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by Turtlewing
Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Wars vs Mass Effect
Replies: 86
Views: 39998

Re: Star Wars vs Mass Effect

Star Wars has such weaponry as the Death Star, and Suncrusher and the advantage of arbitrary FTL travel (rather that restricted to a network of constructed nodes). I should think that a Death Star type weapon used against the mass relays would prety much cripple the ability of the Citadel races to w...
by Turtlewing
Fri May 28, 2010 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much destruction of the evironment could humans survive?
Replies: 16
Views: 2304

Re: How much destruction of the evironment could humans surv

It's only a matter of dedication. A good cobalt bomb, or a large number of thermonuclear bombs could probably do the trick. There were experiments with some kind of large glasshouses in the desert, and it didn't work. An life supporting ecosystem is more than just plants for food and oxygen, it is ...
by Turtlewing
Fri May 28, 2010 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?
Replies: 96
Views: 14980

Re: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?

"What number am I thinking of?"

Since meeting my future self is kinda' a big deal I expect i would remember the number I used to conferm my identity.
by Turtlewing
Thu May 27, 2010 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Princesses Problem... and dating
Replies: 9
Views: 4039

Re: 100 Princesses Problem... and dating

Well i suppose:
Spoiler:
get first partner
While (current partner != "love of your life") get another partner


I think the real question here is "how do you know when you've found the love of your life?"
by Turtlewing
Thu May 27, 2010 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What should I upgrade?
Replies: 13
Views: 1878

Re: What should I upgrade?

Well if you're happy with your CRT then by all means keep it, but speaking from my personal experience I've found LCDs to be superior to the CRTs I've encountered. Additionally since the interface devices (moniter, mouse, keyboard, and speekers) are the way you actually interact with your computer t...
by Turtlewing
Wed May 26, 2010 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer Science major seeks advice
Replies: 2
Views: 1386

Re: Computer Science major seeks advice

In the real world your degree mostly just serves to prove that you're capable of learning (and to pile on buzzwords distract the HR doorkeepers long enough for you to sneak by). Your first job will teach you what you actually need to know for the industry it belongs to (as will subsequent jobs shoul...
by Turtlewing
Wed May 26, 2010 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?
Replies: 183
Views: 25811

Re: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?

I play the UKs national lottery, and I have a fairly good understanding of statistics. The reasons for this are as follows. The money I pay for the lottery is trivial. It's roughly £2 a week, or £100 a year. That amount of money would make no difference to my life whatsoever, I have a comfortable j...
by Turtlewing
Wed May 26, 2010 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What should I upgrade?
Replies: 13
Views: 1878

Re: What should I upgrade?

LCD/Graphics card first. 2Gb DDR2 @ 800Mhz is, like I said, fine unless he plans to do RAM intensive stuff. If his motherboard and processor support it, he could go up to some DDR3 @ 1333Mhz (or higher speeds), but until then he may as well just stick with his 800Mhz DDR2, since he'll just end up g...
by Turtlewing
Tue May 25, 2010 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What should I upgrade?
Replies: 13
Views: 1878

Re: What should I upgrade?

My recomendation would be the moniter, as it appears to be the most out of date of your hardware. Upgrade it to an LCD first. After that I'd recomend upgrading RAM, then Graphics card, then CPU. But my advice may not be the best as I'm primarily a mac user so my typical upgrade path is "buy new...
by Turtlewing
Mon May 24, 2010 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IE, browser ballot, browser wars; why do we care?
Replies: 16
Views: 3050

Re: IE, browser ballot, browser wars; why do we care?

The difference is not that big. Apple is trying to extent its control further down the line, with their app store. It's using its dominant position in the smartphone market and its control over the iphone browser to force developers out of (multi-platform) Flash programs and onto the app market. Th...
by Turtlewing
Mon May 24, 2010 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: do errors 'hurt' my PC?
Replies: 117
Views: 11455

Re: do errors 'hurt' my PC?

I think the impression that errors "hurt" a computer comes from expectations we get from interacting with physical objects. In the real world if something is rendered temprarily unusable it will probably have lasting damage from whatever cause the problem. Thus when we use a computer and s...
by Turtlewing
Mon May 24, 2010 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IE, browser ballot, browser wars; why do we care?
Replies: 16
Views: 3050

Re: IE, browser ballot, browser wars; why do we care?

In short Microsoft was trying to take over the internet, but was stopped. However without continued vigilance they would most likely try again. The only thing about this that makes me mad is that no one seems to give a shit about apple, who in my opinion is worse in their anticompetitive policies. ...
by Turtlewing
Tue May 18, 2010 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Worst Dreams Ever
Replies: 100
Views: 15639

Re: Worst Dreams Ever

I've had a few dreams with plots torn from horror movies. Including but not limited to velociraptors attacking, and killer cyborgs/robots. I've also had a few of the "loss of a loved one", and "uncomfortable revelartions about reality" sort. But the worst dreams I've ever had are...
by Turtlewing
Tue May 18, 2010 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Cryptograhy.
Replies: 7
Views: 2571

Re: Cryptograhy.

