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by stickler
Wed May 04, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 19153

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

I don't think Full-Width is ever justified.
by stickler
Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1570: "Engineer Syllogism"
Replies: 41
Views: 13182

Re: 1570: "Engineer Syllogism"

I'm getting a real sense of deja vu from this comic. I'm almost certain I've seen something very much like it somewhere before. But then, it's not impossible for two people to come up with the same idea independently. Are you thinking of xkcd 592? http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/drama.png Alt-text: Thi...
by stickler
Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread
Replies: 162
Views: 150433

Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Deva, that must be the one I was thinking of.

Nothing like how I remembered it though. How weird.
by stickler
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread
Replies: 162
Views: 150433

Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

I'm looking for that comic that has a guy, when referring to some bit of information saying something like: "I read in a academic paper, actually it was a magazine, well it was more of a blog ... ok it was on the wall of a toilet." Information seems more reliable if you preface it with &qu...
by stickler
Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I broke my debian
Replies: 2
Views: 2858

I fixed my debian!

Dear Future Me, You are reading this beause you have somehow broken your debian again. This is what you need to do to fix it: - Get a working Debian install usb stick and enter rescue mode. Try opening a shell in every partition until it works. When you get the default shell type "bash" an...
by stickler
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I broke my debian
Replies: 2
Views: 2858

I broke my debian

I have two SSDs: one for Windows and one for Debian. I was worried about them affecting, infecting or corrupting each other so I only have one plugged in at a time (to change I power down, unplug SATA1 and then plug in SATA2). This was little cumbersome but it worked until one day Debian refused to ...
by stickler
Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Welcome to Kentucky
Replies: 98
Views: 20234

Re: Welcome to Kentucky

Forgetting everything else, and no matter what the motivation - if you are willing to go to the effort (and risk) of cross dressing then I'm not going to stop you from peeing where you feel comfortable.
by stickler
Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linux/Debian: 3TB hard drive limited to around 700GB
Replies: 3
Views: 3060

Re: Linux/Debian: 3TB hard drive limited to around 700GB

Since fdisk doesn't support drives bigger than 2TB I had to use parted and I lost the data when I used the mklabel gpt command. I copied it all back overnight. I also decided to use ext4.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. :D
by stickler
Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:23 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linux/Debian: 3TB hard drive limited to around 700GB
Replies: 3
Views: 3060

Linux/Debian: 3TB hard drive limited to around 700GB

I have a 64bit debian box which I am using as a server. I recently added a Western Digital 3TB Green HDD to it using a spare SATA lead. I followed some tutorial to format it, and mounted it to /media/green3. I then started coping a bunch of folders and files (mostly around 200MB to 1GB) to it. Soon ...
by stickler
Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying a gaming laptop, recommendations requested
Replies: 10
Views: 11253

Re: Buying a gaming laptop, recommendations requested

Get KnightExemplar's $850 desktop and get a $350 laptop?
by stickler
Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Playing video files on TV - looking for advice
Replies: 9
Views: 6603

Re: Playing video files on TV - looking for advice

A lot of TV's can stream from plex (and such) using DLNA(if you plug in Ethernet). I use the long HDMI option. For some reason I always have to play with a setting to prevent overscanning (the sides of my desktop not fitting in the screen). This setting is normally found in the card's display settin...
by stickler
Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1388: "Subduction License"
Replies: 59
Views: 15430

Re: 1388: "Subduction License"

To be fair, the mountain range appearing from the floor would only look like that after years (ages) of erosion - when fresh, it would be just a raised floor. Would I be right in saying that this normally happens quite slowly, and erosion happens as it rises resulting in a lack of giant 'raised flo...
by stickler
Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2124
Views: 367325

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

LaserGuy wrote:Random question (s04e10 only):

Spoiler:
Did Tyrion kill Tywin with Joffrey's crossbow?

