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by mattflaschen
Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 32738

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

I love the incongruous Inception reference.
by mattflaschen
Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42695

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

... I work at Microsoft, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies. Some of you are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me, you don't. I think some of you are just trying to make yourself sound clever. This is how bad information gets passed around. Don...
by mattflaschen
Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42695

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

Definitely a RGOOMH moment. This is exactly what I was thinking during my Information Security class yesterday, when a group was presenting on ZBot . The presenters helpfully explained how we should all be wary of third party ActiveX controls when browsing in IE. Needless to say, I found it hard to ...
by mattflaschen
Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 104171

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

At first I didn't see how the first panel depended on the others ("The contents of any one panel are dependent on the contents of every panel including itself."). That's because I thought the pie chart panel was just a variant on the old pie chart joke (e.g. Percentage of Chart Which Resem...
by mattflaschen
Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 48296

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

My favorite thing about XKCD is that it triggers memories that I have forgotten. It must be 12 years since I last played Skifree... Exactly the way I feel. And yes, I remember Chip's Challenge too (after looking at the Wikipedia screenshot), and of course Pipe Dream (which I recall playing at some ...
by mattflaschen
Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 34127

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

Hey, Macs come with Emacs, and play full screen Flash just fine. That's the best of both worlds, for me... I imagine the Flash support is only there because of market share and Steve Jobs promising to set fire to the Adobe CEO's house if he didn't do it, though. Except, again, Linux actually does a...
by mattflaschen
Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 34127

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

"Gnome's entire existence falls here. Yeah, let's invent a whole new desktop and widget set, because Qt was dual-licensed back in the day. But I don't hate them for it - at least it's functional and whoever wants to can use KDE." That statement makes it painfully obvious you don't know wh...
by mattflaschen
Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 34127

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

Flash is really not a problem on GNU/Linux, if you're willing to use Adobe Flash and proprietary drivers. Granted, I strongly prefer free software and drivers, and open formats. But the software is mostly there, in my experience.
by mattflaschen
Thu May 14, 2009 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0583: "CNR"
Replies: 131
Views: 43481

Re: "CNR" Discussion

The way I see it, it's actually two independent jokes, both of which are worthy of a comic. :) 1. Arrogant programmer closes bug not because program wasn't broken but because they could not create or find a child to test with. You have to read a fair amount of bug reports to find this funny. 2. The ...
by mattflaschen
Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0556: "Alternative Energy Revolution"
Replies: 232
Views: 74275

Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

I assume besides the obvious Don Quixote reference, Randall is also referring to the proven fact that any source of electricity will attract NIMBYists, not only more obvious candidates like coal plants and nuclear reactors.
by mattflaschen
Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 26291

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

Bonus: Write a haiku compliance validator. Admittedly, this rather zen-like proceedure takes Bashō's motto to heart: 'Learn the rules; and then forget them.' While this approach has merit, I chose to instead "learn" YACC and Lex in an hour or so, then produce haiku_validator-2009-03-11.ta...
by mattflaschen
Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0549: "Westley's a Dick"
Replies: 126
Views: 34449

Re: "Westley's a Dick" discussion

Wow, I went to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westley and saw, "A fictional character in The Princess Bride" and thought, "WТF (also, you're filtеring "WТF" now (and "filtеring"!)?! WТF, this isn't Fark!), Randall, you have never been further outside my head. None of...
by mattflaschen
Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0546: "Music DRM"
Replies: 77
Views: 15815

Re: "Music DRM" Discussion

I can't wait to find out how many sanctimonious anti-DRM zealots will begin legitimately purchasing music now that iTunes is DRM-free. My guess? 5%. Speaking for myself, I'm not actually guilty of this. Well... I am guilty of being of being a "sanctimonious anti-DRM zealot". But I'm not a...
by mattflaschen
Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 70330

