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by RAKtheUndead
Mon May 28, 2012 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Raspberry Pi
Replies: 13
Views: 7773

Re: Raspberry Pi

Currently, I'm looking at running XBMC on it so it can be used as a media server. I also want to get some sort of download client running on it - be utilising torrents or newsgroups, or both. Boring! I'm personally going to use my RPi to learn ARM assembly language without the baggage associated wi...
by RAKtheUndead
Fri May 04, 2012 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Programs that print their own source code
Replies: 100
Views: 24326

Re: Programs that print their own source code

As far as I'm concerned, quines have been uninteresting since 1994, when this was done:

http://www.ioccc.org/1994/smr.hint

I think he told Common Lisp to shove it.
by RAKtheUndead
Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Aesthetics of Code
Replies: 4
Views: 2888

Re: Aesthetics of Code

So, can code as a medium disconnected from its functional application serve as a conduit for art? It would, unfortunately have to be more abstract and deconstructionist, like Pollock or Piet Mondrian. Have you looked at the International Obfuscated C Code Contest ? There are some entries there wher...
by RAKtheUndead
Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding is English?
Replies: 32
Views: 7232

Re: Coding is English?

I reckon that there are quite a few reasons, some of them involving historical inertia, others involving actual technical advantages, why English is the primary language of computing. Obviously, the fact that computer science has been dictated mostly by a small number of countries, most of them spea...
by RAKtheUndead
Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: smartphone OS wars: Android vs. iPhone vs. WebOS vs...
Replies: 27
Views: 12583

Re: smartphone OS wars: Android vs. iPhone vs. WebOS vs...

From my perspective, almost all smartphone operating systems suck. They're far too restrictive for me to enjoy. There's a definite consumer bias there that prevents me from getting as much as I want out of them. If Nokia had decided to put their full momentum behind Maemo/MeeGo, I'd enjoy those, bec...
by RAKtheUndead
Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.
Replies: 81
Views: 46895

Re: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.

First OS: MS-DOS 5.0 Last OS: Version 7 Unix, PDP-11 emulator I liked MS-DOS at the time, but as time has gone on, I've seen how hacked together it was compared to even other contemporary operating systems. As for Version 7 Unix, I quite like it. Apart from the crappy K&R C compiler, it's quite ...
by RAKtheUndead
Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: My code has an English accent!
Replies: 15
Views: 5125

Re: My code has an English accent!

The rules of typography indicate that this is not amusing, but instead vulgar. The style of a typeface should match its purpose; the monospaced typefaces have a functional quality that makes them far more suitable from every perspective than any other sort of typeface. You may accuse me of not getti...
by RAKtheUndead
Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 45127

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

I can relate so much to this comic. I can't hear any difference between 64kbps and 128kbps, let alone between 128kbps and lossless. I'm not sure whether to be worried or grateful that I don't have any reason to spend hundreds of euro on expensive sound equipment.
by RAKtheUndead
Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Help with a gaming desktop
Replies: 27
Views: 2938

Re: Help with a gaming desktop

450W Quiet 80 Dual Rail PSU (600w is only £20 more, should i get that instead?) Actually, scrap the SSD and spend a good amount of money on a reputable PSU. There is almost never any point in trying to save money on a PSU. Also, you're going to need a more powerful PSU than 600W anyway - I'd recomm...
by RAKtheUndead
Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Headphones vs. Earbuds
Replies: 66
Views: 19479

Re: Headphones vs. Earbuds

That said, if I'm in a place where speakers are an acceptable option, I'll go for those. I'm not even an audiophile - I legitimately cannot tell the difference between 64kbps and 320kbps music. There is some truth in that statement but it can also depend on the software that made the MP3s and what ...
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Portable Laptops for "casual" gaming
Replies: 7
Views: 1340

Re: Portable Laptops for "casual" gaming

The M11x is just about the only machine from Alienware that doesn't come with my "Don't buy from Alienware, ever" policy. I wouldn't get one myself, but it's the closest there is to a properly portable, appropriately powerful gaming laptop. The problem with laptops and gaming is that good ...
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Headphones vs. Earbuds
Replies: 66
Views: 19479

Re: Headphones vs. Earbuds

Headphones, in circumstances where portability is not an issue, are vastly superior to earphones. The problem is that earbuds, even at the most expensive level, do more to damage your hearing than headphones do, by virtue of being closer to the ear. I won't purchase a pair of earbuds for more than €...
by RAKtheUndead
Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Headphone wires that will not break.
Replies: 33
Views: 42994

Re: Headphone wires that will not break.

