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by Flumble
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 99
Views: 2218

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Reka wrote:Another one: I know that hyperbole is not supposed to rhyme with Super Bowl, but I still often pronounce it that way in my head.

I did not know this... and I will not know this! (even if it means betraying the greek stressing of huPER) It's a kind of bowl, not a bully.
by Flumble
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 99
Views: 2218

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Oops, to everyone quoting me: I messed up the stressing of inventory. Meant to say I first learned to pronounce it inVENTory and then learned most of the world says INventory. Good to know that some places do stress the second syllable (or they have a special type of laboratory called the "inve...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 99
Views: 2218

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I never know what to make of words like "tier", "caveat" and "inventory". Why pronounce them as tear, cavee-at, inVENtory, rather than tyre, caf-feet, INventory?
by Flumble
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 108
Views: 22701

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

Tub wrote:It would seem that the call stack is at most O(log n) calls deep, and each stack frame stores O(1) information.

The loop iterator also has size log n, so I think that's where the square comes from.
by Flumble
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 2797

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Couldn't you just fix this by unevenly distributing the pixels on the chip. Are you talking about the source code, or pure binary, or something else... PinkyShinyRose is talking about randomly sprinkling pixels on crisps, like they do with salt and spices, instead of rasterising them. EDIT: and sho...
by Flumble
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 2079

Re: 1815: "Flag"

This misses a rather important feature of the original. Yes, it just isn't the same without the hand-drawn edge of the coloured bands The bar at the top from the phone, he meant. I would assume that bit is important due to it literally being the point of the comic, and what makes the flag so unique...
by Flumble
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 108
Views: 22701

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

...but that's merely O(n^2). Or O(O) (pronounced "uh-oh!") if you try to sort values of an unbounded type. :P (yes, you can sort it in finite time if your longest element has n bits and you only iterate over values of 1 to n bits, but you won't sort [[2..],[1..]])
by Flumble
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347051

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Xenomortis, can you define some kind of local function do_things :: BaseClass -> Object with overloads for the specific classes? (The program will still call the most specific overload, regardless of whether the object was bound to a variable of a superclass type in between, right?) Pretty sure Jav...
by Flumble
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347051

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Xenomortis, can you define some kind of local function do_things :: BaseClass -> Object with overloads for the specific classes? (The program will still call the most specific overload, regardless of whether the object was bound to a variable of a superclass type in between, right?)
by Flumble
Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 2797

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Please use Dutch vocabulary when talking about water and shipwright things. A kreek (creek) is a narrow body of water that has no/barely* a connection to the sea. Note that creek in the sense of a tidal creek can range anywhere from priel to inham to fjord to getijdengeul . A beek (creek) is a strea...
by Flumble
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9251
Views: 957275

Re: Minecraft

As you can see from the red text, people like SecondTalon have the ability to edit the first post. What's the link? If Feylias is referring to the map I'm updating every now and then, it's at https://xkcd.flumble.nl/map/ (also embedded in the status page ). And for hysterical porpoises, the old map ...
by Flumble
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347051

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Why does python have this named parameter thing in the first place? The language allows for pretty JSONic notation that only takes a few characters extra. They could've invested time in pattern matching on dicts/named tuples/records rather than supporting this variadic-in-positional-and-named-argume...
by Flumble
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 2402

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

Modifiers were a mistake. (most notably skin tones) Modifiers themselves are fine. Some languages have a bunch of them, and they have so many characters that adding a new character for every combination is inefficient. I'm more inclined to say that emojis were a mistake, because A) most fonts don't...
by Flumble
Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9251
Views: 957275

Re: Minecraft

Because the endpoint has two unpowered rail tiles, you will get stuck at the first one, which is technically still inside the tunnel instead of in the room. Note that you can push the cart if you're inside it (even up slopes if the phase of the Moon is right). (I always push it to the end to make t...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 2402

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

Yes! Yes! Go on! Continue adding so many modifiers to unicode until it becomes a full-fledged language allowing you to describe unicode with unicode!

Modifiers were a mistake. (most notably skin tones)
by Flumble
Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9251
Views: 957275

Re: Minecraft

↶ Also I last synced the world on 2017-03-05, so if the inventories were unfucked back then, I'll send them/the world to you (to merge or replace the current world). Can you put the player.dat files back on the server. That should resolve it... Wait, do I have write permissions via rsync? :shock: I...
by Flumble
Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9251
Views: 957275

Re: Minecraft

Also I last synced the world on 2017-03-05, so if the inventories were unfucked back then, I'll send them/the world to you (to merge or replace the current world).
by Flumble
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 96
Views: 3303

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Perhaps it's the same as Chinese restaurants in the Netherlands: no matter which one you visit, they offer dutchified Indo-Chinese food under the guise of Chinese food. (The people working in those restaurants are usually ethnically Chinese, but that's the only aspect of it that's still Chinese)
by Flumble
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 32
Views: 2034

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

orthogon wrote:I'm pretty sure Ponytail being female is canon.

