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by evilspoons
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 10838

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

I haven't got a friggin' clue on this one.
by evilspoons
Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25671

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL"

I'm not seeing anything interesting happening outside of the comic in Chrome or Internet Explorer. Was the thing removed or has it gone over my head?
by evilspoons
Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Haven't built a computer in a while and now I'm lost
Replies: 22
Views: 3854

Re: Haven't built a computer in a while and now I'm lost

I'm gonna go ahead and repeat what I said about Anandtech and the life of the drive. From http://www.anandtech.com/show/4159/ocz-vertex-3-pro-preview-the-first-sf2500-ssd/2 : Paired with a decent SSD controller, write lifespan is a non-issue. Note that I only fold Intel, Crucial/Micron/Marvell and S...
by evilspoons
Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Haven't built a computer in a while and now I'm lost
Replies: 22
Views: 3854

Re: Haven't built a computer in a while and now I'm lost

SSDs have a higher failure rate due to "teething problems", i.e. they are a new technology, but if you get one that isn't screwed up (bad firmware or defective parts) they'll last a long time. Anandtech discusses this in a few reviews. The smaller-process NAND flash memory (25 nm now) wear...
by evilspoons
Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Haven't built a computer in a while and now I'm lost
Replies: 22
Views: 3854

Re: Haven't built a computer in a while and now I'm lost

I wouldn't say PCIe SSDs are "catching on", but they are available in stores, so there's that. They are quite fast, but it's another case of diminishing returns where the average person will barely notice the difference between one and a good SATA 6.0 GBPS drive. There can also be lousy PC...
by evilspoons
Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Haven't built a computer in a while and now I'm lost
Replies: 22
Views: 3854

Re: Haven't built a computer in a while and now I'm lost

Excellent summary, e. I too recommend Anandtech, definitely the "smartest" hardware review site with the most scientific method applied to their reviews (it's not just some moron in his basement with a web page). The fastest gaming (or otherwise) computer you can buy without going to extre...
by evilspoons
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: DSLR advice
Replies: 18
Views: 4697

Re: DSLR advice

I went with the T2i after eyeballing the T1i for a long time. I'm glad I waited. The jump to the T3i is much less significant (says dpreviews.com) and since it's the new model, it's more expensive. There's a new "T3" (no "i") that I know next to nothing about except it's cheaper ...
by evilspoons
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Looking for a monitor with component input, or TV to use...
Replies: 7
Views: 4213

Re: Looking for a monitor with component input, or TV to use

Monoprice.com is your friend. Component to HDMI converter, $34 (no upscaling), good 4-star reviews: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10114&cs_id=1011406&p_id=5971&seq=1&format=2 Component in, HDMI out multi switch thing, $59: http://www.monoprice.com/p...
by evilspoons
Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Pick me a monitor!
Replies: 13
Views: 2918

Re: Pick me a monitor!

I'd buy my Dell Ultrasharp U2410 again if I had to, it's excellent. It's 1920x1200, the largest resolution a single-link DVI can drive at 60 Hz. They make a 30" version, that needs dual link and I don't have the time to figure out whether the Thunderbolt iMac can be adapted to a dual-link DVI o...
by evilspoons
Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Ancient PC Hardware (apparently) - aka I Need a 386 for Work
Replies: 7
Views: 3813

Ancient PC Hardware (apparently) - aka I Need a 386 for Work

So I've got a job at work now to restore to working condition a 1992-era motion-controlled machine, hooked to a PC to feed in parameters. Unfortunately, the 386 SX 16 running it seems to have died of old age after sitting in storage for two years. The 386's been replaced by the owners of the machine...
by evilspoons
Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 715
Views: 261843

Re: The worst film you've seen

Here's another vote for Battlefield Earth as the worst movie ever. Apparently the book (while not exactly "good") is a lot less terrible, though. Additionally, Starship Troopers is tied for the worst movie ever. People keep telling me it's supposed to be campy or that it's satire, but in m...
by evilspoons
Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Sci-Fi Trivia Fans! Help me!
Replies: 3
Views: 1882

Re: Sci-Fi Trivia Fans! Help me!

Oh hey, you're right! Huh. Good call on the Asteroids ship. I suspect the big ship is the "Nostromo" from Alien . It just threw me because it's drawn asymmetrically when the Nostromo is symmetrical if you ignore the antennae and such. Note rear engine flaps, downward-/outward-facing front ...
by evilspoons
Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Sci-Fi Trivia Fans! Help me!
Replies: 3
Views: 1882

Sci-Fi Trivia Fans! Help me!

