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by Meteorswarm
Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9422
Views: 1497814

Re: Minecraft

I'm going to be away from my computer for the next week (well, I'll have my netbook, but it can't minecraft well). Can we postpone the nether journey to the new lands until after next week is over?
by Meteorswarm
Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9422
Views: 1497814

Re: Minecraft

Once 1.8 comes out, I propose that a small group of us set out through the nether to travel a long distance away and get to the new biomes on the server, and there set up a new society. Anyone with me? We could/should link the nether portals with a railway, and cover it to protect from ghasts. This...
by Meteorswarm
Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9422
Views: 1497814

Re: Minecraft

Once 1.8 comes out, I propose that a small group of us set out through the nether to travel a long distance away and get to the new biomes on the server, and there set up a new society. Anyone with me?

We could/should link the nether portals with a railway, and cover it to protect from ghasts.
by Meteorswarm
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9422
Views: 1497814

Re: Minecraft

So, uh, I was riding around, and a creeper just...

I guess I should say, someone who knows what they're doing should probably fix the minecart line leading away from the communarium.
by Meteorswarm
Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9422
Views: 1497814

Re: Minecraft

To what address would you like your ramen sent?

And who do I harass to get whitelisted? I'm getting tired of running my own server, and my friends who play on it aren't artistic enough to avoid making eye-searing boxes out of brick and orange wool.
by Meteorswarm
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9422
Views: 1497814

Re: Minecraft

Anyone see this video yet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME9ksEOObWg&feature=player_embedded ? It makes me want to get back on track to making a small harbor town around my lighthouse. Pity I abandoned it... (the music may not be to your taste, and it gets a little loud) I'd be interested in h...
by Meteorswarm
Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9422
Views: 1497814

Re: Minecraft

Using a redstone clock generator to trigger a flurry of dispensers seem to work, but the wiring... oh god.. the wiring... How I would do it: Bank of pressure plates, hooked together, and some delay circuitry to cover the length of a hop. Also, pistons rock for circuitry now. They hold state across ...
by Meteorswarm
Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Clever-sounding but almost certainly not Chinese proverbs
Replies: 13
Views: 8156

Re: Clever-sounding but almost certainly not Chinese proverb

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=afire%2C+aflame%2C+alight&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3 and also, http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=man+afire%2C+man+aflame%2Cman+alight&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3 "...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Run 10,000 miles
Replies: 1340
Views: 310342

Re: Run 10,000 miles

2667.8 + 26.2 = 2694.0

This was actually the SF marathon two weeks ago, but I haven't been foruming. My first marathon :D
by Meteorswarm
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Clever-sounding but almost certainly not Chinese proverbs
Replies: 13
Views: 8156

Re: Clever-sounding but almost certainly not Chinese proverb

Mine's the first line of the dao de jing. Roughly, The way that can be spoken of is not the eternal way; A name that can be named is not an eternal name. It's also got a pun on 道 meaning both "the way" and "to speak" (classical chinese only, modern usage doesn't do this). The poi...
by Meteorswarm
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Clever-sounding but almost certainly not Chinese proverbs
Replies: 13
Views: 8156

Re: Clever-sounding but almost certainly not Chinese proverb

道可道非常道也
名可名非常名也
by Meteorswarm
Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Macs can get viruses
Replies: 35
Views: 14622

Re: Macs can get viruses

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/828/screenshot20110508at825.png/ Macs can't get viruses, yeah right. I had 41 threats and 18 errors! Screw what the AV says, did your Mac malfunction at all, or perform any better after the scan? I doubt it. There is a possibility of spyware on the mac any compu...
by Meteorswarm
Wed May 18, 2011 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words which nearly all languages use
Replies: 54
Views: 9851

Re: Words which nearly all languages use

The problem with saying you study 計算機 is that (where I come from, at least) it will be understood as "I study calculators." I've been told that 計算機科學 is the appropriate term for computer science, and Computer Science on en-wikipedia links to 計算機科學 on zh-wikipedia, so I think it's a reason...
by Meteorswarm
Sun May 15, 2011 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6385

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

How on is that easier than planting trees?
by Meteorswarm
Sun May 15, 2011 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...
Replies: 29
Views: 6647

Re: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...

