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by LarrySDonald
Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 16575

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

He missed the part when me and Jesus walked single file to disguise our numbers.
by LarrySDonald
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 45061

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

For the first time from 1 to 1220, I simply didn't get what the hell the joke was. Figured it was about Dr Who, failed to associate with Abbot and Costello until the comments.
by LarrySDonald
Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"
Replies: 91
Views: 27668

Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

About ten years ago my son self-trolled the alien thing. I'd bought an alien detector at a garage sale (related to MiB I think) with a little thermal thing that turned colors when you put your thumb on it (green if you're not an alien - which it will turn on humans). Kind of a random 10c buy and I t...
by LarrySDonald
Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0691: "MicroSD"
Replies: 140
Views: 36826

Re: "MicroSD" Discussion

First flash was for a camera and was 32Mb. For a birthday, my wife bought me a 1Gb card (large for the time). It was like getting a cheat code for unlimited ammo - forget what quality setting and shoot everything just in case. I have the $30 Lithium battery aircraft issue - I have a hard time not bu...
by LarrySDonald
Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0685: "G-Spot"
Replies: 98
Views: 46300

Re: "G-Spot" Discussion

The research seems extremely unrigorous. Which is often par for the course, because anything in the field will get lots of attention, good and bad, just for being done at all. I'd say there is definitely something going on with the spot. People innocent enough to not have preconceived ideas about wh...
by LarrySDonald
Mon May 04, 2009 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0576: "Packages"
Replies: 127
Views: 43029

Re: "Packages" Duscussion

The problem isn't so much the script, but the lack of a tag for "this is a real, physical object rather then some lame link, work from home scheme, nuclear bomb plan, pi, etc". It would be polite of eBay to offer some sort of differential between "Free shipping" and "Free sh...
by LarrySDonald
Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 56027

Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion

For my area, it's pretty accurate. I'm just saying, it wouldn't kill Google to let you use it in a formula instead of not letting it interact with the math/unit thing. If it can tell me (not give me a link to) of the population density then it'd be nice to be able to say "=(population density i...
by LarrySDonald
Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 56027

Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion

"Population density in Kansas" does return a value, but if you attempt to use it in a calculation it screws up - doesn't function like "speed of light" or "pi". Copy/paste says about 3.3km. You've got to be kidding. Baby, I don't care if you've got a headache, we've got...
by LarrySDonald
Mon May 05, 2008 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0419: "Forks and Spoons"
Replies: 146
Views: 29902

Re: "Forks and Spoons" Discussion

I once ate something with a spork (I think a salad) and wondered how they decided the exact level of fork depth. I was using it purely as a fork and hence was a bit annoyed by the lack of function as such - a true fork would stab this pieces much better. But then if it was more like a fork, it would...
by LarrySDonald
Fri May 02, 2008 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0418: "Stove Ownership"
Replies: 148
Views: 30001

Re: "Stove Ownership" Discussion

My bacon craze hit with microwave bacon. Not as good as fried, but I'm too lazy to fry it. Microwave bacon trays shoved the reward/effort ratio high enough to work. I also noticed I could buy some marzipanish stuff in two pound blocks for almost nothing. I was also mostly losing weight. Irregularity...
by LarrySDonald
Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0410: "Math Paper"
Replies: 92
Views: 31516

Re: "Math Paper" Discussion

(5,11) isn't just sexy, it's also safe. Too bad it's the only one and I'm sure it's taken.
by LarrySDonald
Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0407: "Cheap GPS"
Replies: 99
Views: 23702

Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Seeing the title I honestly thought I'd clicked on Hack-a-day (also in my RSS feeds) and mentally preparing for what they might have come up with this time. It was a really odd feeling having to readjust my brain when that wasn't what came up. I usually use google maps or mogologo on a cell (a boost...
by LarrySDonald
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0397: "Unscientific"
Replies: 160
Views: 40894

Re: "Unscientific" Discussion

I always thought the point of mythbusters was to *not* be overly rigorous (at least openly) and do scientific testing in the same sense an average person without splendid amounts of resources might (albeit with cooler toys to do it with). This will indeed imply that the results will be less trustwor...
by LarrySDonald
Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0387: "Advanced Technology"
Replies: 105
Views: 30084

Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

Not if one or more of the researchers are female and capable of doing it to themselves. It'd be a bit tricky I guess, the purists might demand she also know how to produce the equipment but then all self reproduction requires outside supplies, it's only a matter of how low-level the outside supplies...
by LarrySDonald
Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0384: "The Drake Equation"
Replies: 117
Views: 27667

