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by Webzter
Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's Best for the World
Replies: 51
Views: 9383

Re: What's Best for the World

Edit: In terms of actual suggestions, would say that a scientist working in something like crop improvement or disease control would be near the top. On this, we have GE crops which are super good, or better rather but there is so much fear related to them. Oh yeah, a crop that produces sterile see...
by Webzter
Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Where did you learn to cook?
Replies: 72
Views: 43931

Re: Where did you learn to cook?

Mom started us off early with helping make small parts of meals. As we grew older, we'd take on more responsibility. Eventually we'd cook some meals entirely by ourselves.

she's very proud of the fact that her two boys are better cooks than she is.
by Webzter
Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Unit Testing Private Variables
Replies: 4
Views: 2443

Re: Unit Testing Private Variables

I will third the suggestion to not go about mucking with private methods and private state. Treat it as a black box if at all possible. That said, if you really get into an instance where you need to go after private state.... you can use reflection (in many cases) Given a simple class public class ...
by Webzter
Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Gardening Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 9056

Re: The Gardening Thread

I'm wanting to plant lettuce, but I'm worried that in Texas it's just too late. What temperature really just kills lettuce? It might be. The varieties I plant (loose leaf... stimpson black, mache mixes, arugula, romain) like to bolt (goes to seed) once it's in the 80's. However, lettuce matures rea...
by Webzter
Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8641
Views: 1604122

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

WolfieMario wrote:
sourmìlk wrote:You and I are enemies now.


(Title:)
You and I are enemies now


You win two internets. They should be arriving by postal mail within 2-4 weeks.
by Webzter
Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Gardening Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 9056

Re: The Gardening Thread

Can you tell I went a little overboard? Other gardeners are never the right people to ask if you've gone overboard. Can't wait for pictures! The mix sounds great... and perfect for a patio. I planted a salad box last year and I'm going to try short carrots this spring too. Recently set up a square ...
by Webzter
Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Understanding Code Bases / Refactoring [Discussion,Research]
Replies: 8
Views: 2896

Re: Understanding Code Bases / Refactoring [Discussion,Resea

So I'd like to know how individuals familiarize themselves with an existing code base of any size. Are there specific steps that you follow? What is your thought process behind choosing those steps and also the thought process that you use when carrying out those steps? How long did it take you to ...
by Webzter
Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Comic 1000 is not the 1000th comic
Replies: 14
Views: 3711

Re: Comic 1000 is not the 1000th comic

However, I have always been of the opinion that http://xkcd.com/404/ is an actual comic, if a slightly avant-garde one. I actually went out of my way to modify the 'random' button to include it, but that annoyed too many people - most of whom reasonably assumed it was a bug - and I eventually undid...
by Webzter
Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: CS Student Resume
Replies: 8
Views: 4434

Re: CS Student Resume

I'll be starting the third year of my BSc in computer science this fall and I'm feeling nervous about the following summer. I haven't worked as an intern or done a co-op job but it'll be necessary (for financial reasons) to get a real job after this year. Is there any chance at all that you can lin...
by Webzter
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2492489

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

Amie wrote:Fess: When my post-count was 666 I didn't want to make any further posts outside of Forum Games for a very long time :P


If this is an apocalyptic reference, the mark of the beast may actually be 616
by Webzter
Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 33607

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

Dear comic 953, http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/words_that_end_in_gry.png (http://xkcd.com/169/) edit: I had a CS prof that held quizzes every Friday. He graded in hex but neglected to tell us. I was rather shocked when I got back a paper with a big F on the top. Sadly, I didn't have the wherewithal or ...
by Webzter
Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90033
Views: 7936657

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Is there a way one can stop the power button shutting down windows without a password or something? My flatmate's a twat and just wanders over and hits the power button when he wants my attention. Do you use the power button ever? If not, have you considered putting a metal contact on the power but...
by Webzter
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Deficit Tops 1 Trillion, Will It Decline?
Replies: 19
Views: 6784

Re: Deficit Tops 1 Trillion, Will It Decline?

