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by sfmans
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 6109

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

What made me really mad about N++ is that by default, it doesn't warn you if you close it with a changed document open that is still unsaved. Of course, it will open it on its next start again, with your edits. But that doesn't help you a lot if you expect those scripts you just wrote to work. Well...
by sfmans
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 6109

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

What made me really mad about N++ is that by default, it doesn't warn you if you close it with a changed document open that is still unsaved. Of course, it will open it on its next start again, with your edits. But that doesn't help you a lot if you expect those scripts you just wrote to work. Rath...
by sfmans
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 6109

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Been meaning to try Sublime Text for a while & was reminded by this.

Ew.

Uninstall.

Back to 2010 for me!
by sfmans
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 6240

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

The Caps Lock key is great; abc uses uppercase and lowercase to distinguish octaves, and a sequence like G/F/^E/D/ is way quicker to transcribe with the Caps key.

So back off, Caps Lock h8rzzz! :)
by sfmans
Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 5178

1764: "XKCDE"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/xkcde.png Alt-text: "4. They unplug the root machine but the thousands of leaf VMs scatter in the wind and start spinning up new instances wherever they land" Recursive VMs will presumably obey the same constraints as the dreams-within-dreams of Inception, wher...
by sfmans
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 16297

Re: 1761: "Blame"

orthogon wrote:
Steve the Pocket wrote:*shrug* Gotta blame it on something. And the rain is an unlikely culprit in this case.

So to be clear, you're not blaming it on the rain. What measure of culpability do you ascribe to solar radiation? Lunar illumination? etc.


Don't blame it on the moonlight ... blame it on the boogie.
by sfmans
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 4134

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

If you wanted to write a simple online web form you had to lash it together from a blizzard of semi-documented frameworks and tools and utilities and runtimes, any single one of which could change and/or break at any moment.

Oh, no, hang on ...
by sfmans
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 6468

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

commodorejohn wrote:*eyes his LP of Close to the Edge, 2013 pressing...*


Aargh, earworm!

Seasons will pass you by .... I get up ... I get down ...

I've got databases to wrangle and code to write, I can't be sat here playing the entirety of that through from memory :)
by sfmans
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 6334

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

Tub wrote:Not pictured, at the far bottom end of the graph: "Code on my local drives"


Not pictured, several thousands pixels even further down:

"Example projects from CodeProject or ExpertSexchange"
by sfmans
Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1722: "Debugging"
Replies: 22
Views: 3840

Re: 1722: Debugging

Seriously considering writing an error message that says nothing more than "I AM THAT IS" into my next program. I inherited support for one application that responded to every error with the UI message 'Do you like cake?' The standard of the rest of the app can be extrapolated from that o...
by sfmans
Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 7949

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

Sadly, no option for the Coptic papacy. Seriously, I understand it's the standard to assume users are operating under Roman Catholicism, but to not even provide the option to set the ruling church to even Eastern Orthodox ? I have numerous test samples I need to run under each and every Patriarch, ...
by sfmans
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1691: "Optimization"
Replies: 53
Views: 6624

Re: 1691: "Optimization"

If, to follow the recent theme, you replace Prematurely optimizing with DevOps it is also just as true ...
by sfmans
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 8803

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

Worth it just for the Jimmy Carter killer rabbit. Somehow I'd missed knowing about this until now ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter_rabbit_incident
by sfmans
Wed May 25, 2016 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 6881

Re: 1685 : Patch

Meanwhile, the original comic left out a critical sequence: 1) print out the photoshop image 2) place on wooden table 3) snap a photo 4) scan into a jpg (as all thedailywtf.com fans know well) Brillant! Photoshop has got a scripting engine embedded in it, allowing youi to automate Photoshop through...
by sfmans
Wed May 11, 2016 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1678: "Recent Searches"
Replies: 31
Views: 5345

Re: 1678: "Recent Searches"

If you're in, or have access to a proxy server that convinces the BBC that you are in, the UK, there's just been an interesting documentary on Radio 4 about the ethical and societal impacts of the Google search algorithm, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07875zc#in=collection:p021gdts
by sfmans
Sat May 07, 2016 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 11758

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

Likely the meaning being alluded to stems from the early days of industrial shift-work where workers had to be, or wanted to be, awoken and/or roused into motion by a designated individual who at the appointed hour would knock on all the required doors or bedroom windows to make hustle them from th...
by sfmans
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 11041

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

Assuming you meant "Rayleigh Chopper," well, there were dozens of equivalent models in the 60s and 70s. The Sears Stingray was one of the more ubiquitous models. ..... Hey, I got to use a word with three "u"s in it! :) Well no, I come in peace, but actually I did mean the Raleig...
by sfmans
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 11041

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

I'd love this on a T shirt, if only for the fun of alternating it with one I already own ...

https://entertainment.guardianoffers.co.uk/i-dd-rm001789/the-evolution-of-bicycles/

Did the USA get an equivalent to the Raleigh Copper in the 1980s?
by sfmans
Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 98229

Re: 1663: ???

Of course a sub-part of the joke is that GLR has managed to get us to write 19 posts in a thread on a comic that hasn't even appeared yet.

Oh hang on, make that 20 posts with this one ...
by sfmans
Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1661: "Podium"
Replies: 30
Views: 4088

1661: "Podium"

Image
Title Text: BREAKING: Senator's bold pro-podium stand leads to primary challenge from prescriptivist base.

That's a controversial platform to stand on.

