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by williamager
Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 33402

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

Since, in this gigantic OS flamewar of a thread, no one has yet mentioned them, I feel it necessary to make a few points about Linux security. While I'm a major supporter of Ubuntu and Linux in general, the OS is hardly impervious to hacking attempts. Most importantly, one major reason why there are...
by williamager
Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 38056

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Bad news, everyone... The F key just speeds up the framerate of the game. You go faster, the snowboarders go faster, the walking trees go faster, and the yeti goes faster. I'm sure there's a metaphor in there somewhere. This isn't true, at least in ski32, as can clearly be demonstrated by the lengt...
by williamager
Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 188547

Re: "Friends" Discussion

The "friends" scenario is particularly painful to us nerds, we who seldom deal with people, much less those of the opposite sex. And when we nerds reflect on our situation to rectify this state of affairs, the best we can come up with is something like Ladder Theory, which has the effect ...
by williamager
Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: MMORTSFPS: plausible?
Replies: 51
Views: 3573

Re: MMORTSFPS: plausible?

Personally, I think trying to combine an RTS and FPS for a single player is invariably awkward. Make the RTS an RTS, and the FPS an FPS, and allow the players who prefer each to only play one side of the game---have two separate rankings, for example.
by williamager
Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 188547

Re: "Friends" Discussion

Williamager kind of said what I was thinking. How much do you lose with just a close friendship compared to a romance (besides the obvious)? You have companionship, affection, and so on. You have to decide whether the things that go with a relationship mean that much to you. Exactly. I really do en...
by williamager
Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 188547

Re: "Friends" Discussion

I certainly had a situation where this happened, in way, for almost two years; in fact, until two weeks ago. I backed out of events with people who were (and are) almost certainly interested in me (though some of them didn't and still don't have any chance, to be sure) in order to accept her invitat...
by williamager
Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0456: "Cautionary"
Replies: 160
Views: 20913

Re: "Cautionary" Discussion

Am I the only one who, with almost no prior Linux experience, has had no trouble getting Ubuntu to work? (Well, except my printer, I haven't really tried.) Maybe it's because I use Xubuntu? :? After many years, some Linux distributions have now reached the point where, if you want Linux to just wor...
by williamager
Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2026687

Re: Confessional Thread - A black hole of emu

Confession: I am borne across the either by some subconscious force, and coming upon some place of interest, am heard for but the briefest of moments, before my parting silences me, my inconsequential nature to be forgotten in the hum of the ever-present conversation.
by williamager
Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Get out of high school free?
Replies: 47
Views: 6224

Re: Get out of high school free?

College didn't solve your problems. You may not have to deal with those problems because you are now in (or were then in) college, but your supposed inability to deal with immaturity (I presume this is what the problem was) is still there (unless you've since dealt with it. It sounds like you haven...
by williamager
Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Get out of high school free?
Replies: 47
Views: 6224

Re: Get out of high school free?

Just my two cents. Yes, high school sucks, but so does, and let me go ahead and make this big and clear and apparent, EVERYTHING at some point. I honestly think that, for the vast majority of people, those extra couple of years maturing, figuring out where you want to go to school (and for what) ar...
by williamager
Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Get out of high school free?
Replies: 47
Views: 6224

Re: Get out of high school free?

High school sucks. However, the time you spend there can be very valuable. I did most of my growing up during my sophomore/junior year--for example, that's when I decided what I wanted to do with my life. My senior year, I had a reduced class load, and that gave me an opportunity to try a bit of co...
by williamager
Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2026687

Re: Confessional Thread - In Soviet Russia Thread Confession You

Cheese wrote:WWJD?

What Would Jeeves Do?


Jeeves would already know. He isn't one to be uninformed.
by williamager
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: End of the world (2012)
Replies: 81
Views: 9802

Re: End of the world (2012)

The world will not end in 2012. All that will happen is the Mayans' computer systems will crash horribly. Which isn't really a problem, since they don't have any. Wikipedia has a decent article on the subject at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Count . Essentially, historians who have voiced an op...
by williamager
Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Some kind of Sociology?
Replies: 24
Views: 3204

Re: Some kind of Sociology?

