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by canoemoose
Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1320:"Walmart"
Replies: 28
Views: 12533

Re: 1320:"Walmart"

Dating sites, however, really need to take the opposite advice. We have dating sites for specific religions, dating sites for farmers, dating sites for circus clowns, etc. It needs to stop. THIS IS NOT HOW DATABASES WORK. So true, but "this is how farmers, circus clowns, and other non-IT peopl...
by canoemoose
Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9560
Views: 1115990

Re: What are you listening to?

At the moment, Megalithic Symphony (in its entirety) by AWOLNATION. First impressions? Not bad, not bad at all. Recently, Pink Floyd - DSOTM, Wish You Were Here, Obscured By Clouds, The Wall, Meddle, Animals, The Division Bell. Atom Heart Mother and earlier are too crazy/psychedelic, The Final Cut j...
by canoemoose
Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Strange memory issue
Replies: 1
Views: 2702

Strange memory issue

Hi all, I'm suffering from a strange memory issue in which roughly half of my memory is reported as being Hardware Reserved. System spec: Gigabyte H55M-S2 Intel Core i5 750 Matched pair of OCZ Gold 2GB DDR3 sticks Nvidia 9500GT Windows 7 Ultimate x64 When I first built the machine about 2 years ago,...
by canoemoose
Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fourier series
Replies: 9
Views: 1555

Re: Fourier series

I'm pretty sure the lowest level of abstraction will work. I'll try it in the morning, when with a bit of luck I'll be more awake than I am now. If I fail then/get nowhere, I'll see if I can find the professor - he's been overseas for the past few days.
by canoemoose
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fourier series
Replies: 9
Views: 1555

Re: Fourier series

Yakk: think about the matrix as an array, as that's all it really is. It has 1000 values, each a supposed ms apart of a sampled sawtooth wave. The reason why it doesn't necessarily make sense mathematically is because I'm an elec eng student, this is supposed to be a "sampled waveform", ev...
by canoemoose
Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fourier series
Replies: 9
Views: 1555

Re: Fourier series

mfb wrote: or you can evaluate the integral with the help of the given values in your list.
After that, MATLAB can do the integration for you.


From the other parts of the coursework, I think this is what is expected. I'm probably having a dense moment/couple of days, but how would I go about this?
by canoemoose
Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fourier series
Replies: 9
Views: 1555

Fourier series

Hi all. This is almost a homework question, but not quite. It's for a MATLAB module, and thus the maths itself isn't marked. The (whole) question is as follows: Using the MATLAB function integ(), write an m-file to calculate the first 50 pairs of coefficients a n and b n which express a sawtooth wav...
by canoemoose
Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?
Replies: 77
Views: 29910

Re: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?

sigsfried wrote:Can't you at least let the miners join in?


No doubt they'll be on strike.
by canoemoose
Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k
Replies: 56
Views: 60976

Re: The "Awesome Things You Have Made" Thread! NSF 56k

Cool canoe, Krikkit!
Here's mine, made (mostly) in the summer after my GCSEs:
Spoiler:
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I'm not as crazy as you and therefore stay away from the white water :p
by canoemoose
Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 82160

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Why is it that people with "baby on board" signs never take them off when the baby is not actually in the car? Or rather, why is it that I see so many "baby on board" signs on cars which manifestly do not contain a baby in the passenger compartment? I hate those. Are they braggi...
by canoemoose
Sun May 22, 2011 1:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actual Drnukenness!
Replies: 1358
Views: 315684

Re: Actual Drnukenness!

Wooo just got i9n from local rock night = bottle & shot for £2.75. eating pizaa, drinking my hangover cure (pint of water b4 bed) then up at 9 tomozzle ;)
ttodles peepss ;)
by canoemoose
Fri May 13, 2011 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0898: "Chain of Command"
Replies: 73
Views: 18494

Re: 0898: "Chain of Command"

I assumed it meant something slightly different - I thought it was implying that with no engineer (even if it should be technician), the red button would not be there to press...
by canoemoose
Tue May 03, 2011 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is a university degree in the UK worth the money?
Replies: 84
Views: 10722

Re: Is a university degree in the UK worth the money?

