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by Meteorswarm
Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Handwriting
Replies: 58
Views: 10834

Re: Handwriting

http://www.annakoren.com/handwriting-analysis-of-serial-killers.html Train yourself to write like this! Impress your friends! Disturb your coworkers! I don't know, the reasoning behind the author's judgements seems more like hocus-pocus to me and less like actual science. Handwriting analysts shoul...
by Meteorswarm
Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 692937

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

headprogrammingczar wrote:When constructed floors fall, they break into their component pieces.


I know that, I'm talking about real floors. We'll just have to test it.
by Meteorswarm
Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 692937

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Xaddak wrote:I think if a cave in actually lands on somebody, no matter how tough, they will be instantly destroyed.


It might depend on what's falling - I think I've had people survive floors falling on them, but not walls.
by Meteorswarm
Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You Might Be a Biology Major if...
Replies: 153
Views: 20925

Re: You Might Be a Biology Major if...

I this doesn't really apply to what you're talking about, but I was actually just thinking the other day how it would be really cool to learn the scientific names for all the fruits, vegetables and even animals. So I could say Fragaria ananassa instead of strawberry. :> It would make life so much m...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:55 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Large File Count Slowdown
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Re: Large File Count Slowdown

One trick (one that Git uses, in fact, to avoid just this problem) is to use the first few characters (like two, but you can increase it as appropriate -- about a 36-fold reduction for every character if you ignore case) of the filename as the folder the file goes into, sort of like a hashtable. So ...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Hardest Major
Replies: 114
Views: 89454

Re: Hardest Major

Really, nothing in math or CS is that difficult until the grad level anyway. Go read Hartsorne's book on Algebraic Geometry and then go read Kozen's book on Theory of Computation, do all of the problems in each book and tell me how easy math and CS are. And Kozen's a good teacher, too (I've had him...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 692937

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Something else to consider, is that if that sword ever gets destroyed or stolen, it's creator will freak out. Best keep it as a decoration, I would think. I think the sword is cursing me already. It contributes 144,000 of my fortress's 221,000 total created wealth, and I'm getting hit hard by gobli...
by Meteorswarm
Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 692937

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Ok, I am going to sound like a complete newb, but here goes... I got a new gaming computer, so framerate should not be anywhere near a problem like it was on my lappy. However, I was not the one who installed it on the last computer. The person who was is not available to ask this question, so I wi...
by Meteorswarm
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:42 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Diagnosing an incredibly slow pc
Replies: 5
Views: 621

Re: Diagnosing an incredibly slow pc

Have you tried defragmenting, possibly with a non-microsoft defragger (like MyDefrag)? It may or may not help depending on your use patterns and how recently you formatted, but it might work.
by Meteorswarm
Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 692937

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Always assume every migration wave will be 20 strong. Always. No one's ever said "Only 15 showed up, so I have 5 extra bedrooms, damnit" I always get sick of migrations and set my pop cap at 30. This also saves framerate, and lets me worry about the fortress and not keeping 30 cheese grat...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Functional Programming?
Replies: 35
Views: 7531

Re: Functional Programming?

That's true, most of my perspective on coding is coming from a student's, or the lone coder's perspective, since that's where I am today and where I expect to be, since I'm likely to go into research on things where CS is used as a tool, so it's not important to produce product code. Do what your bo...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:46 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Macbook VS Dell (Windows 7) - Which one?
Replies: 12
Views: 1805

Re: Macbook VS Dell (Windows 7) - Which one?

One thing to consider if you're a CS major who might want to install Linux in the future: At present, it's a pain to install on macs due to their different bios (EFI? something like that). Installing Ubuntu on my lab's new mac tower was a giant pain, and we still only have one core working. If Linux...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:42 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Pitfalls for Windows Installation
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Pitfalls for Windows Installation

I have access to a free windows 7 installer through my university, and, while I normally run linux, it's useful to have around in case one of my professors throws me a curveball program that won't run. I have XP installed on a separate hard drive for just that purpose, and I'm thinking of upgrading....
by Meteorswarm
Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Functional Programming?
Replies: 35
Views: 7531

Re: Functional Programming?

My two cents on functional languages: While really cool at times, purely functional languages can quickly become painful when doing a lot of "real world" stuff. Throw in a large database to your program, and the idea of a purely functional language is thrown out the window, or at the very...
by Meteorswarm
Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sticky Ferrofluid
Replies: 7
Views: 3375

Re: Sticky Ferrofluid

The liquid the ferrofluid is kept in is definitely not water, as that would help rust the iron, killing the ferrofluid. Generally, you can buy (I can't seem to find from where anymore...) a liquid to submerge the ferrofluid in which keeps it from going bad, but the recipe for such liquid is, or at ...

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