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by wumpus
Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states
Replies: 164
Views: 26365

Re: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states

And if you remove the reproductive component, they have more if it, according to every religious anti-sex group ever. So obviously, the reproductive portion is generally a disincentive for sex. I can't help but think that if such groups insisted that the sky was blue I would have to step outside to...
by wumpus
Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Flying cars and jet-powered batwing
Replies: 110
Views: 25852

Re: Flying cars and jet-powered batwing

Note for drones larger than a quadcopter is suitable, I would like to point out the Scorpion UAV (an early 1990s drone). [...] Wow, that's cool! Not sure how well it would work for a manned system or an attack system, though; the larger you scale something up, the worse problems you have with reall...
by wumpus
Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 132388

Re: Gamergate

KnightExemplar wrote:Video Games is even younger, being mainstream for less than 40.


In 1972, Atari dumbed down video games all it could to produce "PONG". I'd claim it was mainstream and more than 40 years ago.

Time flies.
by wumpus
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Flying cars and jet-powered batwing
Replies: 110
Views: 25852

Re: Flying cars and jet-powered batwing

Note for drones larger than a quadcopter is suitable, I would like to point out the Scorpion UAV (an early 1990s drone). This was a joint project between Scaled Composites and a company called Freewing (out of business). High speed flight is handled exactly like an aircraft. Takeoff, landing, and lo...
by wumpus
Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Continuing running beyond 5k
Replies: 15
Views: 9358

Re: Continuing running beyond 5k

Huzzzah! Are you wearing "real" running shoes? While there are those that push the "more or less barefoot" ideal, I noticed that a bit past once I got to your level, my achilles tendon would act up. Rest plus "basic running shoes" was the cure. Don't walk in them (until...
by wumpus
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Request: Advice on Efficient Upgrades of ~5 y.o. PC
Replies: 9
Views: 7593

Re: Request: Advice on Efficient Upgrades of ~5 y.o. PC

Note: laggy, sputtery, and choppy look rather different depending on if it's the drive, the GPU, or the network. Laggy and sputtery sound like hard drive issues. Choppy (persistently slow framerate) is certainly GPU. Now is an ideal time for an SSD (there is a pricewar), especially if you can go 5 y...
by wumpus
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Request: Advice on Efficient Upgrades of ~5 y.o. PC
Replies: 9
Views: 7593

Re: Request: Advice on Efficient Upgrades of ~5 y.o. PC

While the names (and specs) of motherboards may change, I'm fairly confident they will take PCI-e GPU cards (and be backward compatible with anything you would consider buying from newegg) and SATA[n]. DDR4 might be needed, and I'm fairly confident that the next motherboard will only take that gener...
by wumpus
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6231
Views: 869686

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Actually, I suspect it defines "secret police." They are selling police badges (and cheaply too), what could possibly go wrong? A big question (for the locals) is just how many of the "cops" ever show up in that town? One thing that "cops" get is a much broader right t...
by wumpus
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states
Replies: 164
Views: 26365

Re: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states

The problem with your narrative is that by the time resource scarcity is such that it causes war, it won't be worth warring for them. Distribution of emerging resources causes war historically - not exhaustion (coal, rubber, oil, iron, gold ...) Woah a lot of good topics but I'll stick with one for...
by wumpus
Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Android phone recommendation
Replies: 21
Views: 11162

Re: Android phone recommendation (a bit US specific)

Warning: the following is a bit US specific (not just trying to match phones with plans, but I doubt you could find the CMDA networks outside the USA). Note that while the MotoG with 4G and/or a microSD slot is a great phone, the original (8G, no microSD slot, CMDA) can be had *cheap* and with *no c...
by wumpus
Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 55616

Re: Ebola thread

A quick question. If a hospital can't contain Ebola, just how many infectious diseases are churning around the place? Personally, I'd sooner head to the NIH in Bethesda* (which has an Ebola patient) than Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. FSM only knows what you will come down with (except, ...
by wumpus
Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Is it possible to add a socket to BGA motherboard?
Replies: 3
Views: 4243

Re: Is it possible to add a socket to BGA motherboard?

First, I'd guess that if you have to ask you probably don't have the soldering skills to solder onto a CPU/BGA motherboard (I've known someone who could, but I'm not sure if she could do it without a mini-IR oven). Second, you would have to make sure that the solder pattern of the socket matches the...
by wumpus
Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Crashy-ass computer... It's a mystery
Replies: 35
Views: 21721

Re: Crashy-ass computer... It's a mystery

One important rule of thumb I've developed is that if a problem migrates all over the system instead of letting you pin down where it is, it is probably related to power or grounding. It doesn't look like you've even begun to determine where the problem is (only guessing), so that doesn't help you ...
by wumpus
Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3333
Views: 637547

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Long night with a vivid dream. The two themes were some sort of long drive home during the night, and a long trip to get a pizza. Lots of pizza-based imagery. No idea what could possibly bring it up (no recent meals of pizza). The drive I could understand. The pizza bit was surreal. One of those lon...
by wumpus
Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Running is bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 9496

Re: Running is bad?

