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by LikwidCirkel
Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Hardest Major
Replies: 114
Views: 90293

Re: Hardest Major

I'm going to vote for Engineering Physics, which is offered by around half of major Canadian Universities. It's like EE, but with more emphasis on pure physics.

Second to that, definitely genetics. Ask a biologist just how tricky it is.
by LikwidCirkel
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The power of code compels you!!1!!1!
Replies: 16
Views: 2915

Re: The power of code compels you!!1!!1!

It might not work for every possible combination of floating point numbers... is that what you mean?
by LikwidCirkel
Sat Jun 07, 2008 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Should we all use plain text for email?
Replies: 29
Views: 7015

Re: Should we all use plain text for email?

Plain text all the way! Rich text, particularly when generated by Microsoft programs, is inconsistent. It also allows stupid off-linked embedded images, annoying layouts, bad hyperlinks and many other annoyances. It will certainly not always work nicely on the receiving end, particularly with webmai...
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Taming my LCD Monitor
Replies: 5
Views: 1551

Re: Taming my LCD Monitor

I think the NP and PN might mean Negative-Positive and vice versa. There are a number of possibilities. First, you could have cables or couplers with bad pins or bad wires. With cheap and long VGA cables, it's extremely common to get significant signal loss. In your case it seems like the signal is ...
by LikwidCirkel
Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Regenerating a Commodore 64
Replies: 6
Views: 2718

Re: Regenerating a Commodore 64

The 6581 SID sound chip is worth $50 or more. Hobby synthesizer enthusiasts like them. I was lucky enough to get one for free and I used it for my technical college design project many years ago.
by LikwidCirkel
Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I could really use some help with buying a new PC
Replies: 10
Views: 1947

Re: I could really use some help with buying a new PC

Yes! Lenovo Lenovo Lenovo!!! They're especially good if you travel around and and bang into things. Don't even think about getting a Toshiba if you need something durable. Dells are usually cheaper, standard and predictable, but are still cheaply built, so the durability suffers. Apple is like joini...
by LikwidCirkel
Sat Mar 22, 2008 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Video Cards for Linux/FreeBSD?
Replies: 19
Views: 2887

Re: Video Cards for Linux/FreeBSD?

I'm not so sure I agree with all that's been said. For me, running dual monitors that can rotate on their stands... ATI/Intel cards will NOT run beryl/compiz with dual monitors, period. This is due to Xinerama not working with xrandr, and there is no way around it. ATI/Intel will NOT allow xrandr (o...
by LikwidCirkel
Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Spring has Sprung!
Replies: 54
Views: 4427

Re: Spring has Sprung!

I'm sneezing and stuffy. I think antihistamine companies invented spring, just like candy companies invented Halloween.

Damn you mould spores, or whatever the hell always makes me really sick during the melt.
by LikwidCirkel
Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sometimes everybody is wrong
Replies: 54
Views: 6849

Re: Sometimes everybody is wrong

I know that it's more or less an opinionated rant, but I strongly believe that it has more justification than ranting about religion or the greatness of communism. I'm hardly a fanatical protester type... in fact, I mostly support capitalism, although I admit that every system has its flaws. My othe...
by LikwidCirkel
Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sometimes everybody is wrong
Replies: 54
Views: 6849

Re: Sometimes everybody is wrong

That America is a democracy.... In real democracies, the government fears the people, but in the USA, it's the other way around! The government controls the people because they (and their corporate supporters) have the money and control of the media. Too many people think their vote will actually ma...
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Do you like solving programming problems?
Replies: 17
Views: 2415

Re: Do you like solving programming problems?

Rhiever, I notice that the instructions for your competition is a .doc file. Why not just save it as html? It doesn't really take any more effort, and then people can just click the link and view without downloading a file. TomBot: I do totally like that idea, but it would be tricky to make an onlin...
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Poor coding practices = black hat
Replies: 23
Views: 4600

Re: Poor coding practices = black hat

I was doing testing for a port of GCC 4 for my last job. There were several dangerous extensions to the language that have been removed in GCC4, which of course, people do anyway. The most common was the stupid cast-as-lvalue: int foo; float bar; (float)foo = bar; which is NOT legal c, but GCC 2/3 a...
by LikwidCirkel
Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Case syntax (C/C++)
Replies: 24
Views: 5391

Re: Case syntax (C/C++)

If your switching variable can be mapped to sequential numbers with relative ease: typedef void (*pfv) (void); pvf func_table[3] = {func1, func2, func3}; void switch_with_pointers(some_variable) { // assume valid cases are 0-2, and all else are invalid if (some_variable > 2) { //default invalid case...
by LikwidCirkel
Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Extracting audio/video from arbitrary binary
Replies: 1
Views: 747

Extracting audio/video from arbitrary binary

I have some console games that contain an amazing amount of audio samples and videos, and I want to extract it. It's just one big file, but somewhere and somehow, all of this stuff is stored. How would I go about picking through it if I have no idea how it's encoded or located? Is this even easily p...
by LikwidCirkel
Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Host editing on a 2Wire router.
Replies: 1
Views: 1153

Re: Host editing on a 2Wire router.

