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by Poohblah
Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How prone are plagiarism-detection tools to false-positives?
Replies: 7
Views: 8037

Re: How prone are plagiarism-detection tools to false-positi

As somebody else mentioned, a human is a necessary component in a plagiarism detection mechanism. This is because "plagiarism" is not well-defined. The boundary between plagiarism and more benign forms of copying is not really clear. For instance, what if you really like a title that someb...
by Poohblah
Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Non-coding careers for computer science major
Replies: 5
Views: 8822

Re: Non-coding careers for computer science major

I will echo the other posters. Try for a job in some other field of IT! I work part-time as a Unix/Linux sysadmin, and it's great! In many IT careers, you can use what you've learned in CS, but you probably won't spend much time coding. Maybe a little scripting here and there, but for instance I don...
by Poohblah
Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 36478

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Song plays right field. Well, I didn't hear anything from A&C saying that someone else was playing there! Jenny and Madame Vastra, of course, are batting for the other team. :wink: ok, pretty confident this is a "Doctor Who" reference, but somebody please enlighten me as to the joke/p...
by Poohblah
Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 36478

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

ok, pretty confident this is a "Doctor Who" reference, but somebody please enlighten me as to the joke/pun, because I really don't understand it... :?: edit: ok, I see abbott and costello has been mentioned (I've not seen much of their movies/skits), and so has "a wrinkle in time"...
by Poohblah
Fri May 24, 2013 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 26302

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

Beat this. :mrgreen: I've frequently received locations in islands near Okinawa, mountain scenery in Alaska/northwest Canada, rural Quebec, northern Finland, middle-of-butt-nowhere Siberia, and Australia in/around Perth. I don't know why those locations are so common for me. Anyone else get a hit t...
by Poohblah
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 63396

Re: Reno Rhymes: Offensive / respectless re My Lai?

I can tell you right now that there have been more cold blooded and pointless murders in Reno than during the My Lai massacre, so why is it okay to joke about them, and not okay to joke about My Lai? I think you've missed part of the point of the comic. "I once shot a man in Reno just to watch...
by Poohblah
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104601
Views: 28797974

Re: 1190: "Time"

A cool comic, definitely. I kinda hope it's as simplistic as it seems, but it may not be. Note that the url of the image is quite different from the url of normal comics images. More precisely, when you open this image on its own , you are redirected to a non-standard url: http://origin.imgs.xkcd.c...
by Poohblah
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104601
Views: 28797974

Re: 1190: "Time"

Wow, this is really clever. There is no javascript or other client-side functionality, and the image urls are hashed, so we can't skip ahead on our own. We can only wait for the server to push out updates.

Very zen, indeed.
by Poohblah
Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall's self-referential Google+ profile
Replies: 36
Views: 3609

Randall's self-referential Google+ profile

I don't know if any of you have been snooping around on G+, but I recently came across Randall's profile on the site. In the "About me" section, our author writes: "This is me: http://xkcd.com/plus/ " Follow the link, then follow the link again, and of course, you're back at his ...
by Poohblah
Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 74181

Re: 0882: "Significant"

but miiiiiiiiinecraft!
by Poohblah
Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 33708

Re: 0805: Paradise City

Of all the references Randall could've made, one to GNR was the least expected.

The 1984 reference, however, was certainly unsurprising.
by Poohblah
Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 38072

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

+10 points for reading
by Poohblah
Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 38072

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

I'm installing wine right now for the sole purpose of playing the old entertainment package... you have no idea how much I miss chip's challenge. I really hope this works... mostly because I'm running x86_64 and I'm pretty sure the entertainment pack is 16 bit... edit: holy hell it worked. Do someth...
by Poohblah
Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Geometry puzzle
Replies: 18
Views: 2951

Re: Geometry puzzle

so, if I understand this correctly, the diameter of the large circle is tangential to each of the three smaller circles, and the two outer small circles are both tangential to the large circle?
by Poohblah
Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: What do these words have in common?
Replies: 97
Views: 6589

Re: What do these words have in common?

Whoops. I put "table" in the wrong list.

The rule is:
Spoiler:
Words that have two or more letters that appear consecutively in the English alphabet are "out"
by Poohblah
Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: What do these words have in common?
Replies: 97
Views: 6589

Re: What do these words have in common?

Cosmologicon:
IN: six, gorilla, table, rocket

OUT: sticks, cantaloupe, melon, spaceship

(my first guess turned out to be simply luck)
by Poohblah
Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: What do these words have in common?
Replies: 97
Views: 6589

Re: What do these words have in common?

cosmologicon:

tin, fort, jet, lash, sash, genius
by Poohblah
Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 202472

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

Solve chess This would actually be possible, making a tree structure of all possible move patterns and then making an unbeatable chess program, that simply chose a path down the tree to victory. Assuming that for the first single turn of two players both have 20 possible moves... >.< ow, that's a l...
by Poohblah
Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Always booting from hibernation
Replies: 5
Views: 1294

Re: Always booting from hibernation

I know how hibernation works. That's why I figured that it would be ok if the two are on separate partitions, since the information stored while in a hibernation state is on a totally separate partition from the other. And I've already made XP as fast as I can without re-installing, and I'm not goin...
by Poohblah
Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Always booting from hibernation
Replies: 5
Views: 1294

Re: Always booting from hibernation

tried a couple times. seems to work just fine.

edit: with one exception: I can't mount the windows partition from linux when windows is hibernated.
by Poohblah
Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Always booting from hibernation
Replies: 5
Views: 1294

