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by sparkyb
Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Superuser: "What are the Windows A: and B: drives used for?"
Replies: 38
Views: 13901

Re: Superuser: "What are the Windows A: and B: drives used f

Back in the day my parents definitely had computers with A:, B:, and C: drives, because they had both 5.25" and 3.5" floppy drives. However my first computer (a hand-me-down from my dad) was a Tandy with 2 5.25" drives and no hard drive. The A: drive typically held my DOS disk and so ...
by sparkyb
Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C - Int question
Replies: 9
Views: 3189

Re: C - Int question

Something else to consider. I don't know if this is a rule in general, but personally I find arrays of arrays to be very confusing and easy to mix up which is which so my personal rule is to never use them. I'll always just use a single array of size WIDTH*HEIGHT and then to index it all you have do...
by sparkyb
Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: 80 column line limits
Replies: 15
Views: 13406

Re: 80 column line limits

In visual studio I tend towards whatever-width-I-feel-like. Most devs at work run VS full screen, potentially with the code files themselves full screen. Screen width isn't generally an issue. I can see >170 characters right now I agree with you, but at my office a number of devs with VS full scree...
by sparkyb
Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cappuccino/Caffe Latte/ Caffe Macchiato/Cafe au lait
Replies: 16
Views: 10314

Re: Cappuccino/Caffe Latte/ Caffe Macchiato/Cafe au lait

Had to necro this thread to share this awesome video. 27 Drinks Made From Coffee. They have nice little diagrams that show the difference of ingredients and proportions in each. Also, I'm surprised there's no dedicated coffee thread like there is for beer, tea, cheese, mushrooms, etc.
by sparkyb
Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 91351

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

It's not the t/d I like to switch up, I like to drop the t sound when a word has nt in it. So printer sounds like prinner, and winter sounds like winner.
by sparkyb
Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9979
Views: 1977354

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Xeio wrote:opening a command prompt is annoying.

Not if you're configured Windows Explorer to have a "Open Command Prompt Here" option on the right click menu of every folder. It is a godsend.
by sparkyb
Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: parallel ports
Replies: 9
Views: 5038

Re: parallel ports

Doesn't Windows still report them as being parallel ports when you plug them in? No, that's the problem. Windows reports it as a printer. Basically it takes the work of converting printer commands to the pulsing of pins in a parallel port and pushes that from the Windows driver software down into t...
by sparkyb
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90173
Views: 9105551

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

I wish there was a way I could live in an area where I can buy a 3 bedroom house on 100 acres of land for 200,0000 dollars, and still work in an area of the country where I can make enough money to afford that. Or even have a job related to my degree. As near as I can tell, rural Pennsylvania doesn...
by sparkyb
Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Not Equals
Replies: 91
Views: 70969

Re: Not Equals

dii wrote:π ⇐ 3.14; defining a constant


FTFY
by sparkyb
Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: keyboard emulation from game port
Replies: 3
Views: 3217

Re: keyboard emulation from game port

On my laptop I use a piece of software called AutoHotkey that allows you to write custom keyboard macros. I use to turn my laptop's browser forward button into a sort of function key so that when I press browser back plus up/down/left/right I get pageup/pagedown/home/end. However, AutoHotkey also ha...
by sparkyb
Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: parallel ports
Replies: 9
Views: 5038

Re: parallel ports

I know USB-to-parallel adapters can be kind of dodgy, but I always figured PCI-based parallel ports would be at least as compatible as a standard port on the motherboard (i.e. both would require finagling with the permissions in Windows). I've never seen a USB-to-parallel adapter, and I've looked. ...
by sparkyb
Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: XBox One
Replies: 90
Views: 19225

Re: XBox One

While there is a case for "A company listened to feedback and changed" that's the idealistic way of looking at it. The things they have changed, gone back on and backed out of are changes that even I could see at a glance were features that the game playing community just plain didn't wan...
by sparkyb
Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Burn Notice
Replies: 70
Views: 30594

Re: Burn Notice

My thoughts on the series finale I'm so mad about this finale. It almost ruins the entire series for me. I was upset at the beginning of the season when Michael and Fi broke up and did want them to get back together. However, by the end I think the writers did a really bad job at having me care ...
by sparkyb
Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Top 10 movies of 2012
Replies: 21
Views: 11268

Re: Top 10 movies of 2012

It turns out I've seen 15 of these 2012 movies, mostly on video. A lot of the ones I saw I didn't treat seriously so I don't remember enough of what I thought to really rank them. For instance, I know I was exciting about Dark Knight Rises (watched the previous 2 in the series same day as going to s...
by sparkyb
Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1166080

Re: What are you listening to?

