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by styrofoam
Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning HTML and CSS
Replies: 76
Views: 30649

Re: Learning HTML and CSS

Man, it's 2015, why is simply putting things where you physically want them on a web page still such a hassle? <DIV STYLE="position:absolute;top:15px;left:15px">What hassle</DIV> It's only complicated if you're trying to do a non-trivial layout that responds to the size of the browser win...
by styrofoam
Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning HTML and CSS
Replies: 76
Views: 30649

Re: Learning HTML and CSS

Why use <strong> over <b> though? Just because it's CSS-configurable? I don't see the difference or advantage. (Surely, readers for the blind either take into account <b> in addition to <strong> or can be configured to do so. Stuff like user-content on forums like this would be sorely unreadable if...
by styrofoam
Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning HTML and CSS
Replies: 76
Views: 30649

Re: Learning HTML and CSS

Honestly, King Author, you seem to have answered your own question. Why learn CSS? Because of the payoff for huge, uniform websites; that is, the high-traffic ones. If I were you, with a dozen-or-so page site, I would not use CSS for all the one-page styles, but would use it for the common navigatio...
by styrofoam
Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1416: "Pixels"
Replies: 112
Views: 32229

Re: 1416: "Pixels"

Are you turtley enough for the turtle club?
by styrofoam
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My number is bigger!
Replies: 1588
Views: 355127

Re: My number is bigger!

That's a nice mix of elementary functions and recursion. ©((2^), x) is 10.008 at 2, and already 7.46e153 by 2.6. Unfortunately, I think it's only like repeated tetration. ©(exp, 2) will make at most ©(exp, 1) calls to ©(exp, n) where n is still greater than 1. Let us assume it makes exactly that ma...
by styrofoam
Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My number is bigger!
Replies: 1588
Views: 355127

Re: My number is bigger!

Worth a try... # The exponent function, so I can address it by name: exp(x) = 2 where x < 1 exp(x) = 2*x^x where x >= 1 # A template for fast-growing functions. ©(exp, 1), for example, just reduces to exp(1), which, as we know, reduces to 2. ©(f, x) = f(x) where x <= 1 ©(f, x) = f( ©( f, x - 1/©(f,x...
by styrofoam
Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 40261

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

people_are_stupid.png
by styrofoam
Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: New and meaningful surnames
Replies: 33
Views: 15398

Re: New and meaningful surnames

Negentropy? That's a pretty cool image; beating entropy is kind of the end goal...
by styrofoam
Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:51 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"
Replies: 38
Views: 11794

Re: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"

Sooner or later, we'll figure out how to mourn.


It's actually very simple.
by styrofoam
Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1248: "Sphere"
Replies: 78
Views: 15824

Re: 1248: "Sphere"

I suppose a superheavy non-rotating black hole's Schwartzchild radius is a pretty good sphere. Perhaps, but it's not really an object either. It's just the set of points at which the escape velocity from the mass in question reaches the speed of light. In fact, it does depend on the speed you are g...
by styrofoam
Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28369
Views: 2898642

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

May I suggest a healthy portion of word salad? Unless you must have your name in there, it's easy to come up with a random set of words for your email address; think correct-horse-battery-staple. You can then use the same handle everywhere.
by styrofoam
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Debian VS Ubuntu
Replies: 49
Views: 32197

Re: Debian VS Ubuntu

Debian. Ubuntu is working on their own display server; an enormous waste of time that would be better spent on Wayland.
by styrofoam
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Demarchy
Replies: 65
Views: 22676

Re: Demarchy

Thrasymachus wrote:Then it would have to be a locale that was relatively independent of larger national-scale politics. Ideally, a small, relatively developed, independent nation.

I suppose Sealand is too small?
by styrofoam
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hate Speech vs Freedom of Speech on Facebook
Replies: 75
Views: 21360

Re: Hate Speech vs Freedom of Speech on Facebook

For example, during the 1960s, you can run choose to run your private business any way you want. You decide to hire black people on equal terms with white people. You get run out of town by angry white townsfolk. Arrest the mob. (the reason that didn't happen in the 1960's is corrupt state judges; ...
by styrofoam
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 40490

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

Ormurinn wrote:This doesn't really add anything to the discussion

Then don't post it.



p.s. Yeah, it's quote sniping.
by styrofoam
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IRS Discrimination, AP logs, and Benghazi
Replies: 131
Views: 15340

Re: IRS Discrimination, AP logs, and Benghazi

MartianInvader wrote:I like how the accusation in this thread has gone from "commiting perjury" to being a "wee bit deceptive".

Your understatement detector. Has the warranty expired?
by styrofoam
Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can I spoof video for Google Hangout?
Replies: 5
Views: 3998

Re: Can I spoof video for Google Hangout?

Doesn't obs do audio? Also, if your computer has a mic port, then the low-tech solution is to hook it up to the headphones jack.
by styrofoam
Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AU Woman raped in Emirates, Jailed for Reporting
Replies: 93
Views: 23633

Re: AU Woman raped in Emirates, Jailed for Reporting

AAAAAAAAHHHHHGGGGGGGG!!!!!
by styrofoam
Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187911

Re: Citizen's Wage

Also, panhandling would be much less effective if you did blow your CW. Because we all know you don't need it.
by styrofoam
Wed May 29, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188538

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

gee-eye-eff
by styrofoam
Wed May 29, 2013 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In the US, criminals will be intentionally starved to death
Replies: 39
Views: 12082

Re: In the US, criminals will be intentionally starved to de

I think what Tyndmyr is saying is that we should give wellfare to those who need it, but, especially in the case of ex-cons, we should also try to prevent them from needing it in the first place. Amirite?
by styrofoam
Sun May 26, 2013 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "both have" or "have both" ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4354

Re: "both have" or "have both" ?

