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by Anubis
Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Was I too harsh?
Replies: 167
Views: 42485

Re: Was I too harsh?

But yeah, that process is always fun. The sad thing though is that awareness of the Dunning-Kruger effect doesn't actually seem to diminish it. I was reading on the scientifically rigorous website Cracked.com about a study in which people were asked to rate some characteristic of themselves. Predic...
by Anubis
Wed May 23, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Which is more Pythonic: unusual cases in a loop
Replies: 31
Views: 5334

Re: Which is more Pythonic: unusual cases in a loop

*Disclaimer: I just started learning Python on Monday, so take anything I say about it with a grain of salt.* Okay, but why? What is the rationale for using 'map' over 'for' even when you don't need the return value of the function you're mapping and are only interested in its side effects? I'm not ...
by Anubis
Wed May 23, 2012 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Which is more Pythonic: unusual cases in a loop
Replies: 31
Views: 5334

Re: Which is more Pythonic: unusual cases in a loop

You've never wanted to print out a list? Sounds like a good candidate for "map". If the generated list is large enough to be a problem, the printed output is probably too much as well. Okay, but why? What is the rationale for using 'map' over 'for' even when you don't need the return valu...
by Anubis
Wed May 23, 2012 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The 1 true style
Replies: 198
Views: 158225

Re: The 1 true style

I use what the wiki article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indent_style) refers to as "Compact Control Readability style" I used to be an Allman guy, but I've basically switched to something like that compact style. There are a couple exceptions: I don't usually put the opening brace of a ...
by Anubis
Tue May 22, 2012 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9955
Views: 1933902

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Python is so much fun! I just started learning it today. I've been going through Project Euler problems, building a library of (what seem to me like) relatively efficient utilities as I go, and I can't remember the last time I enjoyed coding this much.
by Anubis
Mon May 21, 2012 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The 1 true style
Replies: 198
Views: 158225

Re: The 1 true style

I use what the wiki article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indent_style) refers to as "Compact Control Readability style", though I had never heard it called that until today. Basically it's just a slightly modified Java style where else statements do not go on the same line as the closing ...
by Anubis
Sat May 19, 2012 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Was I too harsh?
Replies: 167
Views: 42485

Re: Was I too harsh?

My two cents? I think you were a little harsh... the only time a reasonable person would write a function to reverse a linked list in Java is in school, in an interview, or if they're working on a framework. Granted, a good programmer should still be able to do it, but she probably hadn't thought ab...
by Anubis
Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 90611

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

I pronounce the "l" in "salmon" and "talk". I have never heard anyone else do this. I do this all the time, especially with talk. I do it with chalk too, and balk. I don't know if the l is pronounced strongly in any of these normally, but I figure they must be there fo...
by Anubis
Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 25997

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

Under optimal conditions, 35mm film has a resolution equivalent to about 20 megapixels. More typical for a high-end camera would be about 12. So digital photography is now about equal to 35mm film when it comes to image resolution. That's not the only important part of a photo of course. But all th...
by Anubis
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 90611

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

I pronounce the "l" in "salmon" and "talk". I have never heard anyone else do this.
by Anubis
Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 25997

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

I can't decide if you're trolling or just a moron. Have you ever even seen a photograph taken with a modern mid-range or better DSLR? Can't decide if you're a rude little twit or just repeating the same clever phrase you hear everyone else saying because it sounded cool when someone said it a few y...
by Anubis
Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 25997

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

And now you know why I still shoot 35-mm film. you're an elitist snob with money to burn? He likes pictures that don't look like ass. (Or, if he's taking pictures of an ass, he wants a pictures that actually looks like an ass.) Digital camera technology has advanced since 1998. Right. There are mor...
by Anubis
Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New broad spectrum anti-viral developed at MIT
Replies: 48
Views: 9164

Re: New broad spectrum anti-viral developed at MIT

Ahh. So it wouldn't be at all effective in curing the various HHV's, but it also wouldn't turn the patient's nerves to paste. Good to know! But if I understand it correctly, it would be effective in preventing outbreaks (although that would require using it fairly often, which would increase the li...
by Anubis
Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 51830

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

I must admit I enjoy trolling people when they say the opposite of what they mean. Irregardless is a double negative so means "regarding" or "taking into account". "I could care less" means you do care about it. Some people also pronounce "solder" without the...
by Anubis
Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Thinking in functional programming
Replies: 28
Views: 6573

Re: Thinking in functional programming

These are all just examples of recursion. I think we're obviously interpreting the original request in fundamentally different ways. You're showing me functions with their return value passed as a parameter to the next call of that function, whereas the way the original request is written it sounds ...
by Anubis
Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Thinking in functional programming
Replies: 28
Views: 6573

Re: Thinking in functional programming

I still don't see any function calls taking their own return value as a parameter. I see what you're trying to do, but it's not at all what you originally asked for. Which is why I suggested that perhaps you had misstated it.
by Anubis
Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Thinking in functional programming
Replies: 28
Views: 6573

Re: Thinking in functional programming

That's all well and good, but can you please point out precisely which part of that example involves "a function that depends in part on the return value of the next function it calls to determine some of the parameters it will call that very function with"?
by Anubis
Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Thinking in functional programming
Replies: 28
Views: 6573

Re: Thinking in functional programming

Could you provide an example of what you are asking for? Because calling a function with parameters that depend on the return value of that call is analogous to writing the logical statement "The truth value of this statement is the opposite of the truth value that this statement evaluates to&q...
by Anubis
Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Thinking in functional programming
Replies: 28
Views: 6573

Re: Thinking in functional programming

For practice, try writing a function that depends in part on the return value of the next function it calls to determine some of the parameters it will call that very function with. Are you intentionally trying to confuse the OP? Because either you've misstated the problem or you're asking for the ...
by Anubis
Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: The Character X Versus Character Y Thread
Replies: 106
Views: 63336

Re: Goku VS Superman

And of course there's always Eru Illuvatar from the Tolkien universe.
by Anubis
Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Raven's Progressively More Annoying Matrices
Replies: 46
Views: 75286

Re: Raven's Progressively More Annoying Matrices

I hate these things, because you can find a pattern that generates any one of the possible answers, so which one is "right" is entirely arbitrary. I wouldn't mind so much if they didn't actually put them on IQ tests and such. Or at least gave you some quantitative metric by which to judge ...
by Anubis
Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 387
Views: 236633

Re: Photography thread.

