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Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:36 pm UTC
by '; DROP DATABASE;--
If you had a decent hash function (say, MD5) and a computer powerful enough to crack it within minutes, you could use it as a compression. Store a file's hash, and when you need the file, brute-force it.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:27 pm UTC
by olivery2k
'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:If you had a decent hash function (say, MD5) and a computer powerful enough to crack it within minutes, you could use it as a compression. Store a file's hash, and when you need the file, brute-force it.


That would be a bad idea, since different files can have the same hash.
Although a compression-rate that high would really rock. :mrgreen:

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:24 am UTC
by taptap
I'm creating a new theory, or law.

Taptap's first law of consumer electronics Est. March, 2008
(|+|)Xt=(x$&)|
Where |=cable, Xt=a period of time, and (x$&)= a tangled mess, Taptap's first law of electronics states that when having or placing two cables in parallel with each other, after a period of time they will become tangled with themselves and any adjacent cable, string, desk/chair leg. The only way to referse it's effects is to spend minutes of frustrating untangling, sometimes resulting in the need to unplug your equipment.

Taptap's second law of consumer electronics Est. March, 2008
(dust)+([ ])*Xt=([.:.`;])

Where (dust)=any combination of matter that is dust, and([ ])= your clean electronic device, and Xt= a period of time, Taptap's second law states that no matter how hard you try, after a given period of time ALL of your electronic devices and adjacent objects will be covered in enough dust to stuff a teddy bear. The only way to reverse it's effects is to build your house much like a clean room at Intel. Even then your stuff will still get dusty probably.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:41 am UTC
by JayDee
My reaction to this thread title "Finding standard deviation with only a single data point..." - NEED MORE DEVIANTS!

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:00 am UTC
by '; DROP DATABASE;--
olivery2k wrote:
'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:If you had a decent hash function (say, MD5) and a computer powerful enough to crack it within minutes, you could use it as a compression. Store a file's hash, and when you need the file, brute-force it.


That would be a bad idea, since different files can have the same hash.
Although a compression-rate that high would really rock. :mrgreen:
I guess you'd have to decompress immediately after compressing, count the number of false collisions, and store that with the hash. But a good hash function would, at least in theory, guarantee you unique hashes for files up to x size. If x were a known constant you could also just store one hash for every x-sized piece of the file.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:03 pm UTC
by NMcCoy
Being a dream, I think this thought counts as both fleeting and random. Anyway, my brain apparently invented a new fruit. It was apparently from Italy and called a "maron", and seemed to be the latest thing in food trends. Picture something like a cross between a blackberry and a coconut - a reddish-purple aggregate fruit, about the size of a softball, the drupelets surrounding a pulpy core filled with a clear, slightly bitter liquid. As a result of this unusual structure, it had a tendency to bounce when dropped, to a good two-thirds of its drop height or so. People would either drain it and eat it whole, or scrape the drupelets off the core with their teeth in the manner of corn-on-the-cob, or just bounce it for entertainment value.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:38 am UTC
by bbctol
NMcCoy wrote:Being a dream, I think this thought counts as both fleeting and random. Anyway, my brain apparently invented a new fruit. It was apparently from Italy and called a "maron", and seemed to be the latest thing in food trends. Picture something like a cross between a blackberry and a coconut - a reddish-purple aggregate fruit, about the size of a softball, the drupelets surrounding a pulpy core filled with a clear, slightly bitter liquid. As a result of this unusual structure, it had a tendency to bounce when dropped, to a good two-thirds of its drop height or so. People would either drain it and eat it whole, or scrape the drupelets off the core with their teeth in the manner of corn-on-the-cob, or just bounce it for entertainment value.


This was posted (semi-)recently in Art and Links.

Thought: Wow, some people here have way fewer posts than I thought. Either they post a ton in Games, or they're just good at establishing a presence.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:30 am UTC
by Marbas
My depression is causing insomnia. It's time for another trip to the head doctor's office.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:24 am UTC
by ParanoydAndroid
Marbas wrote:My depression is causing insomnia. It's time for another trip to the head doctor's office.


I had depression-caused insomnia before; I went to the store to get sleeping pills, and ended up with sleeping pills, a bottle of tequila (for a later occasion), and a 6 pack of beer on the conveyor (for after-work relaxing), and then asked for a pack of smokes.

