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by scarecrovv
Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Piracy" or "Maritime Terrorism"
Replies: 24
Views: 3661

Re: "Piracy" or "Maritime Terrorism"

In my book, terrorism is doing violent things to a small number of people to make a large number afraid of you, and so hopefully cause them to do what you want. Piracy is boarding a moving vessel, getting the crew/passengers out of the way (killing them, taking them hostage, setting them adrift, or ...
by scarecrovv
Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 42177

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

Well just a few days ago I made the jump from GNOME to e16. I really like it. I tried e17 too, but I couldn't find any documentation on customizing the menus (and I tried and failed to figure it out myself too), and the updates over e16 didn't seem that important in comparison. e16 is really cool, a...
by scarecrovv
Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?
Replies: 130
Views: 12741

Re: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?

the average human brain, with 100,000,000,000 neurons, each one a complete integrator capable of very high-resolution floating point input and output, all connected together in incredibly intricate, highly evolved ways Your neuron-envy is showing. Neurons are not that incredible. They are specializ...
by scarecrovv
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?
Replies: 130
Views: 12741

Re: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?

Well the ultimate solution for artificial intelligence is to develop some incredible imaging technology capable of scanning the entire brain at incredibly high resolution very quickly (molecular level or lower), and then using an unbelievably fast computer and a very good physics simulation, simulat...
by scarecrovv
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning Perl. Pointers? (And where do I start?)
Replies: 7
Views: 851

Re: Learning Perl. Pointers? (And where do I start?)

Perl as a first language? No, I'd not recommend it. There's been plenty of other threads on this topic for you to investigate . As indicated in the first link the usual answer on this forum is "Python". Well Perl was my first language after English, and I learned it in a windows environme...
by scarecrovv
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Horror Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 5582

Re: Horror Stories

Well, when I was little (up until 6th grade) and still a windows user, I thought that the only thing needed to change a file from one type to another was to change the file extension. After all, windows would then treat the file as being of the new type, and most tools were smart enough not to beli...
by scarecrovv
Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Horror Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 5582

Re: Horror Stories

Well, when I was little (up until 6th grade) and still a windows user, I thought that the only thing needed to change a file from one type to another was to change the file extension. After all, windows would then treat the file as being of the new type, and most tools were smart enough not to belie...
by scarecrovv
Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Firefox 3 v.s. Google Chrome?
Replies: 105
Views: 91095

Re: Firefox 3 v.s. Google Chrome?

If I can't use j and k to scroll down and up, H and L to go back and foreward, x, c, v, and d to manipulate tabs, and can't get to any of several dozen preselected webpages with three keystrokes, I will never abandon Firefox. Vimperator is far superior to sliced bread, and every Vim junkie (like me)...
by scarecrovv
Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The one bestest ever of all time language to rule them all
Replies: 141
Views: 24452

Re: The one bestest ever of all time language to rule them all

For simplicity in the language specification, Brainfuck, because it is the only language I've ever written a compiler for (though I probably cheated, my compiler uses gcc in the last step). If I want something that's fast to execute, I use C++. If I want something that is easy to process text with, ...
by scarecrovv
Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Trek vs. Star Wars
Replies: 360
Views: 146698

Re: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

I am heavily in favour of Star Trek, assuming both sides have warning of the coming battle. What happens in the Star Trek universe: Now all the Star Trek people are allied right? So the Borg go out and assimilate everything in the Galaxy. Now, all of a sudden, all Star Trek technology and knowledge ...
by scarecrovv
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Text Markup languages
Replies: 15
Views: 4692

Re: Text Markup languages

If I don't care about making it look pretty, I use plain text. If I do (which isn't too often) I opt for La[imath]\TeX[/imath] (unfortunately, the forum can't do better than bits of [imath]\TeX[/imath]).
by scarecrovv
Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 139624

Re: What OS do you use?

I currently use Vista (as it came with my laptop), but I'm downloading Fedora 10. The torrent is at 13.6%, so maybe next week I'll be using it. I would've got it while I still had cable internet, but I didn't have a DVD to burn it to. Now, I do. But with satellite internet. Booo. Anyway, the reason...
by scarecrovv
Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 42177

Re: Linux Desktop Environments

Fedora is indeed awesome (I'm using it at this moment). However, I'm afraid I can't be of much help in the GNOME/KDE/Xfce/etc. debate. I like GNOME perfectly well, and though I've logged into KDE on my system a handfull of times, all I did was setup KDM the way I liked it (I didn't like how GDM look...
by scarecrovv
Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: worst bugs ever (or your most hated)
Replies: 196
Views: 18928

Re: worst bugs ever (or your most hated)

Here are the two most frustrating bugs (or bug like things) that I've ever encountered: 1. I was writing a big bit of C++ code (~2000 lines by the end), and I was using a library written by someone else. It all worked just fine, except that it would segfault on this one line on an apparently random ...
by scarecrovv
Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0514: "Simultaneous"
Replies: 144
Views: 24648

Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Oh my God! You're right! It is a relativity joke! :shock:
by scarecrovv
Tue Nov 11, 2008 5:03 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Self Defense in schools
Replies: 115
Views: 9319

Re: Self Defense in schools

I don't maintain that my solution to the following situation is possible or practical for everyone in all situations, but here is my experience in this sort of thing: I went to a suburban high school plagued by the usual administrative incompetence. I'm around 6'3'' and 155 pounds, and was always st...
by scarecrovv
Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0466: "Moving"
Replies: 165
Views: 25945