This would be why I never spend more than €2 on a pair of earphones, and leave my set of cans for home use. In my experience, earphones are going to have terrible sound quality no matter what brand you get, so why spend any more than you need to? I'd be pretty disappointed if I were to spend €50 or ...
by RAKtheUndead
Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Top Gear for People Driving on the Correct Side of the Road
Replies: 8
Views: 1719

Re: Top Gear for People Driving on the Correct Side of the R

OK, so I've watched it now. I have some observations: - Too many goddamned ad-breaks. Coming from the perspective of the British show, and watching it without the advertisements, you can see where they have to be repetitive simply because they have to divide the show into too many sections. The Brit...
by RAKtheUndead
Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Top Gear for People Driving on the Correct Side of the Road
Replies: 8
Views: 1719

Re: Top Gear for People Driving on the Correct Side of the R

I wrote a big long post, now a bit obsolete, about why I didn't think that an American version of Top Gear would work properly: Top Gear , the BBC's motoring television series, has attained a lot of success since its reinvention in 2002. Critically acclaimed, and also one of the most popular tel...
by RAKtheUndead
Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: New OS's or old?
Replies: 71
Views: 13718

Re: New OS's or old?

There are USB-compatible variants of the Model M design made by Unicomp. They're not quite as good as the original IBM designs, but they're still far, far ahead of contemporary rubber-dome keyboards. it's just not the same without detachable keycaps and a detachable cable. Well, as far as I know, y...
by RAKtheUndead
Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: New OS's or old?
Replies: 71
Views: 13718

Re: New OS's or old?

USB drives can be smuggled in and out of the premises rectally. I'd be more concerned if they started smuggling keyboards rectally There are flexible keyboards which can be rolled up fairly tightly... :shock: there's only one keyboard that would really be worth smuggling, and it's not flexible... h...
by RAKtheUndead
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What laptop to buy?
Replies: 7
Views: 1418

Re: What laptop to buy?

ETA: You can fit an Asus UL20A (hella portable) and a very nice desktop system* and decent monitor into $1500 or so without problems. * Phenom X4 955, Radeon 5770, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD and 1TB HDD Get rid of the SSD, and you could get an even better graphics card, or save $100 or so. I've never been a...
by RAKtheUndead
Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books I've never read/finished and should
Replies: 27
Views: 4360

Re: Worthy Books You Never Finished

Good luck on The Origin of Species . It took me an entire summer to get through it. Took me three weeks to get through War and Peace , and the day after I had finished that, I finished a novella by Stanislaw Lem in a single day. I'm confident I could finish it in a couple of weeks with enough spare...
by RAKtheUndead
Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Android Smartphone
Replies: 24
Views: 3570

Re: Android Smartphone

Honestly though, if you have the option to get an iPhone 4 and don't, you're an idiot. It's the best in class smartphone, period. And I say this as a happy Android user. I have a Droid running 2.2 and I think it's awesome. Where does my claim come from? [...] Just a few things I've noticed. In prac...
by RAKtheUndead
Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Would you be interested in an iPhone app for XKCD?
Replies: 6
Views: 1159

Re: Would you be interested in an iPhone app for XKCD?

To be honest, I'm pretty satisfied with the internet as it is on my mobile phone (a Nokia E71), and the only reason I could see for an application would be because of the iPhone being unable to use content because of Apple's software restrictions. This isn't the case with image formats, so I think i...
by RAKtheUndead
Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Scott Pilgrim Vs The world (the movie or the comic)
Replies: 169
Views: 20408

Re: Scott Pilgrim Vs The world (the movie or the comic)

Why do you think this would happen? This is like thinking that because comedy movies are popular that documentaries will stop being made. Titles like Call of Duty very often provide the revenue that allow large publishers to fund smaller projects that may not make much or any money and as such woul...
by RAKtheUndead
Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Samsung Galaxy S or iPhone 4?
Replies: 24
Views: 4688

Re: Samsung Galaxy S or iPhone 4?

Things I need/really want this phone to do: - Be a damn phone Not one of the iPhone's fortes. The speaker quality has been traditionally rubbish, although they may have sorted that out with the iPhone 4. Still, iOS is one of the worst smartphone operating systems out there for just being a phone. G...
by RAKtheUndead
Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Scott Pilgrim Vs The world (the movie or the comic)
Replies: 169
Views: 20408

Re: Scott Pilgrim Vs The world (the movie or the comic)

Unlike most of my computer gaming peers, I really, really wanted this film to fail. I am of that small proportion of computer gamers who doesn't necessarily want gaming to be legitimised entirely, because I play a lot of niche-genre games which attract an audience in their own right and fear that th...
by RAKtheUndead
Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 9541

Re: Depleted Uranium

Uranium is used in armor-piercing anti-tank rounds. In the Iraq war, for example, the war against Iraq's armor forces was over pretty quickly, which means that all the use of uranium would be over pretty quickly. Insurgents don't have tanks, and there's no reason why you would shoot them with urani...
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bechdel test
Replies: 393
Views: 45576

Re: The Bechdel test

I am sort of missing your point. If you like racing movies without much conversation, and don't like movies about computers at all, then how does it matter that men talk more about computers and cars in real life? By analogy, you could argue that because men can pee while standing, you like to see ...
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Manthropology, the Science of the Inadequate Modern Male.
Replies: 185
Views: 18816

