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by andy33gmail
Sun May 23, 2010 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: I wrote a game loosely based on XKCD. Feedback appreciated.
Replies: 13
Views: 3572

Re: I wrote a game loosely based on XKCD. Feedback appreciat

Hey, Just to let you know, I wanted to try your game but couldn't. It actually got my system in a hell of a tangle: I'm using a multiple monitor environment. My primary monitor was set to a resolution it couldn't support. While I can see why, it would be a pain to do all the extra graphics and compl...
by andy33gmail
Mon May 17, 2010 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 109302

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

Maybe. But I tend to find the bottleneck isn't the soles of my feet but the sides, where there's friction with my shoes. I tend to learn which areas blister and put plasters on before I start - prevent them from wearing as quickly. I also sometimes cover everything else with parcel tape (I've heard ...
by andy33gmail
Mon May 17, 2010 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 109302

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

Your feet will toughen with time. Mine last about 30 miles now before I start to have any problems. But they're still a pain.
by andy33gmail
Tue May 11, 2010 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Long distance Cycling
Replies: 43
Views: 6134

Re: Long distance Cycling

Admittedly, this doesn't quite match the "long distance" element in the title. It's looking like I'm going to be commuting about 12miles (19km) each direction every day. Does anyone have any recommendations for choosing a good bike? Probably looking to spend several hundred pounds (circa $...
by andy33gmail
Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 109302

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

Ironically, I don't think I've *run* that length in my 21 years on this planet!!! Did run parts of a 3.5 mile commute to work once when I was very late; but I don't bother because it's barely faster (less than 6mph) than my hurried walking speed (more than 5mph). Catch 22!
by andy33gmail
Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 109302

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

I walked to London again today, and this time part way back. 62.75miles ... I thought it would be nice to get past 100 in European units - 101Km

17.75 hours though ... but with an average speed of 4.72mph for the first 32mph ... I imagine the previous poster will be considerably faster!
by andy33gmail
Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 109302

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

I just walked from Cambridge to London!!! (UK)

56.8 miles in 14.75 hours

There aren't words to describe how much my legs hurt right now ...
by andy33gmail
Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 58069

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

A few disjoint points to make: This brings back memories of Nerd Sniping: http://www.xkcd.com/356/ *It just occurred to me that Americans say "call", we say "ring". Ours isn't confusing, "Ring your sister will you" means use a phone. "Call your sister will you"...
by andy33gmail
Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: jsMath
Replies: 1
Views: 674

jsMath

I suddenly have started to need to turn off Javascript to access a lot of this site. I keep getting horrible bits DHTML appearing talking about "JSMath", wanting me to install something dubious and as soon as they do appear, I can't t type/scroll. This seems a new problem ... is it a commo...
by andy33gmail
Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 109302

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

Not bad though. I did an unconvincing (not deep enough) one at 286 a week or so ago, and really deep (thighs horizontal) one at 220 on Wednesday. Had to do so much stretching work in the week to get that horizontal position. Hurts though, doesn't it? :=D
by andy33gmail
Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 109302

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

psyck0 wrote:Deadlifted 340 like it was nothing with my new suede powerlifting belt. Damn, that thing is fantastic.


Is that 340 in English or French?
by andy33gmail
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0699: "Trimester"
Replies: 86
Views: 22136

Re: "Trimester" discussion

Talking of conformity:

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbc ... /510090392

(Article about when someone manages to convince McDonalds managers to sexually abuse employees)
by andy33gmail
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"
Replies: 158
Views: 27291

Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Java should not have "dangerous" language features like goto and operator overloading in case someone uses them misleadingly. So they prevent anyone else using them, but mess up the overloading of + and offer "restricted" gotos - continue and break - which can always do the same ...
by andy33gmail
Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 109302

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

Get someone who knows their stuff to check your form. I have no idea how you can fall on your knees without serious form issues. Your weight should be in the middle of your feet and if you fall at all, it should be backwards. Yeah, I've done this, back in my long and chequered past (didn't damage m...
by andy33gmail
Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Remote Game Idea
Replies: 22
Views: 3011

