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Re: Today I Learned

Postby broken_escalator » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:44 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:That's... I'm sure there's an official name for it like Greg's Law of Resources or Smithers Resource Paradox or something, but whatever - that's the thing where hardware designers push hardware to run the current programs faster and programmers - now having more horsepower - create programs that fill those newly available resources.


I think it's an adaptation of Parkinson's Law. Though I prefer your names for it.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby 3rdtry » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:36 pm UTC

Wirth's law: software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster.

Incidentally, it's false (sorry). Newer computers running newer software tend to be faster than older computers running older software. However this growth is probably not exponential, so it's true they practically compensate each other. (bonus info: Windows' official requirements haven't changed since Vista)

The problem is that software is easier to upgrade than hardware, so a particular computer will probably get slower with time (there's also "software rot", which MS Windows suffers severely from).

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:17 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Greg's Law of Resources

Reminds me of something from Game Grumps.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby ahammel » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:47 pm UTC

Today I learned that BC once had a premier who changed his name to Amor De Cosmos (lit. "Love of the Universe"). He has a pretty confusing wikipedia entry.

wikipedia wrote:In 1845, he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in 1852 he emigrated to Kanesville, Iowa where he established a daguerreotype gallery.
Were...were those two events related?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby philsov » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:55 pm UTC

TIL: There is a rock subgenre known as Wagnerian Rock. Meatloaf / Jim Steinman lead the pack in such feats.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Xeio » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:46 pm UTC

TIL: Bloodmouth is an alternate term for meat eater that's intended to be a slur.

Holy crap vegans need to make up more slurs because that's awesome.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:47 pm UTC

Xeio wrote:TIL: Bloodmouth is an alternate term for meat eater that's intended to be a slur.

Holy crap vegans need to make up more slurs because that's awesome.


Vegans need to get better at making up slurs, because I'm not even remotely insulted.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SurgicalSteel » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:31 pm UTC

Xeio wrote:TIL: Bloodmouth is an alternate term for meat eater that's intended to be a slur.

Holy crap vegans need to make up more slurs because that's awesome.
I wonder if vegans would be ok with being called Chlorofices, because I'm totally ok with being called a Bloodmouth. It sounds closely related to Blutbad.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby elminster » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:35 pm UTC

Sounds more like something you'd go see a dentist about. "I seen you have some gingivitis around the gums and a little bloodmouth..."
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby emceng » Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:44 pm UTC

I was thinking more a type of snake or something. "Wow, that's a pretty bad bloodmouth bite!"
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:36 pm UTC

It... honestly sounds like a mediocre Death Metal Band

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby pseudoidiot » Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:21 pm UTC

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Postby Xeio » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:31 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:It... honestly sounds like a mediocre Death Metal Band
This is basically what one of my coworkers said. :P

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby 3rdtry » Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:16 pm UTC

TIL Windows Explorer in Windows 8 has a fullscreen mode (press F11).

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SurgicalSteel » Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:24 pm UTC

Windows 7 has that too (which I just now learned).
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kithplana » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:04 am UTC

3rdtry wrote:TIL Windows Explorer in Windows 8 has a fullscreen mode (press F11).

Problem is, I want to get rid of all the fullscreen crap that Windows 8 does...

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:10 am UTC

SurgicalSteel wrote:Windows 7 has that too (which I just now learned).

As does XP. Given the similarities and shared heritage between IE and Windows Explorer, it kind of makes sense really.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Thesh » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:08 pm UTC

TIL: We actually did find WMDs in Iraq.

At least, according to the United States Code.

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(2) the term “weapon of mass destruction” means—
(A) any destructive device as defined in section 921 of this title;

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(4) The term “destructive device” means—
(A) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas—
(i) bomb,
(ii) grenade,
(iii) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces,
(iv) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce,
(v) mine, or
(vi) device similar to any of the devices described in the preceding clauses;
(B) any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell which the Attorney General finds is generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes) by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter; and
(C) any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in subparagraph (A) or (B) and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby The Scyphozoa » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:53 pm UTC

So...any ordinary grenade counts as a WMD?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Thesh » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:04 am UTC

Also, the grenade launchers used by police to fire tear gas as well, even though they are used solely for less-than-lethal projectiles.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ephemeron » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:02 pm UTC

i to the power of i is a real number. Thanks, SMBC.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:30 am UTC

