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by John E.
Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 24702

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

orthogon wrote:
PolakoVoador wrote:First: Was Germany part of a Eastern Civilization or something else non-Western?

Perhaps John E. was thinking of Nazi Germany as Western but not Civilised?


Exactly
by John E.
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 24702

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Wait - how could anyone NOT know that quote? It was one of the most stirring calls to the defense of Western Civilization of the 20th century.
by John E.
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135257

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

"Oh boo hoo, mean people aren't giving Ayn Rand and her readers the respect they deserve..."

Here, take a look at this series...

http://wonkette.com/415825/thats-object ... st-century
by John E.
Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135257

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Nobody's posted this yet? – There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulth...
by John E.
Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 94746

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

KShrike wrote:Have sex with your mother. Right now.


I was adopted, so I've got no idea where she is or if she is even still alive. But if she was hot and up for it, yeah, I'd do it.
by John E.
Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0653: "So Bad It's Worse"
Replies: 137
Views: 38102

I saw it on broadcast TV also

I was eleven years old when I saw it on broadcast TV.

Even at age eleven, I knew it was horribly, horribly wrong.
by John E.
Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0512: "Alternate Currency"
Replies: 128
Views: 26900

Re: "Alternate Currency" Discussion

If only the currency had been based on porn - I'd be rich beyond measure!
by John E.
Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0491: "Twitter"
Replies: 156
Views: 35122

Feeling old now

Usually it is just "Dear SB" that makes me feel old.

Of course I know what Burma-Shave is...

what the hell is Twitter?
by John E.
Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: noob python - function returns None - don't know why
Replies: 6
Views: 3041

Re: noob python - function returns None - don't know why

Berengal wrote:Also, <> isn't going to be in python for very much longer. Better to use != instead.



I'll make a point to start using that.

Hey, you're from Bergen? I spent a few weeks in Bergen about nine years ago. There was an eclipse while I was there too. Good times.
by John E.
Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: noob python - function returns None - don't know why
Replies: 6
Views: 3041

Thanks!

Postby phlip on Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:04 am UTC
I suspect you want:

Code: Select all

    if i <> testNumb:
        return findFactors(factorList,testNumb / i)


Thanks very much - that was it exactly
by John E.
Thu Sep 11, 2008 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: noob python - function returns None - don't know why
Replies: 6
Views: 3041

noob python - function returns None - don't know why

Hey all, I don't understand why the Python function I've written returns None. I'm pretty sure I'm making a blindingly obvious mistake. Any help would be appreciated. Here's the code: #Chal0003.py ##What is the largest prime factor of the number 600851475143 ? def findFactors(factorList,testNumb): &...
by John E.
Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: python/tkinter StringVar() scope problem (I think)
Replies: 2
Views: 2115

Re: python/tkinter StringVar() scope problem (I think)

Thanks so much - that did the trick!
by John E.
Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: python/tkinter StringVar() scope problem (I think)
Replies: 2
Views: 2115

python/tkinter StringVar() scope problem (I think)

Hey all, I've started playing with Python and Tkinter and ran into an issue I can't figure out. The following code generates two Buttons and a Label. # File: hello2.py from Tkinter import * class App: def __init__(self, master): tv = StringVar() frame = Frame(master) frame.grid() self.button = Butto...
by John E.
Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What happened to Africa?
Replies: 60
Views: 5599

Re: What happened to Africa?

Is the question why Africa of AD 1200 wasn't as advanced as Europe of the same era, or is the question more along the lines of why post-Colonial Africa seems not to be doing as well as was hoped it do? Are we talking sub-Saharan Africa or the nations along the Mediterranean? If we are talking about ...
by John E.
Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?
Replies: 257
Views: 25785

Re: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?

Problem or no problem? No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being. No problem, I acknowl...
by John E.
Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Killer Asteroid - 450 to 1 odds of collision in 2036
Replies: 22
Views: 3290

Re: Killer Asteroid - 450 to 1 odds of collision in 2036

demon wrote:http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04/16/esa_german_schoolboy_apophis_denial/
yeah, apparently they do. and did. still, more details would be welcome.


Well that a relief - still, someone ought to go up and get that iridium.
by John E.
Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl dies as parents pray for healing of treatable illness.
Replies: 172
Views: 14790

Re: Girl dies as parents pray for healing of treatable illness.

I'm sure the parents are not celebrating and having cake, but rather are probably broken hearted and in disbelief/shock/existential crisis. I'm sure (having been brought up in a very religious place where people do believe this kind of thing too quickly/readily) they loved the girl and are disappoi...
by John E.
Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Good News! You Can Keep Burning Oil!
Replies: 54
Views: 4197

Re: Good News! You Can Keep Burning Oil!