Re: Remote Game Idea

I still think in the short term, this wouldn't need to appeal all these people used to gaming in >1280*1024 at >30fps. It needs to appeal to people who don't already have games and don't want to invest in them. Trouble is, these are the people less likely to have the 50Mb/s connections. And as sever...
by andy33gmail
Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Remote Game Idea
Replies: 22
Views: 3011

Re: Remote Game Idea

But you *CAN* compress the frames. Like I say, use MJPEG. That way, each frame is compressed as an individual image, in hardware, and it's completely parallisable. Wavelet transforms are exactly the kind of thing that can be made really REALLY fast in hardware. Removing the triple buffering; develop...
by andy33gmail
Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Remote Game Idea
Replies: 22
Views: 3011

Re: Remote Game Idea

Ok, so the failure to convert from bytes to bits was a little embarassing. Your country really needs faster broadband :-P . You can easily buy 50Mb here (UK) for £18 [http://www.top10-broadband.co.uk/compare/fast_broadband/] . This brings in another interesting question, of ISP's "bandwidth lim...
by andy33gmail
Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Remote Game Idea
Replies: 22
Views: 3011

Re: Remote Game Idea

I'm inclinded to disagree with the kind of response you're getting. The general field is cloud computing - a concept decades old that just keeps being renamed. similar to offices which use thin clients and fewer but beefier machines instead of actually buying a computer per head. Let's have some fun...
by andy33gmail
Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 203696

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

I'd use it as a tax lawyer, to evaluate every possible set of expenses claims.

Alternatively, just hire it to Google and retire at 21 :-
by andy33gmail
Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: I need examples of how x86 goes against MIPS design principl
Replies: 10
Views: 1939

Re: I need examples of how x86 goes against MIPS design principl

Don't forget that an x86 doesn't neccessarily really need to actually have a bloated instruction set. It performs all sorts of analysis, such as out-of-ordering at runtime. I'd imagine it almost certainly treats some instructions as macros, which are turned into more RISC-like instructions.
by andy33gmail
Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 203696

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

Right, but can we interleave in general? Or is it possible to get two infinite for loops, where stuff in the second loop depends on the infinitieth instruction in the first ...

And isn't instruction scheduling np-complete ... that brings in some new issues.
by andy33gmail
Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 203696

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

Yep, that's what I was referring to with redundancy. Should work so long as: a) It has no deterministic bugs (see joke in my previous post) b) We have uncountably infinite instructions ... otherwise (correct me Mathematicians), we can't to an infinite number of instructions in sequence if we do each...
by andy33gmail
Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 203696

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

I suppose, we can use as much redundancy as we want - just repeat everything

unless Intel made our processor and you want floating point
by andy33gmail
Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 203696

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

Actually. If we accept that the hard disc will get a wrong bit after every 10^12 bits, or whatever the standard is these days ... and every other component too ... With the computer running ANY OS, even at idle - even something as brilliant as Windows me (vomit) unless it sat with absolutely no disc...
by andy33gmail
Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 203696

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

I would see whether it could boot vista and copy a 1MB file from a USB drive within my lifetime
by andy33gmail
Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 203696

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

I.e.,say that it computed that the hash of the Wikipedia database is 4ed36c9a1d3ca4aaf67807a4a174ef6b, and then brute force that hash to find that the database is the 16th smallest possible plaintext of that hash. It could then send all of wikipedia as a very short value, like 4ed36c9a1d3ca4aaf6780...
by andy33gmail
Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)
Replies: 14
Views: 1990

Re: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)

Project approved today :-) Definately no shortage of code on SourceForge! Since I've declared source code to optimise as one of the resources used, it seems reasonable to ask suggestions on a forum in the same way as I might ask staff if I was trying to aquire a few computers for a project or whatev...
by andy33gmail
Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)
Replies: 14
Views: 1990

Re: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)

Yep, I think sourceforge would be a good idea. javac does very little optimisation. java (runtime environment) does do some optimisation - e.g assuming the values of variables, and compiling sections of code (hotspots) on the fly. However, as our compilers lecturer always said "never put off un...
by andy33gmail
Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)
Replies: 14
Views: 1990

Re: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)

Heh,

Why is it that we all keep coming up with web servers?! Myself included!

