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by King Author
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does Randall read Homestuck?
Replies: 5
Views: 3162

Re: Does Randall read Homestuck?

Cool! Homestuck always seems so insular, it's nice to see it included in the wider pantheon of English webcomics.
by King Author
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 50139

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

I don't see the inconsistency. In fact, I don't see anything grammar-nazi-ish about 1432. [...] In any case, being a "descriptivist" (really a terrible term, as is prescriptivist)... Shocking that you don't see 1432 as Grammar Nazi-ish. In any case, being a "descriptivist" (real...
by King Author
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Do Facebook posting bots actively fetch images?
Replies: 3
Views: 7238

Do Facebook posting bots actively fetch images?

Someone pointed this out on Reddit: check out the stock image used in this Onion article. http://www.theonion.com/article/frustrated-gunman-cant-believe-how-far-he-has-driv-51923 Okay, just some random dude, whatever. But a different stock image guy appears on the Onion's Facebook post about the art...
by King Author
Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 37171

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

Do we not know the surface area of the solid mass at the center of Jupiter? Or is there still debate as to whether such a mass exists? (Sorry for necro -- reverse archive crawl.)
by King Author
Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does Randall read Homestuck?
Replies: 5
Views: 3162

Does Randall read Homestuck?

Maybe I'm just too much of a fan and see things that aren't really there, but I'm doing a reverse archive crawl and have noticed a few seeming references to Homestuck, not counting the obvious one in the "planet names part 2" comic. https://xkcd.com/1484/ -- the use of the archaic word &qu...
by King Author
Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 50139

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

Oh, I'm a descriptivist myself, not remotely a prescriptivist, Randall just seems inconsistant on whether he's playing Grammar Nazi or Grammar...Polish...refugee? I can't think of an example off the top of my head but I'm doing an archive crawl, so I'm sure I'll run across something soon enough. Edi...
by King Author
Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"
Replies: 99
Views: 34024

Re: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"

Sorry to resurrect, going through an archive crawl -- why are things like Ice Age and King Lear in the "still possible" portion of the past section of the chart? Surely, neither are possible.
by King Author
Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1556: "The Sky"
Replies: 53
Views: 13599

Re: 1556: "The Sky"

Have to nitpick: if you take "the sky" to mean "the atmosphere," it's nowhere near half of the sphere that includes the Earth. The atmosphere is like, 0.001% of the Earth.
by King Author
Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 50139

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

Did this strip strike anyone else as terribly un-Randall-ish? He's usually on the linguistic, grammar, etc. side, not the annoying misphrases side. Not that correcting someone's word choice isn't dickish, it definitely is, but so is giving a philosophical lecture and assuming anyone who corrects you...
by King Author
Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:47 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can you torrent a virus without opening files?
Replies: 1
Views: 3319

Can you torrent a virus without opening files?

Yesterday, I started a torrent (found on the pirate bay and uploaded by a long-time, trusted user) and everything was going fine until I minimized uTorrent. Shortly thereafter, my computer froze in a way it never has. The mouse and keyboard simply stopped responding. Couldn't move the mouse, couldn'...
by King Author
Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does "The Dress" illusion work on a computer screen?
Replies: 12
Views: 3376

Re: How does "The Dress" illusion work on a computer screen?

As discussed in here , the discrepance doesn't happen because of the RGB values, but because of the perceived context . If you assume the lighting is blueish (like the left part of the linked comic), the inherent colour of the dress will be assumed to be gold and white. If you assume the lighting i...
by King Author
Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does "The Dress" illusion work on a computer screen?
Replies: 12
Views: 3376

How does "The Dress" illusion work on a computer screen?

I understand the science behind the optical illusion of The Dress, at least as much as anyone without an optical science background can, but I've never been clear on how the illusion was supposed to have worked on a computer screen. Colors in images are stored as discrete values (lossy format wiggle...
by King Author
Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2949
Views: 710164

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

One minute flat from whose perspective? FTL from Mars to Neptune would look like backwards in time for anyone going at a sufficiently fast sublight speed in the same direction. Look into the relativity of simultaneity, as those diagrams are what I imagine to keep track of how speeds look different ...
by King Author
Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2949
Views: 710164

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Can you explain that in simpler terms? I still don't get it, and that pic just looks like an art deco painting to me, hehe. I've changed the image to link to the full article that explains it's construction set by step. Carol and Dave are traveling at a 22.5 degree (1/16th of a turn) angle from Ali...
by King Author
Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:15 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: What's your virus/security procedure?
Replies: 33
Views: 10024

Re: What's your virus/security procedure?

