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by CNiall
Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Calculation of the Vernal Equinox
Replies: 4
Views: 1072

Calculation of the Vernal Equinox

This is a somewhat odd question, but how would one calculate the time until the vernal equinox for a hypothetical planet orbiting a hypothetical sun in a hypothetical solar system? I understand that this is the point on the orbit for which the star's centre lies on the same plane as the planet's equ...
by CNiall
Wed May 26, 2010 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 340
Views: 213372

Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a boo

Oh, I prefer hard to soft sci-fi: it's just that I got the impression that halfway through the Cantos Simmons ended up saying, "Eh, screw it. Make it magic.". Anyway, reading up on Permutation City and Diaspora, they both seem pretty good and worth reading. I've also been meaning to look a...
by CNiall
Wed May 26, 2010 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 340
Views: 213372

Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a boo

I'm going on holiday this Saturday (leaving early in the morning) and I'd very much like to pick up some good books before going. I'd particularly like to look more into science fiction (last year, I read the Hyperion Cantos which I enjoyed very much -- though the last two less so as he strayed more...
by CNiall
Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 710204

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

What I was thinking of doing -- though it may not work brilliantly in your fortress (or for that matter mine, since I've not actually tested this out yet) -- was a slightly modified drowning chamber. Since I plan to start building a fortress relatively deep underground from the outset, I'm fairly li...
by CNiall
Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Striving for Mediocrity
Replies: 31
Views: 4423

Re: Striving for Mediocrity

I currently go to a 'grammar school' in the UK (essentially a school that is supposedly more academically-oriented with an entrance exam) and much of what the OP said applies just as much here -- perhaps moreso, even. The school takes great pride in its academic achievements and does not hesitate to...
by CNiall
Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 710204

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

I only started playing Dwarf Fortress a few days ago, so please excuse any dumb questions, but since I apparently need to irrigate even soil before I can farm there I tried to design a system which would draw water from the brook and drop it on the farm, allowing it to evaporate away and leave me wi...
by CNiall
Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 655954

Re: EVE Online

Ugh, derp; I just managed to lose my Coercer in the 'Burning Down the Hive' mission for the Sisters of EVE because I didn't bother reading up on it to see that I'd get scrambled and that destroyers are far too slow and bulky to handle drones well. Well, a lesson learned I guess -- it's not as if tha...
by CNiall
Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 655954

Re: EVE Online

Right, a Retriever is squarely in my sights now; all I need is a couple more million (which the Sisters of EVE arc should quickly provide and more if what I've seen so far is to be believed) and to get Industrial V (three days of training, hurray), Mining Barges III (upgrading from trial, hurray) an...
by CNiall
Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 655954

Re: EVE Online

I'm currently working my way through the Sisters of EVE epic arc -- nothing too hard so far, but that will likely change and the money seems pretty good. I'm still on a trial account, so I can't train mining barges, but I have the rest of the skills ticking away in the background (though Industry V ...
by CNiall
Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal! WILD MASS GUESSING AND THEORIZING AND BULLSHIT!
Replies: 423
Views: 74808

Re: Portal + HalfLife

What exactly are we supposed to see in the spectrogram ? Black Mesa Logo I can't see it, myself: as far as I can see, it's facing the wrong way and an entirely different shape. If I recall correctly, the logo has a single fairly steep slant leading to the top uninterrupted on the right and a sudden...
by CNiall
Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 655954

Re: EVE Online

Thanks for that; I'll have a look at the cost of the equipment and a Coercer -- since I'm also Amarr -- in a little while (well, several hours) and take it from there, i.e. decide whether to continue mining or take a bit of a detour and try my hand at salvage. By gunship, I assume you mean a ship fi...
by CNiall
Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 655954

Re: EVE Online

While I'm here but unable to play Eve (since I have to leave to go play in a concert in about twenty minutes -- hurray for the bassoon), I guess it's as good a time as any to ask a few questions I have: - I plan on doing all of the career agents and have almost finished the industry one but unfortun...
by CNiall
Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 655954

Re: EVE Online

Thanks a bunch; I realised how to do it shortly after I posted but I forgot to update it. Anyway, I'm quite happily chugging along through the trade career thing and I'm just about to set up some skill training to go overnight and through tomorrow-- I can see this becoming a game that I spend inordi...
by CNiall
Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 655954

