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by xtifr
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1886: Typing Notifications
Replies: 18
Views: 1290

Re: 1886: Typing Notifications

The typing notification could be worse. Remember that collective document editing thing Google did for a while where you saw every keystroke other users made? They were talking about using that technology as a messaging app: you could see what people were typing as a reply as they typed it . Those ...
by xtifr
Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 249913

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I will say that if there is a pattern in the password, I can attack the hash. This is incorrect. At least, with a cryptographically strong hashing algorithm. I don't need to beat the hash, I need to beat the password. This is correct. But if you think the hash is going to provide any partial inform...
by xtifr
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 249913

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I really have to ask at this point: morriswalters, do you believe that doubled letters in a password somehow means that there are doubled characters in the final hash which actually gets stored? Or even that the length of the final hash is in any way related to the length of the password?
by xtifr
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 1806

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

I don't see how "not caring" would be something that humans surpass computers at. There's a difference between simply not caring and being too cool to care. Computers, as you rightly point out, are excellent at the former, but have a long way to go to master the latter. (There may be comp...
by xtifr
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 1818

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

I had to post this one:

"Don't fret about your Amazon reviews. I just got a three-star review because my novel isn't a 36-count package of Jimmy Dean sausages."

(On the bright side, three stars isn't bad for something that isn't sausages. I guess. If sausages is what you wanted.)
by xtifr
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 10463

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

So you don't think I should refer to my local filling station as "that place which sells organic produce"?

(Petroleum being inarguably organic, and primarily derived from ancient plant material.)
by xtifr
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 4546

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

Effectively, in order to have a meaningful exchange, there must be a commonly (between both parties) accepted source of meaning, which implies a third party source. For conversation to work words must mean neither what the speaker wants nor what the listener wants, but what the dictionary says. So ...
by xtifr
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 3005

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

Thesh wrote:
You mean the "New York Giants of San Francisco?"

No, the New York Giants of San Francisco play cricket. The New York Giants of New Jersey play ultimate frisbee.

(Or something like that. I know they're different teams playing different sports.)
by xtifr
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 3189

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

rmsgrey wrote:Nah, for "economics" I always hear "voodoo"...


A bit offensive to the people of Haiti, innit?
by xtifr
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 6637

Re: 1849: "Decades"

Before the 1990s, it was fairly common to see references to the 1890s as "the Nineties" or, frequently, "the Naughty Nineties". The latter is, in fact, the name of the movie in which Abbott & Costello's famous "Who's On First" skit appears. I'm not aware of any simi...
by xtifr
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 5433

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

Making fun of bad infographics is not the same thing as making fun of infographics.

In any case, the impressive part here is that he managed to express his sentiment using exactly fifty words. :)
by xtifr
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 6056

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

"The perfect is the enemy of the good". As far as I'm concerned, first-past-the-post is the equivalent of a bubble-sort--simple, obvious, and almost always the worst option (aside from deliberately bad options like bogo-sort). So I'll support pretty much any alternatives. IRV and Condorcet...
by xtifr
Wed May 10, 2017 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 6707

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

I think Randall is greatly overestimating the legs on this one. My guess is that it's more likely to last about as long as "what color is this dress?"
by xtifr
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 6794

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

I haven't really looked at it much in a few years, but I had the impression that gedit was turing-complete, so it should be able to do pretty much anything any other fully-featured editor can do. It's just a Simple Matter™ of writing the appropriate macros... But still, of all of the listed editors,...
by xtifr
Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 5076

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

That would be a great switch to have -- what's the first thing most people do after compiling? Run the executable they just made. Why not make it easier? Actually, the first thing I do after compiling is usually linking. So, if anything, it should be a switch to ld. :P But the next thing I usually ...
by xtifr
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 6627

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

For generic mouse undo/redo, use xbindkeys [...] If undo/redo are actually defined as valid keys for X, then you probably want to use .xmodmap instead. (And xkeycaps is a convenient front-end if you don't want to dig through docs trying to figure how to write a proper .xmodmap entry.) Unless you re...
by xtifr
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 6627

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

I used to do lots of weird stuff with my keyboard, but most of it was window-manager dependent, and I'd have to do extensive discovery and re-implementation whenever I'd try switching window managers. Too much of a pain. Nowadays, the only thing I do consistently is set CapsLock to Compose. Which wa...
by xtifr
Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 9732

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

The thing about Arsenal is that they always try to walk it in. Hooray. He's kicked the ball. Now the ball's over there. That man has it now. That's an interesting development. Maybe he'll kick the ball. He has indeed and apparently that deserves a round of applause. And now we're going to discover ...
by xtifr
Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 17707

Re: 1761: "Blame"

It's much less acceptable to go back to the electorate once they've chosen the "active" option. It's like if I offer you a coffee, and you say "yes": you expect me to deliver on my offer, not to come back in five minutes and say "are you sure?". Sure, but in the case o...
by xtifr
Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 21915

Re: 1759: "British Map"

ramblinjd wrote:Others:
    Chough
    Blighton
    Aidenn
    Basil
    Cabinetry
    Cardigan
    Sundial
    Blandford
    Efrafa


Aidenn is quite possibly a reference to Poe's "The Raven":

"Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore."
by xtifr
Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Even my argument with Randall (which of course he is not even a party to, but whatever), doesn't amount to anything more than, "You should know better." (I amended my initial post precisely because I overstepped in the way I criticized him.) Sorry, but even "you should know better&qu...
by xtifr
Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Are there any promising initiatives to switch to a not-retarded different voting system for state elections? Maine Ranked Choice Voting Initiative, Question 5 2016 http://www.rcvmaine.com/ It's a start. Ranked-Choice/Instant-Runoff is already in place for several cities in California. I just moved ...
by xtifr
Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

romance, sarcasm, math, and language Choosing the next President will have a substantial effect on all of those things, and will also affect science, rationality, wit, and kindness. The next President will have no effect on this, the same as every President previously. This is nonsense. The fact th...
by xtifr
Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

So when his loved ones are sick, it's ok for him to post a non-funny cartoon about cancer, but when he thinks his entire country is in danger, he's not allowed to post about that? Sheesh. Ok. Everyone who's mad about this comic, line up over there, and we'll issue you your money back in triplicate .
by xtifr
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Both slogans reflect everything that is stupid, shallow, petty, and ignorant in American politics. The attitudes that they reflect neatly sum up how we got into this mess in the first place. Anyone repeating them with a straight face should consider whether they are part of the problem. Obviously, ...
by xtifr
Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Ok, so several people have asked why Randall would post this. I think it's pretty obvious. A lot of people believe this is the MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION WE'VE SEEN IN DECADES. (People on both sides, I might note.) Randall is making it pretty clear that he believes this election is important, and wants...
by xtifr
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 6831

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

Handegg vs footdistortedtruncatedicosahedron. :mrgreen:
by xtifr
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 5580

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

I don't think that's unlikely at all. Bowerbirds are hardly the only birds that build structures to attract mates - some lekking species like Kakapo do it as well (albeit not as elaborate). Right, but what xtifr said is that it's unlikely we can find evidence of bowers. I think they're agreeing wit...
by xtifr
Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 5580

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

I have to admit that I'd be totally chuffed to find evidence that Dinosaurs* built elaborate bowers surrounded by carefully segregated piles of colored materials, like the bowerbird . Unfortunately, that's probably about as unlikely as Randall's future folk learning about spiderwebs without using ti...
by xtifr
Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8199

Re: 1741: "Work"

It was actually quite clever how the carton made a spout when you opened it correctly. Except when the glue is applied incorrectly or something, and instead of opening into a nice spout, the carton shreds into its individual layers, resulting in you having a carton that is neither recloseable nor p...
by xtifr
Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 9571

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Even with a moderate dose, you can tell the difference. Though I freely admit there is also a psychosomatic effect. But I have, at least once, been able to tell that I had mistakenly gotten decaf from the fact that the caffeine never kicked in. Took about half an hour for me to be certain. And I gen...
by xtifr
Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 6906

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

Yeah, no. There's no massive duplication of libraries if they're linked off anyway and only downloaded new when they're needed. But how is the system supposed to identify "new"? If I see there's an update to App1, and it includes a new version of shared library SL1, that's great, but then...
by xtifr
Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 6906

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

(Some of the new app-store technologies, like flatpack, are trying to get around this, but I'm not entirely sure how successful they'll be.) Since I'm already downloading tons of stuff every day, I do not want to switch to a model which increases that by a factor of hundreds or thousands. I plan to...
by xtifr
Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 9571

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Considering all the various different ways people have come up with for turning cooked coffee beans into a beverage, this doesn't seem all that outrageous. The first time I encountered Turkish coffee, my reaction was: wow, they're doing everything wrong! Yet the result was pretty decent, once you ge...
by xtifr
Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 6906

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

(Some of the new app-store technologies, like flatpack, are trying to get around this, but I'm not entirely sure how successful they'll be.) Since I'm already downloading tons of stuff every day, I do not want to switch to a model which increases that by a factor of hundreds or thousands. I plan to...
by xtifr
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 6906

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

App Stores being on the same level as package managers? That can't be right... Has Randall ever heard of dependency hell? I've...heard of dependency hell. Haven't actually seen it in decades (pretty much since Debian started shipping apt). Heck, even their older, much-despised dselect tool would at...
by xtifr
Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 23645

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Why is this thread all about grammar? Where are the fashion police? Where are all the people who are outraged because they think they're being labeled as fashion police when in fact they just care about fashion? Where's the outrage from the fashion police that Randall literally thinks they are also...
by xtifr
Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 9685

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

The comparison with light bulbs doesn't really work, because with light bulbs the location is important. If I'm running a city, and a street lamp on 3rd Ave burns out, I can't just turn on a newly built lamp on 174th Ave and say, "hey, the total illumination in the city is the same as before, s...
by xtifr
Sat Aug 27, 2016 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 7762

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

Hmm, for some reason, this conversation is reminding me of a series of jokes my dad and some of his nerdy friends used to make up when I was a wee 'un. The topic was: how would someone of profession X find a sheep. Possible answers included: bombarding the earth with anti-sheep, and looking for an e...
by xtifr
Sat Aug 27, 2016 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1725: "Linear Regression"
Replies: 27
Views: 5832

Re: 1725: "Linear Regression"

kateract wrote:It looks more like a chicken to me. Rexthor the Chicken Bearer. "The eyes of Rexthor and his Chicken are upon us brothers! He favors us in the coming battle!"

Her chicken! She favors! :P ;)

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