So, I bought a shirt, and it is awesome. However, I feel a little silly because I can't identify all the ships on it. I've been through all of the excellent Jeff Russell's Starship Dimensions already to no avail... Here is the design: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-glsNXjWJvvk/TiZQ-iH8dcI/AAAAAA...
by evilspoons
Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: "boombox" for use w/ computer
Replies: 4
Views: 2254

Re: "boombox" for use w/ computer

I have a harmon/kardon go+play that I bought from Costco when they were clearing them out. Got the sucker for $80. Should've bought all of their stock because they sell for like $349 at Best Buy... anyway, this thing sounds fantastic - a surprisingly good amount of well-defined bass for its size. It...
by evilspoons
Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: First-time cellphone-buyer
Replies: 23
Views: 4134

Re: First-time cellphone-buyer

I have a Galaxy S Captivate and I will definitely say that Android is the right way to go based on your original post. Don't like the built-in keyboard? Install a new one! Don't like the phone dialer? Install a new one! (And so on). The only real disadvantage to the i5500 seems to be its low-res scr...
by evilspoons
Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: best way to store string of 0,s 1,s.
Replies: 11
Views: 4882

Re: best way to store string of 0,s 1,s.

Incidentally, is there any particular reason this data needs to be stored in a file versus just hard-coding it into whatever needs to access it? I interpreted your earlier posts as "the string will never, ever change".
by evilspoons
Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptop Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 2955

Re: Laptop Recommendation

Do you plan on using this thing for classes? Will you have textbooks? Even moving my 15" Macbook Pro around was a bitch with a couple physics and math textbooks on hand for assignments. Except for "don't want a Macbook" I would say the 15" Macbook Pro is a perfect choice, especia...
by evilspoons
Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I'm sure there are a lot of these, but here goes:
Replies: 8
Views: 2200

Re: I'm sure there are a lot of these, but here goes:

I highly recommend what the first reply said, more or less. I got the 2600k and it's very fast. I'm using the Asus P8Z68-V PRO mainboard which is solid and has lots of features. I only have one problem that I think is a component thermal failure, it manifests itself in an extremely bizarre way and d...
by evilspoons
Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: new to coding: should I use Visual Studio?
Replies: 7
Views: 1859

Re: new to coding: should I use Visual Studio?

Except for the "budget of $0" thing, it sounds more like your goals line up with a piece of software like MATLAB or Mathematica than outright programming standalone programs. Back to your actual question though: I have enough education in programming to understand a lot of the concepts and...
by evilspoons
Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Systems of propulsion on motorways
Replies: 36
Views: 4257

Re: Systems of propulsion on motorways

There is also this freakish contraption which I suppose might be altered to have a ramp up the back you drive your car onto, like a sort of land ferry. (On a side note, I think driving under one of those while it was moving would freak me the hell out . Might result in a lot of 'confused instincts'...
by evilspoons
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: colour of the sky
Replies: 28
Views: 9855

Re: colour of the sky

thoughtfully wrote:Thank the maker you're not a mantis shrimp!

ok, on second thought, it might be cool to have a few of those abilities!


OK, wow, that thing is freakin' awesome.
by evilspoons
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: AC Power Frequency
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Re: AC Power Frequency

Yeah, I'm talking about this in the context of sizing circuit breakers for an electrical panel. The panel is being built in Canada (60 Hz) but is being sent eventually to Siberia (50 Hz) and I don't want any gremlins because the damn thing suddenly requires more power for every single AC component. ...
by evilspoons
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Systems of propulsion on motorways
Replies: 36
Views: 4257

Re: Systems of propulsion on motorways

There is also this freakish contraption which I suppose might be altered to have a ramp up the back you drive your car onto, like a sort of land ferry. (On a side note, I think driving under one of those while it was moving would freak me the hell out . Might result in a lot of 'confused instincts' ...
by evilspoons
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Systems of propulsion on motorways
Replies: 36
Views: 4257

Re: Systems of propulsion on motorways

I know it doesn't actually answer your question and I can't find the bloody link to it right now, but Volvo (among other companies) is developing a system that allows cars to travel in semi-autonomous convoys. A truck or other leader vehicle is equipped with a bunch of fancy electronics, including r...
by evilspoons
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: AC Power Frequency
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Re: AC Power Frequency

OK, that's what I figured. I guess the brain fart was due to not being able to find any basic equations for this with frequency in them. :roll: Thanks!
by evilspoons
Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: AC Power Frequency
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

AC Power Frequency

Hi, I've got a bit of a problem that I ought to be able to work out for myself but I'm having a brain fart. Let's say you have a piece of equipment that can run from 100 VAC to 240 VAC, single-phase, 50-60 Hz. Your supply power is 400 VAC (or some random higher number), and you step it down with a t...
by evilspoons
Fri May 20, 2011 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: xkcd.com is not working
Replies: 8
Views: 3622

Re: xkcd.com is not working

Yesterday night and into today, the xkcd.com HTML loads but the CSS and the images do not.

Everything else on this computer seems OK, although it has failed to load Facebook CSS occasionally (what's up with that, lol).

