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by Brickmack
Fri May 09, 2014 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1366 - "Train"
Replies: 64
Views: 14687

Re: 1366 - "Train"

Well, this is true. But since trains have such a low mass, its very inefficient and they end up moving themselves more than Earth
by Brickmack
Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain time?
Replies: 84
Views: 47939

Re: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain tim

Probably the best way to do it that I can think of is to have multiple email servers, one of which sends an encrypted email and at least one other sends a key needed to decrypt it, set to send them at a particular time. The chances of multiple servers being compromised (especially if you own them) i...
by Brickmack
Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105213
Views: 31608186

Re: 1190: "Time"

Annihilist wrote:I bet Randall does this so he can read this thread and chuckle to himself.


Yep, every time he does something cool (click and drag) we get all worried and he's probably just sitting at home laughing
by Brickmack
Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Python 2.x vs. python 3.x
Replies: 16
Views: 24465

Re: Python 2.x vs. python 3.x

I use python 2.7, 3.x is just annoying without much improvement that I could see.
by Brickmack
Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 90071

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Just generally, a lot of the advantage of using robots is the fact that they *can* move much faster and more precisely than we can. Even if it's padded, a factory bot can still throw you across the room if you're standing in the wrong place - it has a lot of speed and a lot of mass, which equals a ...
by Brickmack
Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: (All) Possible Methods of FTL
Replies: 19
Views: 7702

Re: (All) Possible Methods of FTL

Convert the ships mass into negative mass (no idea of anything even sorta realistic that could do this, even if the existance of matter with negative mass/energy is proven, just put it down as some advanced, too-complex-to explain tech from 50000 years in the future or something...) and then the sh...
by Brickmack
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: (All) Possible Methods of FTL
Replies: 19
Views: 7702

Re: (All) Possible Methods of FTL

Convert the ships mass into negative mass (no idea of anything even sorta realistic that could do this, even if the existance of matter with negative mass/energy is proven, just put it down as some advanced, too-complex-to explain tech from 50000 years in the future or something...) and then the shi...
by Brickmack
Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Randall interviewed in Math Horizons
Replies: 3
Views: 1447

Re: Randall interviewed in Math Horizons

Very interesting to read. Link to the article, since that was left out: http://www.maa.org/Mathhorizons/MH-Sep2012_XKCD.pdf
by Brickmack
Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu takes too long to wake up.
Replies: 5
Views: 2632

Re: Ubuntu takes too long to wake up.

Setting it to suspend seems to have worked, wake up time is down to about the same as Windows. Thanks.
by Brickmack
Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:55 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu takes too long to wake up.
Replies: 5
Views: 2632

Re: Ubuntu takes too long to wake up.

Its set up to only turn off the screen, I set it to suspend instead. Im going to school in a few minutes, when I get back Ill see if it comes back on any faster.
by Brickmack
Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The 1 true style
Replies: 198
Views: 133438

Re: Blank lines height

I do this: for(;;) { while() { if() { doIt(); } } } This is basically what I normally use. But I dont much care what others use, its all cool. Except for this, this just looks... annoying... to me. Its all backwards. public class MyClass { public static int foo() { int sum; for(int i=0; i<10; i++) ...
by Brickmack
Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cold Pizza
Replies: 50
Views: 21628

Re: Cold Pizza

Hot pizza>cold pizza>reheated pizza. Reheated pizza tastes odd to me, no matter how its done. Cold pizza is way better than hot pizza for breakfast though. I do find, however, that pizza with lots of sauce gets kinda nasty tasting when its cold. So if I plan to save it, I ask for less sauce than nor...
by Brickmack
Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu takes too long to wake up.
Replies: 5
Views: 2632

Ubuntu takes too long to wake up.

Im running Ubuntu 12.04. I have it set up so that after 15 minutes, if I dont touch it, it turns the screen off. The problem is, it takes forever to wake up when I want to use it again. It seems to take longer to wake up if I leave it sleeping for a long time (if Im only away from it for half an hou...
by Brickmack
Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 642
Views: 217634

Re: Looking for a specific webcomic

eSOANEM wrote:I don't remember it, but it sounds like it could be from saturday morning breakfast cereal. It's certainly not xkcd.

