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by Moose Hole
Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fool's Gold
Replies: 24
Views: 2693

Re: Fool's Gold

If he had one hostage killing that hostage would leave him with no control over you and a further profit of zero. Therefore he can't kill that hostage but that hostage is worthless, If he kills the second to last he would have one hostage who he can't kill and would have no control over you. Works ...
by Moose Hole
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Forum Telephone
Replies: 48
Views: 7980

Re: Forum Telephone

5. Yew are gone giving rope, ne ever grow net liet pich you dayum.
by Moose Hole
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Removing repeated numbers from a very large list.
Replies: 39
Views: 5808

Re: Removing repeated numbers from a very large list.

The worst case is (2^32)/2 integers, because the OP stated "none of them are unique." Like I said, use a hash table, which can be as small as you like in terms of hashes. On collisions, check for duplicates in the hash list, which will be small compared to the original file.
by Moose Hole
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Fusion
Replies: 140
Views: 18889

Re: Nuclear Fusion

Call it a Capacitance Fluxuator. It's like a backwards Flux Capacitor, because it produces 1.21 GW, and... travels normally through time.
by Moose Hole
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fool's Gold
Replies: 24
Views: 2693

Re: Fool's Gold

1) Insulate the boxcar's wheels. 2) Hide a huge battery, made using the materials of the time, in the middle of the gold bar stack, making sure all gold bars are touching. 3) Drill a hole through the bottom of the boxcar and run a wire into the ground connected to one end of the battery. 4) Park the...
by Moose Hole
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Folder Maze Generator
Replies: 5
Views: 5300

Re: Folder Maze Generator

You put your weed in there.
by Moose Hole
Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Fusion
Replies: 140
Views: 18889

Re: Nuclear Fusion

However, people do realize the desire for nuclear power plants. If fusion were presented as a "green" alternative to fission, and that it's a viable technology given a little funding, people might be more apt to support its research.
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: What would you do if...
Replies: 241
Views: 23153

Re: What would you do if...

Headshrinker wrote:
I'd spit out the jambalaya because I'm a vegetarian.

But not the ants?
It was stated that the ants are made out of fire, not meat.
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: I am going on a spaceship, and I am bringing a...
Replies: 336
Views: 21872

Re: I am going on a spaceship, and I am bringing a...

I want to bring silk.
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Why does my router hate me?
Replies: 13
Views: 2331

Re: Why does my router hate me?

Put it in the fridge.
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: What would you do if...
Replies: 241
Views: 23153

Re: What would you do if...

I'd spit out the jambalaya because I'm a vegetarian.

What would you do for a Klondike bar? (the "if" is not stated in the rules)
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Science of Hot Air Blowers
Replies: 39
Views: 5196

Re: The Science of Hot Air Blowers

Also relevant, one of the cleanest parts of your body = your genitals. And the dirtiest part is definitely your hands, possibly twinned with the inside of your mouth. This doesn't make any sense to me. I frequently bring my genitals and hands together, so they should probably have about the same am...
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Tic Tac Toe!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 1854

Re: Tic Tac Toe!!!

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by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: I am going on a spaceship, and I am bringing a...
Replies: 336
Views: 21872

Re: I am going on a spaceship, and I am bringing a...

I'd like to bring milk, a shake, and all the boys to the yard.
by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Symbiogenesis
Replies: 17
Views: 1857

Re: Symbiogenesis

Yeah, in the article I read, Margulis said that natural selection is an important part of evolution, in that it removes anything bad that develops, but that it doesn't play an important role in massive positive changes. Basically that evolution has many more components to it than just natural select...
by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Breaking Earth's gravity well
Replies: 30
Views: 4115

Re: Breaking Earth's gravity well

In order to maintain a constant 10m/s, you have to accelerate at a constant 9.8m/s^2 (give or take depending on height), which means you use more and more fuel. Less, surely? Your mass is decreasing, since you're burning fuel, and so you need to burn fuel slower to maintain the acceleration. This i...
by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Forum Telephone
Replies: 48
Views: 7980

Re: Forum Telephone

JonR wrote:why?
For the betterment of humanity.

5. lemona rolers cashes backle
by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fool's Gold
Replies: 24
Views: 2693

Re: Fool's Gold

Make a bomb that goes off when you shake it out of a hollowed-out gold bar. Give it to him to test. Stand back.

Bonus: Wait, did you steal a bunch of gold bars lately?
by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Symbiogenesis
Replies: 17
Views: 1857

Symbiogenesis

I read an article about symbiogenesis lately, and it seemed interesting. Something like life forms working together, and subsequently one life form becomes an organ in another life form by a merging of the DNA. I've also gleaned that there is some controversy surrounding the issue, but only from the...
by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Breaking Earth's gravity well
Replies: 30
Views: 4115

Re: Breaking Earth's gravity well

In order to maintain a constant 10m/s, you have to accelerate at a constant 9.8m/s^2 (give or take depending on height), which means you use more and more fuel.
by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Science of Hot Air Blowers
Replies: 39
Views: 5196

Re: The Science of Hot Air Blowers

You're supposed to rub your hands together under air dryers. This mechanically loosens germs, and the air can blow it away (onto your labcoat or something).
by Moose Hole
Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alternative Energy Storage
Replies: 50
Views: 5215

Re: Alternative Energy Storage

gmalivuk wrote:
Velifer wrote:1600Kcal/Kg
Try more like 9000.

(Maybe even more than that...)
Sure, if you're Goku.
by Moose Hole
Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why not colonize Ceres?
Replies: 228
Views: 42447

Re: Why not colonize Ceres?

