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by Strange Quark
Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actual Drnukenness!
Replies: 1358
Views: 345692

Re: The drnuk thread

Must... achieve... Ballmer... Peak....
by Strange Quark
Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dell laptop HD partitions
Replies: 6
Views: 2371

Re: Dell laptop HD partitions

I have a dell inspiration and I found that it was possible to resize the partitions with the gparted live CD. You could do that if you don't want to mess about with them. If I remember correctly, one of the partitions was about 10Gb with only about 5Gb used, which seemed rather wasteful.
by Strange Quark
Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 80449

Re: Childhood crackpot theories

I remember hearing something about the universe being infinite (at the current model) or along those lines. I proposed therefore that mathematically there was an infinite chance that something could exist, an infinite number of times. However then I thought; isnt there also an infinite chance that ...
by Strange Quark
Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 83179

Re: help me.. [benefits of Linux]

Dependencies. Linux has a chronic case of dependency hell. Let me explain. In windows there is the win32 api, which is a standard set of function calls that do things like draw buttons or make the sound work. Once a new set of functions is added to the win32 api, those functions are guaranteed to be...
by Strange Quark
Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Light and Air...
Replies: 4
Views: 1076

Re: Light and Air...

Thanks, that's a problem that has been bothering me for a while now put to rest. I'll have a look for that book next time I'm at the library.
by Strange Quark
Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 80449

Re: Childhood crackpot theories

The reason old photographs and TV are black and white is because sometime in the twentieth century the world became colourful. Before then, it was in black and white. I often wondered when the exact date was until one day I decided to ask my first school teacher.
by Strange Quark
Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2413479

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Begin block <introduction>: I am not a bot. I cried when littlefoot's mother died. I am not lying. Human. Have I lied to you? I mean, in this post? I'm a recent physics graduate who's looking advance to further research, possibly to the professional level if I can manage it. As I'd like to retain th...
by Strange Quark
Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8673
Views: 1860568

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

I've gone though 22 pages and nobody did this. I'm shocked.
by Strange Quark
Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 245851

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

I needed a name. I like physics. This is a physics friendly forum. I probably picked the best quark for a name. Could probably have been shorter.
by Strange Quark
Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Light and Air...
Replies: 4
Views: 1076

Light and Air...

...or, in fact, light and any substance with a refractive index. Classically, the permittivity and permeability put into in Maxwell's equations which explain the slower speed. Quantum mechanically, what happens to make the light slow down? I have been working under the notion that photons travel bet...
by Strange Quark
Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can light be bent?
Replies: 46
Views: 5914

Re: Can light be bent?

Evidence that light can bent: the lenses in your eyes are focusing the light from this monitor onto your retina. Light is a wave phenomena, which means that saying light travels in a straight line is really only an approximation. Whenever it passes though a gap it diffracts a little bit, only in a s...
by Strange Quark
Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things you would never, under any circumstances, do
Replies: 67
Views: 9735

Re: Things you would never, under any circumstances, do

Anyway, one of the things you just couldn't pay me enough money to do would be self mutilate. I'm sure many people would agree, that's a bad thing, but to me it sticks out in my head. It's the first thing I thought of. Depends on what you're going to call self-mutilation. Chop off a hand? A finger?...
by Strange Quark
Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 83179

Re: help me.. [benefits of Linux]

Dual boot is the way to go. You can resize an nfts partition with a gparted live CD and have it both ways. There will be days during the learning process when you just want windows for the ease of use. And when you want to change distro ( http://xkcd.com/456/ ) you won't disrupt the rest of your fam...
by Strange Quark
Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite Scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 9628

Re: Favorite Scientist?

Einstein. In the way he wielded the hammer of cunning-sideways-thinking and the sword of cutting-though-the-mess-that-maths-tends-to-create-to-see-the-physics.

Oh, and lets not forget, being happy to admit to being wrong.
by Strange Quark
Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things you would never, under any circumstances, do
Replies: 67
Views: 9735

Re: Things you would never, under any circumstances, do

Please consider that murder does NOT end at the person being murdered. No, murder doesn't end with the person being murdered, but as far as I'm concerned the lion's share of the wrong is done against the actual victim. It is the victim who has lost the most, not the grieving friends and relations. ...
by Strange Quark
Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things you would never, under any circumstances, do
Replies: 67
Views: 9735

Re: Things you would never, under any circumstances, do

⋅ Make a silly Rick Astley reference Things I'm never going to do: 1) Give you up, 2) Let you down, 3) Run around and desert you, 4) Make you cry, 5) Say goodbye, 6) Tell a lie and hurt you Baby. Anyway, one of the things you just couldn't pay me enough money to do would be self mutilate....
by Strange Quark
Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: When are different reaction orders acceptable? e.g. O (2^n)
Replies: 12
Views: 2321

Re: When are different reaction orders acceptable? e.g. O (2^n)

a Ghz is what, 2^30 instructions? It's 1,000,000,000 (not a power of 2*) cycles , which won't correspond to number of instructions. On many cycles more than one instruction will be issued, and on many cycles no instructions will be issued. Things like pipelining, branch mispredictions, cache misses...
by Strange Quark
Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 75218

Re: Asexuality

I haven't had time to read the entire thread (it's not 2am) but I thought I'd add my personal experiences. I went though a period of wondering if I was asexual because I didn't feel that attracted to members of the opposite sex. As it turned out, it was more just a matter of finding the right person.

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