Got a citation for that? I thought the US taxed at rates below other industrial countries, even with state taxes. Probably the simplest way to look at it would be tax revenue as a percent of GDP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tax-Revenues-As-GDP-Percentage-(75-05).JPG [1] Which states the data c...
by Webzter
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Replies: 363
Views: 49326

Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic

On my server Mandolorian iron only goes for like 8k. So If I send out 5 companions I will probably net 2 pieces at a cost of 16k... hence not worth it. The missions that can bring in Mandalorian Iron usually cost ~2k-2.5k. Thing is they bring in Ciridium too which easily sells for 1k a piece if you...
by Webzter
Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1780436

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

They used true/falses before, but then their minds exploded when they had functions that could fail in more ways than one. Nice :) This has me thinking though.... If the function is in direct response to user input, then I like to use something like (C# code): public class PasswordValidationResult ...
by Webzter
Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1780436

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

The issue I have with these 'response codes' is it becoming ridiculously annoying to compensate for a growing list of codes, and in the long run it tends to turn into... basically a pseudo-exception system. There are other alternatives. One could return a simple true/false. Or, return a sensible de...
by Webzter
Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia's New Restrictive Abortion Bills (Trigger Warning)
Replies: 129
Views: 10461

Re: Virginia's New Restrictive Abortion Bills (Trigger Warni

I'd love to say I feel the same way as most of the members of this forum and just come down hard on the side of pro-choice, but I can't. I may not agree, but I do not think it is crazy for someone to think that right to life trumps bodily autonomy[...] I think, even if it might not help at all, we ...
by Webzter
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My overachieving friend
Replies: 20
Views: 2745

Re: My overachieving friend

Seriously, just openly tell them to stop being a dick to Bob every single time they're dicks to him. Then stop hanging out with a bunch of dicks if they don't stop. Very much this. And, when they start on Bob, it's not enough just to sit there and not participate. Tell them to stop being dicks. If ...
by Webzter
Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: RIASEC personality assesment
Replies: 24
Views: 6292

Re: RIASEC personality assesment

Added the bold and underline for emphasis. So conflicted. Also, "you dominat". Possibly to make things broadly applicable so that you can read into it what you want. I came out SRA. However, I answered dislike to most questions because, frankly, neither operating a calculator nor using a ...
by Webzter
Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 24376

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

Seems like there are many entry-level DSLRs that I can't figure out which is better, because every review suggests that, well, it's okay, but not great if you're not willing to spend double what you're looking at. When you buy a camera, you don't buy the camera, you buy the lenses. What I mean is, ...
by Webzter
Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: My code has an English accent!
Replies: 15
Views: 5189

Re: My code has an English accent!

Not far enough... make your background offwhite. Something to give a bit of weathered paper look to it. Then, normalize your find colors a bit... perhaps a nice sepia to replace the blue?
by Webzter
Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia's New Restrictive Abortion Bills (Trigger Warning)
Replies: 129
Views: 10461

Re: Virginia's New Restrictive Abortion Bills (Trigger Warni

I don't know a lot about abortions, but a friend told me that an ultrasound is just part of the procedure. I don't think anyone can force a woman to look at a screen. I think this was asked above too, but I'm interested in the answer: if this is true (it may or may not be, I honestly don't know), w...
by Webzter
Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: One towns war against gays. (trigger warning)
Replies: 87
Views: 13250

Re: One towns war against gays. (trigger warning)

And it's wasting resources... so what? Who would use the "resources" if they were not wasted and people abstained from sex until they wanted children? What benefit would your viewpoint ascribe to saving the resources? 35,000 year old pornography . If evolution dictates we only have sex to...
by Webzter
Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia's New Restrictive Abortion Bills (Trigger Warning)
Replies: 129
Views: 10461

Re: Virginia's New Restrictive Abortion Bills (Trigger Warni

What I don't get is the need for an ultrasound. What the fuck is the purpose? Wouldn't the same end be achieved by showing the woman a generic ultra sound? I'm sure we could get some lady to consent to have one of her routine pregnancy ultrasounds be used for this purpose. Then all the women who wa...
by Webzter
Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Poor single people eat weird things
Replies: 261
Views: 57396

Re: Poor single people eat weird things

pkcommando wrote:I've made a really nice casserole:


Thanks. I think I just figured out what I'm making for supper!
by Webzter
Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 26545

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

But of course the point Argentina makes is that Britain dispelled by force the previous settlement. Executing a couple of those there. Lets say Argentina had removed the population, how long would Britain have to retake the islands, before they stopped being a legitimate complaint? If the islanders...
by Webzter
Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4471
Views: 801613

Re: Today I Made:

Didn't have a lot of time... baked some salmon fillets, steamed some veggies, then chipped the salmon in with some pasta, the veggies, and goat cheese.
by Webzter
Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia's New Restrictive Abortion Bills (Trigger Warning)
Replies: 129
Views: 10461

Re: Virginia's New Restrictive Abortion Bills (Trigger Warni

Aightynine wrote:One defines personhood at conception and gives an unborn person the same rights as a born person (while not technically outlawing abortion).