Always booting from hibernation

I'm running Windows XP and Ubuntu on my laptop and it always takes a while for XP to boot up. I was wondering what the feasibility is of always hibernating XP instead of shutting down so that when I boot my computer and I choose XP instead of Linux, XP is ready to go. I would imagine that XP would b...
by Poohblah
Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:43 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can't resize HDD partition
Replies: 3
Views: 592

Re: Can't resize HDD partition

FWIW, I ran an antivirus scan and it defragged about 3 or 4 system files (not sure why it did this though) and everything is just peachy now. I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 on a 20GB partition and I couldn't be happier.
by Poohblah
Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:52 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can't resize HDD partition
Replies: 3
Views: 592

Can't resize HDD partition

Hi guys, I want to install linux just to mess around in it, but I'm having trouble creating a partition for it to live in. Basically what I've done is boot Ubuntu 9.04 from a CD and then use the built-in "install" app to resize old/create new partitions. Currently most of my HDD is partiti...
by Poohblah
Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Official Sufjan Stevens Fan Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 4597

Re: The Official Sufjan Stevens Fan Thread

LOVE LOVE LOVE sufjan stevens. :)
by Poohblah
Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Easy: Balls and probabillity
Replies: 7
Views: 1716

Re: Easy: Balls and probabillity

4 balls total. 1 white, 3 black. There are 6 possible combinations of 2 balls. Of those combinations, 3 possibilities are choosing the one white ball and one of the black ones, and the other three are choosing two of the black balls. Like suggested earlier, 1 and 3 are two consecutive triangular nu...
by Poohblah
Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How many zeros ????
Replies: 10
Views: 3287

Re: How many zeros ????

like the above poster said, this is determined by the number of factors of 10. We have 10, 20, 30... 100 to make 11 factors of 10. There are an abundance of factors of 2, far more then there are of 5, so we can just add all the factors of 5 up. There are 20 different numbers no more than 100 with a...
by Poohblah
Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Sierpinski walk
Replies: 53
Views: 8748

Re: The Sierpinski walk

Spoiler:
Since the fractal continues infinitely, it seems to me that it's only possible to move horizontally and vertically, not diagonally. So it would seem that the distance would be twice the length of one side. Then again, I hardly know anything about the Sierpinski carpet.
by Poohblah
Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Devil's Quarter Game
Replies: 87
Views: 35618

Re: The Devil's Quarter Game

Mirror. As in, reflected about the origin (center), not some arbitrary line.

You haven't a snowball's chance in hell if the devil is a perfect player.
by Poohblah
Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0594: "Period"
Replies: 133
Views: 78706

Re: "Period" Discussion

and when you get two uteri with different phase shifts together, things can get really destructive.
by Poohblah
Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Camels and Bananas
Replies: 27
Views: 4106

Re: Camels and Bananas

EricSeverson wrote:
Spoiler:
415 bananas. Pooblah you didn't consider that as you lose more bananas you will not have to make as many return trips.


I just realized that after I posted. fixed and now I have the same answer as you :)

Seems that lordatog has a better answer though.
by Poohblah
Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Camels and Bananas
Replies: 27
Views: 4106

Re: Camels and Bananas

my first thought is to take 1,000 bananas 500 units, since any farther than that and the camel couldn't go back. Then the camel goes back and gets 1,000 more bananas. This would be repeated 3 times and the camel would be out of fuel. So that doesn't work; the camel never gets past halfway. ...
by Poohblah
Thu May 28, 2009 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: One-player, zero-prop strategy game?
Replies: 41
Views: 5618

Re: One-player, zero-prop strategy game?

Easy - analyze blindfold chess games. Fun for some of us. Well, the some of us that are Bobby Fischer.
by Poohblah
Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Inverse Laplace transforms and partial fractions
Replies: 5
Views: 728

Re: Inverse Laplace transforms and partial fractions

Maybe it would help to take a look at this example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partial_fraction#An_irreducible_quadratic_factor_in_the_denominator Thanks, that was the ticket. The inverse Laplace Transform of \frac{1}{s^2+a^2} has an elementary solution that you can easily look up in a table. The...
by Poohblah
Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Inverse Laplace transforms and partial fractions
Replies: 5
Views: 728

Inverse Laplace transforms and partial fractions

I have been running into this issue more and more frequently, and I'm sure there is a way to do this or use a different method (i.e. not partial fractions), but I don't recall it. Basically, I need to use inverse Laplace Transforms on functions that look similar to this: F(s)=\frac{1}{(s...
by Poohblah
Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25462
Views: 1629130

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. However, that means you must erase your last post in order to comply with your own wish.

I wish Amazon would ship my order already.
by Poohblah
Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25462
Views: 1629130

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. Gordon Brown ends the recession in the UK (this post was made under the hideous assumption that you are American).

I wish she would call me up like she used to.
by Poohblah
Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25462
Views: 1629130

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You spend your entire life calculating every single digit of pi. Turns out, pi terminates after exactly Graham's number of digits. Unfortunately, your life will end shortly after this discovery. That's not all bad, as you spent your life discovering something important, right? Wrong. On the...
by Poohblah
Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: My website with pretty pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 1084

Re: My website with pretty pictures

(Granted, it's not exactly XHTML-compliant, but whatever.) For a business website, this is not the attitude you want to be taking when it comes to compliancy. If I were truly running a business, I would probably take the time to make sure it provides more net income than the interest on my savings ...
by Poohblah
Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25462
Views: 1629130

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You may now download videos of turtles mating faster. Hope you like turtle porn.

I wish for imagination.

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