It's a very old song and it brings alive so many great memories Alien Ant Farm - Movies It's a very old song very old song Ow. My pride. I agree with Rebecca. I don't think she meant an old song like saying she was a little kid or it was before her time (which would make me feel old). Yes I was an ...
by sparkyb
Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 604164

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Anyone do any urban exploration? I'm particularly interested in abandoned buildings, with an emphasis on factories. I also find that interesting. The only such exploring I've done around here was some construction sites near where I live, but it was a close call because it turns out they had more s...
by sparkyb
Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: XBox One
Replies: 90
Views: 19225

Re: XBox One

The point is that the reason the PS3 outsold the 360 is because Playstation is the more well liked brand; the Xbox One is going to have a difficult enough time overcoming that without the PS4 being cheaper. I'm not so sure about that. I haven't gotten the impression that Playstation was a more like...
by sparkyb
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 604164

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

I think there are some places where it works backwards and the management company / landlord ends up paying the broker's fee. At least I think that's what happened with my last apartment. That makes a lot more sense to me as that's how it works when you buy a house. The commission for both the buyer...
by sparkyb
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: XBox One
Replies: 90
Views: 19225

Re: XBox One

But there was truth in the concept that if you are guaranteed to have a Kinect on the user side, designers can change the way they think about the design of their games. Even if all Xbones will still ship with a Kinect(I don't know if this is the case. At least one source I read said the Kinect dec...
by sparkyb
Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Skipping Over Classes
Replies: 13
Views: 8928

Re: Skipping Over Classes

One possibility if the university allows it would be to crash study calc 1 now and take the test, and if you pass then take both 1&2 at once. You'll still have to do all the work of both courses that way, but it provides a couple of benefits: (1) vs. taking just calc 2 now, it gives you a safet...
by sparkyb
Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] POLL: Are you religious?
Replies: 139
Views: 24335

Re: [SAFESPACE] POLL: Are you religious?

I used to need a very bizarre option not present in the poll. "I don't believe in god but practice most/all things required by my religion." Ok, well maybe that overstates it a bit. I was raised very religious from a young age, but through divorce one side of my family (the one I didn't li...
by sparkyb
Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9979
Views: 1977354

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

#define ever ;; That thing where you want to use a certain name as a variable or function/method and some other jerk has defined it as a macro so even scoping and namespaces won't save you. Please don't define words that could easily be used in other contexts as macros. I had a problem recently whe...
by sparkyb
Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Female Vocalists
Replies: 80
Views: 63879

Re: Female Vocalists

Second Halestorm. Particularly Here's to Us and Tell Me Where It Hurts
by sparkyb
Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:14 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Fucking Printers
Replies: 25
Views: 12488

Re: Fucking Printers

I normally hate printers. I gave up my printer in college, and like has been pointed out here, there are plenty of places to get my printing/scanning done. Recently, however, I had to do a project where I wanted to print something with invisible in. A friend who was also fed up with his printer agre...
by sparkyb
Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Specific Rim
Replies: 121
Views: 34862

Re: Specific Rim

I realise it's subjective, but Metacritic would rank the films as Pacific Rim (64%) > Independence Day (59%) > Starship Troopers (51%) > Battleship (41%). I've only seen the first two of those, and would've put Independence Day slightly ahead of Pacific Rim, but I probably overrate Independence Day...
by sparkyb
Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1166080

Re: What are you listening to?

Today I basically just been listening to Macklemore - "Same Love" on loop. It was the song playing on the radio when I woke up two days in a row, and apparently that is all it takes to get hooked on something.
by sparkyb
Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9979
Views: 1977354

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I'm all in favor of auto. In fact, I think my company is going to start to allow us to use auto. But when I see things like lambda I think "this is not C++".
by sparkyb
Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 257210

Re: The worst film you've seen

mathmannix wrote:I don't think I've ever actually walked out of a theatre during a movie, but there have been ... very close calls I can remember:

This.

