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by was_fired
Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 61156

Re: 0889: Turtles

He hasn't figured out that he's a tortoise. Turtles don't live to be 50 years old.


Actually, some species of turtles can live for more than fifty years, including alligator snapping turtles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alligator_snapping_turtle
by was_fired
Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88693

Re: 0806: Tech Support

I'm definitely bringing this up the next time I'm on the phone with tier 2 or 3 support for one of our vendors. Any company that kept a message about reticulating splines in a message has to have some guys who read XKCD in their higher tiers. :P
by was_fired
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56673

Re: "1996" Discussion

I have to second the battery life argument. My TI-83+ has a battery life that can easily put my droid incredible to shame. I wouldn't be surprised if it can run for over one hundred hours on four double A batteries which are dirt cheap compared to the forty dollar rechargeable battery in my phone wh...
by was_fired
Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 44543

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

That comic managed to get my eyes wet and by the time I finished the video I was tearing up. He really was a saint.
by was_fired
Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: BSOD: Vista worse?
Replies: 33
Views: 2887

Re: BSOD: Vista worse?

ME was by far the worst with 98 being number two. As for 2000 vs XP vs Vista this one is a bit more complicated. On a dual core XP and Vista will beat 2000 hands down. Likewise if you are running on a laptop XP will almost most likely beat Vista. On a well made desktop that remains on most of the ti...
by was_fired
Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Email Efficiency
Replies: 9
Views: 1642

Re: Email Efficiency

I don't think that there is an easy way to do that. Of course for long email threads deleting all but the last message (doubly so if attachments have been going back and forth) can result in a lot more free space. I'm kinda disappointed MS didn't include email conversations in Exchange 2007, maybe i...
by was_fired
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Email Efficiency
Replies: 9
Views: 1642

Re: Email Efficiency

It's largely an issue of data integrity. The larger a mail database is the higher the probability that something will go wrong. Once you go beyond 1GB the odds of this are high. Once you go beyond 2GB the odds of this are very high in Exchange 2003 (which they are using). This also increases the deg...
by was_fired
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Email Efficiency
Replies: 9
Views: 1642

Re: Email Efficiency

I was thinking of computational efficiency rather than spacial in this case. My thought is that since Entourage retrieves email from Exchange by date it's O(N) for computational time (provided Exchange stores email by date which I think it does). Since the only steps involved should be: check to see...
by was_fired
Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Email Efficiency
Replies: 9
Views: 1642

Email Efficiency

After dealing with a user who has a 5GB exchange mailbox and entourage I asked myself what the computational efficiency was for email archives and updating email. After I cursed for a while about why a user should NEVER have 5GB of email doubly so when using Entourage which has a tendency to break a...
by was_fired
Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: LEDs Vs. Lightbulbs
Replies: 23
Views: 2571

Re: LEDs Vs. Lightbulbs

Given I have two 40 Watt heat lamps over my leopard geckos tank for heating, yes I do like it as a heating / lighting solution. Each bulb raises the temperature of his tank by about ten degrees, and also produce a temperature gradient that makes it so he can find regions at whatever temperature his ...
by was_fired
Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Looking for Players for RPG [Washington, DC]
Replies: 0
Views: 718

Looking for Players for RPG [Washington, DC]

Hi, I'm 21, fresh out of college, in dupont circle and looking for players. I know that odds are I won't find anyone here, but there's no harm in trying. I will be running a TOCC campaign and right now I am looking for three to four players. TOCC is based on D&D 3.5, but the combat is a lot more...
by was_fired
Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Numerology
Replies: 16
Views: 2449

Re: Numerology

Phelps only set world records for 7 of his 8 golds. In the 100 m butterfly, he only set a new olympic record. Don't you just 'ate when the numbers don't quite work out perfectly? :D Nah, that isn't a problem. The first rule about pseudoscience is that you can always cook the books. It's like how do...
by was_fired
Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Numerology
Replies: 16
Views: 2449

Re: Numerology

I don't think the weather is a major factor when you're swimming in an indoor pool, but I can see how it might matter for the other events that don't foretell the doom of the world.
by was_fired
Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Resolution of the human eye?
Replies: 23
Views: 3535

Re: Resolution of the human eye?

