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by SpaceShipRat
Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 74487

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

So? When will we get to transfer files directly across two computers? Having to copy stuff to a pen drive or an external HD every time I want to move a film to my laptop is a pain.
by SpaceShipRat
Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A novel approach to Artificial Life
Replies: 16
Views: 1843

Re: A novel approach to Artificial Life

Just thought I'd give you a heads up- time is almost over.
by SpaceShipRat
Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Diana Wynne Jones
Replies: 29
Views: 6518

Re: Diana Wynne Jones

Something on the lines of "use your own imagination, instead of writing up your latest D&D campaign". ^.^
by SpaceShipRat
Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Artificial Life by Steve Grand
Replies: 20
Views: 3756

Re: Artificial Life by Steve Grand

Just thought I'd give you a heads up- time is almost over.
by SpaceShipRat
Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Diana Wynne Jones
Replies: 29
Views: 6518

Re: Diana Wynne Jones

(Oh, I do feel that urge, fighting with the fact it's my own books I have to lend!) True, I have difficulty finding fantasy that I can bear to read, and it's a pity because I like finding myself in different worlds with their own cultures, creatures and natural laws. Creating wildly fantastic yet be...
by SpaceShipRat
Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A novel approach to Artificial Life
Replies: 16
Views: 1843

Re: A novel approach to Artificial Life

According to the last update, they're also going to be learning to move about by controlling muscles in their limbs, rather than have a set of animations. I think i've seen a study of that sort done with robots, where they had to work out a gait via genetic algorythms, can anyone remember that? Just...
by SpaceShipRat
Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A novel approach to Artificial Life
Replies: 16
Views: 1843

Re: A novel approach to Artificial Life

Don't just write it off with the usual "AI is alway a failure" knee-jerk reaction. I know it all sounds improbable, and I'm certainly not expecting to be able to carry out an intelligent conversation with these things. But within the scope of the thing, an A Life game -slash- collective ex...
by SpaceShipRat
Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A novel approach to Artificial Life
Replies: 16
Views: 1843

A novel approach to Artificial Life

"The creator of the renowned Creatures artificial life series is at it again. Fifteen years after the initial success of the Creatures Trilogy, Steve Grand continues his quest to go beyond simulation, and create real artificial life." http://mashable.com/2011/03/03/artificial-life-steve-g...
by SpaceShipRat
Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Diana Wynne Jones
Replies: 29
Views: 6518

Re: Diana Wynne Jones

Nonononononono.
Diana Wynne jones has finally lost her battle with lung cancer.
For me it's like losing a sister in the girl I came to know through her books. I love you.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/ma ... s-obituary
by SpaceShipRat
Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Artificial Life by Steve Grand
Replies: 20
Views: 3756

Re: Artificial Life by Steve Grand

Much because he won't have a clueless marketing department to please, or a tight deadline. You can hardly go wrong when you start like that! I can't tell if this is sarcasm or not. Not. If I get the tone of some sentences wrong, blame it on my not being in any way a native english speaker. I just m...
by SpaceShipRat
Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Artificial Life by Steve Grand
Replies: 20
Views: 3756

Re: Artificial Life by Steve Grand

^ thank you for that, I googled it and found a movie I think I'll just have to see. I wonder if this will be compared to Milo, Molyneux's "8 Year old boy in a box". A rather big issue in AI and roboics is certainly the emotional appeal component, what makes you love an artificial creature ...
by SpaceShipRat
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0877: "Beauty"
Replies: 91
Views: 18741

Re: 0877: "Beauty"

Isn't this so heartwarming? :D thankyou Randall.

