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by Flumble
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Pet-related EMP?
Replies: 12
Views: 3098

Re: Pet-related EMP?

Crazy hypothesis time: Your dog has built up a static charge and is earthing through the computer case, which is somehow connected to the computer's circuitry (although could it then boot?). To test this hypothesis: Yablo, do you have an electric fly swatter at home? Maybe discharging it on the com...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Let's get really esoteric: big-endian or little-endian?
Replies: 36
Views: 23538

Re: Let's get really esoteric: big-endian or little-endian?

I understand the reasons for little-endian, but it is a little bit weird to see 0x12345678 in a hex editor as "78 56 34 12"... Indeed. I'm in favour of big-endianness because it is consistent on bit and byte level. I'd vote for a combination of LSb and LSB any day, as it makes for easy ca...
by Flumble
Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 89
Views: 35703

Re: 1344: "Digits"

I never learned to read. Uh-huh, I figured as much, so I tried to remind to that not reading has made you miss out on information. And since information is valuable, you missed out on something valuable. Now keep that in mind every time you don't want to read something. So long as the new tile appe...
by Flumble
Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0088: "Soda Sequestration"
Replies: 50
Views: 11487

Re: What-If 0088: "Soda Sequestration"

If we could somehow control just the tiny fraction of CO 2 above the stratopause, and dial it to any value we wanted anywhere we wanted, then we could adjust surface temperatures over regions by tens of degrees. We need balloons and plants*. Loads of 'em. Multiple fucktons. Then we let the balloons...
by Flumble
Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 89
Views: 35703

Re: 1344: "Digits"

Jackpot777 wrote:words

As you can read in the 5th reply I knew of the game, but neither did I know its name nor did I recognise 2048 as a game title (as it could just as well be just a number, even if you see the italics).
by Flumble
Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 89
Views: 35703

Re: 1344: "Digits"

Does anyone know the absolute maximum score for the un modified game? I don't think the possible maximum would change if the squares were rearranged into a line of 16. Considering that, with some luck, one could get 2 or 4, 8 (assuming a 4 had spawned on the 2nd to last turn), 16, 32, ..., up to 2^...
by Flumble
Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 89
Views: 35703

Re: 1344: "Digits"

jotun wrote:I wrote a quick script to just press up, right, down, left in a loop

It did better than me

I noticed that too after a few plays; you can ramp up to 256 (with a good chance) quickly by moving in circles.

Does anyone know the absolute maximum score for the unmodified game?
by Flumble
Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How fast can a cell phone travel before cellular networks
Replies: 3
Views: 4104

Re: How fast can a cell phone travel before cellular network

Let me start by saying it depends on your direction and type of mobile network. If you're flying in circles around the antenna while keeping the same distance from it, the network won't mind that you go 11 kilometres* per second. So to answer your (implied) question we need to know the velocity tole...
by Flumble
Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 89
Views: 35703

Re: 1344: "Digits"

Aah, I see now.

I saw a roommate play it yesterday, but I didn't know the game was called 2048.
by Flumble
Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 89
Views: 35703

1344: "Digits"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/digits.png Title Text: It's taken me 20 years to get over skyline tetris. Hold on, exactly how does 8224 relate to 2048? :? 8192, 8204, 0248 etcetera I can understand. [edit] as explained in every post from this one on, 2048 is the title of a numbers game in which a row ...
by Flumble
Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1340: "Unique Date"
Replies: 140
Views: 28774

Re: 1340: "Unique Date"

image ...unless (depending on your interpretation of "our system") you're in Europe on the third day of October, this year. Why "Europe"? I'm in Europe (anecdotal evidence is the best evidence) and I've never ever seen YYYY-DD-MM. :roll: I understand that you find it strange tha...
by Flumble
Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1340: "Unique Date"
Replies: 140
Views: 28774

Re: 1340: "Unique Date"

Those computers will be smart enough to accurately place the Big Bang as T=0 No matter how advanced the system, I don't believe there's a way to accurately (planck-time accuracy 'ey, not "1 part in a trillion" type of accuracy) measure T=0. Hell, it might not even be the same everywhere i...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1340: "Unique Date"
Replies: 140
Views: 28774

Re: 1340: "Unique Date"

[first part] Nonetheless, the unix epoch is accepted and used globally, and the 64b counter will go on far beyond the 'singularity' (assuming we reach that within a couple of billions of years). Even our AI overlords might want to use the ever ticking Earth-based clock; unless they switch to a spac...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1340: "Unique Date"
Replies: 140
Views: 28774

Re: 1340: "Unique Date"

I remember an Asimov story where Year 1 was taken from the old calendar's 1945, as it was the first year of the Atomic Age (and he wrote with that great international Sword of Damocles in the world). If we become a species that spreads beyond the Earth on a regular basis, maybe October 4, 1957 woul...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1340: "Unique Date"
Replies: 140
Views: 28774

Re: 1340: "Unique Date"

CharlieP wrote:The only date/time I'm considering getting excited about is 2016-12-08 04:02:00. But it'll probably be cold and dark where I am and I'll probably be asleep.

