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by WanderingLinguist
Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best anti-virus program?
Replies: 20
Views: 11158

Re: Best anti-virus program?

Flumble wrote:I'd vote for the OS installer. No virus survives a reinstall of the system.


Um... there are plenty of viruses that can survive a reinstall of the OS.
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best Writing System?
Replies: 60
Views: 42797

Re: Best Writing System?

i cast my vote on hangeul. For the original criteria (ease of learning, writing, reading), I'm with you 100% on this. The only disadvantage I can think of when it comes to hangeul is that it's a bit annoying from a software engineering standpoint, because of the combination of individual characters...
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that have two opposite meanings?
Replies: 29
Views: 13910

Re: Words that have two opposite meanings?

One non-English example that interests me - it's not an auto-antonym stricto sensu , but somewhat self-contradicting in context - is Korean han , which means "Chinese" in the term hanja ("Chinese characters"), but means "Korean" in the contrasting term hangeul ("K...
by WanderingLinguist
Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A rational way of wishing someone luck
Replies: 34
Views: 24135

Re: A rational way of wishing someone luck

In Korea, people say 화이팅 (hwaiting). It's Konglish, from English "fighting". The feeling is somewhere between "good luck" and "do your best" but without anything superstitious. That's what I use these days, because I live in Korea. Japanese has a different word, "g...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Simple Network Monitoring Program
Replies: 2
Views: 1882

Re: Simple Network Monitoring Program

I don't really use Windows much these days, but back when I did, I used to use PingPlotter for such things.
by WanderingLinguist
Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I need output not value of output
Replies: 5
Views: 2435

Re: I need output not value of output

What environment are you in?

Is it C running from the terminal writing text output (via printf)?

Or are you using some sort of GUI framework? (If so, what platform and what framework?)
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Fucking Printers
Replies: 25
Views: 12581

Re: Fucking Printers

Well the way paper is usually packaged, you generally have to turn it over from the way the label is actually printed on the packaging. Before I knew that, I used to load it in the wrong way pretty much every time. As I recall, that printer may have also had a thickness setting for the weight of pap...
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:40 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Fucking Printers
Replies: 25
Views: 12581

Re: Fucking Printers

I've got one of these babies (man... originally released just shy of 20 years ago... damn) Can't quite read the model number, but I may have had the same one at one point. Unfortunately it very-nearly-literally jams every sheet it tries to print as it bends the last couple of inches into waves, but...
by WanderingLinguist
Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Superuser: "What are the Windows A: and B: drives used for?"
Replies: 38
Views: 14109

Re: Superuser: "What are the Windows A: and B: drives used f

It wasn't that long ago that I still occasionally used floppies to transfer data (about 7-8 years ago). My current desktop is the first one I've built without a floppy drive I think, I have two floppy drives on my desk and I have a couple of cases on my shelf where our old floppies are stored. It's...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 23673

Re: 1271: Hilighting

ucim wrote:
enumerated powers wrote:Alt + mouse-select in Notepad++
What does that do? (I'm not on windows)


Neither am I, but in many Mac applications it does column select, so I'd guess many it's something like that? Or maybe it's for selecting discontiguous ranges?
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 23673

Re: 1271: Hilighting

Last time I updated the software on my iPod Touch, I discovered that the Cut/Copy/Paste menu in Notes had acquired a spellcheck (labeled "Suggest") and dictionary (labeled "Define") capability. Select a word and then hit Define, and you get a dictionary entry, complete with etym...
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Which Religious War is the most important
Replies: 59
Views: 35624

Re: Which Religious War is the most important

scarecrovv wrote:Do you indent with tabs or spaces?


Real programmers indent with \u3000\u2000
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Apostrophe
Replies: 7
Views: 6152

Re: Apostrophe

How will we write bat'leth without an apostrophe?
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Not Equals
Replies: 91
Views: 72647

Re: Not Equals

The problem with special characters is not that Unicode doesn't include support for them, but rather than they are not supported standard in modern editors: You have to assign a keyboard shortcut, and keyboard shortcuts are a precious limited resource (have you SEEN the keyboard mappings for modern ...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Not Equals
Replies: 91
Views: 72647

