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by sakeniwefu
Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!
Replies: 246
Views: 49337

Re: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!

I hate RPM based distros. They are evil. It's scaring that the Linux intelligentsia is all running Fedora. They speak about their improved yum and how it is now functionally equivalent to apt-get and whatever. Then you figure it might be true this time, go and install Fedora 10 and you see how packa...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Can anyone help me with some basic programming homework?
Replies: 10
Views: 1911

Re: Can anyone help me with some basic programming homework?

Remember, C was built as an alternative to things like ASM. And the C library is an alternative to directly calling system interrupts and the like. Nothing keeps you from using a library in assembly or in any other language. The C library aids portability because there is an implementation in every...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 47746

Re: Terminology

The Rift Valley is in the center. Greece is in the center. Anything left of that looking North is the West, anything right is the East. It's really that simple. You are in the Far West and Japan is in the Far East It doesn't make sense to "jump" over the Pacific Ocean because basically con...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: A few questions about right justifying bits in C
Replies: 21
Views: 3073

Re: A few questions about right justifying bits in C

Without a counter: unsigned int a,b=0; while(a){ if(a&1){ b=b<<1; b=b|1; } a=a>>1; } Still why would anyone want all the bits to the right? Most information is lost and a counter is a more compact way to store the little information that's left.
by sakeniwefu
Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Michael Crichton Passes Away
Replies: 82
Views: 7097

Re: Michael Crichton Passes Away

I loved Timeline and JP/Lost World as a kid. I enjoyed both the real and the fake science. I too wanted to kill everyone involved in the movies(JP staff is saved because that movie was great on its own). If you are going to do something tangentially related at best, don't f'in buy the rights, for Go...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A personal letter against socialism and Obama. Reactions?
Replies: 62
Views: 5967

Re: A personal letter against socialism and Obama. Reactions?

Wealth doesn't appear out of thin air. What you have you get from someone. The problem is that what we all have is shrinking by the moment. The illusion of a "working" Capitalism is shattering. No longer can the exploitation of many poor countries keep most of the population in the richest...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 27591

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

Congratulations Americans. The entire world thanks you for your choice. I for one welcome our new Communist Muslim overlord.
Okay, now we can go back to hating you again. :roll:
by sakeniwefu
Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Socialist Safety Net: Implications for the US
Replies: 47
Views: 4583

Re: Socialist Safety Net idea. Would it destroy the US?

I think having the government providing food is silly. Why not just give them money and let people decide what they want to buy? What happens if I'm allergic to the food the governments provides? What if the government gave me too much food but I have a tiny living space? If you give people money a...
by sakeniwefu
Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Tracking Mouse Speed
Replies: 13
Views: 4977

Re: Tracking Mouse Speed

I don't know Mac OS X, it could be that you can get speed from some API. If you can't, I doubt there is any library either because it's trivial. You poll the mouse position each t seconds. That should give you X and Y. Poll again. Divide distance by time and you have speed in pixels per second. Yspe...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Linux IDE for C/C++/PHP
Replies: 21
Views: 2206

Re: Linux IDE for C/C++/PHP

'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:A) not free, 2) not for Linux, and う) a sloth crawling through molasses in Wine.

:shock: Are those stdc bullet points? :lol:
Try code::blocks. Recent versions are almost as good as vi and sh. :wink:
It feels a lot like Microsoft IDEs and is very configurable.
by sakeniwefu
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: next item in loop, in subloop?
Replies: 9
Views: 1636

Re: next item in loop, in subloop?

if your language, like c doesn't include a next(2) or something, you should use gotos, if your language designer was an ass and didn't include that because it is BAD, tough luck. You must set a flag=true and check it once you leave the inner loop and do "next" again.
by sakeniwefu
Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Creating infinite series
Replies: 5
Views: 1427

Re: Creating infinite series

n=((i&1)?1:-1)*(((i+1)>>1)); /* for i from 1 to 20, both included */ Yet another stupid way to get it. I am pretty sure they are asking you to use recursive functions, even if it is going to take ages for high values of i. Else, the best algorithm is the one by chibu. EDIT:Also: printf(&quo...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Low voter turn-out...ok?
Replies: 153
Views: 9429

Re: Low voter turn-out...ok?

I don't care about low turnout. Low turnout=more people that actually know what's going on voting. Let's face it 50% of the population has below average intelligence and education. I feel better if the "All politicians are the same", "I don't care about politics", "They shou...
by sakeniwefu
Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Logical and Ethical Shortcomings of the Pokémon Games...
Replies: 223
Views: 22358

Re: The Logical and Ethical Shortcomings of the Pokémon Games...

