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by ++$_
Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Nested quotes break on my username
Replies: 3
Views: 1775

Nested quotes break on my username

While this is extremely awesome (Bobby Tables lives!) it's also a bit irritating. For example, I post: Message Someone quotes me: [quote="$_[0]"]Message[/quote] Reply yielding Message Reply I want to quote them back. If Someone Else had made the original post, everything works fine: Messag...
by ++$_
Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Greed! or "Its a damn game people"
Replies: 34
Views: 2951

Re: Greed! or "Its a damn game people"

To turn your question on its head: why should players be loyal if their teams aren't loyal to them? The average NFL player plays about 2 and a half seasons. Major league sports players have short careers. Most people aren't able to play for 20 years at the bottom and make 800,000 dollars regularly....
by ++$_
Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The leaves turned a month late & things that just seem off
Replies: 78
Views: 8264

Re: The leaves turned a month late & things that just seem off

Dep wins the thread :) I'm confused, how in the world is clearcutting a forest carbon neutral? In a relatively short time compared with the residence time of CO 2 in the atmosphere, the forest will grow back if left unmolested. The key parts of this sentence, of course, are "relatively" an...
by ++$_
Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What if schools taught English the way they taught maths?
Replies: 59
Views: 9083

Re: What if schools taught English the way they taught maths?

An engineer I knew always found it hilarious that math majors looked down on people who actually did something with the math In the same way that people who design computers look down on people who only know how to use computers. Mathematicians do the hard work of building tools from nothing. Engin...
by ++$_
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A little wiki gem:
Replies: 1
Views: 1211

Re: A little wiki gem:

Thanks for pointing that out. It's fixed.

(Whoever reverted, you beat me to it by about 5 seconds :))
by ++$_
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The leaves turned a month late & things that just seem off
Replies: 78
Views: 8264

Re: The leaves turned a month late & things that just seem off

Yakk: The evidence for anthropogenic global climate change comes from computerized climate models. If you think the climate models are inaccurate, fine; you have a fair argument, because climate is quite a complex system. In fact, I think that climatology models are probably inaccurate to a large de...
by ++$_
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The leaves turned a month late & things that just seem off
Replies: 78
Views: 8264

Re: The leaves turned a month late & things that just seem off

There are two possibilities, one is that Global Warming is true, the other that it is false. Zenten, really? For the correct value of "Global Warming," yes. Either: There will be significant effects on global climate because of human actions, Or: There will not be significant effects on g...
by ++$_
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men's brains are different!
Replies: 164
Views: 18528

Re: Men's brains are different!

Humans learn everything, not just speech, that we are exposed to. I don't buy the argument that we're hard-wired to learn language in particular , because it seems to be just a special case of trying to organize the inputs to our brain. Obviously humans have a sophistication with language that chimp...
by ++$_
Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The leaves turned a month late & things that just seem off
Replies: 78
Views: 8264

Re: The leaves turned a month late & things that just seem off

Meanwhile, in Climatology, we have ridiculously huge error bars on the best models it produces. There is no "microwave background radiation" level of proof hanging around that I've seen. No, of course there isn't. There's a fundamental difference, in that climatological models are trying ...
by ++$_
Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men's brains are different!
Replies: 164
Views: 18528

Re: Men's brains are different!

So would it be that much of a shock if there were mental differences in abilities, too? It would to me. In fact, it would come as quite a shock to discover that there are human genes that encode, in some way, high-level mental abilities such as spatial reasoning. It just seems very unlikely that th...
by ++$_
Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Word Association Game 2: Electric Boogaloo
Replies: 12812
Views: 1050357

Re: Word Association Game 2: Electric Boogaloo

weak
by ++$_
Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: TL DR game (A reply to RTFT)
Replies: 132
Views: 13471

Re: TL DR game (A reply to RTFT)

Seventeen quarters won't do, Jeeves, it simply won't. You must hire the raccoons immediately, or the agreement is void.