Or, we could synthesize food, based on known molecular arrangements found in tasty plants. We could combine chemicals in such a way as to make the same thing as a tomato or something, without actually growing tomatoes. Or would that take even more power?
by Moose Hole
Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Fusion
Replies: 140
Views: 18889

Re: Nuclear Fusion

So I've been reading about fusion power today, and found out that one of the major power drains is the magnetic confinement, which is needed to protect the walls from melting. What if the fusion reaction were to be done in space? That way, you don't really need walls for a building, I think. Or is t...
by Moose Hole
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Creation of a Black Hole
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: Creation of a Black Hole

p1t1o wrote:Is it enough that I can say in passing conversation that "black holes emit hawking radiation"?
You can say it, but you might be wrong. Just as with anything else you "know."
by Moose Hole
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Convincing my wife to let me get a kindle
Replies: 19
Views: 4377

Re: Convincing my wife to let me get a kindle

I have a kindle question. If I buy a new replacement kindle down the road, can I move my books over to it? How about opening my books on another device? I love the idea of putting together a digital library but if they're at all tied to a physical device, even a single provider like amazon, I have ...
by Moose Hole
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: hardware recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 4350

Re: hardware recommendations

What to buy: Motors: I assume you can use simple electric motors for the turret rather than stepper motors, since you'll be remote controlling and you'll have a camera available. For the finger, a servomotor would be nice. Camera: Many cheap webcams are available for easy integration with a computer...
by Moose Hole
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Astroseismology -- stars' sound waves
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Re: Astroseismology -- stars' sound waves

Are you sure you're talking about sound? I don't think there's enough matter in space, even between us and the sun, to carry a sound wave. Maybe you mean some other thing that is being remapped to sound.
by Moose Hole
Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: "Repro testing" - Do any automated test suites do this?
Replies: 6
Views: 1791

Re: "Repro testing" - Do any automated test suites do this?

Sounds logical. Where I work, the bug database has a "steps to reproduce" field that can be followed to reproduce the bug. If bug frequency is "always," then when the engineer goes to fix it and it doesn't fail, he can reasonably assume the bug has already been fixed (with a litt...
by Moose Hole
Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Another math/science irritation
Replies: 23
Views: 2590

Re: Another math/science irritation

I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things.
by Moose Hole
Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Yawning
Replies: 12
Views: 1508

Re: Yawning

Yawning actually makes you more awake. It forces fast moving (and therefore cold) air through your sinuses, close to your brain, which wakes you up. The evolutionary advantage to spreading yawning is that if you're in a group that is trying to stay awake (not sleeping when they normally do), the oth...
by Moose Hole
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30923

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

And what's up with all these insurance companies that have more discounts than other insurance companies? They don't say how much each discount is worth, and if they have more, you're less likely to fit into many of them. Then there was the Wendy's commercial where they had two things for one price....
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: "Organised Forum Games" Subforum?
Replies: 8
Views: 1600

Re: "Organised Forum Games" Subforum?

x^12 + kangaroo
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why not colonize Ceres?
Replies: 228
Views: 42447

Re: Why not colonize Ceres?

The Lunar surface isn't very good for growing crops, even in greenhouses, because of a 28-day photoperiod. Find me some plants that grow with 14 days of light and 14 days of dark. I'll be waiting. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photoperiodism: Day-neutral plants, such as cucumbers, roses and tom...
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: I am going on a spaceship, and I am bringing a...
Replies: 336
Views: 21872

Re: I am going on a spaceship, and I am bringing a...

thanks
revenge
cjdrum
lesbian
lime
uoiea
swine flu
ubocidefa
bad kitty
witty dad
mod cod
cjdrum's mom
cjdrum's mum
rabbit schmabbit
crap carp
tesla coil
bid
pi
pill


fish
pea
fruit
H1N1
oboe
booboo
dope
pop
bad dad
witty kitty
pop dad
--single letters
bad
bed
mummy
mum
my
Can I bring a pop kitty?
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Removing repeated numbers from a very large list.
Replies: 39
Views: 5808

Re: Removing repeated numbers from a very large list.

I went out to find some database benchmarks and the best I could find was about 2000 transactions per second. For 2^32 records, that query takes almost 25 days. Unless I don't understand what transactions are.
by Moose Hole
Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Removing repeated numbers from a very large list.
Replies: 39
Views: 5808

Re: Removing repeated numbers from a very large list.

You could put them into a hash table. Then, go through each bucket and sort/delete duplicates, because the bucket size will be more manageable than your file. You could alternatively do a sort/delete on each insert to keep the table from becoming large.
by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Minimizing errors in data entry
Replies: 10
Views: 1460

Re: Minimizing errors in data entry

If validation rules are a good option for you, you might try writing a simple program in Python or something to input your data into. You could have it write out to a file like you normally would, and either flag the data it finds strange or else tell you right away that it's wrong when you input it...
by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: simple pic microntoller question
Replies: 3
Views: 1362

Re: simple pic microntoller question

It only depends on the tolerances of your LCD. If it can respond to the raw voltage and not break, then no level shift is necessary.
by Moose Hole
Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A little word cipher. Maybe.
Replies: 4
Views: 2452

Re: A little word cipher. Maybe.

I took each letter and used them as an index into the alphabet. A means advance 1 letter, O means advance 15 letters, etc. That gave me these letters: tirstijek

Unscrambling them, I've found that your Hollywood writer is none other than Kirsti Jet!

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