2) Gyms Sequentially Increasing in Power. Seriously, what the hell? These guys are meant to be the best of the best and the first gym has about Lv 15 Pokémon? I guess it's easier to be the best trainer of your region in a place where people have to spar with level 2-5 pokemons. It could also be tha...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0487: "Numerical Sex Positions"
Replies: 152
Views: 69413

Re: "Numerical Sex Positions" Discussion

I too thought I had seen a stick penis in 69 until I realized he had two, and the others had none. :lol:
Oh, and in 34 i believe her leg should be pointing up. Looks fun.
by sakeniwefu
Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lets Debate Philosophy! - The Chinese Room
Replies: 109
Views: 10945

Re: Lets Debate Philosophy! - The Chinese Room

Experience tells me it IS NOT possible to wreck my car (after all, in all of the years that I had it, I have not wrecked it), and that it IS NOT possible for me to die (I've a long track record of living from year to year without dying). Just that you example is a cheap fallacy and mine is supporte...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 15679

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

That's not a serious justification, is it? To stoke the fire a little... Why not answer 'yes', 'yes', 'yes'? Because no matter who dies, you and they were there in the first place (no need to exclude yourself from the situation under consideration), and the alternative, not doing anything, is not h...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lets Debate Philosophy! - The Chinese Room
Replies: 109
Views: 10945

Re: Lets Debate Philosophy! - The Chinese Room

Okay, so you are arguing that you could create a complex enough Eliza bot(==English speaker with set of rules) that can reply correctly to anything without the system(not the English speaker) understanding. After all, Eliza bots are the ultimate human fooling symbol(ascii text tokens) manipulator. B...
by sakeniwefu
Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 15679

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

1: No. 2: No. 3: No. Because the ones dying were there in the first place, and no solution is harmless, so the ones with bad luck must go. Change to yes IF: Someone I love(more than the victim) is in the dying position. In 2 I could kill myself, but I like myself more than some random healthy indivi...
by sakeniwefu
Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer Science vs. Human Engineering in security
Replies: 39
Views: 4103

Re: Computer Science vs. Human Engineering in security

Well, even OpenBSD say that once someone has physical access to your computer, it's basically open, unless heavily encrypted. You didn't get that quote right. The last word in that sentence is "open". No amount of encryption can help if *you* can access your own data. An attacker with phy...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 64422

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

Words are means to describe a world. A novel using many invented words is likely to have a rich world behind with concepts linked to those words. Also word creation isn't limited to coinage as someone pointed out. But it is also not limited to new forms of words. Naming a new concept with a preexist...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nostalgia time! What was your first Linux distro?
Replies: 60
Views: 9044

Re: Nostalgia time! What was your first Linux distro?

It was a long time ago, I think it was a Red Hat. But at the time you just got a LINUX CD, so I can't tell. I got it to install and even installed Gnome and/or KDE. I remembered I thought, goddamn this is ugly and the programs cannot compare to Paint and notepad; and probably reinstalled Windows fai...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 82375

Re: Operating Systems

(...) He then opened the case and took out his large Fedora DVD and slowly inserted it into her system. Her system was getting warmer and warmer, and he was polling all her peripherals. She could feel how his DVD was spinning in her drive, and the GUI Installer was resizing her partitions. - "...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Stephen Jay Gould vs Richard Dawkins: The Darwinian Wars
Replies: 93
Views: 21797

Re: Stephen Jay Gould vs Richard Dawkins: The Darwinian Wars

I think they make an exception for the rhythm method because it doesn't work ;) Oh no, the rhythm method is 100% effective against unwanted pregnancy if the woman doesn't ovulate out of schedule(The Hand of God(TM) <- this is why they like it). In practice, it does fail more often, but that is due ...
by sakeniwefu
Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How long until games are photorealistic?
Replies: 98
Views: 7874

Re: How long until games are photorealistic?

Realistic physics will have to wait until after photorealism. Or most likely forever. Let's call it "the asteroids dilemma"( :lol: ). Each piece of everything you break must be stored AND displayed as a separate entity. So, if you turn a rock into sand with your virtual hammer, the amount ...
by sakeniwefu
Sat Sep 27, 2008 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: To what extent can jealousy be a "good" emotion?
Replies: 53
Views: 4553

Re: To what extent can jealousy be a "good" emotion?

