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by wumpus
Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Oh what a pickle! (GPUs, PSUs and CPUs).
Replies: 13
Views: 1287

Re: Oh what a pickle! (GPUs, PSUs and CPUs).

First of all, do you have two motherboards that will take a PCIe video board (i.e. one of each)? If not, you are interested in adding a PCIe board. I suppose you can buy a used AGP board (surely somebody is selling an AGP 3850/4650/oldy-but-better-than-what-you-have that you can pick up cheap), but ...
by wumpus
Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Just wanted to run a purchase past you guys...
Replies: 8
Views: 1188

Re: Just wanted to run a purchase past you guys...

One other note. There's little point in having a 7200rpm drive over USB (eSATA might work, but nothing else external would be worth it). I'd certainly look for 5200rpm IDE drives before returning it (and look at similar SATA drives as well). Ussually such drives have "green" or "eco&q...
by wumpus
Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Self-funded Government Programs
Replies: 54
Views: 5514

An example closer to the heart of geeks...

Allow me to throw a different example on the fire. Take the Patent Office. They've been trying to move to being paid for by fees paid by patents (I think this works, but really is only tangential to my argument). Take the "shield" patent. You pay for a patent that shows you "invented&...
by wumpus
Sun Sep 13, 2009 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK's posthumous apology to Alan Turing
Replies: 20
Views: 2022

Re: UK's posthumous apology to Alan Turing

As far as GI attitudes towards gay soldiers go, does anyone have any hard information about the "America at War" exihbit at the Smithsonian? One part included a discussion of a rather lethal automatic rifle (nicknamed the "death gun" due to the fact that Germans shot at it first ...
by wumpus
Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: NOTing in Python
Replies: 19
Views: 1668

Re: NOTing in Python

0xBADFEED wrote:Python isn't C.
[deletia]
Don't fight the language. The trouble you save yourself will be worth it.


While C might usually be useful in this type of thing, I'd really like to know where to find the carry bit...
by wumpus
Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: sex scandal could cost Louisville basketball coach job
Replies: 24
Views: 2028

Re: illegality of adultry

Quick note to our new Federal high officials: DC: adultery legal VA: adultery is a felony MD: adultery is illegal, however it only has a token fine. Had Clinton been asked about affairs that happened at Camp David (MD), he could have taken the fifth. No such option about the oval office. On a relate...
by wumpus
Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Two 320 Gig drives and what to do about it?
Replies: 2
Views: 981

Re: Two 320 Gig drives and what to do about it?

I'm using an almost identical system, but with ubuntu. Easy was using the alt-ubuntu installation disc and installing away. The hard way involved googling "fake-raid" howto and manually installing (if Fedora doesn't support software raid out of the box, this should have enough information ...
by wumpus
Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Backup PC Data to VHS?
Replies: 10
Views: 12005

Re: Backup PC Data to VHS?

I've kicked myself too many times about not doing this in the day... One thing I'd like to point out is that the link above suggests 40MB an hour with a fast amiga. Due to the nature of VHS tape, I wouldn't expect to get much more than that (you might get more via S-VHS or hacking straight into the ...
by wumpus
Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Digital Data... permenantly flawed?
Replies: 8
Views: 1190

Oh noes... the world changed again... stop it!

Has the ranter* looked into issues with books with acid-based paper? How about some basic math: if it takes two years to double the size of disks (in bytes/buck), then you can (roughly) store all your data from the dawn of time till now for twice the cost as two years of data. If you want (good) bac...
by wumpus
Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chicago: New Policy Allows Police To Shoot At Fleeing Cars
Replies: 44
Views: 4182

Re: Chicago: New Policy Allows Police To Shoot At Fleeing Cars

I understood your point, and I agree mostly - I was just trying to point out that, in some juristictions at least, excessive speed and evading arrest (failure to stop) can be classed as felonious behavior. I don't think that lethal force should be used simply to stop felonious behavior - as you poi...
by wumpus
Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chicago: New Policy Allows Police To Shoot At Fleeing Cars
Replies: 44
Views: 4182

Re: Chicago: New Policy Allows Police To Shoot At Fleeing Cars

What ever happened to shooting at the tires? PS to those talking about shooting at tires - it simply isn't effective to try to stop vehicles with handguns (nor with most rifles carried by LEOs). The only way to stop a fleeing (or dangerously approaching) car is to kill the driver - and even then he...
by wumpus
Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study recommends total ban on smoking for soldiers
Replies: 76
Views: 4913

Re: Study recommends total ban on smoking for soldiers

I've skimmed through all this rambling thread and have noticed one thing missing. Somebody mentioned that "soldiers smoke back at base when there is nothing else to do". What isn't mentioned is that if they aren't smoking then they are "doing nothing". That type of behavior draws...
by wumpus
Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: TE cooler t-shirt
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: TE cooler t-shirt

Lots of power. Something like roughly equal to the heat moved through the (insulating) interface. Now you have to cool the heat you made as well as the July sun.

