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by NeoThermic
Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 85215

Re: 0882: "Significant"

I wonder if this takes the prize for most panels in an XKCD comic (I know there have been comics larger than this, but I am refering specifically to the number of panels) The 2008 Christmas Special had more panels, though a lot of them were just black. XKCD Loves the Discovery Channel had the same ...
by NeoThermic
Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42671

Re: Viruses on Unix systems?

So, they hold your computer hostage until they send your detailed information about it. Sounds like they "own" you computer at least until it is activated, what about after? No, they hold the usage of their software hostage until you send them data for activation & validation. There's...
by NeoThermic
Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42671

Re: Viruses on Unix systems?

By using the software, you accept these terms. If you do not accept them, do not use the software. Instead, return it to the retailer for a refund or credit. . . . As described below, using the software also operates as your consent to the transmission of certain computer information during activat...
by NeoThermic
Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42671

Re: Viruses on Unix systems?

You forgot to check the windows [XP] SP2 "agreement": 15. TERMINATION. Without prejudice to any other rights, Microsoft may terminate this EULA if you fail to comply with the terms and conditions of this EULA. In such event, you must destroy all copies of the Software and all of its compo...
by NeoThermic
Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42671

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

As for Windows and Microsoft dying -- time will tell. Enron was looking healthy enough too :) To a point. The problem of using Enron in this example is that Enron only did one thing, provide energy. Microsoft provide quite a bit more. MS have multiple products earning money; Windows is just a subse...
by NeoThermic
Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42671

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

⋅  You must exercise a patent to protect it, else you lose it. As far as I know, that's not true. It's somewhat true of trademarks, but trademarks and patents have very little to do with one another. That's one reason why the phrase "intellectual property" is problematic: it mak...
by NeoThermic
Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42671

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

My main issue with Microsoft is their 10000+ and growing fast patents. Do you, thusly, have an issue with IBM? Samsung? Canon? Intel? Fujitsu? Sony? HP? NeoThermic Nope. It's not the fact that they HAVE the patents that bother me, it's the reason they have them and how they use them. Software paten...
by NeoThermic
Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42671

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

[...] Microsoft doesn't take patching seriously enough. Look at the recent hooraw over the IE hole. There were active exploits and they were going to wait until the next scheduled patch? WTF?? They can get away with that sort of thing because their users are locked in; it's hard and expensive to sw...
by NeoThermic
Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42671

Re: Viruses on Unix systems?

Actually, it would be MORE profitable to exploit other systems. Think about this: over 65% of all public internet servers run on Unix. It would be way more profitable to gain access to servers than to gain access to shitty user computers. This is a fallacy. While 65% (or more) of servers run Unix-b...
by NeoThermic
Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0469: "Improvised"
Replies: 89
Views: 24340

Re: "Improvised" Discussion

I believe all of the above is pretty much an urban legend, and that NeoThermic got the real story right (not sure of the citation, but I think it's the "Making Of" book?) Once Upon A Galaxy: A Journal of the Making of The Empire Strikes Back by Alan Arnold (ISBN 978-0345290755). NeoThermic
by NeoThermic
Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0469: "Improvised"
Replies: 89
Views: 24340

Re: "Improvised" Discussion

Erm... as far as I'm aware, "Han" is just a character, played by the actor commonly known as "Harrison Ford". If "Han" himself, i.e., the actor, suggested the "I know" line, then that is ad-libbing . From your very link: to act, speak, etc., without preparati...
by NeoThermic
Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0469: "Improvised"
Replies: 89
Views: 24340

Re: "Improvised" Discussion

I hate to bring truth to such a great comic, but while the original script had Han saying "Just remember that, Leia, because I'll be back", his "ad-libbed" line of "I know" was actually suggested by Han himself to director Irvin Kershner, whom asked him to say the line ...
by NeoThermic
Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0315: "Braille"
Replies: 108
Views: 28612

i'm curious about what colorblind people actually perceive... if you're really red-green colorblind, do both those colors appear gray, or do they appear to have a color? and would you tend to call that color "red" or "green" or something else? Consider 6 basic colours together o...
by NeoThermic
Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0287: "NP-Complete"
Replies: 191
Views: 37760

Bleh. I decided (for some strange reason. I made this choice at 5am without any sleep) not to brute force it, more as to pick a random starting point, and then pick random items until the total was 15.05... However, while it might never find the seven mixed fruits, it did find the other solution of ...

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