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by Squid Tamer
Sat May 07, 2011 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: reactionless drive - how badly did I just break physics
Replies: 26
Views: 10377

Re: reactionless drive - how badly did I just break physics

I just had an idea: What if instead of using a reactionless drive, what about a 'hidden-reaction' drive? There would be no obvious reaction mass, but it's there. Two examples (Both pseudosciencey, of course) : A neutrino drive : A nuclear or antimatter reactor produces neutrinos, they're (pseudoscie...
by Squid Tamer
Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Excise a decade from the 20th century
Replies: 64
Views: 6097

Re: Excise a decade from the 20th century

The 30's... I mean, what good things happened in the 30's? There was the Great Depression, and while not containing most of 'proper' WWII, it certainly had the beginnings of it.

Also, the Hindenburg exploded. That's right, we might have still had airships if the 30's didn't happen.
by Squid Tamer
Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 58422

Re: 0859: "("

Using an unmatched _right_ parentheses retroactively incorporates tension into the reader's past, forcing the reader to dedicate their life to time travel, figure it out, and travel back to before the reader encountered the right parentheses, and place a corresponding left parenthesis there to even ...
by Squid Tamer
Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Favourite faster than light technology
Replies: 92
Views: 20806

Re: Favourite faster than light technology

I found my favorite reading some old random sci-fi story on the Internet ( Here ). How it works is: You point your FTL drive anywhere. You disappear, and instantly appear at the next location (Along the path that you pointed) that has the same gravitational potential energy as where you are at the m...
by Squid Tamer
Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: My Pet Project: Snake Game
Replies: 9
Views: 3012

Re: My Pet Project: Snake Game

This reminds me of when I tried to do this for a game that only requires you to click as fast as possible. I thought that it was obvious script-fodder, so I cobbled together something using a linux macro program. (It's nearly impossible to easily make a mouse click event in Linux, as far as I can te...
by Squid Tamer
Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 912916

Re: Awesome Thread (because we need more awesome)

I just got a new PGP key, and just for fun I searched the Android market for PGP apps.
This was what came up. As-yet-unbreakable public key encryption on my phone!
by Squid Tamer
Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [FIXED]ClassNotFoundException on any Java program in Eclipse
Replies: 12
Views: 3904

Re: ClassNotFoundException on any Java program in Eclipse

Sorry for dredging this thread back up (It hasn't been too long...), but I think that I have fixed it ! I decided to re-attempt running Java in Eclipse, and basically random clicking lead me to figure this out: If I use 'Run> Run As > Java Application', then it runs perfectly, spitting out the expec...
by Squid Tamer
Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Advice to Past Self
Replies: 91
Views: 12383

Re: Advice to Past Self

Grades are important. You said that you'd worry about them later, but you don't understand that that kind of thinking leaves ME to do the hard work, while YOU get all kinds of C's and stuff. Think of ME for a change. Not near as bad as some other people's. This one is just some 'friendly' advice to...
by Squid Tamer
Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9222342

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Lately my brain has been coming up with stupid charities, spawned out of the white noise that is my brain. The first was to mail the water from my leaky faucet to Africa, and encourage others to do the same. And then I realized how stupid that idea was. Water filters or something would be better and...
by Squid Tamer
Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [FIXED]ClassNotFoundException on any Java program in Eclipse
Replies: 12
Views: 3904

Re: ClassNotFoundException on any Java program in Eclipse

cd path/to/project/javac Hello.javajava Hello Does this work? If it does, it's a problem with the way Eclipse is configured with the JRE. Yes it does work. The problem lies somewhere in Eclipse. I can compile stuff from the terminal, and I can for sure run Java programs just fine. Just not in Eclip...
by Squid Tamer
Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [FIXED]ClassNotFoundException on any Java program in Eclipse
Replies: 12
Views: 3904

Re: ClassNotFoundException on any Java program in Eclipse

Token wrote:Have you tried doing a full clean and build?


I have tried Clean, and I think (If I know the proper meaning of build. Yes, I'm one of those clueless Python people) that it does a new build when you click run, doesn't it?
Thanks for the help already, everybody!
by Squid Tamer
Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [FIXED]ClassNotFoundException on any Java program in Eclipse
Replies: 12
Views: 3904

Re: ClassNotFoundException on any Java program in Eclipse

I didn't post the structure because I played around with it a lot, but here's two of them. Both get the same results, so I don't think that that's the problem.
This picture pretty much illustrates the entire problem:

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The problem and two of the 'structures'
by Squid Tamer
Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [FIXED]ClassNotFoundException on any Java program in Eclipse
Replies: 12
Views: 3904