No, I dont think its SMBC. Might be, but I dont remember it, and Im REALLY good at remembering text like comics.
by Brickmack
Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Google Search vs Bing
Replies: 60
Views: 78684

Re: Google Search vs Bing

I searched for "python keypress", "custom nerf guns", "xkcd mobile", "las vegas", and "orgasm" (seems like a fairly random mix of searches). The only one Bing was better on was "xkcd mobile" (google didnt seem to list m.xkcd.com). What I fi...
by Brickmack
Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Its... happened
Replies: 6
Views: 1789

Re: Its... happened

Well I hope news people dont start saying tumblerverse instead of blog...
by Brickmack
Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you Dream?
Replies: 33
Views: 9517

Re: Do you Dream?

I normally remember when I dream, but not always. Its a bit disorienting, since from my perspective no time passes between closing my eyes and waking up, literally the time span of a blink. Its even worse during the parts of the year when the sun comes up later, so when I wake up with no idea how lo...
by Brickmack
Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Not Equals
Replies: 91
Views: 57001

Re: Not Equals

!= is my choice. =/= is just attempting to make a ASCII version of ≠ (which I would choose if it was included on normal keyboards). The others look weird, and != is commonly used for negation anyway.
by Brickmack
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 148661

Re: Your Schedule

Second year of highschool (sophmore I think? I never seem to remember the words used for that...) Algebra 2 honors Chemistry honors Web design Gym/health (bleh) Criminology (Ive heard at my school this class is mostly just watching crime shows....) English 10 honors Spanish 2 Good classes for once, ...
by Brickmack
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Book of Fail and Win
Replies: 3
Views: 4326

Re: Book of Fail and Win

When I took algebra in middleschool, the book I was given for the class was very unhelpful because it didnt actually say how to do anything. Also, many of the answers in the back of the book were clearly wrong, so that was of little help. It would have been ok if the teacher explained how to do what...
by Brickmack
Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: TCMP Experiment
Replies: 10
Views: 4070

Re: TCMP Experiment

This is interesting. I tried this a few weeks ago, but gave up after I realized I couldnt use a keyboard. It never occured to me to try a mouse, which I might have to try. Im surprised you were able to send back anything at all, most dreaming is done during REM sleep, during which youre pretty much ...
by Brickmack
Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What are the ways to get to the future?
Replies: 5
Views: 2477

Re: What are the ways to get to the future?

Hop into a parallel universe where time travels slower, wait for a while, then go back. No way to return to the point in time before you left though, you would be trapped in the future.

Waiting, like Marvin, has bigger risks than dying. Boredom over long periods can be excruciating...
by Brickmack
Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just had the most epic fight.
Replies: 9
Views: 2422

Re: Just had the most epic fight.

I try not to kill bugs, but Ive gotten pretty good at catching them and letting them go outside. Unless theyre ticks or other bloodsucking bugs. They get killed in a variety of ways.
by Brickmack
Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0003: "Yoda"
Replies: 122
Views: 60736

Re: What-If 0003: Yoda

I think it was wrong to only include the original trilogy. In the prequils there are some things Yoda did that would have probably taken a lot more Force-power to do, which would have been better examples. Also, if the video games are included, I think there was one scene in the Force Unleashed wher...
by Brickmack
Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages
Replies: 51
Views: 6203

Re: Paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages

I've heard something similar for a type of antivenom for (I think) coral snakes, which the only company that made it stopped production a while back. A company in Mexico makes antivenom for coral snakes, but the FDA still hasn't approved it, though its been used in Mexico for a while now and is safe...
by Brickmack
Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)
Replies: 1931
Views: 191967

Re: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)

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by Brickmack
Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 3929
Views: 425033

Re: Non-Sequitur Showdown.

Hurry! If we dont get out of the volcanoe, the bears will unravel our tomatoes.
by Brickmack
Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother abandons daughter, and the Law can't charge her
Replies: 34
Views: 5262

Re: Mother abandons daughter, and the Law can't charge her

Should the law really be looking to charge her? If someone is financially and emotionally incapable of looking after a child (or, in this case, an adult), is it wise for the law to attempt to force her to? Is that really in the best interests of the child(/adult)? If you think people should be forc...
by Brickmack
Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 109518

Re: My school fails at computer security...