The checkout lady gave me the most pitying look ever and just said, "ahh ... bad day?"

It was almost as good as the time my buddy and I went to walmart and ended up buying nothing but KY and salsa.

-B

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:01 am UTC
by Aleril
FT: I wonder what would happen if Gatorade actually put rain in their drink "Rain"

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:03 am UTC
by Zak
I wish that gatorade gave me glowing sweat...

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:21 am UTC
by Blubb3r3ng3l
I just tore the shit out of my ecology test.

Told that to my parents and they got concerned as to how poorly I did.

Apparently there is a bigger generation gap that I suspected.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:25 am UTC
by Blubb3r3ng3l
bbctol wrote:How does the idea of reincarnation hold up when population is increasing?

you pull a scientology and say that more than one person [thetan] can occupy different bodies at the same time, without being aware of it. THAT way, you can also explain why in 'sessions' most people come to the conclusion that they were very famous people, like Jesus or Hitler or Xerxese or something

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:43 am UTC
by Vanguard
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Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:51 am UTC
by Quixotess
So my mom found my prescription from Planned Parenthood today. She goes, "What the hell is this?" and then when I give a nonanswer, "Is this something you really don't want to talk about?" I just said "no," but here's what I wanted to say:

"Well, gee, Mom. I had a problem. I sought advice from a lot of people, excluding you, on what to do about it. I located a Planned Parenthood clinic and called them. I set up an appointment. Since I don't have a car, I arranged a ride to and from the appointment. I spent an hour and a half at a clinic after school. I paid for it out of pocket so I didn't have to use your medical insurance. I did all of this and I managed to do it in such a way that you didn't have a clue. And you want to know whether I want to talk about it?"

At least she left me alone after I said no. I wonder when it will come up again.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:01 am UTC
by squidhappens
Just out of curiosity...
Exactly how much sleep is required for the body to function? How little can I get and still be able to attend school?
How bad is it to go without?

...it just occured to me that there are most definitely sites out there that I could google for this.
But I would rather have a discussion than just go fact searching. ^-^
((that, and I'm lazy. I already wrote this post, I might as well use it.))

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:51 am UTC
by '; DROP DATABASE;--
Torrent #1: 99.8% of 3414.92MB complete
3411.8MB... 3414.91MB... ERROR piece 403 failed hash check
Size of this piece: ~2MB
Amount downloaded, excluding all other pieces: 142.94MB and rising
And of course this piece is part of a multi-part .rar archive, not just some useless .nfo file or something, so the entire 3GB is useless without it.

Torrent #2: 70.6% complete, connected to 7 peers, seeing 0.706 distributed copies

I fucking hate torrents. I should just figure out what part of that file corresponds to this piece and fucking brute-force it, I'd be done sooner than this.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:26 am UTC
by |Erasmus|
squidhappens wrote:Just out of curiosity...
Exactly how much sleep is required for the body to function? How little can I get and still be able to attend school?
How bad is it to go without?

...it just occured to me that there are most definitely sites out there that I could google for this.
But I would rather have a discussion than just go fact searching. ^-^
((that, and I'm lazy. I already wrote this post, I might as well use it.))


I don't often do more than about 6 hours. 7 is almost a big night.

I think it's 8-9 hours that is recommended, and will help you live longer... sleeping 10+ hours a night is just as bad for you as not sleeping enough or something, too.

Not really an expert on this.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:26 pm UTC
by MFHodge
So you know what's dumb? The top row of my keyboard has the numbers arranged 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0. Why is zero last? That makes no sense! Put it in front of the 1 key, so that the digits are in order.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:32 pm UTC
by rrwoods
VTHodge wrote:So you know what's dumb? The top row of my keyboard has the numbers arranged 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0. Why is zero last? That makes no sense! Put it in front of the 1 key, so that the digits are in order.

That's fun to do to school library keyboards. Also changing the order of the digit keys on the numpad.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:44 pm UTC
by Aleril
VTHodge wrote:So you know what's dumb? The top row of my keyboard has the numbers arranged 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0. Why is zero last? That makes no sense! Put it in front of the 1 key, so that the digits are in order.



For some reason, the 0 at the begining would seem.... out of place.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:03 pm UTC
by MFHodge
Aleril wrote:For some reason, the 0 at the begining would seem.... out of place.

