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Question #47213 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In season 4, episode 3 of the office, what does Dwight say in binary when he insults the computer?

- Vance Refrigeration

A: Dear Ethel,

Dwight is spelling out two ascii codes in binary. The extra zeroes from each word are left off because they are unneeded. The string Dwight recites, "011 1111 011 011", when put in reverse order and zero filled are "01100110" and "01101111" which stand for "f" and "o" in ASCII, respectively. So Dwight actually said "Why don't you f o!" I'll let you decide what the "f" and "o" stand for.

With utmost wholesomeness,
-Polly Esther
Question #47212 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So if patent infringement is a civil matter, meaning that the state won't do anything to prosecute and it's completely the plaintiff's responsibility to take an infringer to court, what's to stop huge corporations from blatantly infringing on patents filed by a working class inventor because they know they could snow the plaintiff inventor in legal proceedings until he or she went broke trying to sue? I say until he or she went broke but of course with how much patents cost it's probable that any working class person who tried to patent something would have to go into debt just to do it.

- Skeptic

A: Dear Skeptic,

If a large company was consistently engaging in such blatant patent infringement, my guess is that some patent lawyer, somewhere, would be willing to work pro bono in hopes of a large settlement.

- Katya
Question #47211 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I don't know how long ago it was, but there use to be a female counterpart for Cosmo. She fizzled out so no one seems to remember her. Could you tell me what her name was?
- Cosmo fan

A: Dear Ethel,

I believe you are referring to Cosmette.

-Polly Esther
Question #47209 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a Senior at BYU. I also have a "special blanket," which is another word for comfort object in the home I grew up in. Is this weird? I didn't used to think I completely depended on it. I used to think I only slept with it because I really like the way it smells. The thing that worries me is that I recently left it at school when I flew home for the weekend, and I definitely noticed it was not there; it was a lot more difficult to fall sleep, and at stressful times, I was longing for it. Is this a healthy attachment? I'm 21! Should I give it up?

- Mentally age 5

A: Dear Ethel,

I also share in your attachment to a certain comfort object. All growing up I had to have a blanket, piece of fabric or some other thing in order to sleep. I've even replaced things as they wore out (blankets do not last forever, especially not when puff paint is discovered). I still have an object that I can't sleep without for various reasons. Apparently I get irrational without it.

I also had a coworker who, when newly married, was told by her husband that she had to put her blanket away, which she did until she got pregnant. Eventually she said she was so emotional and stressed-out by her high-risk pregnancy that she pulled out her blanket and told her husband to deal with it and has been sleeping with it again ever since.

So, no, you are not alone. Now, not crazy is another matter...

-Polly Esther
A: Dear Mentally ~

I had the same blanket on my bed from the age of about 7 until I got married a few months ago. I put it away for three reasons. a) Because it wouldn't fit on my bed anymore, b) It was falling apart, and c) because I had been telling myself for years that when I got married, I would put it away. It was something I had to build up to. I spent years detaching myself from that blanket.

Raccy is a totally different story. Raccy is my stuffed raccoon that has slept with me since about the age of 7 as well. I confessed to Yellow that I wasn't sure what to do. I felt silly sleeping with a stuffed animal when I had Yellow right next to me, but Raccy would miss me! Yellow was very understanding about it (great guy), and I finally decided to give Raccy a bed right next to mine (he sleeps on the stack of unused blankets) and when I go to bed earlier than Yellow, I grab him and cuddle up to fall asleep. On the nights that I am sick or have a major headache, Yellow will actually hand me Raccy to curl up with, because he knows that it is my comfort object.

I vote that you keep your special blanket. Tell yourself now that you'll put it aside when you get married. Then, when you get married, do it. But keep it handy for those times that you just need a bit of extra comfort.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear mentally young,

I think most of this in in your head. Grow up.

-wet blanket
Question #47208 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Hey I have a question,

How did Cosmo get his name? A blog I like recently provided one theory on this, but I want to know the real story.

A: Dear Ethel,

From the Cosmo the Cougar Y Facts page:

"Cosmo supposedly got his name from the cosmic forces of the universe and was here to help increase the prowess of the BYU athletic teams."

-Polly Esther
Question #47207 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Re: Board Question #47130

I'll be willing to admit that it isn't the only option that is polite if you concede to the fact that my argument isn't weak -- thank you very much. The first time I was made aware of the option of splitting the check evenly was after reading an article in a magazine called "Blueprint" that is no longer in print, but you'll see that in these websites that it is a common (even if possibly flawed) way of thinking:

Huh, and all it took was a little googling and 10 minutes.

- no longer a starving student

A: Dear starving,

The three links you provide hardly provide reputable evidence that splitting a tip evenly is proper social etiquette:
1. New York magazine: circulation: 437,181, mostly focuses on gossip.
2. NPR personal finance contributor talking to a second talk show host.
3. 2 nobodies writing for a local restaurant guide, who don't even argue that you shouldn't split the check, they argue you should carry cash so that the credit card companies can't charge the restaurant the 3% fee for processing the card.

And I decided to go the extra mile and find out what Ms. Manners had to say on the subject, since she is rather the definitive source for etiquette. I searched for this before writing my original answer, but failed to come up with anything. This time I used Google and Amazon book searches to find what I needed:
Dear Miss Manners,
When our friends join us at any restaurant on a social evening, I find it awkward when they request separate checks. If we are close enough friends, why is this necessary? Seems to me it evens out over time, one more, or one less. Any clarification would be appealing.

