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by Charodei
Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1313: "Regex Golf"
Replies: 64
Views: 27114

Re: 1313: "Regex Golf"

The obvious problem with the title text is that several people who were elected president had previously run unsuccessfully, or failed to get re-elected. It would be more correct to describe it as matching the last names of all people who have been elected president, but not the names of people who ...
by Charodei
Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0413: "New Pet"
Replies: 251
Views: 60286

Re: "New Pet" Discussion

Some thoughts: Use a polycarbonate sphere, which is unbreakable and highly transparent. Ventilation holes sufficiently smaller than the wheel rollers wouldn't interfere with movement and minimize the risk of foreign objects entering the sphere. Now arrange the holes in a pattern like an optical trac...
by Charodei
Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0380: "Emoticon"
Replies: 164
Views: 48621

Re: "Emoticon" discussion

I wouldn't call this one sad. Anyone who starts a conversation with "a/s/l" deserves a cruel and unspeakable fate.
by Charodei
Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0240: "Dream Girl"
Replies: 207
Views: 113872

It's on my calendar as well. Who else is coming?

Wow... ten people so far made their first post here.
by Charodei
Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0233: "A New CAPTCHA Approach"
Replies: 112
Views: 37773

Ugh, I hate captcha. I usually have stupid problems with them, like being unable to tell an O from a 0 or something. Or l, I and 1 are sometimes very similar in the font used. 1, I, l, and | (bar). Also -, –, — (hyphen, en-dash, em-dash). It's often a problem with registration codes, account nu...
by Charodei
Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What Firewall you using?
Replies: 10
Views: 2933

Configured router firewall. Mac OS :wink: Flying Buttress (gui config of ipfw) Little Snitch (control outgoing connections on a per-application/port basis) Not much gets through that. P2P clients are a pain to set up, though. Incidentally, I set up an ftp server at one point. Surprisingly, it was be...
by Charodei
Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0196: "Command Line Fu"
Replies: 68
Views: 28178

I always use a meta-key to wake up computers, since who knows what state they're in. It might just be at a login window, but it could be running nethack or vim. Not good places to hit a few random keys.
by Charodei
Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0195: "Map of the Internet"
Replies: 160
Views: 50343

D-Link routers are 192.168.0.1; Linksys uses 192.168.1.1 . They have an http interface for configuration and to provide information about the router, such as MAC and WAN IP addresses.

...For some reason, I always think of that as being the easiest way to find out what my external IP is.
by Charodei
Tue Nov 28, 2006 4:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: OS
Replies: 74
Views: 15340

OS X, for all the yummy UNIX bits. I have a terminal open half the time for one reason or another. Diagnosing a dodgy network connection earlier today. Watching the bots trying to break into my ftp server (13 attempts in 5 days, not that they'll ever get in). Unfortunately, "Sandwich" is w...
by Charodei
Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Age
Replies: 958
Views: 211524

22. I can remember games on an Apple ][ and making HyperCard stacks on an SE; I've seen plenty of libraries with orange-screen systems for an electronic catalog. More than a little burn-in on those. A bit too young for Berlin, but I recall seeing a globe and being told that it was no longer accurate...
by Charodei
Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Psychological Testing
Replies: 80
Views: 16278

I<N|T><F|S><J|P> I've gotten ISFJ, INFJ, INTP recently, some other combinations further back. The theory is fundamentally flawed by presenting a false dichotomy. It is common to display different types in varying situations. Assuming a roughly normal distribution on each of the four axes, only a tin...
by Charodei
Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Marital Arts
Replies: 207
Views: 31244

Gelsamel: It's hard to find people who teach some of the traditional skills (horseback riding, meteorology, etc), but there's more than just straight combat, though that's most of what I learned. Principles are at least as important as specific techniques. Manipulation and control of space came up a...
by Charodei
Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Marital Arts
Replies: 207
Views: 31244

