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by Meteorswarm
Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A solar cell experiment with unfathomable results
Replies: 19
Views: 3887

Re: A solar cell experiment with unfathomable results

Could you post your data and details of the experimental setup?

Also, finding out what the ink is would be awesome.
by Meteorswarm
Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Blatant racism in class
Replies: 115
Views: 14739

Re: Blatant racism in class

"i don't want muslims to come into america. I think we should divide the country into two: peope who want a safe america and people who want to let terrorists into our country. And then we'll see how you like it. You'll see! You'll see how you were wrong if you pet muslims into the government....
by Meteorswarm
Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:40 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Adblocker
Replies: 7
Views: 1129

Re: Adblocker

I don't quite get why people are so enthusiastic about NoScript. Everything uses Javascript; does it not break everything? it does break everything. but if you're using a browser whose javascript engine is full of security vulnerabilities, it may be necessary. It also lets you selectively turn java...
by Meteorswarm
Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:38 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Legacy: a thread
Replies: 15
Views: 2132

Re: Legacy: a thread

My mother and my brother both went to Cornell, and I go there, but I don't think that legacy makes much sense besides making alumni happy. On the other hand, as an extremely hard worker, I resent it when people deride people who happen to have parents who went to the same institution as lazy stupid ...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:21 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Bay Area Meetups
Replies: 92
Views: 97996

Re: Bay Area Maker's Faire

I'm flying in on the 22 for the summer, so any time after that would probably be good. I'm missing the makers' fair though.
by Meteorswarm
Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)
Replies: 149
Views: 461000

Re: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)

其實,「中國」的意思不是「在中間的一個國度」,而是「在中間的那些國度」——在春秋和戰國時代,還有人寫「中國」,不過那是沒有一個中國。他們的意思就是那些在世界中間的過度,秦、楚、齊、趙、等。 Actually, 中國 doesn't mean "the state in the middle", rather, it means "those set of states in the middle" -- in the spring-autumn and warring states period, you had authors writing ...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 67
Views: 10846

Re: Renewable Energy

So I guess what I'm reacting to (and this may be a re-hash of stuff in the nuclear energy megathread) is that, in the environmental community, which I monitor, there's this meme that nuclear power, even if the safety issues are solved (and, personally, I don't really see a large safety problem in it...
by Meteorswarm
Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?
Replies: 544
Views: 221058

Re: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?

Does anyone know if there's a flashblocking addon that works the same as adblock in that regard? I use Flashblock, but the flash always seems to load before popping up as blocked, then if I hit the play button it instantly plays. What I'd like it to do is not download, then start doing that when I ...
by Meteorswarm
Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 67
Views: 10846

Re: Renewable Energy

The expense in materials, labor (both in initial construction and ongoing maintenance) and real estate per watt of capacity (even if practical load leveling is implemented) is going to make it very hard for renewables to replace coal in any significant way. So we're kinda screwed until people start...
by Meteorswarm
Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 67
Views: 10846

Re: Renewable Energy

Solar photovoltaic will get there in the next few years. It's price per watt has been dropping exponentially for the past 30 1 , and it's already below about $3/watt (before installation, which has also been getting cheaper; costs below $5/watt for whole systems) 2 . Wind power is at present price-c...
by Meteorswarm
Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Thinking in functional programming
Replies: 28
Views: 6641

Re: Thinking in functional programming

Pipelining information through nested / chained functions is all fine and dandy until you hit an exception or need to do some I/O. If a function y = f(x) is thought of as an arrow mapping x to y as in: x -f-> y then you would need to put the exception generated by that function, or its side-effecti...
by Meteorswarm
Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?
Replies: 544
Views: 221058

Re: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?

