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by just john
Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1461: "Payloads"
Replies: 64
Views: 17554

Re: 1461: "Payloads"

I applaud this effort toward ridding our planet of horses!
by just john
Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 22312

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

Eebster the Great wrote:The best way to display multiple large images is to thumbnail them, expand them on click, and allow you to switch between adjacent images with arrow keys (like a paused slideshow).

This is an objective fact.


I take it you are ALSO unemployed.
by just john
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 22312

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

Yes, when I have a bunch of images for you to look at, I give you a front page with a bunch of tumbnails to click on.

And, of course, I'm unemployed.
by just john
Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1262: "Unquote"
Replies: 100
Views: 19098

Re: 1262: "Unquote"

Note from a previous generation;

I have sometimes wondered who the last "Fifth Beatle" was/is/will be.
by just john
Fri May 03, 2013 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1207: "AirAware"
Replies: 39
Views: 9396

Re: 1207: "AirAware"

I appreciate the Peanuts reference.
by just john
Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 25407

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

Finally! This comic explains where all those chairs went.
by just john
Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1156: "Conditioning"
Replies: 81
Views: 20378

Re: 1156: "Conditioning"

Holy crap, finally, an explanation for Hitchcock's The Birds!
by just john
Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 667664

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I made an html file that loads it the entire map... and it takes a while to load, be patient: http://vervio.us/xkcd, or http://pastehtml.com/view/cc4oeb4mx.html Scroll down halfway and you will see the ground. Excellent! Thanks. Tho I already spent much of yesterday scrolling edge-to-edge. I take t...
by just john
Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1104: "Feathers"
Replies: 50
Views: 19578

Re: 1104: "Feathers"

Awww, this particular strip is just so sweet! I got a bit weepy.

Learning never stops!
by just john
Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 100277

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Which is true. But do you know just how much horsepower and time? Claude Shannon calculated an approximation of how many possible games of chess there are, and got an answer on the order of 10^120. Assuming each of those games takes up ~1KB of space, you're talking about 10^110 TB of data. This is ...
by just john
Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 100277

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Which is true. But do you know just how much horsepower and time? Claude Shannon calculated an approximation of how many possible games of chess there are, and got an answer on the order of 10^120. Assuming each of those games takes up ~1KB of space, you're talking about 10^110 TB of data. This is ...
by just john
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 100277

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

How close is chess to being solved? (I used to be my high school's chess wiz, right after the first Fischer/Spassky matches, and I'd love to see that obsession finally put to rest.) We're not at the point where we can say it can be solved. (Like I posted above, computers still don't beat the top pl...
by just john
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 100277

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

How close is chess to being solved? (I used to be my high school's chess wiz, right after the first Fischer/Spassky matches, and I'd love to see that obsession finally put to rest.) We're not at the point where we can say it can be solved. (Like I posted above, computers still don't beat the top pl...
by just john
Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 100277

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

How close is chess to being solved?

(I used to be my high school's chess wiz, right after the first Fischer/Spassky matches, and I'd love to see that obsession finally put to rest.)
by just john
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 67329

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

During the "generic" fad, there were even generic novels. The one labelled "Mystery" wasn't bad, for the price.
by just john
Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 63736

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

I remember the ol' Denial / Anger / Bargaining / Depression / Acceptance sequence thanks to a stand-up comedian whose name I unfortunately forget.

The mnemonic: Drink Alcohol Before Doing Anal
by just john
Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0844: "Good Code"
Replies: 100
Views: 27768

Re: 0844: "Good Code"

Tchiak wrote:
dahauns wrote:I just can't help but wonder...has no one here ever worked with a language with proper refactoring support?

We don't take kindly to your kind 'round here. *sound of shotgun be cocked* Why don't you just move along.


So you immediately go to the gun?

You really should go sub the gun.
by just john
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0844: "Good Code"
Replies: 100
Views: 27768

Re: 0844: "Good Code"

The lesson: To achieve good code, you must collect underpants.
by just john
Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0840: "Serious"
Replies: 69
Views: 16900

Re: 0840: "Serious"

The basic joke appealed to one of my favorite personal approaches, the appeal for symmetry. For years, I've thought about coming up with Obvious Sauce , to balance that famous "secret" stuff. What would it include? Hot peppers? An excess of some other characteristic spices, like oregano? ...
by just john
Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0840: "Serious"
Replies: 69
Views: 16900

Re: 0840: "Serious"

The basic joke appealed to one of my favorite personal approaches, the appeal for symmetry.

For years, I've thought about coming up with Obvious Sauce, to balance that famous "secret" stuff.
by just john
Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: DIY song programming for Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band?
Replies: 5
Views: 783

DIY song programming for Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band?

Now that these games include parts for nearly-real things like drum sets (as opposed to just guitar-shaped arrays of pushbuttons) I've suddenly had the megalomaniacal notion of getting a whole generation of gamers banging away to the beats of my own polyrhythmic fever dreams. So my first question is...
by just john
Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Classical Music Dying?
Replies: 106
Views: 10095

Re: Classical Music Dying?

