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by adaviel
Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 41457

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Perhaps this is Randall's revenge for these Buzzfeed maps of US states
by adaviel
Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 33001

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

Interestingly, it looks like Randall's email is one of the ones leaked. With encrypted password "cILuB1/+/esYdlwScL4nsQ==" and hint "q". So was mine. So were about 80 at my workplace, 1200 at my nearest university, and 2 million in the .edu TLD. Just looking at usernames can be f...
by adaviel
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 102068

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

When I lived in the UK in the 1970's everyone wrote little-endian dates like 2/3/75 for March 2nd. Then when I moved to Canada I found the Japanese write big-endian and the US was just confused. So I started writing the month out 2 Feb 84 like DEC RSX. After the millenium 01/03/02 just seemed crazy ...
by adaviel
Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0016: "Lightning"
Replies: 58
Views: 30633

Re: What-if 0016: Lightning

I found the source of the lightnng video: http://www.weathervideohd.tv/detail/1091/cumulonimbus-cloud-to-ground-cg-stepped-leaders-overcast-continuing-current-m-components-rain-falling-clouds-primary-types-lightning-sky-moods-tornadoes-hail-downbursts For $200 you can buy this at 1920x1080 Location:...
by adaviel
Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 52360

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

Red Hal wrote:Yeah, whereas in the U.K. they are simple and easy to use:

Spoiler:
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Like the Silly Isles roundabouts, perhaps - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scilly_Isles,_Surrey, http://goo.gl/maps/p1xLb
by adaviel
Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 52360

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

Randall missed the Alberta-style ones (sideways)

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(from http://tanasilverland.wordpress.com/2011/05/14/lethbridge-to-taber/)
by adaviel
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321188

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I wrote a password generator based on this cartoon, viz. http://andrew.triumf.ca/cgi-bin/mkpasswd2.pl . The algorithm randomly picks about 4 English words from a dictionary to build a specified target length. For the dictionary I'm using, the greatest entropy (about 60 bits) comes from picking 4 8-l...
by adaviel
Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88622

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

And another thing...

Recently I've been finding search engines hits for questions but no answers. People have been polluting the search space with ad-laden nothing. It's not even useless solutions, it's just null. HATE... :(
by adaviel
Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88622

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

"Me, too" :) I do try to post the actual solution. Usually what happens is I can't find a solution in the threads, fire off a question or two, and keep working on the problem myself and searching more industriously. Then find a solution, often before I've had any sensible answers. Or it ma...
by adaviel
Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 29270

Re: 0963: "X11"

Hey, come on, be fair... When I first used X11 (XFree86 back then), if I wanted to tune my graphics card so that the electronic pixels matched the phosphor dots and I didn't get Moiré patterns, I had to calculate dot clock rates, porch lengths etc. and essentially design the video waveform by hand (...
by adaviel
Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29603

Re: 0930: "Days of the Week"

Well, I think it's cool. Certainly easier to understand than a government report. I expected more bias in "got laid". Hmm. It seems if you include the quotes in google search ("got laid..") cf (got laid) you get a different picture with frequency steadily rising to Saturday. Too ...
by adaviel
Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21642

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

Prescience would be a useful psychic trait in a vulture - it could just go straight to an animal about to die, without all the energetically wasteful hanging around. Or maybe a time-travelling prescient vulture - it would just appear out of nowhere in the time between death and someone noticing, tak...
by adaviel
Fri May 06, 2011 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ####: Revenge Matrix
Replies: 0
Views: 1039

####: Revenge Matrix

So it's not by Randall, it's by Jordan Crucchiola. But I was sure it was xkcd, and wasted several minutes looking for it here, hoping to find some links. (I'd seen it briefly over breakfast, then had some downtime at a conference but don't have my browser histories synced.) There doesn't seem to be ...
by adaviel
Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0852: "Local g"
Replies: 159
Views: 43234

Re: 0852: "Local g"

So does local g affect the dash record ? A lower weight/mass ratio would affect friction between shoes and track and thus maximum acceleration. Wait .. dash runners wear spikes. Maybe some indoor event where they are banned.
by adaviel
Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0852: "Local g"
Replies: 159
Views: 43234

Re: 0852: "Local g"

