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by Alexander The 1st
Sun May 26, 2013 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 15958

Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

Clearly, whoever came up with this phrase never grew up with media where users call out their attacks to do significantly more damage than one can with just sticks and stones. [Warning: TvTropes link]

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Okay, seriously now; yeah,this hit pretty hard.
by Alexander The 1st
Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Re: External access for Collide?
Replies: 0
Views: 1189

Re: External access for Collide?

Heya all, I've been trying to setup a Collide IDE server recently ( http://code.google.com/p/collide/ ) and...it just isn't playing well on my machine. Part of the problem *may* be that my "server root" address is not where I start this server (Hence, http://localhost:8080, for example, wi...
by Alexander The 1st
Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.
Replies: 55
Views: 27648

Re: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.

Chess. Partially because I'm new to Go, but also because technically, if you made a mistake in Chess, the frustration from that allows you to see *why* you made the mistake, and able to realize what you want to focus on next time. Every move in Go requires you to think what the person would do if yo...
by Alexander The 1st
Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 22709

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

I always thought that hurricanes should be named after villains. That way, the Katrinas, Ritas, and Betsys of the world can be spared. Hurricane Vader Hurricane Harkonnen Hurricane VonDoom Hurricane Galacticus Haha, yes. Hurricane Kane for the win. But even better, we could do hero protagonist fact...
by Alexander The 1st
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 42259

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

I'm reminded of this: http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/970830 I do love the delivery of "Almost definitely." though; "Well, I'm currently going after my PHD and this is my thesis, but I do have a Masters in biomedical, so it should be fine. What could go wrong?" On a relat...
by Alexander The 1st
Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 30439

Re: 0927: "Standards"

Flash is a standard.

It is also a closed monopoly.

Alright, cool. Unity/Silverlight/Html5 are just going to mess that up... <_<

Well, also mobile, but still.
by Alexander The 1st
Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PC != Windows
Replies: 190
Views: 132137

Re: PC != Windows

By this definition, not really. They're not much different from PowerPC Macs aside from the CPU itself. They just have EFI instead of Open Firmware like the PPC ones had, and EFI lets them fake being a "PC" so they can boot Windows or whatever. By every other definition, Macs have always ...
by Alexander The 1st
Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PC != Windows
Replies: 190
Views: 132137

Re: PC != Windows

So my take is this, PC = IBM compatible PC which comes from the 8088 (based on the 8086) based IBM home computer that ran DOS (various forms) Any home computer that can trace it's lineage to the IBM PC is a PC. For anything else, they can be refereed to as Home Computers, Microcomputers, or in the ...
by Alexander The 1st
Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0862: "Let Go"
Replies: 146
Views: 36261

Re: 0862: "Let Go"

Alt-alt-text: "Social networking is the path to the dark side. Social networking leads to fear. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

Did nobody think that, or something similar to how you could use the Force to combat Reddit/Facebook?
by Alexander The 1st
Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PC != Windows
Replies: 190
Views: 132137

Re: PC != Windows

In what context? Do they say "I'll start up the internet here.." or like "I'll open the internet..." Because they are viewing, and therefore opening (parts of) the internet with the shortcut. "Starting" the internet is incorrect, but it is starting it for you. No, they...
by Alexander The 1st
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: try catch finally
Replies: 18
Views: 3669

Re: try catch finally

Also, in C# and I think Java (someone should verify), finally runs even if you have a return statement. It's definitely true. I once saw the following code in Java: Foo getFoo() { try { return lookupFoo(); } finally { return null; } } Didn't quite do what the author was intending. :D Actually, out ...
by Alexander The 1st
Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HTML5 or Flash?
Replies: 182
Views: 26388

Re: Html5

Blu-ray quality and video-camera quality are far too high quality for general web use, so they will need to be re-converted to a more stream friendly size. Most consumers will want a one-click solution like youtube, which means they're not doing the encoding. Any user that has the comprehension abo...
by Alexander The 1st
Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Feels type insecure? (informal discussion of opinions)
Replies: 15
Views: 2696

Re: Feels type insecure? (informal discussion of opinions)

The correct approach imo is to allow optional (but not compulsory) type declarations. That way you dont have to specify types for everything so you can still prototype, but once you know what the program is doing you can go back and add type declarations so that type errors are caught. This is inci...
by Alexander The 1st
Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why does Microsoft have a server edition of windows?
Replies: 74
Views: 20226

Re: Why does Microsoft have a server edition of windows?

About the software-requires-windows riddle, you can run most .NET stuff on Linux, you can operate most Windows applications in combination with Unix and Linux servers, and, there is the other part where employees 'need windows': fist, the argument about windows at home was that you used it at work,...
by Alexander The 1st
Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why does Microsoft have a server edition of windows?
Replies: 74
Views: 20226

Re: Why does Microsoft have a server edition of windows?

