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by obfpen
Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 18137

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

The opening credits for Rubicon seem to have been designed with people who look for background details very much in mind. And it's the kind of thing where you almost have to wonder whether any of its mistakes aren't actually deliberate.
by obfpen
Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 18137

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

The best example of "Background Code" is when "The Matrix: Revolution" used a Zero-Day SSH Exploit to hack into a system. It's interesting that the examples of good on-screen code are productions worked on by the same person. Could Martin Crouch be the only one in showbusiness w...
by obfpen
Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 18137

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

The best on-screen code I can remember is from just a few weeks ago in, appropriately enough, The Code , which included examples like these:- When opening a video: ./ffmpeg -i 1134.avi While hacking a remote system: grep -Rn "shell_exec *(" /var/www After being discovered: /sbin/iptables -...
by obfpen
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1441: Turnabout
Replies: 44
Views: 13057

Re: 1441: Turnabout

The lightspeed round trip time to the moon and back is about 2.6 seconds. I was wondering if the two of them had time to say what they say. Since they're using sci-fi weapons, who's to say they're on Earth*? Or using weapons that move at the speed of light? ( Everyone knows you can jump out of the ...
by obfpen
Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling out numbers in different languages
Replies: 19
Views: 8887

Re: Spelling out numbers in different languages

In Welsh, dau (2) and wyth (8). Beyond 10 there are spaces. Wouldn't cant (100) and chwech (6) also sort before dau ? I'd imagine (though don't know for certain and have probably confused myself somewhere along the line) that wyth triliwn wyth miliwn wyth mil wyth cant ac wyth (8,000,008,008,808) w...
by obfpen
Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1390: "Research Ethics"
Replies: 69
Views: 16618

Re: 1390: "Research Ethics"

I just saw the comic with the second what removed, and now I feel slightly worse. Has anyone seen the first what removed? If so, how did that affect your emotional state?* * By answering this question you agree that the data you provide may be used by nefarious porpoises conducting research into the...
by obfpen
Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1390: "Research Ethics"
Replies: 69
Views: 16618

Re: 1390: "Research Ethics"

No, Randall mustn't be allowed to "fix" the what what "mistake". Then there'd be two groups of readers who see different things (assuming there aren't different groups already; there is precedent here) and who knows what nefarious things will be done with the data that generates.
by obfpen
Fri May 23, 2014 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Help me decode this "secret" message
Replies: 13
Views: 19830

Re: Help me decode this "secret" message

Two important things: - The program doesn't ask for a security level, but the first digit of the password is the security level. - The passwords were really supposed to be numeric, I didn't understand that correctly before. What does Perl do when supplying aa where it expects a number? Does it conv...
by obfpen
Thu May 22, 2014 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Help me decode this "secret" message
Replies: 13
Views: 19830

Re: Help me decode this "secret" message

The encoded text was created with a symmetric encryption by a 12th grade student (coded in Perl) and he would like "hackers" to attempt to crack it so he knows how hard it would be. But that isn't how cryptanalysis works. For anything more complex than the most simple ciphers, just lookin...
by obfpen
Fri May 09, 2014 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Approximate speed classes of programming languages
Replies: 33
Views: 48349

Re: Approximate speed classes of programming languages

The folks developing Julia have done a few cross-language comparisons that seem to tally with your own. I can't say how selective they've been with their examples, but the graph is pretty.
by obfpen
Fri May 09, 2014 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to show removed text from a quote?
Replies: 9
Views: 4669

Re: How to show removed text from a quote?

If I understand you correctly, you want to change So help me God, if you drop that computer on the floor again, I will make sure you wake up in a mental ward with total amnesia under someone else's name. into So help me god, if you drop that on the floor again, I will make sure you wake up in a ment...
by obfpen
Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

[Ad hominem, straw man, red herring, slippery slope, false equivalency, islamophobia, hypocrisy, conclusion jumping, appeal to fear. etc.] BINGO! That omega-3 story is not analogous. If it (while believed to be good) had been withheld rather than given away, you'd be closer to the mark. Equality is...
by obfpen
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

And if you read what I wrote carefully, you will find that I strongly reject that attitude. I did, but in order to reject it, don't you first have to recognise it as true? If so, "It is a clash of definitions, and nothing more." is inconsistent with your position. We put limits on things ...
by obfpen
Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Not a good solution, though. The end result is [millions of] dollars [taken] away from his fellow employees[....] Assuming he's as vengeance-filled as everyone thinks, I'm not sure the boycotters will like what he does with it You keep saying that as if there's any good solution. But what do the po...
by obfpen
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

To some people, marriage is a religious ceremony that is defined by God / their religion/ etc. To others, Marriage is a type of contract issued by the state that grants two people a long list of legal rights. Here's the important point: Neither group of people is wrong. It is a clash of definitions...
by obfpen
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

First off, since there has been [some difficulty] differentiating between my attempts to highlight a flawed perception and a personal attack, and since you also seem to be feeling victimized, let me just point out that I am not attacking you , Stargazer71, I am attacking your ideas. Clear? Good. You...
by obfpen
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

While this static has derailed the thread for several pages, it is an absolutely sterling case study for the validity of the comic's original point. No one here has had their rights trod on, nor has anyone been prevented from voicing their opinions and beliefs. If we're going to talk about free spe...
by obfpen
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

gmalivuk wrote:You know that cats go out of their way specifically in order to rub their scent on things, right? It's probably not too hard to collect.
It was more of a bottles-or-patches thing. These kind of details are important.
by obfpen
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Yeah, I think I am thinking of cats. I'm pretty sure they're what I heard repel raptors. It'd certainly explain why the Jurassic Park writers conveniently prevented them from appearing on the islands. I wonder how he collects their scent, though.
by obfpen
Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

