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by platypus01
Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books: No longer analogue
Replies: 46
Views: 5369

Re: Books: No longer analogue

For me, nothing beats browsing a real book, flipping through real pages.

Personally, the only advantages I see are it's being lightweight and possibly searchable.
by platypus01
Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blood donation poll
Replies: 162
Views: 14377

Re: Blood donation poll

I donated once. It made me pretty weak for a couple weeks afterward. (and it was right before a FIRST competition too. hehe..wait no thats bad)

I still plan to donate again sometime.
by platypus01
Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9381131

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

The Force Unleashed demo is pretty neat. I still haven't gotten the hang of force-moving things yet. Though I'm getting better.

And I didn't really like the ending 'boss' battle...
by platypus01
Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3082613

Re: Post yo' fehs

I like this picture. It's probably one of the only pictures of me I like. I don't really like getting my picture taken much.

eric launch-scaled.JPG
whoooosh
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I also like big shirts that "don't fit me" supposedly. and MGS4.
by platypus01
Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Toshiba 4500, Linux, and me
Replies: 3
Views: 1127

Re: Toshiba 4500, Linux, and me

I don't think msdos stuff runs in linux without an emulator or something (dosbox? I have a feeling it'll be slow as fuck on that laptop though). You could try an older version of slackware. It's been around forever. Or, if you're feeling daemonish, an older version of freebsd. Also been around forev...
by platypus01
Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How do editors typically deal with files?
Replies: 5
Views: 1144

How do editors typically deal with files?

Editors of any kind, really. Text, graphics, whatever. Do they usually copy the contents of the file to memory, work with the virtual copy, and then copy the virtual copy to the "hard" copy in its entirety, or do they selectively only read/modify the parts that are being worked with or cha...
by platypus01
Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0354: "Startling"
Replies: 159
Views: 25663

Re: "Startling" discussion

sometimes, when i think "5 years ago," i'll be thinking 1995 for some reason. it's weird. i'm also surprised to see that it's not all that uncommon... i thought i was just a freak.. (i get simple things mixed up all the time. i almost always have to tilt my head and hands to the side to fi...
by platypus01
Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 57134

Re: "Python" discussion

i should probably teach myself python sometime. trying to prototype stuff in C while still a novice sucks hard. half the time you're better off just writing it clean from the get-go because 1) you'll forget what you wrote and 2) you won't be able to decipher what you wrote later. bleh. i should also...
by platypus01
Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: First, or most memorable, encounter with the magic smoke.
Replies: 137
Views: 19082

Re: First, or most memorable, encounter with the magic smoke.

i was trying to figure out why my computer wasnt working, and i didnt know much at all about them. so flipped the red 120/220 (or whatever it reads) switch thingy on the back of the psu and turned it on. instant burning/smelling ensued, and i turned it off as fast as i could. luckily for me, mobo wa...
by platypus01
Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Beginner's Guide to Buying a Computer
Replies: 126
Views: 44965

Re: Beginner's Guide to Buying a Computer

definitely get a decent good psu. you want to keep those moments where you scratch your head with no clue whats going on to a minimum. i would add maybe tablets and trackballs as possibilities. i've never used a trackball, but i've heard good things about them, and think theyre worth looking into. a...
by platypus01
Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: XKCD Crazy Hardware Circus - Show & Tell
Replies: 45
Views: 10442

Re: XKCD Hardware Show & Tell

its times like these i wish i had a digital camera.... i have about 3 computers worth of parts (without psu's) gently crammed into 1 computer case. i think it looks cool. and i wish i did something useful with them. theyre just sitting there under my bed doing absolutely nothing, except maybe killin...
by platypus01
Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Inflammable means flammable?
Replies: 72
Views: 16851

Re: Inflammable means flammable?

