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by ManaUser
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 1428

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

Why on earth should a web developer support a browser longer than people who publish the browser themselves? Depends on what you mean by "support". If you mean extensive testing to verify every page renders correctly in a specific old browser, then no that's probably not worth it. If you ...
by ManaUser
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 1428

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

Yes I know I should upgrade. I will sooner or later. And as much as it irks me it's probably going to be this (not xkcd, but this problem in general) that forces my hand. And yes I'm using a really old version... Firefox has sucked for a long time. I can understand drooping support obsolete encrypti...
by ManaUser
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 1428

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

So you're concerned about security... but you're using an old browser? No. That's my point. I have am completely unconcerned about the possibility of my xkcd viewing habits being spied on. Mainly because they wouldn't be. Perhaps this will illustrate better: This forum, the only part of xkcd.com as...
by ManaUser
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 1428

I hate gratuitous encryption

Back story: I'm using an old version of Firefox, because the new versions suck and I haven't got around to moving everything over to Pale Moon or whatever. Well more and more lately, I've been getting locked out of websites with "ssl_error_no_cypher_overlap" messages. But the funny thing i...
by ManaUser
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 6471

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Now we know why XKCD is (almost always) black and white.
by ManaUser
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 12257

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Pfhorrest wrote:Given the terrible, awful noise that MRIs make, I find it hard to imagine a cat possibly being happy while in one. You may as well ask a cat to be happy inside a vacuum cleaner.

Maybe use a deaf cat?
by ManaUser
Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 4279

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

On a side note, I don't understand why people are willing to spend so much money on screenshot tools. The company I work for is on the extreme side and even paid for a physical tool; all our workstations have their own dedicated screenshot key. I take it your workplace uses Macs or something? PCs h...
by ManaUser
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 5991

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

How about Private Use Area the movie? Like Sausage Party, that's probably another one you wanna be careful not to take your kids to.
by ManaUser
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 3702

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

DanD wrote:So the market doesn't correct bad assumptions? Not a very conservative idea there.

Did I ever claim to be a conservative?

But I do think "the market" will probably correct such mistakes in time, it just might take a few failures before the suits figure it out.
by ManaUser
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 4212

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

Incidentally, for those outside the US who may not know, it's only been since disputed election of 2000 that the colors really got standardized. Since election coverage went on talking about "red states" and "blue states" for weeks, the terms really sunk in at that point. But eve...
by ManaUser
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 3702

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

Industry tends to be biased towards what works and produces profits. So apparently liberal ideals work and produce profits. Possibly, but people can make mistakes, industry leaders would only need to think that's true. Entertainment is probably where this is most relevant. If say movie execs think ...
by ManaUser
Wed May 17, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1838: "Machine Learning"
Replies: 22
Views: 4141

Re: 1838: "Machine Learning"

Machine Learning may be good at alot of things, but clearly game design is not one of them. That card is freakin' OP.
by ManaUser
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 5699

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

⋅  The probability of guessing someone's password increases only marginally if it is unchanged. The only explanation I can think of for insisting users change there password regularly is if they assume that passwords will be compromised regularly. So if this rule is seen as an important p...
by ManaUser
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 6366

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

alanbbent wrote:I'm sure it's a problem, but bismuth actually looks really cool.

You can also combine it with Indium to make an alloy that melts in hot water. Fun science project.
by ManaUser
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 5161

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

The retina storage tray is the best feature. We all know that password reuse is a big problem, but when it comes to biometrics, few people use a unique retina for each party they want to authenticate with. I feel this is mainly because carrying extra retinas has been such a hassle in the past. I'm g...
by ManaUser
Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 7843

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

Since a corporate environment is probably windows based, try autohotkey. The syntax is erratic and weird, but it has all the low level windows hooks as language keywords. I was gonna suggest the same thing. It's great tool for simple UI tweaks on Windows, and it can do more if you ever want to. Ano...
by ManaUser
Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 7843

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

I just discovered that if I hold down shift, my scroll wheel already goes through time. Although the directions are the opposite of what I was expecting.
by ManaUser
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1797: "Stardew Valley"
Replies: 16
Views: 4256

Re: 1797: "Stardew Valley"

Never having played the game (though I have heard of it and been tempted) I have do wonder why there aren't separate "use" and "interact" commands. Isn't that fairly common in this type of game?
by ManaUser
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14843

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

Justin Lardinois wrote:the density of a single Skittle is 0.794g/ml. 1 gallon is about 3785.41ml.