Using Chrome Beta channel on Mac OS X 10.6.
by evilspoons
Mon May 09, 2011 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Summer music
Replies: 53
Views: 7736

Re: Summer music

On that same note (that note being reggae & variations thereof), I have to put forward Bedouin Soundclash. They're from Ontario, but the album Sounding a Mosaic is pure Jamaican sunshine. Bedouin Soundclash is excellent. Their newest album (Light the Horizon) just pushes all the right buttons f...
by evilspoons
Mon May 09, 2011 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Becasue we all like to SMILE
Replies: 49
Views: 7875

Re: Becasue we all like to SMILE

Following up with PhillipC's suggestion, I'm going to just say most things by Jonathan Coulton. "Code Monkey" and "Shop Vac" are my favorites. "Shop Vac" is actually really depressing, but it's fun to sing along to. Pretty much everything on his "JoCo Looks Back&qu...
by evilspoons
Mon May 09, 2011 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 246055

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSeob4lnKZQ

This.

Watch the whole thing - it is entertaining - but the source of my username is at 1:09.
by evilspoons
Mon May 09, 2011 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Dubsteppin'
Replies: 98
Views: 47848

Re: Dubsteppin'

My criticism with dubstep is that the music seems to be about the wobble-bass noise, rather than it being a means to accomplish a song. (The equivalent of artists who write songs with 7 minute technical guitar solos just to demonstrate their skills at the guitar.) I threw up in my mouth a little bit...
by evilspoons
Mon May 09, 2011 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Receiver and wireless speakers
Replies: 5
Views: 2170

Re: Receiver and wireless speakers

better quality sound than my TV speakers... ...tie it in with my PC in another room. Well, if you just want 'better than TV speakers', that's quite easy to do. I believe you are working towards two different problems here. Get the audio system set up, THEN integrate it with your PC. There are a zil...
by evilspoons
Mon May 09, 2011 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: 2011 in Music.
Replies: 76
Views: 14640

Re: 2011 in Music.

Looking forward to the new Death Cab for Cutie release at the end of the month.

Already pretty impressed by the new Beastie Boys album. Not sure if it's as lyrically creative as their other stuff, but it sounds damn good cranked up in my car. (I love nerdy white person rap.)
by evilspoons
Mon May 09, 2011 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Receiver and wireless speakers
Replies: 5
Views: 2170

Re: Receiver and wireless speakers

Some new receivers (Denon and harmon/kardon, off the top of my head... I think they're the same company) have "Airplay" circuitry built in, i.e. they can act as a device that iTunes can play to in the same manner as the Airport Express. Keep in mind wireless speakers will need their own po...
by evilspoons
Mon May 09, 2011 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6516

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

It occurs to me that whenever people talk about using algae or whatnot they are simply talking about using solar power to do the work. It may end up being more convenient (or less convenient) to have solar panels to run the 500 degree furnace rather than farming giant pools of algae. I know current ...
by evilspoons
Mon May 09, 2011 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Keeping AMD CPUs Straight
Replies: 16
Views: 2869

Re: Keeping AMD CPUs Straight

Keep in mind you're sort of asking a "how long is a piece of string" question. There may be an Athlon II with 4 cores but a slower clock speed than a Phenom II with 2 cores and a high clock speed. The Phenom II will be faster at applications that are single-threaded (not very parallel) but...
by evilspoons
Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Why do keyboards still have a Scroll Lock button?
Replies: 55
Views: 10642

Re: Why do keyboards still have a Scroll Lock button?

The thing is, programmers generally move frequently used keys away from the corners and toward the middle of the keyboard (e.g. replacing caps lock with escape). But the new additional backslash is no more accessible than the normal one. It's right below the 'x' key. Now, if you know how hard it is...
by evilspoons
Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 63847

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

In regard to the colliding trucks question, the question should really be whether driving two trucks at 80mph into each other the same as driving one truck 160mph into a stationary truck. Introducing a brick wall into one system is just confounding the situation. 160^2 = 25600 > 2*80^2 = 12800. The...
by evilspoons
Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Would haskell make me a better programmer?
Replies: 21
Views: 5323

Re: Would haskell make me a better programmer?

...like duck typing Apologies for the awful picture, but this is more or less what pops into my head every time I read "duck typing": http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_sKkzfw8Hlqo/SXTo38m5SqI/AAAAAAAAAEs/BGCIb5soGUw/s320/wb+computer+duck.png One thing I will actually contribute is that it's impor...
by evilspoons
Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Checkboxes, WPF app in Visual Studio 2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2060

Re: Checkboxes, WPF app in Visual Studio 2010

1. You're right about the namespaces. ".Checked" is in Forms, ".IsChecked" is in WPF (which is what I'm using). I should have said ".Checked" is an event and not a property in a WPF app in .NET 4.0 (and likely 3.5 but I don't really care). 2. Totally right about the eve...

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