That's racist!
I wear my hair like that and I'm neither female nor cannon.
by Flumble
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 32
Views: 2034

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Beret seems awfully down-to-Earth today. The bicycles even have wheels, as if they're normal bicycles —I'd expect at least half of them wheelless with the promise that someone is turning them into hoverbikes (and that this someone has only been spotted on the security cameras two weeks ago).
by Flumble
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0074: "Binary Sudoku"
Replies: 35
Views: 12299

Re: 0074: "Binary Sudoku"

Like teelo says: you're supposed to be either teabagging/erotic roleplaying or shouting at the others that you hate them and that they're clearly hacking. Preferably both.
by Flumble
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 96
Views: 3303

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

If only the seas would evaporate, then we could teach all of you the wonderful taste of liquorice. There's no one "black liquorice", it's a whole spectrum of sensations. Some are a bit more salty, some have a dash of salmiak, some are sweeter, some are not. I've never liked that "alls...
by Flumble
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 96
Views: 3303

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Blue and purple are the weirdest tasting colours.
by Flumble
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9251
Views: 957275

Re: Minecraft

That's out of infina's control, but thanks for saying it in the topic. :P Going by PAM unable to dlopen(/usr/lib/security/pam_unix.so): /usr/lib/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.25' not found (required by /usr/lib/libcrypt.so.1) it seems I need to restart the server after updating a lot. :oops: (strange ...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 2403

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

The real problem is: where do you store this contact information? All these programs like to use their own contact system, if at all. You can get a pretty long way with an <information giant> account or exchange server that handles all your phone (and programs that interface with that contact book) ...
by Flumble
Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random natterings
Replies: 89483
Views: 4884891

Re: Random natterings

Well, there's always Gyno Star.

It probably won't ever get a big-budget film (or even a physical comic book), but at least it doesn't disappoint.
by Flumble
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is projectile motion 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional?
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: is projectile motion 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional?

Projectile motion is 0-dimensional, as proven by Zeno.
by Flumble
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 55
Views: 1368

Re: Free Will

My lack of free will makes me think I choose to believe in free will.
by Flumble
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 2616

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

No data is safe from the savage, merciless ravages of regex. Except for XHTML <[^<>&="' \t\r\n]+([ \t\r\n]+[^<>&="' \t\r\n]+[ \t\r\n]*=[ \t\r\n]*("[^"]*"|'[^']*'))*[ \t\r\n]*> (note that this doesn't check that it's valid—there are characters this regular expression...
by Flumble
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 2616

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

Xenomortis wrote:Or if they don't, it's easier to patch the binary.

Damn, I'll never be a real programmer in any modern language. (I'd rather write the whole code again than figure out where the hell that foldl call has gone)
by Flumble
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ANGRY NATTERINGS
Replies: 28220
Views: 2047456

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

It also pops up (and naturally is uncloseable) if you have javascript disabled. Which is ridiculous. In any case I don't understand why there would be a pop-up ad for it. We all read yesterday's about-the-book comic and there's an ad on top of every comic. (that isn't blocked by any ad blocker that ...
by Flumble
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 3066

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

I like to call it a burger menu condescendingly . :mrgreen: It's a nice icon for the power user who doesn't like clutter in their interface and barely needs to navigate the menu, but other users it's more likely a step back. Notice how classical desktop software and built-in apps in mobile devices d...
by Flumble
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?
Replies: 20
Views: 834

Re: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?

[bangs head on table] I made a fool of myself because I skipped the last 2 words of the OP! 2 WORDS! No no no, you only made a fool of yourself by not taking gmalivuk's message into account. It's a great answer considering the circumstances. You can also put a thermometer and a small wire spool in ...
by Flumble
Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9251
Views: 957275

Re: Minecraft

Oh shit, now I'm getting emailed by my server every minute that the server is unreachable (i.e. crashed). Stop it, cron! :shock:

[edit] Also wow! 5 players online at the same time! We haven't had that many concurrent players in at least the past 6 months. :O
by Flumble
Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 3113

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

THE MAIN USE OF CAPS LOCK IS TO BE LOUD ON THE INTERNET. IT'S WEIRD HOW YOU READ THIS IN A SHOUTING VOICE BY DEFAULT. And yet we didn't read the dialogue in the comic as shouting. Maybe xkcd is like Archer: after a while you grow accustomed to the shouting and you don't notice it anymore. We need f...
by Flumble
Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 3113

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

The main use of Caps Lock is that you can toggle it and check that the light goes on and off as a basic sign-of-life. However I'm no longer sure what it proves these days, when the keyboard itself is probably running Linux. THE MAIN USE OF CAPS LOCK IS TO BE LOUD ON THE INTERNET. IT'S WEIRD HOW YOU...
by Flumble
Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linuxifying my PC?
Replies: 11
Views: 856

Re: Linuxifying my PC?

There's HandyLinux built for 'older/inexperienced people with dated hardware'. It specifically asks for a Pentium 4 or newer. There's also Lubuntu (or Xubuntu, does't really matter), which tries to be lightweight and based on Ubuntu (which I think is the go-to distribution for discovering linux). If...
by Flumble
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 3113

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

I felt similarly when lending someone my calculator once and trying to explain to them what reverse Polish notation was. Numbers enter repeat operator enter then, result stack returning, reused output or? Assuming this is RPN and not just unintelligible: the problem with applying (R)PN to english s...
by Flumble
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I Learned
Replies: 13088
Views: 1001266

Re: Today I Learned

We use an octagonal stop sign in Israel as well. Not sure how common it is in the rest of the world. I'm going to guess it's an export of the US. Like how planes and ships have to pass by each other on the right-hand side. Yes, it's described in the History section of the wikipedia page linked by O...
by Flumble
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1956
Views: 436700

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

Thanks for pointing me to Eigen (thought it would be more cumbersome to set up than the simple vector library). :D That was indeed one of the steps I took for SVL too, but unlike Eigen it's not a header-only library. And it seemed to not properly import the headers, because nearly all types were mis...

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