Would be nice to see which types of application (in terms of what they're used for the intrinsic burstiness ; CPU/IO boundedness ; and so on) respond best. And also, of course, styles of coding

Thanks

Andy
by andy33gmail
Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)
Replies: 14
Views: 1990

Re: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)

You could also look at using it on OpenOffice, which is written in Java Oooo - didn't know that :-) Obviously, smaller applications wanted too - but I think that would be nice to write about in the evaluation Was planning on measuring the number of instructions executed, byte-code length and that k...
by andy33gmail
Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)
Replies: 14
Views: 1990

Re: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)

Completely aware of what I'm doing. It'll use a set of transforms that it understands how to use - i.e. I'm not claiming to be able to make code which is anywhere near actually being optimal. Just wanted to know if anyone did have any interesting ideas - if not, clearly, I can just get Jetty, some o...
by andy33gmail
Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)
Replies: 14
Views: 1990

Java Source to Source Optimiser (Slow Java programs wanted!)

Hi Guys, For my final year project (undergrad Computer Science), I'm going to be making a Java source to source optimiser (since Java isn't know to be that optimal!) It's going to work by doing a limited set of safe optimisations - e.g. inlining functions, spawning threads for large, pure functions ...
by andy33gmail
Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 109302

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

I swam 1.5 miles and then 0.5 miles non-stop on Monday, 1.5 miles non-stop yesterday (Tuesday) (less because I did weights that evening) and I swam 2 miles non-stop today (Wednesday)! Normally stop after every 200m (sorry to mix units!). While I'm conscious that my average speed while moving was low...
by andy33gmail
Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Long distance Cycling
Replies: 43
Views: 6134

Re: Long distance Cycling

To be honest, I think it's because the gears were a bit shit on the bike I hired - it was a grip-twist rather than a rapid-fire one - and because I kept forgetting to plan everything ridiculously far ahead, I always ended up stopped in too high a gear, and then having to put way too much force down ...
by andy33gmail
Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Long distance Cycling
Replies: 43
Views: 6134

Re: Long distance Cycling

Done it!!! Planned a 55 mile route, but with several options to cop out earlier if I needed to. Managed to keep going slightly lost and ended up with a 72.2 mile route ... but hey! I did it. Took 8 hrs 45. That time includes a brief lunch (sadly of junk food, was the first thing that presented itsel...
by andy33gmail
Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Long distance Cycling
Replies: 43
Views: 6134

Re: Long distance Cycling

ok, cool. Maybe the particular rule of thumb I found was thought up for people who couldn't ride yet and needed to touch the ground :-P . Or so people with poorly maintained brakes can still stop ;-) Any experience on how fatigue builds up when you're doing endurance cycling? It is sudden or gradual...
by andy33gmail
Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Long distance Cycling
Replies: 43
Views: 6134

Re: Long distance Cycling

Thanks
by andy33gmail
Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Long distance Cycling
Replies: 43
Views: 6134

Re: Long distance Cycling

Yeah, seat should be at crotch height when standing, right? Anyone see a problem with going arbitrarily far, but always staying some limited distance - e.g. 10 miles from a train station. Phrased differently; if I cycle at a speed which doesn't feel difficult, am I likely to end up in a position whe...
by andy33gmail
Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Long distance Cycling
Replies: 43
Views: 6134

Re: Long distance Cycling

Hey Guys, Right, time to get off my arse and do something; I don't like to do endurance too often - otherwise it would get boring, but I feel it's time again. Psychology's much more important than regular training :-P . (Aside, I walk about 30 miles a week getting to and from work anyway and have a ...
by andy33gmail
Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Long distance Cycling
Replies: 43
Views: 6134

Re: Long distance Cycling

Pretty nice data :-)

What equipment did you use to record you HR, speed etc and get it onto a computer?

Andy

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