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by grim4593
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 7613

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

How much energy does it take to make enough plutonium to emit 1000W (to start)?
More like an atomic battery really.
by grim4593
Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 33652

Re: Supported Features

Maybe that is one of the reasons Linux has such a great system back-end. Since there is no point trying to waste time on flashy GUI's and hardware accelerated doodads they developed stability and great functionality.
by grim4593
Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Graphic Calculator Brand
Replies: 29
Views: 3268

Re: Graphic Calculator Brand

Personally I love my TI-89 Titanium. Works great and lets you do things that the older versions cannot. Its expensive, but can save you lots of time on assignments and tests. Granted, its always good to know how to do stuff by hand before you start relying on a calculator, but generally calculators ...
by grim4593
Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:13 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: DVD region settings?
Replies: 12
Views: 1091

Re: DVD region settings?

According to this and this the VLC media player can ignore region settings. It is open source and multi-platform. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
by grim4593
Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Microcontroller fiddling . . .
Replies: 17
Views: 3129

Re: Microcontroller fiddling . . .

If you do use PIC chips I suggest getting a C complier. Assembly can be very annoying to work with, and if you already know C you can avoid many problems since all the background work like page switching is done automatically by the compiler. I am using a PIC16F877A for my senior design project and ...
by grim4593
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0392: "Making Rules"
Replies: 157
Views: 26640

Re: Making Rules

Here In Michigan we play with: Yellow - If you see a yellow car, you can hit someone. Slug Bug - See a beetle you can hit someone. This applies to newer models as well. PT Cruiser Bruiser - See a PT Cruiser you can hit someone. *snip* That was a fun game to play as well. Until new rules kept popping...
by grim4593
Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:03 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Remapping the windows key (Linux)
Replies: 10
Views: 6974

Re: Remapping the windows key (Linux)

Well, you can remap the windows key however you want if you use the command line. Right now, I use my right windows key to open nautilus. In terminal: xev A mini window will pop up. Any key you press will show the keys corresponding information. Pay attention to the keycode. Then open/make a file in...
by grim4593
Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0363: "Reset"
Replies: 133
Views: 34215

Re: "Reset" Discussion

yet another one wrote:I have to make one of them for my school. Would be uber-awesome.

Only problem: How? It might be easy to build one using something like C, but in hardware?

You can program a microcontroller in C.
by grim4593
Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:26 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Program for Timing Diagrams
Replies: 2
Views: 2569

Re: Program for Timing Diagrams

Thanks! The only problem with those programs is that they cost $1500, $850, and $129 respectively. Now, I am sure I can go off and pirate one of them, but I was kinda hoping I could actual find one with a reasonable price so that I could actually buy it :/ I don't know. I am just surprised that ther...
by grim4593
Sat Dec 08, 2007 4:39 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Program for Timing Diagrams
Replies: 2
Views: 2569

Program for Timing Diagrams

Does anyone know of a good (preferably free) program to make digital timing diagrams? I don't care if it is for Windows or Linux. So far I have tried drawtiming for Linux, except that it completely command line based and doesn't let the user specify active-low signals. I have also tried TimingTool b...
by grim4593
Mon Dec 03, 2007 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: fun hardware/firmware design projects
Replies: 27
Views: 3841

Re: fun hardware/firmware design projects

I am currently designing for my Electrical Engineering senior design project. Its a computer temperature control system. Basically my partner and I are connecting three temperature sensors to a PIC, displaying the temperature on an LCD display, connecting the PIC to the computer using the parallel p...
by grim4593
Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:43 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: RapidShare Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 2644

Re: RapidShare Problem

I have this exact same problem. Rarely can I download a RS file in the first try. Most of the time it continuously says I entered the wrong code verification or that my IP address has already downloaded files from them. Most of the time I don't even bother to attempt a download from rapidshare and I...
by grim4593
Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ideal Hardware Store
Replies: 27
Views: 2530

Re: Ideal Hardware Store

Yeah, nothing quite like a low pass filter that breaks causality :D

That brings us back to this thread.
by grim4593
Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ubuntu Gutsy
Replies: 67
Views: 5226

Re: Ubuntu Gutsy

2) Tilda (a command prompt that drops down a la Quake's command prompt). That sounds interesting. I binded my "Menu" key to open a terminal, but I am going to install Tilda because it sounds like a fun program. Not to mention it has libconfuse0 as a dependency :P Massive Virus hit my univ...
by grim4593
Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Epic D20 Campaign Experience Mechanic
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

Re: Epic D20 Campaign Experience Mechanic

This sounds like a great idea. Will discuss this with a friend, and maybe someday use this to come up with an epic character campaign.

