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by johnw188
Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 29713

Re: "SUV" Discussion

Chiming in from San Francisco, where I passed a station selling regular for 4.89. Luckily, I had just ridden my bike thirty miles under the power of thirty cents worth of bacon and bread :)
by johnw188
Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math bloopers heard in math classes
Replies: 252
Views: 35403

Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Not so much a blooper, but...

In a mechanics of materials course

Prof - What kind of a shape does that make
Student - A parallelogram?
Prof - Well, yea, it's that special kind of parallelogram where all the angles are 90 degrees...
by johnw188
Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you fled the US, where would you go?
Replies: 209
Views: 23612

Re: If you fled the US, where would you go?

Britain is the obvious choice for me at first, seeing as I hold British citizenship as well as US. That would allow me to get my bearings straight and figure out where to go. Plus if everyone starts fleeing the US, it might be easier to get into another country with a UK passport than with my US one.
by johnw188
Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Proficiency with LaTeX
Replies: 86
Views: 14175

Re: Proficiency with LaTeX

A few years back I decided to learn latex. I was in a calc class, and our professor gave us this massive assignment (something like, analyze the behavior of these 30 infinite series using every test in the book). I sat down and did the whole thing in latex, and it was agonizingly slow at first, but ...
by johnw188
Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Embedding Current Comic?
Replies: 11
Views: 4532

Re: Embedding Current Comic?

Learn some PHP ;)
by johnw188
Sun May 20, 2007 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Project Euler
Replies: 411
Views: 158415

I want to kill problem #14 with fire. It's about finding the maximum cycle length in the collatz conjecture scenario with a starting point under a million. Every single time, I get 910107 with 475 cycles as the maximum. Every time. I checked it, that's how many cycles there are. In fact, I checked ...
by johnw188
Thu May 17, 2007 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Crazy Japanese Flash Games
Replies: 7
Views: 7011

Crazy Japanese Flash Games

http://ishi.blog2.fc2.com/blog-entry-199.html - Double Wire - you have to kind of swing a stick figure through the landscape, spiderman style http://ishi.blog2.fc2.com/blog-entry-211.html - Cat With Bow Golf. Pretty much what it sounds like, you control a cat with a bow and arrow, with an elastic st...
by johnw188
Fri May 11, 2007 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Does anyone here compete on Topcoder?
Replies: 30
Views: 14869

I dropped the coding contests as soon as I figured out what they were for. Get a thousand fools working for free, hoping to 'win' some pittance of a prize and a small boost to their ego, then plug the submitted code into an automated build+unit test, and filter for compliance. The people who run th...
by johnw188
Fri May 11, 2007 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Latex :(
Replies: 30
Views: 10197

I have to learn latex for this summer course I'm taking. I believe I have to give a presentation, and it has fancy math symbols. I heard you have about 20 lines of code for about 1 line of something. That is discomforting :-/ If anyone's interested, I dug up an old differential equations report I w...
by johnw188
Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd bridge/whist tournament?
Replies: 20
Views: 3285

bbctol wrote:
cmacis wrote:Mao mao, if it can be playable in the intertubes.


I'll challenge you any day. I'm also a master of Mornignton Crescent.

Ooh! How about we start a Nomic?


Nomic would be an amazing forum game, especially here :P

Other than that, I'm always down for canasta/bridge/cribbage/whatever
by johnw188
Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [ Poll ] Infinite loops
Replies: 185
Views: 40501

Two bytes:

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:)
by johnw188
Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [ Poll ] Infinite loops
Replies: 185
Views: 40501

Two bytes:

[]

:)
by johnw188
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Prime Factor Golf
Replies: 18
Views: 5999

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by johnw188
Fri Apr 13, 2007 6:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: International Command Line Day
Replies: 118
Views: 17522

I am using lynx right now, for the first time ever. It is pretty sweet. Just tried naim too. I'm in. text-gaim is much nicer and to the person that said console is cripled is that an osx app? Yup, fully OS X native, antiailiased, etc. Its not all that innovative, but its strictly better than termin...
by johnw188
Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Esoteric Programming Languages
Replies: 31
Views: 10781

LenPEG reminds me of philcompress, written by Mr. Phillip "Edward" Nunez, a longstanding member of the UC Berkeley faculty philcompress: #!/bin/sh mv $1 /tmp ls /tmp/file > $1.phil philuncompress: #!/bin/sh if [ -f `cat $1` ]; then mv `cat $1` . rm $1 else echo "File $1 corrupted"...
by johnw188
Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: International Command Line Day
Replies: 118
Views: 17522

On OS X just install iTerm. Command - return makes it fullscreen, and it isn't crippled like >console
by johnw188
Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A joke...
Replies: 99
Views: 21110

Not a geek joke, but all the animal related jokes in the beginning made me want to tell this one. Why do the Scots wear kilts? Because zippers scare the sheep. I heard it on NPR. Reminds me of the standard kilt joke: What's worn under a scotsman's kilt? Nothing, its all in perfect working order tha...
by johnw188
Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: who loves pre-calc?
Replies: 37
Views: 6067

Learning tricks to solve intergrals is relatively silly in this day and age. Solving a larger selection of intergrals with symbolic computer aid is faster, more accurate, and not that hard. Althought I suppose some branches of engeneering have a use for being able to solve intergrals in your head. ...
by johnw188
Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randy teenagers
Replies: 47
Views: 9487

Back in my day we put that into a matrix and then solved it. We didn't have your fancy "equation solvers" with your new-fangled TI-eightywhatsits. We walked uphill to university both ways too! The truth is though, you either won't need the calculator (calculus) or the math will be easy en...
by johnw188
Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Virtual Living
Replies: 26
Views: 3948

I believe this was the subject of the Red Dwarf book Better than Life. If you have a way of getting a hold of a copy, I highly reccomend it.
by johnw188
Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Programming Book Suggestions? [Moved from General]
Replies: 33
Views: 16648

by johnw188
Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: LISP's popularity (or lack thereof)
Replies: 13
Views: 3381

Well, I had a brief course on it (actually scheme) a few years back. The overriding thing was that I found it incredibly messy. Take this, for example: we had to create a routine called "march" which would output "left" or "right" in sequence to a degree specified in t...
by johnw188
Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 3D naughts and crosses
Replies: 24
Views: 7925

Proposed Answer wrote:The answer for a 3x3 should be 76, I believe. 8 ways to win in a plane, three planes in each direction (x, y, z), plus four non planar solutions ( <1,1,1> , <-1,1,1> , <1,-1,1> , and <1,1,-1>

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