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by bytbox
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139707

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

If you were actually the person you're pretending to be, you wouldn't be fronting "I know all about map projections", you'd be off doing whatever it is you do with maps, and you wouldn't be telling the world about your pony fixation, you'd be doing whatever it is that you actually care ab...
by bytbox
Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139707

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Classic. Absolutely fscking classic. /This/ is why I love xkcd. Disclaimer: I don't care one whit about map projections. Well, I didn't before seeing this comic. I think I do now. EDIT: performing the reverse operation from that implicit in the comic, I've determined that my favorite is "Goode ...
by bytbox
Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46858

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

highlyverbal wrote:"Chimeral"?

"Chimerical" and "Chimeric" are both preferred usage over "Chimeral."


Chimeral sounds way cooler, though.
by bytbox
Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 69709

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

Propaddict wrote:Am I the only one who thinks xkcd needs to sell "fuck cancer" shirts in the sTore and donate a portion of the profits to charity?

Damn I want an xkcd FUCK CANCER shirt...


Somebody, somewhere, is selling fuck cancer shirts - I saw one a few days ago.
by bytbox
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Proper Orientation (of TP)
Replies: 34
Views: 10770

Re: Proper Orientation (of TP)

Over. (From w/p) In a more traditional preliminary survey of 1,000 Americans, Cottonelle found that "overs" are more likely than "unders" to notice a roll's direction (74%), to be annoyed when the direction is incorrect (24%), and to have flipped the direction at a friend's home ...
by bytbox
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scala?
Replies: 11
Views: 2390

Re: Scala?

Berengal wrote:Better than Java by far.

Oh, that's hard.

I've been looking at learning scala or erlang. (By which I mean, scala and erlang, and I haven't decided the order.) The thought of having to deal with the JVM makes me sick, though - I hope openjdk is more stable these days...
by bytbox
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Beginner web-developer help
Replies: 3
Views: 961

Re: Beginner web-developer help

A major factor for me is community. Does anyone know the relative strengths of these two communities? I want to learn something that is backed by an enthusiastic and growing community - i know there are die hard fans of both RoR and django, but im wondering if one is clearly dominating over the oth...
by bytbox
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled
Replies: 63
Views: 8225

Re: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled

Given that terrorists aren't scared by the thought of 50+ passengers turning on them, I doubt mean-looking meatheads would make much of a difference, especially when guns are involved-- which might as well switch in 5 year olds in and it'd be the same outcome, a corpse filled with bullets. Or just ...
by bytbox
Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2033543

Re: Coding: Fleeting mind-bullets

rrwoods wrote:
Ephphatha wrote:Eclipse is ok until you try to do anything more advanced that basic text editing, then it crashes.
Hubu-what? I've never had this
experience, on Mac XP, Mac 7, Ubuntu 10.10, or Mac OS X.


I've seen it. On XP, Ubuntu 10.10, and OS X.
by bytbox
Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2033543

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I have always thought of SQL pronounced as "Squirrel"... Not sure why. I still pronounce it S Q L, where the hell did the e's and u come from anyway? Agreed. The next person to call is "sequel" is getting whalloped with knuth. So sayeth Wikipedia: SQL was developed at IBM by Don...
by bytbox
Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Prank Code
Replies: 40
Views: 6686

Re: Prank Code

Bah, if you're going to pipe something into write, at least use something interesting, like "bb", or "mplayer -vo aa"... I've seen attempts - with varying levels of sophistication, to run cmatrix through write. None were too successful. (The important part of the urandom write i...
by bytbox
Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Prank Code
Replies: 40
Views: 6686

Re: Prank Code

How are we supposed to play such a non-portable prank on our friends? Port it over? Looks pretty portable to me. Unless you're running an old mac or trying to run it on your smartphone. (Not unheard of - I know people who program in brainfuck on their phones...) At some point, I figured out how to ...
by bytbox
Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2033543

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I have always thought of SQL pronounced as "Squirrel"... Not sure why. I still pronounce it S Q L, where the hell did the e's and u come from anyway? Agreed. The next person to call is "sequel" is getting whalloped with knuth. Also: the PC-BSD developers really need to not have ...
by bytbox
Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says
Replies: 92
Views: 9103

