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    You will not see popular games released for Linux because Linux is Open Source and to some code is a precious commodity…

    Just because Linux is open source does not mean that it cannot run proprietary software. The reason that there are few commercial games on Linux is that very few people use Linux outside of professional environments. Game companies tried selling games on Linux, and nobody bought them. There have even been companies that existed just to port more games to Linux, and they have all been failures, because all those Linux zealots who demand more Linux games won't actually buy them.
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    From time to time, since this is an open Q&A, answers will be posted by some of us who are not experts (I know anything I submit counts there) and might get stuff wrong or venture into controversial opinions.

    To reply with a correction without inflecting too much back and forth atmosphere into the thread, comments disputing or adding nuance to previous answers perhaps should include:

    -self-proclamation of knowledgeability, if you think appropriate, up to you. I hope any experts adding Answers will certainly let us know.
    -An informative link, for example with the answer above, "there have been companies... have all been failures" could be linked to an article. Not necessarily a "I DEMOLISH YOU WITH PROOF" link, just a "GUIDE TO LEARNING MORE ON..."

    Remember, outsiders don't know how to make sense of two different statements if neither thing above is included. We wouldn't be here looking for answers if we could!
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    @Alan Tyson: Could it be the cv joint? If the protective rubber boot got damaged or dislodged in the accident, road grit could take a few days to foul the bearings, which could explain the 3-day delay before noticing the grinding noise. Possibility, anyway...
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011

    Honestly, I don't know. My suggestion would be to see if there are any social groups who help people get on the programs you're on and ask those questions of them. I'm sorry I couldn't be of much more help.
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011

    Brian, that's a good idea.

    James, I tried to find the proprietary article I read but could not so I edited my response.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011

    @Rachael: It sounds like you're at the point where you need a lawyer who can just tell them "look, here's the address, give us the check." I know it can be hard to afford them, but it can be next to impossible to get stuff done without them sometimes. Maybe your aunt would be willing to let you borrow some money for a consultation? Also, apparently, according to my boyfriend, it's possible to find cheap or even free legal assistance. It'll take a little longer, but better than not having them at all.

    Otherwise, I don't know anything about how to get disability. My boyfriend knows a little bit about it cos he was trying to get his ex on disability so that she would finally stop mooching off of his insurance and sign the divorce papers, and ended up doing all the leg work for her. So his best advice is "this is when you need a lawyer to straighten it out."
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011
    @oogliemooglie: Also a possibility. I have noticed that the grinding is worse on the right side, which adds more credence to the shock theory, but I'll ask the guys at the dealership to check out the rubber parts as well.
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    @ Argos: I had a lawyer for the actual Disability hearing part, and she told the courts "look, she still lives in NJ" so that I could get my hearing in a timely manner and not moved and rescheduled. But now I'm on my own. I guess finding a non-profit organization that walks people through this is a good idea, then. Ugggggh.
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011 edited
    @Rachael -

    Get an attorney. Looking for a non-profit is a good idea. I would normally suggest Legal Aid, but they are swamped and probably couldn't help you in a timely manner.

    Have you contacted your county Bar Association? In NJ, they keep lists of attorneys who will give an initial consult for free or for a nominal rate. NY City may have something similar. Another possible source of referrals is a law school legal aid clinic.

    There are also attorneys who handle SSDI cases on contingency. I couldn't give you a recommendation, since the office that handled my case years ago is no longer in business. (I was denied, but I didn't pay a cent.)

    Don't shy away from asking about churches in your area either, since a number of them operate or sponsor aid services.
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    @Rachel, as someone who was a legal studies major and as a non attorney, you're probably going to end up having to get a social secuirty lawyer.

    It's either that or contacting your national senator's office, since it's an area their people are suppose to help with. If that's the case, you'll probably end up contacting Kirsten Gillibrand or Charles Schumer . As a word of advice, find their constituent office (the one that deals directly with the public), because the others might be outreach offices (ones who go out to the public, and spread the good word) who will redirect you.

    Also, don't mail their DC offices. By law now, all letters that go directly to DC federal offices, have to be irradiated and processed, which takes a month.
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    Anyone been in a hurricane?
    Not me but I live in Brooklyn.
    Any advice? Is it really important to plywood the windows?
    What if I can't afford plywood?

    "I hate it here" has become my mantra.
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    I was in a 200km/h hurricane in Queensland a few years ago. We screwed half-inch plywood over all the windows and sat out the storm under a heavy old dining table in the centre of the house, away from external windows and potential flying glass. The only damage was a downed tree in the garden, but it was scary while it lasted. Stock up on flashlights, batteries, first aid equipment, bottled water and canned food to last a few days in case the power goes out.
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    I was in Ike, in Houston, in 2008. It was my first Hurricane.