-_- *siggggn* How did I know that was gonna be the response? Like, 90% of my tech problems receive utterly unhelpful "do something different" responses first-off. "I'm learning BASIC -- how do I jump back to the main code path after GOTOing somewhere else?" "Lol, first off d...
by King Author
Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2949
Views: 710164

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Uh, hmm... Can you explain that in simpler terms? I still don't get it, and that pic just looks like an art deco painting to me, hehe. (Also I see the limerick is wrong, since it suggests leaving a place, coming back to that place and having time travelled.) Oh, I know! How about this scenario. I'm ...
by King Author
Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What are your "core" programs?
Replies: 55
Views: 14112

Re: What are your "core" programs?

commodorejohn wrote:
  • Paint XP (if on later versions of Windows where they turned Paint from a quick-and-dirty pixel editor into a very poor man's PaintShop Pro.)

Ugh, I hate that. Paint on newer versions sucks so bad.
by King Author
Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2949
Views: 710164

Why does FTL = time travel?

We've probably all heard the limmerick... There was a young lady of Wight, Who travelled much faster than light, She departed one day, In a relative way, And arrived on the previous night. I don't know too much detailed information about Relativity and such, but the general impression I get is that ...
by King Author
Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: What's your virus/security procedure?
Replies: 33
Views: 10024

What's your virus/security procedure?

I don't have any antivirus software on my old XP netbook I use for random web surfing. It's fine 'cause I don't have any sensitive files on the disk, I don't log into anything personal or sensitive on the web, and I'm on Wifi so I'm not vulnerable to direct attack unless someone's physically close e...
by King Author
Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: If I want to grok MarI/O, where do I begin?
Replies: 10
Views: 6047

Re: If I want to grok MarI/O, where do I begin?

To *program* it, relatively little. The hardest part is would be interfacing with the emulator, but that's just a matter of reading the docs. Really you just need to learn programming. The neural network was trivial - his description is basically all it is. Genetic algorithms you can pick up from a...
by King Author
Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: If I want to grok MarI/O, where do I begin?
Replies: 10
Views: 6047

If I want to grok MarI/O, where do I begin?

Someone made what I think is called a genetic algorith to play Donut Plains 1 in Super Mario World, ran it for a day, and the thing developed an optimal route through the level. Here's the vid you may've already seen, as it was frontpage on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv6UVOQ0F44 Assume...
by King Author
Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Earth's trajectory if the sun disappeared...?
Replies: 48
Views: 10539

Re: Earth's trajectory if the sun disappeared...?

After the 8 minute delay it would go on in an aproximately straight line because the only forces pulling it would be the other planets (Jupiter mainly) and they don't have nearly the same mass and most are further away. Sort of like a stone released from a sling. The moon would keep spinning around...
by King Author
Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Earth's trajectory if the sun disappeared...?
Replies: 48
Views: 10539

Earth's trajectory if the sun disappeared...?

I know that nothing travels faster than light, and that includes the effects of gravity. I also know that the light from the surface of the sun takes about eight minutes to reach Earth. So, if the sun suddenly disappeared, I take it the Earth would continue to orbit around the nothingness where the ...
by King Author
Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:04 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Microsoft Word is being vindictive...
Replies: 11
Views: 5569

Re: Microsoft Word is being vindictive...

Okay, either I was wrong in the first place or something happened again for no reason. HTML files and word documents of all types are showing the blank, default file icon again. The thing is, the files are properly associated with the programs -- if I double-click on a Word document for instance, it...
by King Author
Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave-Particle Duality photographed.
Replies: 20
Views: 5402

Re: Wave-Particle Duality photographed.

To clarify my double-slit comment, as I understood it through popular science, the conventional interpretation of the double-slit experiment is that it proves - among things - that we can't ever view the "true" nature of tiny particles such as photons because nature is set up in such a way...
by King Author
Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave-Particle Duality photographed.
Replies: 20
Views: 5402

Re: Wave-Particle Duality photographed.

I could have noticed the reference at the bottom of the article, sorry for making you track that down. No prob. I actually didn't notice the reference link in the article. A lot of the paper itself goes over my head, this is very much not my field of study, but from what I do understand, the standi...
by King Author
Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave-Particle Duality photographed.
Replies: 20
Views: 5402

Re: Wave-Particle Duality photographed.

Oh, sorry. Here's the actual paper...

http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/15030 ... s7407.html

The site I linked to was just a pop science blurb. Obviously it's not going to go into the nitty gritty. Unfortunately, I don't understand the nitty-gritty, so...you tell me, haha.
by King Author
Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave-Particle Duality photographed.
Replies: 20
Views: 5402

Wave-Particle Duality photographed.