Jeeze, could we please just build a few hundred nuclear plants and be done with it?
by John E.
Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Killer Asteroid - 450 to 1 odds of collision in 2036
Replies: 22
Views: 3290

Killer Asteroid - 450 to 1 odds of collision in 2036

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080415/sc_afp/spaceastronomygermany_080415214429 Seems to odds of a killer asteroid hitting the earth in 2036 are 450 to one. Maybe something ought to be done about this? The asteroid is supposed to be chock full of iridium which is priced at $450/ounce. According to wi...
by John E.
Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Megafauna
Replies: 49
Views: 6220

Re: Megafauna

I kinda wonder what blue whale tastes like. :\ And now theres not enough of them for me to go, kill one, and eat part of it and give the rest away to feel ok with it. :\ I'd kinda also like to try elephant steak sometime. :\ It suddenly appears to me that one of my goals in life seems to be eat a b...
by John E.
Thu Apr 10, 2008 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Impossible physics problem- SOLVED
Replies: 36
Views: 6352

Re: Impossible physics problem

If the three stationary masses had the same mass and were positioned as the vertices of an equilateral triangle, where would you guess the point you are looking for to be?
by John E.
Thu Apr 10, 2008 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Problems with Teleportation
Replies: 55
Views: 10015

Re: The Problems with Teleportation

Mr. Beck wrote: For that reason, teleporters must be in vacuum chambers.



Just swap the air in the receiving teleporter with the air + person in the transmitting teleporter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transfer_booth

Niven covered this topic pretty thoroughly
by John E.
Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question Re: Giant Hole Through the Earth
Replies: 87
Views: 24909

Re: Problem: Huge freaking tunnel right through the earth!

Are you sure? Wouldn't air density (and subsequently damping coefficient) increase with depth, making it a more complicated differential equation? Furthermore, gravitational force is proportional to the distance from the earth, no? So, you can model it as a spring with the addition of an unpleasant...
by John E.
Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transexuality
Replies: 318
Views: 33749

Re: Transexuality

I'm uncomfortable with them, yes, but I don't think it's anything more than a mild distaste. To give you a good comparison, my feeling for transexuals is like my feeling towards this guy for what he did to his ear. Jeeze, is there anything more to say than, "Thanks for sharing?" Okay, you...
by John E.
Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:37 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How can I set up a WinXP with broadband to act as a server ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1396

Re: How can I set up a WinXP with broadband to act as a server ?

It appears that windows already has all this functionality available. If you go into add/remove programs under your control panel and go to the section about windows services, under communication there should be a dial-up server section. To my knowledge (not at my xp box right now), that is uninsta...
by John E.
Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How can I set up a WinXP with broadband to act as a server ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1396

Re: How can I set up a WinXP with broadband to act as a server ?

I'm still not exactly sure what you want to do, so I'm going to guess that you want to set your XP machine up as a dial-in proxy server or gateway machine, as opposed to just getting a dial-up account for your Linux box and connecting directly. Yes, this is exactly correct. I don't really know what...
by John E.
Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How can I set up a WinXP with broadband to act as a server ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1396

Re: How can I set up a WinXP with broadband to act as a server ?

Hi SomeoneElse, I probably didn't explain the situation clearly. I currently have a broadband connection on my XP box. I don't use dialup there. I use a DSL connection. I pay a montly fee for the fast internet connection and a monthly fee for telephone service at the XP location. I currently do not ...
by John E.
Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:46 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How can I set up a WinXP with broadband to act as a server ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1396

How can I set up a WinXP with broadband to act as a server ?

Hey all, At one location, the very one I am typing from now, I have a computer running Windows XP connected to the internet via a broadband connection. At another location, two blocks away, I have a computer running Linux. I'm too darn cheap to pay for broadband at both locations, so I would like to...
by John E.
Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Antidepressants, Neuroleptics, and Amphetamines
Replies: 52
Views: 4806

Effexor has been good for me

A few years back, I took Serzone for depression, but the doseage had to be increased over time to the point where I felt jittery.

I went off meds entirely, but recetnly went on Effexor - this has worked well for me at a low dosage.
by John E.
Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Arthur C. Clarke is dead at 90
Replies: 7
Views: 2136

Arthur C. Clarke is dead at 90

The last of the 'Big Three' SF writers of my youth (Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke) has died at age 90 in Sri Lanka.

I think that of all his books, "Childhood's End" made the biggest impression on me.
by John E.
Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2417451

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, My name is John. I live in rural East Texas. I acquire hardware by asking, "Hey, can I have that stuff?" at work when the boss guys upgrade their computer systems because "It's running too slow, order something bigger for me."

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