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by Orangutanlibrarian
Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1169: "Expedition"
Replies: 58
Views: 12669

Re: 1169: "Expedition"

I spent hours looking for points in the ocean, outside national maritime boundaries, less than 500m deep. My record is 6m, private island hear i come!
by Orangutanlibrarian
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Distributed web (wiki-web)
Replies: 2
Views: 1594

Distributed web (wiki-web)

I want to check if it has been done before: websites with no servers. this would leave them invulnerable to DDOS attacks and having the servers raided or shut down. I see it being manahed something like bit torrent, with web pages being hosted by many peers and hyper-links downloading torrent files ...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 54510

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

A few problems. One) A=Q/(sqrt(2*g*d)) Gives A = 2.019m^2. that's about the size of a normal door, the wardrobe was huge. I'd say the area should be at least 4m^2. 2) Narnia is big, like a big air pocket. That anchor looks very small to defeat a world's worth of buoyancy. iii) A water jet moving at ...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0059: "Graduation"
Replies: 9
Views: 4995

Re: 0059: "Graduation"

Light houses are all computer controlled nowadays. Typing that made me want to cry.
by Orangutanlibrarian
Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 72124

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Oh good lord, No!!!! I already have a daughter, her porn name will be Silky Ryder . :oops: I'm going out back right now to kill that damn guinea pig and replace it with a cat called Mister. And we're moving around the corner to Marshal St. I fell over laughing. Better than the comic. I'd be Bridey ...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Exchange rates for an alien economy
Replies: 34
Views: 11692

Re: Exchange rates for an alien economy

In Charles Stross' Lobster series the aliens use sentient (sapient) beings as currency. I have considered the problem of exchange rates from the point of view of invaders. While we might have lots of stuff they want to collect -art, music and so on- there is only one thing we have they need and cant...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: pseudoscience and quantum computers
Replies: 23
Views: 3401

pseudoscience and quantum computers

I just saw a cleening product that boasts being 'Powered By Quantum Nano Technology'. This bare the classic hallmark of pseudoscience, whenever I here quantum i roll my eyes. But quantum computers also use quantum magic. are they pseudoscience? I've never seen one working, just like over unity machi...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Holographic video compression.
Replies: 13
Views: 2343

Re: Holographic video compression.

Well, yes. The fact that it needed to be played totally slipped my mind. In a similar vein, it would be easy to create an unbreakable cypher, just by swapping symbols randomly, except for the fact that it needed to be read.

Now to think of a new brilliant idea.
by Orangutanlibrarian
Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Can you train a neural network to recognize prime numbers?
Replies: 35
Views: 17534

Re: Can you train a neural network to recognize prime number

An Extreme learning machine would probably give pretty good results if such results are possible . So far primes have defied all attempts to find short cuts to produce primes. I imagine that the decision boundary between primes and non primes is very convoluted. Also, as i understand, a ANN has a ve...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Holographic video compression.
Replies: 13
Views: 2343

Holographic video compression.

My knowledge in this field is nonexistent so im looking for some one who knows about video compression formats. Could it be done (or has it already been done) to create a format that stores video information holographicly so that any editing would degrade the quality of the entire video? This way pr...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Neal Stephenson: Where to start?
Replies: 33
Views: 43514

Re: Neal Stephenson: Where to start?

Yet another disscution that totaly ignores Interface. It is classic Stephenson even though it was co-written with J. Frederick George. I think it is just as good as Diamond Age.

That said, Snow Crash is probably his best, but I love all of his stuff.
by Orangutanlibrarian
Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: H. G. Wells
Replies: 5
Views: 2681

Re: H. G. Wells

I really enjoyed reading his work, but I think it's more about his writing style than the actual subject matter, which is soft science fiction at best and thinly-veiled communism at worst. So yeah, I really liked most of his books and I'm a big fan of his writing, in the part of my brain that contr...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Biological nature of Information and the Morality of Piracy
Replies: 109
Views: 14189

Biological nature of Information and the Morality of Piracy

First, I have done a search and no other threads seem to deal with this exactly but if im wrong just remove this thread. I was trying to figure out why I dont feel bad for downloading copy righted material. I am a reasonably good person, I wouldn't steal a physical thing, i wouldn't hurt some one, I...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Neal Stephenson - Anathem
Replies: 80
Views: 24888

Re: Neal Stephenson - Anathem

Nah, that's why I liked it. It's like one of those books for children that intersperses learning with story. But for grown-ups. This is true. It is because of these books that i can name the line of succession off the English throne from the Tudors to the present. And probably a whole lot more than...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Streampunk +40 Years
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

Streampunk +40 Years

Steampunk, it sounds great- modern tech with a victorian design ethic. I read a post on a maker's blog a few years ago, i cant remeber where, and he said that the computer is the most important invention of the century and we put it in an ugly beige box; this was his reason for modding his pc to loo...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A REAL Utopian System?
Replies: 41
Views: 6326

Re: A REAL Utopian System?

The idea of an anarchy, even less a utopian anarchy is imposible. It jut cannot happen. While you can quite easily foce people at gun point to accept a dictatorship or monarchy or demoracy (that last one is a little trickier, but bless America for trying anyway) you canot force some one to be an ana...
by Orangutanlibrarian
Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0750: "Book Burning"
Replies: 121
Views: 28135

Re: "Book Burning" discussion

I'm sort of surprised that no-one's mentioned this, maybe it's to obvious or something. Book burning, not just ebook burning, is pointless in this day and age. In fact so is any sort of media burning. The books are all backed up, in the cloud/Publishers servers/Piratebay. They cannot be destroyed. B...

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