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by Flumble
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6904655

Re: Random natterings

What has the world come to that some nihilistic youtuber makes me go running? :shock:

Sombrero Cat wrote:Tyrant state controls content.

Are you living in Venezuela, Thailand, Ethiopia or Russia or something?
by Flumble
Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 8899

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

football 1 ... 1 i.e. "soccer", even if not strictly 100% Association Football rules, even ignoring pitch specifications... ;) I've learned an another word for it that I'm rather fond of: divegrass. Even though football often includes more grass-diving than football. Sure it might sound a...
by Flumble
Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pi vs Tau
Replies: 19
Views: 6811

Re: Pi vs Tau

Soupspoon wrote:something like an inverted "ш".

m?

I see it differently: the ¯ signifies 1 rev/rad and the number of ι's signifies the denominator, so m = 2.0943951…. You could use the ¯'s as multipliers too: ῑ̄̄ = 12.5663706…, m̄̄ = τ = 6.2831852…, ι = 0, ā = τ/a and ¯ is undefined.
by Flumble
Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Graph Theory Question
Replies: 1
Views: 1571

Re: Graph Theory Question

Is this perhaps homework? It doesn't sound like homework —because who in their right mind would ask such a thing as homework?— but then again I don't know what satanic rituals people perform in mathematics studies. Have you tried proving that for a sufficiently large graph Ore's theorem holds? Or th...
by Flumble
Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pi vs Tau
Replies: 19
Views: 6811

Re: Pi vs Tau

Idealist, didactic and prescriptivist me all say τ. τ is the OTC... just like e, γ and φ. (I see i as part of complex number notation, not a constant.) As Picard said: "There are TAU radians!" Let's get a dozen arguments for both out of the way: The Tau Manifesto , Numberphile's Tau vs Pi ...
by Flumble
Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 8899

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

Showsni wrote:Aaron Carter versus Shaq? Sounds like a pretty ultimate showdown.

Thanks for noting, I have no idea who Carter and O'Neil are beyond that. :roll:

Would that mean newgrounds survives the apocalypse?
by Flumble
Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 7037

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

I think people who design CG dinosaurs would do a much better job if they studied the diversity of bird behavior better and at least tried to capture some of that. Then again, the audience (including me until now) doesn't know about this behaviour, and can dismiss it as unnatural. You know, like ho...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6904655

Re: Random natterings

Shoe sizes are weird anyway.

My feet fit anything from (european) size 39 to 44 given the 'right' shoe series.
by Flumble
Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Proving angles are equal in a triangle in a circle.
Replies: 15
Views: 2983

Re: Proving angles are equal in a triangle in a circle.

Tub wrote:But something important is missing from the diagram, something that every circle must have..

A hat?

hat.jpg
by Flumble
Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9841
Views: 1642182

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

You know what you should never, ever see in the official online documentation for an official part of the standard library for a major programming language? "For all the actual information you came here for, read the man pages and some guy's book." This should be a firing-squad offense. I...
by Flumble
Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond
Replies: 57
Views: 9950

Re: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond

That may be so, but the era is polluted with nu-trek violent conflict now.
by Flumble
Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 9846

Re: 1741: "Work"

The current recycling strategy over here is: throw (specific) plastics, metals and cartons in one bin, we'll separate the metal with magnets and the paper with lots of water (at least, I think water is the best industrial way to extract paper). It's probably more of a reaction to the ubiquity of pla...
by Flumble
Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond
Replies: 57
Views: 9950

Re: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond

Well that certainly was a rollercoaster of a film. You know, as in: one moment it's great sci-fi, the other it's plain horrible and that continues throughout the film. For example, I loved the Sabotage scene. It didn't make sense in a Trek film, but it's an epic videoclip for the song. And a little ...
by Flumble
Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9841
Views: 1642182

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Say you have random sample points in a cartesian system (specific case: 2D) with random values and you want to interpolate between them to get a meaningful value anywhere. What's a good system to use? I've tried inverse distance weighting (with p=2 to get a smooth curve), but as you can see in the g...
by Flumble
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tonight's South Park...(Merged Scott Tenorman)
Replies: 93
Views: 29013

Re: Tonight's South Park...(Merged Scott Tenorman)

Oh right, south park's on again. I think it's weird that it only gets a few million viewers in the US; the immaturity and excessive profanity/gore have long gone while the social commentary has become excellent. It should be that one show you watch before bedtime and mandatory viewing in high school...
by Flumble
Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28329
Views: 2716822

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

I've learned only last week that there are places in developed countries where the cheapest/most effective energy source for heating is oil. Actually, that's immediately the case when you have neither a gas pipe to your house nor geothermal/city heating; oil is about half the price of electricity (a...
by Flumble
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9841
Views: 1642182

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So apparently postfix requires you to setup SASL with cyrus/dovecot if you want to send mail using a different domain. This was not clear from the get-go, so I spent 4 hours figuring out why I kept getting 454 relay access denied errors, despite having the same setup as the answers to various stacko...
by Flumble
Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6904655

Re: Random natterings

Yes.

[edit] Oops, I missed the new page.

quick, random thought...

for some reason xrdp turns the cursor into a cross by default (at least, when accessing from a windows rdp client).
by Flumble
Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?
Replies: 18
Views: 10098

Re: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?

Say you are advising this evil lich queen one day and she requests an improved system of encryption as part of her overarching plan to stop all opposition. In what scenario would spies need better encryption rather than steganography? I thought spying was all about passing information unbeknownst t...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 9846

Re: 1741: "Work"

And yes, that's with opening the correct side. Lord help you if you attempt to open it from the wrong side. Often it didn't really matter that much which side you tried. :roll: Maybe they've improved on the packaging in the past decade; I haven't had milk/yoghurt/vla from a (capless) carton for a l...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 11854

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Of course, while this strip is deliberately ridiculous for the purposes of comedy, I have actually been to places[1] where asking for a cup of tea has resulted in somebody bringing me a cup of hot water with a packaged teabag on the side. Horrific but true. I've never actively thought about that. A...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 5484

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

I have one of those metabolisms where I get a strong reaction from eating anything containing rat poison, nuclear fuel rods, molten rock or mussels. Who ever came up with the idea that mussels are food?

