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by gnutrino
Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 435738

Re: Show the world your desktop! [Killing 56K since January]

Mah eeePC: http://omploader.org/vM3ByZA With stuff running: http://omploader.org/vM3ByaQ Running gimp (how did I ever do this without a tiling wm?) and showing off my 9menu skillz (it may not look that impressive but it took me a long time to get that woking ok): http://omploader.org/vM3Byaw
by gnutrino
Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: End of humanity.
Replies: 47
Views: 8583

Re: End of humanity.

Not going to happen for a while depending on whether we manage to get the fsck of this rock before something hits it. Still looking at thousands of years either way most likely. What I will guarantee is that when the end comes there'll be no shortage of people saying "don't worry it's not the e...
by gnutrino
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37192

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

Had a discussion yesterday with a friend (comic writer, nascent sci-fi writer) who thought that steel would be sufficient for a standard space elevator.. Is there an article I can link him to about space elevators, which includes math, but is sufficient for (UK) A-level maths understanding? Not rea...
by gnutrino
Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9979
Views: 1980287

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I am now completely sold on profilers, just managed to reduce runtime by a factor of 40 :D
by gnutrino
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python compiler?
Replies: 29
Views: 2580

Re: Python compiler?

Why does it do this? Could it be because you might want to store your main script in /usr/bin, where it probably dosen't have write permissions (and would make a mess), and store the rest in site-packages? I don't think that has anything to do with it. It is pretty smart and if it doesn't have writ...
by gnutrino
Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0524: "Party"
Replies: 141
Views: 29990

Re: "Party" Discussion

Love todays comic! A lot of my non Geeky friends have just discovered The Game, so I guess I'll be loosing a lot in 2009. Although I do have the help of a few other people with "in depth knowledge" of recent memes, so I could posssibly get friends to start saying I accidentaly... Damnit! ...
by gnutrino
Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0489: "Going West"
Replies: 64
Views: 16213

Re: "Going West" Discussion

moxmallow wrote:TheGoogle sound a little ominous, though I've never really doubted the fact that Google will someday take over the world...


Somedays I have a sneaking suspicion that they already have...

But yeah awesome comic today
by gnutrino
Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Browsers
Replies: 187
Views: 36403

Re: Browsers

ff3 + vimperator when I can (i.e. when I'm using my laptop), vanilla firefox (they finally upgraded to ff3, yay) at uni. I'm starting to look at some text based browsers for use when I'm coding (I just can't bring myself to start up X in order to edit text files, I mean what's the point?) but I have...
by gnutrino
Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I created a perpetual motion machine!
Replies: 58
Views: 9054

Re: I created a perpetual motion machine!

MY IDEA IS BETTER!!! Ok, so it's only in idea phase ATM, but STILL. As a high school student, I do not have the opportunity to develop it myself. A reverse-cycle air conditioner that sucks in air from outside (the room, house etc), uses compressors and expanders to remove heat from the air, and blo...
by gnutrino
Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux N00bs: Considered Harmful?
Replies: 37
Views: 9401

Linux N00bs: Considered Harmful?

First an apology if this has come up before, I did a bit of searching and couldn't find anything but I wouldn't be surprised if I'd missed something obvious. So yeah despite my continuing scepticism about people saying that this is the year of the Linux desktop (again :roll: ), it's hard to deny tha...
by gnutrino
Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Metric Time
Replies: 35
Views: 3793

Re: Metric Time

the prejudice against alternative bases in society sickens me I think you would have gotten a similar reaction if you had started writing your essays in Greek. Communication requires adherence to conventions. Another fun exercise is to telnet to an SMTP server and throw HTTP at it. Good times! I th...
by gnutrino
Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Metric Time
Replies: 35
Views: 3793

Re: Metric Time

Bah base 10 is a retarded base anyway. Never mind just time I vote we change the base for everything to a more sensible system. We could go back to the old Mesopotamian sexagesimal system for everything and leave time as it is or do something more radical (and imo sensible) like switch everything to...
by gnutrino
Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Recommended reading for science newbie, please?
Replies: 29
Views: 3788

Re: Recommended reading for science newbie, please?

Road to Reality - Roger Penrose Personally I preferred "The Emperor's New Mind" and part 2 of "Shadows of the Mind" (the sequal to ENM, the first half is all about turing machines and non-computability if that turns you on (although alot of it is covered sufficiently in ENM (imo...
by gnutrino
Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Universal Symmetry
Replies: 13
Views: 1904

Re: Universal Symmetry

In the origional Friedmann models of the big bang it was indeed true that the universe was assumed to be symmetric (actually isotropic) at the big bang but it was shown that there were possible anisotropic solutions by Stephen Hawking starting in 1970 with his (and Roger Penrose's but his tended to ...
by gnutrino
Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK] Manchester: Home of GOING TO T'PUB AFTER ::: April 14th
Replies: 187
Views: 30373

Re: [UK] Manchester: Home of win, AUGUST 16th and SEPTEMBER 13th

Jesse wrote:gnutrino! Are you that guy who was there with the beard?

