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by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:25 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Eclipse WTF!? [Solved, more or less]
Replies: 1
Views: 705

Eclipse WTF!? [Solved, more or less]

I am forced to use Eclipse to program in Java, so I have no other option, no Netbeans, no vim, no C instead, no nothing. It would be nice if the thing just bothered to work. Each time the thing sees a syntax error or I build something the whole input is blocked and I cannot edit the program text any...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Assembly Language help
Replies: 12
Views: 1675

Re: Assembly Language help

Because you are writing .COM programs for MS-DOS, or some sort of micro-controller? There is no reason to limit the size of a 8086 program to 16 bit adresses. In fact pretty much the point of segments and the 8086 is to be able to use 20 bits worth of memory. Even if you do limit the code to 64kb yo...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marijuana
Replies: 172
Views: 25785

Re: Marijuana

[*]Government bodies should not be able to restrict what is or is not sold; It should be the customer's responsibility to buy or not buy as they choose. (Obviously, the seller would have the option to sell or not sell as well.) (This has more far-reaching implications, namely towards the FDA in gen...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should children be trained in combat and fighting?
Replies: 78
Views: 8251

Re: Should children be trained in combat and fighting?

Mike Tyson comes to mind. Speaking personally, I have no trouble thinking of several who brag about all of the bar fights they've been in. Yeah, because Mike Tyson and bar fights are related to martial arts in what way? I said I wouldn't teach striking arts at first, judo, bjj, etc. are much better...
by sakeniwefu
Sun Sep 14, 2008 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How do editors typically deal with files?
Replies: 5
Views: 1121

Re: How do editors typically deal with files?

Editors of any kind, really. Text, graphics, whatever. Do they usually copy the contents of the file to memory, work with the virtual copy, and then copy the virtual copy to the "hard" copy in its entirety, or do they selectively only read/modify the parts that are being worked with or ch...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should children be trained in combat and fighting?
Replies: 78
Views: 8251

Re: Should children be trained in combat and fighting?

The analogy would only hold if giving one child bread caused another child to get physically injured. Obviously with bread that is not the case. However with martial arts, that's a very valid concern. Particularly given the realities of bullying in schoolyards. Come on, stop that, already. Martial ...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C++ competency
Replies: 16
Views: 2281

Re: C++ competency

I really have no idea what point you're trying to make. The point is that you don't need to know about most of C++ to write C++ programs. So, being able to write C++ programs doesn't mean you are proficient in C++. It just means you are a proficient(enough) programmer. If you found a program writte...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 146272

Re: eating meat

I certainly wouldn't feel morally superior for exclusively murdering and eating beings who cannot even try to run away.
A dead cow can feed a whole family, five thousand murdered seedlings can only feed a vegetarian.
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C++ competency
Replies: 16
Views: 2281

Re: C++ competency

Start working on large projects (like an Nethack style game or something) and you'll quickly realize how little you know. I am not proficient at all in C++ but I am pretty sure this is far from the case. You can program a Nethack style game in C. Given that C++ is ,more or less a superset of C, if ...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Large Projects w/o an IDE
Replies: 19
Views: 2892

Re: Large Projects w/o an IDE

A tiling wm is far easier to manage and more powerful than vim split windows(very cumbersome) even if you lose some functionality. It has workspaces and you can have a terminal or a window running your program, and a debugger, right next to, below or in between the code.
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Magic UNIX pipelines
Replies: 5
Views: 1382

Re: Magic UNIX pipelines

I think they're both failing. The difference between the two is probably due to the buffer flushing at different points. To do what you're trying to do, I would use: $ dd if=/dev/dvd of=backup.iso bs=8k If you noticed my words I started using dd. $ dd if=/dev/dvd of=backup.iso bs=8k dd: reading `/d...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Magic UNIX pipelines
Replies: 5
Views: 1382

Magic UNIX pipelines

I was trying to backup a DVD and i was going to give up because of some strange copy protection thwarting good old dd. I tried a few things but the copy would stop at 400Mb whatever I did. :cry: Then, Google brought up cat as a DVD backup tool: cat /dev/dvd > backup.iso and the strange: cat /dev/dvd...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wind and ballistics for a dummy
Replies: 9
Views: 1394

Re: Wind and ballistics for a dummy

The problem, however, says that the bullet is acted on for 100 meters. Since a faster bullet covers that distance in less time, there is less time for the wind to act on it. So the answer might be that "the fast bullet is affected less because it is in the area of effect for a shorter period o...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think we will see at the LHC?
Replies: 160
Views: 20539

Re: What do you think we will see at the LHC?