And this may be controversial but for me that movie was Magnolia
by sparkyb
Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 226236

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Bakemaster wrote:Ketchup is a pretty crap condiment.


I just view ketchup as a condiment that tried to be bbq sauce and failed miserably.

Bakemaster wrote:Pineapple pizza is a kind of controversial topic.


I love pineapple, I love pizza, it is a little disappointing that putting these two good things together ruins both of them.
by sparkyb
Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9979
Views: 1977354

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Confession: When I see someone using all sorts of advanced C++11 features, I can't decide if I should be jealous that I cannot take advantage of them because in my industry adoption of new language features is slow, or if I should be smug that they may think they're showing off using advanced featur...
by sparkyb
Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How to convince a friend the equivalence of infinite sets
Replies: 32
Views: 8146

How to convince a friend the equivalence of infinite sets

I have an acquaintance who posted something on Facebook talking about how he doesn't believe that all infinite sets are the same size. I explained that there are indeed different infinities, countable infinity (aleph-zero) versus uncountable infinity, but that though it may seem counter-intuitive yo...
by sparkyb
Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 305286

Re: What is your favourite book?

My favorite book is "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow. It is short so that I pretty much read it in a single sitting every time (because I also can't put it down). I love it because it is an interesting premise of the future, but mostly because of how much I can identify...
by sparkyb
Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What is a model?
Replies: 25
Views: 7056

Re: What is a model?

PHP has probably one of the most hodgepodge models, but seems understandable compared to the totally unintuitive mode of Perl. Perl has a very distinct model, but it sucks at being human readable. No one has mentioned JavaScript. I loath the design/model of JavaScript even more than PHP or Perl. Sim...
by sparkyb
Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Anybody familiar with Georgia State's CS PhD program?
Replies: 5
Views: 5555

Re: Anybody familiar with Georgia State's CS PhD program?

I used to live in Atlanta, somewhat near where Georgia State is. I'm not sure how to tell you if you'll like it there, but I did. I'm from New England, so the south was a bit of a change, but not terrible. I'm a city person and it worked for me. I didn't know anyone moving down there but I made enou...
by sparkyb
Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of
Replies: 760
Views: 281908

Re: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name

Ok, this is really vague so I'm not sure if anyone will be able to identify this, but I've had this fuzzy image of a scene stuck in my head and I can't remember what it is from. It was some movie or TV show and one character knows a secret about another and threatens to expose that secret to basical...
by sparkyb
Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 226236

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Chocolate sprinkles on buttered bread (not toast) is an excellent snack. Do you mean hagelslag? Are you Dutch? Garlic. Everything tastes better with garlic. This is not controversial. Adding my own: Anything "almond-flavored" actually tastes like cherry. Also, Dr. Pepper tastes like a che...
by sparkyb
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Specific Rim
Replies: 121
Views: 34862

Re: pacific rim

For those of you that think Pacific Rim is a mindless, dumb robot explosiongasm, you should take a look at this article that makes a case that it has a depth to the visual storytelling that people are missing because we typically analyze films mostly linguistically, and the intelligence in this movi...
by sparkyb
Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 604164

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Since this now less than a week away, I'm bumping and asking if it'll just be Sprox, sparky and I. I mean, we could just say "only people with handles that start with an S" can come, but that's probably ridiculous. Probably. Right? :P I'm still up for it, but I might just come for the pic...
by sparkyb
Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The 3d Printing Thread
Replies: 15
Views: 4697

Re: The 3d Printing Thread

I've had a bunch of experience with a color Z-corp and a little with a Stratasys in grad school (10 years ago). They definitely look to be getting a lot better and cheaper now. But it is one gadget that I've still had no interest in having of my own. I just can't imagine what I'd use one for, at lea...
by sparkyb
Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90173
Views: 9105551

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

fish: "Synecdoche" is a really weird word. I always have to look that one up. My first thought is "Jewish temple", then I remember that that's synagogue , then I flail for a bit before giving up and asking Google. My first thought is "a city in New York", then I rememb...

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