You're just too deep into the conspiracy to see the truth, man.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:06 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
FT:Broken people are inherently more interesting than their non-broken counterparts.

This doesn't mean I want to hang out with you.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:43 pm UTC
by wing
'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:Torrent #1: 99.8% of 3414.92MB complete
3411.8MB... 3414.91MB... ERROR piece 403 failed hash check
Size of this piece: ~2MB
Amount downloaded, excluding all other pieces: 142.94MB and rising
And of course this piece is part of a multi-part .rar archive, not just some useless .nfo file or something, so the entire 3GB is useless without it.

Torrent #2: 70.6% complete, connected to 7 peers, seeing 0.706 distributed copies

I fucking hate torrents. I should just figure out what part of that file corresponds to this piece and fucking brute-force it, I'd be done sooner than this.

See, in the land of REAL pirates, where we don't TRUST out protocol's fault tolerances, we distribute everything with PAR2 files, which contain parity data and allow us to reconstruct missing segments. The PAR2 files will function even if damaged (though the maximum size that you can recover is negatively impacted). Fuck Torrents. Your little 2MB repair would be a 20 second job.

It's not unusual for music releases to intentionally exclude album art, a playlist, and other auxiliary bits, but for them to have been factored into the PAR2's and as such, fully recoverable. Sure, these extra files add size to the download, but our methods are so fast it doesn't matter (and our software is so intelligent that it'll pause the recovery archives and only download the main data and the checksum, retrieving the recovery archives only if it needs to, and only as many as it needs).

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:54 pm UTC
by LE4dGOLEM
Gorram do I suck at hitting "pm". I am, however, pretty good at hitting "post reply".

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:24 pm UTC
by '; DROP DATABASE;--
rrwoods wrote:
VTHodge wrote:So you know what's dumb? The top row of my keyboard has the numbers arranged 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0. Why is zero last? That makes no sense! Put it in front of the 1 key, so that the digits are in order.

That's fun to do to school library keyboards. Also changing the order of the digit keys on the numpad.

Funny how on keyboards it's
789
456
123
00.
but on basically everything else it's
123
456
789
*0#

My thought for this morning.

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:49 pm UTC
by Nyssa
Is there any Harry Potter fanfic featured around scat porn? If so, will it start with Harry on a toilet, shouting "Expelliamus"?

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:32 pm UTC
by Unicyclist
Maybe if I had just conformed back in middle school, not been such a pansy-ass about the girl, and just accepted the way the world works, I wouldn't be in such a predicament now...

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:10 pm UTC
by Kineticka
There's a line in my textbook which reads:
Just as you need both a recipe and ingredients to make a cake, it takes both heredity and environment to make a phenotype.

This immediately progressed to "The cake is a lie!", followed immediately by "Wait, if the cake is a lie...what the hell just happened to genetics?"

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:27 pm UTC
by olivery2k
'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:Funny how on keyboards it's
789
456
123
00.
but on basically everything else it's
123
456
789
*0#

Actually on all my calculators it's also
789
456
123
00.

Somehow, i'm curious about how this came to happen? (ist that sentence even correct english?)

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:06 am UTC
by Aperfectring
olivery2k wrote:
'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:Funny how on keyboards it's
789
456
123
00.
but on basically everything else it's
123
456
789
*0#

Actually on all my calculators it's also
789
456
123
00.

Somehow, i'm curious about how this came to happen? (ist that sentence even correct english?)

The computer number pad is based on pre-existing calculators and other devices of a similar manner. It was adapted that way to ease the transition of accountants to the use of computers.

There are allegations around the interwebs [ Citation Needed ]that state that when the phone company created their touch-tone phone systems, they purposely inverted the number pad to prevent accountants from keying the numbers to fast. Personally, I feel that this wasn't the case, and that it was more due to some kind of earlier standard in the phone/telecommunications industry.

EDIT: I put way too much time in that.
R/T: Limes are tasty.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:17 am UTC
by Zak
olivery2k wrote:Somehow, i'm curious about how this came to happen? (ist that sentence even correct english?)

I don't think that you need a question mark at the end, you aren't asking a question, you're making a statement. Right?

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:53 am UTC
by benjhuey
Aleril wrote:FT: I wonder what would happen if Gatorade actually put rain in their drink "Rain"
You know, there's a new one out called "Tiger" (Endorsed by Tiger Woods). Eh?

