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by Gravitas Shortfall
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain M. Banks
Replies: 124
Views: 172628

Re: Iain M. Banks

I saw the news just after getting in to work this morning, and I've barely been able to get anything done all day. There's simply no other writer that can match him for imagination, wit, and emotional impact, and he deserves so much better than this for what he's given the world.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Zuckerberg named Time's Person of the Year
Replies: 29
Views: 2519

Re: Zuckerberg named Time's Person of the Year

Are people actually affected at all by Facebook? I'm not denying that people spend a lot of time on it, but when the sign of, has their life actually changed in any meaningful way? Its not like people didn't waste time online before Facebook, and its not like people didn't socialize online before Fa...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Humanists
Replies: 105
Views: 11755

Re: Anti-Humanists

In my AP English class, many of them are anti-humans, and they think that the world, and the environment would be better off with out us. Which I don't get, who cares if it is better without us. We are the only thing on this planet at the moment that can assign value to anything. So without us, the...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google vs Facebook: Round 2
Replies: 22
Views: 3208

Re: Google vs Facebook: Round 2

ok, here's what its really going to come down to and here's what I can't really work out. Does Facebook/"social networking" actually matter? I mean sure, its popular, but that doesn't mean its actually important to society; if popularity implied importance then I'd be forced to believe tha...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google vs Facebook: Round 2
Replies: 22
Views: 3208

Re: Google vs Facebook: Round 2

I really did love Google, and if they hadn't taken so long in getting back to me I might not have even bothered interviewing with Facebook. But then 10% of Facebook's workforce used to be at Google, so they must have something to offer. Facebook is in an interesting position right now, I feel. They ...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google vs Facebook: Round 2
Replies: 22
Views: 3208

Re: Google vs Facebook: Round 2

Aaeriele wrote:(Plus, Facebook is PHP. Why would you want to write PHP?)


Well the site is PHP, but they also have a lot of internal tools, including their own PHP compiler to make the thing someone efficient. But yeah, in principle I don't entirely disagree with you.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google vs Facebook: Round 2
Replies: 22
Views: 3208

Google vs Facebook: Round 2

So a year or so ago I started a thread on here asking advice about which software engineering internship I should take. In the end I went with Google and had a great time, but now I'm graduating and I need to choose a full time job. And this time there are stock options involved. Google Pros: Lots o...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Need advice on processors
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Re: Need advice on processors

Well it doesn't always reboot - sometimes it just downright freezes, and when it *does* reboot, I'll sometimes glimpse a screen of death just before. Also I did have to get a new AC adapter recently, and that hasn't affected anything.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Need advice on processors
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Re: Need advice on processors

Thanks a ton for all the advice. I actually hadn't given much thought to heat and battery life (mainly because right now I don't have any battery life at all, so anything is step up), so I'll have to look more into that though. I wouldn't say I'm getting this mainly for the GPU, though that is a fac...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Need advice on processors
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Re: Need advice on processors

My advice would be to run along and have a look at a few reviews either on the laptop you are planning to purchase, and others with that same processor. From what I have read on the internet and in various hardware magazines, that i7 is a monster. 4 cores, 8 threads. Don't let the low clocks fool y...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Need advice on processors
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Need advice on processors

So I'm looking to purchase a new laptop, and I'm currently looking at something with an Intel i7-720QM quad core (1.6GHz). Unfortunately, it's been a few years since I've been in the market for a computer, and I'm out of touch on what the good hardware is. Now at the moment I'm running a Core 2 Duo ...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Time Travel Jokes/Puns
Replies: 85
Views: 41685

Re: Time Travel Jokes/Puns

There once was a lady named Bright
Who traveled much faster than light
She departed one day
In a relative way
And returned on the previous night
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Internship advice - Facebook vs Google
Replies: 21
Views: 2768

