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by Xenomortis
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 223233

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

No, fillet rhymes with billet or skillet.
I had no idea that it was pronounced differently in American accent.
by Xenomortis
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2194757

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

It is enough to just get on a tall building and verify to can see farther off to prove the world is not flat. Maybe it's oblong, maybe it changes from places to place, but it would definitively prove it's not flat. Nah, clearly that's just due to the atmosphere being thinner at higher altitudes, so...
by Xenomortis
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1723655

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

There's extensive documentation about the calculation and interpretation of those values. I bet you haven't produced a single UML diagram, barely did any testing, and there's zero documentation, so your 700 loc aren't finished yet. To be fair, it has had zero testing. And basically no error handlin...
by Xenomortis
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1723655

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

*Spends a few days writing code at work* me@work:project$ sloccount src ... Total Physical Source Lines of Code (SLOC) = 700 Development Effort Estimate, Person-Years (Person-Months) = 0.14 (1.65) ... Total Estimated Cost to Develop = $18,578 So where's my cut of that $18k?
by Xenomortis
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1264
Views: 246555

Re: The Liquor Thread

So I recently obtained a bottle of "Cornish Moonshine" (it's a name, Google will find it) - it's 35% abv with an overpowering apple taste (it has "Apple Pie" written on the bottle - I'm guessing some apple juice was added after distillation?). It's way too sweet for me, so I don'...
by Xenomortis
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PyPI [resolved]
Replies: 8
Views: 2546

Re: PyPI

... huh. That seems a bit weird. Is there a way to do things so that I don't have to have that line in my __init__.py, or even not have the __init__.py at all? Directories with an __init__.py file are packages - you need the __init__.py file for python to recognise your directory as a package. Othe...
by Xenomortis
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PyPI [resolved]
Replies: 8
Views: 2546

Re: PyPI

>>> import labmath.labmath >>> labmath.labmath.gcd <function gcd at 0x7f880b94f9d8> Your package is labmath, which contains a module called labmath. In the __init__.py of your package, put: from labmath.labmath import * >>> import labmath >>> labmath.gcd <function gcd at 0x7f7b70e846a8>
by Xenomortis
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: code for melting computer
Replies: 7
Views: 4539

Re: code for melting computer

As other commenters have said, modern computers are pretty good at turning off before they get too hot, so any serious damage requires getting around the safety mechanisms first. There have been exploits that enable code to be executed under Intel's System Management Mode - a highly privileged mode...
by Xenomortis
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Least Recognisable Acronym
Replies: 68
Views: 4832

Re: Least Recognisable Acronym

HIGNFY - Have I Got News For You (BBC panel show) StA:GoB2:DF - Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter 2: Dwarf Fortress (full name for the game Dwarf Fortress) ASoIaF: GOT - A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones (first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, which in turn is more famously kno...
by Xenomortis
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Copper in vacuum thermos
Replies: 8
Views: 1615

Re: Copper in vacuum thermos

Copper has antimicrobial properties - maybe that's the point?
by Xenomortis
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 4856

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

I think this, like rowhammer, shows mostly that we are getting sufficiently good at software security that attackers have to exploit the hardware. Actually, Heartbleed is only about 2 months older than rowhammer. Who needs hardware exploits when you only have to press backspace 28 times? http://hma...
by Xenomortis
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2194757

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

"Spectre", the other vulnerability I mentioned, has some interesting implications. It doesn't seem as bad as Meltdown, it doesn't cross privilege levels, but it's also kinda worse. It's much harder to fix (there doesn't appear to be an OS level workaround at the moment), affects pretty muc...
by Xenomortis
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2194757

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

Reminds me of the Pentium Bug . (Ok, so it's different at its core(s), but the whole software fix and recall thing…) There was speculation as to the cause going around for the past couple of days, but we have details now. There are a couple of vulnerabilities here, but the "Intel specific"...
by Xenomortis
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 3490

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

Eebster the Great wrote:I thought you were saying that surface tension was somehow necessary for a straw to work.

Isn't it? If there were nothing "holding the liquid together", what's stopping air from breaking the liquid apart and just rushing along the straw?
by Xenomortis
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1723655

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

No, I can see that one would need a translator if they wanted to convert one lunatic's mad ramblings into the dialect of a depressed drunk.
What I can't envisage is wanting to communicate with either of these people whilst sane and/or sober.
by Xenomortis
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bathing in Vinegar
Replies: 16
Views: 2276

Re: Bathing in Vinegar

I was watching a commercial for a new high tech, super awesome shower head that will revolutionize how you wash yourself and a thought accorded to me; "What would happen if you bath regularly in undiluted vinegar?" I am a strange person. People might start looking at you funny. You know, ...
by Xenomortis
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1723655

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoption_of_the_Gregorian_calendar#Adoption_in_Eastern_Europe The USSR switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1918 - the 30th Jan 1918 (Wednesday) was followed by 14th Feb (Thursday). Not quite "two sequential Thursdays", but a date-time complic...
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Automatic updates
Replies: 9
Views: 2242

Re: Automatic updates

To be fair, most malware goes unnoticed. Being part of a botnet is unfortunate, but at least it doesn't force a machine restart. ;) There's an old, old meme (memory puts it as refering to Windows 95) comparing a typical computer virus (of the time) vs Windows, with on one side statements of "w...
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Uranium more Common than Zinc
Replies: 10
Views: 2519

Re: Uranium more Common than Zinc

My guess is that lead and zinc deposits are more common in sedimentary layers (limestone, etc), so you're getting a warped view when you only look at the composition of igneous rock.
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Automatic updates
Replies: 9
Views: 2242

