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by genewitch
Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0458: "Regrets"
Replies: 130
Views: 30205

Re: "Regrets" Discussion

Brewbaby, that post made me laugh...

I wonder why the trend of less regret for the female victims...


(ok you can throw things at me now)
by genewitch
Fri May 09, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0421: "Making Hash Browns"
Replies: 122
Views: 35891

Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

xkcd usually has a passion for accuracy so I am disturbed to see this comic violates the basic laws of physics. If you swing the racket forward at the potato with the intention of slicing it, it won't be launched towards the plate but rather it would fall on the ground after slicing. The guy should...
by genewitch
Wed May 07, 2008 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Nintendo guy vs. PC guy
Replies: 25
Views: 4691

Re: Nintendo guy vs. PC guy

Don't be ridiculous, PC guy has plastic armor, nintendo guy has cloth armor. Obviously a squishy caster. also, i did one of these for a widescreen laptop background for my girl: http://lh6.ggpht.com/genewitch/SCGHc7U9b6I/AAAAAAAAAgA/UjCnLziFjvo/s288/customninjadesktop.jpg Full rez link (1024×512 pix...
by genewitch
Wed May 07, 2008 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0420: "Jealousy"
Replies: 151
Views: 34446

Re: "Jealousy" Discussion

Rad, I know several people this story has happened to. :-) I was trippin on the 3d for a moment, then i figured someone would ruin it in comments by saying "STOP CHANGING THE ART" but hopefully i have blocked that comment now. Boosh! edit: I like the artwork, btw. I also noticed that she's...
by genewitch
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0411: "Techno"
Replies: 150
Views: 36614

Re: "Techno" Discussion

For the record, one of my biggest pet peeves is people who call all "electronic music" techno. Rap is techno? Some of Danny Elfman's scores are techno? All pop music is techno? And on the first page i saw people saying that they liked techno, and not one person linked a techno song. I coul...
by genewitch
Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0407: "Cheap GPS"
Replies: 99
Views: 23336

Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

I use delorme street atlas USA with a topo for backup (also delorme). My palm has the software, but i use that for out of the car navigation (read geocaching). for in the car, i use a laptop. The delorme GPS thing is freaking amazing, if you miss a turn, or know a better way, it doesn't tell you to ...
by genewitch
Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Your favorite paradox
Replies: 159
Views: 21676

Re: Your favorite paradox

Thiss posst has exactly three errors! The third error being the exclamation mark; it's not a particularly exciting sentence, since there's nothing paradoxical, so the punctuation is inappropriate. You're missing the paradox. The post contains two obvious errors. Barring the exclamation mark being a...
by genewitch
Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ideas for a research project
Replies: 9
Views: 1526

Re: Ideas for a research project

yes, the classification of finite simple groups. Mmmm yes. Also, OP, you should probably post in the intro thread lest you get drawn and quartered for your first posts to be homework help. While everyone is encouraged to post in the intro thread, it is not required, and it hasn't been for quite some...
by genewitch
Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ideas for a research project
Replies: 9
Views: 1526

Re: Ideas for a research project

traveling salesman!
by genewitch
Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers: Ideal students?
Replies: 10
Views: 1575

Re: Teachers: Ideal students?

I meant "want to be there" in the higher sense. Like i liked going to poli-sci and philosophy classes. i wanted to be there, i didn't want to stay at home and play Half Life 2. i aced the courses, too. I'd want a bunch of students that wanted to be there in every sense of the word. There's...
by genewitch
Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Optilocks!
Replies: 2
Views: 1001

Re: Optilocks!

Why couldn't you just shine a light on it? it makes more sense in the military use you described. and even then, really, it's the same as any keyed system. if someone else steals the key, you're no better off. even if there's some proprietary method of oscillating the light or whatever it's only a m...
by genewitch
Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers: Ideal students?
Replies: 10
Views: 1575

Re: Teachers: Ideal students?

i'm not a teacher, but i would be one if asked. I think my answer would probably reflect the unanimous one, and state it simply:

I'd fill my class with: "students who want to be there"
by genewitch
Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ideas for a research project
Replies: 9
Views: 1526

Re: Ideas for a research project

what math class is this? it sounds like a statistics and/or probability course. there's a ton of stuff you can do, really. but without knowing what specific study you're talking about i couldn't give any recommendations. and as far as keno goes, the state sponsored lottery games aren't rigged. The m...
by genewitch
Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie
Replies: 165
Views: 15493

Re: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie

belial thanks, it was obvious after the second comment that it was trolling. There's a certain way to present every argument in such a fashion (it's called red herring if you're using it to debate, but i think it should be the same if you're using it as DEE BAIT [rimshot]) Basically, anytime you tak...
by genewitch
Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie
Replies: 165
Views: 15493

Re: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie

freakish nice bush quote. and ID in schools is really nothing more than "Evolution is only one theory"

Even my normally intelligent girlfriend seems to think that everything should be given equal time. then again she doesn't like arguing politics, and that's what this is. /shrug.
by genewitch
Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wow, perpetual motion realized, no joke.....
Replies: 63
Views: 7583

Re: Wow, perpetual motion realized, no joke.....

