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by niteice
Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:39 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Favorite Engineering branch?
Replies: 68
Views: 7978

Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Computer engineering major here. The notion that I can describe a chip's logic and then actually create and use it is damn fascinating to me.
by niteice
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0627: "Tech Support Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 181
Views: 40284

Re: "Tech Support Cheat Sheet" Discussion

Conveniently, I leave for school tomorrow morning.
by niteice
Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0604: "Qwertial Aphasia"
Replies: 118
Views: 22061

Re: "Qwertial Aphasia" Discussion

I anticipate an SMBC take on this in the near future.
by niteice
Sat May 23, 2009 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 204830

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

I'd run an infinite loop, of course.
by niteice
Sat May 23, 2009 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: cs/programming blogs?
Replies: 12
Views: 1090

Re: cs/programming blogs?

Although Microsoft is essentially the direct opposite of everything I stand for as a geek and programmer, I find myself having The Old New Thing in my RSS feeds. I'm not exactly a huge fan of Windows but it's always fascinating to learn about how some crazy feature works - and the times when Mr. Che...
by niteice
Sun May 17, 2009 5:35 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Class rank?
Replies: 113
Views: 8526

Re: Class rank?

I was 17/167 in high school. I think I was 17 anyway, I asked my counselor a couple of months before graduation and he told me I was still ranked the same as the last time I was told...of course he did this without actually checking any records, but I'd be surprised if I was ranked lower. I could ha...
by niteice
Thu May 07, 2009 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 430617

Re: Favorite math jokes

Three people are being interviewed for a job: an engineer, a mathematician, and an accountant. The interviewer says to the engineer: "What is 2 + 2?" The engineer says: "4." The interviewer says to the mathematician: "What is 2 + 2?" The mathematician says: "Well i...
by niteice
Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: building a home server
Replies: 13
Views: 1230

Re: building a home server

whoops thats the wrong memory, it comes free with the dvd drive :shrugs: this is the actual one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231207 I have that exact same product but with the heat spreader, even though most memory is mostly the same nowadays I can recommend G.SKILL as a...
by niteice
Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What is the superior method of distributing multiple cores?
Replies: 2
Views: 501

What is the superior method of distributing multiple cores?

I'm speccing a new application-specific server for an organization on campus. The tech specs for said application suggest as many processor cores as possible, and four would fit within their budget fairly well. Now, my question is: Is it better to have one quad-core processor or two dual-core proces...
by niteice
Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Comical mistakes in your homework.
Replies: 144
Views: 13024

Re: Comical mistakes in your homework.

niteice wrote:If I made the mistake I think I did on today's physics exam, I used Archimedes' principle to show that fresh and salt water have the same density if and only if a boat of identical weight is placed in each.

yay cold medicine :D


UPDATE: It seems I remembered the problem wrong and I did it right!
by niteice
Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Late or Early Start
Replies: 23
Views: 1547

Re: Late or Early Start

I have my first class monday/wednesday/friday (physics - mechanics) at 8:30 AM.

I have my first class tuesday/thursday (artificial intelligence) at 4:50 PM.

This semester's sleep schedule has not worked out well.
by niteice
Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Comical mistakes in your homework.
Replies: 144
Views: 13024

Re: Comical mistakes in your homework.

If I made the mistake I think I did on today's physics exam, I used Archimedes' principle to show that fresh and salt water have the same density if and only if a boat of identical weight is placed in each.

yay cold medicine :D
by niteice
Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Fun OS ideas for old comp
Replies: 20
Views: 1917

Re: Fun OS ideas for old comp

If you're interested in seeing how a Unix system is put together, Gentoo or FreeBSD.
by niteice
Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A Cheap Laptop for Ubuntu
Replies: 14
Views: 1497

Re: A Cheap Laptop for Ubuntu

You may be interested in system76, which sells build-to-order laptops with Ubuntu preloaded.