I wonder, would this give the state leeway in prosecuting anyone who miscarries with manslaughter?
by Webzter
Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1255426

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Got Back

Felstaff wrote: the hair-o-meter is giving a reading of "recessive"


Aye. Given that I can stand in for Chewbacca, the fact that I'm looking at baldness in the not distant future is a bit saddening.
by Webzter
Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1255426

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Got Back

Wife is flying out of town tonight for just over a week. I'll be having a beard growing competition... not that I particularly like having a beard mind you, but it seems like the thing to do.
by Webzter
Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:10 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: AVG stealing CPU
Replies: 3
Views: 1968

Re: AVG stealing CPU

Could be it's conflicting with another app and they're fighting over files/ memory / something? Of course, if its files, I'd think you'd see disk thrashing. Have you tried disabling AVG resident shield? Launch the AVG User Interface. Hit F8. Select Resident Shield under the Anti-Virus section unchec...
by Webzter
Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] People of Colour
Replies: 95
Views: 19689

Re: [SAFESPACE] People of Colour

Felstaff wrote:
podbaydoor wrote:Just freaking ask me.

"So, where are you from?



No, originally"


My mother, originally. I've moved since.

When my sister comes to visit, it irks me to no end when people say "is that your sister?" yes, she is "no, I mean biologically"....
by Webzter
Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 34306

Re: 0990: "Plastic Bags"

I dunno -- how many times do you go shopping in your lifetime? And what else could you be doing with a "mere" five minutes of not just YOUR TIME, but mine and that of every poor shnook caught in line behind you, Mr. Snark? :evil: I don't know about you, but I'm not stupid enough to shop w...
by Webzter
Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2322557

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I've also never understood the argument that the monarchy makes money for the country through tourism. It's not like people get to the top of the Eiffel Tower and say "Well, it's a great view, but the lack of a monarchy really spoils it." Judging by the number of US rags that were running...
by Webzter
Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Run 10,000 miles
Replies: 1340
Views: 284663

Re: Run 10,000 miles

4895.5 + 2 = 4897.5 @Jumble Thanks! I definitely am enjoying it. However, I have a serious gait problem that I need to address though and I'm not really sure how to. I'm going to run on my treadmill and take a video so I can get a better look and hopefully get some feedback. I think I'm doing ok on ...
by Webzter
Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 20313

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

All ID does is make falsifiable claims, and all of the claims have been proven false. It's a theory that was once widely believed, but was overthrown in the face of new and improved evidence. That's what science is, taking things that are widely believed and replacing them when better evidence come...
by Webzter
Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: BIKE 10,000 miles
Replies: 261
Views: 145788

Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Fair enough. Bike should be coming out in a month or so.... too snowy for me right now.

My bike...
Spoiler:
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by Webzter
Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tennessee Senator says mind numbingly stupid things
Replies: 26
Views: 5541

Re: Tennessee Senator says mind numbingly stupid things

What are the numbers on that, though, or are we just guessing? Second Google link: http://nymag.com/nightlife/mating/25988/ but according to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Survey of Family Growth, it’s rapidly becoming a regular feature of hetero couples’ horizontal activities. The surv...
by Webzter
Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?
Replies: 238
Views: 31622

Re: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?

Grand upshot being I'm in my mid 30's and I'm not sure I should even expect the program to pay out to me, ever. I highly doubt it will go insolvent. However, for my planning purposes (also mid 30's), I'm counting on means testing based on total assets and full retirement age being pushed to age 70 ...
by Webzter
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: BIKE 10,000 miles
Replies: 261
Views: 145788

Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Tomlidich wrote:anyone else wanna join in?


Outdoor miles only or miles on equipment allowed?

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