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by tibfulv
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 11387

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I have the same attention span problem. And I think I've been afflicted by it since I was 17, though it only became obvious as a problem when I found I couldn't finish books any more ten years ago. Went to a psychologist to get it fixed, and she told me I was so out of shape reading exhausted me. To...
by tibfulv
Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1280: "Mystery News"
Replies: 42
Views: 10930

Re: 1280: "Mystery News"

Firefox has a text tab search on tab titles. It's called Search Tab. Not a catch-all, but if one has many tabs, it's useful.
by tibfulv
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1250: "Old Accounts"
Replies: 54
Views: 49924

Re: 1250: "Old Accounts"

kasmeneo wrote:... "database linkage accumulation slowdown"...? He *made* that up, right?

Googling that phrase leaves as the top result this thread, and the rest are links to the comic, so I'm going to go with yes.
by tibfulv
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: [Fixed] What-If Feed Problems
Replies: 17
Views: 54324

Re: feed problems for What-If in Feedly

Perhaps davean needs more direct prodding (through PM)? Or perhaps he is on holiday. That would actually make sense.
by tibfulv
Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: [Fixed] What-If Feed Problems
Replies: 17
Views: 54324

Re: feed problems for What-If in Feedly

Still broken, for Live Bookmarks in Firefox too.

Ed.: I think I see another problem with the source too: There isn't actually a link to the relevant entry, so the reader won't know where to send you. All links go to the front page.
by tibfulv
Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: What-If rss feed seems not to be updating.
Replies: 2
Views: 2045

Re: What-If rss feed seems not to be updating.

I'll go there and read. Thanks. And sorry for putting the post in the wrong section.
by tibfulv
Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: What-If rss feed seems not to be updating.
Replies: 2
Views: 2045

What-If rss feed seems not to be updating.

Hi. I have a problem with getting new items in the What-If rss feed. I am currently using live bookmarks + liveclick in Firefox. Anyone else have this problem?
by tibfulv
Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"
Replies: 61
Views: 18994

Re: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"

On an unrelated topic: anyone else having trouble with the rss feed for What If? Mine has been stuck on "Random Sneeze Call" since probably last week, so I forgot about it until today. Updating the live bookmark (Firefox) does not help at all.
by tibfulv
Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1242: "Scary Names"
Replies: 111
Views: 28203

Re: 1242: "Scary Names"

"Sharknado" needs to be in two widely-separated places on this graph. A sharknado isn't scary. It's awesome. I mean, I guess I would be scared if a sharknado was about to devour me, but on the other hand, it's probably the best way to go. Well, I'm starting to think that goto is awesome. ...
by tibfulv
Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1242: "Scary Names"
Replies: 111
Views: 28203

Re: 1242: "Scary Names"

ctdonath wrote:
tibfulv wrote:Actual, prerevolutionary secret society, crushed, then rumored to live on after death.

Frankonspiracy?

Or Draconspiracy .....
by tibfulv
Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1242: "Scary Names"
Replies: 111
Views: 28203

Re: 1242: "Scary Names"

Klear wrote:
alcore wrote: "The Illuminati are..."


...a myth.


More accurately, a legend. Actual, prerevolutionary secret society, crushed, then rumored to live on after death.
by tibfulv
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1242: "Scary Names"
Replies: 111
Views: 28203

Re: 1242: "Scary Names"

I had a look at this Look Around You-video, and I am forced to conclude that it isn't in any way serious.
by tibfulv
Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1231: "Habitable Zone"
Replies: 51
Views: 13379

Re: 1231: "Habitable Zone"

It's a little known fact that this is precisely what Voyager 1 was sent out to do.

Proof: Carl Sagan worked on Voyager. He also proposed the mechanism for searching for exo-planets. A coincidence? I think not.
by tibfulv
Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0051: "Free Fall"
Replies: 29
Views: 15262

Re: What-If 0051: "Free Fall"

More chess-daring, I see.
by tibfulv
Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 29296

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

Thought of something: in Norwegian, a sjark is a type of boat, a small fishing vessel (Link has pics). Apparently the word is derived from the English shark. At least, that's what Wikipedia says ....
by tibfulv
Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 29296

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

Showsni wrote:Mostly what I got was "don't use aluminium boats."

I also got "don't drink, breathe, rinse your eyes with, or bathe in bromine."
by tibfulv
Tue May 28, 2013 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0047: "Alien Astronomers"
Replies: 42
Views: 28323

Re: What-If 0047: "Alien Astronomers"

Klear wrote:
Роберт wrote:One of my favorite parts:
This is more promising. The Sun is really bright[citation needed] and its light illuminates the Earth.[citation needed]


Did you click the links? That's my favourite part of it.


I think Randall is hinting that he wants us to buy him a new car. Or a new horse.
by tibfulv
Fri May 03, 2013 10:35 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"
Replies: 38
Views: 12717

Re: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"

As a Norwegian, I have to say that this was not funny. :twisted: As a Norwegian-American with great pride in my Norwegian ancestry, I have to say it was funny. And, I can't see any way to take it in an insulting manner. (I also think it's not doable, but not for the reasons Randall has expressed.) ...
by tibfulv
Thu May 02, 2013 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"
Replies: 38
Views: 12717

Re: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"

As a Norwegian, I have to say that this was not funny. :twisted:
by tibfulv
Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1199: "Silence"
Replies: 107
Views: 18252

Re: 1199: "Silence"

I have recently come to think that 4'33'' performed by Victor Borge would be rather amusing.
by tibfulv
Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 25109

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

[...] I wonder if my Linux box has TECO on it ... Apparently it depends which distribution you are using. Either way, it can be had . Mwahahahaha... Challenge: try to work out how to use it without referring to any documentation. Possibly better source for TECO. (It has ITS TECO a way to find ITS t...
by tibfulv
Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 25109

