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by arkady
Mon May 30, 2011 10:52 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Visual C++ Redistributable
Replies: 4
Views: 2196

Re: Visual C++ Redistributable

I left it trying overnight. It wasn't finished ~12 hours later. I found I actually do have the redistributable, but for some reason I have two of it. I can't work out why this happened (or why I have it in the first place - I didn't put it there). I tried uninstalling one copy - it's hanging trying ...
by arkady
Mon May 30, 2011 12:42 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Visual C++ Redistributable
Replies: 4
Views: 2196

Visual C++ Redistributable

Hi guys. I'm trying to run an install on my machine, but it gets bogged down with "Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable". I found out why this was - I don't HAVE MS VC++ 2005 Redistributable. Sadly, when I try to install it I get the same problem -...
by arkady
Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Sudoku solving complexity
Replies: 12
Views: 6112

Re: Sudoku solving complexity

I did one of these in Python. It wasn't that fast, but it was fairly easy to code. The first you thing you realise is that these two puzzles: +--+--+ |12|34| |34|12| +--+--+ |23|41| |41|2 | +--+--+ and +--+--+ |12|34| |34|12| +--+--+ |23|41| |41| | +--+--+ Have exactly the same solution. If you can ...
by arkady
Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0653: "So Bad It's Worse"
Replies: 137
Views: 36571

Re: "So Bad It's Worse" Discussion

I disagree with the cubic shape of the graph and believe it should be sinusoidal. After "so bad it's horrible" films of lower quality are basically adult films. Which I enjoy greatly. Then the quality goes down and you find 2girls1cup. At the other end, as film making increases you get stu...
by arkady
Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 686
Views: 266705

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)

Fried potatoes You will need: A hand sized potato per person Rosemary Olive oil. Plenty Garlic - one clove Leave the skin on the potatoes. Halve them and boil for about 15 minutes, or until a knife passes easily through. After about 10 minutes, heat olive oil in a pan. The layer of olive oil should...
by arkady
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Heading for England
Replies: 107
Views: 7172

Re: Heading for England

I live in the UK, and mostly it's not too different from America. Sure, some words are different - that's easy to get round. The "British Citizenship Test" isn't actually a compulsory and mostly a myth perpetuated by the Daily Mail (which is the UK version of Fox News, but a newspaper). Th...
by arkady
Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The worst/most embarrassing moment in your life
Replies: 2
Views: 765

Re: The worst/most embarrassing moment in your life

I'm pretty good at tapping people on the wrong shoulder. I find it's an amusing way to announce my arrival to friends (until they realise I'm the only person who does it). I went to college with a girl named Sophie. She was very short - around 5' or 1.5m, and had waist length flaming red hair. We bo...
by arkady
Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0558: "1000 Times"
Replies: 266
Views: 46811

Re: "1000 Times" discussion

I must say I found the comic-text (not the alt-text) in rather poor taste, given today's headline. For those who haven't heard (and I don't know if it made the news in the USA): Josef Fritzl is an Austrian, who locked up his daughter for 24 years in his cellar, raping her regularly, and fathering se...
by arkady
Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Octave Illusion Experiment: Need Help
Replies: 24
Views: 2371

Re: Octave Illusion Experiment: Need Help

I heard two tones, swapping between my ears.

I am a left handed male, and should probably also declare that I am a sound engineer as well.
by arkady
Wed May 07, 2008 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: seeking astrophysicist (Ph D not required)
Replies: 46
Views: 5493

Re: seeking astrophysicist (Ph D not required)

This sounds really cool. I'm doing a masters in physics and astrophysics at the moment. There's a couple of issues with the predicting the final state of stars. Firstly: a solar mass star is never going to be an M-type star. Especially not at the radius you've given (really high densities would make...
by arkady
Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Cutest/Most romantic lyric
Replies: 31
Views: 4487

Cutest/Most romantic lyric

And I emphasize lyric - nothing more than one or two lines. Maybe a single stanza. No posting of whole songs :P If you think a whole song is fantastic, be critical and pick the best bit. I nominate the line: "Maybe if I act real tough she'll let me hold her hand" for a wonderful juxtaposit...
by arkady
Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Greatest solo?
Replies: 121
Views: 20376

Re: Greatest solo?

Brian May has some great solos: Bohemium Rhapsody and We Will Rock You. As for Iron Maiden: Adrian Smith has some absolutely fantastic solos. Just listen to Paschendale (his is the 2nd solo - the one in C#m), The Evil That Men Do, The Wicker Man, No More Lies, Infinite Dreams or Seventh Son Of A Sev...
by arkady
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: A question my music teacher couldn't answer...
Replies: 23
Views: 2715

Re: A question my music teacher couldn't answer...