Re: EVE Online

Right, so I need to train up to Industry I, but under the industry tab there is only Mining Level 2; do I need to find a skill book for Industry, and if so where would I get one?
by CNiall
Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 655954

Re: EVE Online

I just downloaded the Steam trial of this game, and damn it's overwhelming. It seems like ridiculous fun, though, once you get a hang of it. I blitzed through the crash course introductory tutorial thing and read a few beginners' guides and still don't feel even close to understanding most of it -- ...
by CNiall
Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101467

Re: Mass Effect 2 is too hard to type. ME2

I found this quite an interesting shot, though I can't for the life of me remember what the Illusive Man was saying during this scene and so it could just be a coincidence; still, it's kind of cool. (spoilered for a moderately large image) http://www.filedump.net/dumped/illusiveman1265896438.jpg Giv...
by CNiall
Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101467

Re: Mass Effect 2 is too hard to type. ME2: Looting Fail?

I hope Pinnacle Station doesn't have any impact; I don't really want to pay for what looks like essentially an arena mode. Based on what I've read, there doesn't seem to be much of a way in which it could, but still -- I'm a little obsessive over getting all of the sidequests and the like in the ori...
by CNiall
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!
Replies: 68
Views: 9051

Re: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!

I'm currently suffering the monstrosity that is GCSE chemistry (well, more accurately, the collective monstrosities that form the various GCSEs I am taking) and a common theme through most of the GCSEs -- and the sciences in particular -- is this bizarre notion of that it is better to teach half-tru...
by CNiall
Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Glass Whiteboards
Replies: 12
Views: 2164

Re: Glass Whiteboards

I'd have a go with the whiteboard paint, but since I have textured wallpaper (not a huge fan of it, but it was here when I moved in and it'd be an absolute pain to strip) and can't seem to find anywhere that sells it in Britain it becomes less feasible. Of course, I could fairly easily get around th...
by CNiall
Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Glass Whiteboards
Replies: 12
Views: 2164

Re: Glass Whiteboards

Yeah, plexiglass is almost certainly the fall-back option if actual glass doesn't work out. However, I've not yet made any proper measurements -- I haven't shifted the bed and chest of drawers out of the way -- so I can't work out which would be the better option. Based on weight alone, plexiglass m...
by CNiall
Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Glass Whiteboards
Replies: 12
Views: 2164

Re: Glass Whiteboards

My utter lack of common sense amazes me sometimes; thanks.
by CNiall
Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Glass Whiteboards
Replies: 12
Views: 2164

Glass Whiteboards

(First off, my apologies if I have posted this in the wrong section, but there seemed to be no more appropriate section for such as question) I plan to soon redecorate my bedroom, and thanks to my house being an old Victorian house my bedroom has a chimney breast protruding from one of the walls (at...
by CNiall
Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 410108

Re: Team Fortress 2

Right, xkcd. I have a challenge for us. Today's TF2 paper contains a bit of latin. I reckon we should try to translate it. It's mostly beyond me, but I reckon some others might be able to. There are a fair few other people trying to get it, and I think we should be first. This is good for vocab. ra...
by CNiall
Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ways to keep busy in a boring class
Replies: 124
Views: 14511

Re: Ways to keep busy in a boring class

The situation is silly. I had the chance to ask the head why we were doing them in such a daft way, and the best answer I got was "Oh, you'll all just do badly on them if you take them in year 10." Mentioning that the school was a grammar school that does not hesitate to flaunt its positio...
by CNiall
Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 203919

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

Haydn's version of Dies Irae has several fantastic moments, but the one that really gets me has to be 'confutatis maledictis' (about 4:55 in the recording I linked to). You have a pretty lyrical passage, suddenly interrupted by this heavily accented 'confutatis maledictis'. Much can also be said fo...
by CNiall
Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ways to keep busy in a boring class
Replies: 124
Views: 14511

Re: Ways to keep busy in a boring class

Very much dependent on teacher and school, of course. Geography was one of my favourite subjects at GCSE because our teacher was awesome. And GCSE subjects can all be interesting if the teachers don't care about teaching to the exam - I was lucky, being in a grammar school, the teachers generally c...
by CNiall
Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ways to keep busy in a boring class
Replies: 124
Views: 14511

Re: Ways to keep busy in a boring class

Given that the GCSE subjects really aren't very difficult, I've ended up devising some ways to stave off boredom in lessons -- especially the mandatory and worthless ones such as I.T. and citizenship (though geography at GCSE is absolutely terrible, in no small part due to my teacher who doesn't see...
by CNiall
Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 398914