.. one thing that HAS bothered me is the way they do starts for a sprint. They have a guy on one side of the track who fires a starting pistol, and I assume that's when the timing starts. However, being that the track has some width to it, the racer farther from the starting pistol will hear the so...
by adaviel
Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88642

Re: 0806: Tech Support

Another war story: A while back I was having problems with my cable modem connection - as I recall, dropouts and packet loss. The (rented) modem is cunningly set to not let you see any diagnostics once it has a connection, but I never found an obvious issue like "no signal" and I could see...
by adaviel
Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0305: "Rule 34"
Replies: 196
Views: 114144

Re: 0305: "Rule 34" - upcoming book

According to New Scientist and his blog, Charlie Stross is just finishing a book based on this comic. Credit is given, in the NS article anyway. :)
by adaviel
Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0801: "Golden Hammer"
Replies: 82
Views: 24867

Re: "Golden Hammer" discussion (#801)

Actually, gold, with twice the density of lead, would make a kick ass-hammer or blackjack. Gold is too soft to make a good hammer. So is lead. Depleted uranium I believe is much harder, if you can get it , and nearly as dense. http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/periodic/U.html (Young's Modulus)
by adaviel
Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 91928

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

This wasn't that big of a secret, I'm surprised it's not mentioned in TOSes for websites, e.g. "We will never be able to see your actual password (due to one-way hashing) or use it anywhere else" For what value of "we" ? That might be true for logins on a decent, unhacked, opera...
by adaviel
Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 91928

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

My current strategy for random websites: mkpasswd.pl 20 (Perl script to generate high-entropy 20-char password) Paste into registration page Either ask Firefox to remember it (with an encryption password, of course, which I have to remember myself), or just click the "remind me of my password&q...
by adaviel
Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0782: "Desecration"
Replies: 101
Views: 25539

Re: "Desecration" discussion (#782)

Wow, Anecdote time. Recently our school demolished the old gym ... Christians (Anglican, I guess) do that all the time. I remember my father (an architect) telling me about doing a school in the UK over an old graveyard, and carefully designing it so no actual graves were opened. They just ask the ...
by adaviel
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 39489

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

"ahead stop" makes total sense driving a military armored car, looking through a small slit in a steel plate. Or in stop-go traffic that uncovers one word at a time for 300ms each. By the time you have decoded it, as others have pointed out, it's way too late. Clearly the next bit of road ...
by adaviel
Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 41401

Re: "Workaround" discussion

Reminds me of a postdoc in our group. He wanted to share a video from youtube at a meeting, so he took a digital camera, pointed it at this laptop's screen, and recorded the youtube video, which produces a handy WMV file he knows how to deal with. youtube-dl My daughter makes mix tapes pointing a m...
by adaviel
Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0751: "Swimsuit Issue"
Replies: 119
Views: 31017

Re: "Swimsuit Issue" Discussion

I use truecrypt to hide my secret folders. It works great, I recommend it. Right. Hiding "questionable content" (hereafter QC) is actually quite hard. QC may be pr0n, bank statements, tax returns, cellphone records, passwords - anything you don't want your kids, random passers-by, or lapt...
by adaviel
Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0750: "Book Burning"
Replies: 121
Views: 28111

Re: "Book Burning" discussion

Isn't there an app for that ?
by adaviel
Thu May 20, 2010 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0742: "Campfire"
Replies: 59
Views: 21781

Re: "Campfire" Discussion

That would require xkcd to have an IPv6 address ahead of time :P, or does it have one already? :O. *goes itchy on writing http://[20**(xkcd's IPv6 IP here)] :D ARIN has been handing out IPv6 netblocks for free. Google is already on IPv6 already, but they are blocking their AAAA records from those t...
by adaviel
Fri May 07, 2010 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0737: "Yogurt"
Replies: 97
Views: 20210

Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Expiration date is just a vague guideline, not a countdown timer. Whether something is OK depends strongly on temperature history, and whether a single spore/bacterium made it inside the packaging without being killed. Yogurt: no mould - OK. Blue/green mould on the top - scoop it off and eat the res...
by adaviel
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 101028

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

Amazing diagram :) And if we could harness the nerd-power of all the people who worked out the resistor values, we could really do something... hang on - Obama wants to go the the asteroids... Re. magic smoke, the truth of course is that all electronics is powered by magic smoke. If the smoke gets o...
by adaviel
Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0723: "Seismic Waves"
Replies: 94
Views: 27515

