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by sonickrahnic
Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Smoke Pit - Military Q/A
Replies: 595
Views: 60724

Re: The Smoke Pit - Military Q/A

There were also "GI Parties". Or that's what they were called when I was in Basic Training. Our entire barracks (60 soldiers) had to move everything that wasn't bolted down from the second floor down to the formation pad on ground level. This included all beds (which had to be made to sta...
by sonickrahnic
Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mental Patient Uprising
Replies: 16
Views: 2851

Re: Mental Patient Uprising

Thank you for all your awesome feedback. Just a few things to say. I... kinda want a bit more story here. Cause I've known a paranoid schizophrenic with.. I dunno if there's degrees of cases, but his shit was pretty gnarly. What you're describing--what you saw & such, and how reactions were trea...
by sonickrahnic
Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mental Patient Uprising
Replies: 16
Views: 2851

Mental Patient Uprising

So my mental illness (which isn't actually as bad as the stigma makes it sound) has finally landed me in an institution for mental illness and brain injury. The program I just started is fairly advanced and is more for concurrent disorders, but for ten days I was in a unit that is very restrictive a...
by sonickrahnic
Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding Idea From An xkcd Comic
Replies: 9
Views: 2733

Re: Coding Idea From An xkcd Comic

Its not Java, but a fan (and coder) might appreciate the xkcd easter egg in Python (import antigravity). http://xkcd.com/353/ Just a thought.
by sonickrahnic
Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Migrating from Kubuntu 10.04 LTS to 10.10
Replies: 9
Views: 1341

Re: Migrating from Kubuntu 10.04 LTS to 10.10

For what it's worth I tried 10.10 some time ago and it broke so many things I had to go back to 10.04. It's been a while now but a lot of it was due to a new version of the the graphics subsystem X.org, that broke my touch screen and my graphic tablet, but also other things like the volume control ...
by sonickrahnic
Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Migrating from Kubuntu 10.04 LTS to 10.10
Replies: 9
Views: 1341

Re: Migrating from Kubuntu 10.04 LTS to 10.10

(This is only a double post because what I have to add is incongruous with my previous post.) So my sister brought her computer to me with a bit of a problem. She has an ASUS eeePC netbook with an Atom N450 processor. Her Windows 7 Starter somehow ended up deleting itself from her HDD and there were...
by sonickrahnic
Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ripping DVD on K3B
Replies: 4
Views: 1589

Ripping DVD on K3B

OK, to clarify before I get any questions or scorn, I do not plan to use information gained here to engage in illegal activity. I am not a pirate, I just want to make a copy of a DVD set that my mom has that I cannot find in stores anymore. My problem comes when I attempt to use K3B to rip a DVD. It...
by sonickrahnic
Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Migrating from Kubuntu 10.04 LTS to 10.10
Replies: 9
Views: 1341

Re: Migrating from Kubuntu 10.04 LTS to 10.10

Well, since it is such a new computer and I have next to nothing personal on here (I keep all that on my trusty desktop) backup is not much of an issue. I suppose it is inconvenient for me to update to the newest stable release all the time but definitely not impractical. I will give it a whirl and ...
by sonickrahnic
Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:09 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Migrating from Kubuntu 10.04 LTS to 10.10
Replies: 9
Views: 1341

Migrating from Kubuntu 10.04 LTS to 10.10

So I bought an Acer netbook this weekend at Future Shop's huge Boxing Day sale. Being a staunch proponent of open-source software, I quickly stripped the computer of it's Windows 7 Starter (the most restrictive POS ever) before initiating the full install and instead installed Kubuntu Netbook Editio...
by sonickrahnic
Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Matter vs. Antimatter
Replies: 15
Views: 4258

Re: Matter vs. Antimatter

I'm really just thinking on my keyboard here in all honesty. I think thats what I was doing. I actually did not remember posting that until reading it just now. I tend to have a lot of time to myself to think (and drink apparently) and I come up with some pretty wacky shit. I know most of what I sa...
by sonickrahnic
Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 54354

Re: Math or Science

I voted for maths because: Without a language for science there is no Science . :D Thank You! I tried saying that a whole page ago: Math is the language of science. Without math there could be no science. Math is the fundamental building block of the universe. Of course this is all my opinion but I...
by sonickrahnic
Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Happy Birthday Perl!
Replies: 6
Views: 2106

Re: Happy Birthday Perl!

