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Anonymous Diary Blog / Molili sa ko diri
« on: April 09, 2015, 12:38:55 AM »
Hello, Tubag Bohol!
Just dropping by
To say, "Hi!"
"Hello, See yah later"
But never goodbye.

Spread the sunshine!


Anonymous Diary Blog / I miss Tubag Bohol
« on: March 23, 2010, 12:45:59 AM »

It may take a while before the dust settles down
I just drop by to say hi while I'm passing town

I miss the stillness of the early morn
I miss the the answers with no hint of scorn

I'll be back again, peeps...

Got to spread the sunshine   ;D

Anonymous Diary Blog / GEC's 1,900th post
« on: June 16, 2009, 06:44:02 AM »

Gee, I can't imagine it took me this long to write my 1,900th post. Here's an old timer wringing his way in this marvelous world of Tubag Bohol, taking in life, spreading the sunshine with an easy gait, as newbies zoomed right past at tremendous speed becoming the forum's administrators and trusted sentries in no time.

To all the GEC's out there, Happy Posting!

May you all stay awake longer to post another 2,000 in half the time I reached this mark  ;D

Technology / Yahoo Closes Geocities for Good
« on: May 03, 2009, 12:25:24 AM »
Yahoo is to close its personal web hosting site GeoCities later this year.

In a statement, the firm says it will no longer be accepting new customers and will focus on helping "customers build new relationships online".

Yahoo bought GeoCities for $3.57bn at the height of the dotcom boom in 1999.

At its peak, GeoCities boasted millions of active accounts, but it has since fallen out of fashion, with users migrating to social networking sites.

Yahoo says that existing GeoCities accounts will remain live for now, although it stresses that users should start looking for alternative sites. - BBC

Technology / A 500GB Optical Disc? The New DVD
« on: May 03, 2009, 12:23:54 AM »
A disc that can store 500 gigabytes (GB) of data, equivalent to 100 DVDs, has been unveiled by General Electric.

The micro-holographic disc, which is the same size as existing DVD discs, is aimed at the archive industry.

But the company believes it can eventually be used in the consumer market place and home players.

Blu-ray discs, which are used to store high definition movies and games, can currently hold between 25GB and 50GB.

Micro-holographic discs can store more data than DVDs or Blu-ray because they store information on the disc in three dimensions, rather than just pits on the surface of the disc. - BBC

The Conspiracy Theory speaks... What do you think?

Remember this century's biggest joke? The Y2K Bug that never happened.

Technology / Man vs Machine on Jeopardy Trivia Quiz
« on: May 03, 2009, 12:14:19 AM »
By Maggie Shiels

The computer company that has in the past taken on the grandmasters of chess is now turning its attention to the famed US trivia quiz show Jeopardy.

In a head-to-head challenge of man versus machine, IBM will pit a supercomputer named Watson against human contestants.

Watson is a new question-answering system based on natural language.

"The aim is to get Watson to think and interact in human terms," IBM's Dr David Ferrucci told BBC News.

"It will try to understand a user's question and intent and understand it at a rudimentary level and provide and accurate and confident answer."

For the past two years scientists have been working on perfecting the system that will drive Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J Watson Snr.

"The most challenging aspect of this is that Watson has to know what it knows with utmost confidence.

"Otherwise if it buzzes in and gets the answer wrong that is bad on Jeopardy because you lose money and lose the game," explained Dr Ferrucci, an IBM artificial intelligence researcher and team leader on the project. - BBC

Technology / Laptop-based Students' Exam Tested in Norway
« on: May 03, 2009, 12:11:43 AM »
About 6,000 students in Norway are doing exams on their laptops in a trial that could soon be rolled out across the country.

Every 16-19 year-old in Nord-Trondelag county in Norway has been trying out the laptop-based system.

The secondary students are given a laptop by the government when they turn 16 to help them with schoolwork.

During exams the specially-tailored software springs into life to block and record any attempt at cheating. - BBC

Technology / How Youtube Website Helps Husband Deliver Baby
« on: May 02, 2009, 11:57:49 PM »
An engineer in Cornwall delivered his baby son after watching an instructional video on YouTube.

Marc Stephens watched the videos as a precaution when his wife Jo started to feel some discomfort.

Four hours later, his wife went into labour and started giving birth before an ambulance could arrive at their home in Redruth.

"I Googled how to deliver a baby, watched a few videos and basically swotted up," Mr Stephens told the BBC.

Jo Stephens said they had planned a home birth, but not quite in this manner.

"I woke up and realised I was having contractions every five minutes," Mrs Stephens said.

"I woke Marc up and we phoned the midwife, but they were all so busy they couldn't come round to our house and told us to call an ambulance. But before it arrived, it all started."


A few hours earlier, Mr Stephens has been reading up on home births and how to cope with anything unexpected.