On the subject of slime molds, I first saw them as a little girl, on tv in a hotel in germany, as they creeped along and ate through a forest in fast motion. What with not speaking german, it definitely stuck in my mind as a nightmarish image!
by SpaceShipRat
Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Artificial Life by Steve Grand
Replies: 20
Views: 3756

Re: Artificial Life by Steve Grand

I think you are confusing intelligence with sapience. These creatures will be animals, hardly people. Gosh, I hope! :mrgreen: I... while I'm fine with medical research, eating animals and using them for labor and entertainment via things like racing, I kinda have a problem with the notion of just w...
by SpaceShipRat
Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Artificial Life by Steve Grand
Replies: 20
Views: 3756

Re: Artificial Life by Steve Grand

I trust it will be epic. Much because he won't have a clueless marketing department to please, or a tight deadline. You can hardly go wrong when you start like that! Yes, these community funded projects are a bit like Minecraft and Overgrowth, though with the difference that this is limited to the s...
by SpaceShipRat
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Artificial Life by Steve Grand
Replies: 20
Views: 3756

Artificial Life by Steve Grand

Computer scientist Steve Grand , also the brain behind the Creatures Artificial Life video game series, is developing a new revolutionary game/simulation. I think I'd better let him explain it himself https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1508284443/grandroids-real-artificial-life-on-your-pc Excerpt ...
by SpaceShipRat
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 23916

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

i love the second to last vignette the most. wat?
by SpaceShipRat
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 26088

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

Aww, Beret Guy is so touching :)
by SpaceShipRat
Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 18670

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

I remember hearing of a proposed app - or maybe it was just a comedy sketch- where you'd take a photo of a guy and the program would find him on an online registry and do this precise thing!
by SpaceShipRat
Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 653
Views: 234788

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

This was a book about a girl who is the last of her bloodline, and goes to work as a palace servant for the tyrant who has taken over her country, and tries to kill him. It's a bit like the beginning of Dragonquest, but it has nothing to do with it. The tyrant is a thin cunning thing like Lord Vetin...
by SpaceShipRat
Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Diana Wynne Jones
Replies: 29
Views: 6518

Re: Diana Wynne Jones

Well, it's the sequel to "deep secret" the one that takes off from an SF convention... I prefer the first book, even if it's more humour and less plot. The second I just immediatly forgot. It's still good, of course.
by SpaceShipRat
Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Diana Wynne Jones
Replies: 29
Views: 6518

Re: Diana Wynne Jones

Strangely enough (it's a lot of people's favourite) I really didn't like it much. the ones that most go "sci-fi" that and The Game, are the ones I like the lest. Maybe they are just too abstract, and they go right over my head. I just couldn't connect with a character that's half dog half ...
by SpaceShipRat
Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 82797

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

I've always wanted to do this, to con people out of their Neopoints. Luckily I grew up, but still... neeeopoints...
I use unique passwords for both the most important and the most untrustworthy sites.
by SpaceShipRat
Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: best fantasy author working
Replies: 89
Views: 13167

Re: best fantasy author working

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. is great, but it's meant to be a trilogy, of course it has multiple plots. She's taking ages to write a little more. I mean I was in high school when I got it, and she's published nothing since. :/ My vote is still for Diana Wynne Jones, she's as productive as Terry...
by SpaceShipRat
Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 14904

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

I can promise you that WAYYY more people are familiar with Carl Segan than Feynman. Why do you think that you know what other people think better than we do? While Fooliam's statement is pretentious, I think that it is perhaps true that certain people on xkcd boards have forgotten what goes on in t...
by SpaceShipRat
Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How do you convert brain voltage into other voltages?
Replies: 14
Views: 2098

Re: How do you convert brain voltage into other voltages?

Sorry if this is such a base question, and I must honestly admit my intended use for it is a science fiction story Hah! I'm not the only one :mrgreen: Where to go to ask an odd scientific question for a story you're writing? XKCD forums :) If you're putting the story online eventually, I wouldn't m...
by SpaceShipRat
Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help with near-lightspeed travel
Replies: 21
Views: 2655

Re: Help with near-lightspeed travel

He can't do that, one of the staples of the story is that the "gravity scape" one has to look into to create portals is hard to correlate to the stars one can see with a telescope. so you can't just point at a star, decide "I want to go there" and make a wormhole. It makes no sen...
by SpaceShipRat
Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Diana Wynne Jones
Replies: 29
Views: 6518

