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by achilleas.k
Fri May 21, 2010 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 62493

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

Hazman wrote:They send all notices and information as pdf attachments to emails, which is frigging ridiculous.

No it's not
by achilleas.k
Fri May 21, 2010 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 62493

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

I'm always bitching about how wrong it is to send ANYTHING in .doc format. Especially some Uni office workers who send announcements out. It's just wrong to be reading something that's only meant for reading in the bloody editor. I guess this is another subject. I have no problem if you want to writ...
by achilleas.k
Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Can a machine be conscious?
Replies: 162
Views: 29484

Re: Can a machine be conscious?

Well, I didn't mean it *generally*. I suspect that most people, if asked to define some arbitrary thing, can pop out a perfectly serviceable definition. Free will, specifically, is something that usually defies people's ability to form a coherent definition, from my experience in discussions on the...
by achilleas.k
Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Can a machine be conscious?
Replies: 162
Views: 29484

Re: Can a machine be conscious?

Couldn't it just mean that typically, lay definitions are rather vague and ambiguous, making them bad candidates for definitions in the first place?
That's how I took it when I read it, anyway.
by achilleas.k
Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll
Replies: 87
Views: 140517

Re: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll

Sidenote: Scroll down must be "next weapon/spell/item/whatev" while scroll up must be "previous".
The default is usually the other way around. I just always associate down with next and up with previous because that's the usual reading direction. Can't understand the inverse. :?
by achilleas.k
Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:13 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: annoying search virus
Replies: 20
Views: 1951

Re: annoying search virus

Let's list some facts here: - You don't use an AV. - You DID get a virus with noticeable effects. My prediction is that the fear of computer viruses is far worse than what is. quantitivly I predict that there will be 0 viruses in 3 months time. if there are any, none of them would be noticable witho...
by achilleas.k
Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Let's talk about AI
Replies: 60
Views: 11688

Re: Let's talk about AI

While I acknowledge all the problems you pointed out with my definition of consciousness, I wasn't suggesting we should go on and just assume that consciousness = awareness. I did present awareness as being something directly measurable where, as you pointed out, it's not as easy as I may have lead ...
by achilleas.k
Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: CPU Usage Consistently Way Too High
Replies: 6
Views: 1083

Re: CPU Usage Consistently Way Too High

In Vista and Win7, not all processes are visible when you first open the task manager. There's a box underneath that says "Show processes from all users" which is required to show system processes. Apologies if you knew this already and had it enabled, just trying to cover everything befor...
by achilleas.k
Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Can a machine be conscious?
Replies: 162
Views: 29484

Re: Can a machine be conscious?

graatz wrote:For one, we've already stumbled upon at least one definitions problem. No one in this thread has adequately said what it means to be conscious.

That's sort of what I said on another topic which slowly evolved into having major common points to this one.
by achilleas.k
Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: CPU Usage Consistently Way Too High
Replies: 6
Views: 1083

Re: CPU Usage Consistently Way Too High

No info on which process is using up all the CPU (Task manager)?
by achilleas.k
Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: So uh, how bad would it be to just open all ports?
Replies: 17
Views: 2133

Re: So uh, how bad would it be to just open all ports?

Use the DMZ if you really want to do that, as some others mentioned. Something that hasn't been mentioned though, is that an open port isn't necessarily a security risk. Not on its own anyway. There needs to be a process or service listening on the port for it to do anything. I totally don't underst...
by achilleas.k
Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:44 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can't boot
Replies: 13
Views: 1101

Re: Can't boot

I wouldn't risk using the drive that caused the original problem for anything data related. As I see it, you have three hard disks now (the old two who were set up as a RAID stripe and the new one). One of old drives caused the original problem, so I would stop using that one for important stuff. I'...
by achilleas.k
Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most annoying examples of hypocrisy
Replies: 47
Views: 16247

Re: Most annoying examples of hypocrisy

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Yup.

Eeeeexcellent *tents fingertips*
by achilleas.k
Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most annoying examples of hypocrisy
Replies: 47
Views: 16247

Re: Most annoying examples of hypocrisy

Ok, we change it to "some things done...". Deal?
by achilleas.k
Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most annoying examples of hypocrisy
Replies: 47
Views: 16247

Re: Most annoying examples of hypocrisy

I understand the reason those rules are in place and I'm not against them. I'm against the practice I described. That sometimes the quotas are filled with unqualified people to stay within the rules because not enough of a certain demographic happen to apply.
by achilleas.k
Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most annoying examples of hypocrisy
Replies: 47
Views: 16247

Re: Most annoying examples of hypocrisy

If the hiring process was indeed not racist, then all applicants would be judged on their skill and appropriateness for the current job alone. Unfortunately, it's very hard to make this decision entirely without bias. Affirmative action helps to counteract that bias by requiring that employers reco...
by achilleas.k
Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most annoying examples of hypocrisy
Replies: 47
Views: 16247

Re: Most annoying examples of hypocrisy

Killing/War in the name of God, when said God's teachings state that killing is worse for your soul than actually dying. Also, I believe everything that has to do with managing racial, sexual or any other kind of discrimination is highly hypocritical. For instance, forcing a company to hire a certai...
by achilleas.k
Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8908952

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

Baldur wrote:Aha, take this, crappy report thing! Aha! I'm working on you, for once! =)

Really? Seems like you're posting in forums to me :P
by achilleas.k
Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:32 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Recommend me an Antivirus
Replies: 18
Views: 1600

Re: Recommend me an Antivirus

Is it a general thing that all software that becomes popular must end up as bloatware? Norton was the first to start turning their AV software into "AV and everything else you may never need". McAffee was pretty popular back in the day as well and now look at them. I find it's the same wit...
by achilleas.k
Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:38 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can't boot
Replies: 13
Views: 1101

Re: Can't boot

Hiren's boot CD saved my ass a couple of times. It has a bunch of programs for recovering drives among other things. If it can read the array, you might be able to recover some of your data at least. I've managed to recover entire drives with some of the utilities and even used HDD regenerator (whic...
by achilleas.k
Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:30 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I think my laptop keyboard is broken... help?
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Re: I think my laptop keyboard is broken... help?