Don't you mean 2016-12-08 04:00:56?
by Flumble
Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Interface metric problems
Replies: 3
Views: 3302

Re: Interface metric problems

So... could someone give a solution, pointers or good work-arounds?
by Flumble
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: raid 6: confused about galois fields, lfsr's, and more
Replies: 7
Views: 6120

Re: raid 6: confused about galois fields, lfsr's, and more

In this context Galois field actually means finite field; this is a bit confusing. More concretely: Take the numbers {0, 1, ..., 2^k} and all operators (i.e. addition and multiplication) modulo 2^k. Not really. Galois Fields of the form GF(2 k ) contain polynomials of degree k with the coefficients...
by Flumble
Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 128
Views: 47429

Re: 1335: "Now"

The problem with being the only one switching is that you have to transcribe your schedule each time. I must say that this would probably be easier for us when switching to Wellington time :P. Switching to Wellington time is a matter of ignoring AM and PM; piss-easy. Hold on, New Zealand* is observ...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Only possible pronunciation for FAQ:
Replies: 14
Views: 8739

Re: Only possible pronunciation for FAQ:

"vraag en antwoord" (vRaekh ann aant-woart, whatever, you've got the general idea; I'm not going to look up the IPA) I'm sorry, but I never call FAQ by its english acronym. One reason being that I'm inclined to using native words and the other being that there isn't a proper way to pronoun...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1337: "Hack"
Replies: 65
Views: 33641

Re: 1337: "Hack"

Title for an alternative version of the comic: "Twitch Plays with a Space Probe" I'm listening... To be a bit safer though (avoiding collisions with useful satellites), I'd suggest TPML (after launching the probe beyond high Earth orbit) and watch a probe wiggle in different orbits around...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 128
Views: 47429

Re: 1335: "Now"

Well, that's it, I've switched my clocks to UTC.

And I must say it's pretty confusing with a difference of only 1 hour. Just now I thought I had more than an hour left before the next lecture, when in fact it's almost due. :o
by Flumble
Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1337: "Hack"
Replies: 65
Views: 33641

Re: 1337: "Hack"

Whatev wrote:There's always a better hacker. Unless you're the best. Then there isn't.

That's only true if there is one greatest hacker (the OTH), but I'm led to believe that there exist multiple maximal hackers.*


*This post assumes the implied "than you" in the first sentence of the quote.
by Flumble
Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 128
Views: 47429

Re: 1335: "Now"

I think everyone should just migrate to a UTC-only model, instead of this time zone nonsense (any other fixed international time-system would also be fine, but I chose UTC because it is already used a lot in time standardisation). Right. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that you live i...
by Flumble
Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Interface metric problems
Replies: 3
Views: 3302

Interface metric problems

Hi guys, I have a bunch of physical interfaces and VPNs on my laptop running windows 7. The problem is that, when I connect to something on the public internet, a VPN gateway is chosen first, the wireless gateway is chosen next and the cable gateway is chosen last. (those are the 3 that have a catch...
by Flumble
Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 128
Views: 47429

Re: 1335: "Now"

And I'm sure the fault is my ignorance of this map projection, but I don't understand why there is such a huge gap between Alaska and the eastern tip of Russia when they are in fact only about 50 miles apart (well, really only 2 miles if you count the Diomede Islands). That seemingly huge gap is in...
by Flumble
Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:38 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Internet Explorer title text duration setting?
Replies: 4
Views: 3455

Re: Internet Explorer title text duration setting?

