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by Arancaytar
Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Tree decomposition of a small graph
Replies: 1
Views: 1283

Tree decomposition of a small graph

I'm trying to implement or find an algorithm that can find a minimal tree decomposition of a small graph; if need be by exhaustive search. I'm sure there is something better than generating all possible subsets and testing them, but I can't figure one out. I already know that the treewidth of my gra...
by Arancaytar
Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Its amazing how well wolfram alpha can predict your age
Replies: 42
Views: 7856

Re: Its amazing how well wolfram alpha can predict your age

My surname is not recognized, and my first name interpreted as a surname. No age statistics appear for either.
by Arancaytar
Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Flat Earth Society
Replies: 121
Views: 69961

Re: The Flat Earth Society

I don't know whether you have ever heard of the Flat Earth Society: It's a bunch of people who believe (seriously!) that the earth is flat. If you don't believe me, I invite you to visit their forum: http://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php Their Flat Earth Theory goes back to a book writ...
by Arancaytar
Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Qantas grounds all planes
Replies: 21
Views: 4039

Re: Qantas grounds all planes

Yeah, actually I'd rather stay grounded than fly with an overworked, exhausted pilot...
by Arancaytar
Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 41789

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

SpringLoaded12 wrote:Type an extra zero by mistake and suddenly you've started WWIII.


To be fair, if you're launching long-range missiles in the first place, you stand a fair chance of doing that anyway. :)
by Arancaytar
Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Win For The Scientific Method
Replies: 102
Views: 11362

Re: A Win For The Scientific Method

I suppose the Kochs now want their money back?
by Arancaytar
Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40172

Re: 0965: "Elements"

joee wrote:I never realised there was a double-e in his name...


The two e's are pronounced separately, so his name is commonly romanized as Mendeleyev.
by Arancaytar
Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 28877

Re: 0963: "X11"

There's a successor in the works named Wayland, but I have no idea how the progress on that one is going. Ubuntu has wanted to officially replace X11 with it for over a year. It's been experimentally included since 11.04, but the earliest when it might become the default is now 12.10. I've never ev...
by Arancaytar
Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"
Replies: 62
Views: 20321

Re: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"

I wanted to argue with the title text (who knows if an alien race wouldn't consider a bipedal, non-flying species to be caught up in doing fun things the aliens couldn't), but then I realized that most of our technological advance has been driven by the fact that our bodies can't do so many cool thi...
by Arancaytar
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic
Replies: 82
Views: 9843

Re: Research Indicates that Autism is Genetic

Jahoclave wrote:This is tangently related to having read a student paper that started with "Research indicates Sudan is a country in North-East Africa."


Research indicates that prefacing random sentences this way will become my new hobby.
by Arancaytar
Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amanda Knox Trial
Replies: 55
Views: 8450

Re: Amanda Knox Trial

Thing is she's returned to the U.S., and even though the Italian prosecution may ask for a retrial, they'd have to extradite her from the U.S., which is unlikely given how thoroughly the Italian police cocked up the case and the evidence in the first place. I was wondering about that. Is it conside...
by Arancaytar
Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32147

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

Instead of bedsheets, bed contained bobcat. Scratchy but comfortable. Would stay again.
by Arancaytar
Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A decent meal before execution? No more of that!
Replies: 88
Views: 11159

Re: A decent meal before execution? No more of that!