What's the relationship between LHC, micro black holes, and the disappearing posts? Are we already in some sort of infinite loop? :shock:
by sakeniwefu
Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should children be trained in combat and fighting?
Replies: 78
Views: 8251

Re: Should children be trained in combat and fighting?

It's better to just have your kids trained and let them rule over lesser beings. Judo, aikido, jujitsu, bjj, etc. with their domination and submission techniques are all good martial arts for your small kids for self-defense. When they grow a little bit older they can go on to striking and short ran...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lets Debate Philosophy! - The Chinese Room
Replies: 109
Views: 10903

Re: Lets Debate Philosophy! - Current Topic: Chinese Room

Of course he doesn't understand Chinese, the rulebook does(assuming the rulebook isn't the simple Eliza style pseudo-AI that Searle argues could fool a Chinese speaker by picking up cards). He is just a processor. He is the medium for intelligence just as Carbon Hydrogen Nitrogen and Potassium atoms...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nationalism
Replies: 28
Views: 4830

Re: Nationalism

There's nothing else to Nationalism than uchi and soto. We tend to group people similar to us in the IN group and people dissimilar to us in the OUT group. Those groups are not invariable - they change constantly depending on the situation. There are many crackpot libertarians that will tell us they...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 22054

Re: Artificial Intelligence

My point is that emotions aren't something inherently mysterious; even our current systems (what you might call weak AI) have what could be considered simple emotions. Point taken. But I do make a distinction between the intelligence of a flytrap and that of an Angler fish. The former behaves in pr...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Large Projects w/o an IDE
Replies: 19
Views: 2892

Re: Large Projects w/o an IDE

I can't, I just tried. yy to yank the line, :q! to quit, start a new file, p, and I get a "Nothing in register" error... The vi(you can also use it in vim) way would be: <<in file you want to copy to>> :w :n <fileyouwanttopastefrom> :<linenumber> <numberoflinestocopy>yy :n # :<linenumber>...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are fireflies dying off?
Replies: 13
Views: 2215

Re: Are fireflies dying off?

My eight-year-old self erred in thinking they had a human metabolism You mean as in dying in a few hours(or minutes) after being enclosed in transparent airtight jail with a bunch of other O2 consuming human beings? I think you were right. Now we just have to kill all 8-year-olds and firefly popula...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 22054

Re: Artificial Intelligence

Hands up who actually has been involved in any kind of colloquium discussing AI, has been programming for it, or even has actually read a lot of the papers? So, let me guess, you attended a colloquium discussing AI on the basis that that quantum computers==intelligent machines and that human intell...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Large Projects w/o an IDE
Replies: 19
Views: 2892

Re: Large Projects w/o an IDE

The way some would do it is to use a tiling wm such as dwm and have several vi(m)s open in several desktops. Keep your makefile open and handy. Anyways, if you come from VS you should feel more comfortable using a free IDE.
by sakeniwefu
Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 22054

Re: Artificial Intelligence

If you have a utility function you don't have a strong AI. You could argue that you getting paid for your work is a utility function but it works at a much higher level. I'm not sure I follow. Human beings have a utility function. Negative emotions represent low utility states; positive emotions re...
by sakeniwefu
Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 22054

Re: Artificial Intelligence

Answer this, if a strong AI lacks emotions, why should it do anything useful? Because you pressed ENTER? Then it's not strong AI. It's yet another Prolog program. Of course, in the end, a real strong AI might not be all that useful. What exactly are emotions? They are simply a utility function. The...
by sakeniwefu
Sat Sep 06, 2008 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 22054

Re: Artificial Intelligence

I also disagree with the science fiction stereotype that an artificial intelligence would basically be a human that is made of metals. It seems that an intelligence that isn't evolved through biological means would be very different in nature and more pure in the abstract sense, lacking anything th...
by sakeniwefu
Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Lost gaming technology from a former golden age
Replies: 32
Views: 3945

Re: Lost gaming technology from a former golden age

Real language is either a pipe dream or very sophisticated multiple choice. Now, having more sophistication in multiple choice would be nice- but until you have real AI you can't have real conversations. Can we write a program that decides if your speech was clever enough to trick the ogres? Is tha...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 77719

Re: Childhood crackpot theories *EPIC THREAD*

The jumping over shadows thing is done by a lot of people, especially xkcd forumites. So we are xkcd forumites because we jump over shadows or we jump over shadows because we are xkcd forumites? :? This is not a crackpot theory anyways. However, if we are into child crackpots, I used to have my toy...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Muscle-powered zeppelin/blimp - would it work?
Replies: 29
Views: 3827

Re: Muscle-powered zeppelin/blimp - would it work?