Here's a few more of mine: Wild Tiger Lily (I think?) after a rain shower, Western NC https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/33546_161853917166276_108235902528078_422346_5919088_n.jpg Butterfly Weed, Western NC https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/33546_161853927166275_...
by Anubis
Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Speed-reading?
Replies: 21
Views: 14508

Re: Speed-reading?

I just stumbled onto this site . I haven't had a chance to really test it out and I don't know how well it works, but it looks like it's supposed to train you to speed read. Being able to enjoy the book your reading probably depends on who you are, though. I played around with their applet and appa...
by Anubis
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 68727

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Mine would be Oscar Wildwood. I think that's a pretty good one.
by Anubis
Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 387
Views: 236633

Re: Photography thread.

Jacque, do you shoot medium format?
by Anubis
Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 387
Views: 236633

Re: Photography thread.

Anubis can you give some info on that waterfall? I know it's a longer exposure but what did you do to set it up? How'd you get the colors to come out like that? Unfortunately I don't really remember the details. From the metadata I can tell you that it was a six second exposure at f19 and ISO 200, ...
by Anubis
Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 387
Views: 236633

Re: Photography thread.

Yay! A photography thread! Those cave pictures are pretty awesome. I started out with an old Minolta SRT 101 when I was about 12, and saved up enough for a Nikon D70 by the time I was 15, which is what I still use (I'm 21) since I'd rather put my limited funds toward lenses and equipment than a new ...
by Anubis
Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Advanced Optical Technologies, Cloaking!
Replies: 8
Views: 1609

Re: Advanced Optical Technologies, Cloaking!

Plasmonic metamaterials are promising for various advances, including a possible "hyperlens" that could make optical microscopes 10 times more powerful and able to see objects as small as DNA; I thought the resolution of optical microscopes was limited by the wavelength of visible light? ...
by Anubis
Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"
Replies: 96
Views: 25633

Re: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"

I feel like I've seen this joke somewhere before, but I don't know where. Maybe it's just some kind of massive deja vu effect.
by Anubis
Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: MT Management Team uses xkcd
Replies: 13
Views: 1288

Re: MT Management Team uses xkcd

What was the article about? If they were somehow reporting on xkcd it would be fair use regardless of whether it's commercial. Of course, that's under U.S. law, which I don't think applies in the Netherlands...
by Anubis
Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 53801

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE6AK01H20101121 Okay, the terrorists are now openly admitting that one of their goals is to increase the burden of security on the American public by creating fear, whether the actual attacks are successful or not. How much do you want to bet we're going to keep ...
by Anubis
Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Artificial Singer: Sold Out Concerts
Replies: 32
Views: 3914

Re: Artificial Singer: Sold Out Concerts

Hitaro0 wrote:Also, I thought we had already developped ways to produce music artifically? Do musicians still exist anymore?


Please tell me this is just a joke about auto-tune and not something you actually thought.
by Anubis
Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: George Bush plagerizes own life
Replies: 9
Views: 2045

Re: George Bush plagerizes own life

Bush and Gen. Tommy Franks in "American Soldier" both use these identical quotes: "If we have multiple, highly skilled Special Operations forces identifying targets for precision-guided munitions, we will need fewer conventional ground forces. That's an important lesson learned from ...
by Anubis
Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 53801

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

xkcdfan wrote:
Internetmeme wrote:I don't know if any children were involved, but according to CNN, there were a few thousand images of people accidentally saved.

"Accidentally".


Which is particularly strange given that the TSA claimed it wouldn't even be possible to save images from the machines...
by Anubis
Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 464933

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I have thoroughly enjoyed this thread and signed up just to post one of my annoyances. In the early '90s, seemingly overnight, the pronunciation of "ally" (the noun form) went from both syllables being stressed about equally to everyone saying al-LIE. (This is in the US.) I don't know if ...
by Anubis
Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 464933

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I think the consonants are different too, at least the way I pronounce them. Well, the precise realization of intervocalic /t/ and /d/ in American English is an open question. Some speakers still perceive a bit of a difference despite using flapped allophones for both; taking a minimal pair like &q...
by Anubis
Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 53801

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

According to reddit, this is the part of the law that says they can sue him $10,000. And I damn well hope he doesn't get sued. New subsection 114(v) of title 49 U.S. Code authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to impose civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation o...
by Anubis
Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 53801

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

And staying home would be even safer. That isn't the point. The point is that the actual risk posed by terrorists is much smaller than most people perceive it to be, mostly due to exaggerated media portrayal and fear-mongering by power-hungry politicians.
by Anubis
Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 53801

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

How is this relevant? If a given level of risk is acceptable in an activity you perform often, how can you say that an even lower level of risk is unacceptable in an activity you perform less often? The risk is high, because he (and everyone else) performs it often... Equally the risk of flying is ...
by Anubis
Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 53801

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

I'd also like to point out that even if half a dozen planes were successfully brought down by terrorists every year, flying would still be as safe as or safer than driving. So clearly the threat is being greatly exaggerated. You're missing the point. As a driver I have control over my vehicle and i...

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