That was me yes. 'twas fun :D
by gnutrino
Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0475: "Further Boomerang Difficulties"
Replies: 128
Views: 41757

Re: "Further Boomerang Difficulties" Discussion

This one was awesome, poor guy gets beat on pretty bad at the start, then goes on a mad boomerang throwing spree, then kills his girlfriend with one when she leaves him. Just the end of that is pretty perfect on its own... A litle twerking makes that full of awesome (and more than a little sad :( )
by gnutrino
Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 209811

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

I pretty much hated all the books I was forced to read at school and then started reading them again without having to analise them and write essays and all that crap and found i actually quite liked them. Except Macbeth. But then I had to do that three years in a fucking row and now I can't tell wh...
by gnutrino
Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think we will see at the LHC?
Replies: 160
Views: 20325

Re: What do you think we will see at the LHC?

Ok, here's a question for you guys about the Higgs Boson. I understand that Higgs is the particle that makes mass work and that it is the only unknown part of the standard model, but what are the real-world effects of discovering it? Does it merely complete the standard model, or is it a bridge int...
by gnutrino
Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Few Questions - Mainly about LHC
Replies: 43
Views: 4794

Re: Few Questions - Mainly about LHC

I still dont underastand...what will LHC give us? Just another line in school textbooks...that how universe started....and what is it made of. Or will it improve our technology? Well it'll keep those (or us if you'd like to be generous to a mere insignificant third year) inconvenient sciencey types...
by gnutrino
Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0474: "Turn-On"
Replies: 178
Views: 34133

Re: "Turn-On" Discussion

I made it very clear that I don't understand physics, and my therefore am trying to figure out what the hell is going on in layman's terms. What the hell is going on is that Walter Wagner decided he wasn't getting enough attention and though that accusing the LHC of being able to destroy the world ...
by gnutrino
Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The single best computer food
Replies: 205
Views: 41183

Re: The single best computer food

For all night coding sessions nothing, but nothing, can come close to marmite on toast with good, strong, black coffee.
by gnutrino
Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think we will see at the LHC?
Replies: 160
Views: 20325

Re: What do you think we will see at the LHC?

Random832 wrote:So - is the universe still there for you guys? It looks fine here, but I'd like some confirmation.


Well yes but as I understand it they haven't "crossed beams" yet. So who knows :roll:
by gnutrino
Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is AC theory Physics and whyyyyyyyy????
Replies: 16
Views: 2056

Re: Is AC theory Physics and whyyyyyyyy????

Well experimentalists may have to design, build and/or maintain complicated electronic equipment so I suppose it would be useful for that. But yeah as a theory student I don't get the point either.
by gnutrino
Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Few Questions - Mainly about LHC
Replies: 43
Views: 4794

Re: Few Questions - Mainly about LHC

I can't see why everyone seems to think that possible dangers of the LHC is a subject that only they have been clever enough to think of and that all these ignorant physicists at CERN are going to damn the world without having though through the consequences. These issues have been discussed at leng...
by gnutrino
Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think we will see at the LHC?
Replies: 160
Views: 20325

Re: What do you think we will see at the LHC?

I think a lot of scientists are gonna cry when no Higgs Boson is found... :P jk I have no idea...I would guess OTHER. As it's a pretty safe bet we're gonna find something we didn't expect hehe. I for one would absolutely jump with joy if the higgs boson isn't found, mainly because I'm currently fin...
by gnutrino
Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0474: "Turn-On"
Replies: 178
Views: 34133

Re: "Turn-On" Discussion

:D This comic made my day. Especially after a torturous argument last night with some humanities students I know as to whether or not the world was about to end.
by gnutrino
Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK] Manchester: Home of GOING TO T'PUB AFTER ::: April 14th
Replies: 187
Views: 30373

Re: [UK] Manchester: Home of win, AUGUST 16th and SEPTEMBER 13th

Crikey, I didn't even know the CoS had managed to infiltrate Manchester. If I'd known I'd have definately been there at the protests last (academic) year.

So, yeah, if you'll have me you can consider me there.
by gnutrino
Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2353151

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi all, I'm Eddie a 20 year old physics student currently residing in Manchester.

My personal likes include all (maths and science)-ey stuff and also some some other stuff.

My personal dislikes include intro threads on fora so, if I may, I'll leave it there and consider myself introduced.

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