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by narg
Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C inline functions, asm keyword
Replies: 3
Views: 1145

Re: C inline functions, asm keyword

1) If you are using c99 (--std=c99 iirc on gcc), prefix the function with inline. This doesn't always work (the compile can chose to not honor it), so if you *really* need it, copy the code to the call point. Hacky, but it works. 2) Don't use anything but general purpose registers. Clobbing the stac...
by narg
Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0411: "Techno"
Replies: 150
Views: 37705

Re: "Techno" Discussion

I assume he was referring to this http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/announcements/hard-drive-dying-dance-track-winner-151666.php contest with the crashed hard drive. Listen to the runners up, too; they are actually pretty good. Techno tech-tech-tech-echno-echno-techno ftw. Where can I find a mirror? Odeo ...
by narg
Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0411: "Techno"
Replies: 150
Views: 37705

Re: "Techno" Discussion

I assume he was referring to this http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/announcements/hard-drive-dying-dance-track-winner-151666.php contest with the crashed hard drive.

Listen to the runners up, too; they are actually pretty good.

Techno tech-tech-tech-echno-echno-techno ftw.
by narg
Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Turn Taking and Dialogue Style
Replies: 9
Views: 2211

Re: Turn Taking and Dialogue Style

Out of curiosity, does the "Right, but..." interruption continues or do they say that and the person they interrupted keep speaking? After saying that, the interrupter will usually speak (and the interrupted ceases), if that's what you are asking. This is in animated conversation, not gen...
by narg
Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Turn Taking and Dialogue Style
Replies: 9
Views: 2211

Re: Turn Taking and Dialogue Style

This is coming from the Midwestern US (Minnesota, to be exact). In polite conversation, people will almost always allow other people to finish their sentence (or whatever unit of speech -- sentences are rarely ended in speech), but not necessarily their thought. For example: One: "That dog is r...
by narg
Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I must boast
Replies: 10
Views: 2513

Re: I must boast

As a self-taught programmer, I was intrigued by this idea and took it upon myself to try it. 2d was easy, but I have run into trouble attempting to extend it to 3d with perspective, and the general Wikipedia articles mention that linear algebra is normally involved. Is it feasible for someone with a...
by narg
Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology is not "just Applied Chemistry"
Replies: 66
Views: 12166

Re: Biology is not "just Applied Chemistry"

To make a transparent ethos argument, this is coming from someone with a strong penchant for biology (aced the SAT subject test ;)). Though entropy and other randomness makes the universe a non-reversible function, it still has to follow its fundamental rules. If you claim that biology is not just p...
by narg
Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Have you read SICP
Replies: 31
Views: 15224

Re: Have you read SICP

I just finished a course that used this text at the U of MN, it was quite good. As someone who could already program on a self-taught level, it was helpful to me. For real newbies, I think it can be difficult, though. *shrug* Scheme allows you to do crazy things: (define + -) (define define 3) :roll:
by narg
Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0355: "Couple"
Replies: 129
Views: 24092

Re: "Couple" discussion

The power of Facebook in deciding relationships is true. For a long time, my girlfriend and I were on unclear terms of what exactly was going on, but then I changed the status to 'in a relationship with' (after prodding from a mutual friend), and it became official. After all, if Facebook says it, i...
by narg
Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0344: "1337: Part 4"
Replies: 118
Views: 23419

Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

This is easily one of the best comics on the site. Methinks that the 1337 string of comics wins the site.
by narg
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Inflammable means flammable?
Replies: 72
Views: 16839

Re: Inflammable means flammable?

flammable, a [f. L. flamm{amac}re to set on fire: see -ABLE.] = INFLAMMABLE. Revived in modern use: cf.prec. -OED, Second edition Flammable is an acceptable English word. Get over it. Lingual prescriptivism is useful, but eventually you have to switch to descriptivism: languages change (apparently ...
by narg
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0310: "Commitment"
Replies: 119
Views: 32999

The implication of the alt text: He fell for the angel that was part of the chorus for meeting your soul mate. But they need to come for him to meet her, and he needed to meet for for them to come. Paradox!

Or perhaps I'm over-analyzing it...
by narg
Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C++ - Ackermann function optmisation
Replies: 23
Views: 7997

Sorry to go oldschool on you, but this looks like a problem better solved by scheme (or clisp). It has compiled speed comparable to C/C++, tail recursion (stack space isn't an issue, recursion is treated like iteration), and arbitrarily large integers.
by narg
Sat Aug 11, 2007 6:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fall Schedules
Replies: 58
Views: 6206

At High School: AP Calculus Spanish IV CIS At college (first semester, haven't signed up for second yet): CSCI 1901 010 COMP PROG I CSci 1901 is a challenging course that covers many fundamental programming and software design principles in a practical manner. [...] The text for the course is Abelso...
by narg
Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [Software] ANSI C Compilers
Replies: 37
Views: 5761

Hamsters?! We get poor children in LDCs to turn hand cranks for our computing machines under the guise of better education for them...

...wait, we actually DO do that.
by narg
Sat Jul 28, 2007 5:06 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: SAT Scores
Replies: 241
Views: 37830

Well, I didn't take the SAT, but I voted based on the Wikipedia conversion chart from the ACT. ;) On the ACT, I got a 34, and an 8 on the writing (which is woefully inaccurate, imo, -- on the AP composition test (a much better judge of essay writing), I got a 4). Woot for standardized tests which me...
by narg
Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 337134

Hola, I'm David, from MN, USA. 17, Going to high school/college (at the same time). I'm mostly interested in (surprise!) CS and biology. I (of course) have been reading xkcd for a while, but I was driven out of lurking to post about starting destructive algae blooms in the oceans ;) Someone from the...
by narg
Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Constructive use of Nukes
Replies: 54
Views: 6817

Realistically, if we want to (destructively and ignoring problematic effects) stop global warming, we should start a massive algae bloom in some ocean. Starting algae blooms is surprisingly easy to do (it is done unintentionally fairly often), and a sufficiently large one would fix a whole lot of CO...

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