I applied his principles to my hybrid car - recharged the batteries, and fed the excess energy back into the engine. Gave me an overall 110% energy effeciency. I had to disconnect the thing, though. The gas tank kept overflowing. :mrgreen: for some reason i'm reminded of something my dad asked me w...
by genewitch
Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie
Replies: 165
Views: 15493

Re: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie

Oh, sorry. Guess I should have been more careful about checking out the previous bits of the thread. Thought I'd been following carefully enough. On the plus side Dawkin's review of the movie is online now. Guess I'll go read that. is ok. Dawkins doesn't actually review the movie so much as talk ab...
by genewitch
Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: living near a military base
Replies: 27
Views: 2408

Re: living near a military base

My family has an air force history (my grandparents and uncles, though thankfully not my parents). I grew up about 5 miles from an air force base, and grew rather accustomed to hearing C-130 Hercs overhead (at about 500 ft) at all hours. Dishes would rattle from time to time, but otherwise it was a...
by genewitch
Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie
Replies: 165
Views: 15493

Re: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie

So there was some discussion above about how the movie cherry picked from interviews given by prominent scientists, one being atheist biologist PZ Myers. I thought some of you would be amused by this latest blog entry of his regarding the film: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/03/expelled.ph...
by genewitch
Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0400: "Important Life Lesson"
Replies: 242
Views: 49635

Re: "Important Life Lesson" Discussion

this happens to me a lot. Fortunately i have a platinum EX card, including remote. Although my library leans closer to "audiobook" coming on rather than "power rangers" - But i do have a lot of weird Al and Stephen lynch; that sort of thing. on a side note, i discovered that my f...
by genewitch
Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Router Problem (Connected to DNS, but not loading web pages)
Replies: 14
Views: 1755

Re: Router Problem (Connected to DNS, but not loading web pages)

I've never used the DD-WRT firmware before; but it looks like 10.1.1.1 is the first hop on a valid connection as well. and bruce, When i said DMZ, i meant the way linksys refers to it. :-) I suppose it is possible the router is busted, but it shouldn't forward any packets, not just selectively choos...
by genewitch
Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie
Replies: 165
Views: 15493

Re: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie

i would have thought that this would have gotten more attention from the xkcd readership. :-(
by genewitch
Sat Mar 22, 2008 2:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: living near a military base
Replies: 27
Views: 2408

Re: living near a military base

they haven't done any more since yesterday. the airforce bases are generally overall a lot noisier, i hear. so i'm glad i'm not near one. although a couple of days ago some blue jets flew overhead in lockstep, so you never know :-)
by genewitch
Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fantastic game idea...
Replies: 63
Views: 5584

Re: Fantastic game idea...

I agree, also... Oblivion stuff I own Oblivion, I also beat it. (my 360 is broken right now but that is irrelevant...) There is nothing MMO about Oblivion, though a multiplayer version of it would be awesome. I disliked the leveled enemies, and the lack of huge "epic" battles. When I get ...
by genewitch
Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linux Question, regarding the boot process
Replies: 16
Views: 1444

Re: Linux Question, regarding the boot process

i know what it's based on, i was a "dev: selected for the first release of OS-X back in 1998ish. It was called Mac OS X Server. I still have all 3 cds that came with my kit. Although i don't know if i can still login to any of the sites that were part of that package. I didn't know that you cou...
by genewitch
Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie
Replies: 165
Views: 15493

Pharyngula and Dawkins walk into a theatre

Ok guys, there was a screening of the movie: Expelled last night. PZ Myers was there. He gave a write up about it that you HAVE to read . I am not going to spoil his fantastic write-up of what happened, but here is the Follow Up - there are various other links to what happened there too. Just rememb...
by genewitch
Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: If Else and Onward!
Replies: 26
Views: 5959

Re: If Else and Onward!

