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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:24 pm UTC

I have to do like 8 hours worth of calculus and physics and then read about 200 pages (and I'm a slow reader). Should be fun :roll:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:40 pm UTC

Today I learned some nifty things I can do in a Linux terminal (some of which I already knew about, but never really realized the usefulness of).
echo foo > /proc/`pidof someapp`/fd/0
> write to a process' STDIN, without having to even know its PID.

Oddly, I can't read from the process' STDOUT/STDERR (fd/1 and fd/2), but I can write to them... O.o I don't see a lot of point in that. (Hey look I can make it output odd strings and confuse people!) At first I thought it was a potential security hole (inject something into an important process running as superuser), but sure enough, I am denied access to the file descriptors of processes I don't own, as expected. :P

I also learned that Fuse is pretty cool, and apparently simple (despite the lacking API documentation <.<)... if I could get the examples to work instead of just silently failing, I might just be able to make some nice things out of it.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:08 pm UTC

icewind wrote:Today I learned that I suck at doing school work in the vacation, I wasted usefully spend my entire vacation hacking in php and watching random anime instead of the tons of school work I was supposed to do

http://xkcd.com/519/ seems relevent here.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Jumble » Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:39 pm UTC

Yeah, but not sure that the anime investment is going to pay back if you are not really good at illustration (and preferably Japanese).

If it helps, 28 years of full & part-time education now has approximately sod-all impact on my daily working life. However, go for it. Sometimes you learn something interesting.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby lulzfish » Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:16 pm UTC

'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:I also learned that Fuse is pretty cool

FUSE is fucking amazing.
It's the framework for SSHFS, which lets you mount a remote filesystem through a normal SSH tunnel, and it acts exactly like a local filesystem (Although it sometimes drops off, I think because the SSH tunnel was idle too long)

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby icewind » Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:21 pm UTC

PhoenixEnigma wrote:
icewind wrote:Today I learned that I suck at doing school work in the vacation, I wasted usefully spend my entire vacation hacking in php and watching random anime instead of the tons of school work I was supposed to do

http://xkcd.com/519/ seems relevent here.

But the question is, will my teacher think that's a valid excuse for not doing my homework?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Jumble » Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:52 pm UTC

icewind wrote:
PhoenixEnigma wrote:
icewind wrote:Today I learned that I suck at doing school work in the vacation, I wasted usefully spend my entire vacation hacking in php and watching random anime instead of the tons of school work I was supposed to do

http://xkcd.com/519/ seems relevent here.

But the question is, will my teacher think that's a valid excuse for not doing my homework?

probably not, but best to get practicing your excuses now. I was producing the same old lame excuses at the end of my PhD as I did when I was 11 (the dog ate my exercise book/server farm, etc.) Start working on some really creative excuses -- you will need them one day.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby -.Mateo.- » Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:17 am UTC

"my dog ate my cure for cancer"
"You wont believe it, but I forgot to put my flying car in my bag, I left it on my kitchen table!"
"You know that Fusion Reactor due for today...well I thought it was for NEXT thursday"
"I was ill when you asked for that lunar base, I asked but nobody told me..."

Now you know why the future takes so long...
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Troy Martin » Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:37 am UTC

Bah, I have school tomorrow after having two weeks off... :(
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Skythe » Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:49 am UTC

Troy Martin wrote:Bah, I have school tomorrow after having two weeks off... :(

Same. :( (your post count is 42. high five!)

I learned never give me a lot of sugar right before I have to do something really important. :/
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby BigBoss » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:20 am UTC

That one of my favorite highschool teachers just decided to take a leave of absence, and plans on retiring at the end of the school year.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:37 am UTC

Today I learned that iPod Nano has some interesting functions, such as a contact list and the ability to display your name on the screen. Unfortunately when someone only puts in their first name, that doesn't help me much in returning it. I also learned how to turn it on/off, which is good because I don't have a cable for it.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby kingofdreams » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:47 am UTC

that its much easier to be good at many things than great at one thing and in areas lacking obvious delineation, most people can't discern between good and great.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:52 am UTC

I'm Fumbles McStupid. And I should be getting new shoes through the post :)
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby pseudoidiot » Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:17 pm UTC

TIL: there's an Oregan Trail DSiWare that you can download for the DSi. Awesome.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Jumble » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:13 pm UTC

TIL:
Teapot wrote:
Xylophones have wooden bars. Glockenspiels have metal bars. Vibraphones are bigger than glockenspiels but have tubes hanging under the bars as well as bars made of metal. Xylophones can also have tubes. There are also marimbas which are similar (and have wooden bars) but I don't remember as much about those. Xylophone is the best though.




