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by Cynical Jawa
Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:39 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK] London - http://fourquartersbar.co.uk
Replies: 1549
Views: 439995

Re: [UK] London - Home of Literature, Time, & the Black Death

Hi there! I'm now a denizen of finest London, and it is good times indeed. I was wondering if anyone's going to the Jonathan Coulton concert next Thursday? I havn't found anyone yet at uni/halls that's going, so it'd be nice to wave hi at someone :D Either that or I'll volunteer for the merch table ...
by Cynical Jawa
Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:13 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Total system freeze on Linux
Replies: 2
Views: 877

Re: Total system freeze on Linux

I've tried running with the side of the case off and a desk fan blowing in to no avail. Memtest also shows no errors, so I kerflummoxed.

I almost got the system to freeze on windows, but it was responsive enough shutdown normally by pressing (not holding) the power button.

Help!
by Cynical Jawa
Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Total system freeze on Linux
Replies: 2
Views: 877

Total system freeze on Linux

Recently, my system has started freezing. Horrendously. I haven't used it in a few weeks and nothing has changed other than the usual software updates, but now it is prone to losing all responsiveness. Whatever is on screen becomes fixed and on amount of Ctrl-Alt-Esc, Ctrl-Alt-Backspace, Ctrl-Alt-F*...
by Cynical Jawa
Thu May 22, 2008 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is it with red cups?
Replies: 44
Views: 7505

What is it with red cups?

Seriously! This has been bugging me for a while. Whenever you see pictures/videos (real or fictional) of a party at an American universities, you can't move for the bright red plastic cups. Are there no other cups in existence in the States? Does noone drink from the can/bottle, or are American part...
by Cynical Jawa
Wed May 21, 2008 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: my mom knew Richard Stallman in college
Replies: 154
Views: 21250

Re: my mom knew Richard Stallman in college

I slightly-know Ernest Rutherford's great(great?)grandaughter - she's at my school! From what I gather, she's not much of a physicist :(
by Cynical Jawa
Wed May 21, 2008 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3489212

Re: Woman thread - Is it as good for you as it is for me?

women in the UK: how do I go about getting on some birth control? Do I just make an appointment with my GP, stating when I book that this is what the appointment's for? Also, is it paid for by the NHS at all? Or is it standard prescription price? Or will I have to pay more than that? Yeah, I'm a co...
by Cynical Jawa
Mon May 19, 2008 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Some quick homework help (high school level)
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Some quick homework help (high school level)

Now, get a good look. One is exponential, the other is polynomial. This is like the capullettes and the montagues. There will be no easy algebraic solution, no nice outcomes here. That is a fantastic analogy. I assumed that setting S n (B) and 2S n (A) equal to one another would give a non-whole va...
by Cynical Jawa
Sun May 18, 2008 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Some quick homework help (high school level)
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Some quick homework help (high school level)

Ah, of course! That would make much more sense. I was taught integration by substitution in a funny way, so I'm liable to miss things like that :oops:

Nearly-sigged is good enough for me :D

Anyone brave enough to look at the image and offer some insight into the sequences problem?
by Cynical Jawa
Sun May 18, 2008 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Some quick homework help (high school level)
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Some quick homework help (high school level)

Ah, so you mean: [math]u=1+x^2[/math]
[math]x=\sqrt {u-1}[/math]
[math]dx=\frac {1}{2\sqrt {u-1}}=\frac {1}{2\sqrt {1+x^2-1}}=\frac {1}{2x}[/math]
by Cynical Jawa
Sun May 18, 2008 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Some quick homework help (high school level)
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Some quick homework help (high school level)

Aha! Thank you :)

Once again, mathematics is a case of sneaking up on numbers and tricking them into giving you the right answer.
by Cynical Jawa
Sun May 18, 2008 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Some quick homework help (high school level)
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Some quick homework help (high school level)

Where does the 1/2x du come from in step one?
by Cynical Jawa
Sun May 18, 2008 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Some quick homework help (high school level)
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Some quick homework help (high school level)

I've got my AH maths exam coming up on Tuesday (read: whatever exam comes at the end of high school), and naturally I'm working through past papers. Two question have come up so far that I cannot work out how to do, and the answers to the papers are utterly useless as they don't show any working. I ...
by Cynical Jawa
Sat May 17, 2008 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DIY Carbon Arc Lamp: am I crazy?
Replies: 15
Views: 4321

Re: DIY Carbon Arc Lamp: am I crazy?

I have occasionally used a 30-volt 3-amp power supply and a couple of pencil leads (mechanical, 0.5-0.7 mm) to make a (short-lived) arc "lamp". It's useful as a demonstration, but I just hold the leads with alligator clips and touch them together. If you play with the current limiting fun...
by Cynical Jawa
Fri May 16, 2008 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0424: "Security Holes"
Replies: 88
Views: 32921

Re: "Security Holes" discussion

Myrddin wrote:elven backdoor !