Spoiler:
I'm confused as well, it looks the same - but was in Tywin's chambers.
by stickler
Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War Gear Flows to Police
Replies: 48
Views: 9246

Re: War Gear Flows to Police

In South Carolina, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s website features its SWAT team, dressed in black with guns drawn, flanking an armored vehicle that looks like a tank and has a mounted .50-caliber gun. Why the hell do they need a gun that big? It's weird, I was just watching this . I do...
by stickler
Wed May 21, 2014 12:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 54588

Re: What is your current housing situation?

As a uni student I am in a shared house with friends which is about £325 per month.

One day I want to build (with help) my own house, so I will need to own the land. This could be expansive expensive.
by stickler
Tue May 20, 2014 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2643
Views: 553087

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Thank-you. I just brought:
Far Cry 3 Deluxe Edition,
FTL: Faster Than Light,
Just Cause 2 and
Surgeon Simulator 2013.

Unfortunately I didn't realise that Far Cry 3 wasn't on Steam :(. Still, the lot was only £13.
by stickler
Mon May 19, 2014 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 39827

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

My initial thought is that a website could remove the need for physical trigger warnings. Like the parental guidance info on films where it says: "Horror: A few zombies walk about near the beginning Swear Words: People say the word shit a few times" This is not ideal, as who wants to googl...
by stickler
Fri May 09, 2014 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: xkcd.com and forums not working for me
Replies: 5
Views: 8330

Re: xkcd.com and forums not working for me

Posting from eduroam, which has a similar IP to the uni Ethernet. The wget tool gives quite good information as to what is happening when you request a page.

Code: Select all

wget -O- www.xkcd.com > /dev/null
by stickler
Tue May 06, 2014 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2643
Views: 553087

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Kerbal Space Program is 40% off (£11.99). It is still £2 more than than I would like for a game I don't think I will play with that often. Hmmm...
by stickler
Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2010640

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Ubik wrote:The proper way to indent is to use block comments of varying lengths. Comments are ignored when the program is compiled, so there's less whitespace to cause slowdown in the actual code.

That's brilliant!
by stickler
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 566183

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

Thank-you! I now have no idea how java methods work. I thought that once you passed a variable into a method the method could change it without limit. (I suppose it can - it just can't change the reference). String a = new String("potato"); System.out.println(a);//potato String b = new St...
by stickler
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 566183

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

Java Please help, I have spent weeks just ignoring that this does not work. No errors/exceptions it just does not change the array's length. public static void doubleArraySize(Entry[] a) { a = Arrays.copyOf(a, a.length * 2); } Testing code: Entry[] fish = new Entry[5]; System.out.println(fish.lengt...
by stickler
Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Plot by extremists to 'Islamise' UK secular state education
Replies: 24
Views: 5352

Re: Plot by extremists to 'Islamise' UK secular state educat

The Telegraph is pretty similar to the Times. It is sometimes referred to as the Torygraph due to to it's Conservative leanings. It is considered reliable.[citation needed].

EMTP makes a good point about the report. I wonder if a FOI request could get it released?
by stickler
Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Plot by extremists to 'Islamise' UK secular state education
Replies: 24
Views: 5352

Plot by extremists to 'Islamise' UK secular state education

There has been a fair bit of coverage of the alleged plot in Birmingham recently. Firstly a letter emerged that alleged that a group of Muslim extremists were taking over schools, which I dismissed as far-right scaremongering. Now the Telegraph have obtained a leaked draft Department for Education r...
by stickler
Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fake Churches, Corporations Posing as Religion
Replies: 88
Views: 8972

Re: Fake Churches, Corporations Posing as Religion

Why can't we just delete all mention of religion from all our laws, save for a note that says "if you believe in fate/god/reflexology/whatever it's fine, just don't expect special treatment"?
by stickler
Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is automated spam ever used for good?
Replies: 10
Views: 8339

Re: Is automated spam ever used for good?

What about a virus that automatically installs anti-malware software, runs a scan, cleans everything up, then deletes itself? That would be really nice. :) I read an essay once arguing that it would be a really bad idea, mainly due to the possibility of side effects. It may have been this one http:...
by stickler
Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1351: "Metamaterials"
Replies: 59
Views: 20139

Re: 1351: "Metamaterials"

cellocgw wrote:I didn't originate this one; some respiratory physician did.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
if you lungs didn't work,
your blood would be, too.