And as to the whole 'podiums' v 'podia' thing ...
by sfmans
Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1658: "Estimating Time"
Replies: 25
Views: 4115

Re: 1658: "Estimating Time"

The perfect middle-manager intercepts upper-management's more pointy-haired ideas & initiatives & keeps us from troubling the people actually doing the work, while getting good results out of those below us (something made all the easier by us not having to spend too much time on bureaucrac...
by sfmans
Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 52
Views: 7450

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

Reecer6 wrote:I don't think this shell script accounts for the fact that none of these things will help me download the OS I will use to download them on, and I'm kind of stuck at ground zero.


I've just spent a few happy minutes musing on what, er, distinctive features an xkcd distro would have ...
by sfmans
Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 52
Views: 7450

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

Such fun: proving the truth of http://xkcd.com/927/ once again.
by sfmans
Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1644: "Stargazing"
Replies: 40
Views: 7901

Re: 1644: "Stargazing"

Jaruzel wrote:
Is that Megan? Looks like Dr Brian Cox to me... even talks like him :)

-Jar


Harsh.


But accurate. "It's really am-ay-zzing ... "
by sfmans
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1644: "Stargazing"
Replies: 40
Views: 7901

Re: 1644: "Stargazing"

Oops, ninja'd!
by sfmans
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1644: "Stargazing"
Replies: 40
Views: 7901

Re: 1644: "Stargazing"

NotAllThere wrote:Is Randall angry about something? I think I may be missing the point.


I think Randall has seen some episodes of the UK BBC series Stargazing Live, which is a bizarre mixture of
60% hard science and
40% exactly the sort of inane comment that Megan is providing in the strip.
by sfmans
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"
Replies: 43
Views: 5428

Re: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"

My feelings toward football are interchangeable with my feelings for FreeBSD: That's utterly ridiculous, but there's certainly something impressive about it in its weird way, and, uh, whatever works for you I guess. Very late to the party, but that was my favourite comment of the whole thread, or i...
by sfmans
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 8736

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

Is Randall suddenly doing a whole load more coding? There's been a few recent cartoons around coding horrors, suggesting a mind being tortured by the stack of stack of stacks, the escaped escaped escaped backslash 1 , and other delights of life at the modern codeface. I await BHG's take on polymorph...
by sfmans
Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1626: "Judgment Day"
Replies: 63
Views: 7711

Re: 1626: "Judgment Day"

Seconds later, the world's largest war begins as every major nation realizes they can invade their longstanding rivals without facing assured total annihilation. Things get very ugly very quickly, leaving humanity in such a hopelessly battered state that they actually welcome the ironclad fist of t...
by sfmans
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1617: "Time Capsule"
Replies: 26
Views: 13327

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

His next one probably won't, either, since newspaper itself is on the way out. This is a bit of a bother, because newspaper has long been the best paper to use with a charcoal chimney . The replacement ad-only paper that keeps arriving in our mail slot have a much higher clay content, doesn't work ...
by sfmans
Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 18188

1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/the_three_laws_of_robotics.png Title text: "In ordering #5, self-driving cars will happily drive you around, but if you tell them to drive to a car dealership, they just lock the doors and politely ask how long humans take to starve to death." I'm rather surpri...
by sfmans
Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"
Replies: 43
Views: 8053

Re: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"

one of my favourite flavours of packet chips is "salt and vinegar". Which is a curious name for it, no? I've never seen any other "salt and ________" chips. With the others, salt is an unspoken default. Can you still get those packets of crisps with the little blue bag in them c...
by sfmans
Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 9273

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

Hoorah for explainxkcd, first time I've had to pop over there for a while :)
by sfmans
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 16115

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

I remember which is which by reference to the Venice Biennale, which is a massive arty festival lasting (I think) a couple of months. It's too big to happen twice a year, so I know the -e- words are "every N years". In other words, David is right. ETA: Ah, I've got it! Prescriptivist Ling...
by sfmans
Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 11828

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Pro tip: when making a strip based on a myth, first check whether the myth is actually known to the majority of your target audience. Some of my favourite xkcd strips have been about things I'd never encountered before, or things I had encountered but never ... well, thought about them that way bef...
by sfmans
Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1597: "Git"
Replies: 51
Views: 10770

Re: 1597: "Git"

Neil_Boekend wrote:Does it need a dedicated WOM?


Thank you, I'd not come across WOM before. Favourite new acquisition of the day :)
by sfmans
Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1597: "Git"
Replies: 51
Views: 10770

Re: 1597: "Git"

Most people don't realise that git is a write-only repository. By the time you've found the branch you're after, you would have been better using that time to rewrite the code anyway. The average git repository, despite everyone's initial best intentions, makes a large corporate AD schema look like ...
by sfmans
Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1596: "Launch Status Check"
Replies: 26
Views: 4761

Re: 1596: "Launch Status Check"

In your case, it was almost certainly a sanderling :D Sorry, wrong colour body, but thanks for the try! I'm still holding out for oystercatcher despite the beak of the oystercatchers on Google images being a bit longer than the birds we were looking at. We were on the Thames Estuary at Southend jus...
by sfmans
Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1596: "Launch Status Check"
Replies: 26
Views: 4761

Re: 1596: "Launch Status Check"

As image recognition technology advances, I look forward to the day that my phone has got an app that hooks into the device's camera and does a real-time identification of birds. We were stood on the sea-front this last weekend looking at a group of birds picking over the pebbles, comparing them to ...
by sfmans
Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 11817

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

If he is 'The Doctor' he'll just whip out his Sonic Screwdriver, discover a convenient and entirely appropriate new setting, and get out of extreme danger that way.

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