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by Firnagzen
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 54279

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

Anyone else heard of the DnD campaign where one guy had a ring of transportation thrown into the sea, and the other half of the pair had an adamantium plate with a small hole welded to it?
by Firnagzen
Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder
Replies: 833
Views: 174589

Re: Portal 2

The cake is a lie (and not mentioned, surprisingly), but

Spoiler:
GLaDOS is a potato.


Just finished it, and I have to say, I am damned happy.

Spoiler:
I PUT A PORTAL ON THE MOON!
by Firnagzen
Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 398926

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Hmmhm. Looking for a game (MMO preferred) that has an interesting crafting/character twerking system, and isn't cutesy and bright. (In the mood for GRIMDARK.) Any suggestions?

I rather liked Anarchy Online, for example.
by Firnagzen
Fri Jul 16, 2010 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: IF-THEN operations
Replies: 8
Views: 1652

Re: IF-THEN operations

Oh, it's that simple. :oops:

So I simply subtract one number from the other, and check if the MSB is equal to one? Ah.
by Firnagzen
Fri Jul 16, 2010 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: IF-THEN operations
Replies: 8
Views: 1652

IF-THEN operations

I'm designing a very simple computer, essentially for fun. But then, one thing I can't figure out is how IF THEN operations are processed in the ALU. Say I want to compute: "IF the number at register XXXXX is bigger than the one at YYYYY, THEN..." and I load them to the ALU's accumulator (...
by Firnagzen
Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 398926

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Hey guys. Recommend me an MMORPG? Well. The thing is, there's a certain... feel that I feel many MMORPGs lack. One factor is the scale of the worlds; in most MMORPGs, the world is very well known and every inch is carefully mapped. I've only ever come across a few game which actually give the sense ...
by Firnagzen
Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Game of life (Conway's)
Replies: 14
Views: 3348

Re: Game of life (Conway's)

I plan on a simple design that I can continuously add to*, hence my desire for discrete modules. Also, for some reason, I dislike programming microcontrollers. I mean, yes, I can do it reasonably well (picaxe), but still ... *I have one of those butane soldering torches. I can build small modules, o...
by Firnagzen
Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Game of life (Conway's)
Replies: 14
Views: 3348

Re: Game of life (Conway's)

Pretty much, yeah. Trying to figure out a quick, tileable design that I can, well, replicate and keep on adding. :D
by Firnagzen
Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Game of life (Conway's)
Replies: 14
Views: 3348

Game of life (Conway's)

Not entirely sure whether this fits better here or in the Computer Science forum. Anyway, does anyone know of a simple way to construct Conway's game of life from standard logic gates and stuff? I vaguely remember someone doing it in LittleBig world or whatever that game was. Something about an AND ...
by Firnagzen
Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Turing machines
Replies: 15
Views: 4383

Re: Turing machines

Actually, I think my analogy was fine. There are general guidelines that don't necessarily dictate that a sentence makes sense , but are helpful/necessary to be able to do things efficiently. Similarly, there might be guidelines that help in programming. Right? In programming, there might not be har...
by Firnagzen
Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Turing machines
Replies: 15
Views: 4383

Re: Turing machines

I see. So no one actually uses turing machines in their 'pure' form except as thought experiments? Ah, well. i'd figured that since they were among the simplest possible computing devices, they might be fun to mess with. Also, makc, we know how people speak. We can list out rules of grammar. Go on, ...
by Firnagzen
Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Turing machines
Replies: 15
Views: 4383

Turing machines

So I read a couple of articles about turing machines. I understand how they work, and can very, very slowly work out simple programs and decipher programs, but it's hideously inefficient. (Basically me actually carrying out the program like that guy in comic 505, only far less awesome.) I'm vaguely ...
by Firnagzen
Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Which MBT would win?
Replies: 3
Views: 2150

Which MBT would win?