I trained in ninjutsu for a while, but haven't practised for a while. Did some pretty interesting things, including multiple attackers. I remember some four-on-one swordfights, which were quite fun.
by Charodei
Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0186: "Console Lines"
Replies: 69
Views: 38755

Some people were working on multi-layer disc – ten or more, rather than just two in DL DVDs. They were trying for capacity of about a terabyte without blue lasers. I'm not sure where that research went. Might not have worked out, as you might get excessive noise from other layers if they're too cl...
by Charodei
Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Teach me math.
Replies: 38
Views: 9582

You could pick up some linear algebra book though, preferably one with a lot of pictures. That subject is awesome, because it's very abstract, but still intuitive, since you can visualize everything in n-D. It might help you "understand" 4D and even n-D. :) Toward the end of my Multivaria...
by Charodei
Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd discovery
Replies: 65
Views: 15994

My brother sent me a link to Schrödinger (#45). Devoured the rest in a couple of hours.
by Charodei
Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD Fora
Replies: 109
Views: 25129

Jack Mac wrote:One goose, two geese.

One moose, two meese!


One mongoose, two mongeese.

I think you can have spaces in domains (sort of). Look up punycode, which provides a mapping between Unicode and ASCII domains.
by Charodei
Tue Nov 21, 2006 1:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: sisyphus, tantalus, or ixion?
Replies: 53
Views: 14708

I'd definitely go with Tantalus. You'll have an eternity to practice mental self-discipline so that the thirst no longer bothers you. Eventually you'll reach Enlightenment, since you're no longer distracted by the necessities of life.
by Charodei
Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0186: "Console Lines"
Replies: 69
Views: 38755

What's even funnier is when the police come in and disperse the crowd because a) the store didn't get a permit for such a large gathering or b) they were being too disruptive in the mall. Both happened around here. Some people waited in line far days, until the cops told them to go home.
by Charodei
Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas Wishlist
Replies: 24
Views: 6336

Debilis wrote:World Peace.

of course, I could always go for a new Mac, too...

Yeah...

Various bits of computer hardware. A bike trainer, since I'm not crazy enough to ride outside during the winter.
by Charodei
Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd get-together in Boston?
Replies: 18
Views: 6433

I'll be up for it. Not sure what to do, but I'll bring a slide rule just in case.
by Charodei
Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Halloween (and Othertime) Costume Ideas
Replies: 262
Views: 47751

I thought about dressing up as a priest, then going out and exorcizing all the kids. It would have been a lot of fun. Maybe next year...
by Charodei
Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dvorak
Replies: 69
Views: 21391

For evidence that Dvorak is more efficient, take a look at http://www.klausler.com/pmk.html . He used an evolutionary algorithm to generate keyboard layouts that require less finger motion and are (theoretically) faster. It couldn't come up with anything better than Dvorak. I'd like to try that prog...
by Charodei
Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: NaNoWriMo! Are you in? Or out?
Replies: 45
Views: 11611

Hmm, seeing as I have so much time spent on trains now...I shall write my novel about travelling on trains and I shall write it while I am travelling on trains...bring it on! You could write a novel about writing novels on trains. Recurse. Then you could throw in a "Thirteenth Floor" type...
by Charodei
Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Perfect Murder
Replies: 130
Views: 25946

jwwells wrote:Dis iz turnink into vun of dose plans. Hyu know - de kind vere ve keel everybody dot notices dot ve's killin' people?


The jägers are certainly good at killing people, but they're not exactly subtle about it. Not loyal enough to not say who they work for, either. It would be amusing, at least.
by Charodei
Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd=movie star?
Replies: 15
Views: 5450

LE4dGOLEM wrote:<img>

Yup! Damn Stealth Raptors!

Nice. His expression and movement are perfect for the situation.

