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by Xenomortis
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9890
Views: 1826786

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So, in C++... "foo" and "bar" are C (and we can compile both). However "app" appears to be C++ (we don't have the secret sauce) and was distributed with its own version of "foo". >> What happens with the symbol collisions? If v1 and v2 have a different API/AB...
by Xenomortis
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9890
Views: 1826786

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

My knowledge of the details of dynamic linking is limited; I don't really know what happens when "dlopen" is called. But the following situation occurs with some program at work, and my intuition tells me that "bad things" could happen. There exists an application (call it "...
by Xenomortis
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 120296

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Dino D-Day was a thing, once. Very briefly.
by Xenomortis
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Detective Pikachu- Not A Prank
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: Detective Pikachu- Not A Prank

I'll be honest, this is the most interested I've been in a film for a long time. Not excited, not hopeful, but interested in a "identifying body parts after a catastrophic aeronautical crash can be interesting" way. Could be fun. Also, I think the furry Pikachu looks great, but I don't thi...
by Xenomortis
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14993
Views: 2385103

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

As far as £50 notes, there's also a criminal bias in that they're beyond what many normal, sane, law-abiding individuals might wish to carry in one papery-item. Even if you're paying £200 quid in cash for something, get 10 Twenties from the petty-cash (FCVO 'petty') or ATM to pay it. There's little...
by Xenomortis
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9890
Views: 1826786

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

How terrible is this? try: # bunch of method calls on objects from modules mod_1_object.call_1() mod_2_object.other_call() mod_1_object.call_2() # some stuff mod_1_object.call_4() mod_2_object.call_3() except: e_t, e_v, e_tb = sys.exc_infO() if any(mod_1.__file__ in trace for trace in traceback.form...
by Xenomortis
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: World Cup 2018!
Replies: 19
Views: 3211

Re: World Cup 2018!

England won a penalty shootout. Nothing else matters any more. Warning: I probably don't actually know my Netmeg from my Away Leg. The above is hardly pundit-quality predicting. ;) Go here and sound "informed": https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2018-world-cup-predictions/ ;) (Although i...
by Xenomortis
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: World Cup 2018!
Replies: 19
Views: 3211

Re: World Cup 2018!

Assuming Brazil win their group, then the winner of Belgium v England is placed in the same quarter as Brazil, which isn't exactly desirable (the other quarter doesn't have any power house teams). But I don't think either team would want to take the morale hit losing a game might bring, particularly...
by Xenomortis
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: World Cup 2018!
Replies: 19
Views: 3211

Re: World Cup 2018!

Germany are done, but it isn't enough for South Korea - Sweden and Mexico to qualify from the group with Sweden at the top. I'm cautiously optimistic for England, but disappointment is part-and-parcel of the World Cup as an Englishman - my optimism will undergo adjustment after their match against B...
by Xenomortis
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Quake Champions
Replies: 8
Views: 6081

Re: Quake Champions

Just like the railgun at 13 minutes. Maybe I missed, but it felt like at least one of those should have connected ... I care about netcode. When I or my opponent have missing packets, what does the game do about it? It seemed that when you lose connection, you stop and become invulnerable. I wouldn...
by Xenomortis
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Quake Champions
Replies: 8
Views: 6081

Re: Quake Champions

https://youtu.be/GSYbP__YKi4 How did I miss that guy with the lightning gun at 10:35? Either my connection had died, in which case my client should have been telling me I got those hits anyway? Or his connection had died, and he was now invincible. Then the next thing I know he shot me and did dama...
by Xenomortis
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 120296

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

The thing I found with the Witcher 3 is that it was pretty tough early on. Levels were slow to come and you'd frequently run into groups of ghouls and things at double your level. Then once you get to about level 10 or so, the game sort of becomes easy - you get access to a lot more quests near your...
by Xenomortis
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Quake Champions
Replies: 8
Views: 6081

Re: Quake Champions

The $30 version unlocks all champions, including future releases - I suspect the free version does not, but I cannot clarify myself. But worth testing I guess, it's not like it costs anything. Edit: I didn't watch the E3 announcement but, according to reddit, the trial download will unlock two champ...
by Xenomortis
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Quake Champions
Replies: 8
Views: 6081

Re: Quake Champions

So Sacrifice turned out to be a lot of fun, if a bit painful for solo-queue. But the community is still pining for CTF, so that may come in and replace it. Right now, Sac has been dropped from match making games, but is still available for custom games. The two biggest problems with the Sacrifice ga...
by Xenomortis
Tue May 22, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7965
Views: 608787

Re: Trump presidency

I suspect you are conflating "left" with "authoritarian" and "right" with "libertarian" as many on the American right do these days, when those charts are explicitly listing them separately. "Left-Right" lines are not consistent between countries or...
by Xenomortis
Thu May 17, 2018 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Deadpool 2
Replies: 10
Views: 2530

Re: Deadpool 2

I can't find any reference to Joi Harris stating she was not comfortable attempting the stunt that ended her life, nor that she was forced, and none saying Reynolds was responsible for hiring her. I can find plenty saying she wasn't qualified and that another, more experienced, stuntwoman was ready ...
by Xenomortis
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 247148

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: 14993
Views: 2385103

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: 9890
Views: 1826786

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: 9890
Views: 1826786

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: 258245

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: 4201

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: 4201

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: 6405

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: 5431

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: 2444

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: 6452

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: 14993
Views: 2385103

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: 14993
Views: 2385103

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: 4965

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: 9890
Views: 1826786

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: 2810

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: 9890
Views: 1826786

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: 3717

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: 3154

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: 3717

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: 6650

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: 12826

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: 12826

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: 4767

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...

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