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by Mat
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 466
Views: 203748

Re: Recommend a book

I recently finished the Remembrance of Earth's past series by Liu Cixin, which is incredible. Hard scifi where everything goes wrong for humanity. The first book feels more grounded as it's set in the 20th/21st century (starting with the cultural revolution), while the other two skip further and fur...
by Mat
Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13947
Views: 1883135

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

bigglesworth wrote:
speising wrote:why the fuck is this called "hoverboard", and why the reference to McFly, except because of the date?
You might prefer the other name "swegway".

sweg == swag? I am more confused than ever.
by Mat
Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13947
Views: 1883135

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

apparently awesome modes of transport are illegal in the UK :( http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/oct/12/hoverboards-illegal-pavements-roads-scooters Bad news if you like gliding down the street like a low-rent Marty McFly: “hoverboards” (also known as self-balancing scooters) are illegal to...
by Mat
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Favourite technical podcasts
Replies: 1
Views: 2292

Re: Favourite technical podcasts

I'd also be interested to hear about more podcasts. I listen to a lot, but not so many that are coding related. A couple I can recommend are Hanselminutes and Software Engineering Radio. Hanselminutes covers a very broad range of subjects and is quite light and accessible. SE radio tends to be more ...
by Mat
Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: genetic go bot
Replies: 6
Views: 2990

Re: genetic go bot

I stumbled upon an AI the other day that looks interesting: https://github.com/pasky/michi Michi aims to be a minimalistic but full-fledged Computer Go program based on state-of-art methods (Monte Carlo Tree Search) and written in Python. Our goal is to make it easier for new people to enter the dom...
by Mat
Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: genetic go bot
Replies: 6
Views: 2990

Re: genetic go bot

Another approach could be to aim for something less than winning full games (such as capture go), and then evaluate each position based on the local area instead of thinking about global strategy or reading out branches. It'll still suck against humans, but could still be interesting if you just wan...
by Mat
Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1709
Views: 298959

Re: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated

On Korrasami: http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/post/105916338157/korrasami-is-canon-you-can-celebrate-it-embrace Personally I don't find the ending at all ambiguous, but I agree with the sentiment. I think kiss or no kiss, the final scene made sense in the context of the rest of the season, but thei...
by Mat
Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Contribute very little to the conversation
Replies: 169
Views: 19289

Re: Contribute very little to the conversation

I skipped over most of the thread because it is quite long
by Mat
Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Broken Picture Telephone
Replies: 353
Views: 69025

Re: Broken Picture Telephone

patzer wrote:Hi Pinkie! :D


:mrgreen: Hi Twilight!
by Mat
Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Broken Picture Telephone
Replies: 353
Views: 69025

Re: Broken Picture Telephone

Drawing
Spoiler:
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by Mat
Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1709
Views: 298959

Re: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated

I loved the ending. The only time I thought the writing was bad was the first half of season 2, where they rushed over the civil war and the motivations of the main characters just made no sense. I agree there is a lot about the technology and the wider world that didn't make sense, but I could forg...
by Mat
Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Whats the point of query builders in scripting languages
Replies: 10
Views: 4103

Re: Whats the point of query builders in scripting languages

Something like $select . $from . $order doesn't work well when your queries get more complex, especially if you are supporting more than one database. For example, one query might need to be compiled to any of these: ⋅ select top 10 ... ⋅ select first 10 ... ⋅ select .....
by Mat
Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I wanna try Linux. Again. (x4).
Replies: 52
Views: 16844

Re: I wanna try Linux. Again. (x4).

What did you find difficult to customise with XFCE? I the settings menu is quite well organised and there's plenty of information out there if you google what you're interested in. For example changing the colours - https://wiki.xfce.org/howto/install_new_themes - which explains the difference betwe...
by Mat
Mon May 12, 2014 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: automating youtube browsing
Replies: 5
Views: 2285

Re: automating youtube browsing

Have you looked at their API? You should be able to get all that information without needing to scrape the HTML.

They have client libraries for a bunch of languages but you could use Lua and parse the JSON yourself if that's easier.
by Mat
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: GO weiqi igo baduk
Replies: 154
Views: 55550

Re: GO weiqi igo baduk

I made a thing: http://online-go.com/group/185 - please join and start games!

I'm about 10kyu at the moment but I'm still provisionally ranked on there so I've probably missed my chance to be top of all the ladders :P
by Mat
Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Request for input/assistance on project concept
Replies: 2
Views: 2558

Re: Request for input/assistance on project concept

For music, have a look at http://musicbrainz.org/

The Picard tagger software does most of what you want out of the box, and if you can't easily automate that there are c/c++ libraries available http://musicbrainz.org/doc/Developer_Resources
by Mat
Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 270807

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

(although Luna's banishment still makes no sense) How so? Cuz that's one part of this show that I'm REEEEEEAAAAAALLLLLLY into. The sudden switches between 100% good/evil is what bothers me. They didn't give any reason for her becoming Nightmare Moon, she just did. The flashbacks in ...
by Mat
Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: GO weiqi igo baduk
Replies: 154
Views: 55550

Re: GO weiqi igo baduk

Anyone fancy a game on http://online-go.com/ ?