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:18 am UTC
by Unicyclist
benjhuey wrote:
Aleril wrote:FT: I wonder what would happen if Gatorade actually put rain in their drink "Rain"
You know, there's a new one out called "Tiger" (Endorsed by Tiger Woods). Eh?


Reminded me of the weirder place/bobcat comic: http://xkcd.com/325/

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:37 am UTC
by ++$_
Q: What's more dangerous than riding a bike at night with no lights?

A: Riding a bike at night with no lights while talking on your cell phone. Whoever you are, person-I-just-passed-by, you are an idiot. [/roadrage]

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:44 am UTC
by benjhuey
Unicyclist wrote:
benjhuey wrote:
Aleril wrote:FT: I wonder what would happen if Gatorade actually put rain in their drink "Rain"
You know, there's a new one out called "Tiger" (Endorsed by Tiger Woods). Eh?
Reminded me of the weirder place/bobcat comic: http://xkcd.com/325/
Definitely. I just don't know how we're going to fit live tigers into those small (yet relatively large) Gatorade bottles. :?

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:16 am UTC
by Number3Pencils
Okay, who here knows about Amtrak? My question is, if I want to buy a ticket out of Chicago, are the chances good that I'll be able to just stroll up to the counter and buy a ticket if I get there a little while before the train leaves, or is that far too much risk? I ask because I'm a couple hundred miles away from Chicago right now and trying to find a ride. If I get there, it won't be until a few hours or less before the train leaves.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:24 am UTC
by wing
Chances are, you'll be fine unless you're on the northeast corridor at rush hour... And Chicago ain't on the northeast corridor.

Amtrak isn't exactly the number one way to get anywhere unless your travels take you between the cities of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston... And ONLY those cities. It also ain't the cheapest and it SURE AS HELL ain't the fastest. I've had Amtrak quote me quick "weekend getaway" trips that would take the whole weekend to get where I'm going and arrive hours after the return train had left (and the return train wouldn't get me home until Tuesday... This when I asked for Sunday)

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:30 am UTC
by Number3Pencils
All right. Well, I've always wanted to take a train, so I figured I'd give it a try. I'm hoping everything works out... right now I'm stuck at finding a ride to Chicago. Hopefully I can resolve that before it's too late. This train, I figure, will no doubt be delayed like everyone says they always are, but I'm not too worried about it, since I'm not in a big hurry. My school gives two weeks of spring break.

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:11 am UTC
by wing
Oooh, yay! I get to take my car for its biannual emissions test tommorrow... Where I drive 30 miles to the test site, emitting harmful gasses all the way, they test to see if the car's driver will emit $15, and then I drive 30 more miles back home, emitting harmful gasses all the way. Why the fuck can't I just do it by mail? Or just build the fee into my yearly registration fee? More ecological harm is done by people driving to and from the test sites (there are 4, all of them inconveniently located in the middle of nowhere) than by the handful of morons driving their cars around with the check engine lights on (if your check engine light is on, or your OBDII module is missing altogether, you have to go fix it, come back, pay the fee again, and they check the same thing again)

This all made much more sense (ok, not really) when I drove a pre-ODBII vehicle. Of course, the thing was horribly out of shape and the tests too stringent (I failed every time because the thing was emitting too much nitrogen and oxygen*) . The rules are that you have to test, go spend $500 "fixing the problem" and bring the invoices back with you and they'll waive the retest. Thing is, the invoices could be for ANY repairs or parts related to the vehicle. At one point, tires, a seatbelt latch and an exhaust hanger made up the extent of our $500 emissions repair attempt.

*This is not to be confused with nitrogen oxides (NOx) which are actually harmful. NOx were within parameters... But nitrogen and oxygen, measured separately, were not. I'd just like to stress for anyone who is fundamentally retarded that NITROGEN AND OXYGEN ARE THE PRIMARY CONSTITUENTS OF THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE! I assume this was a very bad attempt by the system designers at measuring the amount of "regular air" coming through the exhaust system, which would indicate holes... But the exhaust system is positively pressurized, unless there's a HUGE FREAKING GAP there isn't any way in hell that normal atmospheric air would be making its way through that system (other than uncombusted air from the head end of the system, but incomplete combustion can be detected in other ways... LIKE LOOKING FOR FUCKING GAS IN THE GOD DAMNED EXHAUST!