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by Dingbats
Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 44764

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

There is also the infamous Sleep Sort, discovered by a user on 4chan's programming text board: http://dis.4chan.org/read/prog/1295544154 Man, am I a genius. Check out this sorting algorithm I just invented. #!/bin/bash function f() { sleep "$1" echo "$1" } while [ -n "$1&qu...
by Dingbats
Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 26713

Re: 1103: "Nine"

RJFerret wrote:Just one spin of the dial for me regardless of duration, analog for the win!

Yes, and I'm amazed everyone in here has buttons. I can't remember when I last saw a microwave with buttons. Even the modern high-tech microwave at my parents' has a dial (with a digital display showing the time).
by Dingbats
Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Origin of the use of "degrees" to measure temperature
Replies: 11
Views: 5904

Re: Origin of the use of "degrees" to measure temperature

Let me Google that for you It comes from the latin word Gradus which is a step. It is probably also the root for Gradual, Gradient, Grade, Degrade, and Graduate Thanks, I already did google. The etymology is one thing, but why the hell it's used for temperatures of all things is what I'm curious ab...
by Dingbats
Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Origin of the use of "degrees" to measure temperature
Replies: 11
Views: 5904

Origin of the use of "degrees" to measure temperature

As the title says, why do temperature scales (except Kelvin) express temperature in "degrees"? I assume the word "degree" (and its equivalents in other languages) originally referred to angles. What does temperature of all things have in common with angles, more than say, distanc...
by Dingbats
Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why must we conjugate verbs in English?
Replies: 17
Views: 6674

Re: Why must we conjugate verbs in English?

Hmm. I think I meant "easier to learn/less abstruse grammar" when I said "simpler". That's still completely wrong, and gmalivuk basically explained it correctly. There is no evidence whatsoever that the languages of today are any easier to learn or have less abstruse grammar tha...
by Dingbats
Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 18745

Re: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"

I'm probably to ignorant of science and English to fully understand this comic..?
by Dingbats
Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Weighting time spans by age, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 1010

Re: Weighting time spans by age, etc.

It doesn't really matter what I use as a baseline; that ratio at the end will be the same. How convenient! The correct formula is a touch simpler. Starting from age x, expecting to live until age w, you have experienced a 1/z'th of your life at age: x+e^{[ln(w/x)]/z} Which is the same as x plus the...
by Dingbats
Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Weighting time spans by age, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 1010

Re: Weighting time spans by age, etc.

Let me compare six months (0.5 years), starting from the 13th or 25th birthday, as a worked example: 0.5 years starting at the 13th birthday: y=13, z=0.5. Length of subjective time experienced: ln(13.5)-ln(13)=0.03774 0.5 years starting at the 25th birthday: y=25, z=0.5. Length of subjective time e...
by Dingbats
Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Weighting time spans by age, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 1010

Re: Weighting time spans by age, etc.

Oh, look! This is getting interesting. Let me take the experience of one second at age 1 as a baseline; call that an experienced time of 1 second. At age 2, that second appears half as long in comparison to my age, so that's an experienced time of 0.5. At age four, similarly, that's an experienced t...
by Dingbats
Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Weighting time spans by age, etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 1010

Weighting time spans by age, etc.

A confusing title perhaps. What I'm looking for some help with is this: Your sense of time changes as you age. When you're five, a week feels like an enormous span of time, and when you're fifty, a year flies by like nothing. How long a certain stretch of time feels would be related to how long you'...
by Dingbats
Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 5205

Re: What's the average value of a currency?

The question as posed has some problems with its definitions. The Vietnamese đồng is worth something like $0.005- but the smallest coin in circulation is 200VND, and the smallest change it's even putatively possible to make is 100VND (by shuffling 500s and 200s). Is it really meaningful to talk abo...
by Dingbats
Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 5205

Re: What's the average value of a currency?

Average value in what units? Dollars? Rupees? Doesn't matter I guess, it's easy to convert. Is it? The conversion from US Dollars to Pound Sterling to Euros does not always result in the same answer as the conversion directly from US Dollars to Euros. For instance, converting 1 USD to GPB to EUR re...
by Dingbats
Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 5205

Re: What's the average value of a currency?

gorcee wrote:Average value in what units? Dollars? Rupees?

Doesn't matter I guess, it's easy to convert.
by Dingbats
Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 5205

Re: What's the average value of a currency?

I don't see how this can relate any useful information and as such I can't see why anyone would calculate it. In addition, there's the problem that it wouldn't be a constant, but a floating number subject to constant change. What do you need it for? Why would anyone calculate Yoda's power output? I...
by Dingbats
Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 5205

What's the average value of a currency?

On the one hand you have ridiculously low-valued currencies like formerly the Italian and Turkish liras, or the ones on Wikipedia's list of least valued currency units ; on the other you have the Kuwaiti dinar at 1 KWD = 3.56 USD, and others on the list of highest valued currency units . But what is...
by Dingbats
Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1023: "Late-Night BS"
Replies: 73
Views: 16730

Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

av4rice wrote:
A_of_s_t wrote:What in God's name is up with the font? Why is the quality so bad?

You noticed the lettering but not the rest of the image? The whole thing lacks the anti-aliasing that these comics usually get.

