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by Fedechiar
Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 200147

Re: Your last and next concert?

Four words: freakin' Radiohead. I cried.
by Fedechiar
Sun May 20, 2012 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Octave/Matlab problem with filters
Replies: 0
Views: 1418

Octave/Matlab problem with filters

Hello everyone, I'm trying to plot a filter's response for a signals class assignment and I find a weird error: the code in here close all clear all clc t0=0.1; Omega=0.1; N=50; omega=-N:Omega:N; T=50; t=-T:t0:T; function y=ustep(t) y= t>0; end %Sinc function provided by the teacher function...
by Fedechiar
Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 309849

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Hey, I found a reddit one! http://imgs.xkcd.com/a1panels/7fdc5c29f4fed792e5025a3cac6f16f1d67cbe8b63d293f35b2f890fdebf1112.png http://imgs.xkcd.com/a1panels/6b5f7966c20592dd4d3cccf1a0fe34c02d42bba1684ee9ddd791d103b9895755.png http://imgs.xkcd.com/a1panels/ab9ca579230f0967fc4de6da19ad72cc925a508684185...
by Fedechiar
Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sad songs
Replies: 37
Views: 42745

Re: Sad songs

How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead Most Radiohead songs, really..."True love waits", "Fake plastic trees", "Street spirit (fade out)", "No surprises" (at first it sounds like a mellow, happy song, but then it hits you like a ton of bricks), "Optimis...
by Fedechiar
Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: eReader Owners Thread (Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc)
Replies: 51
Views: 16823

Re: eReader Owners Thread (Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc)

What? I have a Kindle 3 (3G version) and it does have a headphone socket with MP3 support - although it is just a reader, using it to surf the web and listen to music is quite uncomfortable
by Fedechiar
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 237621

Re: Ice and Fire?

@lzawwlgood: that's a matter of taste - I'm more into sci-fi than high fantasy, so I'm probably biased against magic :) At the risk of getting dragged into a protracted off topic discussion: Why? Why is waving a wand to cast a spell any less entertaining than activating a medical probe? They're jus...
by Fedechiar
Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 237621

Re: Ice and Fire?

Also, I just really want to know who the hell the Others are and my concern is that they will be unexplained just so that they're more mysterious. I have a diametrally opposite concern...I'm really afraid that he's going to work himself in a corner with the next book and will have to resort to some...
by Fedechiar
Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 237621

Re: Ice and Fire?

Also, I just really want to know who the hell the Others are and my concern is that they will be unexplained just so that they're more mysterious. I have a diametrally opposite concern...I'm really afraid that he's going to work himself in a corner with the next book and will have to resort to some...
by Fedechiar
Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 61034

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

Oh, and regarding the OP Anyway, I don't understand why people believe, to the degree they will quote word for word, various religious texts, which are often hundreds, if not thousands of years old and have been translated and printed a number of times since their initial creation. I speculate that...
by Fedechiar
Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 81387

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCdmiZyyGjQ

I think this 1-ups Randall's list
by Fedechiar
Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.
Replies: 81
Views: 49640

Re: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.

Endless Mike wrote:
Fedechiar wrote:So, let's change the first post to "Admit it. You tried Linux and then instantly disliked anything Microsoft" :P

No?


Hey, I checked and didn't see any Linux distros among your OS, don't cheat :)
by Fedechiar
Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.
Replies: 81
Views: 49640

Re: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.

So, let's change the first post to "Admit it. You tried Linux and then instantly disliked anything Microsoft" :P
by Fedechiar
Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Top 10 Artists
Replies: 248
Views: 160271

Re: Top 10 Artists

With 90 bands instead of 10, your experiment has 800% relative error; if I were you, I'd work on my systematic error :P Anyhow, most of them are among my favorites too (maybe even in the top 10 sometimes, mine tends to float a lot)
by Fedechiar
Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.
Replies: 81
Views: 49640

Re: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.