I'm not quite sure how you assume the plane is generating lift? Lift will only be generated once the aircraft develops a speed relative to the air, either due to forward motion (w.r.t an inertial frame) or due an engine pushing the air over the wings. The first is impossible due to the clamps, the ...
by Meteorswarm
Fri May 13, 2011 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6385

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

So a more sensible thing, then, would be "preservation and restoration of land as forest." Of course, easier would be just preventing forests from falling in the first place.
by Meteorswarm
Thu May 12, 2011 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programming?
Replies: 23
Views: 3942

Re: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programm

ugmhemhe wrote:C++ would be great for beginners :D

D:
by Meteorswarm
Wed May 11, 2011 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 151340

Re: What OS do you use?

Oh I know it easy at least when installed. I couldn't get it switched while doing the 'test ubuntu 11.04 without installing' option. I suspect maybe if I created a new user and then logged out of the default ubuntu user for that testing period and then logged in with the new user I might be able to...
by Meteorswarm
Wed May 11, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: [Solved] Line Formatting in Vim for CJK
Replies: 5
Views: 1267

Re: Line Formatting in Vim for CJK

That was already set. To be clear, it's doing soft wrapping fine, but I hate soft wrapping, and I want hard wrapping. In text with spaces, it wraps fine, either as I'm typing or with gqap. Edit: Resolved it with help from the #vim irc channel (my irc was busted yesterday). I'll edit the fix into the...
by Meteorswarm
Wed May 11, 2011 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 151340

Re: What OS do you use?

Has anybody given tried Ubuntu 11.04 yet? I tested it but I have to say I don't really like their decision to use Unity as the default. I could try out the classic environment while testing but I'm just not liking what I'm seeing. Looks like I'll stick with 10.04 on this laptop for the time being. ...
by Meteorswarm
Wed May 11, 2011 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6385

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

It's not just the methane they produce; livestock only pass on about 10% of the calories we feed them. They consume a lot of water, directly, and during raising and processing. Almost all the water they drink gets urinated, sweated, or exhaled back out. The other nutrients that are expelled cycle b...
by Meteorswarm
Wed May 11, 2011 12:38 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: [Solved] Line Formatting in Vim for CJK
Replies: 5
Views: 1267

Re: Line Formatting in Vim for CJK

Hate to bump, but I'm running into this problem again.

I'd like to be able to insert line breaks in some text without spaces. I don't want soft line breaks; I want hard ones that are actually in the file.
by Meteorswarm
Mon May 09, 2011 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 225013

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

The most powerful model is detecting properties of things that never halt. For example, if we simulate a Turing machine and test to see if there is a final step after which no further tape positions change, then we can solve the halting problem for any Turing or oracle machine at any computable lev...
by Meteorswarm
Sat May 07, 2011 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 48087

Re: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever

ok, convinced :) i just realized how often i don’t hear/read this when actually having convinced someone. it wasn’t hard at all for me to write this, so i don’t really know why this is so. Of course, you don't know that I didn't just take a screenshot of firefox sans-vimperator. You're entirely too...
by Meteorswarm
Sat May 07, 2011 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Building an ALU
Replies: 11
Views: 3176

Re: Building an ALU

Also you should look up Carry Look-Ahead adder, its the best method to add two binary digits of size N. Carry-look-ahead is awesome and cool, and you should look it up, but it requires a lot of circuitry. It looks like you're using Logisim, I built a 32-bit carry lookahead adder (well, i used 3 sta...
by Meteorswarm
Fri May 06, 2011 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Feasibility of photosynthesis in mammals/(trans/post/humans)
Replies: 28
Views: 12172

Re: Feasibility of photosynthesis in mammals/(trans/post/hum

How about using something like tattoos or skin grafts instead? Something that isn't integrated in your genes. Then it just has to avoid being rejected by the body. Chloroplasts need nuclear support to keep functioning. Unless you go all the way to injecting algal cells (which might work; there are ...
by Meteorswarm
Fri May 06, 2011 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Naturally wearing down nails
Replies: 42
Views: 4242

Re: Naturally wearing down nails

gmalivuk wrote:Except for everything listed here.