This Don't do it at work or somewhere you don't want someone to see, but that's where Anonymous comes from. It's really a big joke, there is no "underground hacker group" or any such thing. It's a bunch of bored people on the internet who like to screw around =P Anonymous is at war with S...
by williamager
Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 32725

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

I'm very saddened by many of the responses here, which seem quite atypical of the usual forum residents. I can only hope that this is because many of them are being made by new users coming to the forums because of this comic. Unfortunately, the Introduction rule has been recently changed, so I'm un...
by williamager
Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Vocabulary Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2218

Re: National Vocabulary Championship

In other words, though purporting to be a test of mental capacity, it was actually a test of rapidity of thinking. I've never understood the inappropriate equation of these two abilities in popular culture. When did this turn into a question of whether a challenging mental exercize is valuable or n...
by williamager
Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerding it up hardcore: dress-up! (Post Pictures)
Replies: 52
Views: 45393

Re: Nerding it up hardcore: dress-up! (Post Pictures)

Here is a photograph of me from our Thanksgiving party in 2005. The reasons for the wearing the costumes remain unclear, but everyone attending wore one.
by williamager
Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Vocabulary Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2218

Re: National Vocabulary Championship

And in the process alienate those who don't and kill conversation. Look, I'm all for understanding big words, I just don't like using them. That's the thing- save them for important stuff. I used 'quixotically' instead of 'ideally' in an English essay about poetry (which I hate) and got a little 'G...
by williamager
Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Student Loans-ugh
Replies: 43
Views: 2544

Re: Student Loans-ugh

I am part of the "massively in debt" club. I went to RPI, in Troy, NY. $30k USD a year (at the time, graduated in 2002). I came out with about $50k of debt at the end of all of it. I've still got quite a ways to go. Been paying them off for 5 years so far. I did end up consolidating my fe...
by williamager
Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2026687

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession Not Acceptable

Confession: I hate it when I tell someone I am not happy about something in my life (hey, everyone has rough times, right?) and people turn around and say: "But LOOK at how many people are so much WORSE OFF!!! You shouldn't be complaining you should be GRATEFUL!!" Ummm... I swear I unders...
by williamager
Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Student Loans-ugh
Replies: 43
Views: 2544

Re: Student Loans-ugh

Can someone fill me in on student loans? Is it purely an American thing, will I need it etc I've never borrowed money before and I'd rather not do it ever. I believe it to be a mostly American phenomenon. There are sometimes ways to make taking them a good and profitable idea if one is clever, but ...
by williamager
Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0369: "Dangers"
Replies: 282
Views: 56667

Re: "Dangers" discussion

Also also, I'm now more scared of elevators than ever. After investigating the first few results on Google, I've formed the hypothesis that many of these accidents seem to be caused by the victims doing things that aren't very safe, like trying to enter and then jump out of a moving elevator that w...
by williamager
Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10844
Views: 1844704

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

cypherspace wrote:Hello! No-one will ever read this apart from the newbie after me, but that's enough.


Actually, I've read it, and a number of others probably have as well.

I will now continue to post elsewhere until people notice me and my desperate need for acceptance is fulfilled.


You have been noticed.
by williamager
Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89691
Views: 6012580

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Health insurance companies are USELESS. Proof: My "It's Complicated" is/was seeing a psychiatrist about some serious mental and emotional damage done by a previous ex. Irrational fears, self mutilation, unhealthy attachments, that sort of thing. She'd been making EXCELLENT progress, but s...
by williamager
Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2026687

Re: Confessional Thread - Nobody expects the mouldy insertion!

They were still going to class, there's some solace in this, strangely. It was actually quite astonishing, to the extent that I still remember it after six years, much like the student I once knew who made a habit of cutting his fingernails while in the front rows of classes. The timing was perfect...
by williamager
Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2026687

Re: Confessional Thread - Nobody expects the mouldy insertion!

Confession: I wear sunglasses so i can sleep in class If you are going to sleep in class, why go at all? I remember a class I once had where a particular student, without fail, would arrive about 5 minutes early, sit in one of the frontmost seats, promptly go to sleep with her head on the desk, and...
by williamager
Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: US Presidential Primaries - discussion
Replies: 281
Views: 16693

Re: US Presidential Primaries - discussion

I'm not saying that all capitalists are assholes, but the ones who aren't won't be bothered by regulation, since they'd do all of those nice things anyway. The ones who aren't can certainly be bothered by regulation, as the regulation isn't ideal, and fear of the consequences of violation can frigh...
by williamager
Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Beat the chimp!
Replies: 46
Views: 2623

Re: Beat the chimp!

