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by Flumble
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 37078

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

If you put a mathematician in a box, you can be sure the mathematician will terminate within a week, so that only adds a constant.


Different approach:

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1. Send the computing device into a supermassive black hole
2. Sort the list using quicksort
by Flumble
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13292
Views: 1309829

Re: Today I Learned

You should be, for IPA is the one alphabet to rule them all . :D That is, in terms of unambiguous pronunciation of nearly every speech sound on Earth; can't say it has hierarchy or structure in the characters, like Hangul, or ease-of-writing or a future in calligraphy. And Japanese doesn't even have...
by Flumble
Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13292
Views: 1309829

Re: Today I Learned

/fɪ'ni:t/? How do you even?

I'm in favour of changig it to /fɪnɪt/ though, to get that similarity with infinite and definite. (it's at odds with final, but who thinks of final when seeing finite?)
by Flumble
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 5696

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

orthogon wrote:
cellocgw wrote:How about Forum Rule XXXIV ?

What's with all the Roman Numerals anyway? We'll argue until the cows come home about the insanity of imperial/customary units and the relative merits of the SI, and then quite happily use a clunky numbering system that doesn't even have a zero.

LLC
by Flumble
Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 5696

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

Both OPs failed to add any of their own commentary This begs the question: why aren't the posters (hilariously) banned for their impotence and the threads closed/removed/merged every time? On the oter hand, we have a multitude of users who'd like to run (or are running) a bot that queries the main ...
by Flumble
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28329
Views: 2715514

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Pfhorrest wrote:In the process of them listing what I'm currently paying, one of the line items was a $15 "wifi" fee.

Don't you get, like, bills that list all parts of your subscription? :?
by Flumble
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 6086

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

So I used the 'apply pressure from the backplate by taping in plastic spacers, and hope' method. It's worked fine so far. Reminds me I have the opposite in place for my tablet: keep a space between the front and back plate to relieve pressure on the touch screen so it works. The cover provides the ...
by Flumble
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 6086

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

So, about 65436 rounds? Your voice must get sore. Not if the program is LONG. I prefer arbitrary-precision types unless profiling says it's eating too much resources. :roll: Also the metre is all wrong in the linked text (for the 99..0 range that is) and "bug" and "again" don't ...
by Flumble
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4408
Views: 694567

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

So should I watch Children Who Chase Lost Voices before the other two, lest I be unimpressed if I watch it after the others? They're all on the "to watch" list anyway. :)
by Flumble
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9841
Views: 1641610

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So the one who configured the web server doesn't know how to correctly set up 404 pages? (as in: redirect non-existent URIs to the 404 target and modifying the 404 template, rather than redirecting it to an existing page that says "404") Have you tried loading example.com/nonexistent yet?
by Flumble
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of "who" referring to inanimate objects.
Replies: 13
Views: 7234

Re: Use of "who" referring to inanimate objects.

In dutch I often do this to express disbelief/confusion or rhetorical questions, but never as a serious substitute for "what".
by Flumble
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6901165

Re: Random natterings

elminster wrote:in particular LEDs rated at a total of 78A @5v (actual tested is ~65A), you need some beefy wiring setup(for a costume).

Beefy as in cables as thick as fingers to transfer 65A? Or the sheer number of LEDs, switches and controller board(s) that need wires?
by Flumble
Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 10398

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

da Doctah wrote:Okay, I know at least some of you are already picturing it:

Image

I'll see your old moon and raise you a new moon:
Image
by Flumble
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9334
Views: 1222463

Re: Minecraft

The graph is interesting, but it would also be interesting to know who has been active recently. Perhaps even though mostly only 1 player is on at a time it might be that it's several players who just aren't overlapping in time. I know Zephyr and I overlapped frequently a month or so ago. From my o...
by Flumble
Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6901165

Re: Random natterings

I'm probably late, but: give him a hat! Currently sitting in the exam schools waiting for a talk followed by a book signing by none other than Randall Munroe! Punch him in the face and yell "And that's for making comics that make MRAs and Climate Change Deniers join the forum!" And then ke...
by Flumble
Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:05 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Converting video files (MTS to... what?)
Replies: 7
Views: 3479

Re: Converting video files (MTS to... what?)

VLC! If you look in its File menu, you'll also find a convert entry. You can choose your file there and then choose from a couple of preset output formats (go for either mp4, mainly for playing on your pc and many other devices directly, or webm, mainly for playing in a web browser). If the output i...
by Flumble
Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9334
Views: 1222463

Re: Minecraft

According to xkcd.flumble.nl/status (yay, see if there's anyone to hang out with before firing up minecraft), we have a very active server: it's populated for a whole 8 hours a day during the week! Why does no one play this game anymore? :cry: [edit]freezeblade, your coordinates are broken now that ...
by Flumble
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9841
Views: 1641610

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

It's just to keep away the plebs.