Note that that page has pictures that are nightmare fuel. Image-less web browser is recommended.
by Meteorswarm
Thu May 05, 2011 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Feasibility of photosynthesis in mammals/(trans/post/humans)
Replies: 28
Views: 12172

Re: Feasibility of photosynthesis in mammals/(trans/post/hum

Human cells are unable to support chloroplasts as is. One species of sea slug is able to do that, although it cannot transmit them to its progeny. You would need to alter the biochemistery of skin cells to make them suitable for chloroplasts. I don't think current understanding is enough to modify ...
by Meteorswarm
Thu May 05, 2011 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6385

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

Diamond has more energy in it than graphite / charcoal, so that would take even more energy. I thought it was kinda the opposite: Diamonds form many strong bonds, and would theoretically release tons of energy if made from elemental carbon. Of course, the activation energy for this reaction is prob...
by Meteorswarm
Thu May 05, 2011 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programming?
Replies: 23
Views: 3942

Re: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programm

This conversation got me to write a usable minesweeper clone in R. It started as a console only version where you had to specify the row and column you wanted to check. Then I added the ability to point and click. I should probably use Gtk or Qt or something but instead I just used the built in fun...
by Meteorswarm
Thu May 05, 2011 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Feasibility of photosynthesis in mammals/(trans/post/humans)
Replies: 28
Views: 12172

Re: Feasibility of photosynthesis in mammals/(trans/post/hum

Oh this again. Why not add chloroplasts to your skin, and then give yourself a low level GI tract yeast infection. Viola! Alcohol from the sun! You don't need the chloroplasts, we have plenty of blood sugar derived from food. The problem would be fermenting without dying from anaerobic bacterial in...
by Meteorswarm
Wed May 04, 2011 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6385

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

Can we sequester it as diamond ? Diamond has more energy in it than graphite / charcoal, so that would take even more energy. I've heard some talk of taking carbon out of the biosphere by amending soil with charcoal - it apparently does good things for the soil, and doesn't really degrade rapidly. ...
by Meteorswarm
Wed May 04, 2011 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 67
Views: 10834

Re: Renewable Energy

There's always sail :mrgreen: I know you mean this as a joke, but this is actually being done to lower costs on cargo vessels: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18292644 And from a more crunchy-granola source not about kite sails, but rather all-sail ships that some company is ap...
by Meteorswarm
Tue May 03, 2011 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 67
Views: 10834

Re: Renewable Energy

Cheers, it's nice to have a first-hand perspective. The cost issue for OEM vehicles is, of course, directly related to range - 100 miles seems to be the ceiling for mainstream EVs like the Volt and Focus, though obviously premium brands like Tesla give much more for much more. I think you've hit up...
by Meteorswarm
Tue May 03, 2011 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Feasibility of photosynthesis in mammals/(trans/post/humans)
Replies: 28
Views: 12172

Re: Feasability of photosynthesis in mammals/(trans/post/hum

It would also be interesting to transfer plants' UV-resistance to humans.
by Meteorswarm
Mon May 02, 2011 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 67
Views: 10834

Re: Renewable Energy

I'm not referring to CO2, or even any other global warming greenhouse gas. Man-made global warming is a theory that belongs on the junk heap of history, right along with man-made global cooling from the 70s. I'm referring to ACTUAL issues with the environment, namely energy conservation with finite...
by Meteorswarm
Mon May 02, 2011 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 67
Views: 10834

Re: Renewable Energy

In terms of cost, wind and solar are both at or near price parity with the more expensive fossil fuels. Photovoltaics are now below $5 per watt installed, and wind is also not that expensive, although I don't have numbers. PV has also been dropping exponentially in price since the '80s, so it'll ju...
by Meteorswarm
Mon May 02, 2011 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 67
Views: 10834

Re: Renewable Energy

We pretty much have the technology we need for renewable energy We do? It was my understanding that solar and wind were really too inefficient and weather-dependent to provide energy for an entire nation, and ethanol is actually less efficient and more environmentally damaging than gasoline from oi...
by Meteorswarm
Sun May 01, 2011 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words which nearly all languages use
Replies: 54
Views: 9851

Re: Words which nearly all languages use

In Chinese, computer is "electric/electronic brain." 電腦/电脑 (electric brain) is a common word for computer, but, then, so is 電子計算機/电子计算机 (Electric planning and calculating machine), especially when you're talking about them in the abstract, AFAICT. As a CS major, I say that I study 計算機, bu...
by Meteorswarm
Sun May 01, 2011 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: *shamefaced* I like Windows XP.
Replies: 38
Views: 10624

Re: *shamefaced* I like Windows XP.

I tried Gentoo recently Trying Gentoo, getting stuck, and declaring Linux too complicated is like trying algebraic topology, getting stuck, and declaring all of mathematics too complicated. Gentoo is intentionally complex and hard to configure because it's intended for people who already know preci...

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