I originally wrote this at the time of the student protests in the UK, and as such it's a bit very ranty, as I was fed up with it all at the time. Some of it is at least relevant though... I don't support the protesting students at all. Speaking as a current undergraduate in a top-10 UK university, ...
by canoemoose
Tue May 03, 2011 9:34 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Win7 Activation
Replies: 7
Views: 1375

Re: Win7 Activation

I've double installed before, with the second install being an "upgrade" over the first and from memory all was OK. This was just on a testing VM though, so I wouldn't have lost anything if it had not worked. On a production machine I clean installed over the top and restored stuff from ba...
by canoemoose
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actual Drnukenness!
Replies: 1358
Views: 315684

Re: Actual Drnukenness!

wooo just got in!! Awersome not-too drunk 0but still tipsy drunkknesess.

Interstingly, my typing suffers more that I expected it to......
by canoemoose
Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The King of Scientific Calculators
Replies: 10
Views: 3772

Re: The King of Scientific Calculators

I have a Casio fx-85ES and its slightly older friend, a Casio fx-85MS. The older one gets chucked around in the workshop and so is regularly covered in dust etc, it's been going strong for at least 9 years now. The ES has a "Natural" display - fractions/brackets/powers/roots get scaled pro...
by canoemoose
Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pronouncing malloc
Replies: 11
Views: 7317

Re: Pronouncing malloc

Circle?


EDIT: Aargh, necro. Sorry.
by canoemoose
Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Buttered Cat Paradox
Replies: 110
Views: 26840

Re: Buttered Cat Paradox

You're all missing a very important point - you'll never be able to harness any energy produced by the CT system, as if you couple the system to anything in order to extract its kinetic energy, the system will then become supported above the ground and will fail to rotate, as it is no longer falling...
by canoemoose
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: home file server recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 4272

Re: home file server recommendations

As Carnildo said, you're not going to be able to make it silent. I recently tried to do exactly what you're ow doing, and in the end had to rule out using an Atom due to connectivity. My thread is here: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=64363 I'm also in the UK - I tend to use Overcloc...
by canoemoose
Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Thunderbird message transfer
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: Thunderbird message transfer

Thanks! Copying the profile worked. I tried it earlier, but copied it to the wrong place due to guessing it's destination was in the local rather than the roaming folder.
by canoemoose
Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: (Re)building my server
Replies: 2
Views: 1054

Re: (Re)building my server

I've just bought an 2.7GHz AMD Athlon LE-1640 and associated bits, which has a lower TDP than the 1.5GHz P4 currently in use.
I considered an Atom system, but decided connectivity ruled it out (4 RAIDed SATA drives + boot drive + DVD burner = non-Atom system).
by canoemoose
Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Rack mount case
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

Re: Rack mount case

Hmm. Thanks for the pointers! I'm probably going to end up making my own case, just for the lols, something like this.
by canoemoose
Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: (Re)building my server
Replies: 2
Views: 1054

(Re)building my server

It's me again. I have a firewall/OpenVPN/DHCP/DNS/file server on my network, built from 9 year old components - 1.5GHz Pentium 4, 512MB RAM, a newer (~3 yr old) 250GB HDD, a pair of network cards. It runs Ubuntu (desktop edition). It also needs upgrading - if I were to store a full backup of every m...
by canoemoose
Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Thunderbird message transfer
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Thunderbird message transfer

Hi all, I have just built a new computer for the family. and wondered if any xkcdian knows how to transfer emails from the old machine to the new. I've taken the opportunity to convert everyone from POP3 to IMAP mail with the introduction of the new machine, but my dad in particular would like his m...
by canoemoose
Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Headphones vs. Earbuds
Replies: 66
Views: 19955

Re: Headphones vs. Earbuds

Speakers, headphones, in-ear earphones, otter.

I have a pair of Sennheiser HD320s which are the best headphones I've ever heard. If I'm on the train I use Koss Portapros, which aren't much worse, or in-ear earphones, which are a lot worse but still bearable.

Also, +1 for a singing otter.
by canoemoose
Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The perfect writing tool (to write on paper. directly.)
Replies: 68
Views: 18461

Re: The perfect writing tool (to write on paper. directly.)

Disclaimer: I'm a bit of a pen snob. If I write more than 2 lines at a time with anything other than a fountain pen or a pencil my writing becomes illegible. I currently use a Waterman Hemisphere which I think is Waterman's "budget" pen. I have both the pen and the mechanical pencil and fi...
by canoemoose
Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Rack mount case
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

Re: Rack mount case

You've almost got the right idea - the only point you missed/I didn't communicate was that space in the horizontal plane is severely limited, but vertically abundant. Therefore, a rack full of kit would take up the same floor space as the small table with the server tucked underneath but be more eff...
by canoemoose
Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Rack mount case
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

Rack mount case

Hi all, Does anyone know where I can obtain a 4U rackmount PC case which takes standard desktop (full ATX) components without breaking the bank? I'm a student at uni with a more-than-usual amount of computers, amps, equalisers, active crossovers etc and I'm fed up of transporting it all separately w...
by canoemoose
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: how easy is it to damage a lithium battery?
Replies: 13
Views: 4159

Re: how easy is it to damage a lithium battery?

