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by Jirin
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35079

Re: 1173: Steriods

@TimXCampbell

We are a very particular type of sack. Our chemicals are capable of reproducing exact copies of themselves, and are arranged in such a way as to form complex logical circuitry.
by Jirin
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35079

Re: 1173: Steriods

I think you have to make the distinction between absorbing chemicals the way we evolved to be able to do, and using our abstract reasoning ability to find clever ways to artificially manipulate those systems. But I think the bigger issue that outrages people is that it destroys the mythology of spor...
by Jirin
Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41632

Re: 1144: Tags

Oh, there are way better ways than that to annoy a web developer. For instance, you could demand features that require modern browsers and high performance speed, then insist it be compatible with IE6. Or, you could come in as a contractor on their backbone application and write everything in global...
by Jirin
Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: 3 months into a project, and now I have to support IE7!
Replies: 5
Views: 2171

Re: 3 months into a project, and now I have to support IE7!

Well, it has to be able to take an arbitrary amount of data. And, this data is not necessarily grouped in chronological order, and columns have to be sorted in varying ways depending on their associations. A ton of processing has to be done on the raw JSON data to build it into a DOM. Also, a ton of...
by Jirin
Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: 3 months into a project, and now I have to support IE7!
Replies: 5
Views: 2171

Re: 3 months into a project, and now I have to support IE7!

Some of our biggest clients have legacy systems that run on XP, and it was a fight to get them to upgrade to IE7. I am doing my best to keep the DOM light, but the problem is really that this particular program needs to basically draw a graphical representation of a timeline with a lot of different ...
by Jirin
Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: 3 months into a project, and now I have to support IE7!
Replies: 5
Views: 2171

3 months into a project, and now I have to support IE7!

Hello, I'm working on a highly interactive website with a fairly large DOM populated using Backbone. Since this started, a certain coworker of mine insisted that we did not have to support IE7. So, we used a lot of workarounds to make HTML5-like stuff work in IE8 (Albeit with major performance issue...
by Jirin
Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 28211

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

Yeah, whenever people talk about rising cancer rates I say, cancer rates have gone up because more people are surviving longer with cancer!
by Jirin
Fri May 27, 2011 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 30136

Re: 904: "Sports"

I think the issue with sports commentary is more that they've never heard of 'Family-wise error'. "Derek Jeter holds the record for infield singles on Thursdays during a full moon." "Really? WOW! Derek Jeter must get his strength from the full moon!" They also tend to have the co...
by Jirin
Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Question about generic types in Java
Replies: 9
Views: 2499

Re: Question about generic types in Java

Ok, thanks. I'll try that. Edit: I see my problem. I was trying to do: public class FreqTree<T implements Comparable> instead of the less intuitive but more correct: public class FreqTree<T extends Comparable> Of course now I'm getting 'Unchecked or unsafe operation' warnings for calling compareTo()...
by Jirin
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Question about generic types in Java
Replies: 9
Views: 2499

Question about generic types in Java

I'm trying to define a generic type for a binary search tree. The problem is, of course, to build a binary search tree you need to be able to compare things. To compare things you need to call specific methods. I can get around this by casting things as Comparable. The problem is, of course, that so...
by Jirin
Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 187921

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

Ha, that's totally true. I'm an atheist myself, and it drives me nuts when I see other atheists hailing arrogant jerks like Dawkins as the atheist messiah. That kind of arrogance is based on certainty of your own conclusions. But really, believing in an absence of the supernatural is just as much a ...
by Jirin
Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 71846

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

Okay, after a little bit of thinking of this, I've proven that, with calculable values a and m, you are always 2m steps away from an even number a * 3^m - 1. I think it could be possible to prove based on my line of thinking that there are no loops, but you couldn't necessarily prove there are no in...
by Jirin
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 71846

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

If I ever obsessively tried to prove the conjecture I would focus on the fact n and 3n + 1 are necessarily relatively prime. Or I would look for some kind of recursive proof.
by Jirin
Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16706

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

The two party system won't really be beaten until we have runoff elections. As long as candidates need a plurality instead of a majority they'll always feel obligated to vote for the lesser of two evils. What bothers me is the way the media has created this closed ideological world where all ideas n...
by Jirin
Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0625: "Collections"
Replies: 137
Views: 35268

Re: "Collections" Discussion

Contrarily I would say that calling the mundane pointless is a little narcissistic. You can't think mundane thrills are pointless without thinking you deserve to have cosmic importance.
by Jirin
Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0623: "Oregon"
Replies: 141
Views: 42889

Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Ha. You know a few years ago I finally beat that game as the Farmer on a website based Apple IIe emulator? I hear new versions of the game teach you little factoids about history and pretend hunting didn't exist. Horray for re-writing history to be more Basically Decent! Hey, did you know there was ...
by Jirin
Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0621: "Superlative"
Replies: 136
Views: 31612