2/2 only has two ( one and two and three and four and...) Technically, 2/2 should be counted " one and two and". If I'm writing something that's supposed to be counted like that I normally use 2/4. It doesn't really matter exactly how you count it, because whether you go " or One two...
by arkady
Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: It's not the number of strings you have...
Replies: 21
Views: 1965

Re: It's not the number of strings you have...

Learning to be more musical (in response to you saying were rubbish at it) is largely a case of practice. To use an example: the reason a trained pianist might embarrass a bassist who's only been playing a few weeks on his first go is because the pianist has already learnt about melody, harmony and ...
by arkady
Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: A question my music teacher couldn't answer...
Replies: 23
Views: 2715

Re: A question my music teacher couldn't answer...

I think it's roughly been covered, but the difference is all in where the accents are. 4/4 has four accented beats ( One and two and three and four and...) 2/2 only has two ( one and two and three and four and...) Things get more fun once you go into stuff like 8/8. There is no standard number of ac...
by arkady
Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite 3 bands
Replies: 8
Views: 1441

Re: Favorite 3 bands

1. Iron Maiden 2. Greenday 3. The Streets Honorable mentions to: Blink 182, Linkin Park, Lily Allen, Rhapsody of Fire, Bowling For Soup and Foo Fighters. I should say that I tend to regard "album" as the largest grouping of music, rather than band (in recording at least - live it goes show...
by arkady
Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 95571

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

Lemon way down there!

Surely not. I love lemon.

Ah well.

And its hard to find banana tasty if you've ever seen a girl accidentally deep-throat one...
by arkady
Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Angular Momentum Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 2117

Re: The Angular Momentum Problem

Of course, the interesting question is this: How fast, as a function of latitude, body mass and body shape, such that the time they spend spinning is less than the time gained for the night? I have a lecture now - I may post back with an answer soon. EDIT: So - let's take night and day to be equal l...
by arkady
Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Metros hilarity
Replies: 1
Views: 971

The Metros hilarity

The Metros are a band who are doing fairly well from themselves in the UK. Their press releases describe them as "indie with heavy two-tone influence." Anyway, last Thursday they headlined Fuzz Club: my Student Union's live indie night. I was working there as a lampie. Anyway - the band we...
by arkady
Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 93867

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Greenday are pop-punk (which is only loosely related to pop and loosely related to punk).
They are awesome (especially live).

My Chemical Romance are to emo what The Darkness are to hair metal, and are actually quite a good band.
by arkady
Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:41 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK] London - http://fourquartersbar.co.uk
Replies: 1549
Views: 422708

Re: For those of you in London, UK

During the University holidays would be ideal.
by arkady
Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A compendium of facts supporting evolution
Replies: 26
Views: 2137

Re: A compendium of facts supporting evolution

Talkorigins.org have a compendium of support for evolution (as well as a list of creationist claims, rebuttals and lots of other goodness).
by arkady
Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Courses That Ruined You
Replies: 74
Views: 11206

Re: Science Courses That Ruined You

I have a quantum physics lecturer who's rubbish. His style is very quiet, and he tends to mumble; he skips over the basic principles very fast - doesn't include them in the lecture notes (nor leave enough space on the handouts to annotate them). Result is that I can do quantum flux, and potential we...
by arkady
Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Firing a Bullet Conundrum
Replies: 21
Views: 2542

Re: Firing a Bullet Conundrum

The bullet will drop straight down relative to the ground.

If you assume the ground is perfectly flat, it will still hit the ground at exactly the same time as a bullet fired from a stationary position.
by arkady
Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best outro to an album?
Replies: 57
Views: 6788

Re: Best outro to an album?

Pop-punk is pretty good bad at good outr o songs: fix'd :P Post-punk, however, is ace! '1 2 X U' by Wire (from Pink Flag) is very good. Also, loud. My attitude to pop-punk went through three stages, all associated with a leap in typing, spelling and vocabulary: 1. Oh me yarm!!!z0rz! Pop-punk iz teh...
by arkady
Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best outro to an album?
Replies: 57
Views: 6788

Re: Best outro to an album?

Pop-punk is pretty good at good outro songs: I'm Lost Without You (from Blink 182's album Blink 182 ) Please Take Me Home (from Blink 182's album Take of your Pants and Jacket ) Anthem (from Blink 182's album Enema of the State ) Man Overboad (from Blink 182's album The Mark, Tom and Travis Show ) T...
by arkady
Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physic's Obsession With The Prefix "Super"
Replies: 26
Views: 3309

Re: Physic's Obsession With The Prefix "Super"

The "super-" prefix normally just means something is at its limit. A superconducter conducts with zero resistance, a superfluid has zero viscosity, a supermassive black hole is as massive as a black hole can ever really get. It also means "operating at an even higher level", like...
by arkady
Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: (Chemistry) Is volume the independent variable?
Replies: 4
Views: 6615

Re: (Chemistry) Is volume the independent variable?

