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by VDOgamez
Wed May 25, 2011 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 184423

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

My first try went from a military regiment to the parent country, and then linked to various regions before getting to the united nations, then "organization". That page starts out "An organization (or organisation — see spelling differences)" which soon led me to language, and t...
by VDOgamez
Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8671
Views: 1827161

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

I actually came up with a similar idea when I read the comic, before seeing this: :twisted:
by VDOgamez
Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A 12-year-old developing new Theory of Relativity
Replies: 105
Views: 13018

Re: A 12-year-old developing new Theory of Relativity

I don't understand why he is getting more attention than all of the other people as smart as he. Is it merely because he's making controversial statements publicly? Because his mother is showing him off? His IQ may make him one in a million, but there are seven thousand people at least as smart.
by VDOgamez
Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 1999574

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

joshz wrote:Been using floats?

Yeah, exactly that. Is there something inherent in the way floating point variables function that would cause such a problem?
by VDOgamez
Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 1999574

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I'm writing a simulation that involves the interactions of particles using vector math to calculate their movement, and I've noticed a really annoying bug that I can't figure out. All of the particles, no matter what, have a tendency to move away from the origin point. It looked like it had somethin...
by VDOgamez
Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 51676

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

He may not have been trying to be a jerk, but if I were accosted for my choice in speakers like that, I certainly would. "Actually, do you guys sell piezoelectric transducers? I could probably get one of those to work as a speaker." :twisted:
by VDOgamez
Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School Pranks
Replies: 684
Views: 89093

Re: High School Pranks

My school has an unimaginably inefficient network setup. All of the traffic is bottlenecked through a single switch, which is easily overloaded. Every day, at lunch, it all but crashes from the load of the database transactions when the scanners read our IDs, and it lags for the rest of the day. The...
by VDOgamez
Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 116649

Re: My school fails at computer security...

My school has all of the common restrictions in place for students, but apparently ALSO made student accounts count as administrators. So if you bypass the restrictions, you get admin privileges. This includes getting the administrator password for the computer, which I can subsequently log in under...
by VDOgamez
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Photoshop Name Trademark Degredation
Replies: 16
Views: 2807

Re: Photoshop Name Trademark Degredation

I glanced at the newspaper comics on my dining room table this morning and saw that there was one that did this exact thing, with a character trying to "photoshop" a disturbing mental image. I don't remember which one, but it made me think about this subject.
by VDOgamez
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"
Replies: 143
Views: 35547

Re: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"

The Pearl Harbor one made me chuckle. Also, the first pig's house erupted in a spectacular fireball. Oh, the humanity! Wouldn't that be "Oh, the porcinity ?" The Narnia one was rather awesome. The monitor might cause bugs, but if you moved everything inside the wardrobe, so that the only ...
by VDOgamez
Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA Mission Successfully Flies by Comet Hartley 2...
Replies: 17
Views: 3970

Re: NASA Mission Successfully Flies by Comet Hartley 2...

It's a punching arm! :D
by VDOgamez
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Massive DDoS attack in Burma ahead of election
Replies: 7
Views: 1633

Re: Massive DDoS attack in Burma ahead of election

They just *really* want another Minecraft update. Heh. Wait, then why would they be attacking Burma and not Sweden? Unless you mean that Burmans(?) really want the update and are sending the attack. Actually, that brings up a point. What if a DDoS attack originated within a country like Burma again...
by VDOgamez
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Researchers discover how to erase memory
Replies: 62
Views: 7168

Re: Researchers discover how to erase memory

I noticed that this isn't the kind of memory erasure that would cause any reason for alarm. It erases memories of extreme fear through chemical treatment and therapy, something which would be difficult to administer unwillingly. For example, it doesn't allow the government to erase your memory of yo...
by VDOgamez
Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The brain of Henry Molaison, the Momento Man
Replies: 27
Views: 5860

Re: The brain of Henry Molaison, the Momento Man

morriswalters wrote:I feel like a dunce. I pointed to the article because is was an interesting look at how we learn even from mistakes, and in this case, how the mistake gave hints to questions still being probed today. :oops:

I'm pretty certain that Mr. Molaison doesn't learn from mistakes anymore... :roll:
by VDOgamez
Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 177046