I'm pretty sure your blood would not actually turn blue, so I would want that physician anywhere near my body. Perhaps I am too literal.
by stickler
Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: The "What-If?" Book
Replies: 129
Views: 140370

Re: The "What-If?" Book

OK, I should be more observant.

I'm not convinced, we don't have enough exta letters to make a difference to length. Welsh on the other hand...

Anyway most Brits can read 'American' without noticing.

I hope it's not 16 pages of tea jokes. That would get exteamely annoying.
by stickler
Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mod Madness 2014 : The Announcement
Replies: 542
Views: 128355

Re: Mod Madness 2014 : The Announcement

Angua wrote:I hate to burst the Time Waiters' (or are you guys something else now there's nothing to wait for) bubble, but filters don't work in the OTT.

Because it is already incomprehensible?
by stickler
Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:35 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: The "What-If?" Book
Replies: 129
Views: 140370

Re: The "What-If?" Book

I want to know what the differences are between the Commonwealth and US versions. Perhaps it's like the pokemon red/blue thing.
by stickler
Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 44493

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

Radar jamming doesn't even work like that.
by stickler
Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1340: "Unique Date"
Replies: 140
Views: 32633

Re: 1340: "Unique Date"

1. There was no Year "0" (1 BC preceded AD 1) I used to remember it as BC= B efore C hrist and AD= A fter D Christ. But the lack of year 0 means that it was "One year before Christ", and a year later it was "One year after Christ". :? What happened to the missing year?
by stickler
Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0086: "Far-Traveling Objects"
Replies: 45
Views: 13548

Re: What-If 0086: "Far-Traveling Objects"

As far as I know, once you have enough U235 to start up a breeder reactor... You bred reactors? As for metrics on nuclear centrifuges, I immediately began thinking of the Stuxnet worm designed to target those centrifuges. This brings up an interesting conclusion: the creator of the worm, whether th...
by stickler
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0086: "Far-Traveling Objects"
Replies: 45
Views: 13548

What-If 0086: "Far-Traveling Objects"

Far-Traveling Objects In terms of human-made objects, has Voyager 1 travelled the farthest distance? It's certainly the farthest from Earth we know about. But what about the edge of ultracentrifuges, or generator turbines that have been running for years, for example? Matt Russell http://what-if.xk...
by stickler
Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 161155

Re: Ukraine Government and Economy Falls

And if the Russians aren't already in Ukraine, they soon will be:
BBC - Putin seeks Ukraine troop deployment.
I wonder how many people in Crimea actually want to be Russian.
by stickler
Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 19295

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

You guys should listen to Old Harry's Game. Actually, everyone should listen to Old Harry's Game.
by stickler
Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1329: "Standing"
Replies: 66
Views: 12394

Re: 1329: "Standing"

So if you had a GPS tag on your dog, and it escaped, it would be viable to chase it?
by stickler
Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1329: "Standing"
Replies: 66
Views: 12394

Re: 1329: "Standing"

Am I the only one who has to type the path in to get the comic? Perhaps it is intentionally hard to get to :? A what-if was late recently, maybe RM is busy? Disclaimer: I don't really care. Also, I thought standing desks were an old thing. I just don't jet why most chairs stop at the armpits, surely...
by stickler
Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anticipation thread: What are you waiting for?
Replies: 10
Views: 5352

Re: Anticipation thread: What are you waiting for?

going interrail around Europe in the summer. mainly France and possibly some Germany and England. can't frickkin wait Remember to check whether the journeys you plan on making need advance seat reservations, and consider whether it would be cheaper to fly on budget airlines. for me avoiding just th...
by stickler
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54434

Re: 0651: "Bag Check"

I look for a video of this actually happening when this comic was released, and found none. Happily the BBC have made it happen:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25733346
Not quite as big as a hand grenade though.

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