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by flguy1980
Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 28483

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

I got a landline in 2000 when I first moved out of my parents' house, then had the number moved to a cell phone in 2005--I still live in the same city. My prefix actually isn't all that random--the prefix is one of the city's oldest prefixes, and actually had an "EXchange name" associated ...
by flguy1980
Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 20949

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

At my alma mater, housing is assigned on a queue basis. A new housing application is added to the bottom of the queue, and if you want to renew for the next academic year, you retain your place in the queue. If a student wants a single room, they essentially have to live on campus for three consecut...
by flguy1980
Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 20949

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

Sounds like the "locked" dorm person is a habitual non-locker. Refuses to lock the door for any reason, never carries a key, and always gets locked out of the room when the roommate locks up. At my alma mater, the university housing department has all dorm apartment and bedroom doors deadb...
by flguy1980
Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 20949

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

So how is one locked out of their own dorm room? I never lived in a dorm in college, but I visited plenty, and there's no way to lock out your roommate, save barricading the door. The university's housing department would not look kindly upon someone blocking access to a space for which someone is p...
by flguy1980
Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 20642

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

When I lived in apartments, UPS and FDX would leave me knockers all the time, and I'd have to play the "go to website, request hold, and wait a few days" game on a regular basis. They were obviously unwilling to leave anything in front of an apartment door for obvious reasons. I currently ...
by flguy1980
Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 30614

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

If the nanobots are _eating_ the Earth, each one might not be able to eat its own volume--I certainly can't. If Earth's radius is 6371.0 km and we assume 2^128 nanobots assuming the volume of 40% of the earth, then each nanobot is attributed to having eaten 1.273 3 µ^3 of Earth. But each nanobot mig...
by flguy1980
Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0780: "Sample"
Replies: 135
Views: 25184

Re: Sample (#780) discussion

Wow...I once had a similar incident. When I was in elementary school--4th grade, IIRC--I had a dream where I was in eighth grade at my K-8 school, doing, well, 8th-grade stuff. While the dream was at walking home from school, my alarm clock ended the dream, and that dream remained forever imprinted ...
by flguy1980
Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56675

Re: "1996" Discussion

Another stagnant technology: the BlackBerry. I have a personal phone and a work phone. Personal phone: Motorola Droid. Work phone: BlackBerry Tour. Although the screen is color, the Tour feels like an old Palm, and is not very configurable at all. Example I just griped about with a coworker: my Droi...
by flguy1980
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56675

Re: "1996" Discussion

In spring 1998, my senior year, I took Analytic Geometry in high school. The teacher was an unprofessional, rude nervous wreck who had been there since 1971. She has since retired, after 38 years of turning the school's math department to the point that half the student body was taking their math cl...
by flguy1980
Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0732: "HDTV"
Replies: 222
Views: 79021

Re: "HDTV" Discussion

2004? Hrmph. I got a 17" CRT monitor in 1998 [Sony CPD-200ES] that supported 1280*1024/60 Hz, but for eye comfort, I used it almost exclusively at 1024*768/85 Hz. I used the thing continuously until 2009, at which point the image started to get uncomfortably fuzzy.
by flguy1980
Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0732: "HDTV"
Replies: 222
Views: 79021

Re: "HDTV" Discussion

All I really want is an HDTV receiver with a monitor out. An SVGA monitor out. I have at least three monitors sitting around the house, and at least two sets of computer speakers not being used. An HDTV receiver with a 1/8" stereo plug. Is that so much to ask? http://www.monoprice.com/products...
by flguy1980
Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0705: "Devotion to Duty"
Replies: 99
Views: 27156

Re: "Devotion to Duty" discussion

A few years ago, I served a three-year sentence as the sysadmin for a 1800-student, 150-staff, 450-computer, 100-printer, 170-phone high school. Needless to say, thanks mainly to Columbine and 9/11, we had extensive documentation in dealing with shooting, bomb threats, hostage situations, lockdowns,...
by flguy1980
Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0689: "First Design"
Replies: 141
Views: 52321

Re: "First Design" Discussion

It's about time someone did it: portraying a fire sprinkler working the way it actually does. Activated by heat, specifically 160F, of which a match is easily capable. It makes my head spin every time a TV show or movie depicts fire sprinklers working in a different manner, namely, every one in the ...
by flguy1980
Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64159

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

Yeah, but when we measure fuel efficiency--whether in mpg or l/100 km, we also have to remember that it could be gasoline, diesel, or for some fleet vehicles, LP or NG. These four fuel types have different energy conents in J/L, thus, we'd have to know that too. If Randall used the fuel efficiency o...
by flguy1980
Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64159

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

gmalivuk wrote:Except, most places I've seen have the pressure at more like 360GPa, and gas mileage under 50, which gives a number much closer to Pi.