In a one on one battle, in terrain non-particularly advantageous to any one tank, which modern main battle tank do you think would win? M1A1 Abrams? Chinese Type 99? Some other tank? I reckon the Type 99 would win, considering they seem to at least match the Abrams in armour and exceed it weaponry. ...
by Firnagzen
Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Big spacecraft (fiction)
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Big spacecraft (fiction)

So I'm rereading Line War (by Neal Asher). It contains a gigantic spacecraft which is said to be unable to orbit planets with tides or tectonic instabilities, because it's so big it'd cause tides shifting and increased tectonic activity. I'm just wondering, how massive would that ship have to be? (A...
by Firnagzen
Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Shotgun spread
Replies: 29
Views: 3678

Re: Shotgun spread

...

Aren't shotguns non-rifled?
by Firnagzen
Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: New motor type?
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Re: New motor type?

Look into how a basic electric buzzer works, you've basically reinvented that, albeit using two electromagnets as opposed to one electromagnet and a iron lump.

Sorry.
by Firnagzen
Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: [Homework] Normal distributions
Replies: 6
Views: 916

Re: [Homework] Normal distributions

It's the variance, but thanks, all: I've figured it out!
by Firnagzen
Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: [Homework] Normal distributions
Replies: 6
Views: 916

Re: [Homework] Normal distributions

Yes, I learned that, though not by name.

2 times sqrt(2.5), which works out to about 3.16. But I don't really see how that helps?
by Firnagzen
Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: [Homework] Normal distributions
Replies: 6
Views: 916

Re: [Homework] Normal distributions

Erm... What's the Z-score? It seems my syllabus is sadly lacking in that aspect. (Pre-university) :oops:


EDIT: I'll add that what I posted was the entirety of the question, word for word. I'm guessing there's some basic assumption that's made that it's solvable with only that data.
by Firnagzen
Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: [Homework] Normal distributions
Replies: 6
Views: 916

[Homework] Normal distributions

Given that X~(u,2.5) and P(X>3.5)=0.970, find u. Well, I've been stuck on this question for a fair bit of time, unforunately. I have no idea how to even start on this, save one, which didn't work out very well. (That was to work backwards from int(f(x))=0.970. It just went on and on and on and event...
by Firnagzen
Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I left some uranium-239 on the table...
Replies: 16
Views: 2167

Re: I left some uranium-239 on the table...

Someone stole half of it?
by Firnagzen
Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Shotgun spread
Replies: 29
Views: 3678

Re: Shotgun spread

Mm, interesting.

Also, to the ducks and steel shot: How about a really strong supermagnet which you wave the duck over so that it rips all the shot out? :D

Silly, but awesome.
by Firnagzen
Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Shotgun spread
Replies: 29
Views: 3678

Shotgun spread

I'm not entirely sure where this goes, since here's two parts to this. I had a thought. Sawn off shotguns don't actually have that much more spread than a regular shotgun, contary to what popular belief, well, believes. The point is that they're easy to conceal. So... Is there actually any way to ma...
by Firnagzen
Fri May 29, 2009 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The wave-particle nature of light
Replies: 18
Views: 2621

Re: The wave-particle nature of light

Courtesy of D. Hofstadter: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Wave-particle.jpg If it in all instances acts like a particle and a wave, then it really is both, in some aspect. Ah, but light doesn't really act like a particle and a wave at the same time. How it behaves depends on how...
by Firnagzen
Wed May 27, 2009 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 410180

Re: Team Fortress 2

aion7 wrote:
Steampowered wrote: * Fixed server crash related to the Jarate



Wait, what?


Someone spilled the stuff on the servers.
by Firnagzen
Tue May 19, 2009 10:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what would you choose as your super power?
Replies: 636
Views: 74430

Re: what would you choose as your super power?

If no one has mentioned it (haven't read the thread), save+load+ retaining the memories. Did anyone see the new (well, relatively) 'The Batman' cartoon? You know that one episode villian who could rewind time like 20 seconds? That would be enough. He dodged every one of Batman's attacks! I know the ...
by Firnagzen
Mon May 18, 2009 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0585: "Outreach"
Replies: 119
Views: 36521

Re: "Outreach" Discussion

For an average white shark, 2100 cubic meters of Helium would be required. / I was wondering when someone was going to calculate this // I laughed real hard at this one. Funniest XKCD in a while. So the tank, assuming 2000 psi (figure pulled off the tubes), we'd need a 15.4 cubic meter tank. Hm. Or...
by Firnagzen
Sat May 02, 2009 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best Way To Make A Homemade Battery?
Replies: 17
Views: 4793

Re: Best Way To Make A Homemade Battery?

