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by Hafting
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 16435

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

If you can prove to people how you voted, you can more easily sell your vote. Which could be a problem with those mail-in votes. But a ballot selfie? Where I vote, there are voting booths for anonymity. Inside each, a rack with stacks of paper ballots - different ones for each party. I grab one, pu...
by Hafting
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 14132

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

And then there's the problem of maintenance - you'd probably need a custom design to allow entire circuit boards to be switched out while the system is running without causing a problem There are mainframe components designed that way, so you won't need custom components. Any single component can b...
by Hafting
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 8391

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

The combination of these two things is especially crazy. A huge field of trees can be more clearly the same organism than parts of the same individual tree? :shock: A huge field of trees can be the same organism. Roots spread out horizontally, now and then another tree pops up from them. This is no...
by Hafting
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 10138

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

sotanaht wrote:I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time.


Ouch. Consider movies. People now doing things at really weird times - because it was made for/in another timezone. No way to notice if someone start their work day early or eat a late dinner - either of which may be plot points.
by Hafting
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 5105

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

Here's one: cat .bash_history | grep grep | awk '/awk/' | sed -e 's/sed/sed/;t;d' | sort -u Purpose: find candidates for submission to this contest Usefulness: Yields no results on all logins I've tried, so the output clearly isn't useful. Even if there were output, it's use is questionable. A slig...
by Hafting
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 54228

Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion

LapsesofSanity wrote:yeah, with such a small number on top, and a large number on the bottom, wouldnt r always come out to be a very small number? itd be weird having people having sex within 6 inches of you...


Not weird at all. Seems like the distance to your partner?
by Hafting
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 6020

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

I said "the whole parabola" as reference to the fact that there's effectively just the one, but you've never seen all of that one. Well, you can plot the arctangents to x and y, to see the whole of any function. The arctangent function conveniently maps all of the real interval to a conve...
by Hafting
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 6533

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

THere've been a number of additional laws proposed by others. My favorite is 'A robot shall know that it is a robot.' Without that, a robot merely needs to convince itself that it's human, and great hilarity would ensue. It did not seem to me that 3-law robots were thinking "I am a 3-law robot...
by Hafting
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 12466

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

For generic mouse undo/redo, use xbindkeys with this .xbindkeysrc: "/usr/bin/xte 'keydown Undo' 'keyup Undo'" b:4 "/usr/bin/xte 'keydown Redo' 'keyup Redo'" b:5 Works with emacs, which interprets the "Undo" key properly. Some keyboards has a real undo key, so X supports...
by Hafting
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"
Replies: 15
Views: 4395

Re: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"

Assuming web-based e-mail, you'd be printing the whole e-mail interface? Alternately, for people who use native e-mail apps, they're unlikely to have a print-to-PDF feature? Apps don't need 'a print to pdf feature'. There is the pdf printer driver. Any app that has a print feature implicitly has a ...
by Hafting
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 15434

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Randall is no doubt being smug here, but the comic hits on a serious problem to do with the digital divide between young and old, which I've noticed a lot with older members of my family. Change for change's sake is stupid, sure. One of the nice things with linux is that change is optional. I start...
by Hafting
Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 13754

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

[quote="HES"]I'm not really into Pokémon. Though I'm not sure that works as a condescending dismissal when the topic actually is Pokémon. It works fine for that too. When the topic is Pokémon, it is because they care about Pokémon. And you dismiss "them and their fluff" condescen...
by Hafting
Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 10627

Re: 1685 : Patch

I've patched in Photoshop. When you've modified some code and printed a copy to PDF for review by a third party. You've noticed a mistake (the wrong variable name used or a comment that isn't right) and can't get on the machine used to edit it (yep, we have some compilers that only run on one machi...
by Hafting
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 18784

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

DSST is actually two tapes. You unroll a double-layer of tape. The top (outer) tape being an unadhesive (and adhesion-resistant) tape that acts like the non-sticky top of normal SSST both in roll form and during the cutting and handling. That would be the thick kind of DSST. Useful for gluing somet...
by Hafting
Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1651 "Robotic Garage"
Replies: 30
Views: 8193

Re: 1652 "Robotic Garage"

