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*** OcUk 2011 Distributed Computing Competition ***

Discussion in 'TOSAH Archive' started by ToxicTBag, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. Mr. Brightside

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 27, 2004

    Posts: 2,378

    :eek: I won something. Awesome :)

    My approach was (from what I remember):
    1) Consider a DVD case to be 15mm wide
    2) Assume the TV is $diagonal_size (can't remember what I guessed)
    3) Work out horizontal width from 2) using Pythagoras
    4) Add some guess for the extra width due to the bezel and the stand
    5) Use this to work out the length of a single shelf, based on a guess of what fraction of a length the stand was in width
    6) Multiply number of shelves by number of DVDs per shelf, worked out from 5)
    7) Subtract 100 from this to allow for space behind the TV
    8) Round up/down (I think it was down) to reach 2400
     
  2. MGP

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 24, 2004

    Posts: 2,576

    Location: Surrey

    Yay, I won something. In the best of traditions a few thankyous:

    My maths tutor for teaching me how to fudge a calculation.
    ToxicTbag for helping me shed a few more grey cells
    OcUK for their prize donation
    My local supermarket for the bottle of celebratory bubbly
    My employer for the borged cruncher
     
  3. Grimgoth

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 3, 2004

    Posts: 663

    Location: London

    grats all!
    guess i should have put my wild guess on the low side, rather than on the high side lol.
    enjoy them prizes!
     
  4. diogenese

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,023

    Location: Temuka, New Zealand

    I measured the tv's diagonal to get a scale for 46", used that to get a total shelf length, measured my dvd shelf, counted the dvd's and got a dvd per foot number, mutiplied total shelf length by dvd per foot and added a bit for box sets.
    I should have read the bit about only single discs per box!
    Thanks to the mystery donor of my £10 voucher, I'll have to order something light so I don't get hammered for postage!
     
  5. Frozennova

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 13, 2009

    Posts: 11,313

    Location: Northampton

    Link yours shop account and forum account for free postage, its under the my account section of the shop somewhere.

    Edit, just noticed your in NZ, maybe another member that has a digital Dow load would swap or something?
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
  6. verbal

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 17, 2006

    Posts: 1,189

    Location: Manchester, UK

    diogenese, I'll swap you the £10 voucher for my Stalker: Call of Pripyat voucher if you want. I looked on steam and the cost of the game is now down to £10 so it seems like a fair deal if you're interested.

    You can message my via my trust info :)

    Thanks again for running the comp Mr Tbag.
     
  7. Culinia

    Hitman

    Joined: Jan 10, 2010

    Posts: 661

    LMAO hard, tiring day today, just got in, checked this thread and you have cheered me up straight away! Awesome. Thanks for organizing this competition!

    I saved my calculations in notepad, it seemed I over compensated LOL:

    dvd case: 15mm thick

    10 shelves

    TV: Samsung LE46F86BDX, width is 1094 mm

    est 1094 * 3 = 3282mm -- the 3 means ~3 bars I measured in MS paint

    3282 / 15 = 218.8

    218* 10 = 2180

    *then I thought about the angle of the photo LOL \fail*

    est 1094 * 3 = 3282mm + ~17.25% more (gathered this by rough ruler on ms paint) = 188.715 = 3470.715mm, /15 = 231.381, * 10 = 2313
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
  8. Giskard2k

    Associate

    Joined: Jun 11, 2011

    Posts: 67

    Location: Hull

    too much math Culinia, now my head hurts from reading that :)
     
  9. datalol-jack

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 6,242

    Well spotted, Culinia. :D
     
  10. Frozennova

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 13, 2009

    Posts: 11,313

    Location: Northampton

    I thought I was a Sony :o

    I did exactly the same without compensating for the photo angle.
     
  11. Culinia

    Hitman

    Joined: Jan 10, 2010

    Posts: 661

    LOL. Believe me, I had even more of a headache trying to work it out ;)


    haha -- Took a while to find :)

    Good job and all -- I compensated it totally wrong ;)

    PS: congratz to all
     
  12. ToxicTBag

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 8, 2010

    Posts: 7,190

    Location: TBagTowers

    Was stuck in Preston a day longer than expected give me 5 minutes to make a cuppa and will wade into emails and whatnot - will make the post office today as promised :)
     
  13. hanluc

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 22, 2010

    Posts: 2,959

    Location: Ratae Corieltauvorum

    Came today. Cheers Tbag, much obliged!
     
  14. k3v

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 26, 2006

    Posts: 1,196

    Location: NE Derbyshire

    i forgot about this competition for a while, seeing as i was well out, it doesnt matter!

    let me know what you want me to do with the prize i donated.
     
  15. Frozennova

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 13, 2009

    Posts: 11,313

    Location: Northampton

    I'm yet to recieve an email Tony from either you or BaBa.
     
  16. Marine Iguana

    Soldato

    Joined: Sep 25, 2008

    Posts: 6,769

    Location: Orsett, Essex

    Item received. :D Thanks once again to all involved. :)
     
  17. ToxicTBag

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 8, 2010

    Posts: 7,190

    Location: TBagTowers

    Hi k3v if you wouldn't mind sending The Tross a trust message as he won it that would save me a bit of work and thanks very much for the donation:)

    Evening sah, the idea was for the winners to send a trust message with postal details etc but as Mr BaBa did email me today for your postal details would you mind sending him your info via a trust message and he will get your card out clicketty quick :)

    Thats good to know .... remember no rage .... upon elevated bloodpressure step away from the case :D

    Had a bejiggering day and just got in sorry but i will be leaving the news till the morning .... must ssllllleeeeeep :)
     
  18. Frozennova

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 13, 2009

    Posts: 11,313

    Location: Northampton


    Sorry mate, must have missed the bit that said we we're to email the donor of our prize. BaBa emailed me an hour or so ago so we sorted it all.
     
  19. ToxicTBag

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 8, 2010

    Posts: 7,190

    Location: TBagTowers

    Thats great glad your sorted ....

    Am hitting the sack a bit early tonight but could not go without giving this a mention

    :eek::eek:Mr BaBa being the gent he is does not want to pass Mr Biffa while he is doing a good deed (1 weeks supercrunching) so he has offered the 3rd prize winner, none other than Mr eggcup the same 1 weeks supercrunching on the project of his choice.

    Theres been some very generous donations but that has made the competition for me, what better example can there be of team spirit ??? :D:D
     
  20. Frozennova

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 13, 2009

    Posts: 11,313

    Location: Northampton

    Very generous of you BaBa,

    Bit early for you T, thought you we're more of a night owl