Re: I need a Game Recommendation (Recently renamed)

Are you looking at reviews of GTA IV specifically for the PC? Because from what I've heard the game is great on the 360 (which it is) and horrible on the PC (haven't tried, can't confirm). Yeah; I always make a point of looking for the PC reviews specifically. The reviews are generally more favoura...
by CNiall
Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 398914

Re: I need a Game Recommendation (Recently renamed)

I'll have a look into those; StarCraft in particular looks like it could be pretty good. You're building a new computer for a 11 year old game with a 56 MB RAM requirement? :] Nah, I have every intention of playing significantly more modern games with it but why not get some of the older ones, espe...
by CNiall
Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 398914

Re: I need a Game Recommendation (Recently renamed)

Hellgate: London, Beyond Good and Evil, all the X-Coms, StarCraft and Far Cry are all good. You might also want to look into the upcoming Borderlands. I'll have a look into those; StarCraft in particular looks like it could be pretty good. I'm thinking about getting GTA IV, but I'm kind of hesitant...
by CNiall
Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 398914

Re: I need a Game Recommendation (Recently renamed)

I'm in the process of building a computer for gaming (well, I will soon; the motherboard and CPU should arrive on the 12th, but I've no idea when the RAM will feel like turning up and I already have the rest) and I'd like to buy some new games to go with it. Requirements aren't a great issue, since ...
by CNiall
Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem
Replies: 16
Views: 5872

Re: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem

I really should have carried on with the idea that the 1kg weight rose \frac{d}{2} , given that using it I managed to get the correct answers of A = \frac{1+\sqrt{3}}{2} kg and B = \frac{\sqrt{6}}{2} kg with little effort. For good measure I tried out the force diagram method as well and got the sam...
by CNiall
Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem
Replies: 16
Views: 5872

Re: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem

I'm starting to feel more than a bit of an moron now -- especially since two people seem to have spelled it out in simple terms for me -- but I'm still not getting this. The force diagram has evolved to something like this: http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/1112/drawingx.png (argh; some of the text...
by CNiall
Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem
Replies: 16
Views: 5872

Re: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem

I tried drawing a force diagram, but (surprise!) I seem to have gone wrong somewhere. http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/5492/drawingu.png I'm pretty sure that the tension should be equal throughout, and that since the system is in static equilibrium the force from the weights should equal the tensi...
by CNiall
Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem
Replies: 16
Views: 5872

Re: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem

Not all infinitesimals are the same. Treat them just as you would any other finite distance. The only important distinction here between infinitesimal distances and larger finite distances is that they do not meaningfully affect the angles involved. Okay, so for A falling an infinitesimal distance ...
by CNiall
Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem
Replies: 16
Views: 5872

Re: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem

If weight A were to fall an infinitesimal amount, wouldn't the other two rise infinitesimally, so you'd have -\delta h A+ \delta h B + \delta h = 0 , I guess. Similarly, in the second case if the movement were to the right, the 1kg weight would rise infinitesimally and B fall infinitesimally, right?...
by CNiall
Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem
Replies: 16
Views: 5872

Pulleys and Three Masses; Really Basic Problem

I feel kind of dumb posting this question here, but it's really stumped me for some reason. The text reads: "The system shown is in static equilibrium. Use the principle of virtual work to find the weights A and B. Neglect the weight of the strings and the friction in the pulleys." And has...
by CNiall
Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building a gaming desktop; parts advice welcome
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

Re: Building a gaming desktop; parts advice welcome

I've looked into the Intel i5 offerings (i7 seem like too much of a price jump for now, unfortunately) and am considering swapping out the motherboard and CPU I've listed in the OP for the following; MSI P55-CD53 P55 Socket 1156 Gigabit Lan 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard (£104.99) Intel Core i5 750...
by CNiall
Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building a gaming desktop; parts advice welcome
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

Building a gaming desktop; parts advice welcome

I'm very soon going to be building myself a gaming desktop, but I'm a little unsure of the parts. I've looked about Ebuyer (being based in the UK) and have come up with the following parts list, though -- especially since this is my first build -- I'd like some advice as to the components. I'd prefe...
by CNiall
Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 30371

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

I travelled here from a few seconds previous to wonder what happened to said few seconds.

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