Er...No. First OS: Win 95 Last OS: Debian What am I using now? Debian! If I had a choice between Squeeze and Win95, I'd take Squeeze in a millisecond (my love for Linux came a little late, but since I started college i haven't used Windows except for gaming). Even among Linux distros, I tried Ubuntu...
by Fedechiar
Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 21442

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

My belief in Evolution aside, it does seem just a bit bigoted to teach the theory that one group of people (scientists/others who believe it) believe in, and not theories that other people believe in. Evolution does seem to merit itself to be taught more, but honestly, I'm not quite so sure we can ...
by Fedechiar
Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: eReader Owners Thread (Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc)
Replies: 51
Views: 16823

Re: eReader Owners Thread (Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc)

I find it especially annoying that collections are either always on top (in 'last opened' view) even if they haven't been modified in a long time, or they don't actually contain books (in all other views) so I still end up with 30ish pages of books. So organizing books on the kindle is a nightmare....
by Fedechiar
Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: eReader Owners Thread (Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc)
Replies: 51
Views: 16823

Re: eReader Owners Thread (Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc)

You can also put the same book in more than one collection (might be a bonus for some, although I don't use it because I like my fetishes separed from my reading :P )
by Fedechiar
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 53442

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

The politically informed aren't always those with the strongest-held beliefs...A left-wing extremist might chuck the whole media system and hand-wave every fact that clashes with his beliefs, just like a right-wing one. In a two-party system what you say is true, but if there are more than two parti...
by Fedechiar
Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 748536

Re: Doctor Whom

Whether someone is awesome or not is a matter of opinion, you can't really quantify it. Maybe you can't. According to my experiments, women in general are at a level of around 15.2 milliHammer of awesome, and men at around 14.9 mHa - seems slightly higher, but within the error bars, so not statisti...
by Fedechiar
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Top 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books flowchart
Replies: 10
Views: 6119

Re: Top 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books flowchart

I'm a little behind - 35 out of 100, but I'm not that big on fantasy so they're almost all sci-fi
by Fedechiar
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: 2011 in Music.
Replies: 76
Views: 14293

Re: 2011 in Music.

Ceremonials was a little weird for me - I hated it on my first listen, I loved it on my second, and now I like it - anyhow, seeing as it's the best of the albums that came out in 2011 from my favorite bands (the others being El Camino and King of Limbs), I vote for it too
by Fedechiar
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Differences between original version and movie tie-in.
Replies: 15
Views: 45756

Re: Differences between original version and movie tie-in.

"In extremely rare cases, a movie tie-in book may also be a "re-telling" or abridgement of an original novel. For instance, H. Rider Haggard's She was re-told/abridged by author Don Ward when it was issued as a mapback in 1949 although it is not directly related to a specific filmed a...
by Fedechiar
Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 294
Views: 137241

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Wonderwall by Radiohead is a lot more fun than the original - especially the comments at the end. "Is this awful or what?"

Seriously, though, Eddie Vedder's cover of Hard sun by Indio may not be better in every sense, but his voice is awesome
by Fedechiar
Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 237621

Re: Ice and Fire?

Yakk wrote:Then don't read this:
Spoiler:
Snape kills Anya.


With Rosebud, right?
by Fedechiar
Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Top 10 Artists
Replies: 248
Views: 160271

Re: Top 10 Artists

1. Pink Floyd
2. Led Zeppelin
3. Radiohead
4. Rory Gallagher
5. Cream
6. Jimi Hendrix
7. Lynyrd Skynyrd
8. Rush
9. The Doors
10. The Who

And yeah, it's a bit skewed but I'm a big fan of classic rock
by Fedechiar
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book List: What do we know Randall's read?
Replies: 19
Views: 7162

Re: Book List: What do we know Randall's read?

The Ender series...
http://xkcd.com/304/
http://xkcd.com/241/

Oh, and Emily Dickinson, I guess (http://xkcd.com/788/)
by Fedechiar
Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A framework for thinking about intelligence
Replies: 10
Views: 2911

Re: A framework for thinking about intelligence

1. Hardwired. For example, a simple organism that just hunts for sugars. It's got some kind of chemical receptors, some way to move around in the world, and maybe a couple other senses. It can start by moving around in the world randomly. It finds patterns as it moves around in the world, and if th...
by Fedechiar
Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?
Replies: 31
Views: 8559

Re: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?