Tass wrote:
Firnagzen wrote:Idea! You could build this!


Zamboni piles have output potentials in the kilovolt range, but current output in the nanoampere range


Not what he is looking for.


But so fun. And amazingly cool.
by Firnagzen
Fri May 01, 2009 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best Way To Make A Homemade Battery?
Replies: 17
Views: 4793

Re: Best Way To Make A Homemade Battery?

Idea! You could build this!
by Firnagzen
Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best Way To Make A Homemade Battery?
Replies: 17
Views: 4793

Re: Best Way To Make A Homemade Battery?

Let me note, first, that many, many homemade batteries have very low current output. This means that you *will* have difficulty making something needing more than a couple of mA work. Your best bet is to: a) Build a higher current battery: This will need low resistance between electrodes and electro...
by Firnagzen
Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Comical mistakes in your homework.
Replies: 144
Views: 17672

Re: Comical mistakes in your homework.

[quote="ecshafer"]amazing velocity of i9^16 meters per second[quote]

An imaginary speed? AWESOME! Would that be velocity in another dimension? (Since, y'know, imaginary numbers are perpendicular to normal numbers... :mrgreen: )
by Firnagzen
Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0566: "Matrix Revisited"
Replies: 201
Views: 33762

Re: "Matrix Revisited" Discussion

Something i've always thought: The machines are, in fact, being merciful towards humans in keeping them alive and using them as power sources. The human body is horribly inefficient in terms of possible output kinetic energy, a whole lot more of the energy goes into maintaining the body and growth. ...
by Firnagzen
Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0565: "Security Question"
Replies: 96
Views: 22122

Re: "Security Question" Discussion

The chair's back disappears and reappears.

Interesting.

Time Lord, tardis, bodies... hmmm...
by Firnagzen
Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0562: "Parking"
Replies: 193
Views: 79449

Re: "Parking" Discussion

I've always wished that giant chain saws would randomly emerge from the ground under those painted strips randomly and carve up cars parked across the lines.
by Firnagzen
Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216321

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

Hey guys. So far we've discussed weapons in detail, and I had a thought: How about a shield? Say you have a decent reach (1m or so?) weapon you can use with one hand effectively (Like that ball headed club). Would a riot shield be a good thing to pick up in your off hand?
by Firnagzen
Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Organic Vegetables
Replies: 73
Views: 4598

Re: Organic Vegetables

This conversation is about the MISNOMER "organic", as far as I'm aware, not the legitimacy of the choice. I really don't think calling people idiots for being concerned about the presence of things like organophosphates, which have been linked to some very serious diseases even in low dos...
by Firnagzen
Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Organic Vegetables
Replies: 73
Views: 4598

Re: Organic Vegetables

i once saw organic salt being sold which frankly raises questions given any definition of organic. Yes. I saw this too and was so annoyed for the rest of the day. Idiots. What's worst was that I saw it in someone's trolley at the cashier. *Sighs* What the heck is wrong with chemical, people? Everyt...
by Firnagzen
Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Will creating life be possible in the future?
Replies: 30
Views: 4726

Re: Will creating life be possible in the future?

It be possible now. Man+woman= Kid!

:lol:

Sorry. But eh, I feel that the whole thing about 'soul' is a bit iffy. Also, biologists aren't even sure how to define life as is. So can we create life? Well... Best answer is that we'll see.
by Firnagzen
Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216321

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

Does the zombie still have stomach acid? Also do our zombies smell like they're decaying, if so, why don't they get eaten by flies? How will they regenerate the microscopic muscle tears caused by every day activity? If they don't, why don't they fall apart after a week or two? Why don't you just ge...
by Firnagzen
Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Which of Valve's creative guns doyou want?
Replies: 120
Views: 20833

Re: Which of Valve's creative guns doyou want?

Re: Pushing a portal through another portal. OK, so say we do it in the way Xanthir mentioned. We put the orange portal on the wall, with the usual orientation, and the blue portal on an oval-shaped piece of wood, which we hold such that the major axis points toward the orange portal ("bottom&...

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