Then you apply More Power™ and lift the car by it's engine block. Or it's steel wheels. Or some random steel rails (for example the ones that carry the seat). Or the bolts that hold stuff together. Or the screws in the sunshades in the glove compartment. You'd need a lot of Power™ to lift mine then...
by Hafting
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 69536

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

I think we can make fire from moonlight - I believe there is a subtle flaw in Randalls argument. We may need a material with a very high index of refraction though - which might be hard to get. You only need so much energy to set a piece of paper on fire. The moon is huge, and radiates much more ene...
by Hafting
Mon Oct 26, 2015 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 26579

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

Rossegacebes wrote:I could show him that my method was far simpler, and robust.

Works with all languages too, unlike most poems.
by Hafting
Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1592: "Overthinking"
Replies: 26
Views: 6108

Re: Re:

The blast is online at http://www.laits.utexas.edu/poltheory/james/blaste/blaste.html It seems to me not so much a "bad for the lungs" argument as a "ungodly heathen invention that makes you stink" argument. The connection to cancer and some other diseases may be new, but "...
by Hafting
Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1579: "Tech Loops"
Replies: 35
Views: 7340

Re: 1579: "Tech Loops"

The guy drives off and you see the badge on the back of the car; or the heroine looks at her watch and you see the manufacturer's logo. You see that all the time with computer hardware manufacturers, so why don't you get shots of Windows splash screens, Google search pages etc.? Is there some legal...
by Hafting
Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 27478

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

And on boxes of frozen pizza, they actually print "Take the pizza out of the box & plastic before heating". It amazes me to imagine people who actually benefit from such advice.
by Hafting
Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1559: "Driving"
Replies: 142
Views: 20726

Re: 1559: "Driving"

Rooting your car would have to be a serious offence; in fact it probably already is. Nope. Rooting the car (as in replace any software as you see fit) is legal. Just as replacing other parts or the entire engine is legal. Sure there are lots of snags to consider: One usually replaces parts to incre...
by Hafting
Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1494: “Insurance”
Replies: 81
Views: 17089

Re: 1494: “Insurance”

The catch might be that the real owner of the bag is probably standing around somewhere nearby. Which is why the pro bag thief hang around, letting the bags circulate 3-4 times first. The owners eager to get their bag has got theirs, anything left is forgotten or belonging to someone who is sick or...
by Hafting
Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1473: "Location Sharing"
Replies: 67
Views: 17789

Re: 1473: "Location Sharing"

So what happens if she checks her battery energy level? Does time stop? And if she checks the time, does her battery go to zero? Energy and time are indeed complementary. Measuring energy extremely precisely won't stop time though, you will merely be uncertain exactly when the battery had this prec...
by Hafting
Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 41052

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

Need human blood have come from a human? Yes, or it won't be human blood. Industrial blood may do the job, but it is not human blood and cannot be legally labelled as such. Turning the seas to blood by an act of god, only makes it created blood. Still not human. (Similiar to how you only may call i...
by Hafting
Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1462: "Blind Trials"
Replies: 63
Views: 16458

Re: 1462: "Blind Trials"

Philbert wrote:If they have some of these sugar pills left that can make you think you are having sex, I'm willing to take them off their hands.


Not sugar pills, but heroin supposedly feels better than orgasm - so there you go. Costs more in the long run though.
by Hafting
Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1427: "iOS Keyboard"
Replies: 60
Views: 14677

Re: 1427: "iOS Keyboard"

cellocgw wrote:4) Do Androids dream...
(


We can finally determine what androids dream of:
1. Run android in a virtual machine
2. Put it to sleep
3. Suspend the virtual machine to disk
4. grep the image file for 'electric sheep' or whatever you're looking for.
by Hafting
Thu May 22, 2014 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1366 - "Train"
Replies: 64
Views: 16152

Re: 1366 - "Train"

The comic left me wondering this: If I get a train up to speed, I have to invest a lot of energy; some function of mass and speed difference. But if I instead of accelerating the train accelerate the earth beneath it (and the athmosphere (and the universe)), the amount of energy required would be e...
by Hafting
Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1320:"Walmart"
Replies: 28
Views: 13013

Re: 1320:"Walmart"