Re: "The Drake Equation" Discussion

The equation itself makes sense, it's just that there's no chance of even accurately guessing values for the variables, so why did anyone bother? WHY? When I've bumped into it (which isn't often) I've kind of assumed that that was sort of the point. It demonstrates the amount of certainty with whic...
by LarrySDonald
Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0379: "Forgetting"
Replies: 111
Views: 20307

Re: "Forgetting" Discussion

I was assuming a single linked list, something like: typedef struct ns { int data; struct ns *next; } node; with toDelete and prev defined as node*;, feeling it part of a larger segment where prev->next==toDelete. Often something like prev is around anyway if the list has been traversed previously. ...
by LarrySDonald
Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 57439

Re: "Real Programmers" Discussion

I use hjkl because they are right there (ok ok, one key over) in touch-type position rather then having to fling my hand over to the arrow keys. There's always the option of not doing so, but I never do. As implied, I use vi or appropriate clone (most often vim). I tried emacs, intentionally using i...
by LarrySDonald
Wed Dec 26, 2007 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0362: "Blade Runner"
Replies: 105
Views: 20071

Re: Blade Runner

Unlikely because it seems you can't sell a story with an open or an unhappy ending any more. As all bladerunner aficionados know, you couldn't then either - hence that cheesepuff ending that gagged everyone in the original release where it turns out it's not at all unhappy but in an inexplicable tw...
by LarrySDonald
Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0360: "Writers Strike"
Replies: 125
Views: 22645

Re: "Writers Strike" Discussion

I, too, am one of those who haven't really noticed any effects. Well, last night I suppose I saw a few seconds of one of those late talk shows (my wife was pausing the zapping waiting for something specific) and said "They're still talking about the Janet Superbowl Nipple thing? The rest doesn'...
by LarrySDonald
Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0358: "Loud Party"
Replies: 146
Views: 24751

Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Aside from the not-quite clear thought bubble direction (I didn't get that and thought "Why would one dream of being at a loud party when you're in a tree with a laptop - that sounds a lot better?") I liked it. At the lab at school, there was a local IRC channel (usually mostly people from...
by LarrySDonald
Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0354: "Startling"
Replies: 159
Views: 24643

Re: "Startling" discussion

In my native language, years are expressed as "x hundred y", such as "nineteen hundred seven" or "eighteen hundred sixty two". The linguists started pushing "twenty hundred (something) in like '95, which made perfect sense because it didn't sound all that odd and f...
by LarrySDonald
Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Vim inconveniences
Replies: 36
Views: 6346

Re: Vim inconveniences

I had to check how I do it, but it appears I opt for number one: "a3x3x"ap "a in both cases a being whatever buffer I'm not using just now. first 3x whatever needed to delete foo. second 3x whatever needed to delete bar. (insert movements before pasting if need be) If I already had de...
by LarrySDonald
Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0351: "Trolling"
Replies: 179
Views: 36564

Re: "Trolling Discussion"

I didn't get it at all but assumed I must have missed a meme similar to goatse and after google it's now all clear. Kinda kills the joke a bit having to look it up though, but that's just lack of geek cred I guess. When my mother in law lived next door and was too frail/non-technical to operate a dv...
by LarrySDonald
Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0350: "Network"
Replies: 220
Views: 21780

Re: "Network" Discussion

My thoughts also went to CoreWars. We had a version of it back in the day but with a different assembler set then redcode, but by the time the net blew up (we had only very limited access at the time) and we realized there was a more common standard, we'd mostly quit playing it and people had gotten...
by LarrySDonald
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0343: "1337: Part 3"
Replies: 78
Views: 17199

Re: "1337: Part 3" Discussion

It really kind of is more sexy then funny. Not that it's not funny, just really really sexy. And a bit depressing, because I'm already in a place where I'd have to tell her no thanks. But then she wouldn't, and if she did it's not like my wife wouldn't get smitten by her mundane heros.
by LarrySDonald
Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0341: "1337: Part 1"
Replies: 89
Views: 21821

Re: "1337: Part 1" Discussion

I've toyed a bit with people using it a few times, but usually it's wide open w/ airhorn set up to attempt to msg and point out that while you're welcome to use it, it may be monitored and be polite - don't fry up bandwidth like I don't need any myself. I figure it's only polite, if someone needs mi...
by LarrySDonald
Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0336: "Priorities"
Replies: 141
Views: 26898

Re: "Priorities" Discussion

I think it's more about those situations where you know one thing is better, yet you sort of hate the break the pattern somehow because the slightly worse thing is completely patterned. I got 5,4,3,2,1 and A-DF for a year and a half living in the states. In the states, I swung straight As without to...
by LarrySDonald
Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0229: "Graffiti"
Replies: 223
Views: 64266

