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by Xenomortis
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 80682

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I'm surprised by her statement that she won't do one. Perhaps she thinks it could only cost her votes?
I suspect she'll do one in the end, not doing one just seems "poor form".
by Xenomortis
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 80682

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

May wants to call a General Election for the 8th June. It used to be that the Monarch PM could call an election whenever they wanted; now it requires a two-thirds majority in Commons or a vote of no confidence. So this isn't "definite", but I doubt there'll be huge resistance in Parliamen...
by Xenomortis
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 80682

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Jumble wrote:... he has declared that he wants to lead a successful party of protest.

Oxymoron, no? :wink:
by Xenomortis
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 80682

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I don't see Labour beating the Tories.
I see a chance for the Lib Dems to recover some of their lost seats, possibly eroding away a Conservative majority.
by Xenomortis
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 80682

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

May wants to call a General Election for the 8th June. It used to be that the Monarch PM could call an election whenever they wanted; now it requires a two-thirds majority in Commons or a vote of no confidence. So this isn't "definite", but I doubt there'll be huge resistance in Parliament.
by Xenomortis
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Heroes of the Storm (Moba Lite?)
Replies: 41
Views: 10433

Re: Heroes of the Storm (Moba Lite?)

Not played the beta yet, but I've seen the map. It looks "hard", in the same way Dragon Knight is "hard" (requiring good team coordination, which won't really be available in QM or HL, to control multiple locations of the map). There's a lot of unique and "complex" mech...
by Xenomortis
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: will every mandelbrot zoom end in a black point?
Replies: 3
Views: 618

Re: will every mandelbrot zoom end in a black point?

I don't think zooming into the point (0+0i) will ever yield an "interesting" zoom.
I suspect the points chosen for fancy zooms are "special".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbro ... similarity
by Xenomortis
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Steering showdown
Replies: 23
Views: 4585

Re: Steering showdown

Casual mode: right hand moves around a lot - often at the top or at around 4-5 o'clock (arm resting on inside door handle), left hand resting on the gear stick. Sometimes the left takes part and I'll switch to the "bottom" configuration. I was taught "10 & 2". I don't know wh...
by Xenomortis
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Favorite Programming Language
Replies: 13
Views: 2709

Re: Favorite Programming Language

Tub wrote:So far, every language I met had *some* use case where it shines, and *some* use case where it's a poor choice.

What was Java's "shining" example?

*runs*
by Xenomortis
Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 80682

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Traditionally, it's Spain that wants Gibraltar to become part of Spain.

Someone made a comment saying "the PM would defend Gibraltar the same way Thatcher defended the Falklands", or something.
by Xenomortis
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

A signed 32 bit integer has a maximum value of about 2.14 [i]billion[/b]. So you could generate a thousand entities a second, for over a week, and not have a problem. Integer overflow is usually a problem caused by multiplication, not addition. It's also not a *huge* problem in Python, as Python wil...
by Xenomortis
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 1407

Re: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

"Blast off" entire layers of a gas giant?
Even if such a thing is possible in the future, I don't think terraforming will be the main use for a Death Star.
by Xenomortis
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Xenomortis, can you define some kind of local function do_things :: BaseClass -> Object with overloads for the specific classes? (The program will still call the most specific overload, regardless of whether the object was bound to a variable of a superclass type in between, right?) Pretty sure Jav...
by Xenomortis
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Xenomortis, can you define some kind of local function do_things :: BaseClass -> Object with overloads for the specific classes? (The program will still call the most specific overload, regardless of whether the object was bound to a variable of a superclass type in between, right?) I don't know Ja...
by Xenomortis
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

// BaseClass x = ... assigned from some where Object thing; if (x instanceof ClassA) { thing = do_A_things((ClassA) x) } else if (x instanceof ClassB) { thing = do_B_things((ClassB) x) } else if (x instanceof ClassC) { ... } else throw Exception(); vs Map<Class<?>, Function<Class<?>, Object> functi...
by Xenomortis
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 558
Views: 47894

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

The games I initially bought (Steam sales, so games released between 2010-2012) were all around the 2-5 gig range, so I don't know whether I blinked-or-missed-it, or just started not caring about disk space, but I missed the point where games jumped from ~5gb to ~50gb. It sure didn't feel like a gr...
by Xenomortis
Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 558
Views: 47894

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Largest I have (I think), from the Steam store:
Wolfenstein: The New Order - 50 GB
Doom (4) - 56 GB
Grand Theft Auto 5 - 72 GB
by Xenomortis
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

git bisect is awesome.
Tracing an odd performance degradation and I would never have suspect the commit it landed on.
And it's neat way to hammer in the difference between binary and linear searches.
by Xenomortis
Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 377
Views: 92879

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

I was watching this Numberphile video about Pascal's triangle, and learned yet more things about it. In particular, I really liked the section starting here . When she hadn't even started drawing the lines in yet I was starting to notice the pattern and was genuinely saying to my computer screen &q...
by Xenomortis
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 3924

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

But the next thing I usually do after compiling and linking (which I usually spell "make" or "cmake" or something like that), is run something like "make test". Configure gcc to launch gdb straight after compiling and linking - we all know it won't be working right, mi...
by Xenomortis
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 3924