Mostly I'm concerned about the brain's plasticity, and how this would reshape our perception of the world. For example, could the brain keep up with the entire eye having the same level of detail that is currently reserved for the macula? Obviously no one knows the answer to this sort of question ye...
by was_fired
Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Resolution of the human eye?
Replies: 23
Views: 3535

Re: Resolution of the human eye?

I have to say this is all very interesting. Now with luck the real question will soon become, can the brain keep up with superior artificial or genetically engineered eyes?
by was_fired
Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D-like free / open game system?
Replies: 17
Views: 4011

Re: D&D-like free / open game system?

There is also TOCC, but the rules are in need of an overhaul to make them more accessible for new players.
by was_fired
Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Your perfect d&d group
Replies: 23
Views: 2364

Re: Your perfect d&d group

Who needs celebrities? I game with friends and to me, my ideal group is a bunch of friends who know the system well and who are in a creative mood (so not tired and out of it from a long day of work or otherwise distracted).
by was_fired
Sat Jul 26, 2008 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Recent thread re engineers and creationism?
Replies: 76
Views: 6389

Re: Recent thread re engineers and creationism?

Heh, I don't think anyone who uses a computer on a regular basis fails to come up with some level of paranormal explanation of things. Even experienced technician encounter problems that they just can't figure out and go away after the computer is shut down or a week passes seemingly without any sor...
by was_fired
Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Recommend a Game
Replies: 143
Views: 45019

Re: Recommend a Game

TOCC A free pen and paper RPG that's as much of a knock off of D&D as a reinvention of it. You and your friends control the standard party of adventurers in a world filled with monsters. The big difference is that there really isn't a major monetary incentive for looting since there aren't expe...
by was_fired
Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Failing to be science.
Replies: 6
Views: 1854

Re: Failing to be science.

While it isn't perfect Popper's falsification requirement for science is a nice litmus test. Basically, if there is no way something could be proven wrong then it isn't science. For example the statement, "Once perfected physics will be able to explain everything." Since we will never be a...
by was_fired
Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: On July Fourth of this year, America will blow up the moon.
Replies: 24
Views: 2776

Re: On July Fourth of this year, America will blow up the moon.

I'm starting to wonder if we could even blow a small chunk of the moon off. Now I don't think nukes would work in the best case scenario we vaporize some rock which flies off into space since the moon wouldn't have sufficient gravity to keep it, but even then it wouldn't be much rock. If we detonate...
by was_fired
Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

Re: How to make my site look professional

That... doesn't make any sense. Nested divs have no effect on printing whatsoever. You are simply experiencing some side-effect of other rules which are still in effect during printing. ...And, I probably just found it. You are styling *all* divs as being overflow:none. Why is this? Kill that rule,...
by was_fired
Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

Re: How to make my site look professional

That doesn't actually solve my problem which comes from nested divs. I tried using a special print style sheet, but block style divs just get cut off at the end of the page, and inline divs went haywire if the document went on for more than a page. So I just wrote that print function as a work aroun...
by was_fired
Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

Re: How to make my site look professional

That's a lot to consider, but I can definitely see your points. Since I just made the logo it hadn't even occurred to me that I should add it to the character sheets, but you're right, I should. I'll try to think of some way to present the monster information other than tables, but nothing really co...
by was_fired
Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

Re: How to make my site look professional

I used that particular javascript solution since it minimized the work the servers have to do. Instead of having to parse data they just send a less than legal html file via an XML request which the browser then writes into that division. The anchors are there to allow the AJAX code to have a memory...
by was_fired
Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

Re: How to make my site look professional

That is a great site and you have managed to get high up on google's listings. I had you on the first page for "rabbit ranch" and the fifth for "Rabbit Breeders Holland Lops". Only thing that caused me some trouble is that I have a horizontal scroll bar on the main page which mad...
by was_fired
Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

Re: How to make my site look professional

Many thanks, for all of the advice so far. I did my best to fix the color scheme. I went with green since it would be the most visible, and I forgot that was because it clashed horribly. I guess my next task if sorting out the logo and then the email address. The logo came from a trial program. I th...
by was_fired
Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

Re: How to make my site look professional

I just wanted to report that I now have enabled back button, forward button and linking capabilities on my site. Downside is these don't work with IE, but that's what it gets for ignoring standards compliance. :)
by was_fired
Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

Re: How to make my site look professional

Thanks for pointing that out one. The bug has been fixed there should be no horizontal scrollbar now.