I don't think it's illegal in Canada for an ISP to block other SMTP servers. I've had to deal with that with multiple ISPs, and I've come to accept it. I always understood that it was an anti-spam measure (so that YOU can't sent out mass spam). It's funny, because they always tell me that they don't...
by LikwidCirkel
Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Note-taking
Replies: 34
Views: 9855

Re: Note-taking

I've been using a Tablet for years for all of my notes. OneNote: Bloated, and does far more than I care about. Journal: You can't friggin type on it, which for me makes it useless. Tomboy: I think I've tried it, but I don't think it's a real note-taking application. I actually bought Agilix GoBinder...
by LikwidCirkel
Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Could someone explain these terms?
Replies: 7
Views: 5688

Re: Could someone explain these terms?

103 micro-farad capacitors in this case You post seems correct except for that. That value would indicate a 10,000pF capacitor. For R and C values the third digit is a decade multiplier for the first two. It essentially just indicates how many zeros to add to the first two digits to determine the v...
by LikwidCirkel
Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Metal Rubber...yeah. You heard me. Metal Rubber.
Replies: 15
Views: 2471

Re: Metal Rubber...yeah. You heard me. Metal Rubber.

That totally reminds me of this rather old video of these shirts . They must already have some kind of flexible conductors in them. After working in the audio-visual industry with big screens and projectors, I've always been dreaming of the day when the projector is no longer needed, and the 30 foot...
by LikwidCirkel
Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Some startling things
Replies: 17
Views: 2906

Re: Some startling things

Suggestion 1: Try a high wattage power supply. Suggestion 2: If your drives have SATA cables without clips on the ends, replace the cables with tighter SATA cables with clips. The SATA cable thing was once a big problem for me, and very difficult to diagnose or visually detect. Once I got better cab...
by LikwidCirkel
Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dead pixels
Replies: 11
Views: 3382

Re: Dead pixels

You won't be able to fix entire dead lines by poking the screen. It will be a fault in the (integrated) circuitry that drives the entire line. It's possible that you could press around the edges and make it flicker back to normal, but that isn't a very permanent solution.
by LikwidCirkel
Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Paging file on windows XP
Replies: 28
Views: 4485

Re: Paging file on windows XP

Back in the days when I ran real-time pro audio stuff, mostly Cubase during the Pentium III era, I usually turned off paging. It was actually recommended in the user manual for Cubase, and virtually eliminated the possibility of glitches/blips during recording. The system was usually a little more s...
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: After school
Replies: 41
Views: 3133

Re: After school

When I actually went: cronja and video games. When I didn't go: can you guess?

Damn I feel accomplished in life.
by LikwidCirkel
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Microcontroller fiddling . . .
Replies: 17
Views: 3202

Re: Microcontroller fiddling . . .

A couple of clarifications. Any simple PIC programmer will program virtually all PIC devices, including PIC12, PIC16, and PIC18. In the case of non-DIP packages, you just have to find an alternate way to connect to the programming pins. There's a 4 pin header on simple JDM programmers for that. It's...
by LikwidCirkel
Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hotness of instruments?
Replies: 147
Views: 11899

Re: Hotness of instruments?

For me?

Definitely a laptop and a mixing board, and some damn smooth sexy beats.
by LikwidCirkel
Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Microcontroller fiddling . . .
Replies: 17
Views: 3202

Re: Microcontroller fiddling . . .

You can go to http://www.microchip.com and get samples for $0. FedEx from Thailand has been as fast as 23 hours for me, and I paid nothing. You'll need a bit of support hardware, well, really just a power supply, and parts to drive whatever I/O you want. I've made many simple things out of PICs, and...
by LikwidCirkel
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 84024

Re: "Anti-Mindvirus" Discussion

I had never heard or such nonsense before today. I was better off not knowing.

It's a truly useless and stupid concept to me. I'll now probably win for 70 years.
by LikwidCirkel
Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Debugging in C++ . . . How do I do it properly?
Replies: 26
Views: 2571

Re: Debugging in C++ . . . How do I do it properly?