(See Fleeting / Random Thoughts).
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Giant Speck wrote:You're a demon! DEMON!!!!

Oregonaut wrote:CURSE YOU VILLAIN!!
PhoenixEnigma wrote:Jumble is either the best or worst Santa ever, and I can't figure out which. Possibly both.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Glo » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:47 pm UTC

Today I Learned...

oh, you know, if you are trying to catch a midge with a sword in your room...it can be...entropy increases dramatically...

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Buddha with a bra on » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:21 pm UTC

Britain does not 'own' Canada. :P
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Alpha Omicron » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:32 pm UTC

Buddha with a bra on wrote:Britain does not 'own' Canada.
See Statute of Westminster and Patriation.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Teapot » Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:43 pm UTC

Today I learned (in perhaps the worst possible way) that I have suddenly become allergic to dove hand cream. I put it on yesterday and it was fine. I put it on today and my hands are burning. It feels like millions of tiny nettle stings all over my hands.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zohar » Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:51 am UTC

Today I learned the new Hebrew names for Uranus and Neptune! All the other planets had Hebrew names from ancient times, but because these were discovered only using a telescope, they didn't get new names. So Uranus is called "Oron" which means "little light" because of how pale the planet seems from so far. Neptune is called "Rahav" which is the name of a mythical monster of the sea, possibly a Hebrew name for the god of the sea (not a Jewish god, of course).
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby H2SO4 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:52 am UTC

TIL: The relative size of people to the known universe. According to a pretty credible source, the universe is at least 156 billion light-years across (I also had originally thought 13.7 billion, but the light-years the 13.7 billion-year-old light traveled in the beginning have become stretched out to more than a light-year according to this source and it seemed logical to me). If we say the distance between the westernmost and easternmost points in the contiguous 48 states represent that diameter, a person is about 1/300 the size of a proton.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby hopesdead » Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:26 pm UTC

Today I learned that while watching Smash Lab, using rockets to stop a truck and trailer without breaks seems cool but, you could die in the process.
How could you possibly think typing "import skynet" was a good thing?

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Postby Vohu Manah » Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:45 am UTC

hopesdead wrote:Today I learned that while watching Smash Lab, using rockets to stop a truck and trailer without breaks seems cool but, you could die in the process.

Someone, somewhere, must have won a Darwin Award for that.

Today I Learned that Turkish coffee boils fast. Very fast, as evidenced by my stove. It got everywhere, EVERYWHERE!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kain » Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:46 am UTC

Spoilered in case anyone doesn't like hearing about blood...

Spoiler:
TIL that if, after a week of having blood slowly seep from between your stiches, you can't identify the source of the taste of iron in your mouth, even after staunching all the blood flows, you have forgotten to check your tounge: the blood actually cakes on there in a scab like film, and completely distorts your sense of taste.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby boring bore » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:26 am UTC

The idea of a scab on your tongue is somewhat disturbing to me...

So, what happens when you pick it? Does it hurt? Does the blood flow out and then stop? Does it bring with it blood from your tongue? What does iron taste like, anyway?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Gears » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:00 am UTC

Iron tastes like blood obviously.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby lulzfish » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:04 am UTC

I learned that it's still a large ass-pain to set up Lua for server scripting. PHP seems to be the king of server-side scripting languages, and anything less has to use some kind of CGI. Even Lua FCGI might be slower than Apache's PHP.

I had been using Apache / mod_python / Python, but I need a way to secure show pictures and movies without using Apache's authentication, and I heard lighttpd had a module for this, but they don't seem to support much other than PHP and Xavante won't even fucking install because I keep getting error in their scripts.

