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by Marz
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Need some participants for a school project on compression
Replies: 46
Views: 6755

Re: Need some participants for a school project on compression

sje46: LSK is the OP. Better division, being a power of 2; so it halves each time. I say go for it.
by Marz
Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009560

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I am getting really interested in Haskell. I'm more of a Scheme fan, really, but Haskell certainly seems worth a look.
by Marz
Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009560

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Xanthir wrote:However, you'll probably spend a decent amount of time learning your way around the builtins. It's pretty normal to reimplement a good chunk of basic functionality before you discover that it already exists.

That always annoyed me. Hence my preference of Scheme.
by Marz
Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009560

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I know what you mean. Old technology doesn't mean bad technology, and I've found it's better in several cases. GUIs for example will never be able to replace the CLI (though in this case they both complement eachother nicely, if only people would stop overusing GUIs). I agree. Staying in sh when it...
by Marz
Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009560

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

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by Marz
Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009560

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

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by Marz
Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 152082

Re: What OS do you use?

And you admitting that you actually do pirate content just proves the point that there is a case for DRM. You can't simultaneously hide behind "It's my content, I paid for it, I can do what I want with it" and infringe copyrights. You can either use the content lawfully and be indignant t...
by Marz
Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 152082

Re: What OS do you use?

I do believe we were discussing the prevention of CD ripping. Not torrenting, music downloads, etc.
With downloads, it is perhaps more understandable (although, in my opinion, still wrong).
by Marz
Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 152082

Re: What OS do you use?

No, you're oversimplifying what I'm saying, too. I'm not saying that MS was placed here on Earth in order to irritate users, but I do believe that they are more interested in making money than making an operating system which is good for users. The problem is, DRM doesn't allow more content to be di...
by Marz
Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 152082

Re: What OS do you use?

Because content providers could really pressure the company with the majority in the computing market... Then they can uh, not distribute their content. Awesome. It's not that they're thinking, "let's make this not useful!", it's that they're more interested in making money than making an ...
by Marz
Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 152082

Re: What OS do you use?

And yet they go out of their way to ensure you can't do certain things... They aren't the only ones, but DRM and "usefulness" are antitheses. Windows actively stops you from doing certain things which you'd actually, to be honest, like to do. Thus, they are not interested in creating a use...
by Marz
Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 152082

Re: What OS do you use?

The fact that Vista even attempts to do things like that proves that they are simply not interested in creating a useful operating system.

Vista has converted a few people I know to Ubuntu through the power of sheer irritation alone.
by Marz
Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 82363

Re: Operating Systems

I'm considering buying a Mac Pro and running maybe OpenBSD. Anyone had any experience of the sort?
by Marz
Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 82363

Re: Operating Systems

zerohero wrote:I have a question:
Do these "x OS vs x2 OS vs etc OS etc" "argument" ever stop? Seems silly to me.
Just use your damn OS of choice and stfu, ok? There, be a nice little girl and run along now. Tehe

We are in Religious Wars. Without these arguments, this place would be empty...
by Marz
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 82363

Re: linux

swanzilla, I'm not entirely sure someone who doesn't even know what the alternatives to Windows are can be described as a "techy" in any sense of the word.
by Marz
Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 82363

Re: linux

jonny@alderaan ~ $ You are quite the geek. My uncle, a sysadmin (computing runs in the family), has also used Star Wars planets as a naming scheme for the myriad machines he owns. As for the topic: if you want to learn about computers, swap to Linux. Programming on Windows kept me back for years. I...
by Marz
Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge
Replies: 144
Views: 16007

Re: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge

I seem to have done in my back somehow, so I can't do pushups for a few days. I'm up to over 50 consecutive pushups, though.
by Marz
Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 82363

Re: linux

by Marz
Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: XML Identity
Replies: 3
Views: 586

Re: XML Identity

Check out the FoaF RDF Schema. You can get various other schemas for whatever else you want to describe (quotes, etc).

Also check out my FoaF Parser (wip) and linked RDF; I've done essentially what you aim to do, I think.
by Marz
Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009560

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

If you start to build your range from the other end, you don't have to reverse it. To be more specific, something like should work a little better (excuse my poor Scheme, I'm a Common Lisper) (define (range n) (define (range2 n list-so-far) (if (= n 0) (cons 0 list-so-far) (range2 (- n 1) (cons (- ...
by Marz
Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Great Operating System Disscussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10679

Re: The Great Operating System Disscussion

Linux: Free. Powerful. Difficult. Customizable. Built upon "Do one and only one thing perfectly well" modularity philosophy. Almost zero downtime. You have looked at GNU Man pages, right? Linux is a Unix-like, but isn't built upon the same philosophy. "Those who don't understand Unix...
by Marz
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: a challenging, but hopefully easily answered question
Replies: 11
Views: 1537

Re: a challenging, but hopefully easily answered question

Why is the command for printing the contents of a file called "concatenate"? The answer: It isn't. Cat's job is to concatenate several files, not just print one. Using it to do so is just a waste of a process. Very true. It's interesting to note, though, that syntax sucks . It's a phenome...
by Marz
Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Solaris?
Replies: 14
Views: 1446

Re: Solaris?