Especially in non-fiction, though, seeing facts skewed and statistics picked to favor a point of view you don't agree with can be annoying (not that authors I agree with don't, but it's easier to overlook the fact that history is presented from a subjective point of view if that point of view is you...
by Fedechiar
Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 46429

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

Making the metric system base 60 would totally defy the metric system's basic principle - make everything base 10 so it's standard and easy to calculate. Dividing by three metric units isn't so bad anyway...33% of the time the result would be perfect, and 67% there would just be a small rounding err...
by Fedechiar
Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confirmation Bias and Medicine [Morality]
Replies: 5
Views: 3957

Re: Confirmation Bias and Medicine [Morality]

I think anyone has the right to make bad decisions. Exploiting others' bad decisions and ignorance, however, is another matter: a charlatan doctor who prescribes expensive procedures and drugs to people who don't actually need them (even if they believe they do) or a pseudo-doctor who convinces them...
by Fedechiar
Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting a country to a libertarian state
Replies: 46
Views: 7903

Re: Converting a country to a libertarian state

The NIT basically implies that the rich pay for the poor's basic services...You can't escape that, if you want the whole population to mantain a minimum living standard the state has to do some redistribution (whether through a NIT or a public welfare system)
by Fedechiar
Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 99364

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Under 200000 views on Youtube: Radio Moscow - blues rock, they sound a bit like the Black Keys (the producer is Dan Auerbach) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK7utv94JU4 Under 100000 views on Youtube: Rossington-Collins Band - this is actually from the '80s, it's the two guitarists from Skynyrd play...
by Fedechiar
Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?
Replies: 544
Views: 220924

Re: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?

I use Iceweasel (Debian) and it bugged me to no end - as they changed the package name every month or so, my update manager got an error every time and I had to check the new source location and edit the sources.list (I obviously used backports, or I would still be stuck on 3.6)...Luckily, they fixe...
by Fedechiar
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 200147

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last - Roger Waters (man, was it awesome!)
Next- Arctic Monkeys or Alter Bridge+Black Stone Cherry
by Fedechiar
Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 179112

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

1. Hyperion (D. Simmons)
2. The end of Eternity (I. Asimov)
3. The Foundation cycle (I. Asimov)
4. The Hitchhiker "trilogy" (D. Adams)
5. Snowcrash (N. Stephenson)
6. The world of Null-A (A. Van Vogt)
7. The moon is a harsh mistress (R. Heinlein)
8. Portnoy's complaint (P. Roth)
by Fedechiar
Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Beatles vs. The Who!
Replies: 60
Views: 13898

Re: Beatles vs. The Who!

As a fan of good old rock'n'roll, I'd say the Who win without any doubt. Even without considering that the Beatles are, essentially, a pop band, many of their innovations were already there (they only popularized them). They were even inspired by the Who themselves: The song may have inspired The Be...
by Fedechiar
Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:22 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you Major-ist?
Replies: 303
Views: 32553

Re: Are you Major-ist?

Here in Italy there's kind of a feud between engineers (yay!) and architects, so that one of my architect friends constantly accuses me of loving concrete and pillars and killing brilliant buildings even though I'm a computer engineer and hopefully I'll never ever design anything made of concrete...
by Fedechiar
Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An Illogical Universe?
Replies: 29
Views: 4673

Re: An Illogical Universe?

What do you mean with "A is A"? You have to define A first! Logic is a mode of thought, a systematic environment created from a few principles (one of which is, obviously, A=A); you can't say with any certainty this universe is logical; to do it, you would have to fit everything into a com...
by Fedechiar
Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 46429

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

As an Italian, I'd have to say metric; base 10 is really easy once you get the hang of it (you just have to move the decimal point, and it's much easier with square meters and such: as a mile is 5280 feet, calculating the number of square feet in a square mile is much harder than just saying 1 km^2=...
by Fedechiar
Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: 2011 in Music.
Replies: 76
Views: 14293

Re: 2011 in Music.

Arctic Monkeys! "Suck it and see" was great, I really like how these guys' sound is evolving (and I'm gonna see them live in September - yay!)...

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