EDIT: The reason I say this is that many netbook manufacturers ship a customized distribution, and I'm pretty sure these guys don't. Also, the hardware is guaranteed to be compatible.
by niteice
Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0556: "Alternative Energy Revolution"
Replies: 232
Views: 61892

0556: "Alternative Energy Revolution"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/alternative_energy_revolution.jpg Alt: The moment their arms spun freely in our air, they were doomed -- for Man has earned his right to hold this planet against all comers, by virtue of occasionally producing someone totally batshit insane. Do I spy a series?
by niteice
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT:Creepy
Replies: 477
Views: 77156

Re: ITT:Creepy

Actaeus wrote:Shitbathing Nazis
AKA "The Shitty Roommate"

It starts as a list of "terrible things my roommate did" and turns into a level of Resident Evil. I believe it's a true story :shock:


I play saxophone.

That's the only thing that bothered me about that story. :(
by niteice
Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT:Creepy
Replies: 477
Views: 77156

Re: ITT:Creepy

In a certain area of a city somewhere in Western Philadelphia is an area of flat concrete, the kind of place used as a basketball court or similar, near to a school building. If you wait in this area on the 10th September, you will eventually be approached by two youths with an aggressive demeanor ...
by niteice
Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:57 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Make GRUB work like Boot Camp?
Replies: 13
Views: 2432

Re: Make GRUB work like Boot Camp?

Doesn't Ubuntu configure GRUB so that it by default says something to the effect of "Press any key to enter the menu" with a countdown?
by niteice
Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I need a high performance laptop
Replies: 30
Views: 3144

Re: I need a high performance laptop

On that note, Matlab runs on OS X. Imaris may as well, their website and Wikipedia aren't clear.

However, XP64 is apparently unsupported by Boot Camp if you choose to go that route. I haven't actually tried it but that's what I'm told, and I don't know about manufacturer driver availability.
by niteice
Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:11 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Coolest school projects, making schoolwork fun
Replies: 46
Views: 3588

Re: Coolest school projects, making schoolwork fun

Sophomore Spanish III class. We were studying Aztec culture, and the culmination of that unit was to design a city similar to Tenochtitlan - given the constraint of having to found a massive city on top of a lake, what would we do? What would the city look like? Some of the class used things like St...
by niteice
Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Solaris?
Replies: 14
Views: 1170

Re: Solaris?

In an article found, "Solaris powers the web sites of 43 members of the Fortune 100 in the U.S., compared to 32 companies using Windows and 12 running on Linux." Why would this be case exactly? I have heard about Solaris being used with servers, would this have something to do with it? Ar...
by niteice
Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Display advice?
Replies: 6
Views: 648

Re: Display advice?

I have the 20" version of the Acer (same resolution) and can certainly vouch for it being a pleasant monitor to use.
by niteice
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0547: "Simple"
Replies: 121
Views: 18170

Re: "Simple" Discussion

Uh-oh... Simple Wikipedia: Quantum mechanics "The English used in this article or section may not be easy for everybody to understand." http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_mechanics Somebody needs to fix that right away! I actually feel like that's about the right level of simple - i...
by niteice
Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:07 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Scheduling Issues
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Scheduling Issues

I looked at this situation in high school like this: What will colleges think when they see you took every AP course at your school? Why didn't you branch out into some other field even if it wasn't offered as an AP test? I took that into account when planning my senior year (as that was the only ye...
by niteice
Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: ITT: Studenthood
Replies: 25
Views: 1567

Re: ITT: Studenthood

the_stabbage wrote:I remember taking shots that were half rum half pancake syrup. They were delicious :oops:

I don't drink and even that sounds incredibly awesome.
by niteice
Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 859
Views: 151222

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

This technically wasn't in school, but at a movie night my friends had a while ago we were joking around, laughing at a character who had very large hands. The 'You know what big hands means...' line came up, to which one girl replied 'Big socks!!' Yes, my standard reply goes, and what rhymes with ...
by niteice
Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:42 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 146175

Re: Your Schedule

CS 220 Data Structures (professor is AWESOME, he defined his own field of AI and has enough snarkiness in him to remind one of half-life) CS 351 Introduction to AI (shitty shitty shitty class with a shitty shitty shitty prof...it is because of this class that I may switch to being a CompE major) PHY...
by niteice
Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1762
Views: 322811

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

My calculus prof this semester has a tenacious-at-best grasp of the English language and speaks with a thick Chinese accent, which makes everything he says a bit funnier. On the subject of the proper way to ask for help: Sometime I ask student...why you solve this way? And they say, "my brother...
by niteice
Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Turns out fucking with peoples' computers isn't that funny.
Replies: 50
Views: 3322

Re: Turns out fucking with peoples' computers isn't that funny.