Wow, sounds like a lot of other schools have way worse security. At mine (and all schools in the district I think) the command line is accessable but a lot of stuff is restricted. A lot of the folders are set up so they cant be accessed, and the computers are set up so you cant save anything except ...
by Brickmack
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I Taught...
Replies: 1
Views: 1800

Re: Today I Taught...

I taught a friend to read and write base64. Rather useless but still interesting.
by Brickmack
Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Poor single people eat weird things
Replies: 261
Views: 55303

Re: Poor single people eat weird things

Whatevers-in-the-kitchen-sandwich. Potentially makeable from anything (even the bread can be substituted) but one of my favorite versions was (going up from the bottom) slightly toasted bread+ bologna +sausage (removed from cold pizza usually) + doritos + ranch dressing + slightly toasted bread. A f...
by Brickmack
Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ever gotten a shock from mains electricity?
Replies: 47
Views: 15504

Re: Ever gotten a shock from mains electricity?

Not directly from an outlet, but when I was like 6 I decided it would be a good idea to take apart one of those things where you clap and it turns lights on or off, and see how it worked. So I took the case off, plugged in the internal stuff into the wall, and tested it (didnt work, I probably broke...
by Brickmack
Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would you do if you had a million years to live?
Replies: 68
Views: 11171

Re: What would you do if you had a million years to live?

Spend a hundred thousand years or so studying every subject and reading everything I can, eventually getting to the point of knowing roughly all of the accumulated knowledge of humanity. Then use some of that knowledge, design massive FTL colony ships, and get humanity to finally explore the larger ...
by Brickmack
Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Cracked] - Reality TV Is Causing the Apocalypse
Replies: 16
Views: 3545

Re: [Cracked] - Reality TV Is Causing the Apocalypse

Well this all seems rather obvious to me. Just about everyone I know that watches "reality" TV (fortunately only a small percentage of those I know) fit with much of what's described in the article.
by Brickmack
Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3276
Views: 586040

Re: What were your dreams last night?

This is one of the few dreams I remember fairly well, though it happened about 6 months ago so I don't remember a lot of it. What I do remember is this: It started with me walking down a street in what appeared to be a fairly large city, tall buildings all over and such. I remember that all of the f...
by Brickmack
Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28316
Views: 2648716

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

When Star Wars the Clone Wars (the movie) first came out on DVD, I got the special edition version that includes the digital copy. I got the copy on my computer, and then a few months ago something went wrong with my computer, requiring a formatting of the hard drive and reinstalling of windows to f...
by Brickmack
Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would you do with $10,000?
Replies: 138
Views: 12145

Re: What would you do with $10,000?

I'm not really sure how much this would cost (because I just got the idea a few seconds ago), but I figure I can build my own 2-3 person (Extra seats just on the off chance I meet someone to travel with...) airplane for less than 10k (excluding fuel). Fly between a few countries, land at random plac...
by Brickmack
Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: things to do before you die
Replies: 46
Views: 6142

Re: things to do before you die

Figure out who I am Go to space (Build my own rocket for this purpose, don't laugh) Have a major adventure of some kind Fall in love (and have a kid, and all the stuff involved in that) Embarrass somebody of live television Press the activation switch/button/whatever on a particle collider Write my ...
by Brickmack
Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legitimate Faith vs Wacky Cult
Replies: 174
Views: 19539

Re: Legitimate Faith vs Wacky Cult

In general, if the person is simply believing in something ("I believe jesus is the son of god") it's ok, but if they start forcing it on others ("BELIEVE THIS OR YOU WILL BURN IN *HELL*!!!") or giving all of their money to it ("I have to give all of my money and possessions...
by Brickmack
Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Opening firefox with python (More complicated than it sounds
Replies: 1
Views: 1959

Opening firefox with python (More complicated than it sounds

I'm trying to write a python program to use on my computer at school, which would open Firefox and some of the websites I use every day. I've done similar programs before for my home computer, using [url]docs.python.org/library/webbrowser.html][/url], but I don't think it will work on the school com...

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