That can't be right... That would mean Skittles float in water wouldn't it? Because they definitely don't.
by ManaUser
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9786

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

So I'm wondering about this anti-bird/superman window film. Is it designed to be UV and X-Ray vision or something?
by ManaUser
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 5186

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I do not get it (but then I am a one-number kinda guy). It seems like he is saying that #1 is for the cell, without any side-effects to think of except the receivers preferences. Hence, I would keep #1 (and possibly add #3 for emergencies, if the person is close enough). If it is professional relat...
by ManaUser
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 9008

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

I like how the first two characters of Dvorak for "send" make a cheeky smiley.
by ManaUser
Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 7719

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

Not sure which comedian it was (Steven Wright? Mitch Hedberg?) who pointed out the absurdity of the term "artificial color". You mean this isn't actually red, it just looks red? Artificial color isn't the opposite of real color, it's the opposite of natural color. Or strictly speaking, I ...
by ManaUser
Sun Dec 25, 2016 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 7380

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

The ability (or probability) of a cat to produce something I would call a "deep puncture wound" is what I'm doubting. It does depend on the size of the cat . But keep in mind, if you scale down a puma to domestic cat size, and shrink that donkey(?) the same amount, its neck would be large...
by ManaUser
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 7380

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

Not all bites cause puncture wounds. A cat can bite playfully, or even threateningly, but not hard enough to break the skin. I'm assuming you're going to be fine in that case... goodness knows I've experienced that often enough. But if it draws blood, then yeah it's serious. As a side note, it's ser...
by ManaUser
Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 65467

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Regarding election methods (from a page or two back) I really like approval voting. Mainly for its extreme simplicity of both concept and implementation. It works just like the standard "pick one" method, only you can pick any number and vote for all of them equally. It still invites some ...
by ManaUser
Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 13969

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

rhomboidal wrote:I'll bet she interrupts her own thesis defense the exact same way.

No, no, she'll interrupt her thesis defense by making out with herself.
by ManaUser
Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 6293

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

I remember reading that article and seeing that "The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active stopped working after being put in a tank that simulated the effect of being about 5ft (1.5m) underwater." I was trying to work out how they could be 'simulating the effect of being five feet 1 underwater' excep...
by ManaUser
Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 8905

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

What happens if you use both -i and -I? Does it ignore all the letters?
by ManaUser
Tue May 17, 2016 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1681: "Laser Products"
Replies: 30
Views: 4833

Re: 1681: "Laser Products"

Well this is an interesting development in the "hair removal" category ... https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-skarp-laser-razor-21st-century-shaving#/ I'd buy one if Skarp ever makes it to production. My only question is whether it would work on my dog. :) This isn't funny or anything...
by ManaUser
Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 9104

Re: 1669: Planespotting

speising wrote:How do you even pronounce "Mk. IVII"?

It's just Mark 6, widely considered to be two steps forward and one step back from the previous model.

Either that or Mark Ivy, companies are always respelling words for trademark purposes these days.
by ManaUser
Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 8338

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

Something that occurred to me late last night: where on the complexity scale should the algorithm mentioned (in fine print) on the XKCD front page sit? We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves. The algorithm is banned in China. The algorit...
by ManaUser
Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 14360

Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

Isn't the drawing of the "mile-long mechanism" wrong? If the mechanism is attached to the plane it has the same speed and having the bird drop the pizza where it's drawn has the same problem as not using the mechanism at all. It would have to drop the pizza at the point closest to the pla...
by ManaUser
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 52
Views: 8287

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

TranquilFury wrote:How do I install my keyboard?

Plug it in and type install self.
by ManaUser
Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 19136

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

To be fair, I've heard it argued that round numbers in metric are pretty good ballpark figures for how humans perceive temperatures too:

0 = freezing
10 = cold
20 = comfortable
30 = hot
40 = way too hot
by ManaUser
Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 19136

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

If you're going to convert a temperature to radians, I think Fahrenheit makes more sense, because the 180 degree range between freezing and boiling makes half a circle.
by ManaUser
Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 7756

Re: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"

So how much energy would it take to create an event here on Earth—let's say one kilometer from the detector—with the same signal strength?
by ManaUser
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 7756

Re: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"

Is it possible to purposefully encode information in gravitational waves and really send messages like this? Sure, if you can push black holes around. No problem for Zolax, apparently. They don't call Zolax "The Mighty" for nothing. Of course technically human-scale events like jumping or...
by ManaUser
Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 35014

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

This is incredibly far off the original topic, but regarding safety devices, I was thinking, what about some kind of detector just to verify the gun is being held by the grip, in a normal way before it can fire? I don't know if it's really a very large problem, but you do occasionally hear about peo...
by ManaUser
Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1632: "Palindrome"
Replies: 55
Views: 11260

Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

'Nam is sometimes consider the first war we ever lost (thought not strictly correct), so perhaps God's 'Nam refers to that incident with the iron chariots. Not sure how the tables fit in though.

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