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

Does gcc have any features that let you run arbitrary code? After all it's a compiler, not an interpreter. It really ought to have a switch to execute the output file automatically. Another thing it ought to have is a warning when you're about to overwrite the input source file with the output. Tha...
by Xenomortis
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help with a 9 Variable Equation
Replies: 6
Views: 1186

Re: Help with a 9 Variable Equation

Maybe I should rephrase my question. If I wanted to maximize H, should I double S or triple A. X-Y problem? Look, if you have a Shuckle (very low A ttack) attacking a Steelix (very high D efense) with a physical move, there's less point in using Shell Smash (doubling A) - the A/D term is still goin...
by Xenomortis
Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: advice: external cd/dvd
Replies: 16
Views: 1068

Re: advice: external cd/dvd

KnightExemplar wrote:The 5.25" slot is physical... its just the case that holds the drive in place.

Real geeks precariously balance the drive on top of one of the other drives.
With the side off the computer case.
And with the PSU outside.
by Xenomortis
Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: advice: external cd/dvd
Replies: 16
Views: 1068

Re: advice: external cd/dvd

Yeah - should be easy to find a USB CD/DVD drive online.
It should just work when you plug it in, but it might need two USB ports to provide enough juice (they often come with Y shaped USB cable).
by Xenomortis
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

*Has a pull request on github with a bunch of commits*
*Goes on holiday for nearly three weeks*
*Comes back to see someone added some more commits*

git reset --hard abc123
git push -f

I was productive today. :D
by Xenomortis
Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1692992

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

Being within three orders of magnitude is usually considered pretty good by astronomical standards.
by Xenomortis
Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 2016 in review
Replies: 10
Views: 1799

Re: 2016 in review

I can only think of three 2016 releases I've played: Doom 4 (DOOM): It was pretty unstable when I played, but that was shortly after a highly stressful upgrade to Windows 10 which left me with a fairly unstable computer (8 months later, it's still causing problems). The odd blue-screen wouldn't be t...
by Xenomortis
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

It's not me that cares about types. It's Python!

Code: Select all

>>> arr = [1, 2, 3]
>>> arr[5.0 // 2]
TypeError


Or how about:

Code: Select all

>>> (5.0 // 2) ^ 1
TypeError
by Xenomortis
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Code: Select all

>>> 3 // 2
1
>>> 3.0 // 2
1.0

Python, do you really have to be like that? It's so close, but worse than not close.

Trying to maintain compatibility between Python 2.7 and 3 is a pain the arse when you don't have a proper environment for the latter set up.
by Xenomortis
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dinosaur feathers and colours found in amber
Replies: 13
Views: 2203

Re: Dinosaur feathers and colours found in amber

Screw flying cars, I want my pet dino-sparrow.
by Xenomortis
Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1692992

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

CorruptUser wrote:18000 joules is roughly the same amount of energy as one of those fired bullets. That's a lot of energy in your pocket.

About 4 grams of TNT (equivalent).
Or about 2-3 g of Nitroglycerin (~2 mL).
Not much, but enough that you'd want to be careful with your hand. ;)
by Xenomortis
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

To be fair, I will definitely press Ctrl-C after a while.
by Xenomortis
Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

This problem would be so much easier if I could just allocate 200GB of memory. But no, I have to be clever and work out element repetitions and tiling patterns for these arrays that act as axes for some n-dimensional dataset, and filter out points that aren't inside some prism like region. And I tho...
by Xenomortis
Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 80682

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

The party heads can allow conscience votes by MPs at their discretion, right? I don't know how likely/unlikely that is in this case. Sure - suppose a Tory MP's constituency is strongly against a government motion, then Tory whips may not pressure them into voting the party line, particularly if the...
by Xenomortis
Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 80682

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Is it known if the MP vote will be anonymous? I can more easily imagine MPs voting to stay if its not known who voted which way. Divisions (votes) are not anonymous - party whips wouldn't have much power if they were. The process of divisions is somewhat arcane. The Speaker can simply ask everyone ...
by Xenomortis
Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Subtraction and Division are not associative: "20 o (10 o 2) != (20 o 10) o 2" for both o = - and o = /. Further, if pressed, I'd be inclined to make them left-associative, mirroring how naive calculators work, leaving exponentiation as right-associative. Edit: Use the correct symbol for s...
by Xenomortis
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 551416

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump's really not that bad: he's just a horrible person in general who believes every conspiracy theory about Democrats, has horrible communication skills, zero attention span, does not seem to care or have any knowledge about issues that don't affect him personally (or that he perceives to), and ...
by Xenomortis
Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1430176

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

30 seconds is nothing. Let me know when you've tried spending hours on obvious-in-hindsight mistakes like that. Oh, I definitely have, but it's usually like some = in an if somewhere, where yeah it's a dumb mistake but the location of the mistake isn't easy to find. (That hasn't happened to me in a...
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1692992

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

The UK's Labour party have been fined over their general election campaign's tombstone.
(They forgot to declare receipts for the infamous tablet when filling in the paperwork).

Not many people live to regret their epitaph.
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 551416

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The UK leans unusually far in the seesaw direction. You win an election, you immediately get to cleanse the government machinery of the opposition and push through your plans. Well, we have Lords, and manifestos aren't quite "we're going to do the reverse of everything the other guys did"...

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