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by MarkGyver
Mon May 06, 2019 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 16178

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

I had a frustrating time when I tried to find the meaning of \o/ I'm still not quite sure whether it means: ⋅  I'm raising my hands in the air in anger/despair ⋅  I'm raising my hands in a victory sign ⋅  a modification of lol I immediately interpreted it as "drow...
by MarkGyver
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 16178

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

And why didn't they include the eggplant? Have you heard the tale of Boaty McBoatFace? That's why the purple alien penis eggplant wasn't included. Do you mean that it was disqualified because it might have won with overwhelming popular support, or because it's too humorous? The only problem I see w...
by MarkGyver
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 16178

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

fishpen0 wrote:The whole bracket is invalid due to the suspicious lack of the eggplant

It's also excluding users who visit via https://m.xkcd.com/ in either Firefox or Chrome.
by MarkGyver
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 21904

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

xtifr wrote:It also has yum and dnf, which are used by Red Hat and Fedora.


My bad. I missed yum and didn't know about dnf. I would like to salvage my point by mentioning that the comic still doesn't have zypper (SuSE), emerge (Gentoo), or pacman (Arch).
by MarkGyver
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 21904

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

I was really expecting [...] Or am I missing some reason it doesn't belong in that list? I'm guessing Munroe just went with a handful of personally meaningful examples instead of, e.g., going thru Wikipedia's List of software package management systems . For example, only one Linux format was given...
by MarkGyver
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 19
Views: 6577

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

Congrats on the big round-number milestone! Xkcd now needs 0xC bits to represent its comic numbers.
by MarkGyver
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 10721

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

The arrow definitely doesn't point to '95, but I think the trend line does start to move at the right place, and the change in the late '80s or '90 is still explained by the 1995 introduction of the vaccine because the illness doesn't hit at birth, but at some later point in childhood. Thanks! That...
by MarkGyver
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 10721

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Am I the only one who, upon reading this comic, immediately thought that this name analysis could be compared to names of antivaxxers? (By the way, is there a spelling for "antivaxxer" that doesn't look weird, or have I just not seen the word enough?) ================================= (lin...
by MarkGyver
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 8541

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

Kludgy wrote:I don't think my computer's affected, though


Which type of CPU does it use?

spectreattack.com wrote:In particular, we have verified Spectre on Intel, AMD, and ARM processors.
by MarkGyver
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 14468

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

I'm just going to attempt naming of a couple concepts people have posted about here, and what they devolve into. There’s a new method being proposed in Oregon called “star voting” (aka. score-runoff) where you rate each candidate on a 0–5 scale (like website reviews) and the 2 highest-scoring candid...
by MarkGyver
Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 21904

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

I currently boot into 3 different distros on a semi-regular basis: Chakra (originally Arch-based, still using Pacman), openSUSE, and Kubuntu. I got tired of the problem this strip's script (allegedly) addresses and wrote a script that checks which distro's package manager is available and runs the a...
by MarkGyver
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 141
Views: 82896

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

I explored for a while and got 130-ish coins before I went back and systematically got all the coins using a map someone posted earlier in this thread. It took me 2619 seconds (72.75% of an hour) for all 169 coins. I don't have the patience to try a more optimal speed-run.
by MarkGyver
Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 388291

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

DOes anyone know a tower defense game with an actual story? I quite enjoyed Defender's Quest but most others TDs don't really have proper stories and while I like playing TDs I also like having stories in between gameplay. So does anyone know another TD that fits the bill? Games in the Gemcraft ser...
by MarkGyver
Thu May 28, 2015 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1530: "Keyboard Mash"
Replies: 52
Views: 9992

Re: 1530: "Keyboard Mash"

rhwwrg90granl/ as;ea54+e4f Sdv1 Top row: That looks like a right-hand-only keyboard mash in Dvorak, with an out-of-place "a" and missing a "c" and "t", as if you're lacking a right middle finger. Or it could be a left-hand-only mash in Arensito, using Alt_Gr for the &q...
by MarkGyver
Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 20114

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

I've heard rumors of languages that, given valid ASCII, would run no matter what. That all input was valid and produced some kind of output. Since I couldn't find such a language, I started writing one. I call it Garbage . The tagline is "Garbage in, Garbage out." because all valid progra...
by MarkGyver
Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0974: "The General Problem"
Replies: 113
Views: 38708

Re: 0974: "The General Problem"

I sympathize with jpk and the off panel guy. I'm (much to my hindrance) currently being a bit of a perfectionist on my current project. I keep telling myself to stop being a perfectionist and get the job done fast but I (like the guy off panel) am really good at lying to myself. "Native 1024 c...
by MarkGyver
Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 36094

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

It's almost as if the only ways to be completely non-default are to extensively research obscure alternatives and to use a source of entropy to make the decision for you. Or to stop using browsers entirely. Not using something is the default option when the choices are overwhelming, otherwise way m...
by MarkGyver
Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 36094

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

I find it amusing how Safari is completely ignored. Even Opera (my Windows browser of choice) got one prior mention in this thread. It's a "default" browser and therefore people put it in the same category as IE. Firefox is also "default" because it's the default alternative to ...
by MarkGyver
Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 172275

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Looks like Randall decided to do a parody of himself there. Either that or I'm up way too late and am making a fool of myself with this post.
by MarkGyver
Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40528

Re: "Workaround" discussion

Using Linux is a good workaround :D . MarkGyver Get Out Of My Head... :wink: I installed Ubuntu Just wait until some random update ruins something in your Ubuntu install.... I am stating in advance that distro-hopping will be your next workaround, at least if you blindly install major upgrades. I'v...
by MarkGyver
Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Office
Replies: 25
Views: 29777