Jealousy is good as long as it isn't overdone. What worth is someone if his/her significant other doesn't care who he/she is with? Love is about possessing each other. Even jealousy for material goods is ok as long as you choose the "work harder to get", rather than the "steal" p...
by sakeniwefu
Sat Sep 27, 2008 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lets Debate Philosophy! - The Chinese Room
Replies: 109
Views: 10945

Re: Lets Debate Philosophy! - The Chinese Room

I understand the underlying idea and I shook it off at the beginning of the thread. The assumption is that you can reply correctly any question without understanding, where understanding is this redefinition by Searle. You might say that being asked for 2 + 2 and answering 4 isn't actually understan...
by sakeniwefu
Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actual Drnukenness!
Replies: 1358
Views: 342872

Re: The drnuk thread

i luv japanese old men, haha, J just came back from a karaoke bar and not even lookin= ar the keyboard. Dsmn where's the apostrophe. :oops:
by sakeniwefu
Fri Sep 26, 2008 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lets Debate Philosophy! - The Chinese Room
Replies: 109
Views: 10945

Re: Lets Debate Philosophy! - The Chinese Room

I am sure even the Chinese Room cannot understand what's going on here :wink: . If the rules running the room are a simulation or a functional equivalent of human mind, they will either reply correctly or not reply correctly exactly in the same way humans can or cannot(as seems to be the case). If t...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux N00bs: Considered Harmful?
Replies: 37
Views: 9444

"Linux N00bs: Considered Harmful" Considered Harmful

You say that now, but the same thing was said about GOTO and he hasn't been seen in years. :wink: I don't think Linux n00bs and plain newbies(the only difference is that the former are in their teens) have anything to do with what you describe. What we have is a lot of people with no intention whats...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The floating beer bottle problem
Replies: 34
Views: 3747

Re: The floating beer bottle problem

It depends on the bottle's density. if you have a bottle whose overall density when full of air is much lower than water it will mostly float above water and displace a volume equal to its own when sunk. If the bottle+air overall is only a bit less dense than water only a part of the bottle will be ...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Good beginner projects in C?
Replies: 34
Views: 5413

Re: Good beginner projects in C?

The main problem with pointers is the counterintuitive syntax in C, and the lack of better portable ways to do things. A pointer is a variable which stores an address to a memory position. Pointers in C are typed which means you are limited to operations of that type to the memory position pointed. ...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Sep 19, 2008 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0478: "The Staple Madness"
Replies: 122
Views: 28648

Re: The Staple Madness

I must be one of the only ones here that dislikes staple guns. It's not that they aren't amazingly awesome and all, its just that I'm scared of sharp objects and loud noises. Also, how on earth is that guy stapled to the ceiling? I don't think his clothes would be strong enough to hold him up there...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 141385

Re: Editors

hotaru wrote:comparing mg to emacs is like comparing busybox vi to vim.

:oops: Sorry, I didn't notice you were just trolling for the sake of it :wink:
So you ditch emacs for being GNU(yet you use not only vim but also busybox)? Speak about hypocrisy. RMS would be proud of you :lol:
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 141385

Re: Editors

hotaru wrote:
masher wrote:Doesn't the GPL do it for you?

no, it doesn't.

What about public domain?
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:22 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Software legal question
Replies: 24
Views: 1960

Re: Software legal question

Why don't you read it? Well, I wouldn't understand most of it, I might miss what I'm looking for in it's vastness, and even if by some chance I'd find it, I still wouldn't know if it was anulled by some law. But basically you're saying that in the EU you can do whatever the hell you want to it? But...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:54 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Someone to help me install Linux?
Replies: 27
Views: 3010

Re: Someone to help me install Linux?

As per Mister Super-Smart-and-Smug, thanks, but due to my inexperience, all that stuff (though most of it not aimed at me) went mostly around my head. Though you are clearly a much moar experienced Linuxer... But I still don't like Ubuntu. :P If you don't know what repositories are, you better look...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:45 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Eclipse WTF!? [Solved, more or less]
Replies: 1
Views: 705

Re: Eclipse WTF!? [Solved, more or less]

It seems to be a XFCE - Eclipse collaboration bug. Using GNOME instead solves it. Sorry for the inconvenience. :oops:
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:16 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Software legal question
Replies: 24
Views: 1960

Re: Software legal question

Not sure this is the forum for it, but whatever. I was just wondering, what does the Windows EULA (specifically, the XP one, but I'd love to get a wider answer for this, even for other programs) say about tampering with your Windows (deleting/modifying .dll's, making the OS run differently)? And wh...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:56 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Someone to help me install Linux?
Replies: 27
Views: 3010

Re: Someone to help me install Linux?

Ubuntu might be for nubz, but it is the best Linux distribution if you don't want to be bothered typing commands all day long for things that should and can be done automatically. If you want to learn how UNIX works and want to know how your system works Linux isn't the best example, run Solaris or ...

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