Let's say someone works full-time at a company, and are given two 15-minute breaks - one in the morning and another in the afternoon. This person brewed themselves a cup of coffee during their break, but didn't finish before the 15 minutes were up. They decided to chug it down as soon as possible, ultimately spending a minute or two longer than expected. Is this considered a non-issue, or is it a serious breach of their employment contract?

    3 AnswersPolls & Surveys7 years ago
  • Poll - What do you think of Kanye West?

    Not gonna lie, I do enjoy some of his earlier music. I also really like that he helped to transform the "gangsta" identity of the hip-hop genre into something more refined.

    Honestly though, he really does sabotage himself with his antics. If he didn't have such a huge ego, his fan base would be absolutely massive (like it once was). There's a reason why his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy only managed to attain a third of the sales figures that 2005's Late Registration achieved. It's very hard to dissociate an artist from their music; why do you think "Rock and Roll" by Gary Glitter is not as widely performed at sporting events as it once was? People don't feel comfortable listening to a song written by a child molester. When it comes to Kanye, potential fans are turned off by things like upstaging Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, or referring to himself as a "musical genius" (the veracity of which is debatable).

    What do you think?

    11 AnswersPolls & Surveys7 years ago
  • Based on what you know, which of these two people was the better person - Jimmy Carter or Muammar Gaddafi?

    I was having an argument with some guy over the internet about this, and I'm just curious about what others think. Be sure to take everything into consideration - foreign policy, domestic policy, motivations, character, etc.

    I would make the case for Carter, but that would just amount to imposing my opinion on everyone else. What do you think about these two men?

    Also, does condemning Gaddafi's regime and supporting international intervention in the Libyan Civil War equate to being a U.S. imperialist?

    4 AnswersPolitics7 years ago
  • Is it possible that I actually have a legitimate sleep disorder?

    I first began to experience issues with my sleeping patterns when I was about thirteen years of age. I would stay up quite a bit later than I had before; once upon a time, I pretty near always went to sleep at around 10:30-11:00 pm. Sometimes I stayed up much later, but I would feel *extremely* tired throughout that time. The situation got progressively worse over the years. I was pulling all-nighters practically every single day during the last two-thirds of eighth grade, for most of grade nine, and right on into the tenth grade. Then in the eleventh grade, my sleeping habits became very unpredictable - keeping really odd hours, up all night, asleep all day, in bed at 4:00 pm, awake at 6:00 am, sleeping through every morning, etc. There was no keeping track of when I'd wake, and when I'd doze off. Often I'd show up very late for school, having slept in or whatever. I'd feel tired on a regular basis, crashing just after I get home. Last year I was in a program that taught life skills, and I did extremely well in it - always on time, always present, outstanding performance. All this, thanks to caffeine - my sleeping habits were more chaotic than ever. And today, I'm really angsty about my job because I can't get on a decent schedule.

    The only constant? I would generally sleep about one hour later than the day before. I used to go downtown for school, which meant that I had an hour-long bus ride every morning. At first I always showed up on time, but then gradually I settled back into my old habits - tardiness, absenteeism, etc. I wound up shifting over to online coursework because I couldn't handle the rigid structure of an actual classroom. I have a part-time job now - and tonight I'm up later than I had been before. I can't sleep. I'm not even all that tired. That is the #1 reason why I'm scared to move out of my mother's basement - if I had to pay my own bills and show up to work every morning, I'm worried that I would wind up sleeping through a few shifts and getting myself fired. Either my mother or my grandmother have to push me out of bed in the morning; the alarm doesn't help matters, and I'm ineffective at waking myself up.

    My sleeping difficulties have very seriously interfered with my ability to enjoy life. I can't socialize with my friends whenever I want, I have to wait until a time when I'm readily available and alert. I tend to struggle in school because I'm always sleeping at inconvenient times, and it drains my energy. I would always say to myself: "It's called going to bed at a decent hour. Take responsibility for your actions, or you'll never make it in the real world." Apparently people naturally adjust to their daily regimens; why can't I? I'm past my teen years now. Shouldn't I have outgrown all this by now?

    1 AnswerOther - General Health Care7 years ago
  • Poll - What's the darkest album you've ever heard?

    As anyone who knows me will attest, I have a certain penchant for the dark and dismal. This does not mean that I'm an unhappy person; I just find that such works appeal to me. My taste in music is no exception. I have a pretty expansive music rapport, including but not limited to the following outstanding gems:

    -"The Holy Bible" by the Manic Street Preachers

    -"The Downward Spiral", "Broken", "The Fragile", and pretty much every other album by Nine Inch Nails

    -"Dummy" by Portishead

    -"The Dark Side of the Moon", "Wish You Were Here", "Animals", and "The Wall" by Pink Floyd

    -"Metal Box" by Public Image Ltd.

