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by FLHerne
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 55317

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Regardless of the vote, under 18 USC 2071 Mrs. Clinton isn't eligible to hold any office. Her exposing secrets to several other governments while taking many millions of dollars in bribes, funding ISIS, paying thugs to attack her opponent's rallies, electoral fraud in the primaries, creating the Mu...
by FLHerne
Sun May 31, 2015 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts (CS Edition)
Replies: 99
Views: 56407

Re: Fleeting Thoughts (CS Edition)

Personally, I can't understand how people tolerate IDEs. I mean, sure, I understand using them for debugging. That's what they're good for. But writing code? You get stuff like prettier autocompletion that's configured out of the box, but in exchange you have to write code without a decent text edi...
by FLHerne
Sat Nov 29, 2014 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 33183

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

"But the survival time is usually just a little bit more than the head-start time, so couldn't both timers start at the same time and the harvester just always takes a moment to catch up to the human no matter how far their head start?" "Then how are some survival times less than the...
by FLHerne
Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1398: "Snake facts"
Replies: 144
Views: 22641

Re: 1398: "Snake facts"

Separate linguistic issue to whatever y'all are talking about, but am I right in thinking that "horse" can be plural? As in "We have three score and six horse, sire". I've only seen that used in reference to cavalry troops (in the same sense as 'foot' for infantry), never for ho...
by FLHerne
Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: MH17 Shot Down Over Ukraine-Russian Border
Replies: 102
Views: 15572

Re: MH17 Shot Down Over Ukraine-Russian Border

From the live updates (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28399670): BREAKING NEWS It is confirmed that the train containing bodies of the victims of flight MH17 has left Torez station, about 15km from the main crash site. The train's destination is still unconfirmed. What the hell are they doi...
by FLHerne
Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Mechanical or Wood
Replies: 22
Views: 9124

Re: Mechanical or Wood

I only use pencils for marking things up and for drawing, and wooden pencils are superior for both.
If you're writing, why not just use a pen?
by FLHerne
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How Do I Learn About [n]?
Replies: 181
Views: 342921

Re: How Do I Learn About [n]?

Qt appears to be out for legal reasons. It's under LGPL (among other things), so you can dynamically-link to it (as a DLL on Windows, or .so on Linux) from your program regardless of the license used for the rest of the program. :wink: If you really need both static linking and a non-GPL license, D...
by FLHerne
Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Firefox won't properly downgrade.
Replies: 28
Views: 6983

Re: Firefox won't properly downgrade.

How is it not? Persumably that stuff is now somewhere which people know exists. You...seem to have missed quite a lot of internet fury. :roll: They removed (totally) any direct access to a whole range of customisation options, making it almost impossible to sanely configure the interface without ex...
by FLHerne
Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:32 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I wanna try Linux. Again. (x4).
Replies: 52
Views: 16305

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

If you only ever have a couple of windows open (and no-one should ever have more, because you can't look at them all :P ) perhaps you should look at tiling window managers? I use XMonad, but i3 is supposedly neat too. Essentially the idea is that, rather than dragging windows about by space-clutteri...
by FLHerne
Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Code that interacts with files on my HDD
Replies: 7
Views: 2150

Re: Code that interacts with files on my HDD

If you're using Qt for other stuff already (and for a cross-platform project, even non-GUI, it's really handy! :D ), you could use a QFileSystemWatcher. Save all the platform-specific fiddling...
by FLHerne
Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"
Replies: 71
Views: 26728

Re: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"

I found the "CoHoBaSt" especially funny due to it being similar to a password creation technique Bruce Schneier described in his bl o ag: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/03/choosing_secure_1.html You mean where Schneier references it as the "XKCD scheme"? And links t...
by FLHerne
Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"
Replies: 65
Views: 14303

Re: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"

Do the 280 billion billion Ted Olsons remind anyone of this guy ...And to think, there's like 300 billion times as many Teds as Gavs. So he makes up 99.7% of the human population of the galaxy in the 31st century, but only 3% of the total for all sentient species. Even that 3%, however, makes human...
by FLHerne
Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows sorting vs Irfanview sorting.
Replies: 24
Views: 7735

Re: Windows sorting vs Irfanview sorting.