Fuck web servers. Why can't anybody make a GOOD one.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby hopesdead » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:35 pm UTC

Vohu Manah wrote:
hopesdead wrote:Today I learned that while watching Smash Lab, using rockets to stop a truck and trailer without breaks seems cool but, you could die in the process.

Someone, somewhere, must have won a Darwin Award for that.

Well the big large scale test failed due to some remote system that went off as soon as the rockets were loaded almost killing two guys.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby keozen » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:45 pm UTC

Today I learned that while my local airport is open and planes can fly in and out well despite the weather the road leading to the airport is now 100% blocked off with snow so if you want to fly out and you're not there already you're screwed. And if you're flying in there then I hope you like costa coffee as that's as far as you're getting. He he he he.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Eskay Diasz » Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:53 am UTC

Today I learned how the Minotaur came to be according to Greek Mythology.
Minos, King of Crete received a snow-white bull from Poseidon as a gift to sacrifice. However Minos thought it so beautiful, he kept it.
His wife, Pasiphaë, thought it was beautiful too.
...so she hid inside a wooden cow in order to, er, sleep with the bull.
The resulting baby was the minotaur.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Cammy » Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:45 am UTC

Today I learned that I'm likely to be one of the last of my friends and family my age to get married. Everyone I know is either already married or just got engaged recently.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Buddha with a bra on » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:27 am UTC

According to your sig, you may be looking in the wrong places.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Swink » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:53 pm UTC

Today i learned that Battlestar galactica's pilot episode was so long it got cut into a miniseries :P and that if you watch hours of a show back to back when you have to stop you cant think of anything else other than going back on the computer and watching more :P or maybe thats just me lol

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kain » Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:52 pm UTC

Swink wrote:Today i learned that Battlestar galactica's pilot episode was so long it got cut into a miniseries :P and that if you watch hours of a show back to back when you have to stop you cant think of anything else other than going back on the computer and watching more :P or maybe thats just me lol


No, that is a common side effect. I watched it on my IPod (ugh, I still can't believe I used to have on of those), and only would stop when the battery would run out.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby hopesdead » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:11 am UTC

Today I learned that one of my friends has a huge crush on the sister of another friend of mine. He says she looks like Kari Byron (and is a red head) and as a goal in life wants to marry her. He said this to the other guy and left out the details of promising to get her pregnant. The way those two bicker about this was just odd but funny at the same time. Another thing is this guy has only been around the sister for a total of half and hour.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Atan » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:08 pm UTC

Today I learned that I misremembered my violin playing skills from back in the day. Granted, I still suck, which is expected after barely touching the instrument for eight years, but it's not as bad as I feared. Some notes were even kind of pretty. Maybe I should start practising again...

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby lulzfish » Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:52 am UTC

hopesdead wrote:Another thing is this guy has only been around the sister for a total of half an hour.

Whoa.
whoa.
what?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby boring bore » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:19 am UTC

Atan wrote:Today I learned that I misremembered my violin playing skills from back in the day. Granted, I still suck, which is expected after barely touching the instrument for eight years, but it's not as bad as I feared. Some notes were even kind of pretty. Maybe I should start practising again...


Why'd you quit? (Sorry if this is irrelevant to the thread; I'm a high schooler, people don't learn anything at my age)
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Atan » Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:11 am UTC

boring bore wrote:
Atan wrote:Today I learned that I misremembered my violin playing skills from back in the day. Granted, I still suck, which is expected after barely touching the instrument for eight years, but it's not as bad as I feared. Some notes were even kind of pretty. Maybe I should start practising again...

Why'd you quit?

I've always loved the sound other people managed to somehow magically create using a violin, which is why I started playing at age eight or something. I had lessons for about six to seven years and joined an orchestra in that time. I liked that orchestra and loved the melodies we played. The orchestra changed conductors though and I really couldn't stand the new guy, so I quit that. That left me with the lessons during which I was mostly told to play bits and pieces that aimed to improve my skills, but didn't sound all that beautiful by themselves. I never thought it sounded all that good and eventually I got fed up with it so I quit. I suppose one could say I wanted to be able to play the violin, but not really learn how to do it. That is probably still true, but I might be willing to work through the second part to achieve the first now.

boring bore wrote:I'm a high schooler, people don't learn anything at my age

Read this back a couple of years from now. :P


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