Re: Making the world a weirder place

What have I done? Hmm... Whenever I leave class from a lab, I keep all of the disposable safety equipment. People see me going down the halls with a mask and rubber gloves, and tend to avoid me, especially if I glare and snap back my glove. This has been helpful several times for random humor, as we...
by VDOgamez
Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about the speed of light
Replies: 19
Views: 3090

Re: Question about the speed of light

Technically, the speed of light is less than c just about everywhere. The speed of light is only equal to c in a vacuum, perfect vacuums are not normal in nature. Especially when you take virtual particles into account, but that may not affect light, I don't know. But the speed of light is not const...
by VDOgamez
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A question about frame-dragging and the ergosphere
Replies: 9
Views: 1760

Re: A question about frame-dragging and the ergosphere

So does this mean that you would have effectively traveled faster than light, making this count as "faster-than-light" travel? (in the same way that a wormhole might hypothetically get you somewhere faster than light and therefore is called faster-than-light travel)
by VDOgamez
Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 481304

Re: Favorite home experiments

I like the experiment where you mix fuming sulfuric acid with azeotropic nitric acid and slowly add glycerin, then pour into another container and pour off all but the nitroglycerin settled at the bottom. Really, though, an experiment I think would be neat to try is building a Marx generator, then h...
by VDOgamez
Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A question about frame-dragging and the ergosphere
Replies: 9
Views: 1760

A question about frame-dragging and the ergosphere

The ergosphere is a region outside of a rotating black hole in which spacetime is frame-dragged faster than the speed of light, if I understand correctly. The following question applies to anywhere with a moving spacetime, but especially within the ergosphere (but outside of the event horizon). Now,...
by VDOgamez
Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Completely new and science fictiony weapon developed.
Replies: 68
Views: 7890

Re: Completely new and science fictiony weapon developed.

That is some extremely impressive, if horrifying, software right there. It specifically zeroes in on a target and takes over the control systems to destroy an industrial plant. It could make something blow itself apart by changing the right settings. Like a power plant. Like a nuclear power plant. T...
by VDOgamez
Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The perfect writing tool (to write on paper. directly.)
Replies: 68
Views: 19151

Re: The perfect writing tool (to write on paper. directly.)

I tend to use this neat pen I have with a laser pointer on it. It's much more fun then using a pencil, but I admit that error correction is hard. Also, my paper has the tendency to burst into flames. (What, did you think I was using the pen part?) Seriously, though, I have this amazing pen. Twisting...
by VDOgamez
Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Could a human teacher enjoy teaching a neural network?
Replies: 20
Views: 5539

Re: Could a human teacher enjoy teaching a neural network?

I'd just like to say that I love teaching neural networks. Especially when they're ones that I'm implementing. But I'm kind of weird like that.
by VDOgamez
Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radioactive decay rates not constant
Replies: 42
Views: 6742

Re: Radioactive decay rates not constant

So, what we're suggesting is that something that can't interact with anything is changing something that can't be changed.

This is beginning to sound like an episode of some sci-fi show.
by VDOgamez
Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Danes danes danes in in in space space space space
Replies: 18
Views: 3179

Re: Danes danes danes in in in space space space space

I'd like to point out what it says on the Copenhagen Suborbitals website in big bold letters: "DESPITE WHAT YOU MIGHT READ IN THE NEWS, THIS IS A TEST ROCKET FLYING TO A MAX OF 30 KM (NOT INTO SPACE)" Also, doesn't just about anything count as a chemical?
by VDOgamez
Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 116649

Re: My school fails at computer security...