Is it possible to get away with parallel structure?

I will both have fish and have potatoes.
by styrofoam
Fri May 24, 2013 3:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Worst Superpower
Replies: 142
Views: 31417

Re: The Worst Superpower

I don't know that I'd agree with that. Bug are either patent nonsense without any real semantic meaning (if the syntax is so broken it can't even be parsed/compiled), or valid instructions to do something which isn't what you really wanted done. If I try to tell you to do something with a sentence ...
by styrofoam
Wed May 22, 2013 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Worst Superpower
Replies: 142
Views: 31417

Re: The Worst Superpower

How about being aware every faintly significant commission of a logical fallacy, throughout the world? I imagine one's brain would be inundated with frighteningly misguided political speeches, bad research, and *shudder* blog comments. Where "significant" = You can be assured that there a...
by styrofoam
Sat May 18, 2013 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Worst Superpower
Replies: 142
Views: 31417

Re: The Worst Superpower

The ability to summon cthulu. Obviously, you cannot control it.

Alternatively, perhaps stating "no reason" is another possible workaround.

Or how about answering "Guess."?
by styrofoam
Tue May 07, 2013 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer)
Replies: 60
Views: 20569

Re: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer

The wolves, between the three. Giving a few deer idillic lives isn't worth the rest starving.
by styrofoam
Tue May 07, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Worst Superpower
Replies: 142
Views: 31417

Re: The Worst Superpower

Actually, that wouldn't be too bad. The tongue is a muscle, so you could still taste things, and so long as you had a continuous flow going, you could relax in a hot tub while raking in gold (since if the atoms turn t]o gold, they will still be dissolved in the water, so you could probably filter i...
by styrofoam
Mon May 06, 2013 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Worst Superpower
Replies: 142
Views: 31417

Re: The Worst Superpower

The ability to copy superpowers --- in a world where no one else has superpowers.

Super muscles and brittle bones.
by styrofoam
Mon May 06, 2013 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"
Replies: 38
Views: 11536

Re: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"

As someone who takes offence like a roller-coaster, my feelings have been going up and down.
by styrofoam
Mon May 06, 2013 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 13301

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

Pfhorrest wrote:Is there reason to think we are in a simulation, other than there mere possibility of it?


Yes. I think we're in a simulation because simulation make re-address spatial numerology entry part works.
by styrofoam
Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How Do I Learn About [n]?
Replies: 181
Views: 356271

Re: How Do I Learn About [n]?

I'd recommend, instead of using Python or Perl, using Node.JS with JSDOM. Since it's just JavaScript and a DOM, you can use all the knowledge, documentation, and muscle memory of writing web apps to write your scraper, or even execute code from the page itself, if it relies on JS. That's just me, th...
by styrofoam
Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28369
Views: 2898642

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I'm giving that asshole hell every night from now on until he decides that reasonable compromise is a more appealing option than stonewalling and suffering the consequences. If I hold back the consequences that will never happen, so, fuck you dude -- here come consequences. Prepared to be as misera...
by styrofoam
Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall: Get a grip
Replies: 108
Views: 14897

Re: Randall: Get a grip

So some random internet nut writes a post that's one insult way from bullying, and the forum starts discussing the sexist implications of the phrase "man up." I love tolerance and progress. It's gotten to the point where we don't even notice gender any more. It's hardly bullying, it was a...
by styrofoam
Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 19744

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

MisterCheif wrote:I kind of doubt cracking your knuckles leads to calcium deficit in the bones...

People believe the myth because they don't know osteoporosis is the result of calcium deficit in the bones.
by styrofoam
Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 51662

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

The worst one I've ever used in production code is BubbleSort. Because the boss liked it for some obcure reason. But... I like bubble-sort. It just goes through the list, comparing the current element with the previous one, switches them if they're out of order, and advances, repeating the process ...
by styrofoam
Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 213278

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

Just have some hardware randomness device, a sensor that's picking up cosmic background noise or whatever, and feed that into the computer as fast as possible. Have the computer simulate all possible universes, and eliminate the ones where the simulation doesn't end up with a computer hooked up to ...
by styrofoam
Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 213278

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

How good would an infinitely fast computer be for predicting the future? How important would it's random number generation algorithm be? Could you write a suitably random number generator that would allow you to predict what effect your actions would have on the future? You're overlooking the first...
by styrofoam
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Small States Senators, A Threat to Democracy?
Replies: 55
Views: 4462

Re: Small States Senators, A Threat to Democracy?

Diadem wrote:But if you restrict yourself to the traditional western European nations, then no.

List some (The UK? France? Italy? Germany?), then justify it.
by styrofoam
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall: Get a grip
Replies: 108
Views: 14897

Re: Randall: Get a grip

So some random internet nut writes a post that's one insult way from bullying, and the forum starts discussing the sexist implications of the phrase "man up."

I love tolerance and progress. It's gotten to the point where we don't even notice gender any more.
by styrofoam
Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 34616

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

Of course, r''' is the second derivative of the radius of Earth Prime. Given that the radius is likely constant, wouldn't that just be 0? That's why you should always write derivatives either as primed functions [r'(t)] or using fraction notation [dr/dt]. (Assuming r is a function of t). You could ...

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