Re: "Base System" discussion

Edit: It says "base 2". *groan*


Not necessarily. Depending on the encoding Randall used in the comic, it could easily (well, maybe not easily...) be any of:

UTF-16BE: 扡獥′
UTF-16LE: 慢敳㈠
UTF-8: base 2
US-ASCII: base 2

And yes, I'm counting UTF-8 and US-ASCII separately. :D
by mattflaschen
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0532: "Piano"
Replies: 224
Views: 81061

Re: "Piano" Discussion

So far, so no one has raised the possibility that there was no genie and that this is just an elaborate pick-up line. So instead he tells the truth about his story, and lets it be a test. One of four things will happen: 1) The girl won't get the word-play at all. Thank you for coming out, have a ni...
by mattflaschen
Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0511: "Sleet"
Replies: 83
Views: 20040

Re: "Sleet" Discussion

Not inside my head on this one Randall. I rarely discuss this stuff with close friends/family. When I do, I would not mind if they listened. But hey, I like walking in the pouring rain sometimes, too. :)
by mattflaschen
Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 48569

Re: Terminology

Well, originally they had it as:

Good People®
Mediocre People®
People We're Not Sure About Yet®

but they changed it to geographical nomenclature for legal reasons.
by mattflaschen
Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0500: "Election"
Replies: 118
Views: 22855

Re: Election

Freiberg: "Edit 1: On second thought, I have no idea how to start a google bomb. If anyone else does, feel free to start one."

You start a google bomb by putting a phrase into an xkcd comic.
by mattflaschen
Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 54578

Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

Phasma Felis: I totally agree with the comic, except that ITUNES HAS BEEN SELLING DRM-FREE MUSIC FOR A YEAR AND A HALF JESUS CHRIST PEOPLE. That's a bogus argument. The labels refuse to sell to iTunes because of iTunes' monopsonist conditions. iTunes refuses to pay variable prices. It's like a groce...
by mattflaschen
Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:19 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linux advice for a middling PC (and a Linux nub)?
Replies: 8
Views: 1512

Re: Linux advice for a middling PC (and a Linux nub)?

((*) For some reason, many people seem to do this.) Because they're too lazy to back up their Windows install. Always backup when changing/installing OS, and indeed more often than that. Sudo-Fu, your specs are more than adequate (and quite similar to mine), so I think it's Wubi (which I've never u...
by mattflaschen
Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0446: "In Popular Culture"
Replies: 144
Views: 45612

Re: In Popular Culture Discussion

The comic was funny. However, it was meant to make fun of stupid sections, not encourage people to make more of them. I wish more people interpreted it that way.
by mattflaschen
Wed May 21, 2008 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0426: "Geohashing"
Replies: 224
Views: 40150

Re: "Geohashing" discussion

I don't think it's about giving a fake address to aggressive A/S/L?! questioners, as suggested earlier. It is about a meetup with a location changing daily. Or rather, because of the way it works, a evenly spaced grid spanning the earth, and constantly shifting. There don't seem to be enough meeting...
by mattflaschen
Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0416: "Zealous Autoconfig"
Replies: 104
Views: 32751

Re: "Zealous Autoconfig" discussion

Socal Swimmer wrote:But it would be quite expensive to maintain field agents, wouldn't it?


Not if they were self-sufficient robots. Besides, it'd be easier that way; if a 7' robot tells you to get in the car, you get in the car.
by mattflaschen
Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0416: "Zealous Autoconfig"
Replies: 104
Views: 32751

Re: "Zealous Autoconfig" Discussion

thebestsophist wrote:If he's hitting ctrl-c during negotiations, do the field agents just hold onto the children indefinitely, or would the autoconfig send abort orders?


See, this is why you have to write good interrupt-handling code.
by mattflaschen
Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0386: "Duty Calls"
Replies: 202
Views: 69575

Re: "Duty Calls" Discussion

Sadly, this does often apply to me. I try not to do it, but you people just keep being wrong. :wink:

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