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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Computer Help & Tech Support
« on: November 4, 2006, 08:02 PM »
Sites like Google and Yahoo are connect almost directly to the backbone of the Internet.  Sites like JD and RS are usually in data farms, which are usually connected with a pretty fast connection to the backbone, but not nearly as fast as main sites.  So there's usually a speed difference there.

But thinking about it, I think it'd be more likely to be a problem with your ISP's DNS server, or their connection to the server that resolves domains.  Basically, when you type in a URL, that data shoots out to your ISP, who then sends a request to a domain controller server.  That server gets the URL, and returns the IP address associated with that URL.  That IP directs your provider where to look for the site.  For something like Google, that IP would be in the cache on your provider's server because it's so frequently accessed.  For JD, that would be accessed much less frequently, so it'd be flushed from the cache and need to be looked up every time.

Your personal PC should store most of the recent IPs from sites you've visited, which should allow it to bypass this process.  But you can fiddle with a browser not to store IPs like that and rely on your ISP.

But really... DLS sucks balls.  You should have gotten a cable modem.  Then you wouldn't have any problems.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: November 1, 2006, 10:35 AM »
Looks like it's time for another thread purge or something over there.  The past three days I've had trouble loading up the forum, with it failing half the time.  And last night I started getting that wonderful page full of database error messages.   :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Borat Thread
« on: October 31, 2006, 03:46 PM »
Didn't you hear him?  He wants to be the sole owner of a Borat avatar in this forum.  Come up with something original for yourself, you copy-cat!!

You considered that review positive?  Dull plot?  Few jokes?  Toned-down Jack?  No real fantasy?  Lackluster script?  Called a D fan's "Phantom Menace?"

I wouldn't call those descriptors positive.

Harry gushes over anything with Black in it...

The jury is still out!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are You Dressing Up?
« on: October 24, 2006, 07:45 PM »
My wife and I are dressing up as Crazy 88 for a party.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: October 19, 2006, 01:59 PM »
I didn't realize SideShow figures were anatomically correct...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: October 17, 2006, 10:35 AM »
I'll bet she eats a cookie from time to time.  It's not like she's a twig...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: October 6, 2006, 01:14 PM »
I was wondering why the page count kept changing every five minutes...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: October 6, 2006, 12:28 PM »

Man... she needs to go in the Hotties thread!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: October 5, 2006, 11:27 PM »
OK... prediction on the big twist... the cowboy who tells him the story of the ghost rider is the SAME cowboy ghost rider on the horse in the one scene!!  I'm a GENIUS!!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: October 5, 2006, 12:34 PM »
Here's an extended trailer for 300.  It's looking amazing.

300 trailer

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: October 4, 2006, 12:47 AM »
Yeah, that Stones shoot was amazing.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Borat Thread
« on: October 2, 2006, 10:39 AM »
Isn't that Freddy Mercury?   :D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Wal-Mart
« on: September 28, 2006, 12:36 AM »
I admire Wal*mart for their brutal efficiency.  That's the main reason they're so successful, and their prices are so competitive.  They've forced the rest of the industry to do the same.  And as a result, prices at Target, Kmart, and your local grocery story are 10 or 20% lower than they would be absent the stiff competition.  This has been a huge benefit to the American way of life.

I'm going to pull some numbers out of my butt here based on something I read years ago.  So the numbers, while generally representative, are probably not 100% accurate.  But here goes...

Back when Welfare began, to decide on the exact income of a family to be labeled the "poverty level," they based it on a percentage of the family income necessary to buy enough food to  avoid hunger.  And the percentage was something like 40% of the total income needed to be spent on food.  Then they calculated that a family would need to earn $10,000 per year or something to survive.

Now, 50 years later, they still use that same percentage to calculate the poverty line.  But now, with the intense competition in the grocery business, your average family only spends like 10 or 15% of their income on food.  So now even people at the poverty level have an additional 25 or 30% of their income to devote to other expenses.

That's how much people have benefitted, in large part, to Wal*mart.

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