I'd stick to fans and water sprays myself. I think that humans produce roughly 100W, so you will need .2kWh of batteries every hour.
by wumpus
Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Threading in python
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

More notes:

There were some recent tests showing that concurrent python threads worked badly on multiprocessor systems (try "GIL considered harmful" or other google-fu). The "pythonic" way of handling threads is to use a bunch of producer-consumer threads tied together with queues. This prev...
by wumpus
Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Real Programmers
Replies: 52
Views: 4289

Re: Real Programmers

I thought the joke was that nobody knew what language would be used for numerical work 15 years from now would be.

But it will be called Fortran.

(it was an old joke when I was learning Fortran-77)
by wumpus
Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Favourite Python Module
Replies: 13
Views: 1740

Re: Favourite Python Module

I will have to second "this". A word of warning: plenty of python 3.x deals with removing modules. I'm not sure if this is because of all the incompatibility/warts/undocumentation of modules, but I hope so. SHA implemented SHA-0 (the withdrawn function, probably broken by now). CRC32 appea...
by wumpus
Sat May 30, 2009 12:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Calculator Thread!
Replies: 86
Views: 7121

Woot! I have found it!

After recently hitting forty, I received some grief from my kidlet cow-orkers. The idea that I went through school with a programmable non-graphing calculator amuses them greatly. Two separate searches found nothing, now I can say that I was the proud owner of a TI-55III (never mind the high-school ...
by wumpus
Fri May 29, 2009 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama's Online Forum topped by... WTF Boehner?
Replies: 10
Views: 1315

Re: Obama's Online Forum topped by... WTF Boehner?

Supposedly, none of the Democrats and few of the Republicans ever saw the [sic] Patriot Act. If the staffers at least get a chance at any bill coming up within the next few days, they will at least have some idea what they are voting on. I suspect that Boehner and company are trying to figure out wa...
by wumpus
Sun May 03, 2009 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ITT: Awkward Gym Moments
Replies: 23
Views: 3732

Re: ITT: Awkward Gym Moments

Once I was a runner (I logged into this board after a low, slow, jog that might be the start of getting back to it). One thing about running is its appeal to geeks. It is not the sport for the coordinated, the athletic, or most of the other qualities of team sports. It is for those who keep on runni...
by wumpus
Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python 32-bit vs. Python 64-bit?
Replies: 10
Views: 34787

Re: Python 32-bit vs. Python 64-bit?

(hope I not commiting thread necromancy)... There may be a few ways to tell if you are using python32 or python64... the most common cases center around the struct module. If you decide to use the struct module (or pretty much any case where you bang bits and save the results...) I would recommend u...
by wumpus
Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Assembler Tutorial
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

Re: Assembler Tutorial

>x86 assembly? Which assembler are you using (the syntax often differs)? syntax? Not only the syntax differs, the whole programming language differs per chip (the quoted poster seems to assume just x86 assembler, the typicall assemblers use either intel syntax (most stuff you would find from the dos...
by wumpus
Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Best sport for me to get in shape?
Replies: 27
Views: 3544

Re: Best sport for me to get in shape?

Hear hear! for the sport you will spend the most time on! The last sport I spent quite a bit of time at was volleyball. Not a good sport to directly get you in shape, but if you want to play two man (beach style), you better be in shape. This is a similar situation to how I found running. As a colle...
by wumpus
Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Best sport for me to get in shape?
Replies: 27
Views: 3544

Re: Best sport for me to get in shape?

Two notes: 1. Don't expect to look like Micheal Phelps from just swimming. Last I heard, competitive swimmers spent more time in the weight room than the pool. 2. Another voice about the importance of shoes! When I started running, ran in "cross trainers" (basic shoes that look like you sh...
by wumpus
Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: BMI and you
Replies: 49
Views: 4677

Re: BMI and you

Alas, I think BMI is right in that I am overweight. First: it is way too easy to bash BMI for completely failing the square/cube law. Second: If you are so in shape while BMI says you are fat: do you float in water (not applicable for women)? If you can't float at all (chest full of air),you can sti...
by wumpus
Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Watching violent and risky sports--should I feel guilty?
Replies: 42
Views: 4950

Re: Watching violent and risky sports--should I feel guilty?

Some notes: The death in boxing in the US appears to be due to less dire economic straights at the bottom (it was dying before MMA took off). MMA has been rising for a long time before any MMA champ could expect to be well known. They haven't been fighting for (much) money. I remember reading somewh...
by wumpus
Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: New York Marathon
Replies: 6
Views: 1479

Re: New York Marathon

Hate to break it to you, but a marathon isn't half over till mile 20. The other thing is that while your three runs a week is pretty low, the thing to emphasize is one seriously long run a week (try to have a bunch of 20 milers before the race). PS. If you ever get a trainer with a bike & spatul...

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