I've just started playing correspondence games on there and it seems pretty good. If people are interested we could start an XKCD group and get a ladder going?
by Mat
Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 270807

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

After princessgate I was kind of horrified to watch the new episode, but I actually enjoyed the premiere. The super alicorn backstory potion was pretty ridiculous but I liked how they fleshed out the mythology (although Luna's banishment still makes no sense) and set up the rest of the s...
by Mat
Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Python 2.x vs. python 3.x
Replies: 16
Views: 24202

Re: Python 2.x vs. python 3.x

pygame and mutagen don't support it yet I've been using Pygame with Python 3 for ages now. You can download Pygame for Python 3 here . Maybe it works for you, but those releases don't appear to exist anywhere outside that page, and they're windows only. The latest versions on pypi are python2 only ...
by Mat
Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Top 10 movies of 2012
Replies: 21
Views: 10168

Re: Top 10 movies of 2012

Huh, I thought I'd have a hard time coming up with 10, but apparently I've seen at least 12. In order of awesomeness: ⋅ Moonrise Kingdom ⋅ 21 Jump Street ⋅ Cabin in the Woods ⋅ Cloud Atlas ⋅ Django Unchained ⋅ Avengers ⋅ Iron Sky ...
by Mat
Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How do I connect the friggin power button?
Replies: 2
Views: 3708

Re: How do I connect the friggin power button?

Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely try and follow that next time. These connectors have been the most fiddly part of the whole build.

After finally getting the power ones sorted I managed to screw up usb 3 get it working \o/
by Mat
Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How do I connect the friggin power button?
Replies: 2
Views: 3708

How do I connect the friggin power button?

So I'm attempting to a build a new PC. It has lots of little cables from the case: the power switch, reset switch, and some LEDs. My motherboard (MSI H87-G43) has a 9 pin JFP1 connector which these are supposed to go into. The problem I'm having is the cables don't want to actually stay on the conne...
by Mat
Sun May 12, 2013 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Broken Picture Telephone
Replies: 353
Views: 69025

Re: Broken Picture Telephone

Spoiler:
telphone.png
by Mat
Sun May 12, 2013 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: STAR! Trek into Darkness?
Replies: 165
Views: 42879

Re: Star Trek into Darkness

By "different levels of explanation and depth" do you mean none? I'm not a huge fan of the old movies but I don't think the new ones stand up that well even on their own. I don't care so much about changing the rules, it's their black and white morality, shallow villains, and contrived plo...
by Mat
Wed May 08, 2013 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Geohashing
Replies: 12
Views: 25168

Re: Geohashing

Awesome video :) Now I want to attempt a geohash again...
by Mat
Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2096
Views: 265743

Re: Game of Throngs

Yeah, Tyrion didn't really need to be in the episode, and it was a bit exposition-y in places, but overall it was a pretty good episode. That scene with Sansa and the Tyrells was wonderful. I still feel like they try to cram too many characters into an episode though sometimes. I would much rather t...
by Mat
Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Broken Picture Telephone
Replies: 353
Views: 69025

Re: Broken Picture Telephone

Spoiler:
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by Mat
Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 270807

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

The songs were decent enough, I think it's more that they didn't tie into the episodes very well, rather than the music itself. The songs in this episode could have been part of the first episode of season 1 and would still have made sense. It was just a distraction rather than aiding the story as &...
by Mat
Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 422
Views: 140110

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

Oh hell yes. I loved those games.

Also this Machine Of Death Board Game looks awesome.
by Mat
Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Python 2.x vs. python 3.x
Replies: 16
Views: 24202

Re: Python 2.x vs. python 3.x

Only annoying in that you have to unlearn stuff. Pretty much all the backwards incompatible changes fix stuff that was stupid before: ⋅  for i in range() is the obvious way to build a loop, but it creates a useless list, so you really want xrange() ⋅  'bla' and str() is how you c...
by Mat
Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Python 2.x vs. python 3.x
Replies: 16
Views: 24202

Re: Python 2.x vs. python 3.x

I'm not familiar with what you're trying to do, but what's wrong with bytes exactly? Isn't it essentially as the same as regular strings in python2?
by Mat
Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Broken Picture Telephone
Replies: 353
Views: 69025

Re: Broken Picture Telephone

Spoiler:
telephone.png
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by Mat
Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Commenting and Conventions
Replies: 37
Views: 6190

Re: Commenting and Conventions

"Stuff" is insufficiently descriptive. There are different kinds of documentation that need to be considered. If you make a product that does [x], and in order to do so, it make use of a Foo, Bar, and a Baz then your [x] is a feature/product level documentation. There hopefully is a high ...
by Mat
Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Commenting and Conventions
Replies: 37
Views: 6190

Re: Commenting and Conventions

I don't subscribe to the idea that comments should be avoided because they will inevitably become inaccurate - I think this kind of attitude leads to very change-averse coding, No, people who are not confident that the software works leads to change-averse coding. If you have sufficient tests (not ...
by Mat
Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Commenting and Conventions
Replies: 37
Views: 6190

Re: Commenting and Conventions

I guess I lean more towards commenting than most. I don't subscribe to the idea that comments should be avoided because they will inevitably become inaccurate - I think this kind of attitude leads to very change-averse coding, hurting the long term maintainability of your software for the sake of av...
by Mat
Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [Java] Multiple returns vs single exit
Replies: 21
Views: 7061

Re: [Java] Multiple returns vs single exit

Sure, a bunch of random returns scattered throughout the body of a long rambling function can be confusing, but that problem is caused by having a long, rambling function, not having multiple returns. This. I think the main issue is # of branches. Multiple returns is just an indicator that your fun...
by Mat
Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: python array output to file is'nt unicode?
Replies: 4
Views: 1428

Re: python array output to file is'nt unicode?

NumPy includes several functions for IO: http://docs.scipy.org/doc/numpy/referen ... es.io.html
by Mat
Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python Returning None?
Replies: 2
Views: 4306

Re: Python Returning None?

Yup. Printing is not the same as returning a value from a function. It is just a side effect that calling the function has. If x is 0 or below, there are no return statements, so the return value is None. A more pythonic way would be to handle your bad input using exceptions , like this def power():...

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