True, but if you asked them about... 273ba337fda9cd50b4a1b1b97b8b20fb 1404_123 36563517 0821468216892 1395030292153 ...I'm quite confident not a single person would dream of putting them in that order. Virtually anyone who looks at those filenames would say they were unsorted, not in any particular...
by FLHerne
Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Google Search vs Bing
Replies: 59
Views: 75619

Re: Google Search vs Bing

Seing this thread active, I had another go (Google 4-1 of course).
Looking at the 'Or, try these popular searches:' list, I can see how they got the claimed 2:1 ratios - by hyperoptimising Bing for celebrities and reality TV and then asking a bunch of idiots. :twisted:
by FLHerne
Thu May 29, 2014 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Much ado about RAM
Replies: 2
Views: 2175

Re: Much ado about RAM

Phoronix got some rather alarming numbers with almost exactly that setup, which make me disinclined to buy anything with soldered RAM. :shock:
I don't think the tiny difference between those sticks will be at all significant.
by FLHerne
Sun May 25, 2014 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1372: "Smartwatches"
Replies: 41
Views: 13837

Re: 1372: "Smartwatches"

Also, I wish I have a DS with the spec of modern (2014) smartphone hardware and with Android Linux installed (and better with complete source code) and is able to play all NDS games, that would be really nice. It exists, it's called the Pandora. No, that's 2010-12ish smartphone hardware - 1GHz sing...
by FLHerne
Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: DiY laptop
Replies: 6
Views: 4477

Re: DiY laptop

Does anyone know how universal the connectors on such components are? Is it doable to connect one laptop's screen (etc) to a completely unrelated mobo? Laptop screens mostly have LVDS connections - you can get [HDMI|DVI|VGA] - LVDS boards, but actually getting them to do something useful is a bit h...
by FLHerne
Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:33 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0094: "Billion-Story Building"
Replies: 106
Views: 19437

Re: What-if #0094: Billion-Story Building

I've travelled 36 years into the future to say one word: Paternoster Much more space-efficient than a standard lift [elevator] But also much slower. Not ideal for travelling out past the moon in, really. :roll: Maybe you could have single-direction lift shafts like that, but with the cars able to m...
by FLHerne
Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 6873
Views: 460591

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

A small guitar, that I've had for years but still haven't learnt to play.

A book printed more than 60 years ago?
by FLHerne
Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0093: "Windshield Raindrops"
Replies: 20
Views: 5458

Re: What-If 0093: "Windshield Raindrops"

And just because I feel like trolling a bit: do you get wetter walking or running thru the rain? :twisted: Depends. If you have a large hat or a crazy hairstyle, and there's no wind, walking might be the best option. Otherwise your shoulders and thighs will definitely get wet, and of course wind wi...
by FLHerne
Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Win XP "Unable to Find Certificate..."
Replies: 5
Views: 2218

Re: Win XP "Unable to Find Certificate..."

Windows XP is unsupported and will no longer receive security (or any other) updates, as of April 9th. Any vulnerabilities found after that date won't be patched by Microsoft, and some of those won't be fixable by third-party security companies. While that isn't an answer to your question as such, y...
by FLHerne
Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1755
Views: 310515

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Hwo Thumb wrote:My German Teacher
Make sure you're pronunciating everything correctly

Mine decided to use 'sheep' as the English example of plurals:
One sheep, two sheeps.
She refused to accept otherwise until we got a dictionary. :D
by FLHerne
Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Drop-Dropbox movement: Condoleezza Rice appointed to Board
Replies: 19
Views: 3199

Re: Drop-Dropbox movement: Condoleezza Rice appointed to Boa

Naturally, she was quite involved in the controversial Iraq War. This is the source of controversy. No. She authorised the NSA to illegally wiretap UN telephone and email messages (to help Bush 'legitimise' said controversial war). That is the source of controversy. I can't really stop using Dropbo...
by FLHerne
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9712
Views: 1481010

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

C# wins. I'm a bit surprised everything thrown into C++ there isn't some shorthand like this. 1L => long 1m => decimal 1d => double 1f => float There is. :wink: 1 // int 1u // unsigned int 1l // long 1ul // unsigned long 1.0 // double 1.0f // float 1.0l // long double However, as I said in my last ...
by FLHerne
Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9712
Views: 1481010

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Just to explicate what caused this issue: the literal 1 has type long int, not short int. That's what causes the entire expression to be of type long int. This isn't true; 'short int + short int' also returns an int (and not a long int, although they're likely the same size). I quoted an explanatio...
by FLHerne
Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9712
Views: 1481010

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

...but that isn't what's happening; you have a narrowing following an operation on a wider type. The way to "shut GCC up" is to perform the cast yourself, explicitly. if (c.x != 0 && c.y != 0) nbr_list.push_back( {(ushort) (c.x - 1), (ushort) (c.y - 1)} ); I can never remember the...
by FLHerne
Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9712
Views: 1481010

