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by Pesto
Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2713
Views: 284592

I'll make a lateral transfer to Leyton blocking the inner two zones.
by Pesto
Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Connect 4
Replies: 112
Views: 16200

New game, proper board size.

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All yours, O.
by Pesto
Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Using corn to make ethanol: new proof of human idiocy
Replies: 48
Views: 6400

Re: Using corn to make ethanol: new proof of human idiocy

Mixing ethanol in with gasoline is indeed a way to reduce pollution and make cars more fuel-efficient (because ethanol burns more thoroughly than straight gasoline). However, converting corn into ethanol is a highly inefficient process where far more energy is lost in the making than is gained in t...
by Pesto
Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What does this code do? -- a game
Replies: 52
Views: 9513

Mordred wrote:Aha, so d'you notice anything else about the source?

Yes, I did. :P
by Pesto
Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Recognize this sequence?
Replies: 36
Views: 9143

That's not the full solution? It looks like it is, but it's not how I arrived at the sequence. I found the sequence by finding "All numbers meeting the following criteria..." That's why I think your solution is so interesting. I dropped it into a spreadsheet and did some checking. I check...
by Pesto
Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Recognize this sequence?
Replies: 36
Views: 9143

Impressive.

Your method holds for the next several iterations, but I can't tell if it is a general solution.

A description of the sequence is still open.
by Pesto
Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Recognize this sequence?
Replies: 36
Views: 9143

That is related to the solution.

I'll either take an explanation of what the sequence is, or the next number in the sequence.

The former is likely needed to find the latter, though.
by Pesto
Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Recognize this sequence?
Replies: 36
Views: 9143

New sequence.

1, 36, 1225, 41616, 1413721, 48024900
by Pesto
Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What does this code do? -- a game
Replies: 52
Views: 9513

Unless there is some special meaning to $_GET['s'], it will just output the reverse of what ever is stored in that parameter.
by Pesto
Sat Sep 08, 2007 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2713
Views: 284592

Good game so far. I'm going to play Dollis Hill, closing the loop and putting schrodingersduck in spoon.

Sorry, friend. This puts your ampersand bonus in jeopardy.
by Pesto
Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music Jokes
Replies: 133
Views: 52009

Q: What's better than roses on your piano?

A: Tulips on your organ.

(think about it)
by Pesto
Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hugs!
Replies: 30338
Views: 1789000

*hugs Pexkool*

I like this game.
by Pesto
Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Insult the poster below you :(
Replies: 1136
Views: 136432

Guilty as charged.

\/ Smells of elderberries.
by Pesto
Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26092
Views: 2549103

Granted, but since he's still a carnivorous duck (he just doesn't eat ducks), he's coming to get you.

I wish I had a perpetual kitten.
by Pesto
Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Convincing a school to switch to Linux
Replies: 51
Views: 4909

Re: Convincing a school to switch to Linux

I don't think you said what type of school this is. University? High school? Grade school? I didn't, and that's because I don't really know what the US equivalent is. Something like high school maybe? 16-19 year olds. Yep that would be high schoolish (14-18). Does your school have any technology cl...
by Pesto
Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Convincing a school to switch to Linux
Replies: 51
Views: 4909

Re: Convincing a school to switch to Linux

No, the computers they buy come pre-loaded with windows. Sure, it's built into the price, but it's built into the price of every computer. Switching will not see an economic boon. Plus, the time spent re-configuring computers and the added money in support (because fewer people are familiar with li...
by Pesto
Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Recognize this sequence?
Replies: 36
Views: 9143

That kind of stuff (n-cubes, topology, etc.) is very practical in multi-processor algorithms.

That was a fun class.
by Pesto
Fri Sep 07, 2007 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: MD6? MDmakeyourown?
Replies: 2
Views: 2800

MD6? MDmakeyourown?