[FIXED]ClassNotFoundException on any Java program in Eclipse

This problem is frustrating me. I've done a lot of searching but still can't find anything helpful. Maybe someone here will know how to fix it. I'm trying to do a Hello World program in Java, using Eclipse. I've gone so far as to copy and paste the code from a website: public class HelloFour { //'Fo...
by Squid Tamer
Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"
Replies: 96
Views: 26275

Re: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"

This is a concept that I struggle with from time to time. But it always comes back...
by Squid Tamer
Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1746152

Re: Today I Learned

Today I learned that my great-uncle was a conspiracy theorist. He's working on an article about how 9/11 was an inside job.
I still think that he's a pretty cool guy though. Not really sure why it surprised me so much. Plenty of people think that the government did 9/11.
by Squid Tamer
Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Secure on-line voting
Replies: 33
Views: 3705

Re: Secure on-line voting

Here's my system that I imagined: The government generates one-ballot's-worth of random data (ideally over 100 bytes or so) for every person in the county. The government keeps the keys, makes sure that there aren't any repeats (extremely unlikely anyway), and sends a copy randomly (the government d...
by Squid Tamer
Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Algorithms to take over the world with a time machine
Replies: 16
Views: 3658

Re: Algorithms to take over the world with a time machine

Assuming that there is only one 'timeline', and that all loops are stable, then getting the answer to nearly anything becomes very easy. Let's write a program that can factor a number (N): 1: Receive a list of numbers (F), sent from the future. 2: Check if these numbers (F) are the factors of N. 3: ...
by Squid Tamer
Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Photoshop Name Trademark Degredation
Replies: 16
Views: 2807

Re: Photoshop Name Trademark Degredation

I personally think that the slang 'photoshopped', etc might be the best form of advertising that Adobe has. I'm just about sure that it's where I first learned about Adobe® Photoshop® software, many years ago. There are plenty of amazing 'photoshopped' images on the 'net, and I can't imagine that th...
by Squid Tamer
Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)
Replies: 1947
Views: 237309

Re: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)

0

Literally flipped a coin this time.
by Squid Tamer
Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 177265

Re: Making the world a weirder place

I just went and commented on some of my friend's really old (a year old or more) Facebook statuses. It's all unassuming comments like "Good luck tomorrow!" (If they were posting about something happening 'tomorrow'), etc.

I can't wait for their responses.
by Squid Tamer
Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Non-Industrial applications of rebar
Replies: 23
Views: 3152

Re: Non-Industrial applications of rebar

Get some steel cable and make the most godly longbow ever? (Alright, it's just a weird fantasy I've had for a while. :D ) For the rest you'd probably have to cut them into pieces with an angle grinder or something. I've heard of people attaching them to the bottom of their bicycles, in an attempt in...
by Squid Tamer
Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Open source dictionary for a Scrabble game
Replies: 3
Views: 1847

Re: Open source dictionary for a Scrabble game

I know that Ubuntu comes with a word list, so I'd imagine that that it's open source. I i think that it has something like 94000 words in it, plain text, one per line. I'm not sure if it's suitable, because it has a bunch of common names in it. It can be found in /usr/share/dict/ . Some of this look...
by Squid Tamer
Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Which comic should I pick for a poster?
Replies: 5
Views: 1137

Re: Which comic should I pick for a poster?

I'm going to sound like advertising here, but don't forget that there are a few posters that you can buy from the xkcd store.
I'm pretty sure they're made from a higher resolution than the ones you get off of the web.
by Squid Tamer
Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Bored and need a coding project
Replies: 14
Views: 3185

Re: Bored and need a coding project

Woah. You just convinced me to write a 200 line Python Rock-Paper-Scissors game that uses a genetic-algorithm-ish thing to decide on the best strategy to use, and some of the strategies learn from your choice biases and choose the 'attack' that will beat your most common option. It stores every mov...
by Squid Tamer
Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Bored and need a coding project
Replies: 14
Views: 3185

Re: Bored and need a coding project

Write a genetic algorithm create an AI opponent which play sets of 100 paper/rock/scissor games versus various flawed opponents (favors rock, only plays paper, etc.) and converges on a maximally exploitive solution as quickly as possible. Woah. You just convinced me to write a 200 line Python Rock-...
by Squid Tamer
Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Travel by geology
Replies: 9
Views: 1873

Re: Travel by geology

Remember that everything else would move with you, because they're on the plate too. Ignoring that, tectonic plates seem to vary a bit in how fast they move. (The North American plate moves at about 1 cm/year, while the Indian plate goes at closer to 6 cm/year.) I'll average it to 3 cm/year. That me...
by Squid Tamer
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Lockers? Bah!
Replies: 48
Views: 7892

Re: Lockers? Bah!