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

As we all know, the determined Real Programmer can write Fortran programs in any language . :lol: Loving the way he uses vi as an example of a text editor that's too straightforward and wysiwyg for a Real Programmer, and implies that it isn't "complicated, cryptic, powerful, unforgiving, dange...
by tibfulv
Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 25109

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

I don't really get the humor of this one, and I know Java. Meh. Amongst others, it's a pun. The try-throw-catch sequence is a way to handle errors in Java IIRC. Yes, it is. And "Throwable" is a superclass of things that can be "thrown", like Exceptions... So he's just pointing o...
by tibfulv
Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:54 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 20299

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

I only came here to post about the cabbages (yay Avatar) but this post has put me at great ease, thank you. I noticed the alt text last week and was like "huh? since when?" and went back and reread every comic. I *swear* I had checked for alt text when I first started reading the What-Ifs...
by tibfulv
Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 25109

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

CasualSax wrote:I don't really get the humor of this one, and I know Java. Meh.


Amongst others, it's a pun. The try-throw-catch sequence is a way to handle errors in Java IIRC.
by tibfulv
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 60808

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

Lubarsky's Law of Cybernetic Entomology . See, in programming, we don't call it an error .... :mrgreen: Edit: Seeing what the other functions do, maybe we shouldn't be surprised that halfheartedmergesort doesn't do things properly. The programmer is half-hearted, after all, and bugfixing and/or tes...
by tibfulv
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 60808

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

Actually, as I remember it, it was the delight of using the dreaded 'format c:' on your hard drive before installing Linux. Now, it's old hat ....
by tibfulv
Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 60808

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

Description of the rd command in Win 2000 and later. Apparently /s allows you to do the deltree thing. Edit: How long has it been since we used the Windows command line? A while, it seems. (I was going to write 'used Windows', then remembered I was using it to type. Apparently, in my heart, i'm stil...
by tibfulv
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 60808

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

It's pseudocode. The last panel has linux commands. Of course, starting with shutdown -h +5 would shut the computer down, losing the rest of the commands. Technically, it waits for five minutes first, and in fact has to be scheduled first, since once the disk is clean, there would be no shutdown co...
by tibfulv
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 60808

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

I don't get the halfhearted mergesort one. I mean, he's forgetting to include the pivot (unless it's implicitly included in either PIVOT: or :PIVOT but not both; I am not familiar with that syntax). Is that it? I think the colon is supposed to mean something like "less than"/"up to&q...
by tibfulv
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 60808

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

I am not a big enough nerd for this webcomic. I have no idea what any of this is. *hangs head in shame* It's a programming joke. See Algorithm on Wikipedia. See also Sorting algorithm , and know that the object of inventing them is to make the quickest one possible. People have been joking about ma...
by tibfulv
Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 60808

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

Ok, so this is why Munroe was sacked from NASA. This explains so much! :twisted: Also, the panicsort is evil. Very evil.

Afterthought: Which language is that? I don't recognise it.
by tibfulv
Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1183: "Rose Petals"
Replies: 51
Views: 15573

Re: 1184: "Rose Petals"

I don't understand this one! I know the rose petals must have something to do with love, but I still have no clue what this is about. Usually XKCD's have some funny catch or are a reference to something. I don't see the catch here, and don't know what the reference is. Could someone explain? Thanks...
by tibfulv
Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1183: "Rose Petals"
Replies: 51
Views: 15573

Re: 1184: "Rose Petals"

Icalasari wrote:
Locoluis wrote:

Code: Select all

さぁ、逃げまどえその隙に
踊ろよ僕たちはRUMBA
微笑み軽やかに君と
その日は来るのか?
わからなくて


...I don't get it


It's all greek to you? :twisted:

Seriously, though. The translation was not very helpful.
by tibfulv
Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:52 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 32365

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Whatever it was you just said, Pfhorrest came up with this javasript to enable it: javascript:(function(){ h = document.getElementsByTagName("img"); for (i=0; i<h.length; i++) h.item(i).title = h.item(i).alt; })() I what? When did this happen? Have I been coding in my sleep? Oops... it wa...
by tibfulv
Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0029: "Spent Fuel Pool"
Replies: 167
Views: 45038

Re: What-If 0029: Spent Fuel Pool

Not sure, but skulls are a fairly common feature on ancient monuments, especially in South America, and, unfortunately for our purposes, routinely ignored by archaeologists.
by tibfulv
Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"
Replies: 82
Views: 20583

Re: Virus Venn Diagram

Netzach wrote:Isn't this thread named inappropriately?


Indeed, it needs the number up front.
by tibfulv
Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0034: "Twitter"
Replies: 74
Views: 38994

Re: What-if 0034: Twitter

Hm. I never knew the lands where that mountain was was supposed to be Svithjod. If I remember correctly, that's the norse name for Sweden, or as Svithjod hin mikla (Great Svithjod), Russia. Based on the Karakorum?

huanghos bookmarklet is working beautifully, too.
by tibfulv
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0033: "Ships"
Replies: 43
Views: 14072

Re: What-If 0033: Ships

Kethryes wrote:Wow thanks, I had never thought about checking the alt text, lots of easter eggs hidden there!
Damn, now I have to re-read all the what-ifs!


Not at all. Good thing we found out before there were hundreds of them, though.
by tibfulv
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0033: "Ships"
Replies: 43
Views: 14072

Re: What-If 0033: Ships

Indeed. HTML isn't the most difficult source to go through, particularly not src as neat and readable as this. It's not PostScript, or something Word-generated. Or RTF, but now I'm just showing off ....

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