Re: Internship advice - Facebook vs Google

So at the moment there are a number of things I'm considering. Google, just in general, does more interesting stuff, and viewing this as an opportunity to get my foot in the door for a full-time position, that's an important factor. Within the scope of the internship, however, I know that I'd be wor...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Internship advice - Facebook vs Google
Replies: 21
Views: 2768

Internship advice - Facebook vs Google

They're offering me the same salary, both have free meals, and both would put me in Silicon Valley. Google is the bigger company, but Facebook is growing fast and I'd have more say over what I worked on. I figure if there's anywhere on the internet where I might find people who have actually had fir...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany says "Stop using IE"
Replies: 45
Views: 4407

Re: Germany says "Stop using IE"

I generally like Microsoft products (my default search engine is set to Bing), but Internet Explorer is just a horrible, horrible browser, and the quicker it dies, the better.

I often dream about the day I can make a website, and only have to code one version of the javascript.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you have programmed
Replies: 93
Views: 39493

Re: Games you have programmed

I have two that I've worked on:

For some turn-based strategy set in space:
AstroWar

or alternatively, rocket-jumping alien kitty:
Shine
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sun Nov 22, 2009 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Functional Programming?
Replies: 35
Views: 7551

Re: Functional Programming?

If you want to have fun with functional programming, I'd suggest playing around with OCaml a bit. I've been TAing my school's functional programming course for two years now, and I've grown to absolutely love it. Whenever I see things done imperatively, it just looks, for lack of a better word, ugly...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptop troubles - hoping its just the battery, but not sure.
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Re: Laptop troubles - hoping its just the battery, but not sure.

Any particularly good websites out there that might have a battery for a three year old Asus z96js? If I go to the manufacturer site it seems to be out of stock.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptop troubles - hoping its just the battery, but not sure.
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Re: Laptop troubles - hoping its just the battery, but not sure.

Thanks for all the replies. This is something that just happened very suddenly without warning, so I'd be leaning more towards an actual hardware issue than just "I'm running too much crap"; and it isn't exactly a new computer, so I was bound to have issues sooner or later. I had the thing...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptop troubles - hoping its just the battery, but not sure.
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Laptop troubles - hoping its just the battery, but not sure.

So I like to think I know what I'm doing when it comes to writing code, but I'm more or less clueless on the hardware side of things, so I'm hoping the wise masses of the interwebs can help me out here. Essentially, for the past couples of weeks my laptop has been running horribly when not hooked up...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone remember the Mechwarrior games? Well guess what...
Replies: 42
Views: 6794

Re: Anyone remember the Mechwarrior games? Well guess what...

Something else to keep an eye on: http://www.moddb.com/games/assault-tech-1-battletech

If you do a youtube search, there are some pretty impressive demo videos.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone remember the Mechwarrior games? Well guess what...
Replies: 42
Views: 6794

Re: Anyone remember the Mechwarrior games? Well guess what...

Ahh, Mechwarrior. MW2 was one of my very first games, and I still have the disk floating about, somewhere... The only Mechwarrior game I ever really got into was Mechcommander 2, and I've really been wanting to go back and play that, but I can't find the disk anywhere. Regarding the video: how did ...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone remember the Mechwarrior games? Well guess what...
Replies: 42
Views: 6794

Re: Anyone remember the Mechwarrior games? Well guess what...

I can only remember one mechwarrior game, and it was on an old computer. Something about a Jade-something clan and a Wolf clan. Can someone fill in the universe for me? That would be Mechwarrior 2, set during the Refusal War between Clan Jade Falcon and Clan Wolf. Basically in the battletech univer...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone remember the Mechwarrior games? Well guess what...
Replies: 42
Views: 6794

Re: Anyone remember the Mechwarrior games? Well guess what...

Mechwarrior 4 was one of the games of my childhood. I am unspeakably excited for this! :D :D :D Heck, I can remember playing Mechwarrior 2 as a kid. Best one was 3 though - only predated 4 by like a year, and managed to have better graphics. Plus in 4 they completely redid the Mechlab, making it so...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone remember the Mechwarrior games? Well guess what...
Replies: 42
Views: 6794

Anyone remember the Mechwarrior games? Well guess what...