I was thinking of trying out OpenSolaris, simply out of curiosity. I might at some point; doubt it would be a permanent move, but it could be interesting. After reading OOPMan's post, I wiki'd ZFS, and it looks pretty interesting. Porting ZFS to Linux is complicated by the fact that the GNU General ...
by Marz
Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Nested loops
Replies: 25
Views: 1726

Re: Nested loops

I was thinking of that, but I was under the impression that using the goto statement was bad programming practice. Please see the excellent "Goto Considered Harmful" Considered Harmful Interestingly, one of the examples given was this very problem. So, yes, Goto is absolutely fine, when u...
by Marz
Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Nested loops
Replies: 25
Views: 1726

Re: Nested loops

Kurushimi wrote:I was thinking of that, but I was under the impression that using the goto statement was bad programming practice.

"If you want to go somewhere, goto is the best way to get there." -- Ken Thompson
by Marz
Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Nested loops
Replies: 25
Views: 1726

Re: Nested loops

Tail recursion is your bestest friend.
by Marz
Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: BULLIES ;_;
Replies: 267
Views: 28293

Re: BULLIES ;_;

Also, I figure this topic should be in Serious Business, not School. It's pretty weighty and worldly.
by Marz
Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: BULLIES ;_;
Replies: 267
Views: 28293

Re: BULLIES ;_;

I think my response was more elegantly worded.
by Marz
Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: BULLIES ;_;
Replies: 267
Views: 28293

Re: BULLIES ;_;

Oh for fuck's sake. Don't be a dumbass. I'm sorry, but what the fuck? Evidently all the people saying "yeah! Beat the bullies up!" have either not been properly bullied, or aren't remembering the experience. When you're a teenager, you don't have confidence (not least because it's been bea...
by Marz
Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Great Operating System Disscussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10679

Re: The Great Operating System Disscussion

Plan 9 might've sucked less than UNIX, but UNIX was still better in the absolute sense. The reason is, as already stated, that Plan 9 was an underdeveloped (compared to UNIX) research OS. Nobody's going to use an OS you can't get any work done on, despite brilliant design. Of course, Unix is more d...
by Marz
Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Great Operating System Disscussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10679

Re: The wicked cheesy Operating System Disscussion

But that's the point. They do suck, but no, we won't replace them, because we're too far down the road. And I'm sorry, but that's not an argument in favour of current operating systems. They all suck. We may not be able to replace them, but they "creak and clank and have obvious rust spots"...
by Marz
Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Great Operating System Disscussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10679

Re: The wicked cheesy Operating System Disscussion

Why? Even Bell Labs, the creators of Unix, think that " not only is UNIX dead, it's starting to smell really bad " (Rob Pike). And that was in 1991. They wrote Plan 9, because " the problems with UNIX were too deep to fix, but some of its ideas could be brought along ". And that'...
by Marz
Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 48639

Re: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever

brosmike wrote:Maybe I haven't looked hard enough, but all the tiling WMs I've tried seem to like EVERYTHING text-based, and I think it looks much cleaner at no significant performance cost to use something crazy and newfangled like icons in my status bar.

Possible in Awesome.
by Marz
Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Great Operating System Disscussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10679

Re: The Great Operating System Disscussion

I agree with failed assertion. I mean, there are operating systems which are better than others, but in the grand scheme of things, they all suck. Technology has progressed faster than OS's have, and the only way they can keep up is by rushing, no careful design.
by Marz
Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Great Operating System Disscussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10679

Re: The Great Operating System Disscussion

Of course. As I said, I'm saying this situation is possible , by the way; not in the case of OSX. With OS X it is perfectly possible; just not allowed under the EULA. (But who really cares too much about that?) Also, Carnildo, as Berengal pointed out, Turing completeness isn't anywhere within the do...
by Marz
Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2380169

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

michaelandjimi wrote:
peace cat wrote:Hi everyone. I'm Laura. I live in Akron OH. I enjoy writing, recreational substance abuse, and kittens.
Often all at the same time?

This would explain Lolcats.
by Marz
Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2009560

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Multithreading always seemed extremely simple to me. Maybe I just haven't tried anything which is considered "difficult" in threading... But still, I just see it as having a few actions going at once, and having to make sure they sync up and such. Nothing difficult, surely? I use pthread.h...
by Marz
Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Great Operating System Disscussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10679

Re: The Great Operating System Disscussion

Think architectures, think BIOS. Think emulator. If you can backwards-engineer a proprietary BIOS designed to get in your way.. perhaps. I'm saying this situation is possible , by the way; not in the case of OSX. But if the OS is sufficiently welded to the BIOS, and the BIOS to the architecture, I'...
by Marz
Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:13 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: BULLIES ;_;
Replies: 267
Views: 28293

Re: BULLIES ;_;

But the fact is that if the guy can just beat the shit out of you without you having a chance, all that happens is you get beaten up. There is no XP for that one. No getting better at fighting, just a plain and simply fuck-over. As I said previously, if you are not disabled or borderline retarded, ...
by Marz
Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: BULLIES ;_;
Replies: 267
Views: 28293

Re: BULLIES ;_;

But the fact is that if the guy can just beat the shit out of you without you having a chance, all that happens is you get beaten up. There is no XP for that one. No getting better at fighting, just a plain and simply fuck-over.

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