Now, when somebody tries to communicate, and the grammar gets in the way of the idea being communicated, *then* there is a problem. Otherwise, if you go around correcting people over minor and technical grammatical "mistakes," you're a jackass. What if I can't understand the person who is...
by platypus01
Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Lower Case
Replies: 63
Views: 9167

Re: Lower Case

I fail to see how it can be faster to type without capitalisation -- when I want to type "I", I automatically go for the shift key, and it would require more effort and time not to capitalise it. Me too. I tried typing without capitalizing I, and not only did I have to think about it, but...
by platypus01
Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stealth camo
Replies: 10
Views: 982

Re: Stealth camo

pair of floating circles that are the front parts of eyes, no?
by platypus01
Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0329: "Turing Test"
Replies: 120
Views: 66488

Re: "Turing Test" Discussion

just want to say, the difference story is really freaky/creepy. but then, do bots really have feelings, or do they just do things that people with those feelings would do? which, if we could do that, might mean having to expand the turing test or something. unless we remain happy with the way it is....
by platypus01
Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: TNB frame?
Replies: 1
Views: 926

TNB frame?

i remember we did this, sans torsion i think, in ap calc. then we touched on it a bit (less, actually, which kind of surprised me) in multivariable. and i remember it being really cool. do people actually use it though? the stuff in the books was mostly derivations, a few more derivations, and maybe...
by platypus01
Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 40326

Re:

At one point, during early elementary school, my teachers warned my parents that I could read almost anything, but I wouldn't be "emotionally mature" enough to be able to handle it (or some such crap). one of my eighth grade teachers said something to me along those lines once. i think sh...
by platypus01
Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Depressing Films
Replies: 201
Views: 21847

Re: Depressing Films

i watched requiem for a dream about a month or so ago. was amazing and depressing, and i love it.

ive been trying to get a friend to watch it, but she wont. rawr. should've told her it was a happy movie. heh.
by platypus01
Sun Oct 14, 2007 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Nanowrimo?
Replies: 252
Views: 17231

Re: Nanowrimo?

i signed up at the website. Looks like i'll be doing it this year, for the first time.

i get the same problem with my hand dying way too fast. very annoying. i can type forever though. relatively anyway. still debating whether i want to type or handwrite.....
by platypus01
Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: E-books
Replies: 28
Views: 4778

Re: E-books

the only reason i would consider ebooks an abomination is that reading stuff on a screen (let alone for several hours) hurts my eyes/head. but otherwise, theyre fine by me.
by platypus01
Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:08 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: BSD?
Replies: 10
Views: 2909

Re: BSD?

FreeBSD's installer does let you customize it to a fine degree i dunno, i kinda disagree with that. my big thing with the fbsd installer (which might or might not actually be a big thing) is that it doesnt let you do funny filesystem stuff (vinum, encrypted filesystems, etc, last i checked) and you...
by platypus01
Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Inflammable means flammable?
Replies: 72
Views: 16851

Re: Inflammable means flammable?

I used to correct people's grammar without solicitation too, but I never had your attitude about it. It's a bad habit, and I'm glad I grew out of it. I have to say, correcting people's style (when they're using perfectly correct grammar) is even worse. Best of luck. I do it without attitude as well...
by platypus01
Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Lower Case
Replies: 63
Views: 9167

Re: Lower Case

i like typing without caps cause its easier, and i personally feel i can read it as well as with caps. if im typing up an essay or something, ill obviously use caps. and i generally try to keep spelling/punctuation/grammar correct. except maybe apostrophes.... id just like to throw out there, that, ...
by platypus01
Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Avoidance of rhyme
Replies: 32
Views: 7596

Re: Avoidance of rhyme

was just reminded of Alphabetical Africa. I forgot how I was first exposed to this book. Might've been my sophomore (high school) English teacher. He was (and is) awesome. And I'm still slightly disgruntled that I didn't get him this year. :cry:
by platypus01
Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How many routers have you killed?
Replies: 19
Views: 2690

Re: How many routers have you killed?

