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by Cartofel
Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21318

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

Saw the comic and thought "Oh god, the Whovians are going to rise up..." And lo :P It also made me think about that part of Discworld (Colour of Magic, I think) where he talks about tectonic plates whizzing by from the rocks' perspective, and how we should hope they don't notice us piggyba...
by Cartofel
Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0771: "Period Speech"
Replies: 107
Views: 40055

Re: "Period Speech" discussion (#771)

I, too, am disturbed to find people thinking that adding "thou"'s makes speech sound more formal...was there ever an English equivalent to «tutoyer»? To thou. Like, at the trial of Sir Walter Raleigh - "I thou thee, thou traiter!" As in, I'm calling you "thou", to show...
by Cartofel
Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0752: "Phobia"
Replies: 90
Views: 25683

Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Anyone else surprised at how detailed the stick-anatomy is in the last panel? Like, actually a bit unnervingly with the tiny arms with things that aren't really hands and stuff...

But yay brunette's detailed hair :)
by Cartofel
Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0533: "Laptop Hell"
Replies: 95
Views: 25681

Re: "Laptop Hell" Discussion

Wow. Laughed at the comic, but the sysadmin sounds like a bit of a douchebDISREGARD THIS I SUCK COCKS TOO
by Cartofel
Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0515: "No One Must Know"
Replies: 169
Views: 30805

Re: "No One Must Know " Discussion

"Good morning, the Worm, your honour; the Crown will plainly see the Prisoner who now stands before you, was caught red-handed showing FEELINGS - showing feelings of an almost HUMAN nature; this will not do!" Kudos to anyone who recognises it! Easy peasy, from the Trial in Pink Floyd'...
by Cartofel
Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0515: "No One Must Know"
Replies: 169
Views: 30805

Re: "No One Must Know " Discussion

"Frankly, my dear...I don't give a damn." <----First thing that popped into my head. No reason why. "Good morning, the Worm, your honour; the Crown will plainly see the Prisoner who now stands before you, was caught red-handed showing FEELINGS - showing feelings of an almost HUMAN na...
by Cartofel
Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: OR and XOR
Replies: 38
Views: 6251

Re: OR and XOR

evilbeanfiend wrote:iirc latin has seperate words for exclusive or and inclusive or, its just an english thing.

habet "aut" et "vel", nescio qualem discrepantiam esse.
(io!)
by Cartofel
Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: OR and XOR
Replies: 38
Views: 6251

OR and XOR

Hi, I'm posting this here because I don't think it would fit in Coding... Apologies if this has been dissected here many times before... When I started programming, one of the first things that bugged me (and which didn't seem to be language-specific) was the way OR and XOR are used. In Boolean alge...
by Cartofel
Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 117428

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

Ah, XKCD finally confirms that choice does not exist...

"Choice is an illusion in which we believe so that we do not lose our minds"
- Someone (possibly a Matrix quote - I don't know)
by Cartofel
Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0499: "Scantron"
Replies: 173
Views: 40412

Re: "Scantron" Discussion

I love that 'AIEEE' is in this comic. It doesn't get used enough. In French they use AÏE a fair bit. So maybe it's a French import? Like Caran d'Ache pencils in Russia (the Russian word for "pencil" is karandash ). Wait - they're Swiss! At least it was vaguely on topic... The only machine...
by Cartofel
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0491: "Twitter"
Replies: 156
Views: 34649

Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Like this a lot more, if only for introducing me to Burma Shave ads...
Ah, sweet wordplay...
by Cartofel
Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0490: "Morning Routine"
Replies: 103
Views: 18733

Re: "Morning Routine" Discussion

meh. Didn't really like the lack of drawings.
by Cartofel
Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 32867

Re: "Depth" Discussion

Out, Vista!

