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by Yu_p
Fri May 20, 2016 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 15606

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

I experienced data degredation by user error myself with tex files which I edited both on Windows and on Linux, without knowing about text encodings and that they are not detected automatically. Bye the way, can anyone thing of a file format suitable for long-term document storage? Postscript sounds...
by Yu_p
Sat May 07, 2016 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 11313

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

The Freda ebook reader for Windows 10 (here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrfj43b ) now implements snake-justification. For ebooks, where outside of small-screen hostile PDFs, justification is never manually adjusted, what we really need is snakes that eat OCR errors. I am reading Drag...
by Yu_p
Fri May 06, 2016 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 11313

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

The Freda ebook reader for Windows 10 (here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrfj43b ) now implements snake-justification. For ebooks, where outside of small-screen hostile PDFs, justification is never manually adjusted, what we really need is snakes that eat OCR errors. I am reading Drag...
by Yu_p
Wed May 04, 2016 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 11313

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

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by Yu_p
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 7527

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

Not to mention that in computers, files and such are actually identified by inodes, and filenames merely point to the inode (which then points to the data). This has uses (in *nix) which Windows (and I think Mac) don't implement. Apple's Time Machine backup system uses that, actually; browsing the ...
by Yu_p
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 7527

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

Aaaand today I learned there are video games made in Excel. I know what I'm doing this weekend! :wink: What, you've never heard of Eve Online? That one is played in Excel. I found "6 Entertaining Games Made Entirely in Microsoft Excel" though. When I read cyanyoshi's post I honestly thoug...
by Yu_p
Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 8815

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Related: http://jenniferdrawscomics.com/sprinkle ... pe-babies/

Babies are social landmines.
by Yu_p
Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1599: "Water Delivery"
Replies: 82
Views: 11579

Re: 1599: "Water Delivery"

I'm somewhat surprised that this thread didn't turn into a shame-on-them thread about the role of food companies in making people think tap water was low quality (when often it is higher quality then bottled water) and making sure that it doesn't improve where it actually is low quality. As an Austr...
by Yu_p
Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 8459

Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

but it involves installing an entirely undocumented fourth-party configuration utility that will somehow install a search toolbar in Microsoft Word in the interests of changing a single otherwise hidden entry in the registry that only the person who wrote the "utility" knows about. No, I ...
by Yu_p
Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 9379

1590: "The Source"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/the_source.png Alt text: “Why did we even have that thing?” ______________________________________ I always wonder about these devices. I also wonder, why my power cable is one of them. I'm pretty sure I know why my screen is one of them, once brightness is set to less t...
by Yu_p
Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1579: "Tech Loops"
Replies: 35
Views: 5565

Re: 1579: "Tech Loops"

That comic perfectly describes my relation ship to emacs. I started using it because a lecturer recommended it. After a year of CUA, I began to realize the power of the “dated” concepts of mark/point, kill, yank, and I had come to love the dabbrev-expand as a way to avoid typos and speed up typing. ...
by Yu_p
Mon May 04, 2015 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 22784

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

I am going to assume that there is a fade-out between panels 1 and 2; I am sure Randall knows that the "All science is either physics or stamp collecting" quote is not by Feynman, but by Ernest Rutherford... who then went and got a Nobel prize in stamp collecting Chemistry. I guess that b...
by Yu_p
Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 12499

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

I wonder how much time is lost in numerical science in various fields, because many scientists never bother about software-development aspects, as long as they can get their short-term numbers. (May directly affect my PhD thesis...) You often get the opposite effect if you try to paste MATLAB code i...
by Yu_p
Wed May 14, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 13574

Re: 1367: "Installing"

As for the etymology, I always figured it derived from some variation of (as you would tell a child), "Go talk to X and they'll give you a cookie." A small treat as a reward, or in this case, a token for performing a minor task. ... with the associated advice that you shouldn't accept swe...
by Yu_p
Tue May 13, 2014 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 13574

Re: 1367: "Installing"

