• (cs) in reply to JohnB

    That Stiffness one could easily be a commercial for Viagra.

  • Jay (unregistered) in reply to Euro
    Euro:
    There is nothing wrong about the error message for ANALYSIS.DLL. That is a very technical description of a very specific problem in numerical methods for structural analysis, which has very clear consequences in the accuracy of the results of the calculation. It makes perfect sense to those who are familiar with the domain. It might look funny only if you are not familiar with the language.

    If the funny part is intended to be, "What moron programmar wrote this stupid meaningless message?!", then yes, the person laughing would do well to study the problem domain before making such a remark, because it might well turn out that if only he knew the jargon of that profession, he would realize that the message makes perfect sense. In which case the person laughing is the moron.

    But if the funny part is intended to be, "Doesn't this message sound funny if you take it out of the context of the specific technical domain!", then I will readily join in the fun. I've had plenty of times that I've written something about a technical computer issue and then looked back at it and realized that, taken out of context, it could sound amusing, risque, or whatever. And I'm sure that half the statements I make in a work day would sound incomprehensible or incoherent to a non-computer person.

    Hey, I'll bet I write a statement like "x=x+1" almost every day. Show that to your algebra teacher and ask him if that's even possible.

  • BEF (unregistered) in reply to Someone You Know
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  • jordanwb (unregistered) in reply to Finally! Irish Girl is back!
    Finally! Irish Girl is back!:
    cdosrun:
    Mr G:
    whatever:
    Did you know that "Warning number 55302" comes with it's own tape?
    What 55301 other warnings did they manage to avoid in order to get to that one, though?

    Warning number 1 Warning number 2 Warning number 3 ...

    Do I really need to list them all?

    What about

    Warning number 0 Warning number 'null' Warning number is not an object Warning number content not found

    Warning number NaN Warning number File Not Found

  • (cs) in reply to monkeyPushButton
    monkeyPushButton:
    I know I'm illconditioned and suffer from isolated stiffness.

    CAPTCHA: consequat - what happens when you try to squat down at my age?

    I told my doctor I was getting stiff in the joints. He told me to stay out of the joints.

    Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. Try the veal.

  • (_|_) (unregistered)

    Expectation Failed

    The article given in the TDWTF update could not be read by this user.

    The article wrote: WTF but we only allow WTF.

  • Me? (unregistered)
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  • Inconvenienced (unregistered) in reply to Kef Schecter
    Well, thousands of people dead doesn't inconvenience me in the least. It's a tragedy to be sure, but it doesn't inconvenience me.

    I guess you haven't had to go through airport security since 9/11...

  • a/c (unregistered)

    With regards to the Netflix envelope, the printed address is redundant if there is a barcode from what I understand. I don't speak barcode though, so I can't tell if it's a real address.

  • David (unregistered) in reply to Kef Schecter

    A loss in precision does not necessarily imply a loss of accuracy. It could be a matter of 1.0 rather than 1.0000. I'd consider the likelihood of losing accuracy very high, but it isn't always going to happen.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the dialog box, with the possible exception of not having a hyphen in "illconditioned". It means exactly what it says, and is entirely correct.

  • Kredal (unregistered) in reply to a/c
    a/c:
    With regards to the Netflix envelope, the printed address is redundant if there is a barcode from what I understand. I don't speak barcode though, so I can't tell if it's a real address.

    I don't speak barcode either, but I an tell that the barcode in question is the same number, repeated over and over... if I had to guess, I'd say that number was probably "9", making it just as useless as the plaintext version.

  • IHazYourCheezburger (unregistered)

    Looks like gzip compression done twice on the html output. I'd check the php.ini settings.

  • brian t (unregistered)

    Layman's description of the difference between precision and accuracy, using a language most Americans should understand: Guns. 8) Fire some shots at a target:

    • a shot is called accurate if it hits the bullseye;
    • a group of shots is called precise if they are grouped together;
    • all shots on the bullseye: accurate and precise.
    • tight grouping, way off the bullseye: precise, but not accurate.

    So, precision is about repeatability, hitting a mark again and again, even if it's the wrong mark. A sniper might only get one shot, so accuracy is paramount, though precision is also good to have in case you get another shot. With a submachine gun spraying bullets, you're ignoring precision and hoping for sufficient accuracy from at least some of the bullets!

  • (cs)

    #2 makes sense, mathematically. Numerically solving an ill-conditioned problem (or matrix) causes a precision loss on floating point numbers, but it doesn't necessarily result in a loss of accuracy.

    It's like entering "((10^10 + 10^-10) / 10^10 - 1)) * 10^10" on a calculator. The result will be 0 instead of the correct 10^-10, which is imprecise - but whether it's inaccurate depends on what precision you needed. "((10^10 + 10^-10) / 10^10 - 1)) * 10^20" also yields 0 instead of the correct 1, which is just as imprecise but more likely to be an accuracy problem.

    In summary: precision != accuracy.

