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by scarecrovv
Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alleged invisibility cloak
Replies: 33
Views: 6567

Re: Alleged invisibility cloak

The complete lack of technical detail on the website, combined with the refusal to show any actual results, and the abuse of the prefixes "quantum" and "hyper" are huge red flags for a hoax.
by scarecrovv
Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can't play DVDs
Replies: 7
Views: 1643

Re: Can't play DVDs

If you can get that far, it's almost certainly a software issue. What operating system are you running? What DVD playing application are you using?
by scarecrovv
Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Earth-Shattering Kaboom
Replies: 10
Views: 5269

Re: Earth-Shattering Kaboom

I'm not an expert in the dynamics of lumps of rock thousands of kilometers across that are in the process of exploding, but I can think of at least one issue you might run into. Imagine that a slice of the moon (from the core to the surface) was a giant Newton's cradle. If you set off an explosion a...
by scarecrovv
Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: PERL for a non-programmer
Replies: 4
Views: 2139

Re: PERL for a non-programmer

The Llama book was my first exposure to "real" programming, and I highly recommend it. Once you understand the basic concepts shared by most programming languages it's usually easy to pick up a reference book for a new one and jump right in. If you're a non-programmer though, nothing repla...
by scarecrovv
Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Intelligent Design?
Replies: 39
Views: 3909

Re: Intelligent Design?

http://www.talkorigins.org/ is another good place to look for reliable information about evolution, and for refutations to arguments for creationism. Unless you tell us specifically what your troubles are, I can't do much more than throw helpful links at you though.
by scarecrovv
Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Physics in the US- Dead?
Replies: 15
Views: 4408

Re: Nuclear Physics in the US- Dead?

I'm not a physicist, and I don't know if it's precisely what you had in mind, but the military will always be interested in nuclear physics :wink:. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is one example of a place where this sort of thing still goes on.
by scarecrovv
Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: First time builder looking for sanity check and advice
Replies: 17
Views: 5321

Re: First time builder looking for sanity check and advice

Thanks for your advice, but I've decided to put off this build until some point in the future. It was educational to plan it, but I think I'm going to spec out new parts and actually build it sometime later (and spend the money on other things (like food) right now). I'm not sure when, it could be a...
by scarecrovv
Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Alternate scientific development on a cloud-covered world?
Replies: 16
Views: 5044

Re: Alternate scientific development on a cloud-covered worl

Since celestial navigation is possible from airplanes (and was routinely practiced in World War II, I believe), trans-oceanic aircraft may have been developed before trans-oceanic shipping. Since runways are hard to come by in areas where the people haven't seen airplanes before, and helicopters hav...
by scarecrovv
Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Going to Play with Scientologists Today
Replies: 50
Views: 9500

Re: Going to Play with Scientologists Today

By then end with pressure on I explained that she was totally right, I should read it before condemning it, but that since I thought the church was doing horrible things, I wouldn't feel right giving them money for it, and compared it to buying Mein Kampf to understand the Nazis knowing they'd get ...
by scarecrovv
Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: [Resolved] Legal issues regarding hosting of flash games
Replies: 4
Views: 2171

Re: Legal issues regarding hosting of flash games

All right, given the above I'll adopt a strict "with permission only" policy. Thanks guys. As to "why not just link them?" I will of course provide a link as well, but I'd like to prevent web rot and dead links because the original content went off line a few years down the road.
by scarecrovv
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: [Resolved] Legal issues regarding hosting of flash games
Replies: 4
Views: 2171

[Resolved] Legal issues regarding hosting of flash games

I considered putting this in General, since I'm asking for legal help rather than technical help, but this seemed like a better place. I've recently grabbed a domain name and some hosting, and have put up a simple placeholder webpage. At the moment, I'm just using all this for personal image hostin...
by scarecrovv
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: First XKCD comic strip that you saw
Replies: 39
Views: 13728

Re: First XKCD comic strip that you saw

http://xkcd.com/292/

I didn't know it was XKCD, but I just saw it on a coworker's door a long time ago, and thought it was funny. It was only later that I discovered XCKD and found it again.
by scarecrovv
Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Using a GPS Tracker to Catch a Bike Thief
Replies: 10
Views: 4563

Re: Using a GPS Tracker to Catch a Bike Thief

Another thing to consider is the possibility of revenge. If the thief is caught, tried, and convicted based on evidence you collected with the intent of getting them convicted, they may not be happy about it, and criminals are not generally known for being law abiding citizens. Not all criminals are...
by scarecrovv
Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How do I uninstall Grub after uninstalling Fedora Linux?
Replies: 2
Views: 2253

Re: How do I uninstall Grub after uninstalling Fedora Linux?