Of course, if privacy is the real concern, then either Ubuntu, or a blackphone with PrivatOS is the way to go. Or ... Nokia 6310i? (Still the best business phone ever made.) It is always a matter of usability vs privacy. If privacy was the only concern, I'd just disable wireless data ;) Otherwise, ...
by Yu_p
Tue May 13, 2014 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 13574

Re: 1367: "Installing"

CyanogenMod's Privacy Guard and (in v11 built-in App Ops) [...] I know that it is possible. But the ecosystem needs an easy-to-use out-of-the-box solution. Its not enough to protect people who would dabble in rooting and custom roms (which for most devices, if doable without major pains at all, inc...
by Yu_p
Mon May 12, 2014 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 13574

Re: 1367: "Installing"

But, I like having things installed on my phone. I'd much rather play a game that does not use any data. It makes it easier when you can't get any wifi or are stuck in a deadzone. To my big, bad surprise, most of the games I usually play on my tablet did require allways-on internet connection, even...
by Yu_p
Mon May 12, 2014 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 13574

Re: 1367: "Installing"

@Hiferator: Part of the reason Android needs better permission management. iOS lacked any at the start, but right now its far ahead in that regard... Other than that, did any of these webpages ever notice that there are users who want to use stuff like TABS? @Firefox OS: Are their apps still useful ...
by Yu_p
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 21141

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

I feel like quantum computers are unlikely to ever be used for personal computing. There's no particular reason they would be faster than conventional computers. My knowledge of quantum computing is at present very low*, but things like Shor's algorithm imply that quantum computers will be signific...
by Yu_p
Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 21141

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

You know, file directories really cause more work than they save, IMO. If you group by date created/modified, you get unrelated things in the same folder. If you group by file type, you might get a single project's deliverables scattered all over. If you group by project, you can't view all project...
by Yu_p
Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 26070

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

@Jamaican Castle: Its more about noticing weaknesses while under stress than incompetence. Higher level languages typically make certain dangerous bugs impossible and reduce the code clutter that may hide the important parts. I just wouldn't know which language to choose other than C for a long-runn...
by Yu_p
Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 32900

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

Oh, how I curse the day I registered for my mother (firstname)(lastname)31@gmail.com! Every time her login has expired she has to look up the number, so writing her correct email address for forms is utterly impossible. Add to this that both her first name and last name are very common. I had some e...
by Yu_p
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 20582

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

=== Updates === The worst I know are Java Runtime Environment updates. I mean honestly, they try to make me install that "Ask-Toolbar" every time there is an update! === Clean Install === It only takes three hours, with all the bells and whistles, including custom registry imports and chan...
by Yu_p
Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 50216

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

One way to reduce the incidence of this sort of thing would be to mandate that cited sources NEED to be of a later date than the original edit for the piece of text referencing it. It looks to me like something difficult to automate though. But at least if there was a rule for citations that requir...
by Yu_p
Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 70117

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

This comic soooo speaks for many of us ^^' The most awkward feeling though give threads, where the poster, who gave the solution or hints, that helped me solve the problem, gets criticized for having replied to a 1-year-old thread.
by Yu_p
Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 50216

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

Even chronology wouldn't protect against cyclic citations - from time to time, one academic will cite preliminary results from another ("to be published at a future date") - by the time that future paper actually gets published, there can be papers citing papers which cite the original pa...
by Yu_p
Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 50216

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

As for justifying the comic: I think I was aware of such problems before reading the comic. But I'm sure that I wasn't aware of it sufficiently to be careful about repeating the mistake myself. One may wonder to what extent these things happened before Wikipedia (or, indeed, before the internet). Pr...
by Yu_p
Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 22709

Re: 0963: "X11"

Threads like these always make me happy to be a windows user. Sure, its crap, but damn it works all the f*cking time. Seriously. Installing an OS where you have to edit config files just to be able to use the mouse (yeah yeah) cannot be good. Ever. Try a live version on a USB stick or, safer, in a ...

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