The "badness" of running comes down to two things: Running injuries: Find a [long distance] running-specific forum and you will essentially find a forum specializing in repetitive-use injuries. Those just getting into may underestimate the importance of running shoes and just how specific ...
by wumpus
Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 25269

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

The human driver takes their life in their hands, and the survival is based on their own skill or incompetence, and we tend to mind less when someone's death is caused by their own incompetence rather than pure chance. As far as I know*, experienced pilots have roughly the same issues as non-pilots...
by wumpus
Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 25269

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

It's not really low-level electronics. It's more boxes that snap on a DIN rail with a very clearly defined function. Like a relay that switches on if two voltages go over a setpoint, with two screws to set the set points and a dip switch to change from voltage to current-based signals. Internally, ...
by wumpus
Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 25269

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

I'm starting to sense a lot of "I've never worked in the real world of IT & computer networks" in this thread I've been waiting for my natural language simplified 4G languages since the early 90s fourth gen? Wasn't that how the language Forth got its name? I thought that was a bit bef...
by wumpus
Tue Sep 23, 2014 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 25269

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

Automation is expensive. Well, 3d printing is expensive (and the stock still is), but most automation seems to run on relatively common hardware. So the software is expensive, the hardware may or may not be, and can be expected to go down. So we are left with the question: will the [legally created...
by wumpus
Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 25269

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

Automation is expensive. Well, 3d printing is expensive (and the stock still is), but most automation seems to run on relatively common hardware. So the software is expensive, the hardware may or may not be, and can be expected to go down. So we are left with the question: will the [legally created ...
by wumpus
Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Summer 2014 PC Desktop / Laptop / Tablet Speculation Topic
Replies: 40
Views: 22148

Re: Summer 2014 PC Desktop / Laptop / Tablet Speculation Top

Anyway, I find it very unlikely for the Oculus Rift to support either AMD or NVidia at this point, because the Oculus Rift already released developer kits. It'd have to be some future version of Oculus that was specifically designed for FreeSync or GSync. This is certainly true, but tearing isn't t...
by wumpus
Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Summer 2014 PC Desktop / Laptop / Tablet Speculation Topic
Replies: 40
Views: 22148

Re: Summer 2014 PC Desktop / Laptop / Tablet Speculation Top

Two thoughts (GPU and CPU): About the GPU. Looks like good times for GPU buyers. I'm still wondering what Occulus Rift will throw into the mix. Last mention I heard was 1080p@90Hz, which seems to be in the realm of these cards. The nvidia does claim all sorts of VR-related features, but I've typical...
by wumpus
Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 25269

How about converting to post artificial scarcity?

In 1844 Jules Dupuit proved that the ideal toll for an uncongested bridge was $0.00 (this assumes that the traffic does not damage the bridge. This might not be true of real bridges, but doesn't effect the argument below). I would ask that instead of assuming an post scarcity society (which sounds d...
by wumpus
Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 117493

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

On wednesday I finally weighed in at no-longer-overweight levels*! This represents roughly a 40 pound loss over a little more than a year (more like July). At July, I was nudging the obesity levels at 250lbs (I'm 6'5") and weighed in at 209.5 on Wednesday (my weight a bit and hasn't been back d...
by wumpus
Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I am not in shape, but would like to try.
Replies: 5
Views: 6609

Re: I am not in shape, but would like to try.

Basically, getting into shape requires two things: eating better and exercise. I would recommend fixing you diet in stages. Find something that doesn't help you at all that you can easily lose and replace it with something you prefer. I managed to get surprising improvements by replacing a cereal-ba...
by wumpus
Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Any new CPUs on the Horizon I should wait for?
Replies: 8
Views: 4574

Re: Any new CPUs on the Horizon I should wait for?

Note that it is hard to determine exactly what is happening using Cinebench. While it is using 8 threads on the AMD, it can only process SSE/AVX instructions from 4 "cores" at a time (and presumably gets the exact same gains that an i7 gets over a i5). The other catch is that it uses (for ...
by wumpus
Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Any new CPUs on the Horizon I should wait for?
Replies: 8
Views: 4574

Re: Any new CPUs on the Horizon I should wait for?