Is it just me, or do they have weird expressions in panels 5-7?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yurell » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:36 am UTC

In what way is that odd? We were taught that e^(ix) = cis(x), and if you wish to evaluate it such is the easiest form to have it (for panel 5).
Panel 6 & 7 look the easiest way to get to the point, also.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:51 am UTC

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In case you weren't joking and we're having a genuine misunderstanding: I meant their facial expressions.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yurell » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:16 am UTC

Oh, mea culpa :oops: Too much maths for me.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:24 pm UTC

I assumed he meant mathematical expressions too. Not sure if trolling, or genuinely unaware of poor communication.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby WilliamTheConqueror » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:23 pm UTC

Today I learned that having wisdom teeth come in hurts like hell and I have gained a whole new sort of respect for teething babies.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Pingouin7 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:39 pm UTC

WilliamTheConqueror wrote:Today I learned that having wisdom teeth come in hurts like hell and I have gained a whole new sort of respect for teething babies.

On the other hand, I haven't really had much trouble with mine.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:50 pm UTC

I feel like a strange creature because I'm the only person I know who didn't experience agonizing pain when my wisdom teeth came through. Mild discomfort, yeah, but no pain.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Pingouin7 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:04 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I feel like a strange creature because I'm the only person I know who didn't experience agonizing pain when my wisdom teeth came through. Mild discomfort, yeah, but no pain.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby emceng » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:16 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I feel like a strange creature because I'm the only person I know who didn't experience agonizing pain when my wisdom teeth came through. Mild discomfort, yeah, but no pain.


I had more pain from getting them removed than from them coming in.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:45 pm UTC

Technically, my wisdom teeth didn't really come in, as there was a jawbone in the way for all 4 of them.

Having them removed was really cool; they accidentaly didn't give me enough anesthesia, so I woke up when they began drilling and was aware of getting them removed, but was unable to do anything or talk, but I could feel the vibrations of the drill (no pain, as they had numbed the locations). It actually felt really neat.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Xeio » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:41 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I feel like a strange creature because I'm the only person I know who didn't experience agonizing pain when my wisdom teeth came through. Mild discomfort, yeah, but no pain.
I was asleep at the time, does that count?

I felt pretty nice the rest of the day too, though a little groggy. I don't recall any other pain. It was a relatively uneventful experience for me.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:58 pm UTC

I also feel like a strange creature for not getting them removed. In fact it was only a couple of months ago that I learned that it was the normal thing to do to get them removed. How did we manage as a species before modern dentistry?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:15 pm UTC

I don't know that it's necessarily normal to have them removed, it's just common that they end up causing problems for most people since their mouths aren't large enough for the extra teeth.

Mine never hurt coming in and I made it through most of my 20s before they really became a problem.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Xeio » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:20 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I also feel like a strange creature for not getting them removed. In fact it was only a couple of months ago that I learned that it was the normal thing to do to get them removed. How did we manage as a species before modern dentistry?
Before Orthodontics? Probably with not so straight teeth. :P

Also, apparently I read that your first post wrong. I got them out before they came in due to a 'crowded mouth'. Too many teeth or something.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby The Scyphozoa » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:55 pm UTC

My mom only had one. The other three just don't exist. Her dentist removed it by simply pushing on it with his thumb.

Mine, unfortunately, are all there. All four of them. Waiting.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Adacore » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:36 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I also feel like a strange creature for not getting them removed. In fact it was only a couple of months ago that I learned that it was the normal thing to do to get them removed. How did we manage as a species before modern dentistry?

I think it's less common in the UK than it is in the US, at least. There is some truth to the 'Brits have bad teeth' stereotype, in that we (or at least our dentists) tend to care far less about having perfectly straight teeth and orthodontics are prescribed significantly less often in the UK than in the states. My teeth are all kinds of wonky, and I think in the US that would've been corrected, but in the UK it's not as big a deal.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PictureSarah » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:24 pm UTC

I think the idea with wisdom teeth is that in the days before modern dentistry/good oral hygiene, we would end up losing some teeth, so the wisdom teeth would sort of move forward and shove the other teeth forward as well. They're backup teeth. Now it's less common for people to lose teeth, so they just end up being in the way back there.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:39 am UTC

Also, we used to have bigger jaws. Smaller jaws became better. Number of teeth didn't matter. Evolution is dumb. It's almost like it's blind luck and whatever works at this exact moment, with no grand design at all.
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