Re: "Superlative" discussion

Man I hate those ads. Why is it people have this association between not drinking alcohol and being boring? I find it's the heavy drinkers who have absolutely nothing interesting to say. Because they spend all their time drinking beer, the most interesting conversation you can have with them is an i...
by Jirin
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127456

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Stupid people don't reproduce more. Poor people reproduce more. Stupid rich people like saying that's the same thing. Only it balances out because poor people get killed in random acts of violence or thrown in jail by unsympathetic rich people who want to morally censure their culture. There was a c...
by Jirin
Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0601: "Game Theory"
Replies: 164
Views: 32539

Re: "Game Theory" Discussion

Flawed logic. Playing and losing has a greater net utility than not playing.
by Jirin
Thu May 21, 2009 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0586: "Mission To Culture"
Replies: 156
Views: 26748

Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

You know, classical music is fine for the people who are into it. But the whole 'All classical is superior to all other forms of music' thing is crap. Listening to conservatory students is more painful than listening to hipsters talk about Neutral Milk Hotel. Especially since everyone into classical...
by Jirin
Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0566: "Matrix Revisited"
Replies: 201
Views: 33760

Re: "Matrix Revisited" Discussion

When I saw the movie, for the first hour or so it was like "Man that is so cool!" Then here are my future musings as I went through the movie: "Wait, why would they die when they die in the matrix or get disconnected? 'Mind/body connection'? That doesn't work that way! Otherwise you'd...
by Jirin
Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0558: "1000 Times"
Replies: 266
Views: 49646

Re: "1000 Times" discussion

Yeah, you know what else? "The Dow is down 50%" is different from "The market is 50% smaller." The Dow is just a measure of the investing confidence people have in a handful of supposedly 'representative' companies! Rumors, unfounded anxiety, etc can lower the Dow. Heck, the Dow ...
by Jirin
Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Help with C code needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Re: Help with C code needed

Here's the loop that builds the linked list (I used a linked list so I could close the directory before making any recursive calls): while(direntry = readdir(openeddir)) { char *abpath; char slash[2] = "/\0"; if(strcmp(direntry->d_name, ".") == 0 || strcmp(direntry->d_name, "...
by Jirin
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Help with C code needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Help with C code needed

I'm in this Unix Systems Programming class where all the assignments are miniature versions of basic Unix commands using C. This week's is find. Now, you get four free late days in this course. I put off most of the work until today because it's my first day off from work all week, but it was due ye...
by Jirin
Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0511: "Sleet"
Replies: 83
Views: 20015

Re: "Sleet" Discussion

Ha. I'm no fan of DRM, and it will prevent me from paying money for non-physical copies of music, but it doesn't bother me enough to lecture people on it long past the point of polite interest. I can see that BSG may not be for everyone. But come on, Firefly? Really? It's just a bunch of audience pa...
by Jirin
Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0499: "Scantron"
Replies: 173
Views: 41039

Re: "Scantron" Discussion

MCAS are such a scam. (Think about it. It's an anagram people!) An entire education plan designed around forcing school districts to spend large amounts of money on having the kids memorize a laundry list of factoids they're not going to retain a week after the test, instead of gaining independent s...
by Jirin
Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)
Replies: 2377
Views: 159390

Re: Heroes: Here thar be spoilers (Merg'd Season 2)

Season three hasn't done much for me so far. It's like they overreacted to criticism that season two moved too slow, and instead decided to rush everything. They rushed things so much they had to do a lot of retrospective continuity. Oh, Claire won't die if you steal her power, in fact she can't die...
by Jirin
Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Robert Christgau Reviewed in His Own Style
Replies: 8
Views: 2583

Re: Robert Christgau Reviewed in His Own Style

Doesn't Christgau give A-'s to only mainstream rap and compilations of legends, and Bs or lower to everything else?
by Jirin
Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 54392

Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

This is why I haven't considered switching over from CDs yet. If you're giving me a free download, go ahead, put whatever weird oppressive technology you want on it so long as it doesn't mess with anything else on my computer. If I'm paying for it, I better be able to use it however I want for as lo...
by Jirin
Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0484: "Flash games"
Replies: 137
Views: 30614

Re: "Flash games" Discussion

Heh, yeah, that's true. How come with all the advanced gaming technology we have today, companies can't seem to make games half as fun as the fluky, buggy, primitive, ugly NES games? With new games, it's like they look all the fun of the game and alchemized it into the main character's testosterone ...
by Jirin
Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 65161

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

I was going to say, doesn't Tolkien (And some would argue Rowling, though I would not) crush this theory?

Maybe if you don't count the fantasy genre.
by Jirin
Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0481: "Listen to Yourself"
Replies: 173
Views: 36839

Re: "Listen to Yourself" Discussion

I think that, even in a Star Trek utopia, people go on message boards and be idiots.

I can imagine Jean Luc Picard posting on the web:

DARJEELING IS 4 LUZERS

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