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Entries from February 2006

Lee Tang? No Way, Mang!

February 19th, 2006 · No Comments

I’ve only ever heard two positive things about Lee Tang Chinese Restaurant in Troy, NY. The first is that they have good General Tso’s chicken. The second is that they’re cheap.
Until today, I liked them because they are cheap and close by. You get what you pay for. I ordered small […]

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Tags: Business · Complaint Department

Rensselaer’s Utility Bills Prompt New Efficiency Plan

February 13th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Last week Rensselaer’s student newspaper, The Poly, ran an article about Rensselaer’s negligently high energy consumption. The institute exceeded it’s nearly $9M energy consumption budget by about 45%, amounting to a $4.1M deficit, totaling a whopping $13M in energy.
The institute quickly responded with cheery meaningless solution statements, such as this gem by VP of […]

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Tags: Rensselaer (RPI)

Super Bowl XL, Download Winamp without Emusic

February 6th, 2006 · 2 Comments

So yesterday I watched the Super Bowl. Honestly I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting much more offense. I was also expecting Mick Jagger not to be a jagoff and start spitting out expletives. In fact, I was so not expecting that, that I tried making a 15:1 bet that […]

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Tags: Computers · pwn3d! (Hacks and Tricks) · Technology

Everybody Likes a Winner

February 5th, 2006 · No Comments

Everyone likes a winner. Too often, it’s about being the best, when it should be that everyone is just the best they can be. There will always be winners, as long as there are losers. For example, 50% of people live with less than the median income. Averages are substantiated by […]

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Tags: My Thoughts

Streaming Content Restriction Techniques in Flash Players

February 4th, 2006 · 9 Comments

Years ago, was one of the only sites to allow bands to create profiles and upload their music for global distribution. Today, a number of other clones have appeared, including,, and Myspace Bands. In the days of, MP3 was veritably the lowest common denominator for music distribution. To […]

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Tags: Computers · pwn3d! (Hacks and Tricks) · Technology