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by Draco18s
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 8408

Re: 1849: "Decades"

Wikipedia's entry on Culture for the 2000s is...depressingly empty.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000s_(decade)#Culture
by Draco18s
Mon May 15, 2017 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 3830

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

My mom has a friend who would probably be fine with the GPS car.
She owns three GPS devices and programs them all for different destinations so she can argue with them.
by Draco18s
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 9484

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

No, but I found a single, solitary, black pixel in the last frame.

It's about stick-figure waist-high, just directly below the sucking air of the vacuum.
by Draco18s
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 15917

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

How did he forget blueberries?
by Draco18s
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 7897

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

Yeah, I've been here. I once was tasked with getting some code running so that the rest of my senior design group could build stuff on top of it. First red flag was that the project was based around X3D which is awful, to begin with. Second red flag was that the code in question was a "tech dem...
by Draco18s
Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 5436

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

I feel your pain. I upgraded a desktop recently. The first issue was the motherboard didn't seem to get power, so I got a bigger psu. Still no power, so I got a new mb. I installed FC 20 and it seemed to work. I had a spare drive, so I loaded Fedora on it and it tested okay. Shut down and got back ...
by Draco18s
Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 5436

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

This comic (and "installing BSD") have pretty much been my life for the last 6 weeks. What did I do? I bought a new computer. Upgrading from 32bit to 64bit, more ram, better video card, and oh my god they dropped it. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/wFx4rGbTmCf8x-AgBaNlvXU7ckn5yAIUR0adyNN...
by Draco18s
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 6758

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

I feel dirty now.

Because I was just linked this:

https://streamable.com/bq4s

(rehost of the original to avoid giving the Trump campaign's version more views)
by Draco18s
Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 6758

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

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by Draco18s
Sun May 01, 2016 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1674: "Adult"
Replies: 40
Views: 7756

Re: 1674: "Adult"

I've caught myself doing this. Hell, almost any time I go to the store I'm like, "Look at me...shopping." I still can't resist tipping the little mini-carts up on their rear wheels as I trolly it around (which, to be frank, improves the steering tremendously: those front wheels rattle them...
by Draco18s
Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"
Replies: 40
Views: 14616

Re: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"

ps.02 wrote:
slinches wrote:What's with the Google maps link to Lexington KY?

The link text says "Citation needed" so the link is to Citation Blvd.


What you missed was the restaurant hovering nearby. Something about reptiles and being hot as a furnace.
by Draco18s
Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 20096

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

It's interesting to consider what extensive medical, legal, psychological and ethic databases and routines each toaster's AI would have to have to actually be able to follow the three laws. That's why the three laws aren't applicable in the real world. And also why the stories were written in the f...
by Draco18s
Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 20096

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

<late> Defining "human" actually showed up in one of Asimov's books ( Robots and Empire adjacent). There was a planet where the population isolated itself from the rest of "humanity" to the extend that they started fucking with their own DNA to the point at which they were all ge...
by Draco18s
Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 20096

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

To implement the first law, you would have to unambiguously define (at the very least) "human" and "harm", which means outright solving a large part of philosophy. Defining "human" actually showed up in one of Asimov's books ( Robots and Empire adjacent). There was a p...
by Draco18s
Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 20096

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

If I, Robot has taught us anything, it's that every ordering leads to killbot hellscape . Are you referring to this or this ? If you mean the former, then I understand where you got that idea, even if it's utterly incongruous with the latter. What Asimov wrote was the failings of the 3 Laws (which ...
by Draco18s
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 11070

Re: 1609: "Food Combinations"

The Moomin wrote:Title Text: If anyone tries this on you, the best reply is a deadpan "Oh yeah, that's a common potato chip flavor in Canada."


Or a Kit-Kat flavor in Japan.
by Draco18s
Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1599: "Water Delivery"
Replies: 82
Views: 12102

Re: 1599: "Water Delivery"

Now that Amazon has fast delivery of things, any call for a return service on the packing materials?
by Draco18s
Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: DNA Modeled P.Random Numbers?
Replies: 6
Views: 5810

Re: DNA Modeled P.Random Numbers?

*Circles back around to this again* Still playing around with the brownian motion idea. I didn't get to trying that out until today. So far, so good. A purely random collection of genes end up with a pretty even distribution on the 0-1 spectrum, only 8% variance from an expected average (that is, ou...
by Draco18s
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: DNA Modeled P.Random Numbers?
Replies: 6
Views: 5810

Re: DNA Modeled P.Random Numbers?

Hrm. I'll try giving that a shot.
by Draco18s
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: DNA Modeled P.Random Numbers?
Replies: 6
Views: 5810

DNA Modeled P.Random Numbers?

Just because I was bored, I started trying to see if I could re-approach an old program involving the fitness of some random RTS units. The units at their core only have a handful of stats: HP, Armor, Damage, Num-Shots, Armor Piercing, Reload, Speed, Range And these values were derived utilizing fiv...
by Draco18s
Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1427: "iOS Keyboard"
Replies: 60
Views: 12412

Re: 1427: "iOS Keyboard"

Hey Carl, nice [and easy to use it for a few weeks].
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#safe ... +carl+nice
by Draco18s
Sat May 24, 2014 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1372: "Smartwatches"
Replies: 41
Views: 14277

Re: 1372: "Smartwatches"

In 2010, when my LG VX8300 finally broke, I went to Verizon and asked what modern equivalent they had, because I didn't want to step up to a smartphone and data plan. The rep told me flat out, "get anoter VX8300 on eBay. Seriously. That's the best flip-phone we made, and we don't make anything...
by Draco18s
Mon May 19, 2014 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 15438

Re: 1370: "President"

I take issue with the title text. There's no reason to wait until 2032. The 2020 elections are the first one where someone who watched the internet age as they did will be able to run.