Re: "Seismic Waves" Discussion

I signed up for ENS, but then saw some earthquakes on Google RSS without getting an email. ENS writes : ENS was overwhelmed by recent interest in the Baja earthquake. We've corrected the problem, and it is working normally. As part of the correction, we were forced to flush(cancel) emails that had q...
by adaviel
Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0723: "Seismic Waves"
Replies: 94
Views: 27515

Re: "Seismic Waves" Discussion

I'm not sure how useful the USGS ENS service is for early warning: I asked USGS. Here is their reply: ENS is not an early-warning system. We don't have that capability now, and it's debatable whether we ever will. The world is monitored by a patchwork of different seismic networks, and each does th...
by adaviel
Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0712: "Single Ladies"
Replies: 109
Views: 32247

Slightly creepy

I've always thought there was something just a little bit creepy about the whole engagement ring/wedding ring thing, with its hint of symbolic bondage - especially if the guy doesn't reciprocate and wear her ring. Must come from reading Reage's "Story of O". Zimmer-Bradley plays with that ...
by adaviel
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0702: "Snow Tracking"
Replies: 135
Views: 39268

Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

..not sure how that would work with the hybrid stopping though - anyone here got a prius? I drive an '07 Prius. The regenerative braking has been explained. There is also a fairly useless "engine braking" mode on the shifter which supposedly allows traditional engine braking (forcing the ...
by adaviel
Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42682

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

One of my kids got a virus on XP recently (our first, I think). As a "limited user" or whatever XP calls a non-privileged one. Best I can tell, a drive-by in Firefox ran an infected PDF file in Acroread, which dumped something into the user taskbar. It started each time she logged on, but ...
by adaviel
Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0692: "Dirty Harry"
Replies: 93
Views: 21576

Re: "Dirty Harry" Discussion

I have never understood why beam weapons in Sci-Fi are firing "bursts" and not continuous beams that simply stay on target with a continuous line of destruction. There are a few exceptions where this concept gets used, but seriously, where when have you seen a laser in real life that need...
by adaviel
Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0691: "MicroSD"
Replies: 140
Views: 37705

Re: "MicroSD" Discussion

More going backwards: First exchangeable non-volatile random-access device I got to use: 64Kb magnetic core memory module, about the size of 2 Encyclopedia Britannica volumes (the paper ones). Each bit was a little ferrite donut about 2mm across, hand-threaded with (I think) 3 wires. It came with qu...
by adaviel
Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 34495

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

Good stuff here. I recall a story of some social site, webmail etc. that would not grant access to next-of-kin or estate executor. So putting your passwords (or instructions for retrieval, encryption keys etc.) in a sealed envelope with your will is probably a good idea. It might take years to get a...
by adaviel
Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0683: "Science Montage"
Replies: 85
Views: 53225

Re: "Science Montage" Discussion

For more of Zak's type of science, see http://phdcomics.com/comics.php (I confess some of the cartoon was lost on me - gender-neutral scientists, check; safety goggles, check; odd lab equipment, check; funny physics toys on the shelf, realistic. A single lab rat (instead of 50), hmm.. The last frame...
by adaviel
Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Great writers "fail" online test
Replies: 52
Views: 4090

Re: Great writers "fail" online test

Reminds me of an SF novel by, I think, Clifford SImak. They brought back Shakespeare back in a time machine. He enrolled in an English Lit course for fun and the prof flunked him.
by adaviel
Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0670: "Spinal Tap Amps"
Replies: 110
Views: 32160

Re: "Spinal Tap Amps" Discussion

How about dropping the arbitrary numbers and going with "soft,normal,loud,too loud". Or the musical notation "pp,p,f,ff" (pianissimo, fortissimo etc.) One of my favourite TV episodes from when I was very small was the "Sooty and Sweep" show where the kiln control was ma...
by adaviel
Sat Jul 11, 2009 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0607: "2038"
Replies: 108
Views: 27536

Re: "2038" Discussion

print localtime ( 2^31 + eval(date -d "1944-12-02 08:45:52")) -> Thu Dec 20 11:00:00 2012 Huh?? google ("Roland Emmerich") -> Ah, so... But if we are all living inside a giant computer simulation (like in the Matrix), and the clock overflows, that could be interesting ... Or if t...

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