Re: "Graffiti" discussion

Not exactly graffiti but.. There were two bathrooms outside the lab (male and female, as is custom, but only a single bathroom rather then a big thing with stalls). Since few women were ever there, the signs were mostly ignored after hours, so someone taped a sign below the woman figure saying "...
by LarrySDonald
Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0084: "National Language"
Replies: 56
Views: 46753

Re: "National Language" Discussion

I don't feel it's fair for the US to have to fork up for translations into any arbitrary language. I say this with some justification as I'm not english speaking by nature, although in the computer/hacker world it is for sure lingua franca, even before living in the US I spoke it and commented my co...
by LarrySDonald
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0335: "Mattress"
Replies: 119
Views: 26481

Re: "Mattress" Discussion

I have done this mod, sort of. I didn't cut an all the way through hole, but cut an indention where we preferred to lay in the center, simply testing the situation, chopping out a reasonable amount of foam, testing, etc. It wasn't a terribly deep dent - foam does have give after all - but around two...
by LarrySDonald
Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0191: "Lojban"
Replies: 85
Views: 37587

Re: Lojban Discussion

It would seem to me most ambiguities have no purpose at all and mostly get in the way. I've only tried a tiny bit of lojban and a tiny bit more esperanto, but they seem like good ideas. It does nothing, at least in principle, to ideas. No language will be complete and I'm sure if it was the standard...
by LarrySDonald
Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0323: "Ballmer Peak"
Replies: 116
Views: 55814

Re: "Ballmer Peak" Discussion

I suspect a lot of the lack of complaining over ME was in large part due to so few people using it. As mentioned above, it was kind of considered a moot point, NT was out so it was a matter of upgrading to 2k or stick with 9x for a bit longer if the not-yet-fixed software so demanded. ME was the onl...
by LarrySDonald
Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Strange Loops and Backdoors
Replies: 49
Views: 15956

Re: Strange Loops and Backdoors

Compiling a compiler with itself is really an inherent intent in making native language compilers in the first place. If there is a better compiler written in it's own language (more optimal then another) then standard procedure is to compile it in the old compiler (resulting in a sub-optimal but wo...
by LarrySDonald
Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0323: "Ballmer Peak"
Replies: 116
Views: 55814

Re: "Ballmer Peak" Discussion

Two friends of mine did a project for stat, throwing darts 100 at a time and a simple ten-ring board, noting where they landed, and having more alcohol. It was a slightly badly constructed experiment since A) measurements get rather more sketchy as time goes on and B) after 500 throws, you're rather...
by LarrySDonald
Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many digits of Pi do you know?
Replies: 445
Views: 106289

Re: How many digits of Pi do you know?

I once did a thousand, in the cheerful spirit of overdoing things with nothing to do. Now I'm down to 100, seeing as I have less time on my hands: 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5802974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 I use that classic phonetic number system...
by LarrySDonald
Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Does anyone here...
Replies: 38
Views: 5338

Re: Does anyone here...

I venture into kernal rather then user space cautiously and rarely to patch minor things. I feel very inferior when I do and in no way blame anyone doing the nitty-gritty in there for feeling superior to me because it's fairly clear that they are and I see nothing wrong with acknowledging that. I do...
by LarrySDonald
Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Alternatives to the dreaded goto
Replies: 114
Views: 18651

Re: Alternatives to the dreaded goto

A rather interesting question and one I'm sure Gandhi would consider going fisticuffs over. It's wise to remember that this goes turing tarpit in a big hurry. As has been duly noted before, it all boils down to gotos in the end anyway. So the real question is "Encountering this problem, with th...
by LarrySDonald
Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: New to programming
Replies: 56
Views: 10802

Re: New to programming

In all honesty, if it's a long term deep effort, you need to start with an iterative language and a functional language. Down the line, it's not really going to be a spectacular difference as long as they're not amazingly obscure. My "native languages" are C and ML, but I, like most people...
by LarrySDonald
Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer science vs. software engineering?
Replies: 39
Views: 43514

Re: Computer science vs. software engineering?

This is very solid advice if it's possible. Some places do have things that simply provide what you are going to need anyway for anything even mildly technical (calculus 1 2 3, stat, basic science theory in general, discrete math, etc) augmented with choices of additional things that may or may not ...
by LarrySDonald
Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer science vs. software engineering?
Replies: 39
Views: 43514

Re: Computer science vs. software engineering?

In my experience, perhaps unfortunately, most Computer Science programs are largely Software Engineer programs with a fancier name. As mentioned before, an awful lot of CS people mostly code or structure code - exactly what one would expect SE to do - rather than R&D new concepts in how that sho...

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