I have an old HP Compaq nx6110 which is about 5 years old and no longer used regularly. It lives, and has lived, plugged in for most of its life with the battery still installed, only used on battery power once a week at most. The battery capacity is still almost as good as it was when new, although...
by canoemoose
Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: PSU Decision
Replies: 7
Views: 1381

PSU Decision

Hi all, I'm currently speccing up another machine. I'm pretty sure I've decided on parts, my only issue (if it turns out to be one) is the PSU. Due to the machine's location, it is necessary to use a "flat" case, and the (only) one I've found is supplied with a 380W Antec EarthWatts PSU. T...
by canoemoose
Fri May 21, 2010 9:23 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Access SQL woes
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Re: Access SQL woes

We sorted it - there was a typo somewhere else that was causing everything to muck up.
by canoemoose
Sat May 15, 2010 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Epically slow Vista
Replies: 10
Views: 1245

Re: Epically slow Vista

Whenever I'm forced to use Windows I use Avast.
by canoemoose
Sat May 15, 2010 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Access SQL woes
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Access SQL woes

My friend is currently trying to create a table from another using SQL in Access 2007. Here is his code: CREATE TABLE[ResultsTable] AS (SELECT PrimaryTable.Code, PrimaryTable.[Pub Name], PrimaryTable.Location, PrimaryTable.[Pub Theme], PrimaryTable.[Turnover (£)], PrimaryTable.[Start Date], PrimaryT...
by canoemoose
Thu May 13, 2010 8:20 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Epically slow Vista
Replies: 10
Views: 1245

Re: Epically slow Vista

I did. While I'm aware McAfee is a complete waste of space, I've steered clear of it for so long I'd forgotten just how anti-productive it was :roll:
by canoemoose
Thu May 13, 2010 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: cheap computer tower case
Replies: 7
Views: 1285

Re: cheap computer tower case

Or, you know, just use a pair of pliers and avoid the whole bleeding business. there is always that but it can be frustrating trying to manipulate a peice of metal inside a 3.5 inch drive bay with a pair of msassive pliers... Then use a smaller pair of pliers :p On a more serious note, I've had exp...
by canoemoose
Thu May 13, 2010 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration
Replies: 22
Views: 2410

Re: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration

Any self-respecting real (non-DJ) audio mixer will have a number of aux outs as well as the main mix out and monitor out. That still leaves you with the problem of routing the video though. At work (Student's Union) we use (one||some) of these but it's a bit over the top for your application. I swea...
by canoemoose
Thu May 13, 2010 1:43 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Epically slow Vista
Replies: 10
Views: 1245

Re: Epically slow Vista

The problem seems to be McAfee. Woot. Whenever anything requiring disk access occurs, the PF Delta shoots up to a value in the mid thousands. I now have to have a conversation explaining this, seeing as (a) she's not technically minded and (b) she paid for McAfee.
by canoemoose
Thu May 13, 2010 12:57 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Epically slow Vista
Replies: 10
Views: 1245

Re: Epically slow Vista

Safe mode is also sluggish, I've already tried that. It's a Dell Studio 1555, Pentium D @ 2 GHz, 4GB RAM, ATI dedicated graphics, 64-bit Vista Home Premium. Anything reading from disk seems to take forever and results in a lot of disk thrashing - for example, opening Explorer for the first time take...
by canoemoose
Thu May 13, 2010 12:36 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Epically slow Vista
Replies: 10
Views: 1245

Epically slow Vista

Hi all, I've been tasked with "fixing" a friend's laptop. The laptop is about 6 months old, and is being incredibly slow. I've run a full virus scan, malware/spyware scan with no infections found and defragged the hard drive for good measure, all with no effect. What else is there I can try?
by canoemoose
Wed May 05, 2010 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Linking C headers
Replies: 3
Views: 1422

Re: Linking C headers

Thanks for your help! The tutorial I had found assumed I was using MS Visual Studio and didn't make clear the separate stages of compilation. My y0, y1 errors were caused by me being stupid and declaring them as global totally by accident. Finally, to address the style point, the specification I'm w...

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