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type* a,* b, c,** d
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by Flumble
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 12750

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

If we don't get any scenes like this , it's fucked. Nothing says cyberpunk(?) like a cyborg tearing itself apart to get something done because "it's just a shell". 8-) Then again, I'm only familiar with 3 films, so perhaps the mood/atmosphere is very different in the manga and series and ...
by Flumble
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Relativistically pancaked Earth
Replies: 15
Views: 2480

Re: Relativistically pancaked Earth

If you come as close as to actually see Earth as more than a dot (by which time it's too late), it'll look like the sides are more to the back, yes. Or at least it's curved towards the center making it seem to have more depth; I can't wrap my head around what happens to your depth perception. I reco...
by Flumble
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 11944

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

Does anyone know how the maintenance of "data center containers" is performed?
Do you just buy one, plug it in and then send it back to the supplier once half of the boards/disks are failing?
by Flumble
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 12750

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

If we don't get any scenes like this , it's fucked. Nothing says cyberpunk(?) like a cyborg tearing itself apart to get something done because "it's just a shell". 8-) Then again, I'm only familiar with 3 films, so perhaps the mood/atmosphere is very different in the manga and series and t...
by Flumble
Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 66869

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

computer science Hey, you're not supposed to tell! (of course, there's also a part of CS that does do empirical research and knows how to do statistical analysis (and a larger part that does 'formal science', i.e. math), but I presume there's also one or two of such people in exercise science and w...
by Flumble
Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 12012

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

How about we move the idea a few kilometres upwards? Take rocks on the top of a mountain and bring them to the base of the mountain while extracting the gravitational potential. It saves you a lot of money on drill bits. :D
by Flumble
Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9841
Views: 1641610

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I think it's called "the human condition". I'm lucky to still be in university right now and only had to bother with formatting comments during one project. And the issues discovered/caused by a PR were actually documented in that project. :o I'd expect in a software company that there'd b...
by Flumble
Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9841
Views: 1641610

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

New guy, first day: Makes pull request, gets 40 comments about formatting New guy, after a week: Makes 40 comments about formatting in pull requests I can't get my head around this: either explain thoroughly during the job interview what the code style is and why you don't bother making the aforeme...
by Flumble
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?
Replies: 14
Views: 3765

Re: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?

I've played well over 40,000 expert games over the last 4 years with a success rate hovering between 23% and 24% (win7 version). Have you tried Tatham's minesweeper ? It has a checkbox for solubility, so you don't have to guess the last 1-3 mines. :D (unfortunately, it doesn't listen to ctrl or shi...
by Flumble
Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6901165

Re: Random natterings

Ah, so a giraffe makes infrasound, if at all. (hey, I know that face!)
And rhinos sound like elephants that swallowed their trunks. Figures.

Sableagle wrote:*rumble*rumble*rumble*rumble*rumble*THUD*

I mean, when you're not kidnapping their young. :P
by Flumble
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6901165

Re: Random natterings

I've never learned the sound a giraffe makes. Nor a rhino.
by Flumble
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6901165

Re: Random natterings

In case you haven't heard of it, take a look at LenPEG . Lessons learned: if the file is empty, play one song; if the file does not exist, play no song. 0 b/s encoding! :D Alternatively, since filenames aren't included in file size, decide which song to play based on the filename. (before you ask: e...
by Flumble
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 29190

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

By the way, "most discrimination boils down to racism" is very much an american thing (and I think a lot of people are mistaken about that and just scream racism because the word is trendy and they can't be bothered to differentiate between sources of discrimination, but I'll refrain from...
by Flumble
Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8626
Views: 1464874

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

quite subtle
by Flumble
Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 29190

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Do all a you remember when ahby done filter the fora dem to dis? Too bad the time of reckoning is (supposed to be?) around April. The two latest comics (and the ever-more-upcoming elections in the USA) make for an excellent playground. e.g. racist -> romantic , classist -> bananas , denialist -> ex...
by Flumble
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: faster function than 1/x?
Replies: 18
Views: 5749

Re: faster function than 1/x?

*waves hand* Oooh! Ooh! How about you swap the values (or the comparison operator) and set the lower bound to -∞? Or optimize to an upper bound of +∞? f(x) = 2^-x may also be a nice contender: subtract x from the maximum exponent and set the result as the exponent of a floating point type of your ch...
by Flumble
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 294002

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Isn't it "the effect that in a vast space of possibilities some improbable events occur"? (I can't find a name for it, but surely it exists —which a fallacy(?) that probably also has a name)
by Flumble
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 29190

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Also: putting "literally" in the alt text was a nice touch. That is all. Firstly, that'd be the title text; the alt text is the text that should be displayed when the image itself isn't (for whichever reason). Secondly, it's not in the title text, but on the bottom side of the image. Thir...
by Flumble
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6901165

Re: Random natterings

Note that you need to set your OGG encoder to CBR/NBR mode to go down to 12kb/s. (the lowest VBR setting (32kb/s) actually sounds decent for some music)
by Flumble
Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6901165

Re: Random natterings

Quick! Reencode all your shitty mp3s as FLAC!
by Flumble
Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: planetery's core question
Replies: 3
Views: 1314

Re: planetery's core question

I suggest reading up on planetary formation and the Earth's ' heat budget '. Like gmalivuk says: radiating heat is equivalent to losing mass. But the amount of heat radiating from the core to the crust (note the crust isn't transparent to radiation; that heat isn't radiating into space directly) is ...
by Flumble
Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9334
Views: 1222463

Re: Minecraft

)) I accidentally an ender crystal at (15000,0), so I had to restore the arch (again): name.png In importanter news: yesterday's map render is here ! Yesterday as in 2016-09-16; the old map is now available at /old-map . I accidentally the orientation, so north is to the right for now and the nether...

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