Re: Diana Wynne Jones

There is a theme of adults being very useless, (and,occasionally, protagonists turning up to be the most powerful magician in the world) but she does have an extremely weird biography, as she apparently grew up in a shed with two younger sisters because her parents didn't want to be bothered by kids...
by SpaceShipRat
Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 14904

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

mercuryseven wrote:Check out this Hertzsprung-Russel diagram for media stars. Someone on that blog plotted no. of publications against fame (no. of Google hits)

Spoiler:
20100719_astronomer_HR_diagram.png

Fantastic!
by SpaceShipRat
Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Battle of the Doctors
Replies: 31
Views: 7485

Re: Battle of the Doctors

Let's just say the writers can do whatever they want... DW brings "loose canon" to whole new levels.
by SpaceShipRat
Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 653
Views: 234788

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

My Mum would like to find a book that she describes as "like Watership Down, but with owls". She can remember nothing about the title, author, character names etc. My Google-Fu has failed me. The details she could give me are: * She read it about 20 years ago. * From the various owl types...
by SpaceShipRat
Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 14904

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

Easy: write. Most of the "popular" scientists are those who have written great books that are scientifically relevant yet accessible.
by SpaceShipRat
Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: best fantasy author working
Replies: 89
Views: 13167

Re: best fantasy author working

Diana Wynne Jones, since Terry Pratchett dropped a bit. But then I don't have much access to english authors that aren't world famous.
by SpaceShipRat
Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A cellular automata that simulates the universe
Replies: 18
Views: 4360

Re: A cellular automata that simulates the universe

OP, you'll want to listen to this:
http://www.biota.org/podcast/live.html#52
It's precisely about that. Mainly it seems simulating atoms in a was that satisfies a chemist will take far too much resources to actually produce something of interest to a biologist.
by SpaceShipRat
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Audiobooks
Replies: 25
Views: 3712

Re: Audiobooks

RabbitWho wrote:I forgot to mention the absolute key thing for me when it comes to holding my attention is the ability to move around.

I walk furiously around tables while on the phone, but I don't need to move to read.
by SpaceShipRat
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 284579

Re: What is your favourite book?

"Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell " Aah :) I was under the impression no one had even read that. I have the second Dirk Gently book (and Salmon of Doubt) but I prefer the first. I don't like the second's deus ex machina ending, and it wasn't as wonderfully intricate as the first, Dirk reli...
by SpaceShipRat
Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are there no animals that get energy from sunlight?
Replies: 36
Views: 4311

Re: Why are there no animals that get energy from sunlight?

Reversing the whole idea, would a tree be able to grow a moving organism, say, butterfly-like things to carry it's seeds? I suppose it would be a waste of energy that could be used to stock up the seedling, but it might be technicaly possible.
by SpaceShipRat
Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fifty Years of Exploration
Replies: 2
Views: 686

Re: Fifty Years of Exploration

Beyond cool. I've always wondered just how many missions were sent around the solar system.
by SpaceShipRat
Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 37299

Re: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...

My parents tell me I would ask them to read out words since I could say "wod!"
by SpaceShipRat
Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Diana Wynne Jones
Replies: 29
Views: 6518

Re: Diana Wynne Jones

Dark lord of Derkholm (and Year of the griffin) are some of her best. To Jorpho, you might notice (but only after you put down the book!) that you haven't quite understood what's going on, I had that problem with Archer's Goon, but Witch Week is not one of the complicated ones... Maybe you have to b...
by SpaceShipRat
Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help with near-lightspeed travel
Replies: 21
Views: 2655

Re: Help with near-lightspeed travel

*wiki's* Oh, there's plenty of stars within 25 light years of earth. It looks like they'll have no problems getting there. Now to work out why then, the galaxy is not already densely packed with starfaring races, or "solving the Fermi Paradox"... maybe I'll sneak in Exobiology next year at...

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