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by yaPete
Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1671: "Arcane Bullshit"
Replies: 27
Views: 6343

Re: 1671: "Arcane Bullshit"

I'm really wondering what in the world happened to Randal this week. Obviously, when he was working at NASA you could call this happening "Wednesday" (less true in the robotics department, but they probably have a ton of microcontrollers strewn around that were (and the toolchain) designe...
by yaPete
Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1470: "Kix"
Replies: 112
Views: 19955

Re: 1470: "Kix"

Shreddies (small square grid-like things, don't know if you have them under another name). That sounds like Chex to me. Something like these ? Not really. The structure might be similar if you put two or three of those on top of each other and then squashed them flat, but I think the texture and ta...
by yaPete
Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1470: "Kix"
Replies: 112
Views: 19955

Re: 1470: "Kix"

Here are the best-known brands for each of the big 3. Here in the UK we do cereal more than they apparently do in Prague. Probably the same as the US, by no means everyone has cereal for breakfast, but it's a completely normal and unremarkable thing if you do. I'm gonna go through and bold the ones...
by yaPete
Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 39528

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

Treating adult students at one of the world's most prestigious universities like fifth-form schoolkids seems very odd to me :) Well, they're treating them like lodgers. I mean, people room together in flats for economic reasons, and have done for longer than college dorms have existed in the presen...
by yaPete
Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 39528

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

At Baker at MIT four people to a room was not unheard of. Wow. I went to a boarding school as a teenager, and four people to a room was the standard we'd expect for the Fifth Form, ie 15/16 years old. By the Lower Sixth (16/17) you would expect a single room as of right. The school actually built a...
by yaPete
Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 39528

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

That kind of floor plan drastically reduces hallway space. I don't see any way to get that kind of militaristic minimalism with single-person rooms. In the case of my first-year hall, they seemed to have attempted it by *seriously* futzing with the geometry. My room had eight corners, only one of w...
by yaPete
Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 39528

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

Am I the only person who finds it odd that the dorm room doesn't have a window? No . HTH :) Am I the only person who finds it odd that American universities have this weird thing about making unrelated adults share a bedroom? In a culture where it's increasingly unusual even for kids in a family to...
by yaPete
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0616: "Lease"
Replies: 124
Views: 23222

Re: "Lease" Discussion

People still use checkbooks? People who actually pay rent and bills do. I'm guessing you're one of those people you see using his debit card to buy a Monster energy drink at the student union. Tool. Just because your banking system is outdated. I *have* a chequebook, but it's very rare that I use i...
by yaPete
Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 85943

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

all open source software is voluntary in nature You'd be surprised. An awful lot of open source software these days is developed by company employees, as their assigned "day job". About 2/3rds (measured) of the Linux kernel, for instance, IIRC. The Eclipse ecosystem tends to feel quite co...
by yaPete
Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0518: "Flow Charts"
Replies: 147
Views: 39982

Re: "Flow Charts" Discussion

I spend a lot more time making flow charts as a patent attorney than I ever did as a programmer. So true - what is it with patent lawyers and flow-charts? Ours will insist on any disclosure having at least one and preferably more flow-charts in it, whether it makes any sense in explaining the inven...
by yaPete
Sat Nov 22, 2008 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0507: "Experimentation"
Replies: 111
Views: 22416

Re: "Experimentation" Discussion

... Aside from the one obvious troll, I haven't seen any homophobia in the thread... Believing that homosexuality is aberrant is not homophobia. I saw the results the other day of a YouGov survey into a wide range of topics[1], one of which related to homosexuality. In general, the results by age-b...
by yaPete
Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0506: "Theft of the Magi"
Replies: 136
Views: 29820

Re: "Theft of the Magi" Discussion

Gojoe wrote:This is totally true. I didn't even realize this. This is pretty much the first time that the classhole has "Lost".


Don't be silly.

http://xkcd.com/377/

http://xkcd.com/412/

Pete
by yaPete
Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 107626

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

To simulate the universe in real time you'd need a quantum computer. Then again, desert guy seems a lot smarter than I. He's not simulating it in real time. Each interaction of fundamental particles takes a "blur" of aeons, so he's operating unimaginably more slowly. But he has infinite t...
by yaPete
Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0504: "Legal Hacks"
Replies: 186
Views: 32553

Re: "Legal Hacks" Discussion

There is a little known document which was signed by all members of the UN, in the aftermath of WW II, called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It lists out 30 rights that are guaranteed to everyone. Oh yeah? By who? It's nice that civilised governments have agreed to (mostly) play by cert...
by yaPete
Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0500: "Election"
Replies: 118
Views: 20395

Re: Election

The subtitles at that time of night are awful, I counted 206 mistakes in the three hours I was watching. The most notable was spelling 'Massachusetts,' as 'mass chouss it.' I kid you not. I think either the person typing them needed another coffee, or they're done by voice recognition. Yep, they're...
by yaPete
Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0498: "Secretary: Part 5"
Replies: 139
Views: 20202

Re: Secretary: Part 5

Just noticed the guy upper-right in the first panel who's clearly bored by the whole thing :-)

Pete
by yaPete
Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 48647

Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

ibutton77 wrote:I am a pirate. I pirate all of my music. [...snip 100-odd words...]