Edit: Follow Jorpho's advice below. I'm not sure if it's possible to put the windows bootloader back without having a windows CD/DVD. However, you might be able to configure grub to boot windows, and windows alone. I'm assuming that when you "uninstalled it by deleting its partition and giving ...
by scarecrovv
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: xf86-video-nouveau-1.0.0-1 causes X to eat all my swap space
Replies: 0
Views: 1411

xf86-video-nouveau-1.0.0-1 causes X to eat all my swap space

Update: see the bottom of the post for my latest work on this problem. The problem is with xf86-video-nouveau-1.0.0-1. Reverting to xf86-video-nouveau-0.0.16_git20120615-1 solved it. However, while I was figuring that out, xf86-video-nouveau-1.0.1-1 was released, and that fixed the problem. Backgrou...
by scarecrovv
Mon May 28, 2012 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Hi/Paper i want hosted on xkcd
Replies: 1
Views: 906

Re: Hi/Paper i want hosted on xkcd

I recommend starting a thread in the Math section, and giving a link to your paper (or posting the text of the paper inline). The folks there will be able to give you appropriate feedback.
by scarecrovv
Fri May 18, 2012 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Physics Debate
Replies: 12
Views: 2844

Re: Theoretical Physics Debate

How about string theory vs. string-theory-is-silly theory? I'm simplifying, but you could probably go on for hours about this if you were significantly more knowledgeable about the subject than I am.
by scarecrovv
Thu May 17, 2012 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Changing values of all pixels within circle [Matlab]
Replies: 2
Views: 3110

Re: Changing values of all pixels within circle [Matlab]

A simple way would be to check if each pixel is within the radius of the circle of the center of the circle, and set them to 0. If you wanted to be more efficient, you could consider only the pixels within the square that fits around the circle. Is there something that makes the problem more complex...
by scarecrovv
Wed May 09, 2012 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 163996

Re: The Red Spider Project

There hasn't been much activity recently. I don't know about everyone else, but for me this has been because it's final exam season, and everything is due at once. I'll come back to life in late May, probably. That said, if you have an idea for something, code it up. I'll be able to give more feedba...
by scarecrovv
Tue May 08, 2012 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: File-centric or stuff-centric? How do you get to things?
Replies: 27
Views: 8225

Re: File-centric or stuff-centric? How do you get to things?

I see no reason why file-centric and application-centric approaches can't coexist. In fact, I think I'd like that very much. If my image editor kept a searchable/browsable/magical database of symlinks to all the images on my computer, that would be quite handy. If I wanted to keep it away from certa...
by scarecrovv
Tue May 08, 2012 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is this in any way interesting?
Replies: 8
Views: 2057

Re: Is this in any way interesting?

Dmitry wrote:(pi's value to n digits - pie's value to n-1 digits)/pi's value to n-2 digits = 1/constant
the same principle applies to e


How did you arrive at this conclusion? I only ask because it doesn't seem to be true:

(3.1415 - 3.141) / 3.14 = 0.000159235669
(3.14159 - 3.1415) / 3.141 = 0.0000286532951
by scarecrovv
Wed May 02, 2012 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Playtesting a Standard Model Game
Replies: 82
Views: 17103

Re: Playtesting a Standard Model Game

As another argument that this can't possibly be a real effect, one might point out that light emitted from the bullet and the target at the moment of impact would have to reach the raptor at the same time, because they started from the same point in space-time and are both travelling at the relativ...
by scarecrovv
Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Playtesting a Standard Model Game
Replies: 82
Views: 17103