I have a small question about that Fortune 1000 graph - why are they including Netscape on there if it's smaller than the overall "other" category? Which leads to another question; people are still using Netscape? That's up there with Sony discontinuing the tape deck walkman ; they were st...
by Alexander The 1st
Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: setting up a performant filesystem-based python webserver
Replies: 6
Views: 1361

Re: setting up a performant filesystem-based python webserve

Here - I got pretty close now thanks to finishing my own version of this thanks to thoughtfully's link, though I am having issues with getting CGI input to go in to the script. So posts...don't really work, from what I can tell. They may, the scripts I'm trying to run them on require this one file t...
by Alexander The 1st
Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Wars vs Mass Effect
Replies: 86
Views: 38164

Re: Star Wars vs Mass Effect

I think Star Wars would win, for one major reason: Resource Efficiency. If you have played Mass Effect 2, you will know that in order to upgrade the ship, weapons, and technology for your team you have to completely deplete the resources of many systems of planets. Honestly, how large of navy can t...
by Alexander The 1st
Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Wars vs Mass Effect
Replies: 86
Views: 38164

Re: Star Wars vs Mass Effect

Well, if you start up a Mass Effect 2 game without an ME1 save, you get a dead Wrex. So it's as close to a "canon" ending as you can get, at any rate. Ah. That would make sense. From what I've heard of it, if you hadn't started a ME1 save import, it was supposed to be based off of your an...
by Alexander The 1st
Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Wars vs Mass Effect
Replies: 86
Views: 38164

Re: Star Wars vs Mass Effect

And the Krogan are very close to total unification under Urdnot Wrex as well. Not in canon. The canon ending has Wrex dead. that's why this is a difficult argument. There's one Star Wars story and universe. There's a large (if finite) number of Mass Effect stories and universes. Do you have a citat...
by Alexander The 1st
Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: 3D Photo/Video Editing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

Re: 3D Photo/Video Editing?

I think you mis-interpreted what I was curious about...it wasn't about photo-capture [Which the 3DS has], but about editing of a 3-D photo after being shot. Sort of a combination of Photoshop's Content Aware stuff, and how best to combine that with 3-D photos, still keeping the 3-D effect after modi...
by Alexander The 1st
Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: 3D Photo/Video Editing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

3D Photo/Video Editing?

Wasn't sure whether to put this into Coding or Computer Science, but I suppose this is more algorithmic, so I'll post it here for now - feel free to move it if you want to. But anyways, with the N3DS, I was curious - so far, I haven't heard of 3D photo editing for it. It's got the camera for 3-D, bu...
by Alexander The 1st
Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Nintendo 3DS Hardware Discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 781

Re: Nintendo 3DS Hardware Discussion

They didn't make the touch screen bigger though, so that may be interesting to see how it plays out...perhaps the touch screen won't be 1:1 ratio, but more of a mouse movement. It seemed that way for Nintendogs + Zero Wing Cats, where it seemed to take on a small section of the screen, and with Kid ...
by Alexander The 1st
Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Nintendo's E3: Kid Icarus, DKC, Zelda, Paper Mario, MGS, KH
Replies: 32
Views: 4363

Re: Nintendo's E3: Kid Icarus, DKC, Zelda, Paper Mario, MGS

I'm not bashing it i'm sure it works great like everybody says but i still need to see to find out how great it really looks they need to run a promotion with people going around America and elsewhere to preview the system so everyone can see if it really is as good as every one says. That was the ...
by Alexander The 1st
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Nintendo 3DS Hardware Discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 781

Nintendo 3DS Hardware Discussion

I'm surprised this isn't up here yet - perhaps it's in games, but for the hardware itself, I was curious what you all thought. First off, the conference, if you haven't seen it yet: http://e3.gamespot.com/press-conference/nintendo-e3/?tag=content_nav%3Bvideo%3Bnintendo ~~~ ~~~ My personal thoughts: ...
by Alexander The 1st
Thu May 27, 2010 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HTML5 or Flash?
Replies: 182
Views: 26388

Re: HTML5 or Flash?

So they will come up HTML6 & CSS4 or whatever. & we will come up with cool tools to do other cool stuff in HTML5. The reason we had Flash in the first place? We didn't bother making HTML 5, and developers wanted easy web-based interactive elements that rendered identically for everyone. Wit...
by Alexander The 1st
Wed May 26, 2010 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HTML5 or Flash?
Replies: 182
Views: 26388

Re: HTML5 or Flash?

There were a few Intel Macs lower than 1.83Ghz. The first MacBook Air, and an early Mac Mini had a 1.5Ghz Core Solo, IIRC. They're both pretty rare though. To the point where you might consider them an anomaly and not something worth supporting when almost everything else is faster. Also, Apple fin...
by Alexander The 1st
Mon May 17, 2010 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HTML5 or Flash?
Replies: 182
Views: 26388

Re: HTML5 or Flash?