The same guy who made Adblock Plus for firefox (Wladimir Palant, I believe?) is making a chrome version . That said, I use firefox because of an addon called pentadactyl (basically just vimperator). But chrome addons are fundamentally less powerful than firefox addons because the capabilities chrom...
by Meteorswarm
Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A silly translation request
Replies: 11
Views: 3144

Re: A silly translation request

Plausible classical Chinese:

請子與吾舞

"Please, with me, dance."
by Meteorswarm
Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6394

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

Yeah but even if we stop outputting CO2 right now, there's still the abundance floating around in the atmosphere But there's no point in sequestering it as very-nearly-coal while we're still burning coal, and in particular if we're using coal to sequester it as... coal. Sequestration as carbon woul...
by Meteorswarm
Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Higher Education Bubble
Replies: 23
Views: 3887

Re: Higher Education Bubble

Well done! You can post urls! Did you have something to actually contribute to the discussion? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slippery_slope#The_slippery_slope_as_fallacy I think I can fill it in, and perhaps add a little: Vilidice makes a series of claims starting with the observed trend of a de-val...
by Meteorswarm
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programming?
Replies: 23
Views: 3950

Re: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programm

Stop! Programming isn't just about learning a few languages and using them to write some programs. Do yourself some good and start reading Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. Not only will you learn things that others had to learn in ages, but you will also learn to program in the ki...
by Meteorswarm
Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Intentionally making compile time long
Replies: 40
Views: 7116

Re: Intentionally making compile time long

Yakk wrote:Into this wilderness came K&R. They wrote a language we now know as C.


Kernighan didn't invent C. That was mostly Ritchie (the R) and Thompson, although clearly Kernighan had enormous influence on its later development through his book with Ritchie (K&R).

Edit: s/though/through/
by Meteorswarm
Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 225164

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

(Arise, dead thread) Having just learned about Turing machines, I have an idea I'd like to ask you: Suppose we have a particular infinitely fast Turing machine (infinite tape) like was discussed here, that takes a year to perform its first step, 6 months its next, 3 months, 45 days, ... halving each...
by Meteorswarm
Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Higher Education Bubble
Replies: 23
Views: 3887

Re: Higher Education Bubble

@Krestel, I know things are a bit more specialized in the UK, and the model I described is far more similar to the Chilean system (one of my favorite (although utterly impossible to pass a class with) professors is from Chile, and he explained it to me), as far as math ed. goes, he was taking the e...
by Meteorswarm
Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Estimating Alcohol Content With Density Alone
Replies: 10
Views: 1997

Re: Estimating Alcohol Content With Density Alone

I''m not sure of any breweries I know that actually measure the amount of CO2 outgassed during fermentation, most of the time it just gets dumped into a bucket of sanitizer. If you want a book on it from a brewers perspective, Standards of Brewing by Charles Bamforth is the place to look. My copy i...
by Meteorswarm
Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Estimating Alcohol Content With Density Alone
Replies: 10
Views: 1997

Re: Estimating Alcohol Content With Density Alone

4.1%ABV? That is some watery hooch. The method you used (jacking) is one common in making apple jack. Done right, (nice sloooow freeze) you can end up with some very very powerful spirit in the middle of an ice cube. I was starting with Keystone Light; this was a science project and not actually in...
by Meteorswarm
Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programming?
Replies: 23
Views: 3950

Re: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programm

Mammon wrote:Thanks, guys. I've decided to start learning Haskell and then learning Python after that.


Just verifying that you know this but, the tutorial I linked assumes proficiency with some language other than Haskell.
by Meteorswarm
Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Yo Sun is SO Stupid that...
Replies: 18
Views: 2365

Re: Yo Sun is SO Stupid that...

TheChewanater wrote:Yo sun is so small, your society has to rely mostly on fossil fuels and nuclear power because solar power is not an efficient source of energy.


Except in our case, where it's more like "yo society so corrupt and backwards they rely on fossil fuels to their own detriment"
by Meteorswarm
Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Estimating Alcohol Content With Density Alone
Replies: 10
Views: 1997

Re: Estimating Alcohol Content With Density Alone

Solutes are definitely not negligable; they make up about half the "extra" mass of the beer, at least.