"The videos gave me peace of mind. I think I would have coped, but watching videos made things much easier." - BBC

World Daily News / Swine Flu Pure Media Hype?
« on: May 02, 2009, 11:55:57 PM »
Mexico has revised down the suspected death toll from swine flu from 176 to 101, indicating that the outbreak may not be as bad as was initially feared.

Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova told the BBC that, based on samples tested, the mortality rate was comparable with that of seasonal flu.

The news came as Mexico continues a five-day shutdown in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.

Italy reported its first case, bringing the number of countries affected to 17.

In Egypt, authorities have begun in earnest the slaughter of more than 300,000 pigs, in what was originally described as a precaution against swine flu.

Officials now say the move is a general health measure aimed at restoring order to Egypt's pig-rearing industry. - BBC

Sports and Fitness / Manny Pacquiao and the Philippine Flag
« on: May 02, 2009, 03:29:32 PM »

Manny Pacquiao celebrates winning his fourth title -- each in a different weight class -- after knocking out David Diaz of Mexico in the ninth round Saturday night. (Harry How / Getty Images / June 29, 2008)

Sports and Fitness / Recall: Diaz vs Pacquiao
« on: May 02, 2009, 03:23:46 PM »

A battered David Diaz didn't back down from eventual winner Manny Pacquiao during their WBC lightweight title fight Saturday night in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken / Associated Press / June 28, 2008)

Manny Pacquiao walks over to check on the fallen David Diaz after he was counted out in the ninth round of their WBC lightweight championship bout on Saturday night. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press / June 28, 2008)

Sports and Fitness / Manny Pacquiao on Boxing Training
« on: May 02, 2009, 03:19:08 PM »

Manny Pacquiao on Boxing Training

Sports and Fitness / Manny and Ricky
« on: May 02, 2009, 03:15:49 PM »

Boxers Manny Pacquiao, center left, and Ricky Hatton, center right, pose with trainers Freddie Roach, far left, and Floyd Mayweather Sr. during a news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / April 29, 2009)

by Bobby Cassidy, Newsday

I love this fight. I think it's going to be a great fight. I also think, that with all the talk about boxing and defense and technique that we've seen on HBO's 24/7 series, these two guys essentially like to fight. And when the bell rings, they will fight -- not box. Given that scenario, I think Ricky Hatton will be too big and too strong for Manny. He was 106 pounds when he turned pro and 112 when he won his first title. He was brilliant against the bigger Oscar De La Hoya, but the difference here is that Ricky is still in his prime, Oscar was nowhere near it. I think Hatton wins a close decison.

Sports and Fitness / Prediction: Manny by TKO, 9th or 10th round
« on: May 02, 2009, 03:09:10 PM »
From Ron Ross, boxing author, historian

Ricky will be trying to work his man onto the ropes, keep the fight from the center of the ring. He may even succeed at times, but I think that Pacquiao's rapid fire, no let-up punching will prove too much for the rugged Brit to contain. There may be a bit of blood from the sharp-boned Hatton and a late round TKO on cuts is very possible. Manny by TKO, 9th or 10th round.

From Mario Gonzalez, Newsday

I think Pacquiao is at his peak coming in to the fight this weekend. His speed and accuracy will put him over the top and he'll cement his spot as the sports pound-for-pound king. Prediction: Pacquiao over Hatton by KO in the 8th.

from Mark La Monica, Newsday

Manny P. with a fifth-round stoppage, followed by Larry Merchant and Jim Lampley running down the street and hugging in Lake Bellagio a la Rocky III.

Sports and Fitness / Pacquiao-Hatton: Pacquiao Wins On Point
« on: May 02, 2009, 03:02:04 PM »
From Steve Farhood, Showtime boxing analyst

Pacquiao on points. I anticipate a good action fight. If manny engages inside, he might get beaten. If he fights inside and outside, his speed will be the difference.

Manny Pacquiao's performance against Oscar De La Hoya was magnificent but De La Hoya was as shot as Freddie Roach, Pacquaio's trainer and De La Hoya's ex-trainer, predicted that he would be. In his most recent meaningful fights against top-notch opponents, I thought he lost in a very close fight against Juan Manuel Marquez and he wasn't at his best in a rematch against Marco Antonio Barrera. If Ricky Hatton can get to him like Marquez did, he could make it difficult for Pacquiao but I see Pacquiao's footwork and hand speed being too much for Hatton. As much as beating that version of De La Hoya was not an accurate barometer of Pacquiao, Hatton's victory over Paulie Malignaggi in his last fight was also illusory, his struggle against Juan Lazcano more indicative of Hatton's inevitable decline because of bad living. His bravery will not be enough in the face of so much precise punching and Pacquiao will win inside eight rounds.

- from Brian Doogan, Sunday Times of London

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