Couldn't you use the human power to generate that convenient friction as a concept, instead of using it to fight(and lose to) the wind?
Anyways gliders are known to work, isn't there any way of getting them up there using human power?
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...
Replies: 547
Views: 148856

Re: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...

Re: Platinum flashlight [citation needed]: Flash isn't an HM any more anyway. In my opinion, they either need to make the HM moves not suck or replace them with items. In the end they suck big time by design. I mean, I have a hundred fire pokemanz yet only a doped Pokemon(whatever its type) can bur...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0471: "Aversion Fads"
Replies: 522
Views: 66756

Re: "Aversion Fads" Discussion

Although furries might be growing in number there are far weirder fetishes that have always been popular.
Like this.
:lol:
by sakeniwefu
Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0471: "Aversion Fads"
Replies: 522
Views: 66756

Re: "Aversion Fads" Discussion

What you hear depends a lot on where you hear it from. CSI is not a good source, to name one. :P You mean I can't have you DNA tested in two minutes or analyze a reflection of a reflection of a section of a car plate in a photograph and have the computer display the car next to the owner and all th...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Networking a Pong Game in Java
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Re: Networking a Pong Game in Java

An alternative would be to represent the latency as an element of gameplay (say, the paddle on each player's own screen trails the mouse movements by a significant period greater than the network latency) I don't quite understand this last sentence, but notice that your first Idea won't...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Sep 02, 2008 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Networking a Pong Game in Java
Replies: 14
Views: 2813

Re: Networking a Pong Game in Java

Since you can't delay the game for both players, you have a bit of an interesting problem to solve. You could. I think it could even be playable, keep on reading. You either do like FPS and jump and jump one calculation every 50ms*(you need both players to be interacting). It could work if ...
by sakeniwefu
Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Your mission, should you chose to Accept it.(Keep vista Y/N)
Replies: 53
Views: 9622

Re: Your mission, should you chose to Accept it.(Keep vista Y/N)

If you paid for it, use it(Unless you have a Vista "ready" machine, then you should use a PIRATED version of XP). I looked at Vista and decided it really wasn't worth paying for, and I already had an XP license, so I bought a Linux PC and invested in RAM.
by sakeniwefu
Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pre-Language thought
Replies: 69
Views: 9658

Re: Pre-Language thought

Sapir-Whorff theory is correct in the sense that a language is tied to a culture and vice-versa. The observed effect is correct in my opinion but there is no causation whatsoever. If you don't know the word for something is very likely you don't know that something. But you could know it and grasp i...
by sakeniwefu
Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 77719

Re: Childhood crackpot theories *EPIC THREAD*

Well, I used to think I could power my spaceship designs with large lightbulbs(the larger the better) when I was 3 or so, but it isn't a crackpot theory anymore.
:lol:
by sakeniwefu
Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Crypto Key Weakness, Philosophical/Psychological Weirdness
Replies: 22
Views: 3702

Re: Crypto Key Weakness, Philosophical/Psychological Weirdness

There's something about using cryptographically secure PRNGs or filtered data from RNGs that leaves me with a strange feeling. From what I know of randomness analysis while: 1) 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 2 1 1 5 6 4 2 3 1 2) 2 4 1 2 3 1 5 6 4 1 3 4 5 3 6 6 3) 1 2 3 4 6 2 3 4 5 1 3 3 2 1 1 2 are all possible outp...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tabs vs Spaces
Replies: 209
Views: 150015

Re: Tabs vs Spaces

Do you realize the amount of bytes you are wasting using spaces in place of tabs!? By a conservative estimate, a mean average of 6 extra useless bytes per line! You could even be doing multi-line conditions and function calls and putting spaces between expressions. What's next, comments? What do you...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Saving the polar bear
Replies: 25
Views: 2965

Re: Saving the polar bear

This ties in with the fallacy that "Oh, but volcanoes release more CO 2 than us per annum, we're just a drop in the ocean". Points if you can see the fallacy here. If the Global mean temperature does increase a few degrees in a short timespan because of our actions many animals and some p...

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