You could install Linux, but black magic looks more fun.
by Cartofel
Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)
Replies: 30
Views: 4204

Re: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)

In case it interests anyone, I emailed Roger Hui and asked him where the name J came from. He pointed me to the last sentence of the Preface to "An Implementation of J", at http://www.jsoftware.com/jwiki/Doc/An_Implementation_of_J : Why "J"? It is easy to type. So there you go, f...
by Cartofel
Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)
Replies: 30
Views: 4204

Re: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)

Sorry, forget to comment on this. I haven't personally studied APL very much, although I remember that another overstrike was ":" over "-", giving the classical division sign "÷" I don't remember now, but I think they actually had that as a symbol and did not need to m...
by Cartofel
Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)
Replies: 30
Views: 4204

Re: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)

I'm curious how much easier APL is to read. I think it would be significantly easier. Part of it is that the symbols are chosen rather than enforced, but mainly it's that there's more of them, and presumably . and : suffices are unnecessary. Well, sort of. There are 2 character operators. This is b...
by Cartofel
Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)
Replies: 30
Views: 4204

Re: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)

* I replied to Xanthir that J verbs weren't compact for no reason at all: given the context-dependence (see above) it's necessary to scan ahead just to interpret the meaning of the word you're looking at, and compact notation makes this much easier. I recognized that he probably didn't care for J s...
by Cartofel
Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)
Replies: 30
Views: 4204

Re: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)

Dammit, my puzzle's gone as well. I think I proved my point slightly with that atrocity the first time, but the function definition (for those who care, or want to improve their J reading skills), was function=: (($:@(<#[) , (=#[) , $:@(>#[)) ({~ ?@#)) ^: (1<#) troyp: You just forcibly group all dot...
by Cartofel
Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)
Replies: 30
Views: 4204

Re: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)

However, this doesn't account that the monadic and dyadic cases of different verbs are frequently entirely different: monadic "i." is "Integers", but its dyad is "Index". There's nothing stopping you from aliasing a single verb to multiple names, for instance: range =:...
by Cartofel
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)
Replies: 30
Views: 4204

Re: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)

I understand that example now. From the amount I read about J, I actually already mostly understood that one except I didn't know what *. was. And my point is that you answer would have been just as clever and short (in number of operations/words) if it could have been written insert(lcm)(1+range(2...
by Cartofel
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)
Replies: 30
Views: 4204

Re: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)

I started reading about it. I don't even think it is that writable, let alone readable. The basic concept of the language with regard to operating on arrays and stuff makes sense, but I don't see any reason why all the functions in the language need to be a couple characters. They are hard to remem...
by Cartofel
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)
Replies: 30
Views: 4204

Re: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)

Once you understand the individual words, the whole thing is easier to read and debug. Here's the shortest example I wrote: NB. What is the smallest number that is evenly divisible NB. by all the numbers from 1 to 20? *./ 1+i.20 First some terminology. J uses the terms of English grammar, so a funct...
by Cartofel
Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The J Programming Language (and other array languages)
Replies: 30
Views: 4204

The J Programming Language (and other array languages)

Hi, all. troyp and I noticed that there was nowhere for people to discuss the amazing language that is J. From the website, http://www.jsoftware.com : J is a modern, high-level, general-purpose, high-performance programming language. J is portable and runs on Windows, Unix, Mac, and PocketPC handhel...
by Cartofel
Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Project Euler
Replies: 411
Views: 158381

Re: Project Euler

Well... J is quite efficient (owing in part to the compactness of the code etc.). But you can do almost all of the things you could do with, say, C++, and perhaps those too, if you write a DLL. If you want a few examples of things people have done with J (in many, many fewer lines than it would take...
by Cartofel
Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Project Euler
Replies: 411
Views: 158381

Re: Project Euler

Here's my solution in J:

Code: Select all

+/ i. &. (p:^:_1) x: 2e6


Not that it's really very helpful.
http://www.jsoftware.com :wink:
by Cartofel
Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0436: "How It Happened"
Replies: 168
Views: 38195

Re: "How It Happened" Discussion

I love the way he goes into the finger-pointing pose (proof that XKCD stick men have fingers?) and then probably holds it for about a minute afterwards...
by Cartofel
Wed May 07, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2378910

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, I'm Chris.
And I'm not a bot.
At least I don't think so.
Can bots think so?
Thought not.
Cogito ergo sum...
Or something

I should probably be REVISING FOR GCSES WHICH ARE ON MONDAY right now. :D
by Cartofel
Mon May 05, 2008 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0419: "Forks and Spoons"
Replies: 146
Views: 30264

Re: "Forks and Spoons" Discussion

Don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet, but the proper/ UK name for a spork is a " runcible spoon ". But I always thought spork was cooler. As a prime example of a portmanteau, for one thing. ("runcible" is actually another made up word, designed by Edward Lear; "portmantea...

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