The article quotes Brian Price, but I note that his full statement hasn't been linked yet. I gather that what irks the senator and his supporters is not the couple of dollars worth of food these people receive a short while before tens of thousands are spent on actually killing them, but the idea of...
by Arancaytar
Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: DADT to end one minute after midnight (Tuesday)
Replies: 40
Views: 5676

Re: DADT to end one minute after midnight (Tuesday)

One hopeful side effect is that extremist nutjobs get a disincentive to join the military.
by Arancaytar
Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Aussies have 3rd gender passports
Replies: 21
Views: 3669

Re: Aussies have 3rd gender passports

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14926598 Aussies are now able to select a third option for gender when applying for a passport. The gender is "indeterminate" and will appear as an X in the passport. Transgender people can also get passports issued in their sexual identity. Go...
by Arancaytar
Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Aussies have 3rd gender passports
Replies: 21
Views: 3669

Re: Aussies have 3rd gender passports

Good decision. Are they the first country to do this? Unfortunately, the "indeterminate" option will probably not help much with the "highly inconvenient and frankly sometimes dangerous" at airports part, since places where transgendered people get a hard time will not react well...
by Arancaytar
Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 14754

Re: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011

“Instead of nibbling around the edges of a job-killing tax code, we need to throw it out. Eliminate income, business and payroll taxes altogether, and replace them with a FAIR tax (FairTax.org) that will result in millions of jobs. 2001: Reduce taxes on the rich, that will fix the economy. 2003: Ma...
by Arancaytar
Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:03 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu 11.04 broke my wireless
Replies: 4
Views: 1816

Re: Ubuntu 11.04 broke my wireless

It doesn't look like a routing problem, as the ethernet cable prevents the wireless device from connecting to any access point, not just one on the same network. The Bluetooth device is also disabled, and in fact the indicator light (a small LED built into the wireless switch key) switches to "...
by Arancaytar
Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists Create Reptile-Snouted Chicken
Replies: 55
Views: 7962

Re: Scientists Create Reptile-Snouted Chicken

What, like a Crocoduck?

The irony is that this particular animal actually would be a case of Intelligent Design.
by Arancaytar
Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Multiple analog audio ports
Replies: 4
Views: 1678

Multiple analog audio ports

I'm currently planning to build a new desktop, and thinking of several possible improvements over my current computer beyond just newer hardware. One thing that has always been inconvenient is the location of the USB ports at the back of the case, so I'll probably include some kind of multi-function...
by Arancaytar
Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Should I study computer science or software engineering?
Replies: 6
Views: 5324

Re: Should I study computer science or software engineering?

I studied something similar to software engineering (called Scientific Programming) for a few years, but am now studying CS. Mind you, I'm studying in Germany, and the college system varies a lot between countries (and even between colleges). I started out with the software engineering because I ori...
by Arancaytar
Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu 11.04 broke my wireless
Replies: 4
Views: 1816

Re: Ubuntu 11.04 broke my wireless

... I have no idea what just happened, but after two days of trying to get it working and failing, the wireless suddenly switched itself on and connected. As did the Bluetooth adapter, which hasn't worked in ages. I wasn't at the computer when it happened, and neither was anyone else. It's kind of w...
by Arancaytar
Sat Aug 27, 2011 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu 11.04 broke my wireless
Replies: 4
Views: 1816

Ubuntu 11.04 broke my wireless

I've now run into this issue four different ways that seem wildly different, but can be traced back to the common cause of Ubuntu making a complete mess of the Broadcom wireless drivers in Natty. 1.) After upgrading my existing 10.10 installation to 11.04, the system initially was left completely un...
by Arancaytar
Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care
Replies: 63
Views: 7985

Re: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care

CorruptUser wrote:I think Pedophilia is sex with someone before puberty.


Like anything ending in -philia, it's a sexual attraction and not a sexual act. That was sort of the point... pedophilia is the illness, while child abuse is the crime.
by Arancaytar
Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 51989

Re: Rebels find Gadhafi album of Condoleeza photos

“I support my darling black African woman,” he said. “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders. . . . Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. . . . I love her very much. I admire her, and I’m proud of her, because she’s a black woman of African origin.” ... didn't h...
by Arancaytar
Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0942: "Juggling"
Replies: 63
Views: 22641

Re: 0942: "Juggling"

Clearly, juggling is not one of the 101 Fun Things To Do On A Space Station.
by Arancaytar
Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 165396

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

This is an awesome idea and I want to try it some day.