Re: Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says

...so basically, if you read the article all the way to the end, it doesn't say anything with the certainty that the headline seems to imply. How typical. You know how it goes. "Organized religion shows steady long-term decline" fed through the media machine comes out as "Gee Willike...
by bytbox
Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says
Replies: 92
Views: 9103

Re: Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says

The older generations tend to be fairly religious, and the younger generations far less so. Doesn't this suggest to you that religiousness may be cyclical? It seems to me like the researchers took one data point and tried to make a trend. "Grass is 3 feet high now, so next year, it'll be 6 fee...
by bytbox
Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0842: "Mark"
Replies: 108
Views: 45468

Re: 0842: "Mark"

To those who don't get it. I interpreted the humor as this:

The man is a near-existentialist who has found purpose in his life by being part of this club. He knows nothing about it, but he's sure it's important, and he's glad to be a part of it.

Whereas in actual fact, it's a puerile joke.
by bytbox
Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Analysis of The Stranger (Camus)
Replies: 2
Views: 2235

Analysis of The Stranger (Camus)

Ah, twelfth grade english... we're reading Camus. The Matthew Ward translation of The Stranger. And we had to write a paper on the scene of the Arab's murder. Let me give a quote. All I could feel were the cymbals of sunlight crashing on my forehead and, indistinctly, the dazzling spear flying up fr...
by bytbox
Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27102

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Palin's kid is seriously named after a disorder he has? That's just... that's... wow. I know a server that, when positioned correctly in the server room and powered up, would actually make a howling sound due to reverberations and other acoustical stuff I'm not going to think about at 5am. The serve...
by bytbox
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 28574

Re: 0816: Applied Math

mikebolt wrote:Alright, I need an explanation. Did the book author promise to send someone money if they found errors in his/her book?

Yup. Donald Knuth's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_of_Computer_Programming
by bytbox
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 28574

Re: 0816: Applied Math

black_hat_guy wrote:Randall hasn't updated the >| button yet.

He has not changed it. And he will not. It points to xkcd.com/, not any specific number. So it is /always/ up-to-date.
by bytbox
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 28574

Re: 0816: Applied Math

A flowchart? Seriously? Real mathematicians use 4pt serif font when writing on the blackboard. Because secretly, it's all done with tex. (Insert comment about knuth here.)
by bytbox
Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0810: "Constructive"
Replies: 130
Views: 45431

Re: 0810: Constructive

I really liked this comic, and I wanted to say that ReCAPTCHA actually does something very similar: ReCAPTCHA is the one with 2 words instead of a bunch of random letters. What they do is take two words from a book they are digitizing: one the computer can read and one it cannot, and they don't say...
by bytbox
Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 48752

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

I think the guy on the right is Richard Feynman. Something about the hair I can't believe that. Feynman (or at least Randall's Feynman) would never not want to do an experiment. That it would destroy the world only has the added bonus that we might find out about the afterlife situation. Unrelated:...
by bytbox
Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Boost.Test + CMake - Code Coverage Stats?
Replies: 3
Views: 1829

Re: Boost.Test + CMake - Code Coverage Stats?

Skraxt wrote:Boost.test does not support code coverage.

That does seem to be the case. Does this mean falling back to forcing lcov into working nicely with cmake?
by bytbox
Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tabs vs Spaces
Replies: 209
Views: 152437

Re: Tabs vs Spaces

hotaru wrote:
bytbox wrote:5 tabs. If you're nesting any deeper than that, you're screwed anyway.

apparently you haven't seen much lisp code...

I'm speaking about bracketed languages only. Other languages, including lisp, often work/look better with spaces. For lisp, I'd go with 4.
by bytbox
Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 15464

Re: The goal of humanity

We need to fix our problems here. Colonization of other planets/moons/asteroids is perpetuation for we'd only be doing it to gather whatever resources we could there, until they ran out, then off to the next one. Ever play a RTS? Starcraft for instance? You play any one map long enough, all those r...
by bytbox
Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 15464

Re: The goal of humanity

We need to fix our problems here. Colonization of other planets/moons/asteroids is perpetuation for we'd only be doing it to gather whatever resources we could there, until they ran out, then off to the next one. Ever play a RTS? Starcraft for instance? You play any one map long enough, all those r...
by bytbox
Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 15464