EDIT : Original article... http://actu.epfl.ch/news/the-first-ever-photograph-of-light-as-both-a-parti/ Old article I linked to in this topic post... http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/03/02/photo-snaps-light-as-particle-and-wave.html "For the first time, scientists documented light as a...
by King Author
Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Do external HDs have their own Recycling Bins?
Replies: 1
Views: 2251

Do external HDs have their own Recycling Bins?

(Running Windows, obviously. XP to be specific.) Hey, so I know when you delete a file it doesn't really get "deleted," the OS just removes all references to it, and as such, you can recover "deleted" files from the Recycling Bin, even after emptying it out. Well, do external HDs...
by King Author
Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning HTML and CSS
Replies: 76
Views: 33694

Re: Learning HTML and CSS

I'm continuing with the HTML Dog tutorial and have another question. Even though it's getting ahead of myself. What's the difference between declaring the font(s) of your page using "body{font-family}" and using the @font-face rule? And is it possible to use fonts from a URL using body{} o...
by King Author
Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning HTML and CSS
Replies: 76
Views: 33694

Re: Learning HTML and CSS

I'm following the HTML Dog tutorial and can't figure out what the citation inside a blockquote tag actually does. http://htmldog.com/guides/html/intermediate/text/ <p>So I asked Bob about quotations on the Web and he said <q>I know as much about quotations as I do about pigeon fancying</q>. Luckily,...
by King Author
Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube changed. Did you notice?
Replies: 24
Views: 4275

Re: Youtube changed. Did you notice?

I don't know if it's specifically what YouTube is doing, but from how you describe it, it sounds a lot like HLS . Or, at least, it sounds a lot like how Twitch works, and I know Twitch uses HLS. Anyway. It's not specifically to thwart downloaders, though that is (from their point of view) a bonus. ...
by King Author
Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning HTML and CSS
Replies: 76
Views: 33694

Re: Learning HTML and CSS

That raises an interesting question though -- why not just allow users to create arbitrary tags? The way you can create any variable you want in a proper programming language? <coolblinkingtext style=blink;>Look how annoying I can be! Good luck reading this, epileptics!</coolblinkingtext> Probably ...
by King Author
Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube changed. Did you notice?
Replies: 24
Views: 4275

Re: Youtube changed. Did you notice?

To those who said their downloader works, try downloading Sia's SNL performance of Elastic Heart. It's still working great with youtube-dl. Oh, nice. I want to download that performance and preserve it. It rocked my socks. Oh, shi-- Youtube-dl is Linux only. Damn it, I want to convert to Linux so b...
by King Author
Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning HTML and CSS
Replies: 76
Views: 33694

Re: Learning HTML and CSS

A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION! : Why are div and span called "div" and "span?" Two minutes of googling turned up nothing and I'm lazy enough to quit after that. I'm surprised, actually, that it's not a first-page result. I'd think other people would be curious about why they're call...
by King Author
Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube changed. Did you notice?
Replies: 24
Views: 4275

Re: Youtube changed. Did you notice?

Something Else I Noticed : Some videos still download fine in Download Helper, but only videos from small-time channels. Nothing from like, Vevo. To those who said their downloader works, try downloading Sia's SNL performance of Elastic Heart. I first noticed the change trying to download that one....
by King Author
Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube changed. Did you notice?
Replies: 24
Views: 4275

Youtube changed. Did you notice?

Youtube (recently?) changed the way it plays videos. I noticed 'cause I have DownloadHelper installed, and as recently as December, when a video would play in Youtube, it would be available for download in the DownloadHelper as WhateverFile[MediumQuality].mp4 or something like that, and the file wou...
by King Author
Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning HTML and CSS
Replies: 76
Views: 33694

Re: Learning HTML and CSS

A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION! : Why are div and span called "div" and "span?" Two minutes of googling turned up nothing and I'm lazy enough to quit after that. I'm surprised, actually, that it's not a first-page result. I'd think other people would be curious about why they're call...
by King Author
Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What are your "core" programs?
Replies: 55
Views: 14112

Re: What are your "core" programs?

Every time you call a program on a non-tablet computer an "app," God kills a kitten. App is simply a contraction of application, which refers to application software, as opposed to system software such as drivers or a shell. It's arguably more correct (or at least more precise) to call pi...
by King Author
Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What are your "core" programs?
Replies: 55
Views: 14112

Re: What are your "core" programs?

Chrome Winamp Skype Visual Studio Notepad++ Photoshop Sketchup ShareX (Best app I started using recently) VLC WinRAR Wireshark (Network data capture/analysis) AIDA64 uTorrent (I'm thinking of changing) f.lux Process Explorer (A better taskmanger type software) Microsoft Office (I'd rather that I ne...

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