Yes, and why? Is there some point to it that you need to be American to get?
by Dingbats
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1021: "Business cat"
Replies: 70
Views: 22485

Re: 1021: "Business Plan"

The drawing style in combination with the pretty simple joke reminds me of the Perry Bible Fellowship.
by Dingbats
Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Here's one for you coders: press key -> moving mouse scrolls
Replies: 6
Views: 3607

Re: Here's one for you coders: press key -> moving mouse scr

If you want lazy, mouse-based scrolling for Firefox specifically, you might try the Grab and Drag extension. It's touch-style scrolling where grabbing and dragging anything that isn't a link or text scrolls the page. Oh! Obviously there was an addon for it :roll: Well, my dirty hack maybe comes in ...
by Dingbats
Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Here's one for you coders: press key -> moving mouse scrolls
Replies: 6
Views: 3607

Re: Here's one for you coders: press key -> moving mouse scr

Hehehe, I just did the dirtiest hack in quite a few years. I mapped Ctrl_R to "threequarters" (the ¾ symbol) in ~/.Xmodmap, and set a keyboard shortcut from AltGr+¾ to "xdotool click 2", which is middle click. In Firefox, that turns on soft scroll, so mouse movement scrolls until...
by Dingbats
Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:20 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Here's one for you coders: press key -> moving mouse scrolls
Replies: 6
Views: 3607

Re: Here's one for you coders: press key -> moving mouse scr

Thanks for your help! However, it seems the xdotools click commands do the same thing as pressing the arrow keys, that is, they scroll down/up the page a fixed step. What I want to do is different, maybe not as easy as I thought. Pressing the key in itself shouldn't do anything, all it should do is ...
by Dingbats
Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Here's one for you coders: press key -> moving mouse scrolls
Replies: 6
Views: 3607

Here's one for you coders: press key -> moving mouse scrolls

The length restriction on the title made it a bit confusing. Here's the thing: I have a laptop with Ubuntu on it. It doesn't recognize the touchpad. Well it does, but as a generic mouse, so it won't two finger scroll, just move the pointer. This is unsolvable as confirmed by Launchpad geeks. But I'v...
by Dingbats
Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 288
Views: 50368

Re: "Online Communities 2" Discussion (#802)

Where is TV Tropes? The only obvious thing I couldn't find.
by Dingbats
Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Writing a wordfilter in Greasemonkey
Replies: 2
Views: 760

Re: Writing a wordfilter in Greasemonkey

SWGlassPit wrote:XD

Read part 4.

Can't believe I didn't find that. Thanks (and excuse my late reply)!
by Dingbats
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Writing a wordfilter in Greasemonkey
Replies: 2
Views: 760

Writing a wordfilter in Greasemonkey

I despise the ecks dee-smiley and never want to see it again. I've searched and searched all over the internet, but I haven't found a Greasemonkey wordfilter anywhere. Surely that can't be too hard a hack?
by Dingbats
Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Interesting features in your conlang
Replies: 93
Views: 44703

Re: Interesting features in your conlang

Dog-AG sees cat-PAT "The dog sees the cat" (voluntarily, that is "looks at") Dog-PT sees cat-PT "The dog sees the cat" (unvoluntarily, translated as "sees") Dog-AG sees cat-AG "The dog sees the cat and the cat sees the dog" (reciprocal, but with mos...
by Dingbats
Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ordering from Amazon to Sweden
Replies: 15
Views: 3578

Re: Ordering from Amazon to Sweden

There is no Swedish Amazon.
by Dingbats
Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best album of the year?
Replies: 78
Views: 7456

Re: Best album of the year?

My definitive top ten albums: 1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion 2. Au Revoir Simone - Still Night, Still Light 3. Atlas Sound - Logos 4. Mount Eerie - Wind's Poem 5. Circulatory System - Signal Morning 6. God Help the Girl - God Help the Girl 7. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport 8. Black Mo...
by Dingbats
Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Two words that MUST be used together
Replies: 51
Views: 8586

Re: Two words that MUST be used together

In the case you mention, "bona fide", it doesn't make much sense to analyse it as two words. Just because there's a written space doesn't mean it's more than one word. It still behaves exactly like any other single word.
by Dingbats
Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973751

Re: What are you listening to?

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by Dingbats
Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973751

Re: What are you listening to?

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by Dingbats
Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Interviewing the fora
Replies: 5406
Views: 357456

Re: Interviewing the fora

No.

What's the last colour pen you used?
by Dingbats
Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Interviewing the fora
Replies: 5406
Views: 357456

Re: Interviewing the fora

I did, and still do, have a sort of rainbow coloured hand towel in bed. It's tradition.

If you had to change one thing about your body, what would it be?
by Dingbats
Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973751

Re: What are you listening to?

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Liking it so far.
by Dingbats
Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973751

Re: What are you listening to?

Having listened to it, I'm disappointed...I was hoping they'd keep going in the direction they took with MWPP, but this EP is just a return to their incoherent walls of noisey-electronic-acid-squirrel shit. Meh. It feels like they're moving backwards on this record, not forwards. I disagree. Sure, ...
by Dingbats
Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973751

Re: What are you listening to?

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Animal Collective's new EP just leaked!
by Dingbats
Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973751

Re: What are you listening to?

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Got the vinyl yesterday.
by Dingbats
Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Interviewing the fora
Replies: 5406
Views: 357456

Re: Interviewing the fora

My opinion is "whatever".

How many torrents are you seeding right now?
by Dingbats
Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Upcoming Album Thread
Replies: 82
Views: 12810

Re: Upcoming Album Thread

The number one 2010 album I'm looking forward to now is the new The Books.
by Dingbats
Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973751

Re: What are you listening to?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Bk-wO-1564s/SdZodQKzxhI/AAAAAAAABYg/bgLUyQyDzbI/s400/pixies-surfer_rosa_and_come_on_pilgrim-front.jpg Caribou, to be precise. I love the start. Dow dow dow do de dooooooooowoooooooooow. That's the guitar, by the way. That's the Surfer Rosa cover, Caribou is on Come on Pilg...
by Dingbats
Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 973751

Re: What are you listening to?

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