Are you allowed to add the developer toolbar? In that case you can just inspect the element to read the title-text at ease.
Another work-around would be to view the page source and search for "title=".
by Flumble
Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Easy Parabola problem
Replies: 17
Views: 3513

Re: Easy Parabola problem

I didn't realize it was such a can of worms. It's more of a rabbit hole and it leads to a world of mathematical wonder. Or that's just me. :oops: Flumble, I came to the same conclusion since my last post: to do this with a polynomial, we'd need a 6th-degree polynomial (sextic?). I'll work out the d...
by Flumble
Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Easy Parabola problem
Replies: 17
Views: 3513

Re: Easy Parabola problem

If you want a polynomial that satisfies those conditions, I think it'll need to be a quartic (fourth degree) rather than a quadratic. I think the polynomial will have to be at least sexy (what's after quintic?), since you want f(s) and f(T-s) to be inflection points (so the box will not get smaller...
by Flumble
Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"
Replies: 51
Views: 12402

Re: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"

Why would hitting a single golf ball from a ship in orbit not be enough to get it to the moon (eventually)? Because there's not just one orbit. Every orbit* corresponds to a specific total energy , so when you shoot one golf ball in the right direction, you'll increase your (kinetic and therefore t...
by Flumble
Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 128
Views: 47429

Re: 1335: "Now"

dp2 wrote:It will be broken in less than two weeks due to DST. It assumes everything at the same longitude is at the same time. That's out the window during DST.

My thoughts exactly.

I think you're best off building a planetarium-like structure if you want a mechanical world clock with DST.
by Flumble
Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"
Replies: 51
Views: 12402

Re: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"

Djehutynakht wrote:Raise the water level, eh?....

Gentlemen, I think we've found our counterattack against the Netherlands.

Then instead of putting salt on every snail, we'll pour it in the seas to get all the balls to float and form a land route.

It's the perfect counter-counterattack-attack.
by Flumble
Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 19771

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

I don't get it. If the slope is slippery why not just put some sand or rock salt on it? :D If you put sand or rock salt on this slope, you'll have to put sand or salt on all slippery slopes, ... ... and the Winter Olympics would have been a lot less interesting. (I suppose you'd still have had the ...
by Flumble
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1334: "Second"
Replies: 47
Views: 13152

Re: 1334: "Second"

If you're not the customer, you are the product. That's strange, I always thought trade consisted of three parts: a customer, a vendor and the goods being exchanged. In that case, shouldn't it technically be four, distinguishing between the goods being sold and whatever the customer gives in return...
by Flumble
Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1334: "Second"
Replies: 47
Views: 13152

Re: 1334: "Second"

If you're not the customer, you are the product. That's strange, I always thought trade consisted of three parts: a customer, a vendor and the goods being exchanged. You are not "returning a favor" (something which is done voluntarily), but rather, google is funneling your profile and per...
by Flumble
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1334: "Second"
Replies: 47
Views: 13152

Re: 1334: "Second"

Remember, if it's free, you're the product. I don't really like the word "product"; google's search engine is the product. You're "one who's expected to return a favour", which can be money (the one considered "not free") or personal information (indeed google, faceboo...
by Flumble
Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: How can I tell if I have a post under review?
Replies: 5
Views: 11208

Re: How can I tell if I have a post under review?

I surely have n't received a notification for my approved post(s). @below The only post you ever had approved was in August of 2012. Do you honestly remember one way or the other 18 months later? My bad, I only searched (of course I don't remember; that's what the computer does for me) through t...
by Flumble
Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0084: "Paint the Earth"
Replies: 47
Views: 16814

Re: What-If 0084: "Paint the Earth"

Fine. I'll ask. What's the movie title that gets rounded to T10N? My guess is Se7en. Shouldn't that be Ii10ii, then? Huh? Se7en is constructed by taking the number 7's text representation and replacing the middle letter with the number's value representation. Likewise you get t10n. See also: http:/...
by Flumble
Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 35087

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

Update on the numerology: 1331 (Frequency) is the reciprocal of 1190 (Time) under modulo 6361 arithmetic . The implications are clear: xkcd will repeat after comic #6360, which should be published in about 32 years' time. (Were any further proof needed, note that by then RM will have reached a typi...
by Flumble
Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 35087

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

Is it just me that's frightened by how much more frequent births are than deaths? Maybe. It isn't scary if you put it in context: given 250 births per minute and 105 deaths every minute [improved source needed] , you only increase the world population by 76 million every year. On a population of ov...
by Flumble
Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 35087

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

Looked at another way, there are 31,531,600 seconds in a year - divided by nine you get 3.5 million. That's about the US output of just one large automaker such as Ford or GM, maybe less than the full output. Where do you get that figure? This page states the total number of cars produced in the US...

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