Sort of beating a dead horse here, but recently, I was looking into Silverlight, and I found something interesting with their System Requirements...Namely, you can Silverlight on a 1.6GHz or higher processor, but Macs need a 1.83GHz. Same memory space (512 MB of Ram), more cpu clocks...for a require...
by Alexander The 1st
Mon May 10, 2010 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: help wanted--compiling python on xp
Replies: 9
Views: 1328

Re: help wanted--compiling python on xp

I've not actually tried to compile anything for Python yet myself [I was given my first GUI intensive course in Java, not Python, so Python is really my wish-list language, since I don't want to rely on pyGame for anything I do in it that's simmilar to Java's built-in GUI if I can; therefore, I've a...
by Alexander The 1st
Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces and tabs in Python
Replies: 15
Views: 13882

Re: Spaces and tabs in Python

Tabs only. Spaces are difficult to ensure proper indentation, and I do want to be able to compile the code as quickly as possible, without having to go back and fix indentation because "it's inconsistent". As for alignment, I just let go Candian close - if it's off by one or two [tabs are ...
by Alexander The 1st
Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Weirdest error sequence ever
Replies: 6
Views: 1184

Re: Weirdest error sequence ever

I am an admin on my computer, so I shouldn't have permission errors. The thing I find interesting though is that it's not clear what the problem is from the error: Usually, the code works fine, and then if I accidentally short-circuit a sensor/remove a wire from a pin, it may come up with the error ...
by Alexander The 1st
Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Weirdest error sequence ever
Replies: 6
Views: 1184

Re: Weirdest error sequence ever

Huh - I eventually got it to fix the problem - I think it was just the Serial object being overloaded with printed elements [The Arduino printed out a variable every run of loop(), and my guess is that draw() in processing took slightly longer, and so the Serial buffer got too large.] I just found i...
by Alexander The 1st
Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Weirdest error sequence ever
Replies: 6
Views: 1184

Weirdest error sequence ever

So anyways, I'm trying to get some example Arduino/Processing code working [The error you see below is in Processing.], and I came across an interesting error which does not help me debug the current code to get it to work in the slightest. First off, it continues extensively, so it fills up the sys...
by Alexander The 1st
Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: headphones vs. speakers
Replies: 38
Views: 11729

Re: headphones vs. speakers

Worst case scenario, everyone dies in a fire caused by an eletrical fault in the speakers. At least everyone's awake though. That's the important part. ~~~~ I knew a friend who had a funny habit of listening to Air Supply (or similar love ballads) while playing Call of Duty. It gives a different at...
by Alexander The 1st
Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: headphones vs. speakers
Replies: 38
Views: 11729

Re: headphones vs. speakers

Speakers whenever I can - specifically, portable speakers, hooked up to an AC adapter whenever I can. Not only do I get more grainality with them, as the speakers add another level of volume control, but in general, headphones are clunky. Adding to that is the fact I only have those messed-up headph...
by Alexander The 1st
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: micros0ft tour. quesions?
Replies: 18
Views: 1948

Re: microsoft tour. quesions?

Ask them what happened to the Courier.

<_<

...

...Use it as a lead in to whether or not the Courier runs on Windows? <_<
by Alexander The 1st
Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HTML5 codec smackdown
Replies: 59
Views: 10195

Re: HTML5 codec smackdown

I think that for something to actually be a good standard, it has to be well specified, publicly available for anyone and free to implement. Otherwise there will be groups that for one reason or other cannot implement the standard ...and how can it be a standard then? Final Cut Pro as a video editi...
by Alexander The 1st
Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is Adobe Here for the Better?
Replies: 21
Views: 6175

Re: Is Adobe Here for the Better?

Huh. Thanks for the post, I'll check it out. I hope it works, but I'm not too optimistic - the guy there actually got error messages . I can't even get that far into the installation...all I can get is the autoplay splash screen. Literally. I'll give it a try though - sounds fun. EDIT: Huh - the met...
by Alexander The 1st
Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is Adobe Here for the Better?
Replies: 21
Views: 6175

Re: Is Adobe Here for the Better?

Personally, I actually really like Adobe Illustrator CS3/4, haven't touched Flash in a while, and Dreamweaver is right out. My main issue with Adobe is that I actually liked Illustrator, and so I bought CS3 Student Licensing, and it said it was Vista compatible... ...I haven't been able to check, si...
by Alexander The 1st
Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Am I the only one on here that can't stand Python?
Replies: 184
Views: 32485

Re: Am I the only one on here that can't stand Python?

Heh - after looking at that list, I've got to say that Google knows how to pull on the Monty Python theme for naming:

Unladen Swallow. You want to know what it's airborne speed is?
by Alexander The 1st
Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Earliest we should teach/encourage programming
Replies: 39
Views: 3620

Re: Earliest we should teach/encourage programming

Early. Many people who have their first encounter with programming in a first year uni course seem to just be fundamentally unable to grasp it. Those that are really good at maths seem to be able to get by, but the rest seem to be just unable to get what is going on. EDIT: But you gotta make it fun...

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