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by Cecil
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107488
Views: 53437197

Re: 1190: "Time"

oops
by Cecil
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674648

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

http://i.imgur.com/oVTiU.png is small enough that chrome can display it. Here's my python script. It's crappy but works. import Image import os.path SCALE = 32 big = Image.new("1", (165888/SCALE,79872/SCALE), 1) for y in range(1, 30): for x in range(1, 49): for n in ['s','n']: for e in ['e...
by Cecil
Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674648

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

This one's 41472 x 19968: http://imgur.com/o42WQ This one's half that. http://imgur.com/EXRed Paint.NET fails to open the big one, but IrfanView works fine. You can't read text even in the bigger one, but you can zoom around and see everything. I can't make one that's as big as half-size because pyt...
by Cecil
Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674648

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Wow, it's taking forever to upload files here.

Here's a torrent file of all the images if anyone wants it.
by Cecil
Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674648

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

And done.

big8.png is scaled down by a factor of 8, to 20736 x 9984. I can generate bigger images, but my computer (8GB RAM) almost crashed trying to open the scaled-down-by-4 one.

Be very careful opening big4.png. It's only 400K but it's also 41472x19968.
by Cecil
Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674648

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I've downloaded all the images - the true bounds are 13n, 19s, 33w and 48e inclusive. There are 225 images, all 2048x2048, for a total of 6.3MB of pngs.

Stitching now...
by Cecil
Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674648

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Randall I'm sorry for hammering your server. I whipped up a quick python script to grab all the pngs with name [1-30][ns][1-50][ew] - only 6000 http requests and most of them are 404s anyway. I'm also working some more python to merge them - shouldn't be too long. So much for sleeping tonight. Seem...
by Cecil
Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674648

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Randall I'm sorry for hammering your server.

I whipped up a quick python script to grab all the pngs with name [1-30][ns][1-50][ew] - only 6000 http requests and most of them are 404s anyway.

I'm also working some more python to merge them - shouldn't be too long.

So much for sleeping tonight.
by Cecil
Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34995

Re: 0947: “Investing”

augurey wrote:Who considers a savings account investing? At 8% you're at 2,158 after 10 years -- more if you reinvest your dividends.

What are you investing in that grows 8% and also provides a steady dividend?
by Cecil
Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34995

Re: 0947: “Investing”

I'm getting $1,219 <_< It's been ages since I've done compound math ("And yet you'll use it every day in adult life!") but my excel spreadsheet confirms. Also, thirdparty compound interest calculator agrees with me. http://i.imgur.com/5vSX1l.jpg I get $1,221.40, but that's compounded the ...
by Cecil
Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0719: "Brain Worms"
Replies: 140
Views: 29104

Re: "Brain Worms" Discussion

I've never had either of those dreams, but I do often have dreams where I try to run fast but can't - like I'm trying to run in a swimming pool.

Also I find that fine print is impossible to read.
by Cecil
Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0652: "More Accurate"
Replies: 131
Views: 40423

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Without suspension of disbelief, there would be no good movies.
by Cecil
Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0612: "Estimation"
Replies: 109
Views: 27738

Re: "Estimation" Discussion

two words: Tera Copy. ( http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php ) Replaces the window file copy shell if you want it to, and otherwise gives you a context menu option for moving things with various buffer and overwrite options. And it beats the crap out of the Windows copier. I wish there was someth...
by Cecil
Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Project Euler
Replies: 411
Views: 159760

Re: Project Euler

Hint for the couple people stuck on 234 (also a good tip for PE in general):

Write a quick-and-dirty brute force and use it to print out the first few n along with their corresponding lps() and ups(). See if you notice a pattern that you can use to simplify the problem.
by Cecil
Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 26364

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

I'm typing on dvorak right now - it's been my primary layout since I learned it in high school. I always get a good laugh out of my co-workers reactions when they come over to show me something on my computer - "What the hell is wrong with your keyboard?!". Only a couple people had actuall...
by Cecil
Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How many programming languages do you know?
Replies: 119
Views: 36170

Re: How many programming languages do you know?

I second (third?) the comments that these lists should be limited to those you are comfortable coding during a job interview without reference material. All too often these threads bring out people who list every language they've heard of. In which case, I'd list C, C++, Java, and possibly SQL. Lang...
by Cecil
Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0195: "Map of the Internet"
Replies: 160
Views: 51393

Re: "Map of the Internet" Discussion

A couple guys from the Information Sciences Institute just went ahead and did this. They pinged every IP address and plotted the responses. See http://www.isi.edu/ant/address/ for details of their research.. Also see http://www.isi.edu/ant/address/whole_internet/index.html for a plot at scale , ie o...
by Cecil
Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your favorite element?
Replies: 111
Views: 20696

I like anything with the big (chemical, not nuclear) explosion type stuff. Sometime i have to dump say, 20 kg of sodium chips into a swimming pool. that'd be cool. How about dumping 20,000 lbs worth of metallic sodium in drums into a lake? It was done in 1947. Video: http://video.google.com/videopl...
by Cecil
Tue Jan 16, 2007 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 696660

avistel wrote:Suppose we have a sequence:

a(n) = (2^n + (-1)^n) / 2^n + 1

What is the limit of this sequence as n approaches infinity?
You're correct that lim (-1)^n doesn't exist, but notice that we can bound it above and below by 1 and -1, respectively. How can we calculate the limit given this knowledge?
by Cecil
Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 696660

Got my bachelor's in Comp Sci from Simon Fraser U last year Eugh, that BUNKER?! Hey, it's only dreary between the months of October and April, when the fog descends and you spend 6 months trying to remember what colours exist other than grey. (For the uninitiated, SFU is basically a giant slab of c...
by Cecil
Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: #1: Who did what to whom for how many cookies?
Replies: 2
Views: 2721

The sentence contains each letter and only those letters of the alphabet, that correspond to a composite integer under the encoding A=1, B=2, C=3, etc.

Or perhaps more correctly, it contains those letters that are not prime, since 1 is not usually considered a composite number.
by Cecil
Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your favorite element?
Replies: 111
Views: 20696

I can't believe nobody has yet mentioned my favorite element! Technetium, element 43. Poor, poor, technetium, with no stable isotopes. You're only produced naturally as the result of spontaneous fission of uranium. In 1937, it was the first artificially produced element (hence the name (from Gr. tec...
by Cecil
Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 696660

Hey! I'm 22/M, from Vancouver (Canada). Got my bachelor's in Comp Sci from Simon Fraser U last year, and I recently landed a software engineering job at a major gaming studio. :) Is it too xkcd of me that I check this site for a new comic at least twice a day, even though I know full well it's updat...

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