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by Don Calvus
Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 20888

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

the only way support is supposed to be done as per the job description right now, and it's not particularly the fault of the poor bugger sitting between the list and the headset... I’d rather be without a job. I have my pride. I’d literally prostitute myself, and take it up the ass, before ever doi...
by Don Calvus
Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 63900

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

speising wrote:Um, the first one is an endless loop.


Indeed. Don't know why I didn't write IF C <> 0 or simply > 0. I was tired, I guess!
by Don Calvus
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 63900

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

I am 17% nerd. I used to do some programming in Basic on 8-bit and 16/32-bit machines. During the 8-bit era, I owned a French computer called Hector and the Basic included in ROM didn't have anything close to a SORT function, of course. It also didn't even have a SWAP function. And I would try to wr...
by Don Calvus
Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100541

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Continental Europe's westernmost point is Cabo da Roca, north of Lisbon (38°46′ 48″ N - 9°30′ 02″ W) Spain's Cabo de Finisterre is 42°55′ 28″ N - 9°17′ 29″ W Portugal Cabo de São Vicente is 37°01′ 30″ N - 8°59′ 40″ W much more western than France's westernmost Pointe de Corsen (48°24′ 46″ N - 4°47′...
by Don Calvus
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100541

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Czech Republic being definitely more central than France, which has a long Atlantic border. Technically, all continental Europe except Portugal* is east to France. That's probably why "Western Europe" doesn't mean much after the Cold War for us. We use "Occident" for the whole W...
by Don Calvus
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100541

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Now the distinction is pointless and is almost never used in the present. There's no such thing as Western Europe. There is such a thing as "ex-Eastern Europe" though, which is, as was said, the former Communist block. Of course it is used, at least here. Western Europe are the countries ...
by Don Calvus
Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100541

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

I'm curious to hear other people's take on what constitutes western/central/eastern Europe. Germany, for me, is very firmly planted in the Western Europe camp; before this discussion it probably wouldn't have occurred to me that people would not put it there. You people all seem to forget there wer...
by Don Calvus
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100541

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Everything in the USA does this, and that's how "irregardless" found its way into the dictionary. Oh my. I'm an English-to-French translator, and I can't even imagine the reason behind this. And... what is this supposed to mean? What "regardless" already meant, but some people d...
by Don Calvus
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100541

Re: "ISO 8601"

piton wrote:In my country we write dates this way.
Interestingly, because of the EU, on food we have to print expiration dates as DD-MM-YY(YY), because the rest of Europe uses that format and using both leads to confusion.
Bottom line: EU has a bug.


I can derive another bottom line from this syllogism.
by Don Calvus
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100541

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Gargravarr wrote:Thank you Randall for adressing one of my pet peeves.

When I open the fridge and find a box marked with yy/MM/dd (or dd/MM/yy or yy/dd/MM, who can tell?), I throw it out partly to be safe, but mostly in protest.


You must be a nice flatmate!
by Don Calvus
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 32302

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

Bipolar women? Yeah, fuck them! Mental illness must be shunned. Yah, maybe that bipolar comment makes me a dick, but I don't want to date one. Everyone has their own values and things they want in a significant other. Two things I value are emotional stability and ability to be rational regardless ...
by Don Calvus
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 21761

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

It may just be the perspective, but each person seems to be ready to jump onto an arrow facing back at them. Does anyone think this is intentional or an oversight by the artist? Because it would seem as if they are taking the intentionally hard (becoming quickly harder) route to that high-five. Som...
by Don Calvus
Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 34388

Re: 1173: Steriods

Let soccer players punch the ball, it's just as good as a header and less painful. It's actually a lot more painful (and stupid: your fingers are less solid than your skull). Actually a header is not supposed to be painful. If it is, you hit it poorly; or the ball is not a football. Maybe a basketb...
by Don Calvus
Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

http://i.qkme.me/3571m2.jpg You guys starting to feel anything yet? http://d2tq98mqfjyz2l.cloudfront.net/image_cache/1317522236312956.gif I feel kinda... fuzzy . Brilliant composition. It just made me spill my very fine bordeaux on my lap. Thanks, Max. (Fortunately, the geyser missed my computer's ...
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Anyway, steve: You seem to thing the problem is: From receiving this and this data (receiving light at a certain time, maybe with direction, maybe without, you still did not answer that question) ----> how do we calculate the sender sequence? And this is not the question / problem at hand at all! T...
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

The time variance? Where did the variance come in? Are you suddenly doing statistics? (Or maybe it rode in on an epicycle.) My epicycle was stole by someone in a roflcopter, I'm thinking of building an epiornithopter to chase after them. No, you have to track his IP using Visual Basic It was fuckin...
by Don Calvus
Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

This method has been working to keep down little runs of the migraines that I do so wish to avoid. Steve, I think you're wasting your time here. "They" will never understand that you're right. And meanwhile the migraines go worse and worse! What you should really do to sort out this mess ...
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I'm sorry for jumping in here with an off-topic post, but damn! I started reading this thread this morning, finding is quite entertaining. I'm on page 16... I just now realized there are 91 pages in total... wow... so... see you in a couple of days once I get through to you in the present. I'm not ...
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I'm sorry for jumping in here with an off-topic post, but damn! I started reading this thread this morning, finding is quite entertaining. I'm on page 16... I just now realized there are 91 pages in total... wow... so... see you in a couple of days once I get through to you in the present. I'm not ...
by Don Calvus
Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

http://infinity-imagined.tumblr.com/post/32984183146/the-orbits-of-the-moons-and-planets-form-a http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbgbrh3IP11qbpwkro2_400.gif This is what my location is referring to. Wow, this looks awesome! It would be us (aka The Solar System ) viewed from a galaxy far, far away,...
by Don Calvus
Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Schrollini or Max 1 Are you saying that with timelike occurrences ( separated by <ct ), that all observers agree with the identical historical occurrence sequence? 2 Are you saying that with spacelike occurrences ( separated by >ct ), observers cannot necessarily agree with the timelike historical ...
by Don Calvus
Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1120: "Blurring the Line"
Replies: 74
Views: 20851

Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Yikes, the lettering here has gone downhill. I'm not sure why it seems particularly off, but "LINE" looks a lot like "UNE". Is it just me? Maybe I just need some sleep. No, it's not just you. But I think it's only an issue for people reading French, or any other language whose v...
by Don Calvus
Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I'm pretty sure you're going to explain me that f ( x )=1/ x has two branches, and that I'm wrong. I'm waiting for it. Bring it, bro! Psst. You know, it actually does have two branches, right? You just restricted it to x > 0. The thing is, all of Steve's hyperbolas also ...
by Don Calvus
Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I thought the curve was parabolic because you only showed the one branch, and you said noting about that. Now I think you're really joking. Otherwise, I'm gonna call the police. I can't stand when someone is wrong on the Internet . That is the plot that i need, so I call it a 'curve' for now, as we...
by Don Calvus
Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

What you would call "simultaneous events" implicitly defines a spacelike separation between those events. This statement of those you added is the most confusing to me. What about in the lab frame, if we set two messages off, then any receiver along the plane halfway between them will rec...
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

steve waterman wrote:Based upon two observer comparative observer logic again, as I understand your term, lightlike.


<mode="steve">SYNTAX ERROR. THIS DOES NOT MEAN SQUAT. PLEASE REWRITE.</mode>
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Nice, for a change. That is totally true then of me. I do not write in simple sentences. I do not think like that either. I would lose each concept. Each sentence would represent a truncated thought. Call it a quirk or something. I have a few. One is that I am shitty with names of stuff. I have nev...
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I will not be looking up your word, as surely it is just another personal attack. "And then Joe stepped up and - well, you really had to be there." See the effect? One thought starts (something Joe was doing), and then the sentence pauses and abruptly shifts to a different line of thinkin...
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I'm stressing it right now because someone's got to tell you again that not only are you confused wrt ( sic ) science, you also molest language on a postly basis. This is very sad. We assumed at one point that English must be a second or third language for him, and he agreed; "MATH!" is h...
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I wish to say that a "coordinate point" is IN a specific system, and that each system has ONLY one place for it's (2,0,0). Forgot the name of this theory, post it twice before, a fair while ago. Dealing with number line theory. as a late-comer, this went on previously I object to the equa...
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Stringy models are a bit too out there for any useful gain from a non-theoretical physicist studying them They sure are. I didn't enter it. It looked too weird and too abstract. Too deceptive, too: if you can NEVER observe it, it can probably even drive you crazier than Gödel or Cantor went. Anyway...
by Don Calvus
Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

OK, I had a feeling I used a very bad example. Haha, my mistake, I'll just let the people who know talk! Please don't hide away. Whether or not we can teach Steve relativity is one thing, but I really hope this thread helps other people learn some relativity. So please pop in with questions, commen...
by Don Calvus
Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Yes, with regards to Earth (by the way, it would ne nice not to overuse acronyms, they are less easy to read than actual words, especially for non-anglophone-natives). I can imagine, even with my weak knowledge, a place in the universe where "they" got the light emitted from an event of 1...
by Don Calvus
Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

wrt Earth, we all agree that the events of the 1500's took place before the the events of the 1700's and both came before the event of this century - in ABSOLUTE SEQUENCE. Now matter what order those event shells are seen in, regardless of location, that absolute sequence of events took place . Fou...
by Don Calvus
Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Steve, an event is any location in spacetime. Observing a portion of a light shell at a given location means that location can be described as "the event where you observed the light shell", and that event has (x, y, z, t) coordinates. The event where the light shell originates has differ...
by Don Calvus
Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Seriously stop posting and just read all the previous posts. I am unable to believe that you could have read all the posts and still get the impression that your math is not outrageously flawed and that any of us would be happy to know how deep your irrational beliefs have grown. Irrational being t...
by Don Calvus
Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38938

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

Gud wrote:
Salt wrote:Nope, MS still has a monopoly - in two markets in fact OS and Office software.

Then how come I have three computers and still can't find any Windows or Microsoft Office on any of them?


Come on. This is too easy. Maybe because you're not really representative of the population of computer owners?
by Don Calvus
Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

steve waterman wrote:So, please just add a sensor 3 ( with its own t value), and the new two curves and see if they converge and where if they do???


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by Don Calvus
Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38938

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

There WAS no serious and credible tablet market before iPad. They created it. And there SHOULDN’T be a tablet market. It is all just tricking dumb people with delusions and dreams. Just like Hoover said: It’s not about selling products anymore. It’s about selling dreams. The actual product is irrel...
by Don Calvus
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 501921

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

There's no proof of it, and even if there was, it's clearly not something that would make it acceptable for him to have this behavior. This sentence implies a belief that identifying a peculiar psychological cause of a behavior has some relevance to the acceptability of that behavior. Yeah, it was ...

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