That's hot.
by Cynical Jawa
Fri May 16, 2008 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0424: "Security Holes"
Replies: 88
Views: 32921

Re: "Security Holes" discussion

Har har, burn Ubuntu! I run SuSE, so I can be mainstream but maintain hipster cool :P

I'm seriously considering writing a script to add the slackware loophole, though :D
by Cynical Jawa
Wed May 14, 2008 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Courses That Ruined You
Replies: 74
Views: 11547

Re: Science Courses That Ruined You

Wow. I just confirmed my university choices for Physics next year, and you've all got me pissing myself about EM and QM! They'd better not ruin science for me, 'cause my game plan doesn't really involve leaving university for at least the next 10 years :D I'd bitch about something, but I'm in second...
by Cynical Jawa
Mon May 05, 2008 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu 8.04 grub error 25 ftl
Replies: 6
Views: 2011

Re: Ubuntu 8.04 grub error 25 ftl

Oh, give him a break. If you ask a *nix virgin about Linux, odds are the first thing that'll come to mind is Ubuntu. Because it's designed for such virgins, it's the distro most likely to be mentioned outside of *nix circles :) For future reference, Super GRUB Disk saved my delicate, multi-drived be...
by Cynical Jawa
Sat May 03, 2008 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762319

Re: Doctor Who

Hee-hee. Just catching up on last week's episode on iPlayer when I saw this: http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/2900/doctorlollo6.jpg Just to add my £0.01 (ha! Stronger currency! :P): Blink scared the living piss out of me, and the Season 3 finale episodes have been my favourite so far (after the se...
by Cynical Jawa
Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0416: "Zealous Autoconfig"
Replies: 104
Views: 32321

Re: "Zealous Autoconfig" Discussion

Actually, wicrawl does pretty much that. Fire it up, and it'll find and crack any access points it can get its hands on. Aircrack works better though. Yes, I too own a copy of BackTrack for "testing" purposes :P
by Cynical Jawa
Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 401138

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Cantankerous, semi-retired old chemistry teacher: "<pupil>, what drove you to take Chemsitry this year?" Pupil: "I got an A last year!" Teacher: "You see, <pupil>, A's are like arseholes around here: everybody's got one. Now go and get me <chemical> from C5" Pupil: &qu...
by Cynical Jawa
Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:26 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's wrong with highschool dances?
Replies: 135
Views: 12915

Re: What's wrong with highschool dances?

Ah, the waistband trick. Dignity saviour of many, many young men (probably old ones too), including myself. From what I've heard, it helps it go down too as the blood drains better or something.
by Cynical Jawa
Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [PHYSICS] Schrödinger's coin toss?
Replies: 9
Views: 2070

Re: [PHYSICS] Schrödinger's coin toss?

Yes, but surely the point of observation-makes-it-real is still valid? Depending on your interpretation, your observation of the surrounding world collapses wavefunctions into definite, classical things. There's not much uncertainty over what the wavefunctions of macroscopic objects will collapse in...
by Cynical Jawa
Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Structure of metal-trisoxalato compunds
Replies: 13
Views: 4566

Re: Structure of metal-trisoxalato compunds

Thanks for the reply :) The 2- charge applies to the oxalate group as a whole, before bonding (C 2 O 4 2- ) I forgot about the compund's saltiness until last night: it's formed by a reaction between 2K[Al(OH) 4 ] and H 2 C 2 O 4 , so I suppose ionic bonds would make sense. But if a potassium is bond...
by Cynical Jawa
Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I cut off my own skin and put it into Hydrochloric Acid
Replies: 23
Views: 4073

Re: I cut off my own skin and put it into Hydrochloric Acid

First of all, fantastic effort for science! :wink: (I'm not sure what "EW" means but I'm sure it's something similar). Secondly, where are you getting 10M HCl from as a home chemist? I would've thought that concentration would be vaguely controlled or something. As for actual contribution,...
by Cynical Jawa
Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Structure of metal-trisoxalato compunds
Replies: 13
Views: 4566

Structure of metal-trisoxalato compunds

I'm writing up my chemistry investigation for this year, and I've been farting around with K 3 [Al(C 2 O 4 ) 3 ].3H 2 O aka potassium tris(oxalato)aluminate(III) trihydrate. Yes, that old chesnut :P I'm trying to come up with a diagram for the compound, and am having a little difficulty as google pr...
by Cynical Jawa
Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs
Replies: 60
Views: 7849

Re: Musical extremes: The most depressing and most upbeat songs

Oh me yarm WTF no-one has posted Patrick Wolf - Magic Position yet?

I have good memories of singing this with a friend in a Himalayan snowstorm last year (yes, I am name-dropping geography :P). See if you can guess whether it's in the "Happy" or "Sad" category :wink:
by Cynical Jawa
Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's wrong with highschool dances?
Replies: 135
Views: 12915

Re: What's wrong with highschool dances?