Re: Moving

Oh my god. I just moved into my new dorm room, got the WiFi working, and checked XKCD. This was the first thing I saw. :shock: Spooky.
by scarecrovv
Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia. Again. But now Poland
Replies: 66
Views: 8658

Re: Russia. Again. But now Poland

I really am not sure how these missiles work exactly, in terms of range, where they need to be relative to the target and launch site in order to be effective, if someone had that info, it could help clear things up here abit. If the concern really is from a launch from Iran, at Poland or Europe, w...
by scarecrovv
Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia. Again. But now Poland
Replies: 66
Views: 8658

Re: Russia. Again. But now Poland

I happen to be an American, so understand that the views I express here are probably slanted in favor of the US, though I can't actually see anything wrong with them myself. Though take what I say with a grain of salt if you wish. IMO, it's perfectly obvious that the ABMs going to Poland are meant f...
by scarecrovv
Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: Pill to eliminate the need for sleep
Replies: 80
Views: 29265

Re: Poll: Pill to eliminate the need for sleep

I would only want it if these conditions were met (in order of importance, but they're all deal-breakers): I could sleep if I wanted to, whenever I wanted to. There were no negative effects of not sleeping if I didn't want to. Nobody else (or only people I chose) had that ability. Nobody else (or on...
by scarecrovv
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: You've Got 30 Seconds...
Replies: 67
Views: 4522

Re: You've Got 30 Seconds...

Idea 1: "Before you believe anything, ask yourself one question: 'does this make sense?'. If it doesn't make sense, put the alternatives through the same test. If none of them make sense either, then admit to yourself that you don't know the truth on this matter and busy about finding an answer...
by scarecrovv
Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0461: "Google Maps"
Replies: 146
Views: 31631

Re: "Google Maps" Discussion

scalziand wrote:How have we not had any 'straw man arguments'?

That's ridiculous! Of course we'll have straw man arguments. This post is an example. :twisted:

That comic was hilarious.
by scarecrovv
Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite Scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 7229

Re: Favorite Scientist?

I personally said other, because even though I couldn't decide between Alan Turing and John von Neumann, neither was on the list, so I didn't have to choose. Computers have been such an incredible enabler for everything else.
by scarecrovv
Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding for science
Replies: 13
Views: 3200

Re: Coding for science

I'm a recovering computers scientists, now retraining as a physicist - and am amused to discover I have to code in C for part of my course. Obviously its no problem for me, as I have several years of professional experience in C and other languages. But it strikes me as a really inappropriate langu...
by scarecrovv
Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Something on a USB Drive to annoy a thief
Replies: 38
Views: 3968

Re: Something on a USB Drive to annoy a thief

You could have a key-chain with 3 things on it: a card giving your contact info, a USB drive containing your files (labeled "Magic"), and the case of a USB drive (labeled "More Magic"), that is actually a physically destructive/interesting device that activates upon power being a...
by scarecrovv
Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Flood versus EVERYTHING
Replies: 184
Views: 44208

Re: The Flood versus EVERYTHING

I agree with the view expressed earlier. Q will just yawn and the flood will vanish instantly. Then he'll go and mess with Captain Picard's head again, just for fun. Also, you can't just ignore the potential of Galaxia from the foundation series. When they get that finished, they'll be pretty much u...
by scarecrovv
Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A wierd question but... [Force hard drive failure]
Replies: 7
Views: 5670

Re: A wierd question but... [Force hard drive failure]

Disintegrate it with a torch. Make sure the platters melt (best option). Get a big horseshoe magnet and "accidently" set it down on top of the drive. Rub it around on both sides for good measure. Drop it, while it's running, repeatedly, until it doesn't work anymore. Find the little hole t...
by scarecrovv
Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: help me.. [benefits of Linux]
Replies: 14
Views: 3100

Re: help me.. [benefits of Linux]

On the latter point, most distro installs at least strongly encourage you to make a non-root user during installation; I haven't gone through Ubuntu's install, but my impression is you can't even log in as root by default. On Windows, creating the non-admin user is an extra step you do after instal...
by scarecrovv
Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: LINUX HELLLPP???
Replies: 7
Views: 2708

Re: LINUX HELLLPP???

I'm not sure about Ubuntu, but I just got my wireless working on my new Dell under Fedora 9 last night (this morning actually, but whatever). I followed a Ubuntu guide, and it worked for me (it was awesome: http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/answers/Networking/NdisWrapper_The_Ultimate_Guide/ ), tho...
by scarecrovv
Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 139624

Re: What OS do you use?

On my old laptop, which I use for most stuff, I run Windows XP and Fedora Core 4 about half the time each, Windows mainly because I couldn't (be bothered to) make everything work in FC4. However, I'm in the process of rapidly switching to my new laptop, which I'm running Fedora 9 on exclusively. I'm...
by scarecrovv
Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0456: "Cautionary"
Replies: 160
Views: 21914

Re: "Cautionary" Discussion

Wow, as this comes out, I am currently one week into configuring my second ever GNU/Linux computer. Aside from work, karate, eating, and sleeping, I have been spending all my time on it. My first one was Fedora Core 4, and mainly because I didn't put enough effort into it, I never got everything wor...

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