Change the pressure to 360 GPa, and we're at 3.398. I used a 2010 Prius's new combined MPG from fueleconomy.gov
by flguy1980
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64159

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

Time to get out Mr. TI-89: (sqrt( (h/(2*pi))(c^5/G) ) / 330 GPa) * ( 50 mpg / 34 km ) = 3.706 My TI-89 only knows about the reduced Planck's constant, so a trip to Wikipedia fixed that. I guess it's time to redefine Pi. Oh wait... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill The ironic part here is ...
by flguy1980
Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 34510

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

Clearly, the obvious solution is to find a few trustworthy people (heavy redundancy is needed here) whom I can be certain will remember the information, keep it top secret, and never misuse it. Sadly, such trustworthy people are not easy to find, and the few I do know are so computer/security illit...
by flguy1980
Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0671: "Stephen and Me"
Replies: 84
Views: 16747

Re: "Stephen and Me" Discussion

When I was 10, my family moved from Upper Montclair, NJ to Tallahassee, FL. That's right: from the New York City metropolitan area to the Bible Belt. I've lived here for 18 years, I'm married to a lifer, and I _still_ don't feel welcome. My wife is a bit of a black sheep too, having political opinio...
by flguy1980
Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 17743

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

I never lived in a dorm while I was in college, but if I ever did, and if I ever returned to my room to find my roommate, um, having fun, I'd just treat it like he's sleeping. If I'm paying rent, no f**king way he's kicking me out just so he can... :-)
by flguy1980
Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd Geocities Site Redesign
Replies: 150
Views: 84857

Re: Geocities redesign discussion

From 2004 to 2007, I was the sysadmin for a high school. The school's website was in the not-very-capable hands of our web design teacher, who was a complete moron and pretty much taught her class out of "Web Design for Dummies"--the students knew more than she did. One day, while solving ...
by flguy1980
Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54968

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

Being unfortunate enough to live in the USA, I have seen what airports do, and IMHO, only a few post-9/11 things _actually_ helped with security: - Changed passenger and crew attitude towards hijackers. - Reinforced cockpit doors. - Bomb-sniffing all luggage. - Doors at secure-area exits to keep peo...
by flguy1980
Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0597: "Addiction"
Replies: 122
Views: 21250

Re: "Addiction" Discussion

lu6cifer wrote:So, how many of us do you think stay up until midnight every sunday, tuesday, and thursday to catch the comic this early?


I work until midnight, so it's natural for me to stay up that late. Does that count?
by flguy1980
Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0597: "Addiction"
Replies: 122
Views: 21250

Re: "Addiction" Discussion

- My desktop has nice, quiet fans, and I turned on the Asus Q-Fan feature in the BIOS, which slows the CPU fan down to the minimum speed necessary. - My house is on one acre, which seems to also be the site of thousands of crickets. Even with all the windows closed, the chirping crickets drown out m...
by flguy1980
Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0591: "Troll Slayer"
Replies: 178
Views: 187074

Re: "Troll Slayer" Discussion

"Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel."
by flguy1980
Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 58129

Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion

Make that 140 meters: http://tinyurl.com/googleunits (The title text refers to the fact that Google understands the units and does the adjustment for you. It also converts the miles to SI standard meters.) I got the same result with my TI-89. The density where I live is 360/mi^2, so my r is 1000 m.
by flguy1980
Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 37696

Re: "Security" discussion

I remember reading a Slashdot post about getting a laptop past border security without the Feds having access to your files. There were a great number of suggestions about using Truecrypt, locking all your data into an unhackable block, changing the boot partition, etc. Oddly enough, nobody suggest...
by flguy1980
Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0530: "I'm An Idiot"
Replies: 123
Views: 34337

Re: "I'm An Idiot" Discussion

This actually could have happened to me. I used to live in a 3-unit apartment building, and the front and back perimeter doors each had 3 doorbell buttons. One of our upstairs neighbor's drunk friends would show up at 0400 and start ringing all three doorbells over and over. Our apartment was 1800 s...
by flguy1980
Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 25082

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

I think the ERA should be put into the constitution. I also have some proposals of my own: - Voting rights: "The right to vote of United States Citizens who have reached the age of 18 shall not be denied or abridged for any reason." -- This amendment removes all restrictions on adult citiz...
by flguy1980
Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should America retire the Penny? (Also, let's compare money)
Replies: 174
Views: 18325

Re: Should America retire the Penny? (Also, let's compare money)

No coin should be minted that costs more than its own face value to mint. Heck, we have special laws in place to keep people from selling massive amounts of pennies to recyclers--since they're worth about $0.02 apiece to recyclers. Last I checked, nobody in their right mind would ship a few tons of ...
by flguy1980
Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lowering Drinking Age
Replies: 158
Views: 10888

Re: Lowering Drinking Age

I am graduate from a the University of Scranton in PA, a campus of many that had problems with underage drinking and binge drinking overall. The President of our UofS, interestingly enough, would like to push for the drop in drinking age down to 18. He feels that this will drop the overall need to ...
by flguy1980
Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0463: "Voting Machines"
Replies: 108
Views: 33099

Re: "Voting Machines" discussion

For the voter, the system works like this: - You go to the polling place as normal - You enter the voting booth, and decide whether or not you're going to challenge the machine - If you're not going to challenge the machine, you vote as normal, then select 'place vote', and you're done - If you're ...
by flguy1980
Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0463: "Voting Machines"
Replies: 108
Views: 33099

Re: "Voting Machines" discussion

I have some firsthand experience with ES&S, Premier, Sequoia--the USA's "big three"--and Dominion, a Canadian voting systems vendor. The State of Florida certifications for these things works great--on paper. - Source code is tested by an independent testing lab and hashed. - The State...

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