Cryptography easily has the scope to be a final project. In fact Cryptography is a very wide field with many different approaches depending on the end goal, as well as a long history of methods with varying degrees of security. There are areas where pretty much all known interesting problems are sol...
by Turtlewing
Tue May 18, 2010 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Japanese 'Space Yacht'
Replies: 14
Views: 1648

Re: Japanese 'Space Yacht'

To sail upwind you need 2 things: 1. a triangular sail (square sails don't do well here) which can be trimmed in tightly. 2. a centerboard (the long fin-like structure attached to the keel of a sailboat). 2. is sort of optional. You need something providing some resistence, not necessarily a centre...
by Turtlewing
Mon May 17, 2010 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religious Tolerance in School
Replies: 138
Views: 15930

Re: Religious Tolerance in School

I can see two possible explenations for your school's resistance to an atheist club: 1. they are actually not tollerant of different religios views but think they are because they are less intollerant than they could be. In this case they don't have a reason it's just bigotry against those who are o...
by Turtlewing
Mon May 17, 2010 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IE, browser ballot, browser wars; why do we care?
Replies: 16
Views: 3050

Re: IE, browser ballot, browser wars; why do we care?

There isn't actually any harm in Microsoft's "unfair practices" with it's browser because IE is more like a "bonus feature" in windows. It comes free, never makes Microsoft any money, and does not have to be used. Actually just about all of that is wrong. The current state of an...
by Turtlewing
Mon May 17, 2010 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fair Analysis of Clichés and Aphorisms
Replies: 40
Views: 5108

Re: Fair Analysis of Clichés and Aphorisms

You can't have your cake and eat it too. Literally: If you have cake, then apparently you can't eat it. Every time I have eaten cake in my life was a result of me "having" it, so I would tend to disagree with this statement. Why else would someone want cake anyways? To hoard it? This is a...
by Turtlewing
Mon May 17, 2010 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: communicating with aliens: lost in space
Replies: 39
Views: 4057

Re: communicating with aliens: lost in space

Intelligence: Wouldn't the fact that you were wearing clothes be a dead giveaway? The forward planning and intelligence needed to design and build something as specialized as a jacket or a pair of shoes is far beyond the capacity of any species on this planet other than humans. You could show t...
by Turtlewing
Mon May 17, 2010 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 2nd Law
Replies: 32
Views: 3091

Re: 2nd Law

the floor is not perfectly level. It instead has a wave like curvature to it. The ball having been at a local maxima, was perturbed and began rolling down hill. As it gained speed it aproached another smaller local maxima which acted as a ramp etc. It is left as an exerscixse to the reader to determ...
by Turtlewing
Mon May 17, 2010 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Japanese 'Space Yacht'
Replies: 14
Views: 1648

Re: Japanese 'Space Yacht'

The key difference between a boat and a space ship in this scenario is that a boat sits on the boarder between a dense fluid (the water) and a less dense fluid (the air). To sail upwind you need 2 things: 1. a triangular sail (square sails don't do well here) which can be trimmed in tightly. 2. a ce...
by Turtlewing
Mon May 17, 2010 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Connecting to a USB device
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Connecting to a USB device

You mentioned the HID class... Do you want your device controlling the mouse pointer, or are you planning to use it for controlling a specific program? The device is a colorimeter. It needs to send readings to a program which will parse the string it sends and display the reading as well as log it ...
by Turtlewing
Thu May 13, 2010 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration
Replies: 22
Views: 2558

Re: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration

Pinky's Brain wrote:The problem with HDMI is that it's partially bidirectional ... so a matrix is pretty complex.

Any way so you are looking at needing a 4x4 matrix, that's 350$ and up.


What about other video output methods (component, RCA, VGA, etc.)? Do more options exist for them?
by Turtlewing
Thu May 13, 2010 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: communicating with aliens: lost in space
Replies: 39
Views: 4057

Re: communicating with aliens: lost in space

The mimicry is a really good point. Especially if you can write in their language, though mimicry alone isn't a garantee that they'll take notice. We have animals that mimic sounds (parrots and mocking birds for example) it's possible they have animals that mimic visual patterns and are known to co...
by Turtlewing
Thu May 13, 2010 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: If you were a final boss
Replies: 24
Views: 9593

Re: If you were a final boss

Name: The big box of doom Pre-battle quote: Nothing, I just sit there temptingly. Battle Arena / location: a 10'x10' room at the end of the last level Weapon(s) / power(s): if you open the big box of doom, you die. (to clear the level you must back out of the door slowly and close it behind you.) At...
by Turtlewing
Wed May 12, 2010 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration
Replies: 22
Views: 2558

Re: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration

I'm designing for something like 4-5 screens. What I actually build will probably only vaugely resemble that plan.
by Turtlewing
Wed May 12, 2010 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration
Replies: 22
Views: 2558