    -"Antichrist Superstar" by Marilyn Manson

    -"Boys Don't Cry", "Seventeen Seconds", and "Pornography" by The Cure

    -"Dirt" and "Jar of Flies" by Alice in Chains

    -"OK Computer" by Radiohead

    -"Forever Changes" by Love

    And so on and so forth. None of the above records are known for their exuberance, to say the least. However, if I had to pick a single album out of all the ones I've heard as the absolute darkest, I would have to go with Korn's 1996 album, "Life Is Peachy". Have you ever heard it before? If you're otherwise familiar with their 1994 self-titled debut - already an incredibly grim piece of work in its own right - or any other release you've heard from these guys, take that and try to stretch its downbeat, twisted nature to the furthest extent of your comprehension. Life Is Peachy features a song called "Mr. Rogers", in which vocalist and principle lyricist Jonathan Davis bashes the children's TV host for teaching kids that the world is an overall nice place. Mix in David Silveria's tribal percussion, some virtuoso abrasion on the part of the band's three guitarists, and the embittered voice of a man who has experienced the depths of human depravity within his earliest years, and you've got yourself a record with an unparalleled power to unnerve anyone with the distinct pleasure of listening to it.

    ...And that's why it's quite possibly my favourite album ever. :-)

    How about you? What's the darkest album you've ever heard?

    6 AnswersPolls & Surveys7 years ago
  • Can a lack of RAM cause issues with a PC's audio output?

    Starting around 2010, the quality of my PC's audio output began to deteriorate markedly. After my computer has been booted for a while (at least several hours), the sound begins to degenerate - it makes crackling noises, frequently skips, and at times I'm left wondering if my computer's about to crash because it gets so bad. It has nothing to do with the speakers themselves; the problem persists when I swap out for headphones. Rebooting the PC serves to temporarily remedy the situation, but it invariably resumes after a certain period of time. Here's an audio sample I recorded using Audacity to demonstrate the issue I have with the sound on my computer (song: "Falling Away From Me" by Korn, from their 1999 album Issues):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFRmdvknRMw

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    Notice how fragmented it is. I've been tolerating this for years now. But since the problem has gotten progressively worse over the past several months (and because I'm aspiring towards a B.S. in computer science), I recently decided to take the matter into my own hands and resolve the issue once and for all.

    I've done tons of research over the internet, looking for anything and everything that could potentially cause such poor audio output. I made a list of possible catalysts and accompanying solutions; if what I tried didn't work, I'd write out all possible sources of error and examine other possibilities. The first things I checked were the audio drivers, just in case they were outdated or malfunctioning. Then I looked into extensions that might factor into this. I thought about whether or not Windows Live Movie Maker could have something to do with it; I started using that program on an infrequent basis somewhere between 2009-2010. I have Avast!, so I feel comfortable ruling out malware as the culprit.

    I moved past all that when I came to an important realization. See, when I was troubleshooting, I would also keep note of any observations I made about the audio and make correlations. Two things stuck out to me:

    1) If I was watching a video (whether online or on my computer), the visual output would temporarily freeze up whenever the audio crackles.

    2) The problem is heavily exacerbated by other activities on my computer: opening new windows or applications, scrolling up and down, loading files, etc.

    Bearing this in mind, things suddenly became so clear - the situation with my audio, as well as virtually all other technical issues pertaining to my PC, are the result of slow performance. It's as simple as that. The computer is just too slow. And out of every possible factor, one in particular stood out to me as the most viable solution to all my problems.

    I need to get more RAM.

    I have a six-year-old PC featuring an Intel processor running on Windows Vista Home Premium. The hard drive has a total capacity of 232 GB, of which about one-third remains free for usage (based on the PC's estimates; the real numbers are a fair bit higher when looking at basic bytes). And I have 2 GB worth of RAM in total, comprised of four 512 MB DIMMs (DDR2 PC-5300, 240 pins, 1066 MHz). The problem is that I'm a hardcore multitasker, and my computer just can't handle it. 2 GB of RAM isn't working for me.

    After doing a good chunk of reading online, I've determined which DIMMs are compatible with my motherboard, where to get them, and how much they'll cost me. I've calculated the cost of replacing all four of my PC's 512 MB DIMMs with 2 GB PC2-8500 ones to be around $88.00 at minimum.

    I'm posting here for two reasons:

    1) I'd like an expert in computers to verify that a lack of RAM can cause poor audio/visual output. Upgrading is obviously not the only thing I can do to improve my PC's performance (nor is it the only solution I plan to apply), but I think in this case it's the most likely cause of my problems.