[edit] s/edible/food/
by Flumble
Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about the law of entropy
Replies: 4
Views: 1520

Re: Question about the law of entropy

You'd convert one part of the matter in the universe to computer and another part is used up as work to make that computer and run computations on it. See also Landauer's principle for the energy consumption for computation (currently we're far, far away from the theoretical limit, but it does state...
by Flumble
Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: VLC vs. Media Player Classic
Replies: 10
Views: 6794

Re: VLC vs. Media Player Classic

I've mentioned elsewhere that whatever VLC doesn't do for me, including the useful 1.5x speed option to save me time, I'll use ffplay for. You mean the Menu -> Playback -> Faster option? (or the hotkey or the slider you get when you click on the playback speed in the status bar) Or do you have a ma...
by Flumble
Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: VLC vs. Media Player Classic
Replies: 10
Views: 6794

Re: VLC vs. Media Player Classic

I'm still using MPC on my old system because back then I preferred the whole CCCP library and it starts instantaneously contrary to all other players. But now that I don't bother with writing pixel shaders inline and using other esoteric filters anymore and all the players have gone minimal, I don't...
by Flumble
Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Power Rangers
Replies: 8
Views: 3041

Re: Power Rangers

I was absolutely sure Power Rangers was a japanese franchise like Kamen Rider and was originally played by a bunch of japanese. But it turns out my memory is just a mess. :| At least the rest of my brain is functioning properly... what are they thinking turning power rangers into people, instead of ...
by Flumble
Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: uniform acceleration
Replies: 3
Views: 1984

Re: uniform acceleration

First note that it doesn't matter what the acceleration/deceleration is, as long as the velocity graph is a trapezoid with a fixed ratio between the top and bottom sides. So, to me, it's easiest to consider an infinite deceleration, so the velocity graph becomes a triangle (the acceleration part) an...
by Flumble
Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6904655

Re: Random natterings

I'm not sure if the large text baron approves of your post.

She most certainly doesn't.
by Flumble
Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you meme? Or: I'm not really into Pokémon
Replies: 21
Views: 3454

Re: Do you meme? Or: I'm not really into Pokémon

No, but they're useful as a "content-free posting ahead!" warning, I guess. And I'd say that's a pity, because, like a godwin, a discussion might not be resolved at all (or hasn't even started, unlike a godwin), but the will to continue is taken away. Luckily it doesn't happen on this for...
by Flumble
Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you meme? Or: I'm not really into Pokémon
Replies: 21
Views: 3454

Do you meme? Or: I'm not really into Pokémon

(I think this is the right place to drop this thread; maybe it fits better over at FaiD, but I dare not enter that place) Memes are one of the three pillars of religion the internet, the others being porn and the ability to monitor traffic. Originally "meme" was defined as "an idea, ...
by Flumble
Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 11854

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

by Flumble
Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why does x=y -> f(x)=f(y)?
Replies: 12
Views: 2786

Re: Why does x=y -> f(x)=f(y)?

Huh, according to wikipedia that's a substitution axiom (schema) for functions as part of first-order logic. Well, there it's described for functions with any number of parameters, but one of those is exactly x=y -> f(x)=f(y) . I would've expected an axiom that simply said "if x=y you can repla...
by Flumble
Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 8660

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

portage is used by gentoo, which has three features that make package management incredibly difficult: it's a rolling release distro, everything is compiled from source, and it has USE flags. It must be a good thing though, because the internet keeps telling me to install Gentoo. (Joke's on them, I...
by Flumble
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 8660

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

Everything's gonna be docker images, isn't it?
by Flumble
Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4408
Views: 694634

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

Five Centimeters per Second is probably his most famous work, and personally my favorite is Voices of a Distant Star. I watched the former years ago with a roommate and we couldn't stop making condescending remarks about the cheeziness and whining in that film. And multiple times it had a rocket fl...
by Flumble
Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 10627

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

Why would a person, even hypothetically, have a problem with "chomping at the bit"? It's the same word with a more common (regional) spelling. = . Maybe not a person, but a puppet fox? Definitely . (that's where I learned the phrase in the first place) Some words change meaning depending ...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 9846

Re: 1741: "Work"

I want a Godzilla cup. The one that tips over at the slightest touch? Yes, but you aren't installing those, are you. And the stupid flashlights, I guess that's what you mean by "TV remote", pulse to much to be useful. Why would you want (near/short/middle/long) IR lighting in the first pl...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 37140

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

So.. uh.. now how do I read the sorted list? I kinda needed that. If you care about the result, why do you use a deliberately bad algorithm? :roll: Anyway, you have to wait until the SMBH is evaporated to retrieve the computing device. I don't know how much time there is inside a black hole, but ho...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 9846

Re: 1741: "Work"

How do they make metal shapes like that lamp anyway? Is it pressed? I'm no metal worker, but the internet implies it's mostly pressing/stamping and spinning. It seems to me that spinning is more of a quality/luxurious method though, since a good press is done in a couple of seconds whereas spinning...
by Flumble
Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 9846

Re: 1741: "Work"

While tables and glasses are arguably simple objects, your average desk lamp is pretty complex: at least different 3 pieces for the base, arm and shade, wiring throughout all, rubber bumps and a switch somewhere. And as the shades are made of plastics nowadays (cheap-cheap!), there's also a metal sh...

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