Though I'm rather curious as to if the chimp actually understands numbers or if they just taught it as shapes in some order. Also was the chimp able to account for gaps in the order (since the video only showed the full set of 1-9)? The chimp showing higher aptitude for the test than college studen...
by williamager
Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0367: "Fandom"
Replies: 158
Views: 19908

Re: "Fandom" Discussion

from what ive seen RP is an honest polititian (a rare bread indeed) and i have to respect him for that! However hes a complete republican and i disagree with most of his policies, but given his honesty and ability to stick to his ideals (small government) i hate to see him ignored by the media. per...
by williamager
Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hurt/Heal
Replies: 425
Views: 17829

Re: Hurt/Heal

Nexus_1101 wrote:Healed: Van Halen
Hurt: Bjork

Van Halen - 12 (down)
The Grateful Dead - 16
Lynyrd Skynyrd - 16
Björk - 10
Steely Dan - 14
Hot Chip - 12
The Dandy Warhols - 10
The Avalanches - 14
Faithless - 12
CSNY - 10
Europa Galante - 12 (up)
Feeder - 10
by williamager
Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: problem my friend gave me
Replies: 4
Views: 1141

Re: problem my friend gave me

so today this dude I know asked me the following question: You are taking a four-answer multiple-choice (i.e. a, b, c, d) test in class, and sitting next to a dude who tries hard, but inevitably gets only 49% of the questions correct, and 51% incorrect. On one question, you have narrowed down the a...
by williamager
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?
Replies: 303
Views: 19430

Re: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?

Obama was opposed to the war on Iraq from the beginning and voted against it. A leader of a country needs to be able to make tough decisions which may lead their people into war. A majority of the senate, including Hillary Clinton voted for the war on Iraq. A "principled opposition" to wa...
by williamager
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 103992

Re: Tea Snobbery

I usually drink breakfast tea in the morning and Prince of Wales in the afternoon, both from loose, unstrained Twinings. I've never understood why there are so many people who are averse to unstrained tea, as the leaves simply sink. Bagged tea is generally rather unpalatable, and I so tend to avoid ...
by williamager
Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Manuals and Geekdom
Replies: 42
Views: 2276

Re: Manuals and Geekdom

Apparently some members of the XKCD IRC channel believe in reading manuals. I considered this an affront to geekdom, as I never read a manual except, usually over a week later if ever, and only to confirm some suspicion I have about how to activate a feature. I think a true geek, or perhaps I shoul...
by williamager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0367: "Fandom"
Replies: 158
Views: 19908

Re: "Fandom" Discussion

the Ronpaul is a lunatic, and his supporters even more so. It boggles the mind how they can be everywhere even though the Ronpaul is polling so low. Some crazy guy even showed up at our local mayoral election to talk to the people in line about the Ronpaul. He would go on long diatribes about how t...
by williamager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Advice on buying a digital camera.
Replies: 39
Views: 2636

Re: Advice on buying a digital camera.

In my experience, however, 50mm lenses can be rather annoying when used with small sensors. Agreed. 50mm is a little longer than I'd like even for 35mm... for digital, if you are inside, I think 50mm is almost useless. I'm afraid I don't agree. Here is a photo I took tonight, inside, with a 50 mm l...
by williamager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hurt/Heal
Replies: 425
Views: 17829

Re: Hurt/Heal

While I will most likely be admonished for this, and though I might be bringing about the premature demise of the game: Van Halen - 12 The Grateful Dead - 16 Lynyrd Skynyrd - 16 Trans Siberian Orchestra - 20 (up) I have no idea what any of these are, and would probably dislike all of them, but this ...
by williamager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Advice on buying a digital camera.
Replies: 39
Views: 2636

Re: Advice on buying a digital camera.

Not all RAW formats use lossless compression, if I recall correctly. This is correct. Canon's I think are lossless; Nikon's I think aren't. That said, even if they are lossy, they're still going to be far better, and give you *far* more flexible postprocessing options, than shooting JPEG or even TI...
by williamager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you lie?
Replies: 177
Views: 8006

Re: Do you lie?

I lied a bunch to keep from getting yelled at, or to keep from hurting other people's feelings where i should have been able to make a commitment, but lacked the resources and/or time and hoped that it would eventually happen. My lies turned into more lies to keep protecting myselfs. It was a very ...
by williamager
Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Advice on buying a digital camera.
Replies: 39
Views: 2636

Re: Advice on buying a digital camera.

Anyway, when I was researching this, my uncle (who works closely with professional photographers) reccomended getting a canon as most of the photographers he knew used them and seemed to think they had better image quality. If you're looking for better pictures too, it's probably not a great idea t...

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