Ceilidhs are great. You get to wear a kilt, which instantly makes you 1.5 times manly, and if you look like an eejit when dancing you are guaranteed not to be alone. Furthermore, the whole social thing works completely differently - there's no awkwardness or plucking-up of courage to ask a girl to d...
by Cynical Jawa
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Headphones, of the awesome variety
Replies: 28
Views: 4943

Re: Headphones, of the awesome variety

Seeing as this thread is here, can anyone point me in the right direction for some audio gear? I need something wireless for use in my bedroom, as my house's floors are seem to be made from paper or something. These will be used for music, gaming and movie-watching and I'm really not an audiophile i...
by Cynical Jawa
Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Some startling things
Replies: 17
Views: 2892

Re: Some startling things

Spontaneous reboots are Windows' way of pretending nothing is wrong when something serious has happened. Go My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Startup & Recovery > Settings > Uncheck "Automatically restart" - the next time it happens you'll get a BSOD, which may or may not shed some...
by Cynical Jawa
Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Reusing a PSU as a wall wart
Replies: 16
Views: 3612

Re: Reusing a PSU as a wall wart

picoPSUs are sweet - fantastic for making mini Xboxes. When you say DC power is more efficient, I assume you mean more efficient than having an AC/DC conversion at every device?
by Cynical Jawa
Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Reusing a PSU as a wall wart
Replies: 16
Views: 3612

Re: Reusing a PSU as a wall wart

Actually, it's the PSU from an old Xbox (1) :P Annoyingly, I have a DC plug soldered neatly onto the molex leads and ready go, but it seems I have no paper clips or other pieces of bendy metal in my entire house with which to short PWR_ON and GND! Of course I can just yank them out and solder, but I...
by Cynical Jawa
Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Reusing a PSU as a wall wart
Replies: 16
Views: 3612

Reusing a PSU as a wall wart

I've just come into posession of a second hand router. It's pretty new, only problem is that it doesnt have a power cable. It takes the female cylindrical plug that everything else does, and the specs are printed on the side: 12V, max 1.25A, pin positive. Now, i could buy a generic 12V 1A transforme...
by Cynical Jawa
Tue Jan 01, 2008 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0364: "Responsible Behavior"
Replies: 79
Views: 24768

Re: "Responsible Behavior" Discussion

http://regex.info/exif-thumb/e5c59c8a941f1748f59d357cbad9e4a8-2.jpg I got that when I downloaded the original "It works, bitches!" comic to put on my physics folder this year (I decided that my teacher wouldn't appreciate the word "bitches", so it's an Aperture Science logo inst...
by Cynical Jawa
Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0364: "Responsible Behavior"
Replies: 79
Views: 24768

Re: "Responsible Behavior" Discussion

Man, I wish I was more all up on's my crypto (yo). I understand the simple stuff, mainly from my involvement in Xbox 1 hacking, but only very...simply. Still, easily enough to get this comic - I think it's one of the better ones recently. And tequila is indeed evil. It was the S6 (final year) Christ...
by Cynical Jawa
Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Breaking things!
Replies: 34
Views: 2920

Re: Breaking things!

I text a lot for brief stuff e.g. "When's the xmas piss-up again?" "Want to grab a coffee later?" I am not infrequently drawn into full-length conversations via text, but fully conscious of how stupid it is not to call. I have no beef with T9, but have it off as manual is faster....
by Cynical Jawa
Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I <3 cake (it's not a lie!)
Replies: 63
Views: 3842

Re: I <3 cake (it's not a lie!)

Just want to point out that the no-hair conjecture refers to the black hole itself. There can still be distinctive material falling in, so long as it's outside the event horizon. Or did you mean someone forgot to wear their chef's hat? Eww. Heh-heh. What I meant was that the hole has jagged edges t...
by Cynical Jawa
Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I <3 cake (it's not a lie!)
Replies: 63
Views: 3842

Re: I <3 cake (it's not a lie!)

Aleril wrote:Also, you said it isnt homemade, where was it made?


Oh, just a random local cake shop - Crown Cakes or something. Apparently, it's staffed by some very cool people :)
by Cynical Jawa
Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I <3 cake (it's not a lie!)
Replies: 63
Views: 3842

I <3 cake (it's not a lie!)

About a month ago, my parents were discussing plans for Christmas. As my birthday falls close to this date, it also came up. So did cake. I said, jokingly: "I'm afraid only a physics-related cake will do this year!". Laughter was exchanged, life went on, I forgot entirely about the comment...
by Cynical Jawa
Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1426519

Re: Man Thread: urgghhh Graaag!

Unfortunately I'm at that awkward phase at the end of the teenage years where all I have is a tasche of stubble, some on my chin, and the rest is pretty much a free-for-all of random hair growth. Snap. I don't like being unshaven for more than two to three days as after that point short, manly stub...
by Cynical Jawa
Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482132

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you disgusting specimen of a person - I can't believe you would edit you post to say that!

I wish busting a groove was as easy as Bust-A-MoveTM. Also that people still said "bust a groove".

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