Re: Automatic updates

How many people actually leave their session open overnight? I used to, before I installed Windows 10 and now my computer cannot wake up from sleep, forcing a reboot (or several). Forced restarts, even in the Win 7 days, where therefore an annoyance (albeit very minor). Goes to show that either you...
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:36 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Computer Dying Randomly [Seems it was the PSU]
Replies: 12
Views: 4695

Re: Computer Dying Randomly

Over heating is the obvious one - check all the fans for dust, etc, particularly for the PSU and CPU. It could be the power supply - if it's old and your computer already pushes close to its rated limit then it may no longer be able to provide enough juice. Of particular note is that once the PC shu...
by Xenomortis
Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 9989

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

praetor_alpha wrote:But Counterstrike taught me that a knife in a gun fight can be very useful!

Certainly it helps you run faster. ;)
You should definitely bring a knife to a race.
by Xenomortis
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 9989

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

Agreed, I had this one pot lid in college that I always thought would serve well as a buckler. Alas, my fencing coach viewed such improvised fighting implements as more of a liability than anything else, legally, if not practically in a bout. Maybe useful in a sword fight, but I don't think it'd be...
by Xenomortis
Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why is there red on both sides of digital rainbow images?
Replies: 25
Views: 3924

Re: Why is there red on both sides of digital rainbow images?

While looking for an alternative image with an uptick for the 'red cone' sensitivity, I started to question its validity and the validity of any of those diagrams. One diagram in particular caught my attention (if it lists sources, I tend to believe those sources exist and are reputable): http://we...
by Xenomortis
Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1723655

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Is the goal here to allow people to enter arbitrary expressions in the config file? Or are you just trying to make it so they can enter numbers/strings/etc and have it load in as the appropriate types? Because in the latter case, it's probably going to be a lot cleaner to just read the values in as...
by Xenomortis
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1723655

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So I need some configuration files that basically store key-value pairs and these need to be parsed. Values are typed (might be strings, ints or floats). The people that edit these files (non-programmers) are used to "Key = value" syntax: KEY1 = "string value" KEY2 = 123 ... The ...
by Xenomortis
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Graph theory terminology
Replies: 16
Views: 5791

Re: Graph theory terminology

No one going to try to start a holy war over "vertices" vs "vertexes"? Vertexes all the way. No, because we all know the correct answer there. Vertices, you heathen! I tend to say "node", but that's because I usually deal with graphs in a programming context. I was def...
by Xenomortis
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 5267

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Flumble wrote:Does an x with x^2=-1 really exist?

Yeah, but it's not unique.
by Xenomortis
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 7869

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

spaces_should_be_abolished_and_we_should_all_type_like_this
by Xenomortis
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1723655

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yeah, the version isn't changing anytime soon. There is a solution: ... except Exception e: raise MyException, MyException(e), sys.exc_info[2] # traceback But I still think "what's the point"? Just let the exception bubble up - stop wrapping things up in useless exception classes.
by Xenomortis
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1723655

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Code: Select all

try:
    # some lines that might raise an exception
except:
    raise SomeUselessExceptionClass("Some useless message")

Thanks for hiding what went wrong - you've made everyone's life so much nicer by squashing that pesky error trace.
by Xenomortis
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tabs vs Spaces
Replies: 209
Views: 119957

Re: Tabs vs Spaces

Why are you aligning with tabs?
Don't align with tabs - bad things will happen when you align with tabs.
I heard that it was people aligning with tabs that drove some employees to madness and despair, causing them to release the dinosaurs and ultimately end all operations.
by Xenomortis
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1723655

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Tub wrote:Please advise. I'd prefer to refactor this before I have to commit a "SquigglyLine" class into the eternal git history.

I think the term used at work is "LinePlot". Or maybe it's "Trace".
I actually have no idea how that shit works.
by Xenomortis
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tabs vs Spaces
Replies: 209
Views: 119957

Re: Tabs vs Spaces

Computer programmers who use spaces as part of their coding earn $15,370 (£12,000) more per year than those who use tabs, a survey of developers has revealed. Programmers who use spaces 'paid more' Even when I'm using tabs, I still have spaces in my code. Maybe they get paid more because they take ...
by Xenomortis
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 20331

Re: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee

Not the first time a Liberal Democrat leader has had conflicts stemming from their faith.
Charles Kennedy (Catholic) frequently voted against abortion and euthanasia - motions that received support from LD front-benchers at the time.
by Xenomortis
Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 20331

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

You're referring to the "Shy Tory factor". It is true that the Conservatives have beaten the polls more often than Labour (by about 2:1?), but I suspect the "shy Tory" effect is overstated. I would have to look back at the various polls before previous elections to really argue f...
by Xenomortis
Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 20331

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

↶ Until 10pm on Thursday, pretty much everyone thought the Tories were going to have a majority of anything from 50 to over 100. The yougov poll was basically the only one that had made substantial enough changes to their calculations and was the main one I was following so I was expecting a reduce...
by Xenomortis
Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 20331

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40231107 So May has sacked two of her close aides Two of May's aides have "resigned" following the result. The understanding is that some Tory MPs threatened a leadership contest if they were kept on. Her position is tenuous - if there were an "obvious&quo...
by Xenomortis
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 20331

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

Labour say they're looking to form a minority government, the only way I can see that being possible is this coalition: Labour (261) + SNP (35) + Lib Dems (12) + DUP (10) + Sinn Fein (7) + Green (1) = 326 That would be... mad. I don't see how that could work. I think we're looking at either Con + D...

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