(it gets boring fighting the same lower level villains all the time :/ )
by grim4593
Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ubuntu Gutsy
Replies: 67
Views: 5226

Re: Ubuntu Gutsy

I have been using the Gutsy beta for a few weeks now. To be honest, I have not noticed much of a change. First thing I did was turn off Compiz (bleh) because it makes my computer run slow. Desktop effects are nice, but it ruins the fast desktop experience that linux advertises. They don't have to co...
by grim4593
Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:30 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Upgrading to Gutsy - will the sound bugs be fixed?
Replies: 6
Views: 1511

Re: Upgrading to Gutsy - will the sound bugs be fixed?

It might fix it. I am not positive, but I think Gutsy is drifting away from alsa/oss/esd and trying to use some new thing called pulseaudio. But just looking at the ubuntu dev forums, there have been a lot of people running into sound problems. A lot of the times people upgrade to the new version, a...
by grim4593
Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that you're disappointed in after having finished.
Replies: 212
Views: 31016

Re:

The Dark Tower series. Ack! I'm a bit late to the thread, but any particular reason that's free of spoilers? Well, personally I loved the entire series up until the last couple hundred pages of the 7th book. So much had happened, and it had so much momentum that when it finally came time for everyt...
by grim4593
Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worldbuilding
Replies: 59
Views: 9288

Re: Worldbuilding

Dune++ American Gods++ (though i must admit i miss more than half the references in that book) Dark Tower++ (great imagery though the ending was a bit of a drag. But at the same time, how else COULD it have ended?) The Commonwealth Saga. I could imagine humanity turning out the same way if we ever d...
by grim4593
Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: External HDD - Gaming Performance
Replies: 10
Views: 2076

Re: External HDD - Gaming Performance

I have a laptop and most of my games are installed on my usb external harddrive and I don't notice a slow down. If anything, it could lead to faster game play because the game files and the pagefile are on different drives. I really have not noticed a difference since laptop drives are kinda slow an...
by grim4593
Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Strong Female Protagonists
Replies: 101
Views: 21648

Re: Strong Female Protagonists

Pandora's Star and Juda's Unchained by Peter Hamilton have a few strong female characters. Melanie Rescatori and Paula Myo. They are just 2 people in a long cast of main characters though.
by grim4593
Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: We can't access the fora!
Replies: 24
Views: 3546

Re: Report phpbb3 issues here (formerly: Who hacked the forum?)

The forum link on the front page does not work. When I click it it goes to http://forums3.xkcd.com/ that says: sciesnet.net is a holding ground for davean's sub-domains and a way of allowing universal unique resource resolution, it does not primarily support the HTTP protocol, this message is merely...
by grim4593
Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Collectable/Trading Card Games
Replies: 70
Views: 8637

I played Star Wars CCG as well. Got about 2000 cards sitting in a box, Haven't touched them in years. In the rules you are only supposed to play with 60 card decks. Me and a friend (who had more cards than me) would throw our thousands of cards into our reserve deck and fill an empty room with locat...
by grim4593
Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculus should be mandatory.
Replies: 89
Views: 10357

I think we should focus on everyone learning algebra before we try to teach everyone calculus. There are a lot of high school students that graduate and have no idea how to do basic algebra: and unlike calculus, algebra has many immediate applications for everyday life. Not everyone is capable of le...
by grim4593
Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 281891

It is out of character for me, but I liked Pride and Prejudice. I have no idea how that happened: I was fighting the story all the way through, and when I got to the end I discovered I enjoyed it. Of course, I never would have read the book if it were not required in my literature class...
by grim4593
Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 281891

