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by exotica
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 39954

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

Did Apple's lawyers threaten to sue xkcd if lightning and/or 30 pin connectors were included? :) I'm surprised magsafe made the cut.
by exotica
Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 48157

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

I am shocked and appalled to find so many supporters of single spaces between sentences. Write a regex that can, with high reliability, take a bunch of prose and insert things between sentences (and nowhere else) when the sentences are separated by only one space. I dare you. When you type text, you...
by exotica
Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: I hate math notation!
Replies: 57
Views: 22137

Re: I hate math notation!

The short answer (to OP and anyone who thinks similarly) is yes, it's just you, and perhaps a few other people who have been similarly shortchanged by your math teachers and parents. I can't fathom how anyone would find "math notation" difficult. Math software has always, when screen real ...
by exotica
Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Programming Language Alignment Chart?
Replies: 32
Views: 35589

Re: Programming Language Alignment Chart?

I don't see how to map languages into two dimensions without so much loss of information, that languages not at all alike end up being labelled the same. I'd use: more traditional (typically procedural or mixed style) -> lawful functional and/or strongly typed, mostly esoteric or new languages -> ch...
by exotica
Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HP vs TI
Replies: 38
Views: 18658

Re: HP vs TI

HP RPN is stack based, which means you can write functions that operate on the last n entries on the stack (last n results), without monkeying around with up arrow to select prior results to insert them into an expression you're building, and without assigning every intermediate result to a variable...
by exotica
Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 61283

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

In case anyone is contemplating those telescoping bar-type chin up bars, they are useless. If the door frame is wood, it will warp if you apply enough tension to use the bar at all. Furthermore, the high-friction-coefficient rubber ends of the bar will leave black marks, and worse, they will eventua...

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