Re: Manthropology, the Science of the Inadequate Modern Male

We have machines now, so we don't have to go to absurd lengths to develop our physical strength. While this is true, I believe you will find that people who have a high level of physical fitness are happier on average, and more confident. This would be why I haven't entirely neglected my own physic...
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bechdel test
Replies: 393
Views: 45576

Re: The Bechdel test

Would you enjoy seeing a hacker movie where two women talked to each other about computers, or a racing movie where two women discussed cars? Given that you know there are a number of women who do enjoy those things, it wouldn't be unrealistic to show a mere two women talking about them. I'd prefer...
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bechdel test
Replies: 393
Views: 45576

Re: The Bechdel test

The "but I just find men's conversations more interesting!" argument While I understand that women are perfectly capable of and do talk about politics, philosophy, history, science and a series of other topics in which I either have a broad or specific interest in, I rarely have a meaning...
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Manthropology, the Science of the Inadequate Modern Male.
Replies: 185
Views: 18816

Re: Manthropology, the Science of the Inadequate Modern Male

We have machines now, so we don't have to go to absurd lengths to develop our physical strength. That said, I'd like to see the prehistoric man who could drive a car at an average speed of 150mph for hours on end, sustaining G-forces of more than 3G consistently over those hours, or indeed, the preh...
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What should I upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 1700

Re: What should I upgrade?

Ok, I'm still thinking of replacing my 8800GT 256MB with a 5770 1 GB. I'm on somewhat of a budget and can get a Asus EAH5770 Cu Core - 1 GB for about 120 euros. Good choice? (I'm on a budget here) That sounds like a reasonably good price to me. AFAIK, the 5770 is about as good a budget card as we'v...
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Why do keyboards still have a Scroll Lock button?
Replies: 55
Views: 9307

Re: Why do keyboards still have a Scroll Lock button?

On a related note, of what use is a big-ass 'POWER' button doing hanging up there where you just know you're going to mash it in the middle of editing a document and trying to navigate in it and your system abruptly shuts itself off without saving the document you spent several hours editing? I alw...
by RAKtheUndead
Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Help with a gaming desktop
Replies: 27
Views: 2938

Re: Help with a gaming desktop

You almost certainly don't need an i7-950, unless you're doing tasks which really need multitasking performance. A lesser i7-9xx model will do just fine even for that, with a bit of overclocking. Also, the processor is rarely the limiting factor in gaming performance; processors from three or four y...
by RAKtheUndead
Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you do if you wake up X centuries ago?
Replies: 44
Views: 4670

Re: What do you do if you wake up X centuries ago?

To be perfectly honest, I'd probably die of smallpox before I could inoculate myself. I suppose if I survived long enough to do so, there's something I could do, although with medical knowledge how it was in any stage before inoculation became commonplace, I'd be considered a crank and a nutcase. Un...
by RAKtheUndead
Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books I've never read/finished and should
Replies: 27
Views: 4360

Re: Worthy Books You Never Finished

The Origin of Species. I need to get a copy that I can read on the bus.
by RAKtheUndead
Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple goes to Maldives for marriage, gets insults
Replies: 15
Views: 2719

Re: Couple goes to Maldives for marriage, gets insults

I'm inclined to think that this is a punishment to them for getting married in the first place. I'm anything but a fan of marriage, considering it a prison for the naive and idealistic. I'm inclined to think this is just some asshole who thinks he's funny. I'm also inclined to tell you that nobody ...
by RAKtheUndead
Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple goes to Maldives for marriage, gets insults
Replies: 15
Views: 2719

Re: Couple goes to Maldives for marriage, gets insults

I'm inclined to think that this is a punishment to them for getting married in the first place. I'm anything but a fan of marriage, considering it a prison for the naive and idealistic. However, spending that amount of money on the "renewing your vows" ceremony to find out you've been insu...
by RAKtheUndead
Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Why do keyboards still have a Scroll Lock button?
Replies: 55
Views: 9307

Re: Why do keyboards still have a Scroll Lock button?

I think the reason that we still have it is because it was there originally. It serves little purpose today, but because the whole x86 platform is sometimes antiquated to the point of ridicule, we can't quite get rid of it. same with qwerty and microsoft? :P That sounds like an apt comparison, yes....
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmets?
Replies: 99
Views: 15358

Re: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmet

Surely, when it comes to driving on the road (rather than motor racing, which is a different story, given that the drivers are usually deliberately pushing their cars to the limits, and typically have skills well in excess of the average road-car driver), we should be pushing for active safety versu...
by RAKtheUndead
Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Why do keyboards still have a Scroll Lock button?
Replies: 55
Views: 9307

Re: Why do keyboards still have a Scroll Lock button?

I think the reason that we still have it is because it was there originally. It serves little purpose today, but because the whole x86 platform is sometimes antiquated to the point of ridicule, we can't quite get rid of it.

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