I would absolutely do this if my school allowed backpacks to be carried around during the day. But of course they don't. Boring sexism complaint: Hundreds of girls get around this rule by buying huge purses and carrying around their books in them. Many even get away with buying one-strapped backpack...
by Squid Tamer
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?
Replies: 96
Views: 14995

Re: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?

I would ask "What convinced you when a future you came to your door?" Now, three things can happen: 1) He has a good convincing argument, and proves that he is the future me. 2) He says that he was never convinced that the guy at his door was his future self. At this point we're both just ...
by Squid Tamer
Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F/R/T)
Replies: 129
Views: 16130

Re: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F

http://www.speedtest.net/result/901143493.png The download is pretty average-ish (read: sucks), but it's the upload that's not fun at all. Uploading a bunch of pictures to Facebook takes forever. (And then you find that Facebook has resized them to half the original size and then applied such insan...
by Squid Tamer
Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9222342

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Quantum cryptography is being used ?! Like, by banks ?! Why don't people tell me this stuff... I can't keep up with this stuff. The world quietly changes behind your back, whole companies spring up selling technology based on science that was a thought experiment the previous decade. There used to b...
by Squid Tamer
Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3406
Views: 782110

Re: What were your dreams last night?

The night after buying my first car a few days ago, I didn't dream of freedom and the open road. I dreamt of this guy making me read over and sign endless paperwork, with complex instructions of what to check and what to write where. The problem was that the man spoke a language that I didn't unders...
by Squid Tamer
Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 10,000th Living Day
Replies: 65
Views: 11511

Re: 10,000th Living Day

I remember that I celebrated my 6,000th day alive a few years ago. I've now gone and added a bunch of other interesting dates to my calendar. I was trying to think of something less arbitrary than days or seconds, and came across the idea to use plank times. I was disappointed to find that my 10^52 ...
by Squid Tamer
Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9222342

Re: What is your first memory?

The best 'dated' memory I have is from when I was five. The reason I know this is because the entire memory consists of me saying "I'm five!" to my dad. Useful memory, I guess. Gets right to the point. :) But I suspect that the earliest is a memory of me asking my mom if I could take a nap...
by Squid Tamer
Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: RSS much?
Replies: 19
Views: 2249

Re: RSS much?

I'm like Kaelri*. I love my RSS reader! I probably have way too many sites on it, but I enjoy coming home and relaxing with 60+ items to read. I also use Google Reader (Though Helvetireader, as you can see). Whenever I'm bored I can just check my RSS feed, there's almost sure to be something there. ...
by Squid Tamer
Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Shower Poll
Replies: 70
Views: 7984

Re: The Shower Poll

I stand sideways in the shower. I'm a bit surprised that it wasn't a more common response. It lets my side/head split the water equally to both sides of my body, so that one side doesn't get too cold. I swap directions every once in a while to make sure it's nice and even, and also spend a lot of ti...
by Squid Tamer
Wed May 05, 2010 3:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wisdom teeth
Replies: 38
Views: 3945

Re: Wisdom teeth

I had four teeth removed from the frontish-middle of my mouth (The first pairs of molars, I guess) years ago due to various reasons that I can't recall. It had something to do with braces. The braces then closed up the holes. They said that I might not need my wisdom teeth taken out... The wisdom te...
by Squid Tamer
Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How Separate are your Online and Meatspace Identities?
Replies: 54
Views: 5388

Re: How Separate are your Online and Meatspace Identities?

I'm one of those weirdos who keep their meatspace identities very, very guarded. A few trusted real life people know of my online name, but as far as I know there are zero in the other direction. I think that with a bit of research you could find my general age and about what State I'm in. (I usuall...
by Squid Tamer
Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0722: "Computer Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 33778

Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

I'm currently typing from a temporary replacement computer: an old Pentium II, made in 2000. Youtube videos get a godly .5 frames per second. You gotta wait two seconds for it to change... :| I'm at about 80% CPU just with a browser open. What OS and browser? In 2000 there were definitely many brow...
by Squid Tamer
Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0722: "Computer Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 33778

Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

What a coincidence... My computer is broken. I think it's either a motherboard or processor problem, so it's not easily fixable. I'm currently typing from a temporary replacement computer: an old Pentium II, made in 2000. Youtube videos get a godly .5 frames per second. You gotta wait two seconds fo...
by Squid Tamer
Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD april fools - Unixkcd Interface (mega-merge)
Replies: 76
Views: 15207

Re: XKCD april fools

I tried:

Code: Select all

sudo rm -rf /
#(DO NOT RUN IN REAL TERMINAL EVER)


To my amazement, nothing worked anymore until I refreshed. Wow.

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