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by Jorpho
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Given a signal with a 2-Hz Bandwagon...
Replies: 6
Views: 1674

Re: Given a signal with a 2-Hz Bandwagon...

Ahh, but of course! I didn't recognize it in those terms (in more ways than one).
by Jorpho
Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: That's no moon... IT'S A REAL LIFE DEATH STAR!
Replies: 21
Views: 3292

Re: That's no moon... IT'S A REAL LIFE DEATH STAR!

I wonder what sort of nuclear explosions (I"m sure we're talking teratons or something here) would be necessary to send our moon in on collision course with us? While we're on the planet-destroying topic. Well, you wouldn't have to make it collide - get it a little closer, and the tidal forces...
by Jorpho
Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Given a signal with a 2-Hz Bandwagon...
Replies: 6
Views: 1674

Re: Given a signal with a 2-Hz Bandwagon...

Yeah, I saw that too today. (1 Hz is correct, isn't it?)

I do so enjoy PhD. I have all the books.
by Jorpho
Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Courses That Ruined You
Replies: 74
Views: 9290

Re: Science Courses That Ruined You

People complaining about maths and physics have no idea how annoying this is, as if you can think logically mathematical things make sense, however so much of the old-school biological sciences seem to involve memorizing diagrams and texts Precisely why I tried very successfully to avoid biology an...
by Jorpho
Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 636
Views: 211640

Re: Things you remember reading, but can't remeber the name of

This was a novel (or possibly a short story) about a man and a woman who save the lives of comatose people by telepathically entering their minds. Much of the excerpt from this story focuses on a case where they enter the mind of one woman, where they find her being switfty carried downstream on an...
by Jorpho
Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: personal agendas disguised as fiction
Replies: 100
Views: 12119

Re: personal agendas disguised as fiction

Pathway wrote:The thing about 1984, though, is that it is moving and compelling. And it's more a statement about human nature in general rather than about politics in particular.


Perhaps. But that doesn't mean it can't also be a personal agenda disguised as fiction.
by Jorpho
Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ever tried?
Replies: 43
Views: 13266

Re: Ever tried?

I do seem to be capable of voluminous output; at least, I went through a phase in my younger years wherein I gushed forth several thousand words about how miserable I was feeling. For some reason I showed it to someone else whose opinion I could trust entirely who even went so far as to encourage me...
by Jorpho
Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 191015

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

(Of course you are aware that Persepolis was recently made into a very well-reviewed French film? Didn't do too much for me personally, but I certainly thought it a well-executed production.)
by Jorpho
Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: "The Machine Stops", by E. M. Forster
Replies: 6
Views: 2990

Re: "The Machine Stops", by E. M. Forster

DRDs n Nebari wrote:I totally found this story in the same book!


Another enjoyable and curiously allegorical one from that tome is Ms Fnd in a Lbry (fulltext). Rather lighter in tone, though.
by Jorpho
Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: File Systems' Case Sensitivity
Replies: 63
Views: 10689

Re: File Systems' Case Sensitivity

In the "real world" "my report", "my-report" and "my.report" are all the same thing as well. Should this be the same thing in programming languages? I disagree. Punctuation imparts significantly more meaning than capitalization. Ok, what meanings are conveyed...
by Jorpho
Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 7681

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

Yes, but why should the claims of some English-speaking reformers have any effect on foreign speakers of a gendered language? I'm not saying they would, by any means. It just seems like the sort of eccentric crusade that someone out there might take up. Every language has its beauties and its annoy...
by Jorpho
Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 7681

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

Indeed, a hearty huzzah for genderless, pluralless Japanese! I think having to learn hundreds of kanji makes up for that, though. Which era of Basic Human Decency are you talking about, here? Because I haven't noticed a whole lot of that in non-English speaking countries I'm sure there are those (pr...
by Jorpho
Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 7681

So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

(This topic hasn't been done already, has it? I couldn't find it anywhere.) What possible benefit is there to forcing everyone to refer to the maison or the porte with feminine articles, and feminine adjectives, and feminine pronouns? Is there really anything particularly womanlike about a house or ...
by Jorpho
Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: File Systems' Case Sensitivity
Replies: 63
Views: 10689

Re: File Systems' Case Sensitivity

Ironically, http URLs are not case-sensitive. Except for YouTube URLs, among other things. Woe to those whose software can't store mixed cases in a URL. Anyway, I don't buy the "case-sensitive is confusing to the user" argument. Anybody who might be confused by case-sensitivity won't be t...
by Jorpho
Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Courses That Ruined You
Replies: 74
Views: 9290

