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by ManaUser
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 4941

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: 5698

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: 4562

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: 6862

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: 6862

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: 3863

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: 13192

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: 8675

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: 4491

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: 8230

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: 7029

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: 6811

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: 6811

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: 59923

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: 13010

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: 5807

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: 8354

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: 4400

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: 8583

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: 7720

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: 13237

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: 7868

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: 17984

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: 17984

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: 7336

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: 7336

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: 32901

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: 10644

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.
by ManaUser
Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"
Replies: 39
Views: 7156

Re: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"

"Well this is embarrassing" seems to refer to Firefox's message when you restart after a crash. (As well as a typical reaction to problems in bed.)
by ManaUser
Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 32901

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

So obviously it's true that some books cost more than some guns, but if that's all he's saying, I'm really not sure what possible point he's making. You could make that claim about practically any two items. It's cheaper to be a house than a meal. (If it's a desert shack and a white house fundraiser...
by ManaUser
Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 32901

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

Specifically he said "There are neighborhoods around the country where it is easier for 12- or 13-year-olds to purchase a gun, and cheaper, than it is for them to get a book." http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Obama-Gun-Control-CNN-Town-Hall-NY-Times-Opinion-364597281.h...
by ManaUser
Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1618: "Cold Medicine"
Replies: 32
Views: 6978

Re: 1618: "Cold Medicine"

Heroin was created to be less addictive and have less side effects than straight-up natural opiates, but it's still pretty addictive, which is why we have now moved to using Morphine, which is less addictive than Heroin though still addictive enough to stay prescription-only. Apparently heroin (und...
by ManaUser
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1620: "Christmas Settings"
Replies: 36
Views: 6617

Re: 1620: "Christmas Settings"

Assuming "click click" means she turned it two spaces, and assuming she remembers this and turned it two spaces, guessing which way it went, and since it is now on chimneys, since everyone knows that is the case, then the true setting before this event is actually bathroom mirror, or toil...
by ManaUser
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 8584

Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

Let me see if I got this: a Windows OS could not find the drivers for a Microsoft keyboard? That might seem strange on the face of it, but remember, Microsoft is the only company who has a disincentive to make hardware that works with older versions of Windows. So on unless orthogon was using Win10...
by ManaUser
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 35729

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

It's a perfectly valid phrase, as long as you mean that you could care less.
by ManaUser
Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 12914

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

Jesus must have had tons of experience walking on sand, and it's well known he could walk on water... How ironic it as that he couldn't handle a combination of the two.
by ManaUser
Tue May 05, 2015 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 23121

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Alright, so we've got claims of defeating Pestilence, Famine and even War. Who's going to take on the big guy?
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by ManaUser
Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 12788

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

The reason is that .COM files have no header or validation information - they're simply a binary dump of a program. DOS loads the entire file into a single 64KB segment starting at address 0x100 within that segment, then calls the procedure that it assumes must start at address 0x100. (This is a ho...
by ManaUser
Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 20659

Re: 1501: Mysteries

It seems like there's some redundancy between the axes. I mean a lost plane isn't particularly weird. It's only weird because it still haven't been found a year later.
by ManaUser
Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:49 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0130: "Snow Removal"
Replies: 51
Views: 16850

Re: What-If 0130: "Snow Removal"

I don't live any place where I need to worry about this, but if I did, melting 17x9x1' snow will a gallon of gas actually sounds pretty tempting. That would be just right for clearing driveways. And gas is still pretty cheap right now...

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