Re: Not Equals

But let's look at the alternatives. The best reason to use != is that all the alternatives are worse. Well, yes, that's what I was said, more or less. But I would qualify it like this: The best reason to use != is that all the alternatives are worse now . My point being, ≠ would have been a much mo...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Not Equals
Replies: 91
Views: 72647

Re: Not Equals

Well, being that this is Religious Wars, I can't just let it go at that, can I? ;-) It's a matter of perspective, I think. What's reasonable or logical for you may not be reasonable or logical for someone else. Having taught quite a few people how to program in languages that use these sort of opera...
by WanderingLinguist
Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Not Equals
Replies: 91
Views: 72647

Re: Not Equals

Ah, but consider also: <= >= == Does != fit this pattern? I think yes, Perfectly. Lesser/equal, greater/equal, equal equal, and... not equal. I think it's the perfect way to mark "not equal": ! already means "not", = already means "equal", so putting them next to each ...
by WanderingLinguist
Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Not Equals
Replies: 91
Views: 72647

Re: Not Equals

<> is nostalgic because it brings to mind such classics from my youth as C-64 system basic, GWbasic and Borland Pascal. I'd still have to go with !=, as it's the most logical and easiest to type on a scandinavian keyboard. What makes != logical, other than familiarity? Sure, in many languages ! is ...
by WanderingLinguist
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 23737

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

freakish777 wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:It is unreal how many businesses fail to list their hours of operation.


I know, right?!


Or list them, but haven't updated them in three years.
by WanderingLinguist
Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:20 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Secure connection International
Replies: 8
Views: 2530

Re: Secure connection International

The Data may "techncally" not leave the country What do you mean by "technically" here? 4. To satisfy the "data does not leave country" requirement I thought maybe the workstations in the middle east will access the data over a service simular to TeamViewer, where they...
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Not Equals
Replies: 91
Views: 72647

Re: Not Equals

APL I presume? A good guess, but no. APL's assignment operator is ←, not ⇐. And as far as I know, APL doesn't have syntax for embedding variables directly in strings* A bit more obscure than APL, I think. * This is something like "User 【a,name】 is 【n,age】 years old" which is roughly equiv...
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Not Equals
Replies: 91
Views: 72647

Re: Not Equals

I actually used to program in a language that used ≠ In early versions, it was entered by pressing the ESC key followed by the = key. In later versions, it was entered by pressing = modified by the ALT/meta/option key. That language also used ≤ and ≥ with the meanings one would expect, ⇐ for assignm...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: When will $1 be the smallest denomination?
Replies: 51
Views: 10456

Re: When will $1 be the smallest denomination?

I was under the understanding that that was mostly a US thing. Wait, what? I am now very curious about where they don't do that. South Korea, for one. Currency here is in 10, 100 and 500won coins, and 1000, 5000, 10000 and 50000won notes. Conversion is approximately 1000won/US dollar, making 10won ...
by WanderingLinguist
Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Odd autocorrect
Replies: 9
Views: 7685

Re: Odd autocorrect

In that case, could it be a trap ? (Though it's more likely to be a typo in their dataset). Or maybe they included very obscure product names in their dictionary. Because who doesn't want to get young for ever while getting one's hair done . On a more plausible note, "Ashlex" isn't in your...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Odd autocorrect
Replies: 9
Views: 7685

Re: Odd autocorrect

Made ironic by the fact that "Ashlex" happened to be the portmanteau couple-name of two people in my general group of friends. They ended up having a very turbulent breakup and falling out, but my phone evidently still thinks they are meant to be. What kind of phone is it? If you've used ...
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What is a model?
Replies: 25
Views: 7109

Re: What is a model?

Objective C, D, that other D, another D, some other object oriented C, all likely didn't succeed compared to C++ since they used their own OO model, and thus sacrificed C compatibility. Have you even used Objective-C? It's a strict superset of C, meaning that there are no compatibility sacrifices w...
by WanderingLinguist
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Synchronising floppy drives for audio
Replies: 4
Views: 4716

Re: Synchronising floppy drives for audio

If you're worried about the tracks falling out of sync, why not store the UP and DOWN events using time since the beginning of the song (rather than time since the previous note)? You could easily calculate this while parsing. Pass the system clock value at the start of the platback to each thread a...
by WanderingLinguist
Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 62251

Re: 1196: "Subways"