  • ih8u (unregistered) in reply to Milligan
    Milligan:
    It sounds like the stiffness matrix could use some Viagra. I have approximately 3,947,234 emails that I could forward to it...

    hmmm ... you get a pant-load of viagra emails, and I get none. are the spammers trying to tell you something?

  • -.. .. ... - .. -. . --- (unregistered) in reply to rfsmit
    rfsmit:
    monkeyPushButton:
    bjolling:
    Cody:
    This post was written with python 3.0.1
    Wow. I didn't know you could do that! So I got curious and after a few tries managed to write this post using .NET 3.5!
    .. / .-- .-. --- - . / -- -.-- / -.-. --- -- -- . -. - / .. -. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . .-.-.-
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  • Ogden Nash (unregistered) in reply to ih8u
    ih8u:
    Milligan:
    It sounds like the stiffness matrix could use some Viagra. I have approximately 3,947,234 emails that I could forward to it...
    hmmm ... you get a pant-load of viagra emails, and I get none. are the spammers trying to tell you something?
    No, they're telling you something: "get a life"

    Captcha: luctus - G-rated version of "licked us"

  • Fast Eddie (unregistered) in reply to -.. .. ... - .. -. . ---
    -.. .. ... - .. -. . --- :
    rfsmit:
    monkeyPushButton:
    bjolling:
    Cody:
    This post was written with python 3.0.1
    Wow. I didn't know you could do that! So I got curious and after a few tries managed to write this post using .NET 3.5!
    .. / .-- .-. --- - . / -- -.-- / -.-. --- -- -- . -. - / .. -. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . .-.-.-
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  • (cs)

    I'm pretty sure the ticker is the one on the sides of the Johns Hopkins Downtown Center near the Inner Harbor. I used to work at JHU and we had meetings there occasionally.

  • Neal (unregistered) in reply to Kensey

    This is correct. I took the photo - didn't notice the "errorism" on the side, though!

  • Ifni (unregistered) in reply to Fast Eddie
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  • Val (unregistered) in reply to Fast Eddie
    Fast Eddie:
    -.. .. ... - .. -. . --- :
    rfsmit:
    monkeyPushButton:
    bjolling:
    Cody:
    This post was written with python 3.0.1
    Wow. I didn't know you could do that! So I got curious and after a few tries managed to write this post using .NET 3.5!
    .. / .-- .-. --- - . / -- -.-- / -.-. --- -- -- . -. - / .. -. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . .-.-.-
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    - .... . -- --- .-. ... . -.-. --- -.. . -.-. --- -. ...- . .-. - . .-. .-.-.- .-.-.- .-.-.- .. - -.. --- . ... -. --- - .... .. -. --.

    +++[>++This+++<-]>+[>++comment+++>++++>+has+++>++been++<written<<<-]>--.>++by+++++++.>+something++.>+++++.

  • ass-laminate (unregistered) in reply to Val
    Val:
    Fast Eddie:
    -.. .. ... - .. -. . --- :
    rfsmit:
    monkeyPushButton:
    bjolling:
    Cody:
    This post was written with python 3.0.1
    Wow. I didn't know you could do that! So I got curious and after a few tries managed to write this post using .NET 3.5!
    .. / .-- .-. --- - . / -- -.-- / -.-. --- -- -- . -. - / .. -. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . .-.-.-
    .--- .-. -.-- -.-- / --.- -... .- .-. / ..-. ...- . .-.-.- / ..- -. .. .-. / -. / .--. -... -... -..- ...- .-. .-.-.-
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    - .... . -- --- .-. ... . -.-. --- -.. . -.-. --- -. ...- . .-. - . .-. .-.-.- .-.-.- .-.-.- .. - -.. --- . ... -. --- - .... .. -. --.

    +++[>++This+++<-]>+[>++comment+++>++++>+has+++>++been++<written<<<-]>--.>++by+++++++.>+something++.>+++++.

    You can't spell brainfuck?

  • thatoneguy (unregistered) in reply to monkeyPushButton

    Best comment I've ever seen here!

  • AndyL (unregistered)

    I'll bet the Netflix envelope will arrive just fine.

    I was at the Post Office last week and I noticed that they were sorting outgoing mail into four bins.

    • "Local"
    • "Domestic"
    • "Foreign"
    • "Netflix"
  • Someone (unregistered) in reply to SCB

    A watch with no hands is neither accurate nor precise...

  • nombody (unregistered)

    The client sent the Expect: 100-continue in Courier font, but the server was expecting in Times Roman font. What's so hard to understand about that?

  • Wes (unregistered) in reply to Kef Schecter

    Loss of precision does not always lead to a loss of accuracy. Let's write down an estimate for pi:

    5.73825728399856
    

    Now let's drop some precision:

    5.738257283
    

    You can't really say that the 2nd number is less accurate, in fact, you could make an argument that it is more accurate...

  • rong1982 (unregistered) in reply to JohnB
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