@evan re: compilers being smart
Yeah, take my java program from this thread, it runs really optimized and i didn't do anything to it to optimize it.

Compilers are almost smarter than the people feeding them :-D
by genewitch
Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pi litres
Replies: 17
Views: 3552

Re: Pi litres

you do realize that you said this wasn't a "get two jugs and fill with x and y amount of water" sort of thing. Which is basically what it is :-( that's why i was trying to come up with another way of doing it that had to do with the radius and shape. which you said were import...
by genewitch
Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:07 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linux Question, regarding the boot process
Replies: 16
Views: 1444

Re: Linux Question, regarding the boot process

good luck if you're on an amd core. if you're running intel i say do it. and see if you can't get bootcamp to work as well. heh and as an aside, i just booted my other partition in vmware a few minutes ago, and it got to the login screen and then locked up both machines, no input devices were workin...
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linux Question, regarding the boot process
Replies: 16
Views: 1444

Re: Linux Question, regarding the boot process

Cool, glad you got it working. sounds like a nifty idea, too! i may give it a shot for dualbooting windows and ubuntu when i get a 9800 nvidia card :-)
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linux Question, regarding the boot process
Replies: 16
Views: 1444

Re: Linux Question, regarding the boot process

when you close the vm, have it write the old file back?
and/or make sure that it's actually changing it when you boot normally.
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linux Question, regarding the boot process
Replies: 16
Views: 1444

Re: Linux Question, regarding the boot process

USE TOP ONE! After some playing around, I found the best way to run my startup script was to add it at the end of: /etc/init.d/rcS.sh The other menthods mentioned did not work for me. I have a Dell Inspiron 700m that need a 1280 x 800 screen resolution. I was able to get it to work with a great tool...
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: living near a military base
Replies: 27
Views: 2408

Re: living near a military base

they went to lunch around 2, and got back recently. I don't know that my digital camera would show it unless i broke out my tripod. I wanted to record the sound, but they've slowed it down a lot (and i got my hum issue worked out). If they start going at it again, i'll record in whatever way i can :-)
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linux Question, regarding the boot process
Replies: 16
Views: 1444

Re: Linux Question, regarding the boot process

do it before then if you can... rc5.d those files there where its loading and unloading stuff. As long as it's after the filesystem is mounted and the script has access to those files, that should be acceptable. those files are in init.d (for those that aren't linux users) (it is /etc/init.d right? ...
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Correlation between specific heat capacity and resistance?
Replies: 8
Views: 2442

Re: Correlation between specific heat capacity and resistance?

would it be better to look at heat dissipation through a conductive material compared to its conductivity (or resistivity) at given temperatures? IE (this is innaccurate) 1 watt of energy creates 1 unit of heat when at say 0 celcius. heat dissipates at 1 unit per second per centimeter in say copper ...
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: If Else and Onward!
Replies: 26
Views: 5959

Re: If Else and Onward!

well i mean i know there are people here that can explain it properly, but i can go ask on another forum i'm on: but some simple tests ought suffice (and a little logic): With a switch, regardless of number of possible branches, the switch expression is only evaluated once. With if-else, you have no...
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Router Problem (Connected to DNS, but not loading web pages)
Replies: 14
Views: 1755

Re: Router Problem (Connected to DNS, but not loading web pages)

what's the private ip of a machine that can get on the internet through the same connection? also if you can (obscure what you need to) give me a tracert from a working machine to 4.2.2.2 (this is verizon's dns servers and no machines along the way reject ICMP whatsoever) edit: a computer connected ...
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pi litres
Replies: 17
Views: 3552

Re: Pi litres

I'll take a stab at it and show off why i'm not a math major. fill the bowl. Fill the three liter cylinder. Put four litre cylinder under bowl. Place three litre cylinder into bowl. the displacement should be roughly equal to Pi (and leaving pi litres in the 4 litre container). If n...
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Correlation between specific heat capacity and resistance?
Replies: 8
Views: 2442

Re: Correlation between specific heat capacity and resistance?

yeah, there is a correlation (and i don't know it, sorry) but that's why all known working superconductors are supercooled (at least to my knowledge, i am probably outdated on this!). The colder something is, the easier time of it the electrons have. although at supercooling temperatures all sorts o...
by genewitch
Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: living near a military base
Replies: 27
Views: 2408

Re: living near a military base

I live here (google maps centered on the base) population under 5k. it's extremely rural. i think the only reason i have electricity, internet and running clean water is because that base is down the street. from my best guess, the shells/whatever are landing 2 km east and 1.5-2km north of the arrow...

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