Yep, the subway system [in Seoul] is MASSIVE . O RLY? Tokyo Metro has 179 stations. Seoul Metropolitan Subway has 607. Even if you count the JR stations along with Tokyo Metro, it's still not as many. By length, the Seoul subway system is the biggest in the world. By number of stations, it's number...
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Two probability questions
Replies: 8
Views: 5937

Re: Two probability questions

If I have 4 binary strings of 32 bits each, what are the chances that any two of them will differ by exactly one bit? What if I have 4 binary strings of 16 bits each? It seems everyone is making the assumption that they are random. Are they random? If it's just four completely randomly generated bi...
by WanderingLinguist
Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's the one true aspect ratio?
Replies: 39
Views: 19009

Re: What's the one true aspect ratio?

MrPotatoJunior wrote:What do you guys think about 2.16:9? I have seen a few movies in it and it looked OK. Maybe better than 16:9.


.....I don't think that means what you think it means.
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Summer 2013 Laptop / Desktop / Tablet speculation thread
Replies: 60
Views: 46194

Re: Summer 2013 Laptop / Desktop / Tablet speculation thread

it crushes the previous generation with 9 hours 40 minutes of battery life on a 1080p screen. (this was the battery life that Engadget tested... they played a video on loop for the entire duration). They don't say what kind of video they were playing. There may be hardware support for some formats ...
by WanderingLinguist
Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Size-based intensity for written laughs
Replies: 13
Views: 8765

Re: Size-based intensity for written laughs

Korean definitely uses length to indicate intensity (there being no "uppercase" in Korean, it's really the only way). In the case of Korean, most of the internet slang for laughing consists of a consonant alone (Normally, for real words, consonants and vowels are combined into syllable blo...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun May 12, 2013 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?
Replies: 544
Views: 221865

Re: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?

I use Chrome. I'm shocked that IE got 16 votes. Well, there are still some things you can only do in IE. I suspect that's why. Such as…? KnightExemplar said it already: ActiveX. And sites designed only for IE. But the "Every now and then" part, regrettably, doesn't apply in Korea. Almost ...
by WanderingLinguist
Sat May 11, 2013 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?
Replies: 544
Views: 221865

Re: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?

bouer wrote:I use Chrome. I'm shocked that IE got 16 votes.

Well, there are still some things you can only do in IE. I suspect that's why.
by WanderingLinguist
Sun May 05, 2013 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [homework]Android bind service null pointer
Replies: 4
Views: 8099

Re: [homework]Android bind service null pointer

Thank you for your swift response. I have placed the code tags now. That would appear to be a probable cause. I'll begin looking for a way to overcome that. Thank you very much for your help. Edit: Adding a two minute wait before invoking the problem line result in an application not responding box...
by WanderingLinguist
Fri May 03, 2013 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [homework]Android bind service null pointer
Replies: 4
Views: 8099

Re: [homework]Android bind service null pointer

Well, you seem to have already identified the issue as being on this line: elist=manager.getList(); ...there's only one thing here that could be null, and that's manager . If you try to call a method on null, you get this error. Why is manager null? Well..... here's a hint: Where do you set it to so...
by WanderingLinguist
Wed May 01, 2013 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Recommend me a MP3 player?
Replies: 7
Views: 9167

Re: Recommend me a MP3 player?

The other low-end phones offered are way older than "Ice Cream Sandwich" (aka Android 4.0) This. If you're investing in an Android device, at least get one that runs ICS (4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich). There have already been two new OS versions since then (4.1 and 4.2), but ICS is still very...
by WanderingLinguist
Wed May 01, 2013 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Loop Unrolling: Suggested Interval?
Replies: 9
Views: 7800

Re: Loop Unrolling: Suggested Interval?

(Off topic a little bit; sorry for the hopefully mini threadjack.) The only time I ever turn off optimizations in real life is ...to make it easier to step through code in the debugger (occasionally optimizing re-ordering makes debugging difficult). "Occasionally"? What optimization do yo...
by WanderingLinguist
Wed May 01, 2013 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Recommend me a MP3 player?
Replies: 7
Views: 9167

Re: Recommend me a MP3 player?

A smartphone is not something I had really considered, but it is a very good idea. Are there any decent cheap smartphones on the market, or is it all about the same? Also, could I get a smartphone and just get regular cell service on it? I have no particular desire to pay for a data plan, but carry...

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