Re: Science Courses That Ruined You

Heh. I remember copying down the derivation for the hydrogenlike atomic orbitals in my first quantum class and not having the foggiest idea what I was doing. "Why does he keep drawing that H with a circle around it? Ohh, that's what a capital theta looks like?" But it all made sense when I...
by Jorpho
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Non-Fiction
Replies: 90
Views: 7728

Re: Favourite non-fiction books

I forget what replacements I made but I know that I did add The Design of Everyday Things in the end. I've been meaning to read that one for ages. I'm told it's really essential reading for anyone who is ever tasked with putting together a GUI. Everyone seems to like Scott McCloud's Understanding C...
by Jorpho
Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: personal agendas disguised as fiction
Replies: 100
Views: 12119

Re: personal agendas disguised as fiction

Antimatter Spork wrote:Ender teaches [never before mentioned character] the TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS! (Also, Battle School is run by those meany violent immoral athiests, doncha know)


Ugh. I was hoping you were joking.

Science fiction and Christmas should not get mixed up together.
by Jorpho
Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What sort of container does your milk come in?
Replies: 41
Views: 3370

Re: What sort of container does your milk come in?

The very thought of having to personally wash out that resealable, reusable container on a regular basis makes me weary.
by Jorpho
Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What sort of container does your milk come in?
Replies: 41
Views: 3370

Re: What sort of container does your milk come in?

The hole in the bag is generally so small that I don't think absorption of questionable flavors is a problem. But generally in my case it never lasts long enough to allow for adequate exploration of such a phenomenon. ;)
by Jorpho
Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: personal agendas disguised as fiction
Replies: 100
Views: 12119

Re: personal agendas disguised as fiction

Heinlein has this irritating habit of setting up character x. When character x is talking, Heinlein is expressing an opinion. The Moral History or whatever teacher from Starship Troopers, Jubal Harshaw from Stranger in a Strange Land. Oh yes indeed. It is as characteristic of Heinlein's work as inc...
by Jorpho
Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 636
Views: 211640

Re: Things you remember reading, but can't remeber the name of

The other book I read in 4th grade. It was about a princess who was gifted with great knowledge by (one of) her fairy godmother(s). She became a know-it-all. I don't remember what happened in the story, only that bit about the main character. That does quietly ring a bell somewhere. In fact, I seem...
by Jorpho
Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Tetris Thread.
Replies: 212
Views: 22873

Re: The Tetris Thread.

Tetris blast was the only real tetris, itt. Oh yes, I quite liked Tetris Blast, particularly the Bug mode. Very, very satisfying, blowing those bugs to kingdom come. Sadly, the drop-blocks-on-stuff-crawling-over-your-stack genre seems to be limited to this individual game. There was a SNES version ...
by Jorpho
Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 50796

Re: "Real Programmers" Discussion

I'm also reminded of this tidbit, actually. "BTW, here's a real-life anecdote for your old-school collection. I don't know if you ever met Karl Dahlke, but he's a blind programmer with whom I worked at Rush. He ported his drivers for the Votrax voice synthesizer to Coherent -- it's a beautiful ...
by Jorpho
Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Identifying a PIII CPU without removing the heatsink
Replies: 3
Views: 1492

Re: Identifying a PIII CPU without removing the heatsink

Ahh, just what I was looking for. Thank you sir! (Why couldn't I find something like that elsewhere..? I guess I came to the right place!)

So that means it's definitely a Coppermine... so it won't be faster than 1.13 GHz. Oh well. At least now I know what to look for next time. :)
by Jorpho
Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Identifying a PIII CPU without removing the heatsink
Replies: 3
Views: 1492

Identifying a PIII CPU without removing the heatsink

I really shouldn't have bothered, but I found a Socket 370 PIII CPU while rummaging around a pile of scrapped Compaqs recently. The heatsink is pretty solidly attached, unfortunately, and since I don't have any thermal adhesive on hand anyway, I don't particularly want to take it off. Alas, there ar...
by Jorpho
Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 50796

Re: Real Programmers Discussion

Heh. Reminds me of this little blurb I read once. (Oddly enough, I only got one hit for it when I Googled for <"you had a bucket" "line editor"> !) [National Wanquirer] Have you ever eavesdropped on an argument between a bunch of old hackers? The first one will say something like...
by Jorpho
Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Courses That Ruined You
Replies: 74
Views: 9290

