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« Reply #1080 on: June 29, 2020, 12:29:02 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4ldpyIE5t4

As someone wrote in the comments:

"Euthanizing of a dangerous hive." shows up on my recommended list.
Me: Euthanizing a hive of bees? That's horrendous!
3:00 minutes in... I don't know bees, but they look pretty aggressive.
10:00 minutes in... Dear god! Kill them all!
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Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« Reply #1082 on: July 19, 2020, 06:47:04 PM »
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« Reply #1083 on: July 19, 2020, 07:20:56 PM »
Insane, to say we are infinitesimally small is an understatement. We have a couple hundred quadrillion years until we get sucked in to one.
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Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« Reply #1085 on: July 28, 2020, 12:52:27 PM »
Those are totally just safflower seeds. But everybody panic, it might be a plant that will give animals diseases. ::)
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« Reply #1086 on: July 31, 2020, 01:19:32 PM »
This was an amazing convo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb2tebYAaOA

"Jim Keller is a legendary microprocessor engineer, having worked at AMD, Apple, Tesla, and now Intel. He's known for his work on the AMD K7, K8, K12 and Zen microarchitectures, Apple A4, A5 processors, and co-author of the specifications for the x86-64 instruction set and HyperTransport interconnect."

They cover a variety of topics. And boy, were my ideas about how CPUs operate about 20 years out of date.

e.g. "The way a modern computer works is you fetch large numbers of instructions – say 500 – and then you find the dependency graph between the instructions and then you execute in independent units those little micro-graphs."

or: "Today they use something that looks a little like a neural network… you take all the execution flows and then you do basically deep pattern recognition of how the program is executing, and you do that multiple different ways and you have something that chooses what the best result is. There's a little supercomputer inside the computer that's trying to project, that calculates which way branches go."

The discussion also produced some philosophical/introspective observations, like:

"Yeah, imagine 99% of your thought process is protecting your self-conception, and 98% of that's wrong. Now you got the math right. How do you think you're feeling when you get back into that one bit that's useful, and now you're open and you have the ability to do something… different."
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Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« Reply #1087 on: August 01, 2020, 11:59:11 AM »
"Holy shit."



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Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« Reply #1088 on: August 03, 2020, 08:13:20 PM »
When I was whitewater rafting in South Carolina, we camped riverside and the place had an outhouse.

The floor in that place was scary, I worried about falling through it into the nastiness below.   I also think if someone lit a match, that whole building would blow.  That place really wreaked but it was better than the woods.
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Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« Reply #1089 on: August 03, 2020, 09:28:29 PM »
Me and an ex-gf once raided an old abandoned nursing home. Just looking for anything useful. I found a big old late 60's lighted Sprite clock exactly like this one:



She ended up taking a bed frame that she sold on the web for 20 or 30 bucks. We also took one of those elevated toilet seat frames with arm rests and a toilet seat w/ lid like they use for elderly and disabled people. We were avid campers and would go camping almost every weekend. Squatting to shit was doable, but this thing made it much nicer. :D
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August 03, 2020, 11:58:12 AM
Nice. I didn't know there was such a thread. Thanks :)
 

quadz

August 03, 2020, 11:37:31 AM
Shoutbox isn't the place for rehashing this. Here's the thread about DM server spawn farthest from 2006/2007:

http://forum.tastyspleen.net/quake/index.php?topic=2932.0

Punk_FAS

August 03, 2020, 11:21:37 AM
but that's *NOT what the DM server is supposed to cater to

Punk_FAS

August 03, 2020, 11:21:09 AM
It's not ideal for 1v1 situations, but that's what the DM server is supposed to cater to. Also, there are 7 other maps besides DM4 (actually 8 for the automatic mymap map between dm8 and dm1). I think there are more positives than negatives.

Punk_FAS

August 03, 2020, 11:20:06 AM
It happens to better players too. I know I've been in first, or second place, only to die and spawn right next to the other leading player multiple times in a row, and having to dodge rockets in a narrow corridor without any weapons myself (other than blaster).

It's not the best for 1v1 situation

Punk_FAS

August 03, 2020, 11:17:56 AM
I saw a clearly-new player earlier, and it spawned him like 3 or 4 times in a row right next to a better player. Instant death each time they spawned. I imagine that can be discouraging and frustrating, particularly when someone is trying to get a handle on the game. Spawn farthest would avoid this.
 

quadz

August 03, 2020, 10:29:41 AM
Might be interesting to code a hybrid spawn function that doesn't focus on "farthest" so much as avoiding the few most congested spawn points?

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