Re: Office

I hate it with a passion. It is clearly objectively awful. I have literally never met anyone in person who liked it. Although I don't like the ribbon, I find it more tolerable than the previous mess of earlier MS Office versions. I also find it more tolerable than OpenOffice's interface. However, m...
by MarkGyver
Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 55464

Re: "1996" Discussion

Why can't programs be executed from flash memory? i'm pretty sure they can . As far as I can tell, those programs just copy it into RAM in the background. The SAT calculator list just says they can't communicate or have a touch screen, stylus or qwerty interface Maybe they'd accept a QWERTY-using c...
by MarkGyver
Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40528

Re: "Workaround" discussion

Just curious: do you use the ribbon interface, and if so, do you prefer it? Yes, I use the ribbon. I also prefer it because it feels less cluttered, though it's still over-complicated. The reason I don't use office-like programs very often is because they suffer from extreme feature creep with all ...
by MarkGyver
Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Project Euler
Replies: 411
Views: 157254

Re: Project Euler

On 910107: After the uncouth but helpful answer leak, I checked my length function against that number. themuffinking, I'm guessing you used Java. When the leaked number is used as the start of that sequence, eventually the terms of the sequence exceed Java's maximum integer value, and so roll over...
by MarkGyver
Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40528

Re: "Workaround" discussion

What aspects of MS office do you find better than Open Office? By "better" I meant using them once both are installed on the same system. If you count price and cross-platform support, OpenOffice wins easily. MS Office is better in: ⋅ UI OpenOffice is better in: ⋅ Pric...
by MarkGyver
Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40528

Re: "Workaround" discussion

Hmm, sounds like I could be your brother. I also have an irrational hatred of macs, and I know it's irrational, but I still have one. But I don't play Halo, and I like using Linux. (I worship MS, but I hate IE and prefer OoenOffice to MS Office) I'm agnostic on Macs, don't play Halo, use Linux almo...
by MarkGyver
Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40528

Re: "Workaround" discussion

If the recipient is using Adobe Reader/Acrobat and the security is set right by the sender, it's possible to lock the document against changes, And to make the text non-selectable. Haven't tried breaking this using Foxit yet... I know Okular's got an option to ignore security bits. That's optional?...
by MarkGyver
Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] [safespace] tag haters
Replies: 1
Views: 922

[SAFESPACE] [safespace] tag haters

This thread is for [safespace] tag haters to safely discuss their experiences with the tag without supporters of the tag arguing its validity. I'll start with a description of my brief experience. I was reading the rules like any decent, orderly, rule-abiding forum user and I found this lengthy bit ...
by MarkGyver
Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40528

Re: "Workaround" discussion

Sure disk-space is cheap nowdays, but bandwidth is still relatively expensive when you e-mail it. Word conversion raises the size by a factor of 10. Base-64 encoding (for e-mail) raises the size by a factor of 1.33. Edit: Why would you want to embed YouTube videos in an E-mail? just send a link and...
by MarkGyver
Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40528

Re: "Workaround" discussion

On the subject of image manipulation, there must be a better solution than using MS Word to crop and resize images, but I'm yet to find it. If I want to take a screenshot of a particular area of some software (either for testing or documentation), I'll just paste that screen into word, crop and res...
by MarkGyver
Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0706: "Freedom"
Replies: 122
Views: 27356

Re: "Freedom" Discussion

"Sometimes I'm terrified to realize how many options other people have." Sometimes? Only sometimes? For me, it's more like oftentimes, so I've become somewhat desensitized to the thought of other people going crazy like that. I rationalize the desensitization by telling myself it isn't my ...
by MarkGyver
Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 115954

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

What, d'you expect me to read through 10 pages of comments to see if I made a duplicate? ... and thus starts the vicious cycle where the more pages there are, the less is read and the more duplicates there are, increasing skimming and ignorance of prior posting, increasing the number of duplicate p...
by MarkGyver
Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0512: "Alternate Currency"
Replies: 128
Views: 25440

Re: "Alternate Currency" Discussion

scikidus wrote:Oh, I've downloaded every Calvin and Hobbes comic.

I think I win.


Wouldn't that make Bill Watterson the real winner? Also, would it be legally permissible to "share the wealth" and give us the link to the download?
by MarkGyver
Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 115954

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

And -- I don't know what to tell you, MarkGy, Every time I open the file with my dual core 1.87ghz year old laptop with 2 gb memory, it's almost instant. I'm using Microsoft Excel 2007. Maybe it has a better implementation, anyone know? Yes; MS Office does have a better implementation of their form...
by MarkGyver
Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 115954

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

atimholt wrote:Pointlessly, I extended the rows to a little past 2000.


After a while it repeats the exact same 48-row pattern forever.

I'm using OOo on a fairly new laptop with a duel-core Core Duo and it took several minutes for the spreadsheet to load.
by MarkGyver
Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0506: "Theft of the Magi"
Replies: 136
Views: 32317

Re: "Theft of the Magi" Discussion

I don't like the fact that he used "eBay" as a verb. Verbing weirds language. Viva la Watterson! You just referred to him with the feminine definite article! I get annoyed when people mixing languages just copy phrases without taking the time to properly understand the little bit that the...
by MarkGyver
Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0506: "Theft of the Magi"
Replies: 136
Views: 32317

Re: "Theft of the Magi" Discussion

0xentropy wrote:I followed the link on wikipedia to The Gift of the Magi.

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies.


Does anyone else see a problem with this?

Could they have had half-cent coins for the odd 2 cents?

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