How do I know?

Because I'll be turning 35 that summer.

(On the other hand, I hate people, so...)
by Draco18s
Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 36528

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

I have a hard time recalling what I did before The Internet. Seems that it was mostly homework and cartoon shows. What little I did outside that was stuff that I don't really care about. I built a (shitty) treehouse and played with legos (which I still have most of). Thing is. I have better -than-le...
by Draco18s
Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Blag/Blog is 503 Service Unavailable
Replies: 3
Views: 7096

Blag/Blog is 503 Service Unavailable

I saw the link to the What-If book and clicked it
( http://blog.xkcd.com/2014/03/12/what-if-i-wrote-a-book/ )
And found that it 503'd. So does the main blag link. I also noticed that the above link is blog.xkcd whereas the main link is blag.xkcd. Not sure it matters, it was just interesting.
by Draco18s
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1323: "Protocol"
Replies: 37
Views: 10602

Re: 1323: "Protocol"

super_aardvark wrote:the computer scientist is sitting there trying to figure out what computer-world scenario is being represented by the making out, and becoming very confused.


Hashing.
by Draco18s
Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1313: "Regex Golf"
Replies: 64
Views: 23593

Re: 1313: "Regex Golf"

lol, it's basically half the solution. Inverting a regex is not immediately obvious but it's possible and not very hard. Search for "negative lookaheads". A similar solution is used for 7.Prime. BTW 7 is now my favourite regex problem, it has a general solution solution that is pretty sho...
by Draco18s
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1313: "Regex Golf"
Replies: 64
Views: 23593

Re: 1313: "Regex Golf"

It works fine for me if I just enter "M | [TN]|B". I suspect your problem is that you were surrounding the regexp with slashes, and it looks to me like it interprets those slashes as matching the character '/' rather than surrounding the regular expression. Good catch. Sometimes I gone do...
by Draco18s
Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1313: "Regex Golf"
Replies: 64
Views: 23593

Re: 1313: "Regex Golf"

I figured I'd throw the regex in the comic up into http://regexpal.com/ and take a looksee at it, but Regex pal doesn't seem to like it for some reason. Fauxedit: Ah, I have to enter it like this: /|M | [TN]| B|/ or it only matches the [TN] part (and make it case insensitive, of course). And now I'm...
by Draco18s
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
Replies: 71
Views: 14962

Re: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"

suso wrote:What I'm wondering is why the Earth is at the center (or near center) of this diagram? Are we still that arrogant?


Well we are at the center of the visible universe...

Semi-related:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4c-gX9MT1Q
by Draco18s
Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 28407

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

Just as a commentary on the alt-text: It's possible to have pirated Photoshop and have an Adobe.com password. My problem in protecting myself from "[xkcd.com/792]-style password reuse attacks" is I have no idea what my Adobe password was before the attack, nor which sites I use that may ha...
by Draco18s
Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1280: "Mystery News"
Replies: 42
Views: 9336

Re: 1280: "Mystery News"

Friend of mine has a Chrome plugin telling him his maximum number of open tabs. He checked it the other day and it was almost 300.

I'm sure comic this is a problem for him.
by Draco18s
Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1248: "Sphere"
Replies: 78
Views: 14342

Re: 1248: "Sphere"

Darn it, xkcd should carry some sort of warning (yeah okay it sort of does - I swear I'm not a liberal arts major!) about potential deleterious side effects to one's IQ - I distinctly feel a whole lot dumber after somehow ending up on the wikipedia page about Lagrange points and utterly failing to ...
by Draco18s
Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"
Replies: 58
Views: 19059

Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Just as a point of information but as best I understand it, the minus world is not in fact a negative number, but world [blank] - level 1, which displays as world -1. The glitch that reaches it is from trying to find level data in a place where no level data exists, not because the game is sent to ...
by Draco18s
Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1226: "Balloon Internet"
Replies: 66
Views: 15163

Re: 1226: "Balloon Internet"

Guys guys guys.

They're called Googloons.
(Yes, I made that up yesterday in the car when I heard about what they're doing.)
by Draco18s
Fri May 31, 2013 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1219: "Reports"
Replies: 30
Views: 5748

Re: 1219: "Reports"

Not just the Old Testament. Look what happened in the New Testament to the report of the miraculous feeding of the five. :) You mean with 0.005 loaves and 0.002 fish? Hallelujah :D Having recently taken a tour of the holy land, it was pointed out to me that the miracle was not feeding 5000 people w...
by Draco18s
Mon May 06, 2013 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"
Replies: 50
Views: 12433

Re: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"

I'm reminded of the Footnoterphone from the Thursday Next novels.

There was a not-insignificant amount of plot that happened inside the footnotes in one book.
by Draco18s
Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 21456

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

My pet peeve is the Adobe Reader update - it's a bloody PDF reader, why does it need updating so often? It's not like the PDF format changes so much or that it's a major security threat Actually, it IS a major security threat, because it has so many executable and internet-enabled features that no ...
by Draco18s
Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 16868

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

PolakoVoador wrote:Thanks! This particular alt-text is funnier now :D


Shit! There's alt text on these!?
*Hurriedly rereads all the whatifs, now with alt text*
by Draco18s
Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 15564

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

Someone read The Roads Must Roll recently.

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