I've had laptop keyboard problems a few times (whiskey doesn't agree with my lappy). Here's what I would do (in the specific order): 1) Try and boot your computer in another environment where any software you may have installed wont affect it's operation. If you have your Windows installation CD, yo...
by achilleas.k
Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8908952

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

Woopsie. Pardon my morning reading skills. I actually thought the last bit was yours (That it was you who said it doesn't matter how it's spelt.)
Now that we've cleared that up though, what the hell kind of reasoning is that?
by achilleas.k
Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8908952

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

Baldur wrote:they're extinct, so it doesn't matter how it's spelt.

It doesn't?
by achilleas.k
Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Let's talk about AI
Replies: 60
Views: 11688

Re: Let's talk about AI

The problem with consciousness is that it's easy to dismiss as something mystical and metaphysical whenever someone brings it up. Sure, when someone says "consciousness", you might think he's talking about the abstract concept of the mind, something related to a soul, or maybe even just pu...
by achilleas.k
Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8908952

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

snippity I think about some of that stuff quite often. Sometimes I even talk about it with some mates (who seem to share my enthusiasm most of the time). The best part is when the other party or is not in the mood for some reason, or is a bit more down to earth at that particular point and all he c...
by achilleas.k
Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8908952

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

Flightless_bird wrote:
Ocean wrote:I'd do it too... FOR SCIENCE!


FOR SCIENCE!...I'll put it on my new years vows

Let's apply for a research grant!
by achilleas.k
Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8908952

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

Giant Speck wrote:I'm drunk and eating gas station breakfast burritos, which are surprisingly good.

I just got a flashback of that Futurama episode where Fry got worms from a gas station sandwich.
by achilleas.k
Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Open Office viability
Replies: 25
Views: 2703

Re: Open Office viability

And it's so hard to "educate" people on these things. Say you have a professor or teacher friend and you try to explain the problem with .doc submissions, they'll just regard it as a crusade against Microsoft or something. They'll probably say something like: Yeah I'm sure you're right but...
by achilleas.k
Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9968
Views: 1949779

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Writing a proper, general use, object oriented GA is much harder than it seems. The general use bit is what gets me every time.
by achilleas.k
Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:09 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Recommend me an Antivirus
Replies: 18
Views: 1600

Re: Recommend me an Antivirus

Something we can all agree on:
ANYTHING BUT NORTON
by achilleas.k
Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can you pull your tongue?
Replies: 29
Views: 17638

Re: Can you pull your tongue?

Ocean wrote:It's kinda hard to do, though. My fingers slip away all the time, but when I press it too hard, it hurts.

Ouch. =(

Which is why I thought the question was worthy of a forum topic. Let's hijack the thread and start talking about ways to pull your tongue without pain.
by achilleas.k
Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can you pull your tongue?
Replies: 29
Views: 17638

Re: Can you pull your tongue?

Dutchlike wrote:
Jessica wrote:Is it horrible that upon reading the title, I stuck my tongue out and started yanking on it?

No, i did the same thing :lol: .

Dumdidum dumdum... what?
Yes... yes I did!
by achilleas.k
Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8908952

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

I submitted my first-ever conference paper today! Can't wait to hear back. C'mon, reviewers, you know my research is cool. Cool. What kind of conference is it? And where? It's a tiny, tiny conference -- Machine Translation Marathon 2010. It's in Dublin at the end of January. Machine Translation? By...
by achilleas.k
Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux or Windows or Mac OS? Mac or PC? An Interested Convert
Replies: 43
Views: 16324

Re: Linux or Windows or Mac OS? Mac or PC? An Interested Convert

I belong in the 1% of the Earth's population who actually enjoyed Vista while I had it. :P
Seriously, I have no complaints from that OS. I actually hated the Vista Network Manager at first, but after I got used to it I was fine.
by achilleas.k
Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux or Windows or Mac OS? Mac or PC? An Interested Convert
Replies: 43
Views: 16324

Re: Linux or Windows or Mac OS? Mac or PC? An Interested Convert

I just started dual booting XP and Ubuntu about 2 weeks ago and I've pretty much abandoned XP. Ubuntu does boot up quite a bit faster for me. I don't know if Windows 7 would be comparable to Ubuntu in terms of start up speed but I don't think my laptop could handle Windows 7 without an upgrade. I l...
by achilleas.k
Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8908952

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

Briareos wrote:I submitted my first-ever conference paper today! Can't wait to hear back. C'mon, reviewers, you know my research is cool.

Cool. What kind of conference is it? And where?
by achilleas.k
Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10922
Views: 2320655

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Captain Squishypants wrote:(XKCD is considered required reading at this school).

Um... really?
by achilleas.k
Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8908952

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

It has also become clear lately (3 years or so) that Facebook must die.
by achilleas.k
Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Open Office viability
Replies: 25
Views: 2703

Re: Open Office viability

Still does. On my Windows machine at home, MS Office would hang because my default printer was shared through the network from another PC and for some reason it took a while to figure out the margins. So I'm guessing based on your default printer, the layouts change which could mess up images and gr...
by achilleas.k
Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8908952

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

I want to use Linux, but even after NDIS wrapping and weeks of using different methods to get my wireless card recognised, my wireless card is still not seen. Would it be alright if I get a different, more common wireless card? Yes. Look into your distribution's help page/forums/documentation. Most...

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