Re: Science Courses That Ruined You

hrm... Kittel is a standard text. I found it pretty good. Have you read Ashcroft and Mermin? I did happen to see a copy of that just the other day. Would you agree with the Amazon reviews that suggest that it is greatly outdated? I'v always enjoyed my science classes pretty well, unless it was lab ...
by Jorpho
Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Courses That Ruined You
Replies: 74
Views: 9290

Re: Science Courses That Ruined You

How do you feel about Kittel for Solid State Physics? Solid State Physics was another unredeemable one (incomprehensible problem sets, professor writing out notes on a blackboard during each class and then not getting out of the way while people try to copy it down , etc) but I managed to get an agr...
by Jorpho
Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial gravity through superconductors
Replies: 19
Views: 2042

Re: Artificial gravity through superconductors

Umm...sorry for a lack of reliable sources...I read this somewhere a few years ago but don't remember where...some scientists announced that they had accidentally discovered that the apparent weight of something above a superconductor is actually slightly LESS than normal. The article went on to ta...
by Jorpho
Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lab funnies.
Replies: 24
Views: 3298

Re: Lab funnys.

nearingzero.net , anyone? Odds are you've seen one of those if you've been around labs long enough (or at least teachers' offices).
by Jorpho
Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: File Systems' Case Sensitivity
Replies: 63
Views: 10689

Re: File Systems' Case Sensitivity

zenten wrote:In the "real world" "my report", "my-report" and "my.report" are all the same thing as well. Should this be the same thing in programming languages?


I disagree. Punctuation imparts significantly more meaning than capitalization.
by Jorpho
Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: File Systems' Case Sensitivity
Replies: 63
Views: 10689

Re: File Systems' Case Sensitivity

Fie on your case sensitivity! For many years I was frustrated by my inability to fully express my opinions on the wrongness of this, until Mr. Toasty Tech showed me the way: In the American English language capitalization or lack thereof does not dictate the meaning of a word. (At most it provides e...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Herbert book?
Replies: 27
Views: 3212

Re: Favorite Herbert book?

I've only read The Heaven Makers, and didn't much care for it at all. I'm still not completely sure what everyone was going on about in that one. Seemed like one of those science fiction books where the author just wants to pontificate about his pet philosophies and to heck with plot or characteriza...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What sort of container does your milk come in?
Replies: 41
Views: 3370

Re: What sort of container does your milk come in?

I was astonished by the staggering wastefulness of milk-in-plastic-jugs while I was living in the US. Conveniently, recycling programs exist nearly everywhere, so that milk jug can be placed in a bin and recycled to make new jugs! Are they really so widespread? Okay then. Still, the hauling around ...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dance or Martial Arts?
Replies: 85
Views: 5951

Re: Dance or Martial Arts?

Now, I do understand that there are some rather versitile fighting techniques performed with a cane, and I wouldn't mind learning more about those. Bojitsu also sounds awfully nifty, but I've never seen any classes specifically offering to teach that. I've dabbled a little in jojutsu. (Shorter stic...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Courses That Ruined You
Replies: 74
Views: 9290

Re: Science Courses That Ruined You

oxoiron wrote:How can you revamp an IC course to not include character tables? What school was this?


Gee, do you really think such a course would need them? (Or at least considerable information on how to derive them?)
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Courses That Ruined You
Replies: 74
Views: 9290

Science Courses That Ruined You

(I hope this is the appropriate forum for this thread.) Ever have a science course that was not merely boring, or poorly taught, but just left you so utterly baffled it made you question what you were doing studying science in the first place? One of the first such courses I can recall was my first ...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...
Replies: 541
Views: 105429

Re: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...

Really?

So what is this messed-up-Hall-of-Fame thing anyway?
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...
Replies: 541
Views: 105429

Re: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...

Before I can go back to finishing Pokemon Yellow (I made it up to the Elite Four, but never polished off Gary), there is one question I must know: There is a widely-publicized trick for catching any Pokemon (including Mew) without using a Game Genie or similar device. I'd have to start over from scr...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dance or Martial Arts?
Replies: 85
Views: 5951

Re: Dance or Martial Arts?

Yes, Krav Maga is rather intriguing. But I've always thought that even the best martial art isn't going to stop someone two meters away with a gun. Now, I do understand that there are some rather versitile fighting techniques performed with a cane, and I wouldn't mind learning more about those. Boji...

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