Of course, now we have to figure out why the raptors are after the British. At least it means the Aussies are safe. For now. They might have a preference for the Commonwealth countries.
by Charodei
Sat Oct 28, 2006 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Perfect Murder
Replies: 130
Views: 25946

Aqua regia is a solution of sulfuric and nitric acids. It got the name because it will dissolve gold, which is fairly inert (it's usually found elementally in nature). The best murder is one that doesn't appear to be a murder. Accidents rarely result in criminal investigations. A carbon monoxide lea...
by Charodei
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Free postage?
Replies: 9
Views: 4723

There is a major dead-letter office in Minnesota, largely for undeliverable mail. If there's no deliverable address, they will open mail and check for a valid one inside. Every so often they auction stuff off in lots. For example, a storage unit full of sporting equipment. As for insufficient postag...
by Charodei
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0175: "Automatic Doors"
Replies: 65
Views: 31356

svk, we are still talking about what might cause the nonexistance of man. I'm quite sure they're not thinking it will be caused by obesity...We use remotes, yes, but that does not imply that we're going to sit on the couch and do absolutely nothing just because we don't have to get up. It will be c...
by Charodei
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hypotheticals that will never happen.
Replies: 52
Views: 14473

No it doesn't...you already took the opposing option. Since the question was only posed hypothetically, he did not in fact take one of the options. Clever idea, though. Practically speaking, there is always another option. Me or n other people? I'd imprison/kill anyone running such a macabre progra...
by Charodei
Sat Oct 28, 2006 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 202490

I took the Putnam three years ago, and got an 11. Many of the problems involve math I've never seen before. Twelve questions, divided into two sets of six; three hours per set. Lots of fun. I've solved some problems from previous tests (not having a time limit helps). One was: given 5 points on a sp...
by Charodei
Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 202490

Re: PNG

... Anyways, they actually started clapping, it was one of the most fun things I've ever done (even though my legs shook even more during the impromptu speech), I think that warrants some nerdy. That's nerdy, but also cool. It would be worth working on that, maybe take a class on public speaking, s...
by Charodei
Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Firefox 2
Replies: 33
Views: 10597

I use 'color' (the 'ou' in 'colour' and such seems odd to me), but tend to use 'realise' rather than 'realize'. I rather like Russian, which almost always has an unambiguous mapping between sounds and letters. There are a few cases where spelling and pronunciation don't match, but most follow one of...
by Charodei
Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When I Was Your Age...
Replies: 93
Views: 17922

Sometimes I think about inflation, and how economists fear a recession when the GDP doesn't go up enough, and worldwide population growth, and have to wonder Why? Why do we always need to have more? Can't we ever be content with what we already have?

I haven't found an answer yet.
by Charodei
Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0175: "Automatic Doors"
Replies: 65
Views: 31356

Re: "Automatic Doors" Discussion

I think the automatic doors are conspiring against me. I go to walk through one and it won't open until my nose basically hits the door, but if I'm just walking past it'll open for me when I'm 10 metres away... I think they're developing concious thought... The way I see it, automatic doors are a c...
by Charodei
Sat Oct 21, 2006 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: hardest decisions on bestthing.info
Replies: 111
Views: 34592

Being able to stop time for everyone but you vs. Realizing the love of your life wants to marry you already. Flawless spellig [sic] vs. Dating someone better than your ex. Being a real ninja vs. Good hair days. Piles of sleeping kittens vs. Tire swings. Actually keeping your New Year's resolution vs...
by Charodei
Sat Oct 21, 2006 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 686355

ohki wrote:21/m/San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

lowly 3rd year comp. engineering major at CalPoly
improbable wrote:20/m/San Luis Obispo, CA
Yet another Computer Science major. Not a real great one, though.

Oh me yarm... Hello?

Well, that was improbable. :D
by Charodei
Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Auction Action
Replies: 40
Views: 14570

Obviously things won't turn out with the "logical" result. See, I'm thinking of the whole econ bit that this stems from...this is how the experiment goes. The person doing the experiment gives one person $100 or something. The rule is this: that person must decide how he'll split it with ...

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