According to Wikipedia, Larry Wall developed Perl 1 . According to that page, the first stable release was 17 Sep 87. But, not quite trusting Wikipedia to be entirely factual, I headed over to the official Perl website 2 . So it seems the developer credit was correct, but the history of the language...
by sonickrahnic
Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Matter vs. Antimatter
Replies: 15
Views: 4258

Matter vs. Antimatter

OK, this may get a little mathematical and theoretical but I need to get this out there. So, we live in a matter intensive universe, where we all exist because we consist solely of matter. If there were an existence of antimatter, that is, matter that is equal to but equally inverse to our mass, we ...
by sonickrahnic
Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Secure on-line voting
Replies: 33
Views: 3708

Re: Secure on-line voting

Wait... making voting easier/faster/less inconvenient would LOWER voting rates? Really? What "observations" are you basing this on? I think this was mentioned in Freakonomics. if you take something like voting which is considered a social duty people who would otherwise turn up and vote (...
by sonickrahnic
Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:36 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Mac won't recognize black cd
Replies: 10
Views: 2022

Re: Mac won't recognize black cd

Mac doesn't recognize black CDs? Apparently Mac is a racist...jks Just get your friend with Ubuntu to install K3B burning suite. Use that to rip the disc image to the hard drive, then use it to burn the .iso to a writable CD. All the tools are right there for you in the GUI. There is no CLI for this...
by sonickrahnic
Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Secure on-line voting
Replies: 33
Views: 3708

Re: Secure on-line voting

It's a great idea but in my opinion, it would likely boost voter apathy. It seems many people go out and vote because they have to leave their homes and interact with other people who are doing the same thing. If we didn't have to leave our homes to vote, who would vote? The die-hards, the politics ...
by sonickrahnic
Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:56 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Is this even possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 1862

Re: Is this even possible?

Yes, any system that has less market share than Windows (i.e. every OS that is not Windows) will be less likely to be attacked by malware. In addition, unixy OSs tend to be technically superior when compared to Windows (from a design point of view) and because of that in a sense also more secure. H...
by sonickrahnic
Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:23 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Is this even possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 1862

Re: Is this even possible?

One last suggestion: move to Linux. . I second this motion. As long as you know your way around a GNU/Linux system well enough to teach your parents how to use it, this is the best suggestion. While GNU/Linux and UNIX-like systems are not technically impervious to viruses and hackers, they give you...
by sonickrahnic
Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Multiplying by Zero. Need help understanding.
Replies: 20
Views: 3003

Re: Multiplying by Zero. Need help understanding.

You are multiplying the five items by the NUMBER zero. It's like saying, "I'm going to consider this set of five items, and ask myself what would happen if I had zero groups of five, or zero sets of five." OK, that makes way more sense. I learn through language so if I don't have somethin...
by sonickrahnic
Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Multiplying by Zero. Need help understanding.
Replies: 20
Views: 3003

Re: Multiplying by Zero. Need help understanding.

Well, that kind of makes sense, and I know multiplying a number by one gives the original number as the product. What I dont get is that it makes perfect sense one way but not another. I can see how your example makes sense on the one hand, but on the other, if you extend the line segment five feet ...
by sonickrahnic
Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Multiplying by Zero. Need help understanding.
Replies: 20
Views: 3003

Multiplying by Zero. Need help understanding.

OK, so we all know basic math rules that tell us that when you multiply zero by a number, the product is zero. I rationalize it like this: if you have zero items and multiply them by five, you still have zero items. But what I don't understand is this. If you have five items and you multiply them ze...
by sonickrahnic
Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: How do you pronounce it?
Replies: 264
Views: 141506

Re: How do you pronounce it?

char -> care GIF -> Hard g javac -> javak C++ -> c plus plus C# -> c hash == -> equals equals = -> equals # -> hash £ -> pounds x/2 -> x too phi -> fye xi -> zye psi -> sye mu -> moo theta -> as spelled iota -> as spelled xor -> x or SQL -> es cue ell PostgreSQL -> post gray es cue ell Linux -> lye ...
by sonickrahnic
Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:59 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Moving to a light, minimal-GUI environment
Replies: 29
Views: 2778

Re: Moving to a light, minimal-GUI environment

I use Crunchbang (#!) http://crunchbanglinux.org/wiki/about as my primary Linux OS. It uses Openbox as its window manager and is very minimal in nature. The 'desktop' is just a background image (or black if you prefer) and an implementation of Conky giving you system info on the right hand side. Als...
by sonickrahnic
Sat Oct 30, 2010 2:52 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: gonna sound retarded, but (torrent question)
Replies: 7
Views: 1167

Re: gonna sound retarded, but (torrent question)

Either that or when you downloaded it you just ran the torrent directly from the website without saving it to your hard drive. Happens to me all the time. Usually when I download while drinking.
by sonickrahnic
Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Workplace Math (or Variants of Comic 247)
Replies: 12
Views: 1607

Re: Workplace Math (or Variants of Comic 247)