Re: The goal of humanity

they would not be able to sustain themselves without HUGE leaps in technological advancements. Really? Provided we manage to transport sufficient water to the colony (where "sufficient" is frighteningly large, hence the excitement about possible lunar ice), I believe we actually do have t...
by bytbox
Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 15464

Re: The goal of humanity

if we were going to acheive that the world would have to pool their resources and act as a singular unit in order to see it become a reality I don't see any reason why this would necessarily be true... We certainly got to the moon without that. I see no reason not to expect a corporate-run moon col...
by bytbox
Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 15464

Re: The goal of humanity

djkjr wrote:The only goal we may pursue would be to find a way to exist on this planet without further destroying it which is impossible. The only solution to overpopulation is genocide and governing bodies would never accept that.


Uh... is colonizing other planets/solid bodies no longer on the table?
by bytbox
Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2033543

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Ahh, introductory computer science courses... Object-oriented programming: (n) what you're doing when you type "class" into eclipse. public class Assignment1 { public static void main(String[] args) { System.out.println("This is an object-oriented program!"); } } * spaz *
by bytbox
Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tabs vs Spaces
Replies: 209
Views: 152437

Re: Tabs vs Spaces

Tabs. Why does everyone claim 8 is too much? Assuming the average length of a line is 40 characters (an overestimate, IME), and you want to avoid going over 80 characters (although for some lines, it might happen), that gives you 40 characters of indentation. 5 tabs. If you're nesting any deeper tha...
by bytbox
Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Parsing HTML: Regex vs. DOM
Replies: 22
Views: 7943

Re: Parsing HTML: Regex vs. DOM

Sorry, meant to say "parsing the DOM". Which is a common way to approach information-extraction problems, apparently. Note, for example, the third post here: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=3095
by bytbox
Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Parsing HTML: Regex vs. DOM
Replies: 22
Views: 7943

Parsing HTML: Regex vs. DOM

Background: esr's post at http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=1387 and the general perception that parsing the DOM is the way to go. Regex is /obviously/ superior. No reason for your code to break just because a div was added four layers up. "DIscuss." Edit: s/DOM/parsing the DOM/ (clarifying what I...
by bytbox
Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mandelbrot died.
Replies: 18
Views: 2718

Re: Mandelbrot died.

R.I.P. "Mathematical porn" indeed. I wish /that/ had been the first result for "porn" on google yesterday... The least they can do is give him a good doodle.. (The death of some fool I've never heard of ("Barbara Billingsley" or something) is first hit on google news, w...
by bytbox
Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 15464

Re: The goal of humanity

The only necessary factor of life is that it perpetuate itself. Beyond that, I don't think it matters two bits. Personally I have gotten more satisfaction from vicodin and weed (separately) than from viewing or creating any work of art, but I'm more hedonistic than average. Given the assumption tha...
by bytbox
Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Boost.Test + CMake - Code Coverage Stats?
Replies: 3
Views: 1829

Boost.Test + CMake - Code Coverage Stats?

Hey all, I'm using Boost.Test for unit testing (building with CMake but disregarding CTest, which I dislike) - does anybody know a (relatively easy way) to get code coverage statistics? Quick searching around didn't yield anything, although I can't pretend to have done an extensive quest through Boo...
by bytbox
Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 39502

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Another trait of US road designers are using very wordy signs when a simple symbol would have done - the most infamous one in my mind is "Stop here on red". Seriously? Are drivers that dumb that they don't know they need to stop at a red light? I have noticed the excessive use of textual ...
by bytbox
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: A New License?
Replies: 23
Views: 6408

Re: A New License?

++$_ wrote:Aha! I found one!

Holy sh*t! Thanks!

This does indeed look pretty close to what I want - most importantly, it's smaller than my largest source file ;) I don't have time now, but I'll look at it tonight.

Wow. Thanks again.

(Being insane, I may just decide to make changes modeled off of BDB.)
by bytbox
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: A New License?
Replies: 23
Views: 6408

Re: A New License?

Oh.

Well, thanks for pointing that out. Time for more thought.

Are there any copyleft licenses that don't have a special cluase for handling the GPL, that are GPL-compatible?

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