I got totally hooked on using gdb during my last job. It was usually just with the standard command line, but if I really needed a better graphical view, I'd fire up xxgdb. Eclipse usually just provides a frontend for gdb. I found it flaky though, especially with our complicated remote cross-debuggi...
by LikwidCirkel
Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your thesis through interpretive dance
Replies: 16
Views: 2740

Re: Your thesis through interpretive dance

All of you (me too) are breaking the rules by responding to a spam post. If it's truly not spam, it certainly looks like it, especially when the link was up. That message was way too generic to be genuine. I AM THE ELECTRONIC ROBOT. PLEASE GIVE MY REGARDS TO EVERYBODY. PS: Thanks for including the ...
by LikwidCirkel
Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your thesis through interpretive dance
Replies: 16
Views: 2740

Re: Your thesis through interpretive dance

All of you (me too) are breaking the rules by responding to a spam post. If it's truly not spam, it certainly looks like it, especially when the link was up. That message was way too generic to be genuine.
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite simple circuits for demo, play, world domination?
Replies: 22
Views: 2656

Re: Favorite simple circuits for demo, play, world domination?

I've always wanted to build a DC stepup circuit that can go from, say, a 3 Volt battery supply to a 300 Volt capacitor. Then shenanigans can ensue. World domination is also a possibility. Buy a disposable camera with a flash. The flash circuitry does exactly that. It's really fun to short-circuit t...
by LikwidCirkel
Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 99583

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

Yes! Grapefruits are the best. I've gotten into the habit of swearing in grocery stores that don't stock frozen grapefruit juice. It's usually the only kind of juice that I want, and no stores seem to stock the frozen stuff anymore. Grapefruits are totally the favorite. Also, nothing is easier and m...
by LikwidCirkel
Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Scanners
Replies: 7
Views: 1966

Re: Scanners

wing wrote:*shrug* Get a Canon. AVOID THE STUPID ALL-IN-ONE UNITS ATTACHED TO THE TOP OF A PRINTER. THOSE ARE THE MOST UNRELIABLE PIECES OF HARDWARE EVER BUILT!
+1
by LikwidCirkel
Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is it that keeps us going?
Replies: 40
Views: 6701

Re: What is it that keeps us going?

I'm a bit of a mood-swinger myself, and sometimes I question what makes me go on. My own condition has indeed boosted my interested in psychology and the like. I have far many too ideas on the topic to even begin summarizing on a post like this. I'd just advise you to look into "positive psycho...
by LikwidCirkel
Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Thinking about the PhD. Asking for advice on writing Profs
Replies: 7
Views: 2342

Re: Thinking about the PhD. Asking for advice on writing Profs

That has some truth to it sure, but I just keep thinking of how a prof would discriminate. There are guys from my old university who get over 50 emails a day from potential students, and have to skim them pretty fast. I just think that you really should have a general idea of what you want to do, so...
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Official: Too Many People On Earth
Replies: 57
Views: 5479

Re: It's Official: Too Many People On Earth

The most eco-conscientious thing to do is both to NOT have kids AND to raise educated, eco-conscientious children. Ever heard of adoption? What about teaching, mentoring, or community involvement. Any one of these things, provided that you're good at it, has the potential to reach far more children ...
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Official: Too Many People On Earth
Replies: 57
Views: 5479

Re: It's Official: Too Many People On Earth

Yes. I would say that there are definitely too many people on Earth. That's why I'm not having any kids, ever. It's so obvious, but it's over most people's heads, that the solution is just to stop having so many damn kids. The most we can do is to not have any ourselves, and fight for education and ...
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: QNX4 Data transfer
Replies: 3
Views: 1485

Re: QNX4 Data transfer

According to the docs here , particularly the install/config guide, you pretty much need to buy the tcp/ip stack to network with non-QNX machines in any way. Again, you'll need an account to access that stuff, but if you you're working with QNX at all, the account would be very useful. I guess they ...
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [NSFW!] I give you... raptor pr0n!
Replies: 28
Views: 3535

Re: [NSFW!] I give you... raptor pr0n!

I like the photography, but I'm not a big fan of pierced nipples. I think it brings back flashbacks of some movie where they got ripped out... I can't remember what it was.

I'll go away now.
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do adults make friends?
Replies: 125
Views: 14289

Re: How do adults make friends?

I can relate to this a little. I'm about 3000km away from where I grew up, and I do kind of miss my old friends and connections, but I've found a few friends here. I am in school, but there is quite the age difference, and I'm generally not very interested in hanging out with my classmates. I have m...
by LikwidCirkel
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:29 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: QNX4 Data transfer
Replies: 3
Views: 1485

Re: QNX4 Data transfer

I worked for QNX for 8 months for a co-op term, but I didn't work with QNX4 at all. I'm also not quite sure what you're asking. At work you can ftp to a QNX4 machine, which can then talk to other QNX machines... is that what you're saying? If you can log into QNX4 with a non-QNX machine, then I don'...

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