Related to routers and overuse: With my current router, if I max out my traffic for a few hours (a couple large torrents or something) my router will sometimes wander off into the weeds. All it takes is a reboot to get it back on track, but it is a hassle every time. a similar thing seems to happen...
by platypus01
Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: OS_TOOLS partition - what is it - can it go?
Replies: 23
Views: 6746

Re: OS_TOOLS partition - what is it - can it go?

my external hd is formatted ntfs, and i access it with ntfs-3g when in linux. working great so far, only complaint is no shared mmap or something (could be fixed recently, dunno), which keeps me from downloading torrents directly to the drive. but its not a big issue for me. as for the many tiny fil...
by platypus01
Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C89 vs C99.
Replies: 30
Views: 11387

Re: C89 vs C99.

mrkite wrote:

Code: Select all

.....

int x=432;
char array[x];  //invalid in K&R

couldn't you do

Code: Select all

const int x1=x;
char array[x1];

?
by platypus01
Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Lord of the Flies
Replies: 54
Views: 11694

Re: Lord of the Flies

the first time i read it, around 6th grade, i didnt really like it much.

then i read it again for summer reading 2 summers ago (I think), and I kinda liked it. funny how times change.

I think it's ok. Unrealistic and all that, but I still enjoyed it somewhat.
by platypus01
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Barefoot: Good? Bad?
Replies: 101
Views: 7663

(hint: I can put a dime up to a depth equal to it's radius into the cracks in my heels, and it would stay there.) thats slightly eww, but more than that what boggles me is, HOW?!?! im trying to imagine how you could possibly do that..... :?: not sure i really want to know though lol. im barefoot ar...
by platypus01
Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Circumventing the Media Gatekeepers
Replies: 3
Views: 1275

is what you have in mind similar to what adult swim does on their website?
by platypus01
Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Across The Universe
Replies: 14
Views: 2393

damn! nice catch.

also, was anyone else reminded of forrest gump? like when jude starts singing revolution. its like when forrest was in the black panther place (or wherever that was) and punches one of them.
by platypus01
Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:26 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Triple Booting?
Replies: 11
Views: 2213

like i said, i havent actually used it. its just what i heard. :)
glad to hear that its running fine though. now i wont feel so iffy when i switch to vista somewhere down the line.
by platypus01
Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:20 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Sound support.
Replies: 9
Views: 2084

Since this Sound Support thread is still near the top of the page, I would imagine that the best thing to do with my sound question would be to stick it in here (is this acceptable)? Yes. in a similar vein i guess ill post my audio problem here (not to hijack the thread or anything). my speakers ar...
by platypus01
Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:13 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Triple Booting?
Replies: 11
Views: 2213

i dont use vista (and dont plan to anytime soon) so this may be skewed/biased/outright wrong, but from what im hearing vista has some compatability issues, making it not as great as it could be. i guess something to keep in mind. someone correct me if im wrong.
by platypus01
Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Proficiency with LaTeX
Replies: 86
Views: 14298

the geometry package didnt seem to work for me. course i could be doing it wrong, and its been a while since ive tried it so i forgot what i tried... i ended up using a set of setlengths that just happened to work. 50% luck i suppose. ive never used the layouts package myself. but someone had a 1pag...
by platypus01
Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 494598

e and pi go on a date...
by platypus01
Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Proficiency with LaTeX
Replies: 86
Views: 14298

i havent used anything else for typing math so i cant really compare, but typing out math in latex is definitely slower than text. after all, most math isnt as simple as plaintext (fractions, roots, all those other symbol thingies..) ive used latex for the past 2 years maybe. its worked fine for me....
by platypus01
Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Minors and Alcohol
Replies: 168
Views: 17453

ive been having sips of alcohol from my parents for a few years now. sips as in, like, the tiny cups they used to give you liquid medicine in when you were little (dimetap anyone?). so, not much. if you poured it into a regular glass, itd be tiny. its only once every few months (maybe, if that), and...
by platypus01
Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Slide rule tutorial?
Replies: 13
Views: 5832

if anyone else (still) wants a slide rule, you can also check out Sphere Research Corp 's Slide Rule Universe . they seem pretty reputable, have a decent collection, and ive gotten one from them (a small pocket one to play around with. one of these days ill get myself a bigger one with real scales.....
by platypus01
Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Do You Doubt that the Universe is Unspeakably Strange?
Replies: 21
Views: 3395

loooong shot in the dark (especially cause i know next to nothing about quantum mechanics..) but......

does it have anything to do with having particles that either are released at a trigger or arent released (a la schrodinger cat problem, kinda...)? am i making any sense?

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