Kind of surprised that no one has posted this yet. At least not that a search of the forum could find.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl4eI3htAuA

I honestly haven't been this excited for a game since...well I suppose since the last one of these came out.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 760593

Re: Doctor Who

Spoiler:
adnfk evuhwirh cuwhrjag rwgaucuircynvbuebfauewlvkhue rucbiruaovbyriwcryeuwyr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, just watched day 5...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")

ash.gti wrote:Then set the value of the input field to null or a blank string


You can't change the value of a file input dynamically for security reasons. Hence the workaround.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")

ash.gti wrote:Why not have a reset button? like <input type="reset" /> ? Thats supposed to do what your asking for the current form its associated with...


What if I don't want to reset the entire form?
by Gravitas Shortfall
Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")

Ok, basically I have a site where I want the users to be able to upload an image. Now I also want them to be able to clear the file input field, but (and correct me if I'm wrong) there's no good way to do this. So instead, I have a function clearImage which gets a span that I have surrounding the fi...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")

If I might trouble the wise ones here with something else: I have two buttons that I'm assigning the same function for onclick with: bt.onclick = function() { clearImage(); }; I add both of these to a span with: imspan.appendChild(bt1); imspan.appendChild(bt2); but for some reason only the second on...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")

Thanks for the tips. I noticed the </td> thing earlier and it didn't make a difference, but it looks like insertRow is doing the trick.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")

Does IE have some kind of problem with the innerHTML field of a node? I have a script that's adding a row to a table, and it works perfectly in Firefox, but in IE it stops at the last line where I actually add the new HTML to the table: function addProblem(ind) { var tb = document.getElementById(&q...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Javascript and the Evils of IE (or: "please help me...")

Does IE have some kind of problem with the innerHTML field of a node? I have a script that's adding a row to a table, and it works perfectly in Firefox, but in IE it stops at the last line where I actually add the new HTML to the table: function addProblem(ind) { var tb = document.getElementById(&qu...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223491

Re: "Friends" Discussion

Well this comic pretty much summed up a large part of the last several years of my life. As of this summer, it's something I'm finally past (well nearly, at least), but it's good to have this as a reminder not to go that route again.

To anyone out there with similar experiences, you're not alone!
by Gravitas Shortfall
Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 760593

Re: Doctor Who

Does any of this 'news' not come from the Sun? Because that isn't exactly a reliable source.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0480: "Spore"
Replies: 165
Views: 27422

Re: "Spore" Discussion

Awesome comic, if only for the Alpha Centauri reference. That thing is 8 years old, but still pretty much the greatest game ever.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 760593

Re: Doctor Who

I thought the whole Donna turned into a half-time-lord by touching the Doctor's hand to be a lame plot device. I thought it was the first thing they'd ever done to make Donna an interesting or entertaining character. I still don't understand why so many people have a problem with Donna. She did...
by Gravitas Shortfall
Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Calling php from javascript?
Replies: 6
Views: 1227

Re: Calling php from javascript?

Cosmologicon wrote:Oh. Well, I'm sure there's a better way, but one easy way is to make the Javascript request it as an image:

Code: Select all

dummy = new Image()
dummy.src = url


Brilliant! I think that'll do it. Thanks for the help.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Calling php from javascript?
Replies: 6
Views: 1227

Re: Calling php from javascript?

Cosmologicon wrote:Why don't you just build the appropriate URL query string from your variables, and then set window.location?


I don't actually want to replace the current url though. I need this to be happening in the background.
by Gravitas Shortfall
Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Calling php from javascript?
Replies: 6
Views: 1227

Calling php from javascript?

I've run into a mildly interesting problem, and so thought I'd call upon minds wiser than my own (say perhaps that have been doing web development for more than two months...) Anyway, my situation is that I have two websites; one on a server than runs php, and one that does not. I won't go into any ...

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