Oh, and please stop using multi-line comments in your C++ programs, Jeeves. It gives me horrible attacks of nerves, and you know how that hurts me.
by ++$_
Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Maximize the post:views ratio! (if you look, you must post)
Replies: 36934
Views: 2425893

Re: Maximize the post:views ratio! (if you look, you must post)

Here's a post to appease the thread. I think I'll go now....
by ++$_
Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0349: "Success"
Replies: 113
Views: 35179

Re: "Success" Discussion

I love it. Sounds like my adventures of trying to install Fedora on unsupported hardware. (Fortunately, there are no sharks around here, or I might not be writing this post. I did receive some rather nasty mosquito bites, though.)
by ++$_
Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What math should I move on to?
Replies: 27
Views: 3572

Re: What math should I move on to?

I would guess around fourth or fifth grade is when I first began to be able to actually do proofs myself -- I remember being introduced to Eulerian circuits and struggling to prove that any graph has an even number of vertices of odd degree (of course, I wouldn't have used such terms back then). I e...
by ++$_
Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing in books
Replies: 57
Views: 12047

Re: Writing in books

I voted "no," but this isn't quite true. I do correct typos and other errors (sometimes even in library books -- :twisted:) No other writing, though.
by ++$_
Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: the great list of languages that are dead
Replies: 34
Views: 6647

Re: the great list of languages that are dead

I just foresee stuff like python pretty much displacing C. when this happens it will be a sad day That is a very weird thought, as those two languages are basically diametrically opposed and used for completely different tasks. Python is just too slow to do things that need to be done in C in. How ...
by ++$_
Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 82261

Re: Operating Systems

I don't know why he didn't install Perl on his co-worker's computer. There are plenty of possibilities, including that it was against system administration policy. Because it was a friend's computer, and I was fifty miles away talking on the phone, and I didn't think he would be very happy with hav...
by ++$_
Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA put weakness in random number generator used by many.
Replies: 13
Views: 3267

Re: NSA put weakness in random number generator used by many.

You all have too much respect for the NSA. They have a lot of mathematicians and computer scientists working for them, yes, but most mathematicians and computer scientists do not work for the NSA. To a first approximation, then, if someone discovered a way to break RSA encryption, it would be unlike...
by ++$_
Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is Java is a bad language for beginners?
Replies: 234
Views: 133170

Re: Is Java is a bad language for beginners?

Python is the best language for beginners, hands down. It's useful, easy to learn, easy to read, nicely OO, and forces good indentation style. You learn that programs can be of all different sizes, from a one-line script to a multi-module project, and that short programs are easy and fast to code. Y...
by ++$_
Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 82261

Re: Operating Systems

I use Windows and Linux. Windows, because Warcraft III runs on Windows. And Linux, because it is Good. Mac OS X is also Good, because it is secretly Unix, which is Good. Therefore, Mac OS X = Good. Unfortunately, Apple hardware = A Pain. Windows, on the other hand.... well, it isn't secretly Unix. (...
by ++$_
Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The ultimate programming language flamewar
Replies: 94
Views: 19340

Re: The ultimate programming language flamewar

C# is unacceptable. Why's that? Because this is a religious war! Are you questioning my religion??? You shall be smitten and doomed to an eternity of COBOL! :) (Actually, the real answer has to do with Microsoft's control over it, and with the lack of compatibility with gcc. It's only a personal op...
by ++$_
Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The ultimate programming language flamewar
Replies: 94
Views: 19340

Re: The ultimate programming language flamewar

Perl should not be used for anything more than a couple hundred lines long. However what you need to do is only a couple of lines long and involves text, use Perl. In other words, Perl should be used for all programs. According to Wall's Theorem, any program that performs a useful task can be writt...
by ++$_
Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0345: "1337: Part 5"
Replies: 136
Views: 34526

Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

Bobby needs to learn about sudo.
by ++$_
Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 39915

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

I started reading at 3. I honestly don't know how it happened. My parents claim that all of a sudden I started reading. I'm not sure how this would work, but then, I don't know how babies manage to learn language at all. I remember reading in kindergarten when we weren't supposed to be, during nap t...
by ++$_
Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: On Global Warming
Replies: 87
Views: 7995

Re: On Global Warming

In order to have a "greenhouse effect," there needs to be space under the gas for the heat to be trapped. If the gas is on ground level where the trees are, there isn't going to be trapped heat and there are plants there to take in the CO 2 . Simple picture. http://gwfact.rso.wisc.edu/img...
by ++$_
Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are literary themes?
Replies: 19
Views: 7741

Re: What are literary themes?