Dating sites, however, really need to take the opposite advice. We have dating sites for specific religions, dating sites for farmers, dating sites for circus clowns, etc. It needs to stop. THIS IS NOT HOW DATABASES WORK. So true, but "this is how farmers, circus clowns, and other non-IT peopl...
by Hafting
Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1301: "File Extensions"
Replies: 102
Views: 29965

Re: 1301: "File Extensions"

Mouseover caption: I have never been lied to by data in a .txt file which has been hand-aligned. this statement is false YOUR MOVE, LOGIC. Easy enough. Statements has 4 possible truth values. 'true', 'false', 'paradoxical' and 'self-fulfilling'. (And "this statement is true" is an example...
by Hafting
Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1304: "Glass Trolling"
Replies: 31
Views: 8822

Re: 1304: "Glass Trolling"

Anyway, the worst part about Google Glass is that it's based on the whole premise, which has been annoying for a long time, that talking to a device is automatically more convenient than pushing buttons on a device. And even when the thing understands your words, it still misunderstands. When you t...
by Hafting
Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 78299

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Furthermore, since all people are entitled by the mere fact of their existence to an equal share of social wealth (as everyone who's not a freedom-hating collectivist already knows), that means that if anyone's stealing anything, it's those who have more than the social mean stealing it from those ...
by Hafting
Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1270: Functional
Replies: 171
Views: 45755

Re: 1270: Functional

This is also why difficulties with threading programs for multiprocessing always struck me as counterintuitive, because in my mind -- not really understanding how exactly imperative languages get translated into the series of boolean logical functions that everything boils down to on the hardware l...
by Hafting
Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0014: "Short Answer Section I"
Replies: 86
Views: 46329

Re: What-if 0014: Short answer section.

About Superman time travel, I was sure it was a sort of metaphysical thing about time zones and "travelling to yesterday" (if you pass the International Date line fast enough it don't see you and you are in yesterday :D ), but maybe it's too silly even for comic book science. I always tou...
by Hafting
Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1226: "Balloon Internet"
Replies: 66
Views: 17626

Re: 1226: "Balloon Internet"

The implication is that they have powerful radios on them and form a global mesh network. I think. Vague. The problem is that the planet is 500 million square kilometers, and inverse square law applies. These balloons will tend to randomly distribute themselves. 70% of them will be over ocean. Some...
by Hafting
Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sterile Transit - why doesn't the US have it?
Replies: 18
Views: 13661

Re: Sterile Transit - why doesn't the US have it?

So what exactly is the point of making people apply for a visa when they're only going to be in the airport for a few hours before catching another flight out of the country? Possibly because so many people want to smuggle themselves into the U.S? One way would be to get a transfer ticket, and then...
by Hafting
Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1191: "The Past"
Replies: 85
Views: 16857

Re: 1191: "The Past"

Another thing to deal with be that if eow go to an era before there be ænig large governments, then eow tin not simply take over the existing societies, since hwæt eow woll-did be conquering be thousands upon thousands of independent tribes and city states rather than mere dozens of large nations--...
by Hafting
Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 60820

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

Some years back, perhaps in the 1980s, there was a competition for the "worst" sort algorithm. Well, there is randomsort. Shuffle the list, return if it now happens to be in correct order, otherwise try again. Tested and worked fine up for up to 5 elements, the test with 6 did not complet...
by Hafting
Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 24103

Re: 1181: "PGP"

Hypothetical situation: suppose you're Nigerian and a formerly high-placed government official, and you actually do have a bunch of money stashed away somewhere that you can't get out of the country by yourself. How would you go about extending an offer of partnership to someone who might be able t...
by Hafting
Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 96743

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

n079614 wrote:Was Australia consulted on this ISO?

DD/MM/YYYY or death!


A popular system for good reason. Many of the dates we deal with is less than a month away, so the day part is the most important and the rest is optional. Again, if the month is necessary, it is often enough in the same year . . .
by Hafting
Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 25355

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

This comic struck me as kind of sanctimonious and superior, to be honest. I don't see it that way. He is not leaving because he is so ethically superior that he can't be part of the gossip. He just find it boring . There are so many topics more interesting than gossip stuff. I'd take the giant squi...

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