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I just made a logo for it. It isn't much, but you guys were right it really does help.
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by was_fired
Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

Re: How to make my site look professional

Thanks for all the advice so far. Keep it coming. I've removed a good number of the backgrounds, switched the font to arial which is easier to read on computers, changed the link coloring around, fixed the margins and cleaned up my email picture. So how does it look and how can I make it better?
by was_fired
Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

Re: How to make my site look professional

Well I definitely broke some of the HTML hell rules so I need to start fixing those problems. Many thanks for that link. I also see what the two of you mean about the background images. When I just had fixed colors I was told the site looked too plain and unfinished so I did my best to use readable ...
by was_fired
Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make my site look professional
Replies: 32
Views: 3617

How to make my site look professional

Hi, I just started working on a proper website for TOCC, a pen and paper RPG I wrote, and I was curious if I could get some advice about how to make the site look more professional and useful. Now I'm not trying to sell TOCC, my goal is just to give it away and have people play it. So this isn't a f...
by was_fired
Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Train that doesn't stop
Replies: 17
Views: 2731

Re: Train that doesn't stop

This isn't suited for long distance, but I suppose it could be used as a more advanced light rail system. Even if used as such it has serious issues. Since you have a docking train as well as the main transit train this limits how many people can get on and off at a time which means any high traffic...
by was_fired
Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Death by Compressed Air?
Replies: 36
Views: 15145

Re: Death by Compressed Air?

It could happen if you had an open cut or something that you didn't know about. Even then the odds wouldn't be very high, but when dealing with invisible dangerous humans are normally a lot more cautious than we need to be. Just think about how crazy people get over minors risks of food borne bacter...
by was_fired
Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Deus Ex
Replies: 154
Views: 36571

Re: Deus Ex

Oh a bit random, but you can avoid killing MIBs since they if you tranc them they pass out. It just takes two tranc darts to deal with them instead of one. I have no clue about the MJ12 commandos since those guys always scared me.
by was_fired
Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Deus Ex
Replies: 154
Views: 36571

Re: Deus Ex

Best godamn game ever EDIT: Also, everyone's hating on dx2. How bad is it? Are we talking, "disappointing compared to deus ex" or "killed three of the playtesters when their arms unwillingly strangled them to escape the torture"? I'll probably end up playing it for the story any...
by was_fired
Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Deus Ex
Replies: 154
Views: 36571

Re: Deus Ex

I've beaten it a few times, but mostly I used the same classic method every time since that's how I enjoyed getting through the story. Greasles and grays never really scared me to be honest, but I loathed spider bots. I didn't want to use my GEP gun on them so I carried a sawed off shotgun with sabb...
by was_fired
Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Optimizing Kinetic Energy While Driving
Replies: 7
Views: 1661

Re: Optimizing Kinetic Energy While Driving

It's true your best option is to coast to a stop, but that doesn't mean applying breaks as late as possible. Doing that would mean slamming your breaks on at the lost second as hard as you can, which even if it wasn't a bit dangerous, is less efficient than applying them gently to slow you down if r...
by was_fired
Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pressure vs. Temperature in a Thermos
Replies: 6
Views: 1537

Re: Pressure vs. Temperature in a Thermos

It doesn't work with water, but it would work with most other substances. So replace water with frozen mercury for example and you will explode the thermos.
by was_fired
Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If magic were to exist....
Replies: 56
Views: 7338

Re: If magic were to exist....

It would certainly solve a lot of energy problems depending, of course, where you got it from. And I'd imagine by the 17th-19th centuries there would have been quite a lot of scientific study on it by then. Oddly enough it could even have lead to technology not developing as quickly since an ever a...

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