Gentle Reader:
Not necessarily, Miss Manners has heard tell of some truly unappealing clarifications taking place among friends who are close enough to go together for dinner at a restaurant.
Such as "But you had two desserts."
And "Don't you think twenty percent is a bit excessive?"
And "But you drank twice as much."
And "Don't you think ten percent is a bit stingy?"
And "I want it all on my card because I need the frequent flyer points."
And "I want it on mine, because I'm going to claim it as a deduction."
In contrast, she feels that "Let's put this on separate checks" is downright friendly.
---Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior by Judith Martin, pages 755-756

But even better than just that, let's read the next letter:
Dear Miss Manners,
What do you do if a waitress tells you it's not "restaurant policy" to issue separate checks to two couples dining together?

Gentle Reader:
Separate yourself from the restaurant before ordering dinner. If there are enough crumpled napkins left behind by people who depart from the restaurant when this is announced, there will be a change of policy.
-- Ibid. page 756

She says leave the restaurant if they won't split the check!


-Curious Physics Minor
Question #47204 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is BYU's policy on using the bittorrent protocol for purely legal uses?

- Morel

A: Dear morel,

Nein! Das ist verboten!

Like many ISPs, BYU's network severely throttles torrents to conserve bandwidth and discourage piracy. You'll have to find some other way to get your "Linux distros." Wink wink.

A: Dear Morel,

While the ports that most torrent clients use are blocked, you could try utorrent. I have no personal experience with this whatsoever.

Question #47194 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear Exercise Authority:

I like to run for exercise, if I run wearing shorts and a tank top in Provo am I going to be offending people? Is it inappropriate? I realize that anywhere else this would be a silly question, but I prefer to be on the DL when running.

- Anxious

A: Dear,

You will definitely be offending people--welcome to Provo. I think there are a few questions in the archives on the subject--other wonderers, and some of the outraged few. Still, it's not that big a deal, either, and for the most part, I think people understand that sometimes people wear different clothes when they exercise. If you're really worried, wear sleeves and knee-length shorts, but if you can stand a few shocked faces, go for it.

Just don't run alone after dark. Safe, as they say, is better than sorry.

-Uffish Thought
A: Dear Anxious,

I'm offended that you even asked this question!

- Biddy McUptight
Question #47189 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is President Monson a registered Republican or Democrat?

A: Dear Humphrey,

The Salamandar Society says that he's a Republican (but they're crazy, and who knows where they got that information). He served on a Task Force for President Reagan back in the day, which would strongly hint at him being a Republican.

Question #47179 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How did your parents meet?

- Goldfish Girl

A: Dear Cryptopher,

At the Y. My dad saw my mom taking out the trash. I feel like they were in the same ward, too, but that could be a lie. I don't know, I wasn't born yet.

A: Dear GG,

Um, yep, me too. They met at Canyon Terrace apartments. Same ward. My mom had asked my dad's roommate to go to some game with her or something and either the other guy canceled and Dad went instead, or she met him when she went to meet up with Dad's roommate. I think her date canceled.

A: Dear G2:

They were both attending a community college in Wyoming, and were enrolled in the same theater class. My dad had been a theater geek, and is very artistic and creative. He even considered a job doing makeup and the like. He was always either late to or absent from this class, but was getting a good grade, because the teacher liked him. My mom, on the other hand, never missed a day, and was only getting an okay grade. (She was only taking the class because she had to.)

My mom thought my dad was "hot," in her words, and the rest is history.

Fun fact: my dad threw up before he drove over to propose to my mom, he was so nervous.

A: Dear,

At some FHE activity, though I don't think they were at BYU at the time. They played charades. He thought she was the bee's knees. She thought he was weird. And there's some running joke about how he was wearing white socks that I really don't get--fashions are different today. Anyway, knowing she sometimes went running, asked if she wanted to go with him. She agreed, but wasn't too excited about it. In fact, she pretended not to know it was a date, and brought her friend along, too. But I guess she decided he was all right, because she started going on normal 2-person dates soon after. Once, she even sent him a card with a picture of a jogging Snoopy on it. The caption inside was "Hey, baby. My pace or yours?" My dad's reaction was "talk about an offer you can't resist!" And 2 years later, they were married.

-Uffish Thought
A: Dear Goldy,

They met in at a singles' activity in California when my mom was all of two weeks out of high school. (Eeep!) Then my mom went up to BYU in the fall and my dad came up for winter and they started dating and got married the following summer.

- Katya
A: Dear fishy female,

Wow, I feel like the odd one out here. My folks met in a bar. Mom was 15 and Dad was 20. I never really knew the full story, so I utilized this opportunity to ask. Turns out one of my mother's best friends was getting married, but had a fight with her mother the night prior. Since her mother had already signed the proper forms (she was 16) she took her marriage license and headed for the Justice of the Peace. My mother and a group of friends went to see if they could find her, eventually ending up at the bar where her brother worked. My father happened to be there and was good friends with one of my mother's cadre who subsequently introduced them as "Red" and "Other-brother". They all ended up hanging out at my Dad's place for a while, and made plans to meet up again later. (This all occurred over Christmas break.) When school started back up, my mother was surprised to be barraged with comments on how she had gone out on a date with Lao Tzu (my father). She denied it, having heard stories of my father but never known that the "Other-brother" she had been introduced to was the same man. They kept tabs on each other, my father enlisted in the military and had Basic and AIT, but 18 months after he got back he and my mother were hitched.

The multitude all have a purpose.
I alone am foolish and uncouth.
I alone am different from others
And value being fed by the mother.(XX,23-26)

Question #47178 posted on 09/02/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Thank you all for your suggestions of what to do in DC. I loved it. Next destination -New York! What should I do there?