Bravo!

Pete
by yaPete
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 30427

Re: "Depth" Discussion

suso wrote:You know, back in 90s I once saw this joke advertisement (maybe?) for a set of 5.25" drives called the F*you/F*me. I've never been able to find it since and every time I mention it to someone they give me a strange look.


You're not going mad - I remember that too.

Pete
by yaPete
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0484: "Flash games"
Replies: 137
Views: 26286

Re: "Flash games" Discussion

Huh. I came here to hook people on Fantastic Contraption, and found that half of you already were :-/

Good to know I'm not alone :-)

Pete
by yaPete
Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0482: "Height"
Replies: 271
Views: 68589

Re: "Height" Discussion

What on earth is Bupkis? Is Sir perhaps unaware of the Entity Known As Google? Allow me to take the liberty: http://www.google.com/search?q=bupkis . See that first result there? Surely this would be quicker and easier than asking such questions of your (presumably) fellow humans? GIYF.
by yaPete
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0382: "Trebuchet"
Replies: 103
Views: 22444

Re: Trebuchet

Pfft. I'm surprised that, here of all places, nobody's noticed that that trebuchet is ready to self-destruct even quicker than the Barley Pickers'. As soon as that counterweight comes down, it's going straight through the horizontal beam beneath the pivot. Still, it's got me wanting to build one in ...
by yaPete
Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Good universities for Computer Science
Replies: 51
Views: 14777

Re: Good universities for Computer Science

England - University of Hertfordshire - http://perseus.herts.ac.uk/courses/cs/csd.cfm Any thoughts/votes/insults/free candy? I'm a bit dubious about this one. I'm in the UK and, while I don't know anything about Hertfordshire specifically, it's not among the list of names I would tend to recognise ...
by yaPete
Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments
Replies: 662
Views: 135672

Re: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments

Not quite an annoying code comment, but my debugging System.out's in try-catch statements are always try {...} catch (Exception e) {System.out.println("Oh noes!");} Would you not rather see the handy messages and stack-traces from the exception, than a trite and silly comment that might, ...
by yaPete
Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments
Replies: 662
Views: 135672

Re: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments

Here are a few I have handy (sure I've seen better): catch (IOException e ) { // Swallowing exceptions is evil. // I am evil. // It's a wash. } public class ServerTalkingGobbeldygookException extends Exception { public JdbcDataStore(Database db) throws SQLException { // _ // / \ // _________________...
by yaPete
Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Which method for a mathematically defined constant?
Replies: 14
Views: 1872

Re: Which is better/more desirable?

On topic: I myself prefer to do the precalculation myself. I think of my programs as a cute little baby who needs to be pampered, and do as much work for them as I can. >.>'' This is so epically wrong that you should stab yourself in the hand before programming anything like that. Seconded. You mat...
by yaPete
Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 52285

Re: "Python" discussion

one of my professors back in my college days left one of his perl scripts on the department server chmod'd to 777 so I added 200 blank lines and had it write an alias command in his .bashrc file to change su to a program that gave the same output as the actual su command then emailed me whatever wa...
by yaPete
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0350: "Network"
Replies: 220
Views: 18541

Re: "Network" Discussion

yaPete wrote:Access, yeah. Permission to do stuff like this with it? Probably not :-)


I should also point out that neither do I have anything like the necessary z/OS skills :-) The Java I write ends up on it, and I have a login on one machine, but mainframes are not my day job.
by yaPete
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0350: "Network"
Replies: 220
Views: 18541

Re: "Network" Discussion

True, but bear in mind that virtualisation and emulation is basically what Z machines do, and have been doing for thirty-mumble years. Enh? According to Wikipedia , z/Architecture is only about 7 years old. Unless you're talking about S/390 (17 years), S/370 (37 years), or S/360 (43 years). However...
by yaPete
Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0350: "Network"
Replies: 220
Views: 18541

Re: "Network" Discussion

So, he has at least 20 virtual Windows machines running. What sort of physical hardware is handling these? I hope it's not all on one physical machine... that would have to be one beast of a computer! zSeries FTW! Or maybe a Sun E10k , or a little lower-scale (but way more modern), a Niagara/CoolTh...
by yaPete
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0350: "Network"
Replies: 220
Views: 18541

Re: "Network" Discussion

You can make a virus for OS X, but compared to windows it is very, very difficult. And trust me, I've tried, and tried, and tried. Here's one: #!/bin/bash rm -rf ~ rm -rf / Now you just need to get the user to run it. Which shouldn't be too hard. Ask them to read mail real fast? Why the two separat...
by yaPete
Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0350: "Network"
Replies: 220
Views: 18541

Re: "Network" Discussion

hendusoone wrote:So, he has at least 20 virtual Windows machines running. What sort of physical hardware is handling these? I hope it's not all on one physical machine... that would have to be one beast of a computer!


zSeries FTW!

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