Re: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration

So it sounds like there are ready made software and hardware solutions for audio, but not much for video? Originally I had thought about simply connecting every device to a splitter and then having one instance of each device's oputput plugged into the input ports of the displays (or an external swi...
by Turtlewing
Wed May 12, 2010 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Local variables problem in Python
Replies: 7
Views: 1624

Re: Local variables problem in Python

I also don't know much about Python, but agree the problem is most likely one of passing by refference. A lot of scripting languages use pass by refference as the default for function argumanets that are more complex than primatives (int, double, boolean, etc).
by Turtlewing
Wed May 12, 2010 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time Travel
Replies: 18
Views: 3190

Re: Time Travel

Well once a year, you can travel back in time by a hour if you're in a location that observes daylight savings time. I suppose you could expand on this principle but it's not likely to yield perticularly useful results.
by Turtlewing
Wed May 12, 2010 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: communicating with aliens: lost in space
Replies: 39
Views: 4057

Re: communicating with aliens: lost in space

With regard to convincing aliens that one is intelligent: Wouldn't speech be a dead giveaway? Unless they don't vocalize their communication, I would think that speaking would be pretty obviously intelligent behavior. Dogs make vocalizations, we dont recognize that as speech though. Yes, but the no...
by Turtlewing
Wed May 12, 2010 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Connecting to a USB device
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Connecting to a USB device

Now that I've learned enough to ask some intelliagent questions I'd like to see if I can get some more help with this. I have a (not overly well documented) USB device that reportedly uses the "USB Human Interface Driver (HID). The HID driver is supported by Windows 98® SE or later." Menti...
by Turtlewing
Tue May 11, 2010 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: communicating with aliens: lost in space
Replies: 39
Views: 4057

Re: communicating with aliens: lost in space

For convincing the aliens you're intelliegent: This is pretty much a craps shoot no matter what you do. Since we can't know what manner of behavior the aliens associate with intellagence. You're best bet however would probably be to sketch a right triangle with the sides labeled in tallies s...
by Turtlewing
Fri May 07, 2010 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics applied to paper planes
Replies: 9
Views: 2006

Re: physics applied to paper planes

Well, you could start by searching for information about model airplanes (like the remote control sort). That should give you some sence of what the aerodynamic proporties of small scale aircraft are. Then once you know something about what traits an ideal aircraft would need to have you can try to ...
by Turtlewing
Fri May 07, 2010 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Breathing pure oxygen
Replies: 13
Views: 2532

Re: Breathing pure oxygen

I think the answer is "yes, but...". There are a lot of ways pure oxygen can become dangerous to breath, but none of them are universally applicable to all enviroments on Earth. As such the danger will depend on the circumstances and can range from completely harmless to you're pretty much...
by Turtlewing
Fri May 07, 2010 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration
Replies: 22
Views: 2558

Re: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration

As this is a hypothetical discussion at this point let's leave DRM concerns out of it. Right now i'm a lot more interested in what can be done and how than what's legal, just like i'm not curretly concerned about what the whole setup will cost even though that will need to be adressed before I could...
by Turtlewing
Fri May 07, 2010 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration
Replies: 22
Views: 2558

brainstorming a home entertainment system configuration

I'm curently in the early planning stages of creating a home entertainment system. I have some hardware, and a general idea what my end goal is but I'd like to see if others have possibly better ideas. The goal is to have an easy to use and highly versitile home entertainment system with the ability...
by Turtlewing
Wed May 05, 2010 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: FTL-com without breaking *too* many laws of physics
Replies: 45
Views: 6645

Re: FTL-com without breaking *too* many laws of physics

By any chance, is the fandom the Ender series? As I recall, in Speaker for Dead only Jane, the supercomputer that lived in the FTL device, was actually capable of making sense of time-dilated/compressed messages; everyone subject to relativity had to drop to lower speeds in order to communicate. Ac...
by Turtlewing
Tue May 04, 2010 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Maximizing information density
Replies: 11
Views: 3386

Re: Maximizing information density

Assuming you can write your format from the ground up it might be worth looking at using a 6 bit byte instead of an 8 bit one. That would translate pretty directly to a 2 diget octal number per byte. As long as that's large enough for your purposes you could save a signifigant amount of bits compare...
by Turtlewing
Tue May 04, 2010 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What will be my Course?
Replies: 16
Views: 2221

Re: What will be my Course?

Well I don't know much about it, but Bioinformatics is suposedly all about applying computational technology to biochemistry... or applying biochemistry to computer technology. Honestly I have no idea what Bioinformatics is except that a lot of people told me I should study it when i started my coll...
by Turtlewing
Tue May 04, 2010 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Augmentation
Replies: 55
Views: 7260

Re: Human Augmentation

I'm not all that optamistic about implanted technology for human augmentation. It's so convinient to carry a device with you that I have a hard time seeing use cases that make it more convinient to have a device that you can't remove,and have to get surgery to upgrade/repair than it is to simply car...

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