The catch is that a Q6600 was likely the last "big improvement" in CPUs, and likely will continue to be until something like carbon nanotubes or photoetched vacuum "tubes" replace silicon transistors. A modern i7 will have certain gains in power efficiency, threading (assuming yo...
by wumpus
Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 364884

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Lies my teacher told me... "This is my true enemy" - note not a quote from Quirrell True (death, not Quirrell or even Dumbledor). True even after Harry finds about his parents' death. That will be a dozy. "You were very lucky". My guess is that Quirrell isn't tell...
by wumpus
Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's your favorite platonic solid?
Replies: 21
Views: 4570

Re: What's your favorite platonic solid?

Dodecahedron, cause I'm a wumpus.

Which reminds me, I need to make a dodecahedron-based flag for Kerbal space program.
by wumpus
Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Trouble with a USB hard drive
Replies: 2
Views: 3876

Re: Trouble with a USB hard drive

Nearly the first rule of troubleshooting is "divide and conquer" (the first is don't work with voltage you aren't prepared for). Do you have a handy desktop? Have you tried taking the drive out of the container and reading it directly? If you only have a notebook, is it a 2.5" drive, ...
by wumpus
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: At what age should fitness be taught
Replies: 3
Views: 5185

Re: At what age should fitness be taught

Once they start choosing what to eat is "early enough" Too late only involves terminal illness. Of course, early stages might include "eat a healthy [food]" and the possibly now forbidden "go outside and play". Don't pull out the exercise physiology textbooks until late...
by wumpus
Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Microsoft to lay off 18,000+ employees
Replies: 8
Views: 3242

Re: Microsoft to lay off 18,000+ employees

One thing to remember that for Microsoft, firing 10% of their workforce is "business as usual". It was only a year ago that they got rid of their "rank and yank" practice of ranking each employee in groups of 10%, and firing the bottom 10%. This might have worked when they were g...
by wumpus
Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 218269

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

Back around 1995 or so, I had decided my old username (nomad) was no longer accurate (I was no longer living out of a suitcase, nor wanted to). So it was time to decide on a new username. I eventually decided that wumpus would combine old school geekiness* with the type of sound I was looking for. *...
by wumpus
Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Watercooling with tap water
Replies: 18
Views: 11958

Re: Watercooling with tap water

If you are remotely serious about this (and are absolutely sure of the local water table: whiskey is for drinkin' water is for fightin' over), consider using the water as a mister/swamp-chiller. Presumably you would need some sort of outside air intake/exaust system as well, an then use air+evaporat...
by wumpus
Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Object oriented programming is bullshit
Replies: 32
Views: 11379

Re: Object oriented programming is bullshit

[quote="KnightExemplar" What I'm exclaiming about, is that your typical "beginner" class contains bullshit like this: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/intro-to-oop-understanding-classes-and-objects/ [/quote] Is this a side effect of the usual method of teaching Object Orientat...
by wumpus
Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Object oriented programming is bullshit
Replies: 32
Views: 11379

Re: Object oriented programming is bullshit

"Mole is a Mammal" violates the Liskov substitution principle , and is therefore not Object Oriented Programming. Pah! I will go further and claim that Object Oriented Programming, regardless of following Liskov substitution principles or not, is not bullshit. A bit of history: in the beg...
by wumpus
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ground-penetrating radar from orbit?
Replies: 7
Views: 2292

Re: Ground-penetrating radar from orbit?

I was thinking in terms of running the data through a FFT or something. As long as you have somewhat regular patterns (buildings along the same road) for well over (likely multiples of) 100m, you should start to see frequencies rising out of the noise. Obviously this would work much better on someth...
by wumpus
Sat Jun 07, 2014 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ground-penetrating radar from orbit?
Replies: 7
Views: 2292

Re: Ground-penetrating radar from orbit?

For geological surveys, 100m is just fine (which is going to be why probes use it). For archaeological surveys, 100m is going to miss all but large castles. If a village is sufficiently laid out on a regular pattern, I suspect you might get a few pixels worth of data showing it, but probably not en...
by wumpus
Thu May 22, 2014 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need second opinion. I think I disproved God.
Replies: 72
Views: 11730

Re: Need second opinion. I think I disproved God.

Actually, he is getting reasonably close to showing that modern humans can't show that Q[*] (who for purposes of this thread we can assume to have any physically available power at finite levels) isn't mascarading as Johova (who should also include physically unavailable powers at infinite levels)....
by wumpus
Tue May 20, 2014 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain time?
Replies: 84
Views: 50179

Re: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain tim

If I try to channel my inner Randal and answer this "what if" style, I would tell you to forget about "encoding": Send that sucker on a planetary journey (especially around the outer planets) that isn't coming home till "a certain time". http://xkcd.com/1337/ Like so. ...

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