At my school, there's some huge flaw in the security. If you go into command prompt, you can enter net user administrator admin and it sets the computer's administrator password to "admin". From there you can get to the administrative account and do all sorts of fun stuff. :mrgreen: Also, ...
by VDOgamez
Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0758: "Raptor Fences"
Replies: 72
Views: 16112

Re: "Raptor Fences" discussion (#758)

Well, I don't know about raptors, but I apparently have a tiny Randall in my head. I had that dream last night. :shock:
by VDOgamez
Tue May 25, 2010 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sante Fe-ing of the World
Replies: 22
Views: 3404

Re: Sante Fe-ing of the World

There are ways under development to make telecommuting to manual jobs possible. Just make remote controlled robots to do the work, and have the craftsman use them over the internet! :P
by VDOgamez
Tue May 25, 2010 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Appoints Cyber Warfare General; It's Not Cory Doctorow
Replies: 3
Views: 1094

Re: U.S. Appoints Cyber Warfare General; It's Not Cory Docto

I think they need to start the 4chan Special Forces Division. :D
by VDOgamez
Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German politicians suggest Greece should sell some islands
Replies: 29
Views: 3998

Re: German politicians suggest Greece should sell some islan

Well, I read somewhere that the Pirate Bay was considering buying an island and starting a micronation, in order to become free of national laws...
by VDOgamez
Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 399043

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Not a teacher, but school staff during class: PA: "Attention students and faculty: We are having a tornado drill. Please escort your students to a tornado-safe zone, and assume the position! Wait..." *Speaker bursts into hysterical laughter* *Most of the school starts laughing, too* *I sna...
by VDOgamez
Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Give Us Your Fingerprints And The Mexicans Will Leave
Replies: 24
Views: 2366

Re: Give Us Your Fingerprints And The Mexicans Will Leave

Isn't there a law in some place that says that you have to file income from drug dealings? Also, they're thinking too small. We need full DNA biometrics as well, and a GPS receiver built into the cards so your position will be known at all times. Make it illegal to not have it. The government must k...
by VDOgamez
Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 69360

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

This isn't as much being unable to teach as it is teaching in a way I dislike. My teacher always dismisses my comments by saying, "Yes, that's right, but we aren't covering anything anywhere near that deep." Yesterday when he asked the class during a quantum physics lecture why a ball glow...
by VDOgamez
Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School Pranks
Replies: 684
Views: 89093

Re: High School Pranks

I didn't actually do this, but I really wanted to: The school at one point a few years ago had radon detectors in all of the classrooms to detect radiation for safety standards. I really wanted to take some radioactive material and hang it up next to the detector, but my physics teacher wouldn't let...
by VDOgamez
Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Uganda considering imposing death penalty on HIV+ gays
Replies: 34
Views: 4354

Re: Uganda considering imposing death penalty on HIV+ gays

Do these laws apply only to citizens, or to anybody in the country? If the latter, there are going to be some major problems. If a homosexual passes through the country on a trip, are they arrested? Then, if they test positive for HIV are they killed? What if a person's airplane stops there to trans...
by VDOgamez
Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Does anybody know how to use Eclipse for C++?
Replies: 5
Views: 897

Re: Does anybody know how to use Eclipse for C++?

Yeah, it is. I can run the programs from the command prompt and everything. I can't find any documentation as to what may be happening.
by VDOgamez
Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Awesome Acheivements
Replies: 116
Views: 12826

Re: Awesome Acheivements

I wrote a mod for the game Minecraft, a game where the world is made up of cube tiles that you use to build stuff. What it does is scans a 3D model and puts it into the game in block form. I am proud of it.
by VDOgamez
Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Does anybody know how to use Eclipse for C++?
Replies: 5
Views: 897

Does anybody know how to use Eclipse for C++?

I am trying to run Eclipse to use C++, and am using Cygwin for my toolchain. Unfortunately, even though all of the necessary commands, such as gcc, make, etc. work in Command Prompt, Eclipse claims that there are no toolchains available. Does anybody have any ideas? (The Eclipse forums aren't active...
by VDOgamez
Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0677: "Asshole"
Replies: 84
Views: 21131

Re: "Asshole" Discussion

My friend Mr. Internet says that scone is recognized to be pronounced as both "s-cone" and "s-con", with a small majority leaning towards the latter in Britain, and a large majority in Scotland. America has a majority that pronounces it as the former. My personal opinion is that ...
by VDOgamez
Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 12 Craziest Google Interview Questions
Replies: 67
Views: 13563

Re: 12 Craziest Google Interview Questions

I'm surprised that on this forum of all places nobody has noticed that in the context of Google, Dead beef can be taken to mean...
Spoiler:
DEADBEEF, which is a famous memory address in many IBM systems that marks newly allocated memory. :roll:

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