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So I had this bit of C++: std::vector<Coord> nbr_list; if (c.x != 0 && c.y != 0) nbr_list.push_back({c.x - 1, c.y - 1}); Now, c.x and c.y are unsigned shorts, and the arguments to Coord's constructor are unsigned shorts. So this should be perfectly fine, right? Nope. :x warning: narrowing co...
by FLHerne
Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Suggest an open-source C/C++ IDE
Replies: 22
Views: 6406

Re: Suggest an open-source C/C++ IDE

If you already use KATE, why no KDevelop? it essentially KATE wid IDE cruft strapped onto it, in de finest KDE style. :D Me be pretty sure it no such ting. de editor component would be an embedded KatePart, if dat's wa you mean, but you comment be roughly analogous to a say "bash be essentiall...
by FLHerne
Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Google Search vs Bing
Replies: 59
Views: 75619

Re: Google Search vs Bing

Google's text search is well ahead still, but I know many people (including myself :P ) who always prefer Bing's mapping. OSM's transport map is useful but Bing has much clearer general mapping than either Google or OSM, at least in the UK has proper Ordnance Survey contoured mapping, and IMO has be...
by FLHerne
Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Suggest an open-source C/C++ IDE
Replies: 22
Views: 6406

Re: Suggest an open-source C/C++ IDE

If you already use KATE, why not KDevelop? It's essentially KATE with IDE cruft strapped onto it, in the finest KDE style. :D It has highlighting/context/comment interpretation/variable renaming; a crazy-flexible build system; plugins for gdb, git, a shell, file management, patch reviewing, aaargh t...
by FLHerne
Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Customizing a Linux Mint installer
Replies: 3
Views: 2439

Re: Customizing a Linux Mint installer

There was a tool called 'MintConstructor' for that, although it's no longer in the repos. This link has instructions, but you'll need to find and install it.

Failing that, the more fiddly but well-documented Ubuntu method should work just fine for Mint. :wink:
by FLHerne
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:40 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Taking a year out of high
Replies: 2
Views: 5977

Re: Taking a year out of high

Yes, right now (well, out of 6th-form, which is equivalent to some part of 'high school'). I don't have any useful advice yet though. :(
by FLHerne
Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britain under water
Replies: 51
Views: 6183

Re: Britain under water

So I was just reading about the Thames flood barrier. (I'd post a link, but I'm too new). For some reason I got the impression that it had prevented most of the flooding, is that not the case? The included map which shows what would have flooded without it was pretty interesting. The Thames flood b...
by FLHerne
Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Do I need new computer hardware?
Replies: 13
Views: 5905

Re: Do I need new computer hardware?

I'd grab a live CD/USB and run memtest - random bluescreens sounds like it could easily be bad RAM. If it comes up clean and keeps crashing, you're at 'pull bits out until it starts working'. Software really shouldn't be a problem (that's actually a fairly new machine, relatively speaking) unless yo...
by FLHerne
Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1312: "Haskell"
Replies: 70
Views: 16713

Re: 1312: "Haskell"

I may use XMonad a lot (right now even) but have so far entirely failed to actualy understand the language. It's weird. :? :oops:
by FLHerne
Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 15326

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

Meh. I like infinite-scrolling to the extent of using AutoPager to force everything to do it. :P Who wants to find the fiddly little next-page button every minute or so, in a different place on each website, and have dozens of history entries for essentially the same thing? Place-finding is why CTRL...
by FLHerne
Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Soylent (not the people variety)
Replies: 46
Views: 23486

Re: Soylent (not the people variety)

The stated ingredients aren't sufficiently specific. For instance, the "medium chain triglycerides" must contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. But as I understand it, that term usually refers to shorter fatty acids, which implies that in the long term this diet will definitely kill you...
by FLHerne
Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 304454

Re: Gun Control

Take any city which has banned guns and compare its murder rate to similar cities which had not banned guns over the same timespan. The catch here is that when only small areas are involved, it's really easy for criminals to obtain whatever weapons they want just by driving a few miles. A national-...
by FLHerne
Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 304454

Re: Gun Control

Which is why in the UK we have (generally) pretty good police, a welfare system, and allow farmers to carry long-barreled shotguns. :wink: "Give everyone near-unregulated access to a huge range of guns" is a terrible way to plaster over the symptoms of your first two problems, and massive...
by FLHerne
Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 304454

Re: Gun Control

It seems to me that the culture surrounding guns and their use varies massively between the US, the UK (where I live) and presumably also countries such as Switzerland. Many of the arguments put forward in favour of gun ownership seem to go along the lines of "We need guns so if someone tries ...

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