Re: Playtesting a Standard Model Game

I fail to see how a bullet can break a wine glass without ever coming into contact with it. Not understanding the equations properly myself, I'm not sure what the right answer is. However, since my understanding of your understanding of the equations produces effects without causes in some reference...
by scarecrovv
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Playtesting a Standard Model Game
Replies: 82
Views: 17103

Re: Playtesting a Standard Model Game

I'd like to test it, as soon as it works on something else than an apple device. About velocity raptor: everything I know about relativity is vulgarization, but is it normal that the bullets stop hitting the target when you move? it seems to me that this kind of event should happen regardless of yo...
by scarecrovv
Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Easiest toy social network for kids
Replies: 3
Views: 2259

Re: Easiest toy social network for kids

What does a 1st grade class have in common? Pretty much a teacher, a municipality, and the fact that their parents got down and dirty within the same time period. Really, any attempt to inject some synthetic concept into the environment isn't going to take hold, because it doesn't extend something ...
by scarecrovv
Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ductwork surface area calculation problem
Replies: 3
Views: 2305

Re: Ductwork surface area calculation problem

My first instinct would be to go weigh the parts. That way you get the actual weights, not some theoretical weight that may or may not correspond to what the people on the factory floor are building. Or even better, go ask the people on the factory floor how many of each kind of piece they can get o...
by scarecrovv
Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Playtesting a Standard Model Game
Replies: 82
Views: 17103

Re: Playtesting a Standard Model Game

gmalivuk wrote:Velocity Raptor

Holy shit. That's awesome.

Sadly, I don't have a smart phone.
by scarecrovv
Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Monitor no signal
Replies: 5
Views: 5989

Re: Monitor no signal

ralphmark wrote:It is issue of your ram replace your ram with a new one.

How can you possibly know that? It could just as easily be that the video card is dead, or that the cable is broken, or any number of other things.

Kirby has the right idea here.

edit:
Oops. Didn't mean to feed the necro-troll.
by scarecrovv
Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Bowties Vs. Ties
Replies: 22
Views: 11583

Re: Bowties Vs. Ties

I've got work to do, so I'll make this quick:

Bowties are cool.
by scarecrovv
Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Asteroid mining is here?
Replies: 66
Views: 11126

Re: Asteroid mining is here?

I've skimmed that pdf, and there's something I'm confused about. If they can catch a 7 meter asteroid and move it at will, why put it in lunar orbit? Wouldn't it make more sense to crash it into a desert and collect the materials there with bulldozers?
by scarecrovv
Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: protecting firefox from crappy taskbars and such
Replies: 7
Views: 2250

Re: protecting firefox from crappy taskbars and such

You could create a special firefox user, and assign ownership of your .mozilla directory to it, make sure that only the firefox user has write permissions, make sure that the firefox user has write permissions anywhere you want to be able to download things to, and then run the firefox browser as th...
by scarecrovv
Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 163996

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: red spider project

Sorry, I missed your request for approval. I approve.
by scarecrovv
Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 163996

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: red spider project

Is there any reason not to merge readme into master?
by scarecrovv
Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 163996

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: red spider project

That's awesome! :D
by scarecrovv
Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 163996

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: red spider project

I like the drawing too. If it were reworked to look a bit more like the red spiders (6 long black legs that bend flexibly), I would support it's use as a logo.
by scarecrovv
Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 163996

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: red spider project

by scarecrovv
Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 163996

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: red spider project

I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments about merging everything into everything being a bad plan, and the need to clean things up. I just wasn't sure what the right way to go about it would be. About rscall and rsshell: they're pretty simple, and I think that since those branches have been merg...
by scarecrovv
Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: First time builder looking for sanity check and advice
Replies: 17
Views: 5321

Re: First time builder looking for sanity check and advice

Hmm, I think you're right about the motherboard being overkill. What initially drew me to that one was the large number of usb 3 ports, but thinking over it, more than a couple is probably unnecessary. Also, I had envisioned a future use for the dual ethernet ports, but I suppose I can always get a ...
by scarecrovv
Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding and drinking
Replies: 27
Views: 10697

Re: Coding and drinking

Not so sure about coding drunk, but I find it much easier to write lots of code very quickly if I'm tired. Not really really tired, mind you, but there's a zone where I'm too tired to be distractable, but not tired enough for my brain to shut off completely. It works especially well if it's boring c...

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