Is ~100m really enough for stars, though?
by Arancaytar
Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trying out unity & mutter freezes
Replies: 1
Views: 761

Re: Trying out unity & mutter freezes

I suppose this bug is limited to 10.10, as I have now installed a live disk with 11.04 which works okay.

The live disk had a dozen problems on its own, which cost me some hours to get right, but at least the desktop seems to work.
by Arancaytar
Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:43 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trying out unity & mutter freezes
Replies: 1
Views: 761

Trying out unity & mutter freezes

I'm still using Ubuntu 10.10, and haven't been able to decide whether to switch to Mint (for Gnome 3) or upgrade to 11.04 (for Unity) (edit: or to upgrade to 11.04 and then switch to Gnome, which seems to be feasible). The easiest and least irreversible step appears to be to first install Unity alon...
by Arancaytar
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nasa, perhaps this is a hint...
Replies: 37
Views: 6892

Re: Nasa, perhaps this is a hint...

"Welcome to Galactic Express Ways, Station Sol. Please state your destination."
by Arancaytar
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46254

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

While completely different, this brings to mind the TGN1412 trial in 2006 (also aimed at T-cells, but only at stimulating them with antibodies, not modify them). That would have been another fun point in the conversation. "Oh yeah, they tried to get T-cells to go after leukemia before, but gave...
by Arancaytar
Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Diaspora on shared hosts
Replies: 1
Views: 930

Re: Diaspora on shared hosts

I've put it on my own computer now, using dynamic DNS. It seems to work well so far, though I haven't yet tried actually interacting with any other users.
by Arancaytar
Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:19 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Diaspora on shared hosts
Replies: 1
Views: 930

Diaspora on shared hosts

Ever since hearing about it (on xkcd or Slashdot, can't remember) I've occasionally tried to give Diaspora a go. While there are some public servers where you can register without much effort, the whole point of decentralization for me is that you can install and run a server under your own control....
by Arancaytar
Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New broad spectrum anti-viral developed at MIT
Replies: 48
Views: 9408

Re: New broad spectrum anti-viral developed at MIT

Seriously, "DRACO"? Sounds like something from a zombie outbreak thriller. That's just asking for it.
by Arancaytar
Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oral Sex: Greater risk for throat cancer than smoking
Replies: 65
Views: 9551

Re: Oral Sex: Greater risk for throat cancer than smoking

Next week's Daily Mail headline: "Oral Sex found to cure cancer."
by Arancaytar
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mayor Runs over Car With Armored Personel Carrier
Replies: 17
Views: 2278

Re: Mayor Runs over Car With Armored Personel Carrier

Elvish Pillager wrote:Real life person playing at being Black Hat Guy.

The real Black Hat Guy would probably find some way to epically pwn this guy at his own game.


Anti-tank mine hidden in the car's trunk?
by Arancaytar
Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parental Trolling
Replies: 99
Views: 18221

Re: Parental Trolling

- Use a magic trick to instill the belief that you can extract currency out of ears.


Until I was five, I was convinced beyond a doubt that my mom was able to snatch raisins out of thin air.
by Arancaytar
Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas governor hosts Christian rally
Replies: 42
Views: 6460

Re: Texas governor hosts Christian rally

Izawwlgood wrote:This is good, it means anyone who isn't a fundie us going to know to not vote for him for a potential presidential run


Like people knew not to vote for Dubya (twice)?
by Arancaytar
Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P
Replies: 139
Views: 15737

Re: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P

I'm surprised they didn't do it years ago when the crisis broke out. The rating agencies seemed to have the same religious faith in the USD and the economy that investors had leading up to 2008.
by Arancaytar
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mayor Runs over Car With Armored Personel Carrier
Replies: 17
Views: 2278

Re: Mayor Runs over Car With Armored Personel Carrier

Real-life Black Hat Guy!

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