If you've just got two lists of numbers, and you haven't been controlling volume or mass (say, measuring at equal time intervals during an experiment - time is the independent variable and mass and volume are both dependant on the reaction that's happening, for example) then I'd put mass along the b...
by arkady
Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics of Car Tires...
Replies: 61
Views: 7481

Re: Physics of Car Tires...

In F1 there's hardly any wheel-spin. You're correct: the getaway is faster if you don't do it. Apart from where it's useful to clean the tyres or get some last minute heat into them, you're faster if you don't do it, and the main reason it's done is because the driver has gone too hard on the thrott...
by arkady
Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What makes a feel-good song?
Replies: 8
Views: 3307

Re: What makes a feel-good song?

There's two kind of feel-good songs in my book. Ballad style, and rocky style. Rocky style: Simple chords and harmonies - fast pace, but not aggressive style, nor too fast to dance to. Pentatonic scale, three note melodies. Quite a straight rhythm, and nothing too unexpected in the style (i.e. easy ...
by arkady
Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Guitar Accessories
Replies: 34
Views: 4873

Re: Guitar Accessories

The tuning pegs on my guitar are too close together to use string winders. Anyway - I use Ernie Ball hybrid slinkies (.46 - .09) and Dunlop tortex 0.73mm picks. I like having something soft enough to strum with which I can still get an aggressive sound of. Pedal-wise I have a Boss MD (Mega Distortio...
by arkady
Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Crayon Physics!
Replies: 3
Views: 915

Re: Crayon Physics!

Really fun, if a little buggy.

Not as good as Armadillo Run, though.
by arkady
Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Math/physics diagram software?
Replies: 3
Views: 5356

Re: Math/physics diagram software?

I'm in my second year of a physics degree and still use MS Paint.

No one complains.
by arkady
Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Travling the Speed of light with a light
Replies: 20
Views: 2732

Re: Travling the Speed of light with a light

It was this thought experiment that led Einstein to his Special Relativity theory.

Basically, you'd observe the speed of light to be exactly the same as if you were standing still.

The rest of special relativity flows from the consequences of that.
by arkady
Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Backmasking andd Phoenetic Reversals
Replies: 21
Views: 2446

Re: Backmasking andd Phoenetic Reversals

I don't think you can encode subliminal messages by back masking, although I'd love to try and come up with a way of testing to see if people are affected by it (i.e. add a subliminal back masked track to a recording: one saying something happy, one something sad and one just some nonsense [as a con...
by arkady
Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of light broken - impossible
Replies: 23
Views: 3020

Re: Speed of light broken - impossible

Indon wrote:But the initial response is information, I would think.


Nope. An initial response is just the start of the wave. If you encode a bit on the wave, no matter when your initial response it, that bit still travels at the speed c.
by arkady
Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sad xkcd comics
Replies: 9
Views: 6266

Re: Sad xkcd comics

Find You sends a shiver down my spine every time.
Wasteland as well.
by arkady
Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Terrifying Tales of Retail: BUY SELL BUY SELL BEEP BOOP
Replies: 344
Views: 45773

Re: Terrifying Tales of Retail: The Customer is Always An Ass

Some good stuff in here :) I've only had one long term job, and my boss was a Grandmaster standard chess player (his rating was International Master - one below - to get Grandmaster you need to go touring the world of chess tournaments non-stop for about three years, but he loved teaching too much)....
by arkady
Sun Dec 16, 2007 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Speech Impediments
Replies: 58
Views: 5686

Re: Speech Impediments

Rowan Atkinson (most famous as Mr. Bean, although that is, IMO, his worst character) is a very famous stammerer.

Not that it's easy to tell. (Listen to the "b"s, that was his least favourite letter.)

His way of working around it was to rehearse lots.
by arkady
Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics - Light bouncing of mirrors
Replies: 13
Views: 1965

Re: Physics - Light bouncing of mirrors

This is known as radiation pressure. It's given by: P radiation =( aT 4 )/3. T = Temperature in Kelvin a = radiation density constant (= 7.5646 x 10[-14] J m -3 K -4 P radiation = Pressure due to electromagnetic radiation (light) in N m -2 . Ref: http://www.chris-watson.staff.shef.ac.uk/teaching/phy...

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