A better one is to create an extra unwanted folder just for taking the picture - as done by a few people who live on my floor to another person on said floor who habitually left his computer unlocked and unattended in our study lounge. They named it "Horse Porn", took the picture, and then...
by niteice
Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0534: "Genetic Algorithms"
Replies: 99
Views: 33021

Re: "Genetic Algorithms" Discussion

Genetic algorithms are an AI topic, that's why.
by niteice
Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Horror Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 5500

Re: Horror Stories

phlip wrote:
niteice wrote:You can use debugfs.

With ext2, yes. ext3, not so much. Something about the journalling and deletes ends up destroying some information that undelete utils need, or something.


FWIW, I once successfully undeleted several files using debugfs off of an ext3 volume. Just got extremely lucky I guess.
by niteice
Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Horror Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 5500

Re: Horror Stories

phlip wrote:And that's the story of when I learned that there's no way to undelete in ext3.


You can use debugfs.
by niteice
Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School bathroom graffiti: intellectualized
Replies: 246
Views: 87532

Re: High School bathroom graffiti: intellectualized

mrbaggins wrote:I don't know latin at all, so that looks to me like:
People don't pee in the vents.


A better translation is along the lines of "wise men don't piss into the wind."
by niteice
Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Modern "Prog-Rock"?
Replies: 129
Views: 8621

Re: Modern "Prog-Rock"?

Ozric Tentacles, sort of. They can be a bit spacey. Plus they're 100% instrumental.
by niteice
Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding Resolutions
Replies: 57
Views: 3571

Re: Coding Resolutions

1680x1050.


In all seriousness, my goal is to finally finish and release one or two of my programs I've half-completed and see where they take me.
by niteice
Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:07 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What drove you to the field you are studying?
Replies: 62
Views: 4769

Re: What drove you to the field you are studying?

Majoring in computer science, minoring in computer engineering. I found early in life that I could make computers do whatever I damn well pleased, which made me very happy. Taught myself VB at 10-11, found it obtuse and gave up for a couple of years. Taught myself C at 13 and have been experimenting...
by niteice
Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actual Drnukenness!
Replies: 1324
Views: 258193

Re: The drnuk thread

(disclaimer: I do not drink.) A couple of weeks ago I was in line for lunch. A friend of mine comes up to me and declares very definitively: "<niteice>, I'm drunk." Understand something about her. She is about 5'1" and doesn't drink often, but when she does, drinks enough to get someo...
by niteice
Sun Dec 14, 2008 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What drove you to the field you are studying?
Replies: 62
Views: 4769

Re: What drove you to the field you are studying?

TheKrikkitWars wrote:BEng/MEng in Explosive Ordinance Engineering


That sounds like the most awesome degree ever :D
by niteice
Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Honest necessity of calculus in computer Science
Replies: 30
Views: 27510

Re: Honest necessity of calculus in computer Science

but perhaps a game design/programming career. I see the use of basic calculus (velocities and accelerations, etc) Oh dear. I can tell you from my tiny corner of the mathematical world that if you ever want to make a game that involves things rotating realistically you'll be needing quite a bit of l...
by niteice
Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
Replies: 229
Views: 304937

Re: What is the mass of a feather?

ArmonSore wrote:
MotorToad wrote:Have Jesus turn it into wine, then drink it and measure your BAC. Easy peasy.

(Assuming Jesus transmogrifies things according to the laws of thermodynamics.)


Thermodynamics asserts the conservation of energy. It does not assert the conservation of fishes and loaves.


[math]e=mc^2[/math]

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