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Music maniac, wanabe musician, Delphi addict.

Delphi is just hobby, but quite a serious one. I sincerely like being helpful. Answering questions and coming up with solutions are also a kind of nice training for me.

Some of my special interests are: graphics / drawing, component building, and VCL knowledge.

Answers I am most proud of: Key sorting, Intersection and duplicates of arrays, Smooth zooming, Master & slaves, The size independent image badge positioner, TAwImageGrid.

And it baffles me I keep getting upvotes on this simple answer.


Sep
22
comment Man searching for his girlfriend and partner in crime with the help of another girl
How did you find it?
Jan
23
comment Doubts regarding Bourne Identity
@Oli Ouch! Well, then he just managed. ;-)
Jan
21
comment Doubts regarding Bourne Identity
This is more then one question. I'm in doubt whether to edit the title or body.
Jan
13
comment Why did the writers / producers of the West Wing spoil the final season in episode 1?
@Jack I added some extra arguments addressing your comment.
Jan
11
comment In Social Network, why does Mark need the Phoenix club mailing list?
Did the movie really state that membership was only possible by invitation?
Dec
21
comment Clarification about closing a loop in The Looper
@Oli Ok, then the question remains: "How does Abe know when to send a Looper to kill someone?" The movie doesn't explain that, but it's likely that the mobs from future send instructions to Abe in the present, just minutes before they send one to get rid of. In that case, when a Looper dies prematurely, no instructions are send and there won't be 'no-shows'.
Dec
20
comment Why does Cobb wake up in the water?
I have read this answer multiple times by now, but I cannot find an answer in it. Do you mean that the viewer has to make up a reason for Cobb awaking in the water? That's against the logic and the explanatory character of the rest of the film, isn't it?
Dec
20
comment Clarification about closing a loop in The Looper
@Oliver_C Then he doesn't have to be send back in time in order to get him killed, isn't it? He's dead already, problem solved. Slightly more problematic is Abe not living for 30 more years, but he can order his staff to take care of it.
Oct
16
comment What techniqes are used by directors to make an actor cry?
+1 I recall a making of of The Portrait of a Lady wherein director Jane Campion gets Nicole Kidman to cry for multiple takes, over and over again. It really was kind of hard to watch, especially if you see both Jane and Nicole having a hard time too.
Sep
21
comment Why do you need 6 points to define a location in 3 dimensional space?
Half of this answer is the same as my comment. The other half - stating that 4 points is enough - simply doesn't give enough resolution: only 82251 possible locations can be constructed from 4 points, as explained in my answer. Also: a destination point doesn't have to be exact. As explained in the Stargate series later, the destination is locked to the stargate which is nearest to the destination point.
Feb
1
comment How did they bring Fischer back to life within the 3rd layer of the dream?
+1 I agree with the last sentence. Sure, the movie explains a bit about dreaming (e.g. you never know you arrived), but doesn't extend it fully (intentional ?).
Jan
10
comment What caused and ended the time loop in Groundhog Day?
@Andrew Rita falling in love with him itself is not the crucial element; it is evidence and metaphor of the crucial element: Phil becoming completely a 'good person'.
Jan
8
comment What caused and ended the time loop in Groundhog Day?
+1 To me, this is the (kind of obvious) explanation.
Jan
8
comment What caused and ended the time loop in Groundhog Day?
+1 Agree on all points you make. Excellent answer.
Dec
21
comment Why do you need 6 points to define a location in 3 dimensional space?
@ChrisK To give a possible solution for getting more then 3 million options: maybe one of the constellation's properties (like gravity, size, distance...) is involved in the calculation: that would result in infinite resolution.
Dec
21
comment Why do you need 6 points to define a location in 3 dimensional space?
@puk Yes and no. Indeed, the stargate system has to calculate the center somehow, but that applies to Codemwnci's solution too. Of course, the picture is appealing and comprehensible, but those six points will not appear in this orderly fashion and there is (almost) no possibility that those 3 vectors even have a common intersection point. Try it yourself with some pieces of rope: you will see the sixth point has no freedom except in 1 direction from the fifth. Whether the stargate system uses vectors or not (my solution doesn't exclude that option) I don't know. Never invented the thing.
Dec
21
comment Why do you need 6 points to define a location in 3 dimensional space?
@ChrisK Yes. And then thát would be the plot hole. Note the at least.
Dec
20
comment Why do you need 6 points to define a location in 3 dimensional space?
@puk And on that other point: the (Atlantis) series explains that the stargate system automatically calibrates itself to adjust for the traversing of planets, stars and constellations.
Dec
20
comment Why do you need 6 points to define a location in 3 dimensional space?
@puk Yeah, I mixed two things up and was too short. What I meant with the cube comment: almost none of the possible combinations of 6 random points in space could form the centers of the six planes of a cube. The cube illustration as used by Codemwnci and Wikipedia at first sight describes the translation to destination rather nicely, at least sufficient to common audience, but it just isn't realistic enough for any scientific use. Those x, y and z axes aren't necessarily perpendicular to each other, nor have the same length.
Dec
20
comment Why do you need 6 points to define a location in 3 dimensional space?
@puk I edited my answer to explain my theory. But to answer your question: by point I mean a location in 3D space.