I was looking through the Wikipedia article on MD5 and was particularly interested in the weaknesses that have been found in the algorithm. Looking at the pseudocode provided, I started wondering, would it be possible to make a custom message digest function simply by changing some of the constants ...
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Connect 4
Replies: 112
Views: 16200

| | | | x | x o o x | o o o x | o x x o x | o o x o x x | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Os have won. They just have to play in column three, regardless of where X moves. Something I just noticed, doesn't the game have seven columns IRL?
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Connect 4
Replies: 112
Views: 16200

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X my. Wait, what?
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Connect 4
Replies: 112
Views: 16200

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by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pavarotti
Replies: 7
Views: 1652

What? Damn. Three Tenors was how I was introduced to opera at a wee age. Pavarotti was the man whose name I routinely mispronounced as Pepperoni. This is sad 'cause it means Domingo's probably not far behind. Not necessarily. Pavarotti had been ailing for some time. Domingo is still quite active, m...
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 571938

GRR! I work for a non-profit. We hire outside companies to do "phone outreach", which is basically calling people and asking them for money. They send us a data file of all the people who decided to make a pledge, and I'm supposed to import it into our database. The only problem is, every ...
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Connect 4
Replies: 112
Views: 16200

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by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Custom titles
Replies: 2761
Views: 259650

Hi. I now have noticeably over 1000 posts, and I have neither an avatar nor a title. I think these facts need to be remedied. Thus, I request a title. If you give me a good one, and I have inspiration, I will make an avatar that relates to it. Or if you prefer, we can do it the other way around. As...
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My mathematical speed bump
Replies: 36
Views: 6355

Try to build new concepts on old concepts. Don't learn in a vacuum. Have you ever seen the following identity? sin^2(x) + cos^2(x) = 1 I didn't have to memorize that equation, because I learned why it works, not simply that it works. It works because of two basic mathematical concepts: the unit circ...
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding a hex grid?
Replies: 19
Views: 11037

Why not relabel your hexagons like this? (0,0) (0,1) (0,2) (0,3) (1,0) (1,1) (1,2) (2,-1) (2,0) (2,1) (2,2) (3,-1) (3,0) (3,1) This way, moving east is always (+0,+1), moving northeast is...
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I, er, um. Well. I suppose.... Then again. (PHP)
Replies: 11
Views: 3215

I'm a fan of whitelists as opposed to blacklists. It makes many problems much simpler.

Evan: You make a good point about apostrophes. I'll take it into consideration.
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Easy one for people with quantum computers
Replies: 17
Views: 3700

Being more comfortable with small numbers, my initial method of looking for factors would be the reverse - still find the square root first, but then work my way up to that point. It would probably be simpler to implement a "work your way down" approach into a program, though. Using this ...
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I, er, um. Well. I suppose.... Then again. (PHP)
Replies: 11
Views: 3215

If it could be done, I would allow alphanumeric, space, underscore/dash/apostrophe/period/etc., international characters (if not already included as alphanumeric) This website will be used locally, so I don't think international characters will be necessary. If I could easily include them in the re...
by Pesto
Thu Sep 06, 2007 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I, er, um. Well. I suppose.... Then again. (PHP)
Replies: 11
Views: 3215

This prevents people using double spaces in their username in order to impersonate other users. That's definately a good idea. I wasn't planning on allowing spaces, though. You can allow anything idont_know12 said if you have a filter translating any input and output which converts the problematic ...
by Pesto
Wed Sep 05, 2007 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I, er, um. Well. I suppose.... Then again. (PHP)
Replies: 11
Views: 3215

I, er, um. Well. I suppose.... Then again. (PHP)

I'm designing a website in PHP using a MySQL database. Implementing all the functionality I need is no problem, but I'm having trouble making some rather inconsequential and arbitrary decisions. The first is about usernames. I've decided on a nice round 32 maximum character length for the username. ...
by Pesto
Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Alternatives to the dreaded goto
Replies: 114
Views: 19343

Re: Alternatives to the dreaded goto

When you get some programming experience (sorry for sounding snobby, but "goto si considered harmful" is a typical newbie statement), you'll see that break doesn't allways suffice. The classic example is while(){ while(){ goto exit_loop: } } exit_loop: ...
by Pesto
Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 158045

...and obvious from the usual addition algorithm? You have to carry the 1. Actually, what I thought was kick ass was that you carried a 1 from a non-existent end point. The way the usual addition algorithm works is from right to left.. but you can't start at infinity and work your way right.. :) I ...
by Pesto
Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2415734

HAI! YAM NOO HEAR, LOLZ! I IZ NOT SPAMMERBUT!

Okay, so here's my a/s/l: a/s/l

Let's see. Some other stuff about me. I like to juggle and sing, and Alice Cooper sounds like he would be a pretty cool guy to hang out with.

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