And lo, on the third day, the thread was resurrected: So one of the things that bothers me about the most vocal free speech/freeze peach whiners is the way so many seem to equate their demands for an absolute freedom with the demands for more basic freedoms they already enjoy and take for granted wi...
by obfpen
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Look, I am genuinely trying to help you here, by drawing attention to the way your statements are inconsistent, both with themselves and with reality. Because you claim that you'd rather have to wade through spam than be subjected to filtering, that free speech is more important than being protected...
by obfpen
Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Cleverly proving the problem exists nowhere, I suppose? You seemed to be positing that the problem existed (essentially) everywhere. Only one counterexample is needed in response to such propositions. But, really, what is your point? I'm still not entirely certain. This thread is about what is and ...
by obfpen
Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

If a moderator doesn't want to put in the time it takes to maintain his forum responsibly, then he should give it up and let someone else do it who will put in the time. And start proposing better solutions to the spam problem. Stop whining about work. It's the old expediency principle again... let...
by obfpen
Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

[Some specific words are (automatically) restricted and I don't like that.] Therefore So buy acquire something that gives you other words for things a thesaurus? Is this the level of discourse I can expect here? You pretend to quote me, but make up the quote. Then you advise me how to avoid the pro...
by obfpen
Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

bonsaipark wrote:[Some specific words are (automatically) restricted and I don't like that.]
Therefore So buy acquire something that gives you other words for things a thesaurus?
by obfpen
Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

First of all, none of you know or can demonstrate that Eich was a homophobe [. ...] He donated some money is all. The Romans didn't hate Christians. They executed a cult leader is all. Slave traders just thought Africans were useful, blah blah... Please don't do this. Don't try to sweep away suppor...
by obfpen
Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 162829

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

The funny thing is, as far as "free speech" goes, freedom of religion is in there specifically and freedom of sexuality isn't . Newton says nothing about lasers; The Ladybird Book of Pets lacks a section on transgenic animals; The Ladies' Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness furnish...
by obfpen
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:37 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 36092

Re: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"

It depends what you're comparing it to. The current population density of Wales puts it a bit above Florida, so it'd be the 8th most densely populated US state (meaning 43 states are less dense). If Scotland was a US state instead of Wales, it would edge in just behind Michigan and be in the 18th s...
by obfpen
Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:51 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 36092

Re: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"

Snopes is sceptical about this, but frankly I don't care. No need to spoil a good story with facts, after all. It is hard to believe that you could fly a jet fighter with auto-locking, auto-firing, radar-tracking missiles over any populous first-world country on a training exercise without leveling...
by obfpen
Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 29383

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

Being from the north of Vulcan (lots of planets have a north) we call it T'Pau. There we think Tau and Pi should fight to the death, only for the logical one to sod off and let some other number get the circle.
by obfpen
Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 29273

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

EpicanicusStrikes wrote:
cantab314 wrote:Either way, there will always be a fight before a period.

After which, I always end up with blood on my hands...

Finally some real wit, for surely jokes about women's reproductive biology represent the pinnacle of comedy. Do regale us with more of your gendered anecdotes. Or not, please.
by obfpen
Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 29273

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

So ... what is the monospaced-typewriter-font story? Basically, in monospaced text (such as that produced by old typewriters) there are unnaturally even letter widths. Because capital and little letters are equally sized, and sentence spaces are indistinguishable from word spaces, this tends to pro...
by obfpen
Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 29273

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

SPACINGANDMINISCULEFORMSFORTHATMATTERAREFORBARBARIANS ANYWAY·IFTHISWASGOODENOUGHFORCENTURIESOFROMANSTHAI JAPANESEANDCHINESETHENITSGOODENOUGHFORUSALL·SCRIPTIO CONTINUAFTW Actually, I'm a third-wayist, at least for TeX and HTML (which is all there is anyway, right?), for the line-diff reason already g...
by obfpen
Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 73941

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

I'm a regular blood donor too. Blood donations provide a benefit to you in two ways. First, they are a form of insurance as you've described them above. Granted, you would probably still be able to enjoy that insurance even if you stopped paying the price, but at the same time you know that if ever...
by obfpen
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 73941

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

What I am asking is why, instead of maximizing my own benefit, I should maximize the total benefit, if that implies my own will be somewhat less as a result. There are plenty of answers—and you've had a few—but I get the feeling you want something rational rather than the emotional/morality-driven ...
by obfpen
Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 36018

Re: 1274: Open Letter

What's embarrassing? That the government's being "shut down" (is it?) doesn't actually affect anything at all, so, perhaps, geez, the libertarians are right? Please tell me you're not conflating not affecting you personally with not affecting anything at all . I know that that's basically...
by obfpen
Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1258: First
Replies: 72
Views: 19709

Re: 1258: First

I think it's basically as a result of comments often being sorted by voting other than chronological order these days. People get out of the habit of it because on a lot of major sites these days you'll end up getting down voted or removed rather than having prominence. Voting creates its own probl...
by obfpen
Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 35171

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

The implied strong connection between insecurity and grammar sensitivity I do not get, unless they are simply trolling her (and Randall, us). Sadly there are people, insecure about their own self-worth, who feel better about themselves by belittling others. Many of the people who correct others' gr...
by obfpen
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 35171

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

Let's try this kind of argument in a parallel situation: Sage 1: "To achieve mobility enlightenment, you must free yourself from wanting wheelchair ramps." Seeker: "But wheelchair ramps keep me mobile!" Sage 1: "No. Wheelchair ramps lead to the high ground. The high ground l...
by obfpen
Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 21420

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

"I'm really not trying to be belligerent, but were you so concerned with being the first person to post the comic that you did not want to spend any time on a quick google search of the quote?" "It was originally a Churchill quote. Randall added some funny suffixes." Wow. Actual...

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