If you ever want a promotion, google "six sigma" and apply what you're already doing to it. Statistical analysis is a huge part of making production lines more efficient; you're already quantifying the number of times the line stops, if you can identify the root causes of those stops and ...
by sonickrahnic
Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Workplace Math (or Variants of Comic 247)
Replies: 12
Views: 1607

Re: Workplace Math (or Variants of Comic 247)

I did factor in more than one stop per group of ten, but for my purposes, I just wanted to figure out the likelihood of at least one per group of ten. I didn't want to do the mental math involved for more than one. As I said, I'm not very strong in math, I am just incredibly intrigued by certain top...
by sonickrahnic
Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Workplace Math (or Variants of Comic 247)
Replies: 12
Views: 1607

Re: Workplace Math (or Variants of Comic 247)

so you are saying that, given a specific set of ten, the chance of a stop happening is only 75 tenths of one hundred? I am saying that I observed a stop happening one time in ten, seven point five times out of one hundred. Thus, in any ten, out of that hundred, i observed one single stop happening, ...
by sonickrahnic
Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Workplace Math (or Variants of Comic 247)
Replies: 12
Views: 1607

Workplace Math (or Variants of Comic 247)

OK, so this doesn't really belong in math according to the rules of that forum( http://echochamber.me/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=4733 ) so I'm posting in here for lack of a better place to do so. Anyhow, I caught myself today at work doing something kind of similar in nature to comic # 247 http://xkcd...
by sonickrahnic
Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 54354

Re: Math or Science

Well said Sir, well said.
by sonickrahnic
Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 54354

Re: Math or Science

Math is the language of science. Without math there could be no science. Math is the fundamental building block of the universe. Of course this is all my opinion but I hope others feel the same way. To reinforce my point, here is a word from Mr. Munroe: http://xkcd.com/435 Sorry. I had to. It was b...
by sonickrahnic
Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PC Gamepads
Replies: 34
Views: 5806

Re: Gamepads

Now, since your post was fairly vague I will assume you are talking about video game console controllers? Also, I am not sure quite what it is you are doing here? Are you comparing different kinds of such, for use on different machines? If this is the case, you have left out those made by Nintendo f...
by sonickrahnic
Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Loaner Phone SUCKS
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

Loaner Phone SUCKS

So, I bought a BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone a few months ago. It is a great phone, works well for what I use it for and has never broken down... until I dropped it last weekend and the screen went white. But this is the absolute least of my problems. I took it into my service provider and , as i...
by sonickrahnic
Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Programming / IT / CS Certifications.
Replies: 9
Views: 4316

Re: Programming / IT / CS Certifications.

I would definitely get the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. Then you can look for businesses or institutions looking for networking professionals and apply there. Such jobs could include :network admin for small businesses/schools; network installation for local computer busin...
by sonickrahnic
Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 54354

Re: Math or Science

Math is the language of science. Without math there could be no science. Math is the fundamental building block of the universe. Of course this is all my opinion but I hope others feel the same way.
by sonickrahnic
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Internet Explorer 9
Replies: 79
Views: 15392

Re: Internet Explorer 9

Also, I apologize for my derogatory language. It was not called for in the situation.
by sonickrahnic
Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Internet Explorer 9
Replies: 79
Views: 15392

Re: Internet Explorer 9

Thank you for being so fucking patronizing, asshole. A simple 'yes' would have sufficed.
by sonickrahnic
Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Internet Explorer 9
Replies: 79
Views: 15392

Re: Internet Explorer 9

In reference to the question of IE9 running under a *nix system, is it possible to run proprietary MS programs under WINE, IE included? Not that I am particularly interested, as I use Firefox and quite enjoy it. I just want to know if there is a possibility to install and run software written and re...
by sonickrahnic
Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Headphones vs. Earbuds
Replies: 66
Views: 20585

Re: Headphones vs. Earbuds

IMO, it really doesn't matter as they both have (once again, IMO) decent sound quality. I have a set of Sony earphones that blast my eardrums out of my head. Conversely, I have a set of earphones (that came with my Blackberry Curve 8530) that are absolutely horrid. The sound is OK, but they don't fi...
by sonickrahnic
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:25 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Looking for archival-quality DVDs
Replies: 32
Views: 3101

Re: Looking for archival-quality DVDs

But when each of those venues is in fact the same location, the likelihood that that single location burns down stays exactly the same regardless of whether the nomenclature changes in relation to it's purpose.
by sonickrahnic
Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:33 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Looking for archival-quality DVDs
Replies: 32
Views: 3101

Re: Looking for archival-quality DVDs

Jorpho wrote:But what if your house burns down when you're not at home?


Then he is pooched.

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