    2) If that is the case, where am I guaranteed to find RAM upgrades that would fit with my computer's specs at moderately cheap prices (detailed above)? Can I do any better than $88.00 in total?

    My mother says I'd be better of just getting another computer. Do you agree with her?

    2 AnswersAdd-ons7 years ago
  • Poll - In your opinion, was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a war crime?

    I personally do believe that it was a war crime and completely unnecessary; the U.S. could have used the atomic bombs as leverage against the Japanese, or bombed select military targets instead. There was no need to kill over 200,000 innocent civilians, and dropping an atomic bomb is never a decision to be made without going through all proper channels beforehand.

    Whenever I make this point, people always defend it by saying that the Japanese were far worse than the Americans. So what? Does that justify intentionally killing civilians and terrorizing a nation of millions? And the other argument is that it spared the lives of up to one million soldiers and countless more civilians. Although we're simply dealing with hypotheticals here, it still stands on its own as a "lesser of two evils" rationale in favour of dropping the bombs, especially considering the context. But look up "Ralph Bard" on Wikipedia or elsewhere; he was a member of the Interim Committee appointed by President Truman to advise him on atomic warfare. He was the only person in the room who proposed a 2-3 day preliminary period to give the Japanese government a chance to surrender. That could have worked, while sparing countless lives in the process.

    What's your opinion?

    1 AnswerPolls & Surveys7 years ago
  • Do you support or oppose execution?

    I personally am against it, for a number of reasons. But most people I know disagree with me on that point. How about you?

    10 AnswersPolls & Surveys8 years ago
  • Who inspires you the most?

    Nelson Mandela is probably going to die sometime within the next couple of days. It's very sad for me to think that he'll no longer be among us, but at the same time he lived a long and fulfilling life - one which helped to bring an end to centuries of ethnic discrimination. He made a stand for freedom and democracy in the face of tremendous adversity. Through my eyes, his name will always symbolize freedom, equality, strength, and love.

    Who do you look up to in your life? It can be anyone - your parents, a world leader, a pop star, a scientist. What has this person done to inspire you?

    12 AnswersPolls & Surveys8 years ago
  • Do you think it's a bad idea for me to mention my Wikipedia contributions on my resume as volunteer work?

    I have it listed under the "Volunteer Experience" section as follows:

    Wikipedia June 2008 - Present

    • Active contributor with over 6000 edits

    • Wrote two articles that were featured on the main page

    Is that a bad idea? I'm only seeking part-time employment in an entry-level position. I don't have much in the way of volunteer experience otherwise.

    3 AnswersOther - Careers & Employment8 years ago
  • Where am I going wrong with my resume and cover letter?

    I've sent applications to several different positions, but have received only one phone call. I'm really starting to wonder whether it's because my resume is poorly written or formatted - and if that is the case, what can I do to fix it?

    Resume:

    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3724/8912010273_6c51...

    Cover letter (although optional, I always submit one):

    http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2893/8912642878_85dc...

    I guess this should go without saying, but I've made some alterations for privacy reasons. Listed below:

    "My Name" = My real life first and last name

    "5555-52 Street" = My real life address

    "City" = My real life city

    "Province" = My real life province

    "H1H B2B" = My real life postal code

    "555-555-3475" = My real life phone number (note: we always dial the area code where I live)

    "example@hotmail.com" = My primary email address (it includes my first name, followed by an underscore, then my last initial and the latter two digits of my birth year; it is hosted at Hotmail, now known as Outlook)

    "Position Title" = The name of the position I'm applying for (or in the case of my previous job, the position I once worked at)

    "Company" = The name of the company I'm sending an application to

    "Rockefeller Street" = The name of the street that the department is located on

    "A2A B3B" = Their postal code

    "934 Nowhere Avenue" = The street address of my former job

    Just a note, "Hiring Manager" is what I've actually written in my cover letter. I usually cannot learn the name of the person who will be reviewing my application. Also note that my use of capitalization for the above replacement terms coincides with that of my actual resume and cover letter.

    Is it a bad idea for me to call customer service directly and ask them about the status of my resume, or does that show initiative? Also, would I get preferential treatment if I submitted an application in person?

    Another concern is that I actually don't have the phone number of my previous supervisor; thus, it is impossible for them to be used as a reference. It was only a part-time summer job from four years back, so I'm not even sure if they remember me, much less have a record of my time there. Should I explain the situation to the person interviewing me? Or would it actually be best if, given the circumstances, I leave out my employment history altogether?