A theme is an issue addressed by a work of literature. In other words, if someone asks you "What is this work really about ?" it's the answer you'd give. (There could be multiple answers, therefore multiple themes.) Examples: "A Modest Proposal..." (Johnathan Swift): Poverty Haml...
by ++$_
Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Astrology
Replies: 58
Views: 7743

Re: Astrology

I read the Sagittarius horoscope every day. It's accurate over 90% of the time.








I'm a Pisces, by the way, not a Sagittarius (but Sagittarius is a much more awesome constellation). Astrology is nonsense.
by ++$_
Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Another economics puzzler
Replies: 31
Views: 7616

Re: Another economics puzzler

Here's how I see it. (Notation: NF$ = North Foo dollar, NFc = North Foo cent.) In the short run, the customer is paying for the knife. In the long run, the shopkeeper is paying for the knife. We define the short run as the period of time before anyone changes the prices of goods. In this case, one N...
by ++$_
Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 141095

Re: Editors

Emacs (well... XEmacs, really). To use emacs well takes a lot of practice, but I'm really fast at this point. I don't actually know what features vim has because I don't use it, but things I like about emacs are the syntax highlighting (especially perl), customizability, multiple buffers, isearch, r...
by ++$_
Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: On Global Warming
Replies: 87
Views: 7995

Re: On Global Warming

We have some very good solutions available, but we're not willing to implement them. Nuclear power, a huge tax on fossil fuel burning, and alternative energy research come to mind. Unfortunately, people are scared of nuclear power, the economy could stagnate if we tax fossil fuels, and alternative e...
by ++$_
Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Severe drought in US Southeast
Replies: 10
Views: 2233

Re: Severe drought in US Southeast

The pictures tell it all. Current conditions: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/drmon_small.gif Next 2-3 months' forecast: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/season_drought.gif BTW, in California, Shasta Lake (an important large reservoir) is currently 124 ...
by ++$_
Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0344: "1337: Part 4"
Replies: 118
Views: 23152

Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

This comic was pure win. However, I will be extremely disappointed unless, in the next comic, rms THROWS a katana, which severs both their heads before returning like a boomerang. To save everyone else the trouble of checking: There is no section 408 in the DMCA Title IV. Title IV ends at section 40...
by ++$_
Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The rule game
Replies: 79
Views: 6162

Re: The rule game

Rule I: posts must contain smiles Rule II: new Rules may not contradict existing ones Rule III: no spelling errors allowed in posts Rule IIII: if someone says something particularly witty they get to remove a Rule Rule V: if anyone breaks a Rule, any Rules defined in the offending post are invalid,...
by ++$_
Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0342: "1337: Part 2"
Replies: 99
Views: 29997

Re: 1337: Part 2 Discussion

If Mrs. Roberts is the 2nd greatest hacker, why does H. Elaine Roberts have to train under Knuth? Couldn't she be home-schooled?

Or does Knuth have other skills (katana usage, for example) that Mrs. Roberts doesn't have?
by ++$_
Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0341: "1337: Part 1"
Replies: 89
Views: 22104

Re: "1337: Part 1" Discussion

When the antagonist, Mrs. Roberts, appears in panel three she is carrying a sheet of steaming hot homemade cookies. The cookies are a literary device to illustrate her housewiferyness and to set up the oven mitts joke. But these cookies raise more questions - questions that have answers that may be...
by ++$_
Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How do you end your proofs? QED, box, ...
Replies: 107
Views: 21547

Re: How do you end your proofs? QED, box, ...

A T.A. of mine suggested ending proofs with "OSB": "Oh snap, bitch."

I use a filled-in box, right-justified. In my notes, I make an empty box instead when the proof is omitted or informal.
by ++$_
Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0340: "Fight"
Replies: 125
Views: 21695

Re: "Fight" Discussion

If I ever get dumped by a girl who knows computers I'm going to banner her to sweet sweet oblivion...that or replace all her files with the text based starwars movie. If the girl really "knows computers", you won't be able to touch those files. rule 1: If physical access to a machine is g...
by ++$_
Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2376712

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi. This is my second account, as my first one annoyingly did not survive the Great Transition. It only had 6 posts, though, so whatever.

So, yeah. 18, male, USA, college, undergrad, math major, xkcd fan.

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