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by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 3035

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time. Sure 00:00 might be the middle of the day some places and the middle of the night others, but what's it matter? It's just a number. If "lunchtime" is about 04:00 because that's when the sun is at it's zenith for the day, wh...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 2236

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

And roller coasters. I don't get those either. Why do people enjoy scaring themselves? :roll: Roller coasters don't scare me. They move just wildly enough to get the adrenaline going. A good motorcycle ride is more fun than a roller coaster, though. Even a mediocre motorcycle ride is just as fun.
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 29
Views: 1813

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

Plus, I haven't seen a wired earpiece that just barely goes into my ear canal while deriving its support from a bracket around my outer ear, like a Bluetooth earpiece. All the wired earpieces I've seen either go all the way into my ear canal, which bothers me over the long term, or they sit on top ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 3035

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

Ouch. Consider movies. I only grant consideration to media if the writing is good. Maybe if Hollywood actually starts reading scripts again, and filming writers' best work, instead of deciding before hand what movies to make and then ordering scripts for them, movies will once again become worthy o...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938913

Re: Police misbehavior thread

My first reaction was that it's political. DOJ's priorities are drug enforcement, immigration enforcement, and Islamic terrorism. That means if local law enforcement wants access to that sweet, sweet federal funding (and let's be honest, who doesn't?) , they damn well better prioritize drugs, immigr...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7232
Views: 539968

Re: Trump presidency

The point is that being the kind of asshole who whips it out in front a woman's face as a party prank should still be enough for you to suffer at least some consequences, whether it amounts to a criminal case or not. It's a little crazy to me that this process is being spun as a sign that men every...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 3035

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time. Sure 00:00 might be the middle of the day some places and the middle of the night others, but what's it matter? It's just a number. If "lunchtime" is about 04:00 because that's when the sun is at it's zenith for the day, wh...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 80966

Re: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"

If every baseball team starts employing relativistic pitchers, will there be no more baseball, or will teams continue to play baseball but do it by proxy outside the main stadiums, using jumpers for bases? Jumpers? What's a jumper? The widespread use of relativistic pitchers would create an untenab...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 80966

Re: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"

Say; what are the rules in the situation where the umpires are unable to make a call, and the instant replay video equipment is not available/sufficient? Yes, but they're in a different rule book. Based on the available evidence in the aftermath of a massive nuclear event in the infield, investigat...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 1402

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

ijuin wrote:
WriteBrainedJR wrote:
ijuin wrote:Petrov’s actions demonstrate why we need to have a sensible person in the decision loop for anything important instead of leaving it to the computers.

What about mendacious baby-men?

We allow them to rant on Twitter.

Hmm. That explains...basically all of twitter, really.
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 29
Views: 1813

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

I've been using my touchscreen laptop for a couple of years now. Works fine, and does make things easier for me. When you say a touchscreen laptop, do you mean a laptop with a touch-enabled screen that otherwise works like a regular laptop? Or do you mean a dual-screen laptop that only has touch in...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 29
Views: 1813

2055: "Bluetooth"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/bluetooth.png Title Text: Bluetooth is actually named for the tenth-century Viking king Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson, but the protocol developed by Harald was a wireless charging standard unrelated to the modern Bluetooth except by name. Personally, I don't und...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 1402

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

ijuin wrote:Petrov’s actions demonstrate why we need to have a sensible person in the decision loop for anything important instead of leaving it to the computers.

What about mendacious baby-men?
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:53 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 80966

Re: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"

Say; what are the rules in the situation where the umpires are unable to make a call, and the instant replay video equipment is not available/sufficient? Yes, but they're in a different rule book. Based on the available evidence in the aftermath of a massive nuclear event in the infield, investigat...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 37095

Re: 1377: "Fish"

I agree that uranium is bad. I have always agreed that uranium is bad. Far earlier in the thread than you I was acknowledging that uranium is a dangerously toxic chemical in addition to being radioactive. I know that uranium is dangerous. I know that it's excreted quickly. I disagree that quick exc...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18214

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

I wonder how much money Randall would pledge to a crowdfunding campaign to adapt Animorphs into a movie series... And I feel like there's a fundamental point being missed here: Is it even possible to teach a dead language by just feeding them a bunch of writing in it? The fact that we were totally ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18214

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

The previous reference to Animorphs in xkcd was deleting them from a hard drive. This makes me wonder: does Randall love Animorphs, hate Animorphs, or hate that he loves Animorphs? He was deleting his old fanfic, which was probably an embarrassingly bad attempt at giving the series an actual ending...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: XKCD Textbook/Workbook
Replies: 2
Views: 7166

XKCD Textbook/Workbook

I hated math in school. Absolutely detested it. Zoned out during class, had no patience for my homework, and couldn't stand most of my teachers in the subject. Recently, I realized that if "XKCD: What If?" had existed when I was a kid*, I probably would have been at least somewhat more ent...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18214

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

The previous reference to Animorphs in xkcd was deleting them from a hard drive. This makes me wonder: does Randall love Animorphs, hate Animorphs, or hate that he loves Animorphs?
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1376: "Jump"
Replies: 62
Views: 12029

Re: 1376: "Jump"

My flying dreams inevitably ended up involving flying away from FBI agents because the government wants to confine me and do a bunch of tests on me. Every single one of them.