    Oh, and while I do appreciate straightforward honesty (in fact I strongly encourage it), please try to keep it constructive. I'd prefer not to get responses like these: "If you can't even put a half-decent effort into your job application, why should an employer put a half-decent effort into hiring you?" That's why I'm here - so I can get a better idea of why it is that I'm not getting very many calls.

    Thank you for your time! :-)

    4 AnswersOther - Careers & Employment8 years ago
  • What do you think of my idea for a video game?

    I have an idea for a video game that draws from various sources of inspiration. It's an open-ended action adventure title which borrows heavily from the Zelda series and the Elder Scrolls, with two games in particular being a heavy influence:

    1) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is a fascinating game. It features very lurid contrasting of colours, downbeat music to set an ambiance of despair and mystery, creepy sound effects, and tremendous emotional depth.

    2) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is arguably the single most expansive game ever made. It's also highly accessible to both newcomers and grizzled veterans of Bethesda's games. Only problem? Too many technical issues stemming from its sheer girth (serious glitches, long and frequent loading screens).

    What I'm thinking is that the setting could be Medieval fantasy with a dash of Western, sort of like the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Most of the northern and eastern regions would be covered in forests, the southwest would be mostly coastlines, the center would mostly be prairies, etc. The structure of the game would combine The Legend of Zelda's basic framework (exploring dungeons, collecting items, solving puzzles) with the trademark non-linear approach of the Mega Man series, with something like 8-10 plot coupons scattered throughout the world to collect in any order you see fit. The main character is a vagabond villager from humble beginnings in the southeast, stylistically based on the Man with No Name from the Dollars movie trilogy. He has to seal the source of a great demonic curse - a very dark and creepy grey citadel - before the world around him is decimated. The game would be pretty easy to pick up and play, being largely based off the mechanics of the Zelda franchise. In addition to the main quest, there could also be a bunch of emotionally involving side quests that reward you with an upgrade of some sort. That's in addition to a truckload of exploration: lots of houses, hamlets, villages maybe even a large town or two, plenty of dark caverns, dense forests, mountains, etc. Society is almost nonexistent in its desolation. Tragedy is everywhere you look, and there's nothing you can do that will reverse or otherwise end most people's suffering; you can only ease things for them. Their emotions, the subtle expressions of fear in their gestures and words - it would be very powerful and unnerving.

    Oh, and one more thing - pretty much every environment in the game will be dark and eerie. Think along these lines:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53989168@N04/87565753...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53989168@N04/87554632...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53989168@N04/87565810...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53989168@N04/87565954...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53989168@N04/87554955...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53989168@N04/87566182...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53989168@N04/87566520...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/53989168@N04/87555587...

    That's not even mentioning the large variety of grotesque creatures wandering about the landscape.

    What do you think?

    7 AnswersVideo & Online Games8 years ago
  • Can anyone find me adequate third-party sources from professional media outlets that criticize Waldorf schools?

    Not from anti-Waldorf sites, but actual news stories and academic studies that take a critical perspective on the education system based on Rudolph Steiner's philosophical ideas.

  • My PS3 is suddenly not reading any discs. What can I do to fix this problem?

    I've owned a PS3 since Christmas 2007 and never had any problems with it until yesterday. All of a sudden, it stopped reading discs. Doesn't matter if it's a video game or a movie, nothing works. It just stays on the menu screen as if nothing's been inserted. My PS3 is an 80gb model with PS and PS2 backward compatibility, and I really hope it's not broken for good.

    My questions are as follows:

    1) Can I fix this problem without buying another PS3? I have a feeling this is caused by the drive/laser becoming misaligned due to frequent usage (or possibly overheating), but I'm not sure if there's anything I could about it. The PS3 model I own has not been in development for years.

    2) Let's say I get a new drive/laser to replace the old one. Will my PS3 suddenly lose its compatibility with PS2 games? Because the newer models removed that feature (probably for technical reasons) and I really don't want to lose all the data I've saved on there.

    3) I've heard I could send it in to Sony to have it repaired free of charge, but I've also heard that they might decide to replace it with a new PS3 instead. Is it true that I could send it in without being charged anything? And if they do replace it, would it be with a newer model (i.e. no PS2 backward compatibility)?

    3 AnswersPlayStation9 years ago
  • Poll - Have you played L.A. Noire?

    If so, did you like it?

    4 AnswersPolls & Surveys9 years ago
  • In Final Fantasy X, how does Lulu's overdrive work?

    What are you supposed to do?

    1 AnswerVideo & Online Games1 decade ago
  • If you were on Survivor, how long do you think you'd last?

    And how would you play the game?

    11 AnswersPolls & Surveys1 decade ago