    Luckily, my landlord boarded up the windows a couple days ahead of the storm. I'm glad he did, we suffered little to no damage compared to others who did not.

    We stocked up on some food, and some water (both distilled and tap). Our area was just outside of the evacuation area, though we would not have evacuated anyways. We were just outside of Galveston, where Ike actually made landfall, but close enough for the Hurricane to do damage, shut down roads, drop power lines, etc.

    What we did right: Stock up on food, water, hand-crank radio, not panic. We filled all our vehicles up with gas ahead of time, and any gas containers we had for reserves. What few gas stations are open afterwards will have long lines, and they will run out of gas fast.

    There were about 6 of us that crashed in my house, that's a good number to have cooking & working on repairs, etc. We only were out of power for maybe 36 hours, compared to most others, who were out for close to a week.

    We did keep loaded firearms handy; there was looting, but not at my house. During the night of no power & no a/c, we slept on the front porch with shotguns visible, and had no problems. We could see looters pass us by.

    One roommate couldn't handle the aftermath. No power, he got bored easily. He also was upset he couldn't watch baseball (I think the Astros were @ Chicago) and was very frustrated. Keep people busy. Give them things to do during the storm/aftermath.

    Once some of the roads cleared, we made little excursions out. Helped my buddy's parents get trees off of their house, use chainsaw to clear tree limbs from the street, etc.

    One important move we made was to look for businesses that had lost power, like the local Spec's, the mega liquor store. They had an extensive meat & cheese section, and were selling it off fast as the coolers got warmer. We bought a lot of stuff for very cheap and ate well.

    Oh yeah, keep cash on hand, as nobody will take credit cards for anything. That's all I can think of for now. My girlfriend's on her way to the east coast at the moment for a funeral, I hope everyone up there stays safe.
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    As a survivor of the 2004 Florida Hurricane Season, aka "The-Year-We-Got-Three-In-A-Row", plywood on the windows didn't really do all that much. The worst part was staying inside all day and night, then going to bed and not sure if it was morning. Depending on where you live, might want to invest in a ton of duct tape and booze. Me and my friend's favorite game was to watch the news, and take a shot every they said, "hunker down."

    Do take Greasemonkey's advice and get flashlights, bottled water, canned food, etc.

    Do also take Gov Spy's advice, and get some guns and cash. My area wasn't bad, but near Crime Pine Hills, it got pretty bad.

    The day after (depending on if you had power during the storm) go through your entire fridge, and remove anything that could go rotten without power.

    If you live in a house, go through and remove any and all dead branches, so that: a. During, there's not too many hitting your place of well-being. b. There's not too much cleanup afterwards.

    Make sure you either have: a lady friend, booze, a electronic mobile device with lots of power or some really good books, to keep you entertained during the storm.

    If you have pets, put them in the bathroom or if its sealed, the kitchen. My first dog shit everywhere, and ran around barking like a manic, when he heard the first storm. That made clean up a little easier.

    The worst part for me, was the first storm, since the power got knocked out. Thankfully, one of the managers for FPL (Florida Power and Light Company), lived on my block and get the power back the day after the storm. We shared ice and power with the neighbors, on the other side of the street, until theirs came on.
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    Also, watch out for your friends.

    I had my best friend really want to stand out in the middle of the street, in his trenchcoat, smoking a cigarette and drinking whiskey, yelling into the hurricane like Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump, but with legs; he wanted to fist-fight the storm or something. Eventually, we had to drag him inside.
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    I grew up outside of Boston and never once heard of looting up here. I expect Manhattan will be similar, so I probably wouldn't worry so much about guns. Food (that doesn't need cooking or refrigeration), water, light, entertainment all good things. Also, I'll second the don't be stupid. I've seen huge trees uprooted, tossing you would be nothing for the storm. If you can't get plywood, you can always tape up the windows. Not as secure, but will still cut down on flying glass.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2011 edited
    Hey, would it make sense to have a specific #HURRICANE thread in London Zoo? Might help to keep all the advice/links/checking-in/anecdotes together.

    Will leave that up to someone on the relevant side of the North Atlantic, however.
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    Another art question.

    Does anyone know about bronze casting? I have a commission for a sculpture, and the client wants it cast.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
    #bronze casting
    It's expensive, and you need to find foundry that'll do it. I suppose you could do small ones yourself, but you'ld need to make the maquettte, mold, and find some way to melt the bronze yourself, and get it into the mold, without burning your shop down.
    Here's a good overview, with links to foundries.

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