Fortunately, I like action movies, so I still enjoyed a good flying dream.
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 37095

Re: 1377: "Fish"

My favorite solution to the Fermi paradox: Interstellar travel is a difficult problem to solve. It requires a high level of intelligence to solve the problem. Any intelligence sufficient to solve this problem is quite sufficient to recognize that the dominant human culture is pretty much the Maury P...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 286924

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Eebster the Great wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:There are probably more book choices than that

Yes, but the choice of books is (generally) hardly random.

It can, however, be obscure.

In the interest of random obscurity: how obscure would a chapter from A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates be? How secure?
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 286924

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

And then what if my twitter-post password includes a couple of my favorite words in French, a couple in Arabic, and a couple of German curse words? Most people know a little bit of a bunch of different languages.
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 286924

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

A site with a maximum password length is a warning to me that the password might be transmitted in plaintext. No, it is an indication that after a certain point (based on the size of the resulting hash), longer passwords do not provide more security, they just increase the number of collisions. Jos...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 41309

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

gmalivuk wrote:Then you evidently don't read the BBC website.

Why would I read the BBC website?
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 286924

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I don't think it was meant to be a counter to the comic, but rather a confirmation of the point made therein. A lot of the "hard" ones these guys cracked were of the mangled "trebuchet" variety; none were like "correcthorsebatterystaple". Also, using a 4000-word list i...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 41309

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Acronyms that are used as proper names, such as the NATO example, tend to retain their all-capitals rendition, but acronyms that are used as common nouns tend to lose it--for example, laser and radar. Except, that's not actually the case in British English, or at least with the BBC. The norm there ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 35320

It took me a while to catch on. They'll get it eventually.

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Ther's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 41309

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

I'll put it this way: when I read Chaucer, I laugh at most of the jokes. But if you heard Chaucer, you would probably have a lot of trouble understanding him. Probably, if for no other reason than accent and my own poor hearing. No, because all the long vowels sounded very different in the 1300s , ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 41309

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

goofy wrote:
WriteBrainedJR wrote:I'll put it this way: when I read Chaucer, I laugh at most of the jokes.


But if you heard Chaucer, you would probably have a lot of trouble understanding him.

Probably, if for no other reason than accent and my own poor hearing. I have trouble with the London accent as spoken today.
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 26131

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

Of course we all know the reason the sun never sets on the british empire; god wouldn't trust an englishman in the dark. Edit: OK, so typing drunk isn't as awesome as I thought. I wanted to write: That's a win if I ever saw one. Sorry for the inconvenience. I'm leaving the original post in code tag...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 41309

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Language evolves constantly. If we traveled back in time just a few hundred years to an English-speaking country, we would be unable to communicate, because pronunciations, vocabularies, types of slang, and so on all are constantly changing. Hell, even going back just 100 years would make communica...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 41309

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Incidentally, it's also a point of pedantic significance that Randall didn't put a period after the "Mrs" in "Mrs Whatsit." It's a point a pedantic significance that "Mrs" is correctly written without a period. The period indicates omitted letters, and is correctly use...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 32037

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Now, my memory is closer to worthless than perfect, but nearly all of the fantasy worlds whose metaphysics I can recall off the top of my head fall into one of the four following categories: 1. There are no wizards. Thus, you cannot become a wizard. 2. Wizards are a different species from everybody...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 32037

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

I don't understand why you all think that becoming a wizard in a typical fantasy world is such a big deal. Because in most of the fantasy I recall reading, there is no "becoming" a wizard. Now, my memory is closer to worthless than perfect, but nearly all of the fantasy worlds whose metap...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 35320

I have a laptop with no middle mouse button.

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Ther's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 35320

Find? Yes. Direct the cursor to? No.

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Ther's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 32037

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

And a sufficiently foolsafe helicopter is indistinguishable from an elevator. It has no pilot, it only has a passenger. If you need the full functionality of a helicopter, but don't want a fool to be killed by attempting to use it, you need a helicopter that won't start if a fool is at controls. Ca...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 32037

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Again, you can look at it from another angle: there's usually nothing inherently unique in fantasy events, nothing that couldn't be made in some other worlds at least. But the focus point of the story is not in the mediocrity of the event from the literary critic's perspective, but in the reaction ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 35320

Long pages & my fine motor skills make the scroll bar diffic

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Ther's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's ...

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