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Author Topic: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.  (Read 323515 times)

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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3250 on: 20 Aug 2020, 12:49 »

And here I had always thought that it was spelt "tyger".
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3251 on: 21 Aug 2020, 14:00 »

Gotta love a book for kids giving straight up incorrect information.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3253 on: 24 Aug 2020, 09:00 »

Reminds me of a card game called "give me the brain" - featured zombie fast food workers who only had one brain to pass around between them, and making food orders with  increasingly random substitutions as the store ran out of ingredients.  The rules were in Czechloslovakian.  Nobody playing could speak or read them.  It was loads of fun.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3255 on: 04 Sep 2020, 22:35 »

I recently acquired a Wacom Intuos art tablet. It has four buttons that you can bind to any keystroke or command and use outside of art applications. Today, I figured out that you can bind multiple keystrokes to the same button, up to an unreasonably large number that I haven't found yet. I made the third button, when pressed, type "Gnabber" followed by enter eight times in a row, then went into a few different text conversations with various friends and spammed it five or six times. It was...distressingly effective, outputting forty or fifty messages every second. Demonstration (one button press):
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3256 on: 06 Sep 2020, 02:31 »

When I was at university, some time ago now, we each had an account on a *nix system for assignments. I had a part time job changing tape reels for overnight backups. I had a lot of spare time, so I'd log into the computer system via acoustic coupler, sometimes for the purposes of working on assignments, sometimes simply to chat. Needless to say, the connection speed was pretty slow. I don't remember the speed. Probably 1200 baud.

At some point, some of us students realised that our tty devices were globally writable, and so we could send stuff to each other's terminals without bothering with programs like write or msg.

So one day, a friend of mine thought it would be funny to type the following command (inventing a device name corresponding to my terminal for the purposes of illustration):

$ cat /etc/wisdom >/dev/tty123

This sent the wisdom file over my slow modem connection to my computer screen. The wisdom file was quite a large text file. So this took many minutes to complete, during which time I couldn't realistically do anything except wait for it to finish.

He did genuinely apologise afterwards, I'll give you that.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3257 on: 06 Sep 2020, 07:21 »



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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3258 on: 06 Sep 2020, 09:28 »

Needs another frame for Mi-go brain canisters.

And another for... I dunno what their actual name is, but the spores that "pod people" grow from.  Their spores don't FTL, they just take a long time to arrive.  Same for Triffid seeds.

Patience is really underrated relative to other ways of getting around the stars.  It seems like nobody wants to see the places between the places.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3259 on: 06 Sep 2020, 10:04 »

Now, who was it that said "Space is very, very, very, very, very, very, very big"?
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3260 on: 06 Sep 2020, 10:16 »

The Hitchhiker's Guide maybe?
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3261 on: 06 Sep 2020, 11:38 »

You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3262 on: 06 Sep 2020, 15:08 »

Still my favorite method of space travel
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3263 on: 07 Sep 2020, 01:59 »

Now, who was it that said "Space is very, very, very, very, very, very, very big"?

Well, the moment you start looking at subatomic levels (like electrons, protons wnd neutrons), even dense matter becomes a place of a lot of space, like throwing an asteroid in the direction of a solar system. Within a galaxy, it probably will hit something, but not necessarily the very planet you may have aimed for.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3264 on: 07 Sep 2020, 17:11 »

I'm not sure that's true.  If we launch something at some speed in excess of galactic escape velocity in a random-ish direction, I think the odds actually favor it leaving the galaxy before it has a meaningful encounter with anything.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3265 on: 07 Sep 2020, 22:08 »

I'm not sure that's true.  If we launch something at some speed in excess of galactic escape velocity in a random-ish direction, I think the odds actually favor it leaving the galaxy before it has a meaningful encounter with anything.

Yeah, well, it's probabilities. The more stuff it comes close-ish to, the higher the chance of hitting something - and that's kinda my point. Probabilities and chances, and a whole lot of nothingness.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3266 on: 08 Sep 2020, 01:57 »

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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3267 on: 21 Sep 2020, 20:03 »

I feel like somehow, maybe sometime around 1981 or so, we made a mistake, and we're in the wrong 2020.

Could we please back up, get a do-over, and try for the 2020 that Syd Mead used to send us postcards from?

(sigh.  RIP Syd Mead, illustrator and visual futurist.  He left this world in December 2019.  Might have been a very early COVID death, but probably not).

EDIT: Definitely not.  Lymphoma.  Still....  it's a shame when a visionary passes.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3268 on: 22 Sep 2020, 12:25 »

The mistake was ever starting sedentary culture in the first place.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3269 on: 25 Sep 2020, 05:26 »

I'm not sure that's true.  If we launch something at some speed in excess of galactic escape velocity in a random-ish direction, I think the odds actually favor it leaving the galaxy before it has a meaningful encounter with anything.
Well, that is correct.

Not just random objects, even stars themselves can travel through galaxies without any close encounters, ever, for billions of years.

In a galaxy like ours, a star system measures in something like lighthours (Neptune is ~5 lighthours from the sun). While the distance between stars measures in lightyears (next star from the sun is currently 4.4 lightyears away, and the closest encouner with another star that we know of was still a lightyear away at closest approach).

Would it be otherwise, the sun would have already been stripped of its planets, because thats what would happen if a star gets too close to the solar system.
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