I disliked most books I had to read in an English class. To be honest, most books really were not bad, however I hated spending hours in class analyzing every god damned word trying to pull out meaning that was never there. One time I had to write a 5 page paper about a single paragraph in a book an...
by grim4593
Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Problem with Kubuntu 7.04 startup
Replies: 6
Views: 1864

Try reconfiguring with:

Code: Select all

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg


Or go to /etc/X11 and see if you have any xorg.conf backups. You can also try to edit it by hand:

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sudo vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Make sure you know how to use the vi editor first.

*edit: Fixed stray [ /code]
by grim4593
Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0309: "Shopping Teams"
Replies: 95
Views: 18122

This comic made me lol. :D

bbctol wrote:The true nerd builds his own air conditioner.

A true nerd builds a wormhole generator that links to an ice planet with higher air pressure.

Was just reading the Commonwealth Saga...
by grim4593
Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Half Life 2 and its modalicious friends!
Replies: 12
Views: 2755

I bought Garry's Mod and play it all the time. I like the whole sandbox feel of it.
by grim4593
Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: How quickly can you type the alphabet?
Replies: 46
Views: 8919

I was able to get 6.85
Its not terribly fast, but its good enough.
by grim4593
Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Questions from a Linux Newb
Replies: 19
Views: 4133

You don't need automatix for anything. The Add New Program feature in 7.04 lets you browse most of the applications by category, and even modifies your sources file for you. So if you want Sun Java 6, Macromedia Flash, media codecs, just check mark and hit install.
by grim4593
Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:59 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Questions from a Linux Newb
Replies: 19
Views: 4133

You can read and write NTFS partitions with something called ntfs3g. It should be in one of the repositories. I have never had any problems with it. I have ubuntu dual booting on one 8 gig partition. Instead of having a seperate swap partition i just use a swap file (kind of like the pagefile in win...
by grim4593
Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: The Osiris thing is retarded
Replies: 33
Views: 5601

Yeah, I had no idea that things were word filtered at all until like a week ago. Every time i saw something like Optimus Prime, I just kinda skipped over the post cause I thought they were just being retarded or something. Instantly threw the post out the window for me. Optimus . Manual Filters Now ...
by grim4593
Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: HOLD EVERYTHING!
Replies: 138
Views: 14488

apocralypse wrote:i doubt the kitten would find its way into roswells tank and grimm is too little to do much more than make a nuisance of himself.

Hmm, I need to get bigger then.

As for the chocolate, just throw it in the freezer for a few hours. Chocolate is chocolate.
by grim4593
Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: sci-fi technology
Replies: 46
Views: 6098

I would want a batch of the cybernetics from Peter Hamilton's Pandora Star. You can get a powerful computer (with virtual terminals in your head, with games, HUD's, video feeds, etc), enhanced senses, internet/cybersphere/network links, etc, all within small body implants and tattoos. Also you can s...
by grim4593
Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rapex
Replies: 76
Views: 10143

Snow Crash, 2nd to last chapter, vagoo dentata. That was a very useful device. Except by the time Raven was knocked out, she actually wanted the sex. As far as the article. Its just dumb. For one, A woman is not going to be wearing one at all times. I mean its not like people go out and plan to get...
by grim4593
Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HalfLife 2 machinema movie
Replies: 3
Views: 1874

I just played Garry's Mod for 6 hours. I shall watch this movie.
by grim4593
Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What did you study?
Replies: 89
Views: 12975

Electrical Engineering.
by grim4593
Wed Jun 27, 2007 3:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: SAT Scores
Replies: 241
Views: 37089

I don't know about SAT's because I took the ACT's. I got a 28. Only took it once. Got me a decent scholarship, and I only applied to one university, so its a good thing I got in.
by grim4593
Wed Jun 27, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Test tricks
Replies: 36
Views: 4986

A friend of mine had an online multiple choice math exam. Turned out that all the correct answers were in bold. He got 100%. His teacher did the same thing for the next exam as well. Lucky bastard.

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