Just the other day, I listened to sort of a demo version of Charles Graef's First Symphony. By "demo," I mean he hasn't gotten an actual orchestra to play it yet, so this was done via computer. But it's a genuine symphony, intended for performance by a genuine orchestra, and it has some ne...
by just john
Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 51340

Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

And here, I assumed it referred to Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book.
by just john
Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 51340

Re: Steal This Comic

Brilliant comic! In return, I grant you permission to download ALL my music , FOR FREE, and WITHOUT DRM!! (Okay, you could do that yesterday even before I saw the comic, but still ...) (And if you must spend money, I can accommodate you also .) The music industry hates you From its actions, you know...
by just john
Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Neal Stephenson - Anathem
Replies: 80
Views: 24370

Re: Neal Stephenson - Anathem

I read it last week. <subgenius>.. and I give it twelve thumbs up!</subgenius> Seriously, I was looking forward to it, having heard about it just after re -reading his Baroque Cycle. <pro_wrestling>I totally mark out for Stephenson.</pro_wrestling> His book with his uncle, The Cobweb taught me a val...
by just john
Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: the most depressing song: help me find it!
Replies: 220
Views: 20312

Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

I've had a stock answer to this question for decades!

And wow, I can not believe the song has made it online.

Christmas Eve in Elmira "Cut My Friend Down" -- based on a true story.


BEAT THAT!
by just john
Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Spam via PM: Use "Report private message" button within PM
Replies: 53
Views: 13260

Re: Spam via PM (reported: trideltatip & freakinfrijole)

Well then, I won't say I was spammed by one Mistrella!

Instead, I'll say kudos for blocking the ID and deleting the message before I was even able to investigate.
by just john
Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Imperial March (Metal Versions/Orchestra/Hand Farts etc)
Replies: 8
Views: 2570

Re: The Imperial March (Metal Versions/Orchestra/Hand Farts etc)

I've long held that a simple beat between the notes turns the Imperial March into western swing. Try it: DOM (*tch*) DOM (*tch*) DOM (*tch*) DOM(*tch*)da-DOM (*tch*) ... Anyway, I was telling this to Rev. norel pref, and he took the notion WAAAY further: Yakety Sith (Edited to add a (*tch*))
by just john
Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Do you know music?
Replies: 23
Views: 3056

Re: Do you know music?

I am trying to understand music because music has become a very important part of every young person's life. I can't claim to know how it is nowadays, but when I came up, part of that wasn't actually a musical property; it was simply the first way kids had to control their own sonic environments. S...
by just john
Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Do you know music?
Replies: 23
Views: 3056

Re: Do you know music?

I know music. I can spot it first try, over 95% of the time! I also know noise. My old album Turbine Thrust Tests * was released with the fantasy that generations hence, old men could brandish it and shout, You kids! You call that noise? That's MUSIC, ya saps! Now, this, THIS is noise! I recommend t...
by just john
Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stacking running laptops: options?
Replies: 21
Views: 3264

Re: stacking running laptops: options?

Likpok: It's an old model of ThinkPad, which none of the Linux sites has claimed to get the power/sleep stuff totally correct. But the price -- $20 for hardware (a new power supply) plus $0 for software -- was right.

Re the on-their-side notion: Again, this would be in the OPEN position.
by just john
Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stacking running laptops: options?
Replies: 21
Views: 3264

Re: stacking running laptops: options?

Re: Closed laptops. Most of these (the Powerbooks especially) go into sleep mode with cover closed, nor would I want to try running tasks on the others that way. When you close its top, my Mandriva-loaded ThinkPad goes into a weird, semi-sleep state that it never quite gets over until the next reboot.
by just john
Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stacking running laptops: options?
Replies: 21
Views: 3264

Re: stacking running laptops: options?

(And thanks for all the replies so far, in such a short bit of time. See? I knew this was the right place to ask!)
by just john
Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stacking running laptops: options?
Replies: 21
Views: 3264

Re: stacking running laptops: options?

(Thinking a little further on this ...) As you all can tell, I hadn't appreciated the heat build-up issue, tho I should have. Perhaps the most sensible thing is to get a tall bookshelf, with the top being, say, a foot and half from the ceiling. Then I could nail a board to the shelf so that I had an...
by just john
Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stacking running laptops: options?
Replies: 21
Views: 3264

Re: stacking running laptops: options?

Most seem to have cables sprouting out of only one side at a time, plus the back. So perhaps putting them on their (non-cable) sides? It's not something I've ever tried. Does that mess up a laptop? Another fantasy has involved hanging them, as one might with a book on a clothesline (if one were into...
by just john
Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stacking running laptops: options?
Replies: 21
Views: 3264

Re: stacking running laptops: options?

Re moving the topic: I consider this to be a furniture question at least as much as a hardware or math question. Where do they put furniture questions? Gnophilist: Good point. How much space did the failed version put between machines? And re 19" rack: Got a rolling one for music stuff, and it ...
by just john
Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stacking running laptops: options?
Replies: 21
Views: 3264

stacking running laptops: options?

I suddenly realized this might be the place to pose a question that's been dogging me for years: How best to stack (or nest) several laptops, all running, and each with differing cabling requirements, in a manner that permits any laptop to be extracted and re-inserted without interrupting th...
by just john
Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Post yourself playing music!
Replies: 63
Views: 9418

Re: Post yourself playing music!

Well, heck. Seeing this thread here, I can't help but post a couple URLs of my singing into my laptop in incredibly low fidelity. First, a straight cover (yes, sound effects were in the original) of Nervous Norvis' 1957 novelty number Transfusion : http://just-john.com/sound/Transfusion01.mp3 And ne...
by just john
Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "We need a new definition of privacy"
Replies: 26
Views: 2465

Re: "We need a new definition of privacy"

"Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. As of now, I'm offering a free CD of my music to the first person who can upload a verifiable photo of this Donald Kerr's penis. (I think usenet's alt.binaries.slack would be an acc...

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