Do you have any tips on finding such a handbook? I have access to some pretty good libraries, but I don't know where to start.
by Meteorswarm
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Ultra-parallel computer
Replies: 12
Views: 2680

Re: Ultra-parallel computer

That is awesome. I figured the compiler could figure out the threading using optimization of some sort, I just used C syntax to illustrate the point. I wasn't aware that functional languages worked that way, so now I know. Note that not all functional languages work this way. OCaML is really promis...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 48115

Re: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever

Here's a screenshot of me running vimperator under firefox 4 in normal browsing mode:
vimperator.png
by Meteorswarm
Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Ultra-parallel computer
Replies: 12
Views: 2680

Re: Ultra-parallel computer

How can parallelization be even better? I was thinking maybe there could be some sort of future-processing technique. Imagine a program with a conditional statement that takes a few cycles to evaluate. While it is being evaluated by one processor, two other processors can start working on the next ...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Estimating Alcohol Content With Density Alone
Replies: 10
Views: 1997

Estimating Alcohol Content With Density Alone

I embarked on a small experiment recently, where I attempted to concentrate the alcohol from a cheap beer by fractional crystallization (i.e., freezing and removing the ice). I measured the density of the various fluids with a hand-held refractometer, thinking that I could derive the alcohol content...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programming?
Replies: 23
Views: 3950

Re: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programm

I sometimes wish the first language I had encountered was Haskell. Then I remember how many times installing new modules has inexplicably failed over and over, thus preventing me from doing all sorts of neat stuff that should have been quite simple. So it's a toss up. Any language that enforces cur...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programming?
Replies: 23
Views: 3950

Re: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programm

Does it matter which language you choose as the first? At a fundamental level, no, but all languages have their idioms, and only cover a small subset of the space of programming languages, so your first language will have a large impact on how you think about programming. I think Python is a good l...
by Meteorswarm
Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programming?
Replies: 23
Views: 3950

Re: How do I start learning about Comp. Science and Programm

You could start with our very own, stickied, thread about learning the mathematics and science behind computer science.

Beyond that, pick a language, find a tutorial, learn it, and play around for the programming end. I like Python.
by Meteorswarm
Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Help! Impossible hardware problem
Replies: 35
Views: 9982

Re: Help! Impossible hardware problem

Come to think of it, your symptoms are _very_ similar to what I observed when my southbridge in my Eeepc lost its thermal transfer pad (and connection to heatsink), except that mine was clearly heat related - a recent crash meant the next would be soon, and a fan could act as life support. If the mo...
by Meteorswarm
Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 48115

Re: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever

i’ll try to really use vim one day (by now i know how to enter insert mode, leave it, and leave vim with or without saving) the problem with vimperator is that it rapes the visual style on every website so badly that my inner webdev cries whenever i see screenshots of it. I'm not sure what you mean...
by Meteorswarm
Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much air is needed for wind?
Replies: 25
Views: 3715

Re: How much air is needed for wind?

King Author wrote:how it manages to shield its inhabitants from various forms of cosmic radiation.


To be fair, a quantity of dirt performs this service remarkably well.
by Meteorswarm
Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GUI vs. CLI
Replies: 54
Views: 17068

Re: GUI vs. CLI

Ah, screen... one bit of Linux culture I actually haven't embraced at all (for perhaps slightly unfair reasons). I gave it a try a few years ago, and if memory serves, between unfortunate clashes with Emacs keyboard shortcuts (and not wanting to take the time to figure out unique ones) and spending...
by Meteorswarm
Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GUI vs. CLI
Replies: 54
Views: 17068

Re: GUI vs. CLI

EvanED wrote:That said, IMO using *nix without X is just crazy; how do you manage all your terminals? ;-)


You can do some neat stuff with screen, or with running terminals inside Vim, but yeah, tiling window managers make for wonderful terminal dispensers, I mean, computers.
by Meteorswarm
Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 48115

Re: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever

I run xmonad at work; I used to use Awesome. I was sold on the tiling window manager after using one for all of about 2 minutes. It does mean that no one else can use my computer. :-) I lost that battle ages ago. I run vimperator with firefox, use vim, use xmonad, it's wonderful. The worst for me i...
by Meteorswarm
Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:50 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How to host a blog on own domain?
Replies: 9
Views: 1532

Re: How to host a blog on own domain?

Is Wordpress's security worth worrying about? It seems like every other week I hear about some new exploit for it.
by Meteorswarm
Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 48115

Re: GNOME v. KDE

Ptolom wrote:Dwm. Gnome and KDE are both lumbering blubber monsters.


Xmonad! It's formally verified!

Although I run it inside of gnome so that I can get the tasty panels and widgets.
by Meteorswarm
Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 151419

Re: What OS do you use?

mameha25 wrote:i use windows 7 right now..


Only a windows user would post in eye-searing pink.

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